It's not theatre, or cinema. It's not an escape room, theme park ride or VR game. Yes, there are pyrotechnics, projections, holograms and special effects. But this is quite different to an arena show (there are only 8 tickets per performance). As London’s multi-award winning, top-rated “immersive night out,” this event combines them all.
Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience is a new, completely unique award-winning event where live actors, virtual reality and sensational 5D effects place you INSIDE the action – with Jeff Wayne’s multi-platinum Musical Version of The War of The Worlds as your soundtrack!
It's no secret… Within weeks this made Tripadvisor’s ‘THE BEST Nightlife in London’ shortlist, and is #16 of ALL nightlife in London.
“Mind blowing. All I can say is WOW. I can honestly say it’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.” – Chris L, via TripadvisorOU DESERVE AMA
Your 120 minute adventure begins under the green eyes of a giant Martian Fighting Machine on London’s Leadenhall Street.
With journalist George Herbert as your guide, you're transported back to 1898.
Like magic, a full kilometre of movie sets, live actors, virtual reality goggles and sensational 5D effects place you INSIDE the action.
It’s happening and you’re part of the story. You'll feel all senses fired as you crawl, slide and weave your way through 24 extraordinary scenes: from the sighting of the first capsule to the arrival of 300 foot Martian Fighting Machines and the evacuation of London.
You’ll visit the Royal Observatory, sneak into a deserted house, escape London by boat and even fly to Mars.
Along the way you’ll meet a cast of 17 characters featuring 12 live actors plus a mix of holograms, projections and VR of West End star Carrie Hope Fletcher (Heathers, Les Miserables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Tom Brittney (Grantchester, Make Me Famous) and Anna-Marie Wayne (The War of The World’s Live).
Don’t miss it, this astonishing multi award-winning experience is only available for a limited time.
"Absolutely loved it! It was my first experience of VR and I loved it… Boat trip, hot air balloon - all utterly spectacular. The smell of sulphur stayed with me until the next day." - Kate P. via Tripadvisor
Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience, is only in London from 22 May - 30 Oct (Wed - Sat and selected Sundays).
Tickets are on sale now from £47.50 to £140 and every ticket comes with our no-quibble money-back COVID booking guarantee, so you’re not risking a penny.
The sooner you book the less you pay. Don't delay, it's only available for a limited time, and 1001 performances have already sold out!
This new experience is based upon the iconic 1978 double album, Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds, which has sold has sold over 16 million records and charted in 22 countries around the world, achieving gold or platinum status in 17 countries and 13 times platinum in the UK alone. If you love Jeff's music, this experience is an absolute must. If you're new to it, then it's a completely new way to discover one of the biggest selling albums of all time!
"If you love the music...you'll love this. Feel the tension, live the adventure, see the Martians. Well worth the price. Do it, you'll love it" - Dave Burry, Plymouth
Over the last year, we've added brand new elements and every scene has been updated and improved.
One of the central scenes, Journey to London, has been completely transformed into a physical, live action sequence with brand new sets, holograms, projections, special effects and live actors.
Have a look here for more details, sketches, and a preview of the scene...
See what this new, completely unique event is like – watch the official trailer now!
Over 41,000 people have been and 98% of guests say they'd recommend it!*
"WOW WOW WOW, AWESOME! Totally immersive, they make you feel you are actually there, right in the action! With breathtaking holograms, virtual 3D head sets, and acting out the scenes, it's one hell of a rollercoaster. A 5D experience you will NEVER forget!"
- Ian W, Romford
"So good I’ve been 4 times... be prepared to have your socks well and truly blown off!"
- Connor C, Luton
"MAGIC! 100% recommend. Such an exciting, unique and magical activity. It's your one chance to be IN a sci-fi adventure, so enjoy every minute of it! "
- Rosie K, London
"Great value for money, worth every penny. I highly recommend this, it is like nothing I have experienced before, exhilarating, funny, scary and jaw dropping."
- Shelly C, Wisbech
"The whole experience from start to finish was amazing - the bar, the cocktails, the actors and the VR was nothing like we had ever done before (or since). It was all so good we'd definitely go back and do it again."
- Sharon I, Stoke on Trent
"The whole event is just the best fun. I’ve been twice and told my mates and they all had a ball. Best night out in London."
- Chris H, Brighton
"If you love the music...you'll love this."
- Dave B, Plymouth
Visit our gallery to see production shots and VR stills and get a taste of what your experience will look like. Plus view original artwork from Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of The Worlds.
"5* reviews don't do it justice, so read my 6* review. But first here's my words of advice, DON'T THINK ABOUT IT JUST DO IT! Today was my 3rd visit and I can say that this experience is getting better every time I go...relive the Martian invasion of 1898 for yourselves"
- Allan S via Tripadvisor
If you’re looking for a fun, different night out, guests describe this as “an experience of lifetime” and something "you will NEVER forget!”. And if you love the music this is an “an absolute must”.
Over 41,000 people have been and 98% recommend it!* so chances are you’ll love it too.
We get top ratings from groups of friends on a night out, TWOTW fans, theatre fans, music lovers, Sci Fi fans, corporate teams and work nights out, Steampunk fans, and fans of immersive and interactive entertainment.
The experience is open to adults and children aged 10 and over, but it’s not suitable for everyone, especially those with specific medical conditions. Please see our Access Guide for details. Children aged 10-15yrs must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
You can now book up to 6 tickets with our COVID booking guarantee.
Capacity is limited to 8 people per timeslot until further notice, and you can now book up to 6 tickets with our COVID booking guarantee. This is to comply with the rule of six.
We’re also selling tickets in pairs to aid social distancing, until social distancing restrictions are eased. You’ll stay in your pair throughout the experience to aid social distancing, but please note there is one scene where you’re separated in adjacent booths. But don’t worry, it doesn't take long for Martians to seize their victims…
Your experience is around 2 hours long, including a 20 minute interval in the Red Weed Bar. We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before your start time.
Most guests stay to enjoy a cocktail and meal in The Spirit of Man – the world’s only steampunk bar & restaurant where you get to enjoy a Martian themed cocktail and meal under the tentacles of a giant green-eyed, smoke-shooting Martian Fighting Machine!
The experience is located at 56 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3A 2BJ.
Closest tube stations are Aldgate (Circle & Metropolitan Lines), Aldgate East, Bank , Liverpool Street, Tower Hill and Tower Gateway.
Closest overground stations are Fenchurch Street and Liverpool Street.
St Katharine Cree bus stops W towards St Paul’s Cathedral or X towards Whitechapel are just outside the venue.
Don't miss it, tap HERE to see a bigger picture showing the main entrance to the venue.
Top price standard tickets cost £72.50 and VIP tickets cost £125, but when tickets first go on sale you’ll be able to book standard Friday and Saturday tickets from £49.50 (with even bigger discounts on other days).
Our performances are priced according to demand, a bit like an airline. The sooner you book the less your tickets will cost, and you can save money by choosing less busy days. You’ll get the biggest discount if you book early, and we promise our ticket prices will never go down after they go on sale.
Every ticket comes with our COVID Booking Guarantee, so you can buy tickets with complete confidence.
Our COVID Booking Guarantee lets you cancel your tickets anytime up until 5pm the day before your experience. If you cancel we’ll email you a gift voucher so you can rebook when you're ready. If you can’t make it to the event due to coronavirus or COVID related restrictions and you don’t want to rebook, we will refund your order in full. You just need to let us know before 5pm the day before your experience.
Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience has all the government approved safety measures – it's why we're 'GOOD TO GO' approved.
To comply with the rule of six you can now book up to six tickets with our COVID Booking Guarantee.
We've reduced capacity to 8 people per timeslot and are selling tickets in pairs until further notice to aid social distancing. You’ll stay in your pair throughout the experience to aid social distancing.
Because we’ve reduced capacity to aid social distancing at all times, one of the experience's central scenes - “Journey to London” - had to be completely reimagined.
Previously 100% virtual reality, the scene is now physical - combining immersive sound design, physical sets, projections and live performance. You're at the very heart of the action, experiencing first hand the fear and destruction wrought by the attack of the Martian forces.
Visit our COVID-19 Safety Measures page to learn more about the specific hygiene and social distancing measures we've introduced.
The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience is produced by Layered Reality™ – a multi award-winning new entertainment company.
Founded in 2017, Layered Reality™ has won 8 awards so far for its first two experiences SOMNAI and Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience, including the a THEA award (the Oscars of the industry) for The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience. They’ve also just been named as an EPIC MEGAGRANTS RECIPIENT (awarded by Fortnite developers, Epic Games).
The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience will be opening this summer from 22 May - 30 Oct (Wed - Sat and selected Sundays).
No, not at all! You can enjoy the experience whether you know the story already or not.
Our COVID Booking Guarantee lets you cancel your tickets anytime up until 5pm the day before your experience. If you cancel we’ll email you a gift voucher of the same value, so you can rebook when you're ready. If you can’t make it to the event due to coronavirus or COVID related restrictions and you don’t want to rebook, we will refund your order in full. You just need to let us know before 5pm the day before your experience.
It's a top 20 London Nightlife event on Tripadvisor where 94% rate it Excellent or Very Good, so chances are you'll absolutely love it. If you're not sure, read the reviews from other guests.
It's totally up to you. There are opportunities for interacting with the actors but nothing that would make you feel uncomfortable. We think you'll have more fun if you interact, but it's your choice: you can join in as little or as much as you like.
Top price standard tickets cost £72.50 but when tickets first go on sale you’ll be able to book Friday and Saturday standard tickets from £49.50 (with even bigger discounts on other days).
Yes, there are two themed bars. The Spirit of Man bar has a full range of cocktails, beers, wines, spirits, pizzas & snacks. The interval Red Weed bar offers a selection of drinks & snacks including ice creams and our signature Red Weed Cocktail.
Step further into the story with our unique VIP package including personalised character interactions created specially to give you the very best and most memorable experience.
A VIP Ticket includes:
The VR headsets are fully adjustable to accommodate glasses. If you normally wear glasses it is recommended your wear them for this experience or use contact lenses.
* Jeff Wayne’s The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience is #16 of ALL London nightlife events and the only immersive event in the top 20 according to Tripadvisor. 98% of customers recommend it according to 1,939 Survivors Survey respondents (Apr 2020).
Images shown are for illustration only. Actual VR may vary. Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Immersive Experience is produced by Layered Reality™ in partnership with Jeff Wayne under licence from Top Drawer Tours Limited. Layered Reality™ is a trading name of Ellipsis Entertainment Ltd. Ellipsis Entertainment Ltd is registered in England and Wales number 10711624. Registered Office: 5 Elstree Gate, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 1JD.
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