Have you ever gone to a pop-up gallery and wanted to get closer to the art. Like really immerse yourself in it? Usually, you are snapped back into reality from the telling off for even stepping too close! This is where Smith & Sinclair had us covered! They created an atmosphere where it was absolutely encouraged to engage with the art. Whether it is by smelling, touching or even consuming it. Namely, it was called 'The Flavour Gallery'.
The gallery featured a selection of awe-inspiring artists, including Terry Pastor, Gods Own Junkyard, London Loom and Tom O'Hare. No space was wasted at this pop-up gallery! There was an amazing immersive experience in every corner. From changing the colour of the art with your very own hands to finding yourself rubbing your back on a vibrating pillar. There was definitely a new experience for everyone lurking inside!
To further add to the adventure, it could all have been done with a cocktail in hand. This was alongside the edible cocktail handed to you at the door! Consequently, we headed to the heat-sensitive bar. Here we saw that Smith & Sinclair had partnered up with Lanique for some amazing bespoke cocktails. Oh, and yes, I said heat-sensitive bar! Also yes, edible cocktails! We happily grabbed an ice cube and made our own art on the bar, while we waited for our drinks.
We had what we think might have just been the prettiest cocktail we’ve ever had.
Oh, and we’ve had a lot! Under the light, we came to the realisation that the drink was laced with glitter goodness. This created an awesome shimmer as we swirled our drinks around.
We would have already been sold at this point. However, when we finally got round to drinking it rather than playing with it, it also tasted great!
For those who didn’t want to get tipsy and kept a normal gallery decorum, there were also non-alcoholic cocktails. This wasn’t by any means your everyday gallery though. So, of course, there was also edible cocktail flavoured perfumes too!
The Elusive box?!
Our favourite part of the pop-up gallery was the elusive red box placed in the centre of the room. As we made our way around the other artwork, we kept noticing people heading in and out and wondered what was going on.
Turns out it was all about heightened senses. Headphones and blindfold in tow, we made our way around the box, feeling the walls for guidance and took a journey through a night out on the town. The walls went round in stages, firstly covered in grass. Moving on to pushable knobs, making us feel like we were playing the instruments that were playing in our ears. The next part of the wall had crockery and glasses stuck to it while we heard the sounds of a kitchen. Lastly, the end of the night was nigh with the feel of various coats before heading back into the gallery with a slight confusion for where we’d just been.
At least there weren’t any night buses involved.
Unfortunately, this event was a temporary pop-up and has now finished but Smith & Sinclair love a good pop up. For the impatient times between their pop-ups, they also do great alcoholic sweets, which are equivalent to half a shot each… result!
Check out what they're up to and treat yourself to some adult gummies too!
For more unique experiences including cocktails, check out this list of the best-themed bars in London!