HiddenCity’s The Hunt For The Cheshire Cat Review
The Cheshire Cat has come to London to test whether you, like Alice, can make sense of absurdity in the world around you. Your challenge is to find him on an adventure into the strange, surreal and absurd. Uncover a darker side to Wonderland and, perhaps, yourself too………
ONIN.London or as we were named in the ONIN.Wonderland spent last Sunday running around London on an exhilarating adventure to hunt for the Cheshire Cat. Now as huge Alice In Wonderland fan, there was no way I could skip on this adventure.
The story goes that 152 years ago, Alice fell down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, a world of nonsense, riddles and contradiction. Before returning home, Alice showed the creatures of Wonderland how to find the rabbit hole, should they ever wish to visit our world. Years later, one mischievous creature has chosen to do just that… The Cheshire Cat is in London. And he wanted us to find him. Following his cryptic clues, sent to our phones, we ran around Central London trying to find this curious cat.
Along the way, there was plenty of stops for break times and even tea with the Queen. At this junction of the game, you have the option to continue your hunt for the Cheshire Cat to help him or to side with the Queen of Hearts. Now if we had the option to split up into two teams here, we probably would have. After a short debate, we decided to stay loyal to the Cheshire Cat. I mean he was the one who brought us all together for the day and we knew the Queen would want off with his head!
The clues were fun Alice in Wonderland and London themed, however, you do not need to have a great knowledge of either to solve them. We were often in awe at the sheer creativity of the clues and how much effort had gone into ensuring everything ran smoothly. From props, to the witty clues to ensuring businesses didn’t mind random people coming into their stores and declaring ”I’m the Sous Chef, I’m here to start my shift”.
We were ‘entirely bonkers’ about the whole experience and were equally chuffed that we managed to complete the game in 2:34.16! ONIN.Wonderland also came in first position for the day having found the cat first and solving our clues the quickest on the day. On the day of finding the Cheshire Cat and scoring ourselves a scrumptious chocolate cookie as our reward, we were ranked number 20 out of 100. Pretty impressive, considering this was our first Hidden City experience. We can ensure you it won’t be our last!
The Hunt For The Cheshire Cat can be completed in teams of 2-5 people and costs £23 per person. Your adventure can be completed Tue-Wed: 11.00 to 16.30 (so 16.30 is the latest you can begin), Thu-Fri 11.00 to 17.30, Sat: 11.00 to 16.30 and Sun 11.00 to 14.00.
So what are you waiting for… you won’t want to be ‘late for a very important date’.
National Portrait Gallery,
St. Martin’s Pl,
Twitter: @intheHiddenCity #huntcheshirecat
Written by Tegan LeBon
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