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.
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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.
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!
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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)!
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.