It must have taken them ages to come up with the name for it...
You know nothing, Jon Snow.
Sorry, just getting into character. Guests are expected to come to this upcoming immersive dining experience dressed up as characters from George R. R. Martin’s fantasy epic. That means in the refinery of a member of their favourite house, in full body armour, or as a peasant.
I haven’t got round to Game of Thrones yet. Can we expect spoilers?
Where have you been for the past eight years? The show tells the story of a marriage between two of Game of Thrones’ most well-known houses, Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell. Although in this case it’s Jaffrey Bearathon and Margarine who will be exchanging vows. In common with the show itself, the production is said to contain nudity, strong language and, err... dragons.
So it’s not licensed by HBO then?
Exactly. As well as the name changes the setting and locations have also been altered - the Seven Kingdoms becomes the Several Kingdoms, for example. Because it’s a spoof they can probably get away with it, but they’re sailing close to the wind.
What’s the food going to be like?
The menu will be created by chefs Chavdar Todorov and Steven Estevez and will be based on a wedding feast. For those that haven’t seen the show or read the books (mild spoiler alert), one of Game of Thrones’ most memorable moments is the poisoning of a key character at their own wedding, although giving its diners food poisoning will certainly not be an aim of Dinner is Coming.
That’s good to hear. So where and when is it taking place?
At The Vaults in London’s Waterloo, a 30,000sq ft events space and theatre. The experience lasts for three hours and is priced at £35 to £55 including food and booking fees. It’s timed to launch in April, around the time the Game of Thrones’ seventh and final season comes out.
This sort of thing seems to be becoming increasingly popular…
Yes. The Vaults alone has played host to Beauty and the Feast; Dinner at The Twits; and Trainspotting Live. Other notable immersive experiences include Secret Cinema, which spends huge sums on recreating worlds - replete with themed food offers - based on films including Alien, Star Wars and zombie flick 28 Days Later. We’re not sure we want to know what the culinary theme was for the latter.