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For some, being shut in a room and having to figure out a way to escape, may sound like the ultimate nightmare but for many it's the just start of a good night out.

Locked in the room games are taking the nation by storm, with people of all ages enjoying these mystery-packed tasks. If you haven't heard of this new craze, which has had places opening up all over the UK, it's a fairly simple idea that can be executed in a number of elaborate ways.

The premise is that you and a group of your friends are locked in a room and have a certain amount of time to escape (usually an hour). Getting out will depend on your ability to solve a series of puzzles, each will give you a clue to help you get the final combination to leave the room successful.

Rooms usually focus on a particular theme or storyline to make the experience more immersive, and there's always a way for those inside the room to communicate with those in charge.

Lasting between one and two hours, Escape the Room games can be a brilliant way to kick off a night in London. But where are the best spots?


It may be a little way out of Central London, but Time Run in South Hackney is well worth the journey. It is one of the most immersive experiences and you'll need to play along if you want to get the most from your session.

From the start, you are greeted by an actor who will explain what mystery you need to solve and how this can be accomplished. As its name suggests, the game slips from one historical period to another, asking you to solve puzzles in order to progress to the next time zone and get closer to the end.

There are two different games for you to pick from: the Lance of Longinus and the Celestial Chain.


Secret Studio, just a short walk from the British Museum, is the most central location on the list but you wouldn't know. Once you enter the room, you'll be greeted by the set of a film studio. Using some cool gadgets, you'll need to solve the mystery of a sudden disappearance and follow along with the narrative of the game.

It has a fairly low success rate - around 50 per cent - so expect a challenge but it promises to be an exciting and engaging experience for everyone involved.


In the abandoned space of South Kentish Town tube station, is Mission Breakout. The stop was closed to the public in the 1920s and this locked in the room game makes the most of this era. There is a distinct WWII influence, from the staff dressed in 1940s outfits to the decor throughout the building.

You'll be asked to watch a video message from Winston Churchill telling you about your mission and how to decode the puzzles. Each room is decked out with WWII-era machinery, making it a very visually impressive game.

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