‘This City Stinks’: an immersive street game around Leyton

Sniff your way around the neighbourhood next week as part of Waltham Forest’s Jump Festival

Now this feels quite unlike anything we’ve seen in E10 in recent years. Locals are being invited to follow their noses, as a new immersive game This City Stinks uses pungent smell trails to guide them round the streets of Leyton (and, if it’s nearer your gaff, Chingford).

This City Stinks is a “thrilling street game”, say the organisers, challenging teams to follow smell trails under the cover of darkness to track down an unknown adversary. Wowsers.

Players work together to stay safe, and to figure out who they can trust. Going live from next Thursday 16th September, the game is set in a dystopian near-future where the rising global heat has awoken something vast and inhuman underground.

This City Stinks
This City Stinks: get sniffing. Photo: PR

This City Stinks is is played on the streets using mobile devices, with a full soundscape designed by acclaimed sound artists Duncan Speakman and Sarah Anderson.


The brand new game is designed by Free Ice Cream and commissioned for Waltham Forest Council’s new JUMP festival, which looks at how important games and play are to community, connection and happiness.

Londoners of all ages can join in with JUMP from 17th to 26th September, through video games, board games, playground games and more in events being held across Waltham Forest.

In collaboration with cultural partners, including V&A Museum of Childhood and Leytonstone Loves Film, the festival is an exploration of how play and games allow people to spend time together through creating, inventing, competing, racing and more.

Jump Festival
JUMP festival. Photo: Helen Kwok

Highlights of the JUMP festival will include Waltham Forest Games Market on Saturday 25th September, an installation of Street Tape Games from Melbourne artists Chad Toprak and Helen Kwok, and the V&A Museum of Childhood will share their large-scale play kits so kids can construct a huge tower, a boat to sail away on, or a den to hide in.

Also don’t miss these three: an interactive installation Motif in the forecourt by Leytonstone tube station; ‘Time Trouble’ by Stanley Morse, a bespoke (online-only) Waltham Forest computer game made on Roblox where gamers can explore Waltham Forest and help the townsfolk with their daily lives; and Verbal Kabaddi, in which Indian artists Thukral and Tagra reimagine the traditional wrestling game of Kabaddi as a challenging and cerebral verbal version, also taking place in E17’s Town Square.

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This City Stinks will preview on Thursday 16th September with reduced price tickets and then run from 17 September at full price of £12. Early bird tickets of £8 are currently available. Tickets can be booked via www.thiscitystinks.com. Teams of 2 to 5 people (over 18s only) can take part with time slots throughout the evening from 18.30 to 23.00. Each game lasts 45 -60 minutes. From 16th-18th Sept the game starts at Leyton tube station; from 23th-25th Sept at Chingford Mount Bus Station.

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