Reality sucks, right? Going to work, paying rent, doing a big shop, it’s all so… mundane. So why not, you know, mix things up? How about adding a level of hyper reality on top? Until now that’s normally involved illegal drugs or licking the back of a toad, but now technology’s taking care of all that. Roll on the augmented reality.
Mac & Wild Devonshire Square
What: Two Can Play At This Game
Why: Self sufficiency just got an augmented reality makover care of Mac & Wild, the Scottish restaurant in The City’s Devonshire Square. In true countryside spirit, you can don a Schoffel jacket, grab a 12 bore and shoot your own grouse on the new grouse moor that’s opened near Liverpool Street station, before taking it to the chef to prepare. Except the shooting bit is all fake, augented reality allowing you to experience being in the Scottish wilderness, before enjoying a whisky tasting and a slap up meal.
Where: 9A Devonshire Square, The City, EC2M 4YN
What: You Can Southbank on BFI
Why: If wandering around with a mobile phone stuck to your face is your idea of being in The Matrix then head down to BFI Southbank where BFI Future Film will explore immersive storytelling with Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. The practical workshops, masterclasses and screenings will include a free Virtually Summer Pop-Up Cinema and Launch party tomorrow evening followed by events throughout August.
Kicks off Wednesday 8th August
Where: Belvedere Road, Lambeth, SE1 8XT
National Maritime Museum
What: Make An Exhibition Of Yourself
Why: The National Maritime Museum have teamed up with app developer Gamar to change the way we do museums. Using their iPhone and Android app visitors can embark on an adventure that will take in the seven seas as a ship’s captain, heading round the museum gathering a crew and finding hidden treasure. Great for kids, the same tech has also been deployed at the British Museum allowing you to discover the secrets of the Parthenon using the app’s augmented reality, again travelling through time and history on all sorts of quests and challenges. And back in our day you only got a catalogue.
Where: Park Row, Greenwich, SE10 9NF
The View from The Shard
What: Free Fallin'
Why: As if being up Europe’s tallest building wasn’t terrifying enough, you can now take on the ‘Vertigo Challenge’, a virtual reality piece of wizardry that borders on the augmented and will in either way leave you shaking as the glass beneath you falls away to reveal a 360° panorama of London beneath your feet. At around 700 feet high this is not for the feint hearted, but looks like great fun too, just pack a spare pair of pants!
Where: 32 London Bridge Street, Southwark, SE1 9SG
London Eye, And Other Iconic London Locations
What: Fun And Zombies
Why: The one thing that London doesn’t have enough of is zombies. Said nobody ever, except the guys over at Next Games and AMC who have created an augmented reality phone game that allows you to fight the undead at various iconic sites around London. Not only are you battling zombies, the app ties in with Google Maps to allow you to visit places like the London Eye to kill zombies and save the capital. Forget the tourists, now there’s actual zombies walking in front of you.
Where: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Southbank, SE1 7PB
Zip Now London
What: Zip It Up
Why: As if the world’s longest and fastest urban zip line wasn’t enough adrenaline, the Waterloo zip line has teamwed up with Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority to offer an augmented reality experience with the Jebel Jais Flight London. Enjoy the experience of whizzing through the air at 100mph, whilst experiencing the views from the Guinness World Record setting Jebel Jais Flight zipline.
Tickets can be booked now and are available until the 9th September 2018
Where: Carlisle Lane, Lambeth, SE1 7LE