‘A truly enjoyable, immersive & all-enveloping evening’: THE GREAT EXPEDITION – Secret location ★★★★★

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Running on dates throughout April and May 2019

Unprepossessing start in the yard of a tyre warehouse in – well, an undisclosed location (until 4pm on the day) on the upper reaches of the Victoria Line. Namecheck, wristbands, an Asahi beer and then through the keyhole into a world inspired by Jules Verne, the Montgolfier Brothers and maybe the spinning teacups ride from Alice in Wonderland. Nobody does imaginative immersive dining-theatre like Gingerline.

The food is always the star of a Gingerline event – and the made-from-scratch, made-on-site succession of five geographically-different courses in The Grand Expedition were truly impressive: delicious, meticulously cooked and presented, authentic and filling. After your £75 tour of global cuisines you won’t need the KFC you can see on the way back to the tube. We were pleased with the slick way they handled veg/vegan preferences and allergies, especially as the actors don’t use any actual language.

It’s a ‘journey’ but unlike last season’s promenade Chambers of Flavour you sit tight and the world comes to you: with technically excellent 360 degree projection and sound, and some smart and crisp choreography from the passionate cast, it’s a truly enjoyable, immersive and all-enveloping evening.

But who’s it for?  Shared boat-sized tables for six to ten makes it too gregarious for ‘date night’, in fact there’s a bit of an office party atmosphere, and you’d need a big crew for exclusive use. Probably best enjoyed by peeps who love supper clubs and inspired dining, but sauced with a hugely entertaining ketchup of dance and activity.

Drink’s well chosen too – especially the £25 wine flight which really did complement the dishes appropriately, and oh boy do we love us the Lovage vodka.

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‘Johnny Fox’ studied Theatre at Lancaster University and Journalism at City before realising there was no money in either profession and concentrating instead on interior design for investment banks in Singapore, New York and Moscow. Back home, he now writes mostly about theatre, mostly in London, for arts and events websites. He blogs independently at www.johnnyfox.london.
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‘Johnny Fox’ studied Theatre at Lancaster University and Journalism at City before realising there was no money in either profession and concentrating instead on interior design for investment banks in Singapore, New York and Moscow. Back home, he now writes mostly about theatre, mostly in London, for arts and events websites. He blogs independently at www.johnnyfox.london.

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