Best VR experiences in London for 2022: from indoor skydiving to The War of the Worlds
We all need an escape from reality sometimes, and luckily for us, virtual reality transports us to a whole new universe. With these top VR experiences, you and your friends can submerge yourself in out-of-this-world activities, so fasten your seatbelts!
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Whether it’s the best London walking tours or the London experience gifts, if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary to do in the capital city, you’ve come to the right place. And next up on the agenda is VR experiences.
What is a VR experience? VR stands for ‘virtual reality’, and it’s a simulated experience that can either mimic or be completely different to real-world environments.
VR experiences usually use headsets or multi-projected environments to create sensations that a user would experience in the real world. A person taking part in a VR experience is able to look around the pretend world, move around in it, and interact with virtual items — sounds brilliant but kind of freaky, right?
You might have seen VR play out in movies like Ready Player One, where ordinary people can escape their decaying world and enter a stable, happier one.
Or, you might’ve already tried your hand at VR in gaming. VR headsets get you right in the thick of the action from the comfort of your gaming chair, and there are plenty of the best VR games to immerse yourself in: The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, Resident Evil 4 VR, Doctor Who: The Edge of Time, and even a Squid Game VR game.
If you fancy trying a live Squid Game challenge, a Squid Game immersive experience is coming to the UK this September.
While we’re not going full Ready Player One (humanity isn’t that bad…), there are a lot of exciting experiences to try in London to submerge yourself in the action. Let’s take a look at them.
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Best VR experiences in London at a glance
- DNA VR, from £32
- Alice in Wonderland at meetspaceVR,
£60£49 for two
- Zombie Overrun at Navrtar, £72 for two
- Alien Strike Team Delta at Navrtar, £72 for two
- iFLY Indoor Skydiving and VR Flight, £109.99
- Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience, from £59
- Zero Latency, £72 for two
- OTHERWORLD, from £14
Best VR experiences to try in London in 2022
London's first VR arcade, DNA VR, has pop-ups in Battersea, Hammersmith and Camden, and it's the perfect venue if you're organising a fun day out. Choose between an Arcade Session, which gives you full access to the games library (including multiplayer shooters), or a Premium Free Roaming Session, where you'll walk around with a team solving puzzles from one out of the four exciting VR rooms.
Alice in Wonderland at meetspaceVR
Situated in Wembley, meetspaceVR is a giant warehouse space where you and your friends can live out the ultimate VR experience. Teams of up to eight players are pitched against flesh-eating zombies, out-of-control robots, and even each other in a variety of games. We were particularly interested in the Alice in Wonderland VR game, which includes characters from the iconic book.
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We featured the Alice in Wonderland experience in our best escape rooms in London list.
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Zombie Overrun at Navrtar
Ever wondered if you'd survive a zombie apocalypse? Well, here's your chance to find out. At Navrtar's centre in Ealing, you'll experience three mini practices before stepping into character for your zombie apocalypse experience. Who will be the last one in your team standing?
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Alien Strike Team Delta at Navrtar
Another virtual reality experience from West London arcade Navrtar is this alien invasion one. In a large space not limited by wires, you and your team will be battling aliens, scouring crash sites, stopping the extra-terrestrial takeover, and saving the world.
iFLY Indoor Skydiving and VR Flight
Ever wanted to skydive but not wanted to do the actual jumping out of a plane part? Us too. iFLY has revolutionised indoor skydiving; it still has the same wind tunnel and anti-gravity experience, except you wear a VR headset. The headset makes it seem like you're soaring across spectacular scenery in California, Hawaii, or the English countryside.
Fancy getting this VR experience for £82.50 instead of £109.99? Then add the code 25BLACKFRIDAYRT at the checkout for 25 per cent off.
Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience
For a family day out like no other, look no further than Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds experience. Aliens have descended on earth, but will you be able to escape London unharmed? This immersive experience features live actors, virtual reality, and 5D effects — which tune into all five of your senses — to get you to the heart of the action.
We loved this virtual reality experience so much that we recommended it in our best immersive experiences in London guide.
This next VR experience isn't for the faint-hearted: the headset will transport you to a zombie-infested city, and it's down to you to navigate your way around and find a cure (no pressure, then).
OTHERWORLD has 16 VR pods, and when the experience starts, you and your friends will step into your own pod. The pods have a VR headset and use temperature, wind and rumble effects to make the virtual reality experience as immersive as possible, and the pods range from a zombie apocalypse, desert, the open sea, jungle, and more.