Alcotraz, London Review | March 2018

(Disclaimer; Alcotraz let us come for free in return for an honest review of the experience. As always, you know I’d never lie to any of you about whether something is worth your £££ or not)

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all well.

Today’s post is a little lifestyle number, about somewhere me and my friends went in London a few weeks ago that was bloody amazing. Days out in London are slowly becoming one of my favourite past times, albeit sweaty tubes to Walthamstow Central and Southern Rail prices aren’t, however they’re a price (quite literally) I’m willing to pay to discover a London gem…and by gem, I mean somewhere I can drink, and have fun at the same time.

Introducing Alcotraz, an ‘immersive theatre experience’, and basically a prison themed cocktail bar, complete with orange jumpsuits, jail cells you sit in to drink, prison guard actors, and and unreal cocktails.

It’s Bring Your Own, so you pay to go in, but bring your own (fully sealed) bottles of drink, and they will make you some of the best cocktails you’ve ever tasted.

(Our vodka we had to smuggle in under a towel)

When you arrive, you’re immediately greeted by fully in-character actors, and given your prison jumpsuit to put on. Obviously me being me, wore a dress, which makes it slightly harder to cover your dignity putting an orange jumpsuit on in front of a group of people. You then have to smuggle your alcohol into your prison cell (I always knew my experience of smuggling bottles of vodka in my bra aged 15 into clubs would pay off some day), and you’ll be asked what kind of cocktails you like. They provide all the mixers etc.

The entire experience is a fully fledged prison experience; you have to fill in prison cards to say what your crime was, what your jail nickname is etc. The prison guards and warden come round and interact with you throughout the experience, and they are all brilliant. From the accents, to the serious faces they’re able to keep, it makes everything even more hilarious.

I’m not going to lie, because so much effort is put into the physical surroundings, actors etc, I didn’t have high expectations for the cocktails, but they are SO BLOODY GOOD. Someone comes round to collect your bottle, ask what kind of cocktails you want for each round, and then comes back with the goods.

There’s different interactive activities they do each time I believe, for example performing excorsims etc, but on our visit about 5 people (I think they chose the gobbiest ones) were chosen to go down to ‘The Hole’; of course, because I was being exceptionally loud as always, I was one of the people to go down to The Hole, which is a dark room in the basement.

We all had to sit on a ledge, do a shot, and play a game of Blackjack. Completely surprisingly, I won, and was rewarded with a further shot…my poor liver, it was already going to be taking a pounding that weekend anyway. It was so much fun, and I love that they create different scenarios and experiences rather than just leaving you to sit and drink, which would also be fine because, y’know…COCKTAILS.

Honestly, I absolutely loved it there. After our ‘sentence’ was up, we stumbled out onto Brick Lane, which is where Alcotraz is situated, feeling half cut and in such high spirits. It was one of the best days out I’ve ever had; I know we got it as a freebie, but I would genuinely spend my own money going there, and will 100% be going back.

They’ve kindly given me the discount code CONFESS10 that you can use at https://www.alcotraz.co.uk/ to get 10% off your tickets.

Thank you very much to Alcotraz, and to the prison guards, for looking after us so well and making it an experience I’ll never forget.

Speak soon.

All my love BGP xx

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