About

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 ken@thelogicescapesme.com.

Thanks for reading!

Ken

Game Operators

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.

Media

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:

Disclosures

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.

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!

11 Comments


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    You should come to Israel to try out the room there are over 300 which is a massive amount for a country with so few people, most rooms are in the centre of the country and its easy to get round, every room is available in English.


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    Hi! Really enjoying reading through your blog. We went to Budapest last year and completed 9 games whilst in the city in a group of 4. Thinking of going away again for the purpose of escape games, but it would only be myself and my husband. Is there any specific European city you would recommend? The price is so reasonable in Budapest and probably hundreds more rooms to do, but I’d like to go somewhere new!


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    Hi Ken,
    I enjoy your blog as well, and it helped us with finding out about ClueQuest when we visited London – had a great time.
    I second the suggestion for you to come to Israel. Between 400+ rooms, the escape room trend got here to a level I haven’t seen anywhere else.
    Thanks for your blog.


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    Hi.

    I wold like to thank You for information witch I find on Your blog.
    Me and my friend were in Aberdeen and We want to play some good Escape Room game. Unfortunately the firm from your blog was close for New Year holidays and We can’t play.
    I hope that someday I will visit London or other cities from your list and I will be able to play in new rooms.
    As we are the lovers of Escape Rooms from Poland, We have made more than 330 rooms, especially in Poland but in other countries like Budapest, Hong Kong, Lisboa. I would like to invite you to Poland where We have more then 900 Rooms around the country. Especial in big cities like Warszawa, Wroclaw, Poznan, Krakow. I invite you because they are worth a visit. If you will be any questions I can help you to choice the best rooms.
    Best Regards


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      Thanks – we visited Warsaw last year and had plenty of fun. At some point we might make it back to play some of the games outside the capital so it would be great to be able to ask a local for advice!


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        Hi there, I am looking for a great physical escape room for newbies in London. Is there any you could recommend please?


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          Depends what you mean by physical. I think of it in three ways:
          – mechanical style puzzles (e.g. put cogs together in a particular way)
          – physical challenges (skill or exertion)
          – physical interactions with the room (input solutions via physical items)

          There aren’t many of those in London but I’d suggestion
          Escape Rooms Angel: Dark Side of the Moon (about as much physical activity as you’ll get in a game)
          Agent November: Major X Ploe-Shun (it’s outdoors so is at least a bit physical as you wander round a park)
          Trapped in a Room with a Zombie (not really physical but you’ll be jumping out of the way of the zombie!)
          Time Run – Celestial Chain (lots of physical interactions but not physical exertion)

          Happy to think a bit more if you describe examples of what sort of thing you’re looking for.


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    To be honest we are unsure. This will be our first ever room so we have no idea what to expect and have no expectations etc. We did narrow it done to Room 33, clue quest black sheep and a time run room. We just like the idea of a more physical room either mechanical or exertion.


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      You won’t find any real exertion but Escape Rooms Angel Dark Side of the Moon is probably your best bet. Time Run is always a good option although it’s more mechanical than exertion. They’re running a discount at the moment – 30% off if you book by the end of January (see the discounts article I posted a week or two ago.


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    Hi there. Would you consider making a review trip to Denmark?

    We are the at the moment the largest provider of Escape Rooms in Denmark, with 17 rooms (3 themes) and a mobile game.

    BR. breakoutroom dk


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      Hi Mikkel,

      I’ve thought about it in the past – I get a surprising number of people asking for recommendations in Copenhagen – but it’s incredibly expensive to play games in the city compared to most of Europe so it’s never appeared very high up my list of destinations. Maybe some day I’ll make it over!

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