Can you break out of these top London escape rooms?
How’s this for a great escape? 60 minutes to solve clues and flee the clutches of mummies/Nazis/killers – only at London’s best escape rooms.
1) Escape Rooms, Angel and London Bridge
The name isn’t the most imaginative, but the stories are wonderfully inventive. At London Bridge, you’re either breaking into a pharaoh’s cursed tomb, or you’re travelling through time from 17th century China to steal back a vase from the modern-day British Museum. The Angel branch takes a space theme, with one game seeing you trying to prevent murderous AI, and the other inviting you to destroy a secret Nazi colony on the moon.
Rear of 134 Tooley Street, SE1 2TU (London Bridge) and Unit 2, 3 Lever Street, EC1V 3QU (Angel).
2) HintHunt, Euston
Billed as the original live escape game, this place demands a keen eye and a sharp mind. There’s a whole room chock full of clues, but you’re going to have to search diligently to find them before the clock hits zero. The choice here is between JM’s Office, where a private detective is being framed for a murder he didn’t commit, and Zen Room, which puts you in the midst of a Tokyo family hiding some dark secrets.
72-76 Eversholt Street, NW1 1BY.
3) Archimedes Inspiration, Bermondsey
The storytelling here is pretty intense: you’re journeying through the Sally Star King Hospital, long abandoned yet somehow full of shrieks and strange goings-on. You’ve got 70 minutes to work through a series of mind-boggling puzzles, whilst fighting the rising sense of dread. They’re currently beta-testing Project Delta, a space-set adventure where the future of humankind is at stake.
Unit 002, Block K, Tower Bridge Business Complex, 100 Clements Road, SE16 4DG.
4) Escape Land, Oxford Street
Two games to choose from here: Professor Oxford’s Experiments, where you must evade the titular evil scientist, or Da Vinci’s Explorations, in which you must prevent dark forces from finding the Holy Grail. Very centrally located on Oxford Street, too. Just don’t confuse it with the Escape Land in Kuwait, as I did for an embarrassing amount of time…
37-39 Oxford Street, W1D 2DU.
5) ClueQuest, Kings Cross
There are three escape rooms on offer here, each continuing the story of Mr Q and his archnemesis Professor BlackSheep. Perfect if you want to find out what happens after your adventure ends: just move onto the next one! Helpfully, they all have rating systems to show how difficult they are; try Revenge of the Sheep for a challenge.
169-171 Caledonian Road, N1 0SL.
6) Breakin’ Escape Rooms, Islington
Breakin’ out, in style. Six rooms of varying difficulty are on offer up on Holloway Road, ranging from the tricksy (The Flying Dutchman) to the fiendishly difficult Sherlock’s Despair. Aside from the difficulty of the puzzles, the thought that’s gone into the storylines here shines through.
89 Holloway Road, N7 8LT.
7) Mission: Breakout, Kentish Town
One of the most storied escape rooms in London also boasts the most impressive venue. The long-abandoned South Kentish Town tube station is an incredible space to host the games, and they’ve ramped up the atmosphere with special effects. Two games follow; in one, you must crack a Nazi code, in the other, you’ll search for a passenger who hopped on an empty tube in 1924 and was never seen again…
141-145 Kentish Town Road, NW1 8PB.
8) Escape Plan, Shoreditch and Kennington
Set in the dark days of World War 2, you have the choice to be prisoners escaping from a POW camp (Shoreditch), or survivors of a Luftwaffe raid mobilising the RAF to defend Britain (Kennington). A rollicking jaunt through history, is this one.
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA (Shoreditch) and 13A Iliffe Yard, SE17 3QA (Kennington).
9) Time Run, London Fields (Closed until Summer 2018)
They’re getting a new game this summer, and it looks like a good ‘un. The Celestial Chain leads you across time, collecting artefacts to imprison a vengeful goddess before she brings about the end of the world. What a lark.
9-15 Helmsley Place, London Fields, E8 3SB.
10) Omescape, Kings Cross
One winning thing about Omescape is that it gets cheaper as your team gets bigger. Of course, other winning aspects include their fiendishly difficult escape rooms, of which there are three pretty terrifying options. The Joker’s Asylum, The Penitentiary, and Biohazard Laboratory will all get your heart racing as you look for the exit.
All Saints Church, Carnegie Street, N1 9QW.
11) ClueTrace, Dalston
With a third game soon to be released, ClueTrace well-versed in immersive escape rooms. Whether you’re scrambling to identify a double agent, or breaking into the mind of a criminal, you’ll have a dashing exciting time here.
73-75 Shacklewell Lane, E8 2EB,
12) Modern Fables, Bermondsey
Mysteries abound here, as the curiously-titled Modern Fables offers a twisty tale based on urban legends. The game here is The Escapist, and you’ll solve this one by having a nice rummage around Lavinia Carter’s bar – all in the pursuit of finding the missing Miss Carter herself.
Guild House, Rollins Street, SE15 1EP.
13) Do Stuff Escape Games, Battersea
Well, if you were looking to do stuff, this one’s got it in the name. They’ve gone in for the puzzles more than the narrative here – being chased into a locked room by mysterious men and having to help hostages lacks the magic of some of the others, but it’s still a deliciously fun puzzle.
The Grove Pub, 279 Battersea Park Road, SW11 4NE.
14) Escape London, Shadwell and Shepherd’s Bush
Six games are spread across two locations, but one game rises above the rest. Witchcraft and Wizardry is their copyright-evading H*rry P*tter-themed escape room, which advises you to escape an evil professor. Find it in Shadwell, along with The Taken Room and Escape The Seven Seas. Out in Shepherd’s Bush, find escape rooms dedicated to Area 51, Leonardo Da Vinci, and a mysterious cabin in the woods.
6 Devonport Street, E1 0DQ (Shadwell) and 117 Uxbridge Road, W12 8NL (Shepherd’s Bush)
15) Enigma Quests, Liverpool Street
It’s the battle of the magical escape rooms, as Enigma Quests bring their own Potter-themed room. School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is one of the most popular escape rooms in the city, in which you’ll solve puzzles to graduate from the magic school. Alternatively, try The Million Pound Heist, which features freakin’ lasers. Lasers, people!
2-12 Wilson Street, EC2M 7LS.
16) The Crystal Maze Live Experience, Angel
Not an escape room, but still bags of fun, this is the perfect blend of entertainment and 90s nostalgia. We’ve done it, and had a rollicking good time (with success varying wildly throughout the team). Read all about it here, but you’ve already made up your mind to go, haven’t you?
10-14 White Lion Street, N1 9PD.
Featured image: Enigma Quests