Making potions at the Cauldron



It finally happened, guys. After missing out on tickets last time, I finally got to go to the Cauldron with Love Pop Ups London and I couldn't have been happier. Let's face it, who wouldn't want the opportunity to feel like an actual Witch making potions while drinking delicious cocktails at the same time? Not this girl, I was all for it.

If you don't know about the Cauldron (where have you been?), it's a molecular / immersive bar in Elephant and Castle where you make your own drinks Sure, making your own drinks isn't the most original idea BUT you use a magic wand... and make your drinks in an actual cauldron.


The Cauldron is very unassuming from the outide. In fact, if I wasn't so uncomfortable about being in unfamiliar surroundings at night alone, I would have walked right past it. Once you're inside though, it's as if you have just stumbled into the Wizarding World.

Display and gift shop at the Cauldron featuring Gargoyles and potions bottles

With books balanced precariously all around the room, crystal viles, even photography by Xavier Boldu everywhere. It was an absolute delight to see some of my favourite Harry Potter fans, like Weasley's Book, over the walls and it felt like I was in a combination of Flourish and Blotts and The Apothecary.

You could see that they had gone through every effort to include the tiniest of details. From Rhunes carved into compartments on the tables, to giving you robes as you walked through the door. I obviously wore my own because I'm a loser.


On to the important bit. The drinks and the magic.

Before the experience really begins, you get a little welcome drink of Poetic Mead. It's hidden away in one of the compartments on the tables which you open with the wand. that's right. You Alohomora that shit for booze. I cannot explain to you how happy this made me. I even did a little squeal.

The drink itself was nice, it was just very tiny. It added to the charm though especially since it was in the smallest jar ever.


After the welcome bev, you had the choice of two drinks to make yourself. Just so you're aware, they're served in pairs so you'll need to make sure whoever goes with you is happy with the choice too!

The Potions Master delivers all of the ingredients to your table as well as step-by-step instructions, which we were RUBBISH at following. But that all adds to the experience, right?

Our first 'potiion'  was the Blood Boiling Curse. It consisted of gin, a bouncing magic bean (which you used the magic wand to control), troll bogies and the sands of time. Because of course it did. Cue me saying 'bleurgh, troll bogies' very loudly. I am but basic.

It was a nice combination of sweet and bitter. I felt like it could have done with a bit more gin but that's mostly because... well, gin.


The Botony Brew was my favourite part of the experience, mostly because of the cauldron. A simmering and smoking concoction that would have made Professor Slughorn proud, but only because there's no pleasing Professor Snape when you're a Gryffindor.


I don't have a sweet tooth and it was a little too much for me. But that could have been because we added too much Montenegro (whatever that is). Watch your measures, peeps and don't stray from the instructions! Bonus was though, there was enough in our cauldron for three full glasses each, so they're not exactly stingey there!



In short, if you're a fellow nerd like me, the Cauldron is an experience you wouldn't want to miss. The whole experience lasts about 1hr 45mins so make sure you're not late for your pre-booked spot. Make sure you make the most of your time there and explore everty nook and cranny. You'd be amazed by the tiniest things you see and little nerdy references hidden around the place, and more than just Harry Potter too! I'd wholly recommend taking a peek in the wardrobe... if you're not too squeamish! Make sure you book tickets soon though, if this round is anything like last time, slots fill up pretty quickly.

Have you been to The Cauldron yet?



*Discalimer: I went to the Cauldron as a guest of Love Pop Ups London but honestly couldn't recommend it enough. All ramblings and appreciation are 100% my own. 

18 comments

  1. Your love for Harry Potter makes it easy for me shopping for your birthday.

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  2. I love the look of The Cauldron, what a fun idea for a bar pop up. Next time we're in London I'm going to see if I can get tickets with my boyfriend!

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    1. I think it's only around until December this time but it's so popular it's bound to be back again soon!

      AJ

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  3. Oh My Gosh how amazing does the cauldron sound! I would definitely love to go myself and try out some of those concoctions!

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  4. So,does the magic wand work if I wanted to make a huge Slurpee or a root beer freeze?
    Sounds like a fun place to visit....

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    1. I wish it did frozen drinks! It does do non alcoholic varieties though, if that's more your bag.

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  5. So much detail has been put in to the place, it looks brilliant, and mixing your own cocktails is always a good idea! :)

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  6. This is so freaking neat! The cross-over makes perfect sense 😁 I'd love to see something like this in the US soon.

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    1. There's one in NYC! Not sure if that's anywhere near you but there definitely is one! https://thecauldron.io/locations/

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  7. I actually went to the Cauldron last weekend and it was so much fun making the cocktails but I wasn't a huge fan of the taste of them x

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    1. One was a bit too sweet for me but we all have different tastes. Some of the guys absolutely loved them

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  8. I'm not a huge fan of Harry Potter but I think I'd have a great time making potions at The Cauldron!

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  9. This looks fab and so much fun. Love getting into Harry potter mode xx

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  10. This looks amazing! I love the attention to detail, that's usually what I love about a place x

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  11. I know several people who love Harry Potter including my own younger sister. She has all the books and so many accessories. I’d love to plan a trip to this place.

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