Netflix Takes Over London With Bridgerton Ball, Exhibitions & More
Well, it’s been a hot minute since I gave an update here, huh? But I’m back, and I have some wonderful events to share for any fellow Londoners who are obsessed with all things Netflix and want to do something other than chilling out with a series or film on the sofa (I for one am slightly binged out).
I’ve spoken about Secret Cinema before, the interactive movie-going experience which takes over London venues and turns them into a one-of-a-kind evening. To celebrate the launch of season two of Bridgerton, the company is hosting a Bridgerton Ball - complete with an 1813 period setting, big dresses and all.
The three-hour event assigns you a personal character story, dress code and an event meeting point - along with a backstory to get you truly immersed in the world. There’s music, dancing, food and plenty of other activities to keep you entertained throughout the night.
You can also step up the night with a VIP experience, which includes fast track entry, an exclusive bar and VIP area (plus cloakroom), new storylines and food and drink tokens to keep you well fed and hydrated during the ball.
Standard admission costs £65, whilst the VIP experience will set you back £130. On weekdays, the event starts at 6:30pm (allowing you time to get out of those work clothes), whilst the weekend balls kick off at 5pm. You can currently grab your tickets from the Fever website, with the Bridgerton experience running from now until 27 March 2022.
Money Heist Experience
If the dreamy and steamy Bridgerton setting isn’t quite your cup of tea and you’d prefer something more action-based, then never fear. There’s still just over a week left of the Money Heist Experience, in which you’ll live out an international robbery in full costume, complete with special effects.
Your team will be filled with some traitors, and your job is to get the heist back on track using all your wits to crack codes, break banks and more. This experience is also shorter than the Bridgerton Secret Cinema ball at around 60-75 minutes, and there are multiple sessions every day to fit around your schedule.
If you’re looking further ahead to the and would prefer something a little more low-key, then I’ve also got you covered. London’s beloved Design Museum is hosting an immersive exhibition dedicated to all things Netflix this summer - with the date and details to be disclosed.
The official Netflix blog post promises “a look back at the evolution of the Netflix experience”, with references to the streaming company’s origins as a DVD rental service, and how design plays a key element in the storytelling of shows and movies on the platform.
If I had to hazard a guess, we could see classic originals such as Stranger Things, Squid Game, Tiger King and even more left-field things such as Selling Sunset getting some time in the spotlight.
The Design Museum is open during every day, usually between 10am and 6pm. It is free to visit, though some limited exhibitions will cost an extra fee, so there’s a chance that the Netflix one may incur some dosh.
Nonetheless, having been to the Design Museum before, I can say that there’s loads of other things to keep you occupied - so this can be an entire day excursion on top of your Netflix experience.
Also, the gift shop in the Design Museum is one of the best in the city - you will want everything, especially if you love homeware and interior decor. You have been warned.
Are any of these Netflix events taking your fancy? Let me know, or drop me a shout on Twitter if you head to one! I’d love to hear all about your experiences around geeky London.