Are you a history buff? Love immersive theatre? Fancy yourself as a bit of a whizz when it comes to cracking codes? If the answer is yes, yes and yes again, Operation Black Door must be your next group outing. Located at the Imperial War Museum’s Churchill War Rooms in Westminster, the experience is part immersive theatre, part escape room, and totally thrilling.
Operation Black Door, which takes place from July 7, will take you back to the Second World War, where you’ll follow one of five themed storylines, each linked to a skill required during wartime. You’ll be encouraged to crack codes, solve mysteries and uncover the stories hidden amidst the war rooms.
Operation Black Door is based on the experience of the British government and their staff during World War II. The basement offices in Whitehall, known as the Cabinet War Rooms, were occupied by government ministers, military strategists, secretaries, and, of course, Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Upon ticket purchase, you’ll be assigned to a story, based on the life of a character who worked there at that time – you’re advised to come dressed for the occasion. Imperial War Museums have partnered with immersive theatre company Wet Picnic, so expect actors along your journey to guide you through.
Operation Black Door lasts 60 minutes in total, and alongside your 1940s clothing, you should also come armed with your more modern smartphone and earphones. Guests must be at least 18 years old to take part, so leave the kids at home, grab your suit, dress or jacket, and head down to the basement offices.