Step into the mysterious world of David Lynch with The Owls Are Not What They Seem, a supper club of equally mysterious location and flavour to the renowned director's surreal drama.
Recreating the feel, tone, characters and scenes of Lynch’s cult '90s drama Twin Peaks, 'The Owls Are Not What They Seem's secret dining experience immerses guests in Lynch’s weird world.
Supper club: London secret location
From 27 August to 17 October, a secret central London location is hosting guests dressed, as suggested, in ‘small-town’ costume, or ‘Lynchian chic’ if that's more your style. We're invited to explore small-town America – with an emphasis on small-town cuisine.
The Owls Are Not What They Seem review ★★★★★
The three-course meal is, as expected, full of nods to the show’s world, concocted by food designers Blanch & Shock. But the food is not the Owls' strong suit, kicking off with a saccharine coffee cocktail to start, followed by a brown mushroom-flavoured sludge (both served up, of course, in the guise of a 'damn fine cup of coffee'). Mains of mashed potato and under-seasoned meatloaf don't fare much better and continue the trend in average cuisine at a less-than-average price. Finally dessert is – of course – a thick slice of Agent Cooper's cherry pie, which is the best of the bunch.
But it's not all doom and gloom – the immersive experience is clearly what we're paying for here and there is much to admire in the attention to detail and variety on offer from The Owls' team.
Pop up London legends: Lemonade & Laughing Gas
Organising the night, Lemonade and Laughing Gas have planned routes, created installations, sets, and an immersive environment designed to place diners in the surreal heart of Twin Peaks. Mini-performances throughout the evening contribute to the night's overall flavour. True Twin Peaks fans will relish the opportunity to surround themselves with a troupe who clearly have done this out of love and enthusiasm for Lynch's surreal drama. You're assigned a character for the evening, and whilst occasionally the organisation of each individual mission is a bit of a shambles, the ambitious efforts from the team to give each and every guest a unique immersive experience is admirable and contributes entertainingly to the overall sense of Lynchian mania. Prepare to meet Special Agent Dale Cooper, the Log Lady and Laura Palmer at an event that is as unpredictable as Twin Peaks in its prime.
And if you haven't had your fill, The Owls Are Not What They Seems evening is rounded-off in the specially built bar, which simulates Lynch's RoadHouse. This late-night drinking den boasts bespoke cocktails as well as further theatrical performances and secret missions, making the whole experience wonderfully interactive. The labyrinthine corridors of the large venue are easy to get lost in, but this is half the fun.
Whilst we're not sure it's worth the high price tag, it's certainly an event to be cherished by hardcore fans of the series. If you just want to visit the world, and see the well-designed space, then you can also gain access to the venue for £6 a person – perhaps this is what we'd recommend if the sound of the food doesn't get you salivating.
|What||The Owls Are Not What They Seem, David Lynch Pop Up Supper Club London|
|Where||Secret Location | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
02 Sep 15 – 17 Oct 15, 6:30 PM – 12:00 AM
16 Sep 15 – 21 Nov 15, Extended until the end of November
|Website||Click here to book via the Not What They Seem site|