London’s Buzzing Virtual Reality Scene Continues To Grow

Here is a pick of four great experiences.

As with many other things in modern life, technology is changing the way we enjoy our leisure. Virtual reality experiences are one of the new trends in tourism and London is right at the centre of it all.

View From The ShardAmongst the newest attractions harnessing VR’s potential is The Shard. Known for its distinctive architecture and spellbinding high-level views, The Shard has broken new ground to offer two thrilling VR installations that can simultaneously claim the title of the UK’S Highest VR experience. The Slide is a VR helter skelter on a huge scale that lets you leave the top of the building and hurtle towards the ground, whilst ‘Vertigo’ is a VR simulation of a construction worker helping to build The Shard. The experiences are £10 per experience and will be available for the foreseeable future.

For another great VR experience that’s ‘out of this world’ head to the Science Museum to enjoy the exhibition Space Descent, created by Alchemy VR in collaboration with British Astronaut Tim Peake. Listening to a recording by Tim, visitors experience the thrill of being an astronaut and can retrace his 400km journey from the International Space Station back to Earth inside the Soyuz TMA-19M capsule. This opportunity is there first permanent VR exhibit.

Further VR experiences to sample in London this year include The Tate Modern’s Modigliani’s exhibition, which offers visitors the opportunity to go back to Paris at the time the artist was working there and discover what conditions were like.

Another innovative use of VR is the DNA VR venue, the first Virtual Reality (VR) Arcade in London. They are ambitiously reviving the concept of amusement arcades, often considered a dying form of entertainment due to the rate at which home computer and TV technology has improved. At its location 400-404 York Way, London N7 9LW, visitors can play games on a range of high tech equipment including HTC Vive’s newest headsets. They have rooms specifically allocated to group bookings but these spaces are limited so book in advance.

These four VR experiences are not the only ones you’ll find in London’s ever increasing technology environment. With more and more attractions creating their own opportunities for visitors to be placed inside an experience instead of just looking at it. So watch this space!