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So you think you know London? – Escape Rooms

Escape Rooms are taking the world by storm, and it’s easy to see why – they are designed to challenge, excite, intrigue (and sometimes scare) you. They are perfect for groups of friends, couples, families, work teambuilding… basically, if you choose the right room, there is something for everyone… Plus it’s way more fun than a trip to the cinema (in my humble opinion). They range from the fantastical to the farcical, so I tried out some of the big names to help you choose the best one for your team. Here’s how I got on..

Modern Fables – The Escapist – South Bermondsey

Difficulty: 3/5

Best for: Immersive theatre fans

I have to say, as a big immersive theatre fan, I think this was my favourite escape room in London – the immersive element draws you into the game from the very beginning, and adds something really special to the game. The story is fantastic – your friend Lavinia keeps disappearing on trips since trying to find out more information about her long-lost Grandfather, and she needs you to look after her bar while she’s away. Her long term friend, Alfie is there to show you around and guide you on any questions you may have. The attention to detail on the set production is beautiful, and you will quickly get absorbed into the storyline! Play. This. Game.

Escape Plan – Battle of Britain – Kennington

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Difficulty: 4/5

Best for: Players looking for something a little different and history buffs

Battle of Britain is an escape room… with a twist. Unlike every other escape room I’ve played, escaping the room is only part of the goal! Your main mission is to mobilise your RAF squadrons to protect Britain and down as many Luftwaffe as possible. With innovative, bespoke puzzles, this game will keep even the most experienced escapists on their toes. I loved the level of production throughout the whole experience, and have to say that it is up there with some of the best games I have played! Although it is quite a challenging game, it is still certainly achievable (although if you are relatively new to escape rooms, I recommend having at least 4 people to make it a little easier!). They have also created a new game called The Adventure Begins, which I cannot wait to try out!

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Mission Breakout – Camden

Difficulty: 4/5

Best for: Players looking for something a little more challenging and history buffs

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Winston Churchill has an important mission for you at Mission Breakout

Mission Breakout has one of the best location settings in London – the allure of an abandoned tube station is particularly exciting and fits the theme perfectly. The game is super immersive – the instruction briefing is by Churchill himself, and the production level is high. The puzzles are on the harder end of the scale, but still achievable. We took a friend who had never tried an escape room before, and he was able to help solve some of the puzzles in a meaningful way, and really enjoyed the whole experience! You need at least three people to play most effectively, and I would recommend four or five for those with less experience. This one is great for history buffs, and experienced game players.

They have also opened up a new room called The Lost Passenger, which sounds absolutely great – I cannot wait to play it!

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Taking shelter in Mission Breakout’s bomb shelter bunker!

Breakin’ – The Butcher’s Lair – Highbury and Islington

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Difficulty: 2.5/5

Best for: Horror fans

This was one of the best production levels I have seen in London – from the very beginning, the decoration was stunning and made me want to play all of the rooms – they have several to choose from, ranging from pirate-themed, to space-themed, so there really is something for all the family. They also have a couple of rooms with duplicates, meaning you can break up into two groups and race if you have a larger audience to entertain. The story we played was fun (although not for children who might be easily scared!), and some of the puzzles were quite unique. It was the right level of challenging for people who have some experience in escape rooms, but would also be great for first-timers!

Breakin' Team Photo - Butcher's Lair
A creepy photo after beating the butcher!

Hint Hunt – JM’s Office – Euston

Difficulty: 3.5/5

Best for: Team-building activities

Hint Hunt was quite difficult – I played this with 3 other people who had not had much experience playing escape rooms, but they all absolutely loved it. There were a lot of puzzles to get through with varying difficulty, which is where the size of the team really helped, but it was still an achievable and enjoyable game. I really recommend this one for team-building activities, as there are multiple versions of each room, so you can split up and race each other.

Hint Hunt - JM's Office Logo

Lock’d – Grandpa’s Last Will – Bermondsey

Difficulty: 2/5

Best for: Families and beginners

Grandpa’s Last Will is definitely a perfect place to start for beginner room escapists, team building activities or families. Unlike some other games in London, all of the rooms at Lock’d are designed to be family friendly, so you won’t find any jump-scares or inappropriate story-lines! Grandpa’s Last Will is an achievable level of difficulty, with some innovative puzzles that will keep you entertained, even if you are a seasoned escapist! The team are really friendly, with the host setting the scene and getting us involved in the story straight away. They also have some really exciting plans for their future rooms, so definitely watch this space!

Lock'd - Grandpa's Last Will Team Photo

clueQuest – Revenge of the Sheep – Caledonian Road

Difficulty: 4.5/5

Best for: Experienced players

This was actually my least favourite of the Clue Quest missions, although I know for many it is their favourite, so it is probably down to individual preference! I found it quite hard to complete with just two people, and we found one puzzle in particular quite frustrating, although the production level of the set was still to a really high standard. I would say this one is probably best for three people or more, as there are quite a lot of puzzles to get through.

Omescape – The Joker’s Asylum – Caledonian Road

Difficulty: 5/5

An interesting element of this game is that you are split up into two teams before you enter the room, before re-uniting to solve the rest of the game. This is great for communication, as you are left with two walkie-talkies, however, the two teams’ experiences were completely different, and I have to say mine was slightly less enjoyable than the other. I felt quite passive, and ended up spending quite a long time waiting for the other team to complete their puzzles before the next bit of action could take place. There were also several times where the answers to the clues seemed quite ambiguous, and we had to check if we were on the right path (which we were most of the time!). Overall, this is a challenging game, and I definitely wouldn’t recommend to first-timers, or groups of colleagues, as it could be quite frustrating at times.

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A creepy vibe in the Joker’s Asylum

Have you tried any of these escape rooms in London? What did you think? Have you tried any others that are not on my list? Would love to hear from you in the comments, as I’m always on the lookout for some more fun games to play!

 

 

 

In the interest of transparency, part of this post was kindly sponsored by the rooms featured. However, all opinions and recommendations are completely my own and not as a result of any sponsorship!

50 thoughts on “So you think you know London? – Escape Rooms

    1. That is so exciting! I love finding escape rooms in different countries – I hope you enjoy the ones we have to offer here! Let me know if you need any more tips or suggestions for London – I love sharing my city with people! 🙂

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    2. Yes! Lots! Dishoom is one of my favourite restaurants in London – it is an Indian / Irani fusion restaurant that is really popular (you can book a table before 6pm I think) – they have several branches. Clos Maggiore in Covent Garden is reputed to be the most “romantic” restaurant in London – it’s really pretty there and serves French food. Circus in Covent Garden has aerial circus performers above the table while you eat (book in advance). Coppa Club near the Tower of London has cute Cabanas you can sit outside in and admire the view of the Thames (book these in advance) – it serves European food. Bob Bob Ricard is Russian/ British fine dining food with a “press for champagne” button (in Soho). Flavour Bastard in Soho has some really interesting (and delicious!) food combinations and experimental flavours. Inamo in Covent Garden has interactive tables which let you play games (the food is pan-asian and kind of average, the tables are a bit of a gimmick, but still fun if you’re looking for something different). Lastly, we have Dans Le Noir, where you can eat a surprise meal in pitch black, which is a really interesting experience! (The idea is that with one sense blocked, you concentrate on all of the other senses much more). I hope that gives you some ideas, but if you are looking for anything specific, let me know and I’ll see what I can recommend! ❤ Have a great time in London!

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      1. wow, thanks so much, lizzie! will do. i will definitely look all of these up and see which ones my family want to check out. and thanks for the well wishes–it will be our first time there, so we look forward to being tourists hehe 🙂

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    1. Oh amazing! You should definitely try Modern Fables – it’s almost right on your doorstep! Lock’d is also super near you, and definitely a great place to start for beginners! Let me know how you get on if you ever try them – would love to hear! 😀

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    1. Ah I love finding follow enthusiasts – there’s nothing quite like the rush of escaping with minutes to go! Battle of Britain is such a great game, I definitely recommend it! Get over here to London! 😀 Let me know if you give it a go – would love to hear how you get on!

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    1. Aw that’s such a shame! The first one I tried was in China, and we didn’t get out either, it was so so annoying! Definitely give it another try, I’m sure you’ll get out of the next one – and then you’ll get addicted to them! 😀

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  1. I love escape rooms, the last one I did was in Rotterdam, on a ship. I did one in London as well, you should check it out as well! It’s somewhere around King’s Cross and it’s so much fun. My team managed to escape with 30 seconds to spare 🙂

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    1. Yay! You definitely should! I try and do one in every country I go to, it’s really interesting to see all the different ideas people have when making the games – plus it’s a really good activity if you are travelling in the winter and the weather is bad! 😀

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  2. Whoah! i am big fan of immersive games, puzzles and the like but i am ashamed to say i haven’t really tried this except when we made one ourselves way back in high school. I am not a big fan of London because of some reasons but your posts definitely will make me rethink about visiting London next time.

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    1. That’s so cool you made one yourselves in high school! I made one as a surprise for my boyfriend’s birthday a few years back, it was so fun! I’m sure you would love one of the ones we have in London, we do have some really cool ones 🙂

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