If you’ve ever been a fan of shows like The Crystal Maze, then we’re sure you’re enjoying the various escape games and puzzle rooms that are popping up all over the country.
These rooms are making for the latest popular activity for everyone from families to groups of people on holiday or celebrating birthdays and other occasions. It’s easy to see why they’re so popular, as you collectively use your brains and work with each other to find your way out of a locked room within a given time limit.
They’re a bit bizarre but this is what makes them so much fun, as they challenge your skills of deduction and more to see if you can ‘beat the room’. What’s even better is that you can book a couple of rooms at a time and separate into groups to see who unlocks their room the fastest – if you even manage to get out at all before the time runs out.
As we mentioned, there are lots of these dotted around the country and we’re sure you’ll particularly enjoy testing yourself and your mind at one of London’s many puzzle rooms.
We’ve brought together a list of the top escape rooms in the city, so all you have to do is pick which one you like the look of… better yet, crack them all!
Hinthunt is London’s first and original puzzle room, which has something of a dark story to go along with the game.
A bit like a ‘whodunnit’, you have to figure out who murdered the victim and put him behind bars before you’re allowed out of the room. The puzzles are known to be very difficult and the added mystery of the murder adds a bit of a detective element to the fun too.
This is one of the most popular puzzle rooms in the city, so make sure you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Escape Rooms, London Bridge
Although this isn’t the most imaginative name of the bunch, the Escape Rooms near London Bridge offer the biggest variety of puzzles out of all the others in the city.
Among the games to choose from, one takes place in the cursed burial chamber of an Ancient Egyptian pharaoh, while another is staged the British Museum room.
Of these two games, the British Museum room is the most popular, as you are set the task of stealing a priceless porcelain vase. It might sound easy but there are lots of different opening tasks and secret compartments for you to tackle, as well as locked doors that require more than a key for you to open them.
This isn’t just a game for the mind though, as you’ll need to carefully select the most flexible and agile person on the team to negotiate their way through a room of laser beams and if they hit one, then the game is over.
We’re sure this one is going to get your adrenaline pumping and make you feel like you’re in a movie.
You’ll find Escape Land in Bethnal Green. Again, this one doesn’t have a terribly imaginative name but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t fun to be had, as it presents seriously tricky puzzles for you to crack.
When you select which puzzle you’d like to do, you have exactly one hour to solve clues and riddles that are thrown at you with lightning speed. You need to be quick on your feet to get everything done in the allotted time and it’s recommended that you split your team into small groups to divide up the work.
Although this means you won’t all be working together, it does mean that you’ll be responsible for your own puzzle, which can be helpful in this particular room, as the pressure is high and you might be grateful for the opportunity to think by yourself for a moment.
This particular set of puzzle rooms are the most difficult on the list and we had to include it because it will really appeal to highly competitive minds out there.
Naturally, this isn’t an exhaustive list of all the different puzzle rooms in London, but these are a good place for you to start your escape room journey and new places are opening all the time.
Similarly, there are also new and different challenges being added and changed regularly, so we advise that you keep checking the relevant websites for updates and additions to places that you’ve already been to.