After moving slowly southwards through the UK, I seem to have finally come to rest in London. I’ve always liked puzzles and thinking, I enjoy the pressure of the clock and I like a bit of theatrics, 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.
My goal with this blog is mainly to give a more in depth introduction to London based escape rooms, with a particular focus on trying to guide people to the escape room experience that they’ll enjoy most. On the way, I’ll probably talk about general escape room related things and occasionally journey off-piste to subjects that I think escape room aficionados will find interesting.
I’ll try my hardest to avoid spoilers, but should you feel that any of the articles give away too much, then let me know and I’ll reword appropriately. Almost everything in here is entirely 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 cover your game in my monthly updates or retweet opening offers. If you’re outside of London then I’m happy to be invited along to beta test your game or to provide feedback. In general I will publish a review in that event, but if you’re in early beta testing then I’m happy to agree to some level of privacy.
I’m a little stricter if you’re inside London – I want all London based games to be reviewed properly on the blog, so 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!), I will only do so if you’re happy for me to publish a review. Obviously in the event 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. If you want any specific comments on escape rooms then get in touch (address above). For vanity purposes, past media appearances include:
- What Britain’s Buying (Channel 4 program on the latest spending trends)
- 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
- Extended online article in the Telegraph on Escape Rooms
- Panel member at Up the Game, an industry conference
- An interview with Simon Mayo on BBC Radio 2’s Drivetime show (16 Jan ’17)
- An introduction to Escape Rooms on Secklow Sounds (Milton Keynes local radio station)