DRINK & PLAY: The Hunt for The Smoking Caterpillar - Comedy escape room + immersive theatre experience


  • Immersive, Something A Little Different and Theatre/Arts
  • Tickets from £34.00
  • Catford
  • Background Music
  • Over 18
  • This event has taken place.
  • Multiple start times (see ticket info)


Take on bizarre challenges in a new type of adventure that combines immersive theatre, escape rooms, and murder mystery, with a hilariously bonkers storyline.

Teams receive their Wonderhunter packs from the White Rabbit, before being escorted upstairs.

"I loved the characters, hunting, blackmailing... it was WOW! One of the best and funniest immersive hunting experiences I've done."  
Joanne Mortlock - Love Popups London


The Baron will welcome you to New Wonderland, boasting jobs and opportunity for all with precious ‘golds’. However, Russell the smoking caterpillar, has locked up everyone’s golds, and himself!  You'll be enlisted as a 'Wonderhunter', paid in golds to pursue Russell's clues.

★★★★★ "Brought out a competitive, ambitious, and corrupt streak I never knew I had! Not to be missed, you will never look at yourself the same way again!"
Karima Setohy - Wonderland Festival


You'll receive missions to interrogate characters and each other with multiple opportunities to trade, gamble and win golds.

The story is guided by the players and one of many endings will be decided by your team's decisions.

You'll come across characters such as Beadle Dum, who’s marbles were lost at a particularly mad Mad Hatter's party, Poppy Stamp, the bashful beauty with no tongue, and Tumeric Gin, the alchemist who lost her beloved dodo.

Will you discover Beadle's lost marbles?

Poppy's tongue?

Tumeric's yearning for true happiness?

Or simply serve the Baron's New Wonderland wealth?

Whichever path you choose, watch out for the dreaded Serpent! Anything can happen in this new gaming format, and often does.

★★★★★ Such a unique experience. Reminded me of the choose your own adventure computer games I used to play but REAL! Was so much fun and had a great time completing the various quests, even though I didn't win the beauty contest! LOL.


Enjoy your free drink after your trip, you'll likely need it!

This pop-up theatrical experience has entertained thousands of thrill seekers across London venues and festivals, and will be making limited appearances in the theatre room of this vibrant South London venue.

Each game is for up to 22 players, broken into smaller teams of 2-5 exploring various avenues for approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Each ticket includes a drink from the bar.

★★★★★ “Amazing experience! Went with my boyfriend and we had so much fun! The characters, the atmosphere, and the participants, everything was perfect.”
Marieta – DesignMyNight


Buckbuck Games have been described as “Crystal Maze on crystal meth”! This rabbit hole is the ideal trip for clue hunters, team players, shrewd tacticians and nonsense lovers!

If you hunger for the curiouser and curiouser, enlist your team for a fun fuelled hunt you'll never forget.

★★★★★ "BOOK BOOK BOOK!!!!! I have done about 15 immersive events in London and this was by far my favourite. The lack of technology and focus on human interaction makes this immersive experience that much more.”
Its.rishis DesignMyNight


Private bookings also available via Buckbuckgames.com

Buckbuck Games create safe and supportive spaces for that good ol’ stuff we used to call playtime! Come get some!





Ticket Event time Cost
3.50pm -Game SATURDAY

1 hour 20 mins interactive theatrical game + drink included.

Please arrive 30 minutes before your start time to order your drink and receive your Wonderhunter pack.

Strictly no latecomers

15:50 - 17:10 £34.00
6.10pm -Game SATURDAY

1 hour 20 mins interactive theatrical game + drink included.

Please arrive 30 minutes before your start time to order your drink and receive your Wonderhunter pack.

Strictly no latecomers

18:10 - 19:30 £34.00



167 Rushey Green, SE6 4BD



Nearest Station

Catford (Rail)


  • Cuisines

    This event serves Burgers, Bar Snacks, Bottomless Brunch and British food.


Buckbuck Games
HIGH ON THE EXPERIENCE CURVE The BuckBuck team have been designing and running unique immersive experiences since 2014. Games can be customised and set up at any venue for events. Come play!



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  • Written by Hannah

    Rating: 5


    Visited 1 year ago
    I attended this event on Friday 23rd Feb with some friends and it was great fun. Entertaining actors and fun tasks. Would definitely recommend this for fans of immersive theatre.
  • Written by Robin

    Rating: 5


    Visited 1 year ago
    Absolutely fantastic! This experience is perfect for team building exercises, I'll definitely be look to Buck Buck games for my next event. Would highly recommend!

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