Things to Do in City of London

If you’re looking for things to do in London, then look no further than our helpful guide. We’ve come up with some great sites for you to see during your time in London, after all it’s such a vibrant city. We’ve helped a little by selecting just a few of London’s best sites so you can manage your time here better.

And if you fancy a break from the bright lights once you’ve finished, then you can always come over to our Shadwell location, it’s only a 15-minute car journey away. Why not explore some of London’s most famous sites and then come over for a challenging game of escape, where you’ll have to find your way out of a themed room of your choice?

St Paul’s Cathedral

A visit to St Paul’s Cathedral has to be on your list. It’s a must visit for those who have a love of history and architecture. This beautiful building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, and it’s not lost its ability to amaze in its 300-year history. You can climb up the Golden Gallery with over 500 steps and visit the nave and crypt with stunning Victorian mosaics. There’s a small entrance fee, but it’s definitely worth it.

Tower of London

The Tower of London is another must for history lovers. And of course, the Tower of London is full of history. It’s over a thousand years old with a prison, armoury, barracks and a palace, amongst other things, and of a course a place of execution. The Jewel House is a must see and you definitely want to visit the White Tower and see the ravens. There’s also St Peter ad Vincula church where the Boleyns are buried and the Salt and Beauchamp Towers.

The Hoop & Grapes

If you fancy a drink why not visit The Hoop & Grapes in Aldgate, one of London’s best pubs. It has an interesting history and it’s the oldest licenced pub in the City. It’s made from timber and is one of only 3 that survived the great fire of London. It’s a place in which to relax and unwind where you can soak up the atmosphere in style.

The Barbican Centre

This is a more recent building that was named after the Roman city walls. It’s great to sit out in what with the fountains, lawns and lake. It’s also the permanent home for the London Symphony Orchestra and base for the Royal Shakespeare Company. The Art Gallery is home to a library, cinema, restaurant, exhibition hall and sculpture court.

Escape Games London

Finally, come see us here at Escape games London here at Shadwell. You’re only 15 minutes away by car and after exploring the city you’ll be ready for a break. You can test your mettle with friends or family locked in a themed room of your choice with only 60 minutes to escape. There’ll be plenty of cryptic clues and puzzles you have to discover, and once you’ve found them all you must solve them in order to escape. Come join us, you’ll have a fabulous time.

Christmas Parties at Escape London

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We are so used to doing the same thing for the annual ‘Christmas Party’ each year - a few drinks at the pub or a good meal out together.

Fancy doing things differently this Christmas? Book an Escape Room Game or evening with Escape London for your Christmas Party this December.

It could be the annual family meet up for the holidays, catching up with friends or the work place end of year party.

But make this year one to remember by doing something a little different that is sure to get everyone working together and having a laugh along the way.

Escape Room Christmas Party

Escape Rooms are a great way to bond within your unit, allowing 2-6 players per group to team up and solve the mysteries the room will provide for you and ultimately find the key to your freedom!

If you are coming as a larger group, Escape London can make it competitive for all by allowing three teams to play against each other and the clock to see who can emerge the fastest with the least amount of help along the way.

Have a Bit of Fun With Workmates

Our game masters are great at keeping players engaged, even the most straight-faced Boss or grumpy Grandparent won’t be able to resist a giggle as you dance for a helpful clue during our games. This is a little something different from other escape rooms that is sure to make the group smile.

During the year, Escape London is a popular choice for catering to many corporate team building events – which means your Christmas Party for work could double up as both a party and team building exercise. Two events for the price of one.

Escape London will provide you with a stimulating start to an evening of fun and leaving you with lots of things to talk about over a glass of mulled wine or two after the game.

For business groups this is a fun and different event that your staff will look forward to and mark on their calendar - knowing that the boss is treating them for their hard work throughout the year and as a bonus working together as a team with their colleagues and having fun along the way.

A Variety of Escape Room Options

At Escape London we can cater for a booking of up to 18 people at once with our three themed escaped rooms at either our Shepherds Bush venue or Shadwell venue.

Wherever you are placed in London, our west and east venues are always close by and ready to lock you in!

In Shepherds Bush we have our three different levelled rooms starting with the Area 51 Room, The Da Vinci Room and our hardest yet satisfying Casino Heist Room.

In Shadwell we have our three brand new rooms including Witchcraft and Wizardry, Escape the Seven Seas and Taken Room available to play this Christmas season.

Each game will be allocated 60 minutes on the clock as you collaborate as a team to crack the codes, use your powers of observation and other skills in order to release yourselves from the room before the time is up.

Food & Drink Options

If you are looking for food and drinks after your escape – we have the Bush Hall Dining Rooms one-minute walk away from our doorstep. The dining rooms is conveniently located right next to Bush Hall where you can continue your Christmas party into the evening by catching a gig or theatre performance. Bush Hall Dining Rooms offers you a bite to eat before or after the show – also offering a 15% off food for your table when you show a ticket for that evening’s gig.

Westfield is also a short walk away just down the road with endless options for food, drink and last minute Christmas shopping.

Gather Your Team and Book

Ready to book your escape room Game Christmas Party? We are ready to lock you away for an hour and see if you can escape in time before Christmas Day comes along!

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New Escape Game Location

Escape games are now so popular, everyone wants a go, and who can blame them? Not only does it help with corporate team building, it’s also great for friends and family, testing their problem-solving skills and ability to think fast. Every single minute of the 60 you have to escape counts, and it’s by far the best way of spending an hour if you love adrenaline pumping drama that relies on your own brain power and ability to solve clues and puzzles to escape.

Our own escape games here in London have become so popular we’ve had to open another one, so we’ve created a whole new location in Shadwell. All the fun and the excitement, and 3 of our most exciting themed rooms, which we’re convinced you’re going to love.

We’d like to talk to you about 3 of our most exciting rooms which will be opening in the Shadwell location. First up is:

Witchcraft and Wizardry

A room full of magic and mayhem, a place where you can pit your wits against witches and wizards. There may have been some rather strange and funny goings on in the witchcraft and wizardry room, but are you smart enough to work it all out? It’s a classroom full of spells, magical challenges and puzzles and only by working these out do you escape within the hour and graduate before possibly being turned into a frog.

Taken

This is one of our hardest rooms and you’ll need to be a quick-witted genius to work it out. Non-starters need not apply. Do you have what it takes? Just like the film, there’s a missing friend, someone you need to rescue. They may have been taken by some dastardly mysterious killer who won’t have killed just once but many times. You’re in an office which calls itself an engineering facility – but is it?


You can visit Taken from the 4th of November, but be afraid, be very afraid, and ready to tackle the unknown to get out alive.

Escape the Seven Seas

what does the Seven Seas bring to you me hearties? Well, your crew has been sneakily locked away in the brig. You’ll all have to figure out how to escape the cell and then break into the Captains secret retreat – his chamber. What’s more you’ll have to steal all that dirty, delicious golden treasure for yourself. Can you?

Escape Games London – For The Best Hour of Your Life

Whichever room you choose, whether you go to Shadwell or London, you’ll have the best time. We’ve created such an amazing game that we’ve had to create another location, and the reason it’s popular is because it’s great, it’s fun, it’s exciting and it gets people talking. It’s the perfect way to spend an hour and what will be the best 60 minutes of your life. Join us, don’t be the ones left out.

Who Visits Escape London?

Perhaps you’re wondering what Escape is all about, you’ve heard a lot about it and now you want to know more. I mean, who visits Escape? What kind of people go and why? That’s what we’re looking at in this week’s post, and we hope to shed some light on the attraction of our escape games in London, hopefully providing you with plenty of reasons to pay a visit yourself.

There’s a good mix of people who enjoy Escape London, people come here for a variety of different reasons and all get something out of it. The idea of the game is to be locked in a room as part of a team and you have to solve cryptic puzzles, read maps and work out different clues in order to find your way out. These clues and puzzles could be anywhere in the room, so you have to find them first. There’s 60 minutes for you to do it. There great fun for those that enjoy high octane fun and excitement.

Corporate Team Building

Escape games are very popular with corporate teams because of their ability to help with team building. Escape rooms rely heavily on communication between team members in order to solve puzzles and cryptic clues. Without this they don’t get out, so if a boss is looking to see its team’s strengths and weaknesses and improve upon existing skills, then it’s to the escape rooms they go.

Students

It’s also popular with students. This is either simply for fun or to test their grey matter amongst a group of fellow students. It’s a great way to unwind and spend quality time with friends, and of course when you’re a student, it helps break the ice and make new friends. Something that in other circumstances would take weeks to do, and when you’re a student away from home, you need all the friends you can get.

Gamers

Gamers love Escape games. Although they’re not computer games as such, if you’re into games, then games of all kinds are your drug, and escape is no less exciting than being on a play station. In fact, it’s often better, because it gives people the opportunity to interact with friends and take part in a game that is fun, exciting and challenging.

Birthdays/Hen/Stag Celebrations

Yes, escape rooms are great for celebrating significant events in your life, such as birthdays, or hen/stag dos for those of you getting married in the foreseeable future. It’s fun, it’s exciting and it’ll give you ample opportunity to get to know members of the group you’re not too familiar with.

Escape Games London

Why not find out for yourself why escape games are as popular as they are. Come down, book a room and then choose which friends you want to tag along with, preferably friends who know how to keep calm in a crisis and are good at problem-solving and cracking cryptic clues. Whether your celebrating an event, team building or a group of students out to have fun and make new friends, our escape games in London will be a fantastic choice.

Why Are Escape Games So Popular

Why are escape games popular? There are plenty of reasons why and we’ll be going over some of them today. It is certainly a growing phenomenon here and in the rest of Europe. Any age can play, whether they be adults or teenagers, or even corporate teams hoping to improve their team building efforts.

So, what is an escape room then?

If you don’t know what an escape room is, then let us tell you more about it. An escape room is a concept so simple you wonder how on earth you didn’t come up with it yourself. It consists of a group of people locked in a room, usually a room with a theme, and then finding their way out in 60 minutes. In that 60 minutes, they’ll have a series of clues, cryptic, puzzles and maps which they use to help them escape. A group is better than one person, because you help each other out – and that’s where the team bit comes in.

Team building activities are popular with corporate firms

It also explains why they’re so popular with corporate firms because they help with team building activities. They help improve critical thinking, problem-solving and lateral thinking. The team must work together, and as a result they communicate better. You also have the benefit of finding out what their skills are so you can utilise them to best effect when you’re back in the office.

Regular visitors as well as corporate teams enjoy escape rooms

For the regular visitor, escape rooms make great birthday presents, or just simple group days out with friends and/or family. Whether you’re celebrating something or you’re just having a good time with friends, an escape room is a great way of loosening up and enjoying yourself. If you’re after a fun day out that really tests your mettle, your cognitive skills and makes you laugh, then an escape room is the perfect answer.

Escape Room London – the best way to celebrate your day off

If you’re looking for fun, excitement and a way of boosting team working then come to Escape London. You’ll find various rooms with a number of different themes, just to crank up the fun and mystery levels. We’re convinced you’ll love it and it won’t be your last visit either. You’ll have such a great time you’ll want to come again, and when you do, you’ll get the same great welcome you had the first-time round. Escape rooms are popular for a reason, so come and find out for yourself. Get in touch and get on down to Escape London.

The Games at Escape London

Today we’re taking a scintillating glimpse into the rooms of the escape world. Each of our rooms is an adventure in itself and it’ll take a certain amount of ingenuity to get out. Do you have what it takes to escape from one of our rooms? Let’s take a look at each one in turn.

The Da Vinci Room – will you break the code and find the Holy Grail?

Think code breaking and symbolism along with association problems when you consider the Da Vinci Room for your escape room quest. This is where you’re a thief trying to get hold of the Holy Grail, do you or the team have what it takes?

Area 51 – there’s a conspiracy…or is there?

Think Roswell and aliens hidden away, could London also be the scene for a similar incident? You’ll have to get yourself down to the basement and find out what’s there, and you don’t know what it is. Are you strong and able enough to reveal a conspiracy, if there is one?

Escape Casino

Sound ultra-glamorous, doesn’t it? But is it? You’ll need the brains to be able fight your way out of this room with puzzles to challenge the cleverest of you. Are you smart enough to escape the casino room?

Escape Rooms, London – all you need in mystery, conspiracy and excitement

So, there you have it, three rooms and three different themes. Each one offers the perfect opportunity to use your skills, brain power and ingenuity to escape. You’ll only have 60 minutes, that’s how it works, and in that time, you’ll learn how to work as a team to solve each puzzle. Go against each other and you’ll be there when the 60 minutes are up, so that means you’ll need to hone your communication skills and your ability to multi-task and work as part of a team. That’s why our escape rooms in London work so well with corporate teams as well as family and friends, because they really test you, not physically, but mentally.

Escape games London

Fancy coming down to see us and trying out one of our escape rooms? If you have any questions about what we’ve talked about today or have any other escape room related questions, why not get in touch by either emailing or calling us, you’ll find our details over on our contact page. We’d love to hear from you.

Escape Room Game Tips

If you decide to come to an escape room, such as our one in London perhaps, then you’ll be wondering as to how you can get out in the 60 minutes without becoming flustered. It takes a certain knack, a skill for staying calm, and a good deal of problem solving and communication skills. However, we’ve decided that we can’t just leave you alone in that room without giving at least one or two tips on how to get out. So, here’s five of our best for getting out of an escape room with sanity intact.

Communication

If you don’t communicate with your team, and act as if you’re all alone in this, then you will still be in that escape room after the 60 minutes is up. Also, don’t all crowd around the same thing, it may be part of a puzzle that’s been spread out around the room and you won’t need to all go to one part of that puzzle in a group.

Don't Let One Person Dominate

There’ll always be one personality that has a louder voice, a person who considers themselves a leader, someone who will think they can solve a puzzle and that they don’t need any help, or perhaps the way they’ve decided to work on the puzzle in order to solve it is completely wrong. Any one person in that group could be in a position to solve the puzzle, even the quiet one, so give everyone a chance.

Think Aloud

Yes, say out loud what you see, it’ll help give you a feel for what the puzzle is and what you need to do in order to solve it. You’re using your eyes and your voice to help connect all of you in the team to work that puzzle out. You’re going to have to think as one instead of as six separate people, because what you don’t want is all of you looking at different things, starting to try and solve different things and failing instead of working together – as a team.

Manage Your Time Well

Always remember the clock because one the time’s up you’ll have lost. Try and allocate a certain amount of time to each puzzle and if you’re struggling remember to ask for a hint or a clue. You’ll have to conserve hints because there are only so many, but don’t use them too late either. Why not try allocating a certain amount of time to each puzzle before you decide you need a hint? That way you’re not wasting valuable time before moving on to the next.

Think Like a Writer and Use All Your Team’s Skills

You’ll have hopefully brought along a team with a varied skill-set, they may be IT experts, or teachers, or may be even an engineer. They’ll all have something useful to contribute, and of course if one or two of you are writers then you’ll have a feel for a story. What’s the story for this escape room? Once you start working out the story, you can then work out how the clues work and then try to solve them effectively.

Escape London – An Escape Room Like No Other

Think you’ve got what it takes to beat one of our escape rooms? Why not book now to take the test? Lock yourself in and then get yourself out, you have 60 minutes, it’s time to get your best team together.

What is an Escape Room?

If you’re thinking of trying out an Escape challenge and you’re unsure as to what it is, then stay here, because we’re going to explain all about it in this week’s post. It’s an exciting way of enjoying time out with friends, or as a bonding exercise for corporate teams. Whether you’re a leader of a new project group or you’re part of a group of friends looking for a great day out, an escape room will provide enough excitement to put you through your paces.

What is an Escape Room?

An escape room is a place where you’re locked in with no means of escape, and the only way out is for you and a group of friends or work colleagues to solve the puzzles left for you to get out.

There are different versions of escape rooms and some with hyper reality features. We’re just going to have a general peek at what you can expect from most of them.

Some general features

Regardless of the features, most escape rooms will be team based with anything up to 12 people taking part. There’s a strong emphasis then on people working together to find a way out, working their way through clues and puzzles. There’s usually a story behind an escape room, you will play a character that has to escape and only your colleagues can help you leave.

There’ll be a theme in tune with the character you are playing. You could be a prisoner in a jail cell, or a hostage in some sort of alien/spacecraft scenario, in which case, the rooms will be decorated in accordance with this theme. Hopefully, the people running the escape room will have left no expense spared and it will be high in production values. It should be an amazing experience and the effort gone into creating it should show in every aspect of the room.

Puzzles

Puzzles will consist of finding hidden objects or filling out a crossword. There could be things you have to match together, and the placing together of physical objects. You’ll need to be able to think quickly and out of your comfort zone, and there’ll be a little creative thinking involved.

There’ll be lots of puzzles around the room for you to solve and eventually all of these puzzles will lead to a final escape. There’ll be a time limit which is usually around 60 minutes.

So, some of the most recognisable features of an escape room are:

  • Lock and keys

  • A locked door

  • Multiple rooms

  • Hidden doors

  • Puzzles

  • A theme.

If you want to take part in an escape room challenge you can join ours here in London, we have some really exciting and challenging escape rooms that are good for teams of up to 6. We can take teams of up to 18 people at a time because we have 3 rooms so if you have a large team, there’s room. You’ll have an hour to find your way out and in this time your team will have to work together and communicate.

Join us and find out whether you’ve got what it takes to get out of the escape room. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you and your team are capable of.