Why is a raven like a writing desk? To be honest, we’re not so sure either. What we do know is that hiding bizarrely, not down a rabbit hole but rather up at the top of the Xscape Shopping Centre in Milton Keynes; lurks Wonderworld. The ‘Alice in Wonderland’ clubbing experience which seeks to bend our illusion of time. Step through that looking glass and into wonderland 2.0: where it’s always your happy un-birthday. Inspired by the whimsical and frankly quite bonkers work of Lewis Carroll, Wonderworld is a journey through Midsummer-Night's-Narnia, awash with all things fantastical. We're not sure what that Mad Hatter is putting in his tea but boy, do we like it.
Wonderworld is split into 3 pretty impressive rooms, each exploring a different avenue of time. The 'Yesterday' room is all about the throwback, playing all those nostalgic jams that you didn't know you remembered, whereas 'Tomorrow' explores the more experimental, progressive genres of, well, tomorrow. The 3rd of the rooms, known as The Secret Garden, is a beautiful hybrid of indoors and outdoors. Decor-wise we’re talking infinity mirrors, garden foliage, steel gates and labyrinthian walkways, which admittedly, do add an element of challenge to general nightclub navigation. Especially after a few magical potions if you catch m'drift. Although, like a lighthouse on the horizon, the beaming rays from the grand faux oak tree will lead you right on back to the bar.
Music: House, Garage, EDM, Pop, RnB
Dress Code: Smart/Casual
Train Station: Milton Keynes Central
Address: Wonderworld, Xscape Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes, MK9 3XS
Wonderworld’s elaborate Cocktail menu houses all of our fruity favourites and then some, including gems such as: ‘The Treasure Chest’ and ‘The Bacardi Suitcase’, which, by the way, is how we think all Bacardi should henceforth be measured. Wonderworld’s hugely celebrated sound system, (from a range designed for touring purposes, you can imagine the power that this baby is packing!) draws in a consistent stream of guest DJ’s and celebs such as Charlie Sloth, Amber Rose, Nick Grimshaw and even Essex's very own Tweedledum, James (Arg)ent. Remember when he had a bash at being a DJ? Bless him. Aside from Arg-gate, Wonderworld is notoriously great for music so expect a playful pick’n’mix of Synth Pop, Garage, R&B, House and EDM. In fact, unless you’re die-hard heavy metal, we think it’s pretty safe to say that Wonderworld will have something that’ll get that head bobbing.
Wonderworld sticks to a Smart/casual dresscode, explicitly stating 'no trainers'. Having said that they seem to be pretty forgiving of Converse or Vans. We're not sure if that's a little like saying you're a vegetarian except for chicken and fish, but even so, there seems to be a little wiggle room there. Not one for being a one-trick pony, Wonderworld also offer party packages. (We think they keep them in the back next to the Bacardi Suitcases) Catering to parties of 10 all the way to the gargantuan 1800 for private hire, we can only imagine the potential knees-up it could host at max capacity. Another one of the cool booking features are the 'secret rooms', which despite a fair bit of research, still remain their namesake. Oh Wonderworld, you allude us still.
With nights dedicated to comedy, drag, burlesque, celeb appearances, foam parties and hot tub parties, you’re hard-pushed to not be enticed by at least one event wonderful Wonderworld has in the pipeline. The inhouse team will also take extra special care of you if you’re celebrating a birthday. If you give them a buzz beforehand, you and your entire party get in for free, accompanied by complimentary bubbles. How’s that for service? We think we've figured out what that Cheshire Cat's been smiling about.