Our venues for 2019, as in 2018, are Theatre Delicatessen and The Nursery Theatre. Both of these 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. Keep reading for information about our Cafe/Bar, Creative Desk Space, Rehearsal Studios, and brand new Yoga and Pilates Studio.”
“The Nursery has been bringing improv to Londoners for almost a decade. We run regular shows and classes, as well as offering space hire, bespoke training, and a new course for teenagers!
This year we opened a brand new, purpose-built improv theatre, The Nursery Theatre at Broadgate! We run shows there from Thursday to Sunday, with additional performances throughout the week. It has its own private bar and comfy seats and it’s a great place to come along and watch a huge variety of improv styles in a relaxed, friendly environment!
Our classes are flexible and aimed at all levels: from a free monthly taster session and drop-ins every Wednesday and Saturday, to short beginners courses and longer advanced courses, electives and guest teachers for experienced improvisers to hone specific skills. We also have a weekly jam night at The Nursery Theatre.”
- The Nursery Theatre, on the ground floor, is a blackbox space which will house the most technically-demanding larps.
- Studios 1, 2, 3, 5 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.
The Smoke is not a residential festival – you will have to find accommodation. For visitors to London who don’t have friends here already to stay with, we will do our best to find hosts for you. Otherwise, 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.
You can’t yet sign up to participate in The Smoke 2019, but you can leave your name to be informed when signups open: take a look at 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 1800 on Sunday. There are informal social events on Friday and Sunday evening. See the timetable page for more information.