Sharpen your wits for this fiendishly fun Sherlock game, coming to west London in December.
If you’re the kind of person who finds pub quizzes a little too simple, we’ve found something to test your wits. The first ever Sherlock-themed immersive game will be arriving in west London later this year, giving budding detectives a chance to get a proper brain workout. Grab your deerstalker and head to 221b Baker Street (not the real one!) to solve a most curious case, in Sherlock: The Game Is Now. (See also: the London pub with a secret replica of Sherlock Holmes’ Baker Street flat.)
Facing a crime wave, London needs the help of a certain ‘high-functioning sociopath.’ The only problem is, he’s gone missing, and the task of finding him has fallen to the heroes no-one asked for: you lot. Across the course of a 90-minute game, you’ll hunt high and low for clues, solve puzzles, and shout ‘Elementary!’ a lot, in a custom-built venue in Shepherd’s Bush.
Oh, and this game isn’t the devilish creation of criminal mastermind Moriarty – it’s actually been put together by the team behind the BBC show.
Yep, this is a challenge with some serious pedigree. Sherlock creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss have written the script, and the game unfolds across some very familiar-looking rooms, including 221b Baker Street, which is where the game begins (much like all good Sherlock cases). Meanwhile, the puzzles have been dreamt up by the folks at Time Run, who operate one of the most devious escape rooms in the city. And there are rumours of audiovisual help from members of the Sherlock cast, including the missing man himself. You know you want to try it – after all, Holmes is where the heart is!
There’s also the option to tuck into a Sherlock-themed afternoon tea, before or after your gaming experience. Inspired by characters from the show, visitors can dine on sweet and savoury delights, such as classic scones with jam and clotted cream. Vegan and gluten-free versions will also be on offer.
Location: W12 Shopping Centre, W12 8PP. Nearest station: Shepherd’s Bush. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: from now until May 2019, so far. However, tickets are sold out until January 2019. You can book your 90-minute slot any time from 10:00 until 21:55, seven days a week.
Price: Tickets are on sale now for £54 per person, and a team of 4-6 should suffice nicely. To experience the immersive game along with afternoon tea, tickets cost £79 per person.
More information and tickets: from their website.