As satisfyingly comfy as watching Netflix tucked up in bed is, it’s nowhere near as thrilling (or sociable) as watching beautifully shot top-notch adventure documentaries with other like-minded strangers in an underground shaft – which you can now do, by the way, courtesy of Secret Adventures.
The adventure kicks off above ground, where you’re led up to The Midnight Apothecary, a secluded lantern-strewn rooftop garden, where you can sit around a campfire with a stick of slowly toasting marshmallows in one hand and a honey beer in the other. If cocktails are more your tipple, these are mixed at the botanical bar using ingredients grown in the garden. Fancy stuff. Greek street-food traders Pan will lay on the grub. Fill your face then head underground to Brunel Museum’s 200-year-old grand entrance hall, where the screenings happen.
On the night you’ll be treated to three documentaries, which have hauled in a praiseworthy 22 awards between them. ‘The Swimming Granny’ (8 minutes) tells the tale of a super-fit 85-year-old, who dives into crazy-big waves for the sake of her mental health. ‘North of the Sun’ (46 minutes) tracks two cheeky Norwegian lads, as they swap their possessions, jobs and girlfriends for a nine-month surfing trip in the winter, where they inadvertently become plastic pollution warriors. ‘And Then We Swam’ (47 minutes) puts the spotlight on two seemingly average Joes who decide it’s a good idea to sail across the Indian Ocean, despite neither of them having sailed in their lives (you’ve got to start somewhere right?).
By the time you’ve sat through this lot you’ll want to catch the next EasyJet flight outta here, or at least book your next urban adventure. Secret Adventures also runs pretty cool kayak trips at sunset, canoeing in Richmond and hosts secret candlelit concerts. Besides, as long you’ve got your housemate’s password saved – Netflix will always be there when you get home.
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