A South London pub that already offers drinkers a retro amusement arcade has taken things to the next level by adding VR.
The installation at The Four Thieves in Clapham could be repeated at venues across the capital if a deal comes off with a London pub chain.
In an interview with the BBC, Oli Lane from The VR Concept says he hopes virtual reality could replace darts as a popular pub activity. It could, he argues, bring public houses back as social hubs of their communities. Though arguably less risky than throwing around sharp-pointed darts after a few pints, VR is not without its risks in such an environment.
“When you’re involved with alcohol there’s always a degree or risk to the the equipment,” adds Lane’s colleague, Anthony Nixon. “So we’ve had to rig up harnesses so that if people fall over they don’t damage themselves.”
Patrons at The Four Thieves can enjoy such VR offerings as a zombie escape or encounter with a giant spider. Each 20 minute session costs £15.00 ($19.40/€17.85) for up to two people.
According the pub’s proprietors, “you can easily end up spending a day at the Four Thieves.” Its upstairs Art Deco music hall has been transformed into a games room. Here drinkers can enjoy mini motor racing, crazy golf, retro arcade machines and an escape room.
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Images: The Four Thieves