If you’ve ever been sat in your living room and thought to yourself “what if the floor was the ceiling?”, then the new Upside Down House located in Westfield will be able to answer that conundrum for you, and then some. Part art installation, part brain-bending trip, the exhibit’s premise is that you can walk around on the ceiling of an average looking home, exploring the living room, kitchen and bedrooms from a unique perspective.
The house in Westfield follows a number of others located across the UK, but this is the first time that Londoners can take part in the inverted illusion. Tickets cost £5 each, with under-threes going free. Once inside, you’re given free roam to explore the house as much as you want, and there is a strong encouragement to snap photos, should you want your Instagram followers to momentarily question your home decor choices. The company views the experience more as an art piece to observe- rather than an interactive activity.
The furniture you’ll find inside is provided by John Lewis (don’t tell Carrie Johnson) and there are even QR codes which can you scan to buy your own pieces which appeal to you. The furnishings are of course all securely fastened in place, allowing you to walk around without worrying that a stray copy of the Radio Times might fall and smack you in the head- though the website’s rules state you should not pull at or try to pick up the props or furniture. The website also advises that you may get motion sickness due to the inverted nature of things once you enter.
The furnishings are of course all securely fastened in place, allowing you to walk around without worrying that a stray copy of the Radio Times might fall and smack you in the head...
Upside down houses have been cropping up around the globe for several years, but the UK’s chain of them provided by Upside Down House UK began in Bournemouth in late 2018, and has expanded quickly, creating a buzz on social media. One of their houses was even chosen to be exhibited in Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland during Christmas of 2019. The pandemic has sadly meant that you can currently spend no more than 20 minutes touring the house with only a limited number of people, but rest assured, you’re still given time to pose and take photos of your time inside.
You can expect pumpkins in late October and Christmas trees in December...
Around festive periods such as Christmas, Easter and Halloween, the houses will all sport decorations relating to the respective events- so you can expect pumpkins in late October and Christmas trees in December. The company has also made strides to make the house as accessible to everyone as it can. All in all, there aren’t many times in life you can walk on the ceiling of a house (unless you happen to be Spider-Man), so the Upside Down House is an excellent way to give a day out in London a unique perspective.