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Simon Drake's House of Magic

#5,285 of 17,939 Restaurants in London
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Southwark, London SE17 3WW, England
+44 20 7735 4777
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Simon Drakes secret location for his show last night. We were warmly welcomed by a talking head on a plate into the spooky garden, before having some drinks at the very reasonably priced bar. The venue is as quirky as they come, with oddities galore. It is an experience in itself! The cellar tour hosted by the camp... More 

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Simon D, Owner at Simon Drake's House of Magic, responded to this review

Thank you Stephen & Alice for your kind words. I am so glad to read you had an enjoyable evening here and yes I do my best to keep an eye on everything and make sure all our guests are happy. Yes indeed, that woman's behaviour was shameful and really quite sad. After I heard about it I had little... More 

Bressingham, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

This has always been on my bucket list and it did not dissapoint! Secret location was so much fun and Simon Drake was a great host. He was there from the start joining in with everyone. The whispering chair and the cellar tour were great. The 'ghost' that showed us around the tour had us in fits! The buffet was... More 

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Simon D, Owner at Simon Drake's House of Magic, responded to this review

Hi Mark and Paul, Thank you so much for such a glowing review, so glad to read you had a great time at my venue. More 

Stafford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016

The the velvet decor, the wandering magicians, the haunted cellar, the burlesque outfits and the music all make for a great setting for an evening of magic. The undoubted pinnacle, though, is the magic show itself. Simon Drake and his team are masters of stagecraft- we truly enjoyed the experience from start to finish.

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Simon D, Owner at Simon Drake's House of Magic, responded to this review

Delighted to hear you had a great time here. Hope to see you again one day. For anyone else who sees this post, our monthly public events are listed on our website More 

1 review
Reviewed 2 February 2016

We held a private party at Simon Drake's House of Magic and can't rate it highly enough. Simon was a fantastic host - attentive, friendly and accessible - the food, the entertainment and the venue itself were all fantastic. The right mix of scary and funny. We will be back!

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Thank Edward D
Simon D, Owner at Simon Drake's House of Magic, responded to this review

Thank you Edward for this lovely review. It was a memorable and a great fun event. Hope to see you again soon. More 

london
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2016

We had the BEST time ever at Simon Drakes House Of Magic. It was beyond all our expectations to see this glorious venue with an unique show at a stunning location. There are non stop exciting things happening all around you. The food was delicious, the music was fabulous and the shows and tours were pure art work. I would... More 

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Simon D, Owner at Simon Drake's House of Magic, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this wonderful review. Your guests were a pleasure for myself and my staff to entertain. Such a polite and seriously fun bunch. Very flattered to be given a standing ovation for our show too! Hope to see you again soon. More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015

If you are after a unique and genuinely jaw dropping evening of magic and illusion, look no further! Lucky enough to have seen Simon Drake's macabre TV show 'The Secret Caberet' when I was much younger, I stumbled across this evening after looking to see what Simon is up to now! He's still at large! The house of magic is... More 

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Simon D, Owner at Simon Drake's House of Magic, responded to this review

Hey Myles, That was lovely review, many thanks. Its always very flattering that people who remember my 2 series for Channel 4 come here and enjoy it. Sorry its taken so long to reply, just found a few free days to catch up on stuff. Hope to see you again one day! Best wishes, Simon More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2015

I had no idea what to expect and 'expect the unexpected' is probably a pretty good way to sum up what really was a genre defying evening! The first element is the surprise of walking off the street into a lovely garden: winding paths, sparkling trees, seats nestled in quiet corners, slightly wary looking people and a man without a... More 

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Simon D, Owner at Simon Drake's House of Magic, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind comments. Have a lovely summer! More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 June 2015

This was a disappointing and overpriced experience. The ticket price was £85 but I would not recommend that anybody pays more than £30 to attend this.

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Simon D, Owner at Simon Drake's House of Magic, responded to this review

Very sorry to see that you felt your evening with us wasn’t what you wanted. Although we have received pretty good feedback for the evening you came to, we also take all feedback seriously. With that in mind, I suggest you may want to contact me or one of the House of Magic team, so we can find a way... More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2015

I am absolutely blown away. What an incredible evening!!!! Arrived at the start and walked through an eerily spooky, beautiful garden. We were greeted by the butler and ushered into the most beautiful candlelit room, I can't even explain it. The whole house is like stepping back into time! Red velvet drapes, spooky antiques and the most amazing attention to... More 

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Simon D, Owner at Simon Drake's House of Magic, responded to this review

wow! What a really fantastic review, thank you very much. Its just great when people totally understand and appreciate what we are up to here and you certainly did. Thanks again and hope to see you again one day. All the best, Simon & Abby Drake More 

Sevenoaks
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22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2015

I had heard about the House of Magic and have wanted to visit for a while. It did not disappoint, not only was it a great place with loads of atmosphere (no Disney like decor) it had the extra fun factor which I did not expect at all. The tour guide that showed us the haunted cellar was hilarious as... More 

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3 Thank Barbara L
Simon D, Owner at Simon Drake's House of Magic, responded to this review

Hey Barbara WOW! What a kind review. Thank you very much. Sorry its taken so long to reply, just found a few free days to catch up on stuff. Hope to see you again one day! Cheers, Simon More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Southwark, London SE17 3WW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Southwark
  • Neighbourhood: Southwark
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7735 4777
Description
The House is Magic hosts the most extraordinary and enchanting events in London. The venue was first established in 1995 by prominent international illusionist Simon Drake, creator and star of Channel 4's cult TV series, The Secret Cabaret, guests can enjoy quality cuisine and drinks at uniquely low prices, before being startled and amazed to varying degrees throughout the night. Although it's often booked out exclusively for corporate and private parties the house also has a number of public nights throughout the year which are generally on a weekend, towards the end of the month.

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Southwark
Even before the arrival of the instantly iconic Shard, the riverside scene in Southwark had moved well beyond any up-and-coming phase of development. For quite some time, locals and out-of-towners alike have loved browsing the boutiques of Bermondsey High Street, foraging through the bounteous stalls at centuries old foodie haven Borough Market, and flocking to the banks of the Thames to enjoy some of Britain's biggest attractions such as Tate Modern and Shakespeare's Globe. Despite Southwark's many popular draws, instant calm can be achieved easily by turning down almost any side street. For more urban buzz, a quick stroll across famed bridges like the pedestrianized Millennium Bridge or the ever photogenic Tower Bridge yields access to the very core of Central London. And with London Bridge Station as this neighbourhood's main transportation hub, getting across town (or to anywhere in England for that matter) is a relative breeze.
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