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Embrace your inner geek

Put on your spectacles and let your inner nerd run wild at these new scientific attractions. Going geek has never been so cool.

Published 17 May 2017, 09:00 BST, Updated 8 Jul 2021, 15:05 BST
Museum of the Moon

Museum of the Moon.

Photograph by Carolyn Eaton

Cocktails in code

Are you a player, keen to show off your mad Sherlock skills? Well, there's a secret underground bar with your name (in code) on the door. The latest immersive cocktail experience comes from Lollipop, the team behind East London's Breaking Bad cocktail bar and The Bunyadi naked restaurant. Here, The Bletchley recreates a secret World War II code cracking room. Slip in through a secret door and, once you've entered data detailing your personal taste preferences into a cipher machine, you receive a unique code that you then transmit, via radio, to a team of backroom mixologists, who will decode the perfect bespoke cocktail for you. You don't need to be Alan Turing to tackle this mission, but if you like a bit of retro dress-up, this can't be beat. And for those late to the party (you need to book well ahead), this London pop-up's shelf life has been extended at least until July, and there's even firm talk of it being recreated on foreign soil. Where? Clue: you won't need D-Day Landings to reach this capital city.

The moonlight swim

What: Swim five feet beneath the 'moon'.
Where: At a lido in Rennes, Brittany, during the packed-with-surprises Tombées de la Nuit (Nightfall) arts festival in July.
How: Book tickets for Museum of the Moon, a touring event by British artist Luke Jeram, who created the 1:500,000-scale lunar model. It measures 23ft in diameter and features NASA imagery of the satellite's surface.

Top 3 scientific trips

Is this the best class, ever? Cocktail lessons given by Todd Maul, the geek-barman at Café ArtScience in Cambridge, Massachusetts, now include the food design innovations of partner organisation, Le Laboratoire. It all adds up to some highly unusual drinks. 

If you want to see how Major Tim Peake returned to Earth after his six-month mission at the International Space Station last year, then head to London's Science Museum, where the Soyuz TMA-19M descent module — complete with scorch marks from its re-entry through the atmosphere — is on display until September. 

The about-to-open Hotel EMC2, in Chicago, headlines a huge zoetrope, a 19th-century animation device, plus a typographic quote by Leonardo da Vinci in the lobby. And that's before you enter the rooms… Beds feature Serta cooling technology mattresses as standard. 

Published in the June 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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