Maybe you’re an escape room aficionado. Or maybe you just don’t see the appeal of being locked in a room for an hour with your mates. If you fall into the latter camp, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! Escape rooms are a great alternative to meeting your friends at the pub or a restaurant, and they can be highly addictive!
Ever watch the ‘90s TV classic The Crystal Maze? Escape rooms follow a similar concept. You’re locked in a room with your team members and have to solve a series of puzzles and clues in order to escape. Escape rooms usually follow a theme, and can make you feel like you’re at the heart of a futuristic adventure story, or trapped in a zombie horror movie.
Looking for something new for a work team-building day out? Or want to scare yourself silly for Halloween? We’ve compiled a list of five of the best escape rooms in London, so you can put your logic skills to the test so you can try something different this weekend.
1. Secret Studio
The premise behind Secret Studio is that you and your team have been locked inside the headquarters of “Secret Studio Films” – an old movie production office filled with retro technology from the late ‘70s.
This is a very well thought out escape room that has some puzzles that are tricky for even escape room veterans to figure out. The story is engaging and fun for both adults and kids aged 14+, and while there are a few moments that will make you jump, this isn’t a terrifying horror-type escape room. You can also tailor the level of difficulty and “shock value” to your group.
Price: £33 per person.
Team size: 3-6 players per room. There are a total of four rooms, so up to 25 people can play at the same time.
Wentworth Street, London, E1 7SA
Open 10am – 11.30pm Sunday to Thursday and 10am – 1am Friday and Saturday
2. Enigma Quests
Are you a huge Harry Potter fan? Do you wish you could be plunged into the magical world of Hogwarts? If so, you’ll love the Enigma Quests School of Witchcraft and Wizardry escape room.
Your mission is to solve the puzzles, pass your wizarding exams, and graduate from the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You’ll need focus, cooperation, and bravery to succeed. There’s great attention to detail and special effect, and both older kids and adults will love the experience.
Enigma Quests also have three other escape rooms: The Million Pound Heist, Submarine: Mission Wavebreak, and Interstellar: Across the Galaxies.
Price: From £90
Team size: 3 to 5 players
2-12 Wilson St, Finsbury, London, EC2M 7LS
Open 10am – 10pm Monday to Sunday
3. Mission: Breakout
If the idea of being locked in an abandoned tube station sounds like a fun way to spend an hour to you, you’ll definitely want to check out Mission: Breakout, which is based in the abandoned (some say haunted!) South Kentish Town Tube Station.
There are two different escape rooms to choose from: Codebreakers, in which you must decode secret Nazi messages to save the world; and The Lost Passenger, which is based on the true story of a passenger who alighted at the station when a train mistakenly stopped at it soon after its closure in 1924, and disappeared, never to be seen again – spooky!
This is a really atmospheric experience due to the history and location, and is perfect for would-be ghost hunters. Although it’s spooky, there aren’t too many terrifying moments, and the escape rooms are suitable for kids from the age of 9.
Price: £28 per player
Team size: from 3 to 6 players
141-145 Kentish Town Rd, London, NW1 8PB
Open 10am – 10pm Monday to Sunday
If you’ve ever fancied stepping into James Bond’s shoes for an hour or two, you’ll love the spy-themed escape rooms at clueQuest. Join Mr Q’s spy agency and fight against super villains by hacking into computer systems, finding secret codes, discovering secret agent identities, and deactivating explosive devices.
clueQuest offers several different “missions” you can play as an escape room, so you can really get into character and keep coming back to enjoy the fun. Some rooms are suitable for children for the age of 9, while others are recommended for older teenagers and adults only. They also have two virtual reality escape rooms suitable for players aged 16 and older.
Price: from £25 per player
Team size: from 2 to 6 players. Some escape rooms have multiple units and can accommodate up to 24 players per session.
169-171 Caledonian Rd, Islington, London, N1 0SL
Open 11am – 11pm Monday to Friday, 9am – 11pm Saturday, and 9am – 9pm Sunday
5. Trapped Escape Room
If you love the terrifying thrill of scary movies, and want to step things up a notch, try stepping into your very own horror movie at Trapped Escape Room.
There are four different scary experiences on offer, each with real actors and dedicated storylines. Possibly the most terrifying is “Trapped in a room with a zombie” – every five minutes the zombie’s chain is released another foot so you have to act fast to avoid being eaten!
You can also opt for a prison break experience with “Trapped in a prison van” (you’ll be wearing an orange jumpsuit and chain restraints for maximum authenticity!) or “Trapped undercover” – an espionage-themed hunt for a double agent.
Price: from £25 per person
Team size: 2 to 10 players depending on the experience chosen. You may be playing with strangers unless you book all spaces for private use.
Corner of Honour Lea Avenue & Sunrise Close, London, E20 1DU
Open 6.30 – 9.30pm Monday to Friday, 12.30 – 9,30pm Saturday, and 12.30 – 7.30pm Sunday.