After moving slowly southwards through the UK, I seem to have finally come to rest in London. I’ve always liked puzzles and thinking, and I enjoy a bit of theatrics and the pressure of the clock so, when I found out about this new form of immersive entertainment, I was drawn in straight away.
I first came across the delights of escape rooms at clueQuest (back when it was a single room in an industrial area in Tottenham). I was hooked immediately but unfortunately had to wait for the rest of London to catch up.
The blog started out as a review of games in London but has slowly expanded its scope to include London news, reviews of games from around the UK, reviews of adjacent entertainment (such as immersive theatre and urban street games) and, more recently, escape tourist guides to European cities. Basically, anything that I find interesting and I think might be of interest to other enthusiasts.
I’ll try my hardest to avoid spoilers but, should you feel that any of the articles give away too much, let me know and I’ll reword appropriately. Almost everything in here is my own work and, where it’s not, that’s made very clear in the article. All my reviews are my opinion. If you want to get in touch, then feel free to comment on the posts, or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading!
If you run or are setting up an escape room in/around London, please do get in touch. I’d love to hear your plans, and I’m happy to offer advice, cover your game in my monthly updates and retweet opening offers. If you’re outside London, then I’m happy to be invited along to play your game, whether that’s to beta-test it or to provide feedback. I’ll almost always then publish a review but, if you’re in early beta-testing, I’m happy to agree to some level of privacy. I’m a little stricter if you’re inside London – I won’t beta test London rooms.
While I will accept complimentary games (it’s an expensive hobby and it’s sometimes hard to convince friends to join me on yet another escape room trip!), I will only do so if you’re happy for me to publish a review. Obviously, in the event that the game is complimentary, I will try my level best to make sure that doesn’t influence the rating, and I will always make that clear in the review so that I keep things as transparent as possible.
I will *not* beta-test London games, as I don’t think that’s fair on the readers or venues.
If you want to quote text from my website, you’re more than welcome, but please do attribute it back to me, and it would be great if you could drop me an email to let me know. I have a press-pack full of useful information – if you want that or any specific comments on escape rooms, then get in touch (via email). If you’re looking for hard data, I have a wide selection of information that I can provide – just let me know what angle you’re using for the story and I’ll try my best to provide you with something relevant.
Mainly for vanity purposes, past media appearances include:
- Article in the Sunday Times about the Game is Now
- Article in the Financial Times on Escape Rooms
- Article in the Daily Telegraph on Escape Rooms
- Article in the Guardian about the Crystal Maze comeback
- Article in the Guardian about the new Sherlock escape room
- Article in the Guardian on the Red Bull world championship
- Extended online article in the Telegraph about Escape Rooms
- Article in the Sunday Herald on Escape Rooms
- I spoke at the UK escape room conference, ERIC, in 2017, 2018 and 2019 presenting the Players’ Perspective, appear on the Enthusiast Panel and delivering the Stats of the Nation, an analysis of the UK industry.
- I spoke at the European escape room conference, Up the Game, in 2017, 2018, and 2019 presenting the Players’ Perspective and appearing on the Enthusiast Panel.
I occasionally do consultancy work for escape room companies. I shied away from doing that for a long time because of a potential conflict of interest but I’ve come to the conclusion that I can genuinely help to create better experiences and, more importantly, it’s fun! Where I’ve consulted on a game design, I obviously won’t review the game and will cease to review further games from that company.
I also run exitgames.co.uk but try my hardest to keep them separate: Exit Games for the news, The Logic Escapes Me for reviews!