Escape Rooms are one of the fastest growing crazes worldwide, and London is no exception. Fancy yourself as would be Sherlock Holmes? A spy? Harry Potter? A Pirate? The potential list of options goes on and on.
Wherever you go in London, you are not far from an escape room. The basic concept is always the same. You and a group of friends are locked in a room and have an hour to escape. To do so, you must solve a series of puzzles which can be riddles, objects to find, seeking clues, opening locks and hunting through all manner of props before your time runs out. Some of the tasks involve brain teasers, or logic problems while yet others involve physical dexterity. You may be required to crawl through fireplaces, search high or low within the room or find hidden doorways. The sight and sound of the clock inexorably ticking away adds to the pressure. To add to the fun, the room is always decked out in a setting appropriate to the plot, making it really atmospheric.
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Anyone who is lucky enough to have booked a room in any of the hotels in Cricklewood London knows, choosing an escape room is the hard part. The range of options is vast, and all you have to do is find a location that suits you and a subject that appeals. Most of the escape rooms are close to tube lines involving locations like Oxford Street, Pentonville, London Bridge, Holloway, the City of London, Bermondsey, Battersea and Moorgate.
So what type of subject themes can you expect? The range is vast. Not surprisingly, detection is a popular option. HintHunt near Euston station is located not far from Sherlock Holmes’s stamping ground. A murder has been committed and your team has the task of identifying the culprit. Attention to detail is essential as participants have to sift through countless props to find the right clues and answers – if you are lucky!
How about stepping back in time? Just book a stay at Palm hotel London and head to the Escape Rooms at the Angel have a fascinating time travel scenario involving travel between seventeenth century China and the present day in a bid to recover a sacred vase from the British Museum. You do need to be a bit nimble for this one – at one point you need to find your way through a laser field without tripping the sensors.
Many of the Harry Potter films involved scenes around the City of London, so it is no surprise that there is a themed escape game. Enigma Quests provides an irresistible opportunity to prove that you really are a witch or wizard and fit to graduate from Hogwarts. The only difficulty is the number of challenges, riddles and obstacles that have to be overcome. Book early for this one as it is very, very popular!