Escape the room (and pandemic blues) at Mission: Breakout.
By now, escape rooms have been around long enough for us to know the gist of them, and to have broken out of our fair share (if unless, like me, you apparently lose all sense of logic and reason when confronted with a locked room…). We’re veterans enough to know that the very best escape rooms are those which weave a thrillingly plausible tale, presenting an uncomfortably real riddle for us to solve. So it is at Mission: Breakout, who delve into their past life as one of London’s abandoned Tube stations to present two immersive mysteries for you to tackle.
You see, back in 1907, the place we now know as Mission: Breakout was still South Kentish Town station, and would remain so until 1924, when it was closed forever by the General Strike. Some 90 years later, it’s been turned into one of London’s top escape room experiences, but the myths of 1924 still haunt the venue. It’s rumoured that a passenger disembarked at South Kentish Town after it had closed, and was thus doomed to wander the tunnels here forever. Now, it’s up to you to discover what happened…
Mission: Breakout’s first puzzle – ‘The Lost Passenger’ – puts you on the trail on this unlucky passenger, as you descend into the ghostly Tube station in search of the paranormal. Rumours of a haunting presence in the tunnels have dogged the old station for years, and it’s high time they (and the lost spirit) were laid to rest. With your intrepid gang of explorers, you’ll need to piece together the mystery, and find out what really happened down in those tunnels.
Less haunting, but equally thrilling, is Mission: Breakout’s second puzzle: ‘Codebreakers’. That’s not to say the stakes aren’t just as high, however; your task here is to decode secret messages being sent by Nazi agents, and uncover plans that could shift the very balance of World War 2. The game is inspired by the incredible work done by codebreakers at Bletchley Park, and will require every ounce of your creative thinking to follow mysterious clues, solve the puzzles, and make sense of the room’s crazy machines.
Hey, there’s no fun in making it easy for you! A visit to Mission: Breakout requires teamwork, ingenuity, and cunning, but there’s actually already a little advantage for anyone reading this. In the spirit of Christmas, the lovely folks of Mission:Breakout are offering Secret London readers a special promotion during December. When you head to their website to book your own thrilling escape the room adventure, just enter the code SECRETLONDON50 at checkout, and you’ll get 50% off your reservation.* Unfortunately, that’s all the help we can give you – once you’re locked in the room, it’s up to you to get yourself out!
Book your adventure at Mission: Breakout here. You’ll find it at 141-145 Kentish Town Road, NW1 8PB. Nearest stations are Kentish Town, Kentish Town West, and Camden Road.
*This promotion code is valid any time, any day except Saturdays, until December 20, 2020.
Also published on Medium.