Although we aren’t yet able to be sure about the 2021 run of The Smoke, we’re planning on the basis that it will happen as normal, on the weekend of 8–10 January 2021. We will hopefully be able to confirm these dates soon.
The Smoke last took place over the weekend 10th-12th January 2020.
Our venue for 2020, as in 2019 and 2018, is Theatre Delicatessen. It’s are located at 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, EC2M 2PA. The entrance is on Whitecross Place next to HOP Vietnamese Restaurant.
“Theatre Deli exists to enrich and enlarge people’s cultural and creative lives. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to do this right in the heart of the City of London as part of the Broadgate community.
With a wide variety of activities and unique spaces on offer, Theatre Deli Broadgate is quickly becoming the cultural hub of the area. Click here for information about our Cafe/Bar, Creative Desk Space, Rehearsal Studios, and brand new Yoga and Pilates Studio.”
- The Theatre, on the ground floor, is a blackbox space which will house the most technically-demanding larps.
- Studios 1–8 and the Boardroom are on the first floor, grouped around the reception area, and this is where most of our larps will be happening.
- The Theatre Deli Café/Bar is on the ground floor and will be the place to get lunch, as well as the social venue for the evenings. Plus it’s open all day, so you can grab breakfast here and interstitial tea, coffee etc!
Food and drink
We will provide food after each larp, plus free tap water and tea and coffee from urns during the larping day. Other food and drink, plus drinks for the evening, will have to be purchased from the café/bar. We will cater for all dietary restrictions and preferences, as long as you let us know about them in advance. By default, all food will be vegetarian: if you need meat in your diet, you will have to tell us so.
The Smoke is not a residential festival – you will have to find accommodation. There are plenty of nearby hostels, including: St Christopher’s Liverpool Street
In general these larps don’t need any costume, or for you to bring any props or anything special like that. The default is for you to wear black or dark-coloured loose-fitting clothing. Any that would like you to wear anything different that that, it’ll say in the description.
All the details are on the Signup page.
London is a major city with lots of transport links. See this wikitravel page for extensive information on how to get into London.
The venue is next to Liverpool Street Station which connects to the Underground tube network and rail services to the east of England. It takes around an hour to get there from Stansted, Heathrow, or Gatwick airport, and around 20 minutes from St Pancras International for Eurostar.
If you’re coming from somewhere else in London, be aware that it can take a long time to travel through the city, so take this into account if you are not staying near the venue.
The first larp starts 1100 Saturday morning, and the last larp finishes 1900 on Sunday. There are informal social events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. See the timetable page for more information.
We our aim is to make The Smoke as accessible as possible. If you have any questions or would like any assistance please let us know and we will do our best to help you.
Accessibility in the building
A ramp is available to access the building and can be set up in advance. There is an elevator which will get participants from the cafe area to the first floor. The toilets upstairs may not be accessible to wheelchair users. The ones downstairs are. The doors to the studio where the larps are held are large enough to accommodate a wheelchair
The bathrooms are gender neutral.
Accessibility during larps
Our policy is that ‘the door is always open’. Participants will not be prevented from leaving larps for any reason. All the larps have content warnings where applicable.
The levels of movement, contact, etc, that the larp requires are in the larp description.
We will cater for any dietary exclusion or allergy that we are informed of.
There will always be members of the safety team on duty. You can contact them if you feel uncomfortable at any time during or after a larp or a party. They are trained to help you. More details about our safety policy.