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Code Breaking for Cocktails at The Bletchley

I recently visited The Bletchley – a spy-themed cocktail bar inspired by Alan Turing and Sherlock Holmes.

The first task was to crack the code to this box where we were faced with creating our own unique cocktail combinations

I would say this bar is somewhat secret, being hidden underneath The World’s End Market at The World’s End Distillery in Chelsea, London.

 

The World’s End Distillery, Chelsea, London

With myself being an escape room fan, my brother enjoying a good challenging puzzle and my dad being fascinated by The Imitation Game (plus all of us enjoying the odd cocktail or two), we thought this would be a perfect afternoon out for us.

Radio intercom system
I was Agent Yellow

We arrived at The Bletchley for our reservation at 5:30pm. Once downstairs, we were greeted by the friendly bartenders who gave us our codebreaking uniforms and showed us to our table.

My dad, myself and my brother in our codebreaking uniforms

Throughout the evening we were faced with a series of tasks to create unique cocktail combinations that would be totally suited to each of us individually. We were solving clues, cracking codes, working out combinations, and using the enigma code machine to solve puzzles.

Cocktails!

Once we had worked out an answer, we would use the telephone intercom system to radio our drinks orders to the bar. The whole experience was very fun and a totally unique way to spend an evening.

Our code-breaking enigma machine and radio station

We paid £35 each for this experience, which includes 2 hours in the “bunker” and 3 cocktails each. Considering that you’ll struggle to find a nice cocktail for less than the £10 mark in London, I think this is a great deal, along with all of the thinking and effort that has gone into this bar.

Tom radioing in his order

 

None of us knew what went into our cocktails, but we all enjoyed all of the ones we had. My cocktails didn’t taste particularly strong, but I’m not a fan of strong tasting alcoholic cocktails, I prefer the ones that taste delicious and go down easily! This might be something to bear in mind if you’re thinking of going but are fond of a stronger tipple.

Some of our cocktail creations

 

Even though I am a seasoned escape room player, this drinking experience was nothing like I had ever seen before. Something a lot more fun and interesting than sitting in your local pub!

Me radioing in my order

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