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An experiential cocktail bar inspired by ‘Black Mirror’ is launching in London

the grid

"Alright, mate? Fancy a quick, cheeky dystopian drink?" That’s what organisers of The Grid – a new drinking experience coming to London in June and July – are hoping will be the slogan of the summer. The Grid is said to be inspired by television series ‘Black Mirror’ and is being described as ‘an immersive, alcoholic escape experience’ (and that’s not even the dystopian part). 

Participants at this futuristic adventure will be led into fictional artificial intelligence firm Neosight, a company using human volunteers to teach machines how to think more intelligently (or so they say). Punters will be asked to use this undercover position to help fight back against the machines – all whilst enjoying ‘sci-fi cocktails’, of course.

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Yes, it sounds even more mad than Charlie Brooker’s vision of the future and a lot is still under wraps, but it’s being brought to you by a team with form – creators of code-breaking cocktail experience The Bletchley, ‘Breaking Bad’-themed meth lab-bar ABQ and the infamous naked restaurant, The Bunyadi.

So if ‘Black Mirror’ had you feeling blue, take the edge off with a couple of drinks at The Grid.

The Grid is taking place at an undisclosed location in central London in summer 2018. Tickets will cost £30-£40 per person, and will include two cocktails. Sign up to the waiting list at     

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Lou tastemaker

A bit annoying as this was cancelled on the original date that I booked and it was a birthday present so it wasn't ideal but these things happen and we were able to be re-booked a few weeks later. It's really good fun, the staff were great and loved how they were in character as this really added to the experience and was something that was lacking when I visited Lollipop's other venues. Very small amount of alcohol with 2 small cocktails and essentially a small shot of another but the escape room element was a great addition. The second room, we found very difficult to work out the clues. I'd like to think we are all intelligent adults and have visited other escape rooms before that we have successfully been able to get out of :-) This one however, we couldn't and the tips/hints just stopped. Eventually the door just opened for us (presumably because there was another group booked in after us) but it did mean we left without knowing the answer which was a little frustrating. I know this is new so it could be that this gets reviewed and the clues changed or more tips/hints to help people who are struggling. However, it was really well set up with lots of surprises on the way and a lot of fun so I would recommend!