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9 Of The Best Open-Air Adventure Games To Tackle In London Right Now

By Secret London

9 Of The Best Open-Air Adventure Games To Tackle In London Right Now

Rediscover London with these unique outdoor challenges.

London is bursting with energy and we’re certainly never short of things to do, but if you’re looking for something a little different—something that will teach you a thing or two about the city’s cultural heritage while challenging your brain—we’ve got just the thing for you. Questo specialises in outdoor urban exploration games, and it has to be the most original way to discover a city. By mixing a fictional storyline with real elements of folklore and local history, these outdoor games will take you on unique and unusual adventures where you’re guaranteed to see London like you’ve never seen it before.

Alone or with others, these games will take you on a journey along the streets of London, through a maze of open-air puzzles and mysteries. The games are both available directly from your smartphone, so you’ll have all of this at your fingertips. Just start the game, follow the challenges given by the application, and score points as you unlock the clues allowing you to resolve the scenario! The games and puzzles are designed by Questo, with help from local creators who will reveal their own secrets to you along the way. So, are you ready to go on an adventure?

1. Walk in the footsteps of Charles Dickens

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This immersive game will put you in Dickens’s shoes, taking you to various locations that inspired his stories, from historic pubs and darkened bars, to prisons and pickpockets’ lairs. Learn all about his extraordinary life as you explore the streets of Clerkenwell and Holborn, where he once studied and worked. Find your tickets here.

2. Explore Harry Potter’s London

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This unique London adventure will take you to a number of filming locations from the magical franchise, as well as the thoroughfare that is thought to have inspired Diagon Alley. You’ll need to follow clues to discover said places and solve clues to score points in the game. Get your tickets here.

3. Dive into the very soul of London’s queer community

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This game will take you to some of the city’s queerest landmarks. Follow clues to explore the likes of Soho and Covent Garden, and uncover secrets of legendary LGBTQ+ misfits and rebels along the way. Get your tickets here.

4. Discover incredible stories about Little Venice and its canals

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This quirky walking tour-cum-adventure game will take you on a journey through London’s varied history: uncovering facts about computer scientist Alan Turing and others, as well as the city’s oldest garden centre and other secret spots. Find your tickets here.

5. Discover some of London’s spookiest spots

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In this particular exploration game, you will play the role of a passionate historian on a mission to bring London’s ghoulish spirits to salvation. From Green Park, Mayfair and Bond Street, to the most haunted house in the city, you will be guided to some of the most frightful places in the city, following step-by-step instructions in order to solve clues. This one is available 24/7 if you really want to test your nerve with a 2am ghost chase! Get your tickets here.

6. Play a Queen-themed game

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No, we don’t mean Her Royal Highness. We’re talking about the musical Champions, my friends — also known as one of the most famous bands in the UK. This game will take you on a rocking adventure around the city as you discover lesser-known facts about the group. Get your tickets here.

7. Visit the sites of Jack the Ripper’s most gruesome murders

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This exploration game will have you following in the footsteps of the infamous serial killer. But can you discover who he was? “Meet” the suspects, step into the pub where Jack the Ripper’s victims had their final drinks, and uncover sinister secrets about one of history’s most baffling cases. Get your tickets here.

8. Save London from the Plague

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This game will send you back in time on a mission to stop the spread of the Great Plague. Follow the clues to uncover facts about the city’s deadliest pandemic, hear the story of the courageous Nathaniel Hodges, and learn all about the crazy remedies that Londoners tried to avoid getting infected. But that’s not all: you’ll also discover church ruins, fascinating churchyards, and many other hidden spots along the way. Get your tickets here.

9. Discover the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll

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This adventure will take you down some of the most legendary streets in London. Learn all about Soho’s rich musical history, recreate iconic album covers, and follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest rock stars. Get your tickets here.