Ghoulish Greetings Readers!
Before I go any further with today’s blog post I must forewarn you, this blog post contains dark and powerful magic and potion mastery. Anyone who wishes to read on must do so at their own peril…
The other day I went with two of my good chums Stef and Al to a famous “immersive” cocktail making class in London. The Cauldron Pub is a pop up cocktail making class in Elephant and Castle which is 5 minutes away from London Bridge on the tube.
The Cauldron Pub offers an immersive cocktail making experience just as if you were a student at Hogwarts School…without Snape breathing down your next that is. The creators have taken inspiration from different fantasy works like Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. It’s an immersive cocktail class where you and your companions can choose to make 3 different cocktail from a scroll menu.
The experience costs £29.99 per person and is a timed experience lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes, you do also have to book in advance as they do get very booked. The Cauldron is open from Wednesday-Sunday. There are non-alcoholic, gluten-free and vegan options available also on request.
When you arrive at the Cauldron Pub (arrive prompt if not early) you will enter a small waiting rom which has been curated and decorated to look like a Wizards house with cauldrons, pumpkins and broomsticks hanging on the wall. You can really tell this is someones passion and that a lot of work and effort has gone into curating this place.
You will each be given a wizards robe to don and your group will be issues a wand to open and activate some of the “spells” you will need to cast to make your cocktails. After that you will then enter a large room where you will be escorted to your table by one a “Potions Master.”
Once you are at your table you will then be given a menu of cocktails to choose from that you will make. We decided to make The Poetic Meade, The Blood Boiling Curse and The Spaniard’s Revenge.
I won’t spoil the surprises for you about what happens as you make these drinks. But, in short you are given a, instruction list alongside a crate of ingredients which you must blend to make a cocktail. There are also a few cool magic tricks that the Potions Masters will perform involving ice and fire. But, I think that should be something that you experience first hand.
The experience really brings together alchemy, science and magic together in a cool synergy, its more than just a cocktail making class, it’s a test of teamwork and a visual show.
All in all I really enjoyed the experience, I had a great time making cocktails with my friends and had many laughs along the way. This is a self-guided experience and sometimes we all did get a little confused. But, the drinks tasted great, especially The Blood Boiling Curse.
This is such an immersive experience and one that you would enjoy with friends, especially if you are a Harry Potter fan.
Accessibility is definitely an area that I feel The Cauldron could improve and expand on. As it is a pop up shop I can respect that there will be certain elements which may not be accessible. When my friend initially booked the experience the website did ask if we had any special requirements. But I personally think that The Cauldron need to improve their accessibility by having larger print and braille instructions on request. This is a self-guided experience, but there are Potions Masters who will be able to assist if you need it. You must summon them by raising your wand to attract their attention. As well as that I also think that The Cauldron could definitely implement some more features to make their venue more wheelchair accessible with step free access. As well as that they could also create a page on their website exclusively to give further details about accessibility. But, the staff were friendly and did offer me a bigger table for my guide dog to spread out and have more room.
If you want to find out any more about The Cauldron click here.
That concludes todays blog, I really hope you enjoyed it.
Let me know if you’ve been to The Cauldron and what you thought of it.
Until next time