The 2023 run of The Smoke will take place on the weekend of 24-26 March 2023.
Our venue for 2023, will be Theatre Delicatessen. It is the same venue as previous years however it has now changed location. It’s now located at 107 Leadenhall St, London EC3A 4AF.
We will put up information about the new rooms soon!
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.We will provide 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. You will be able to bring your own food to the venue and we will try to provide a place where you can eat.
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 Bank Station which connects to the Underground tube network. It takes around an hour to get there from Stansted, Heathrow, or Gatwick airport, and around 10-20 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
There is a full accessibility guide for the Leadhall Venue here.
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.
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.