Top barrister Geoffrey Robertson GQ (pictured) has called for an end to Variant 31, a live-action, adrenaline-fueled zombie survival game in which players navigate through a labyrinth in London's West End

Top barrister Geoffrey Robertson GQ (pictured) has called for an end to Variant 31, a live-action, adrenaline-fueled zombie survival game in which players navigate through a labyrinth in London's West End

Top barrister Geoffrey Robertson GQ (pictured) has called for an end to Variant 31, a live-action, adrenaline-fueled zombie survival game in which players navigate through a labyrinth in London’s West End

A top barrister has called for an end to a live-action, adrenaline-fuelled zombie survival game in which players navigate through a labyrinth in London‘s upmarket Bloomsbury neighbourhood. 

Geoffrey Robertson QC spoke out about interactive experience ‘Variant 31’ after its producers put in an application to extend its licensing hours. 

The immersive zombie apocalypse game, which features hordes of undead actors, was scheduled to run until the end of the year but has filed a retrospective application to keep operating until 2024.

The company has also requested a license to serve alcohol on the premises. 

The 73-year-old human rights lawyer complained that the game is hazardous to people’s health and it went against his neighbourhood’s ‘intellectual reputation’, the Daily Telegraph reported. 

The game is located in the well-to-do neighbourhood of Bloomsbury and is situated in seven different abandoned buildings dubbed ‘Toxico Technologies’. 

In a letter to Camden council, Mr Robertson said: ‘There is a danger to our health, not only from too little sleep but the fury that comes with having to put up with this kind of noise outside our very windows. 

Variant 31 lasts for an hour and a half and players are made to navigate their way through a 25,000 square foot labyrinth while fending off 150 trained actors posing as zombies

Variant 31 lasts for an hour and a half and players are made to navigate their way through a 25,000 square foot labyrinth while fending off 150 trained actors posing as zombies

Variant 31 lasts for an hour and a half and players are made to navigate their way through a 25,000 square foot labyrinth while fending off 150 trained actors posing as zombies

‘This is not a theatre and the ‘zombie experience’ is not actually appropriate to Bloomsbury with its more humane and intellectual reputation.’ 

He added that guests would ‘predictably stay around after the bar closes and eventually wander up towards the lights of the British Museum with the commotion and misbehaviour common to groups inebriated by drink.’ 

A spokesperson for the game told the publication there had been no noise complaints from residents over the past month. 

Variant 31 lasts for an hour and a half and players are made to navigate their way through a 25,000 square foot labyrinth while fending off 150 trained actors posing as zombies. 

The live action game was launched on September 2 and runs until December 31.   

A decision will be made by the Council on Variant 31’s licensing and alcohol applications later this month. 

The live action game was launched on September 2 and runs until December 31

The live action game was launched on September 2 and runs until December 31

The live action game was launched on September 2 and runs until December 31 

 

 

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