Inside the new Stranger Things experience – with Demogorgons, 80s photo booth and Upside Down cocktails

STRANGER Things: The Experience has just landed in the UK – and we were one of the first to visit.

Based on the hit Netflix series, it lets fans live out their fantasies in the fictional town of Hawkins, all London Brent Cross experience.

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Stranger Things: The Experience has just landed in the UK, at Brent Cross in LondonCredit: Sophie Swietochowski
The bar serves Hoppe, Demogorgan and Upside Down cocktails

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The bar serves Hoppe, Demogorgan and Upside Down cocktailsCredit: Stranger Things
There's a mega gift shop and food hall, inspired by the show

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There’s a mega gift shop and food hall, inspired by the showCredit: Stranger Things
Fans can have their photo taken in an exact replica of the Byers' iconic living room

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Fans can have their photo taken in an exact replica of the Byers’ iconic living roomCredit: Sophie Swietochowski

Here’s what awaits visitors to the new immersive experience…

A strangely cheerful lady in a lab coat leads us into a bright room while scribbling notes on a clipboard.

“We were expecting you,” she smiles.

Posters pinned to the wall reveal that we are volunteers in a sleep study, and it doesn’t take long for me to be bombarded with intrusive questions about my dreams and – more specifically – my nightmares.

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It’s the start of my own episode of Stranger Things and I can’t wait to find out what’s behind the big metal door in front of me.

We are first tasked with solving puzzles in the infamous Rainbow Room, where we learn that we too have supernatural powers, just like the heroine of the Eleven series.

And it’s not just this spooky piece that fans will recognize, either.

During the immersive hour-long experience, we find ourselves escaping Hawkins Lab, gobbling up ice cream from Scoops Ahoy, and even venturing into the terrifying parallel universe, The Upside Down.

Luckily, we’re not alone on our journey – as soon as things seem to get worse, we’re greeted on security camera monitors by favorite characters including Mike, Dustin and Max, who guide us through our mission.

The only sign that I’m not in the real Upside Down is the burly security guard behind me wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the Stranger Things logo.

Although I start to doubt myself when I feel the breath of a Demogorgon as it rushes towards me and roars in my face.

This 4D element won’t sound new to anyone who’s taken a multi-sensory ride to a Disney theme park, but you’ll still find it hard not to flinch when you stare right into the demonic creature’s meaty mouth.

Fans in the UK have had to wait longer than those in the US, with the NYC experience launching in May and San Francisco in June, but they’re getting a reward for their patience – Vecna.

The fourth series villain is new to the UK and you’ll get the chance to battle him and pose for photos alongside him at the end of the experience.

And after saving the Stranger Things gang (and the entire town of Hawkins), you can celebrate by splurging on souvenirs in what’s essentially a mega gift shop and food hall combined – all inspired by the show too. sure.

There’s the Surfer Boy pizza van, featured in the fourth series, selling pepperoni slices and vegan paninis.

Or there’s the Scoops Ahoy ice cream parlor, featured in series three, which not only serves gigantic banana sundaes topped with whipped cream and cherries, but also fried chicken and waffles.

Plus, there’s a bar selling Demogorgon and Hopper cocktails, an old-fashioned video store, and countless photo opportunities ranging from an ’80s-themed photo booth to an exact replica of the Byers’ iconic living room covered in Christmas lights.

For mega fans like me, that’s great – that’s if you’re willing to shell out a minimum of £52 per adult for the hour-long experience.

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But you have to have watched the show to really get stuck into the storyline with the role-playing cast – unless you came purely for the 80s-themed chow.

Not sure I’m running up that hill anytime soon after my ice cream sundae.

GO: Stranger Things: The Experience

Buy sundaes at Scoops Ahoy Ice Cream Parlor, featured in series three

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Buy sundaes at Scoops Ahoy Ice Cream Parlor, featured in series threeCredit: Sophie Swietochowski
Visitors are greeted by actors in lab coats

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Visitors are greeted by actors in lab coatsCredit: Sophie Swietochowski
You can feel a demogorgon's breath as it rushes towards you

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You can feel a demogorgon’s breath as it rushes towards youCredit: Stranger Things
Poses for photos alongside Vecna

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Poses for photos alongside VecnaCredit: Sophie Swietochowski

Jack C. Nugent