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Everything you need to know about visiting The Cauldron London

The disclaimer on the ticket states that The Cauldron is in no way, shape or form affiliated with Harry Potter. And yet, I imagined myself careening through the wall of Platform 9 3/4 as I entered the door of The Cauldron London Magical Cocktail Experience.

The Cauldron London

Getting to The Cauldron Pub

Hold onto your broom, your umbrella, or your Oyster card… getting here is sure to be a wild ride. First things first, The Cauldron is located at 7 Elephant Rd, London SE17 1LB. If you type The Cauldron into Google Maps, you may end up at a brown brick shop front. No tricks or false fronts… it’s actually a graphic design studio 20 minutes away from The Cauldron Pub, located near Elephant & Castle station.

Make your way from the tube station to The Cauldron (you can’t miss the big, white tent) and wait for your reservation to begin.

The Cauldron London tent

We donned our magical robes, received a wand for the table and met our wonderfully witchy Potion’s Master to guide us along our journey. The theme is enchanted forest, and from the projections on the ceiling mimicking the night sky to the rough hewn wooden tables, this pop up has all the charms of being outside and all the warmth of being inside!

The Drinks

Part of this magical experience is the air of mystery associated with it. What will the Potion’s Master deliver when you request Fairy Dust? Will Phoenix Ash thrown into the Wildfyre Spell really grant your wish?

The Cauldron London - Phoenix ash

Test out your magical abilities with a simple exercise, leading to a glass of poetic mead. The drink of the gods will get you warmed up to practice more complex magic. But the most complex part of the evening is choosing which cocktails to make. A menu reveals three choices, and the decision must be reached by consensus of at least two wizards. With choices between a tequila and two gin cocktails, deciding may require a wizard’s duel. Whatever you choose is sure to be WANDerful!

The Cauldron London - magic

The Potion’s Master delivers all ingredients and a step-by-step guide to practicing molecular mixology. Follow them closely to avoid boils, impotence and pestilence. Any way you mix it, though, you’re sure to have a good laugh enhanced by the spirits in the elixirs.

Making potions at The Cauldron London

If you’re picky about your potions, just have a chat with the Potion’s Master. Alcohol-free, gluten-free and vegan options are all on hand.

Exploring

Each booking is 1 hour 45 minutes. No exceptions. If you’re late, I sure hope you practice the art of very fast magic (and speed drinking), because you don’t want to miss a drop!

Make the most of your time at the table, but be sure to get up and explore during your allotted time in the tent. Take your magical self on a witchin’ photo shoot, and don’t forget your wand.

Adding Kalaxian crystals to a magical potion at The Cauldron London

Disappear through the wardrobe to get a sneak peak into the botany room. Arachnophobes, beware, though… There’s a spider on the wall that will inspire shrieks from even the bravest of wizards.

The Cauldron London Narnia closet

The Gift Shop

When your time slot is up and the potions have magically disappeared, it’s time to return your wand and robe. The magic isn’t over yet, though! There’s a gift shop in the lobby with treats available for good witches and wizards. These chocolate skulls look *almost* too cute to eat.

The Cauldron London chocolate skulls

A good dose of fantasy makes all the difference

On its own, The Cauldron is an amazing idea. The team behind the experience encourage and inspire play in adults who remember the literature of our childhood fondly. As a way to continue this trend in today’s youth, The Cauldron is hosting a book drive. So bring your favorite childhood book and The Cauldron will ensure that it makes its way onto the shelves of a classroom library somewhere in the UK. Who knows.. maybe Harry and the Pevensie children will inspire the next J.K. Rowling or C.S. Lewis. Bonus: more room on your book shelf means you can treat yourself to a new book or two for you (here are my top recommendations)!

The Cauldron London book wall

Despite the consumption of three cocktails that evening, this is an experience I won’t soon forget. I highly recommend that all aspiring witches and wizards book a spot before the magic dries up and the pop up closes shop. Tickets range in price from £29.99-34.99, and must be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Who knows… maybe there’s another round of 18+ Hogwarts letters to be delivered and you want to be prepared!

 

Note: I was a guest of The Cauldron Pub thanks to Love Pop Ups London. As always, all opinions are my own, and I’ll never recommend anything to you that’s not awesome. This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase an item using these links, I will earn a small commission, but the price stays the same for you. 

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A magical night at The Cauldron London Cocktail Experience

ajandseleigh-Jayne O'Connell

Tuesday 16th of October 2018

I'm so glad you had as much fun as I did and it was an absolute pleasure making potions with you. I hope it's equally as fun when you go back with your friend :)

AJ

Emma

Sunday 14th of October 2018

Oh this looks like the absolute dream! Can't believe I consider myself a Harry Potter fan and I've never heard of this. Definitely on my list to check out when I'm next in London.

Nicola Lavin

Sunday 14th of October 2018

Oh my gosh you had me at twinkly lights. This place looks amazing. I love any Harry Potter vibes. So magical

RunawayBrit

Sunday 14th of October 2018

This place looks absolutely amazing! What a great idea and your writing really brings your experience to life. I would very much like to visit when I am passing through London in a couple of weeks. Those chocolate skulls are very cute!

Julie

Sunday 14th of October 2018

This is sooo cool! I'm a big HP fan, so I definitely have to check this out.