The Benefits of Brain Teasers & Puzzles

Brain teasers and puzzles offer a range of benefits that you can find as part of escape games in London. Challenging yourself to take on these brain teasers and puzzles are good for mind and body, having a sharp mind that is constantly put to work means you'll be healthier in the long run.

Give Your Mind a Workout

Research shows that mental exercise that tests your brain power with number or word puzzles may boost your brain's activity. This reduces the risk of dementia, reduces day to day boredom and improves concentration and memory.

Cognitive Skills, Temporal and Frontal Lobes

Regular brain teasers and puzzles that utilise your cognitive skills help to improve your ability to learn, your problem solving skills, and memory as you use specific neural networks. 

Your ability to remember relies on specific parts of the temporal and frontal lobes that are located behind the forehead. It is a common mistake to assume that simply reading books and working out your taxes will be enough exercise for your mind, but in reality it isn't enough. Your brain needs a real workout that keeps challenging you and pushes you further.

Test Your Brain Power

The day to day humdrum of your job is something many people feel they need an escape from occasionally. At Escape we provide the opportunity to do so and fill your time with puzzles and cryptic clues that challenge your mind, so by the time you have finished you will have had a proper mental workout.

So What are Escape Rooms All About?

You're locked in a room (which you can leave at any time if you wish to) that has a specially designed, immersive theme. Once your time has started  you'll have a series of clues, puzzles and challenges to work out in order to successfully escape from the room within the time limit (usually 60 mins).

Why don’t you get yourselves down to us here at Escape London and book your room. You can hop on a call to do that, and once you’ve booked it just bring yourself and your friends and family down and you can get started. It’ll be the best hour’s fun you’ve had in some time.

 

Things To Do in London: June 2018

June brings the better weather and warmer evenings, and there’s no better place to be than London because there’s so much going on. We’re going to highlight just a few so you can add them to your must do list when you visit the capital.

Trooping the Colour

Yes, London, the official residence of the queen, and in June London will celebrate her official birthday. As you can imagine, there’s a really impressive military parade right smack bang in the centre of the city. If you want to be a part of this spectacular display, you need to head towards The Mall on the 9th June.

Fancy a bit more of the pageantry? From the 6th to 7th June, you’ll also have the Household Division’s Beating Retreat at the Horse Guards Parade, or why not the Changing of the Guard ceremony? This takes place on almost all days in June outside the Palace.

Open Gardens

There’ll be well over 200 spaces, ones that are usually closed to the public, open to everyone. These are special green spaces where you can explore London’s most exquisite urban gardens, so if you love gardens then you definitely need to be around for that. If you think it’s right up your street, then make your way to London between the 9th and 10th of June. There’ll also be other family-oriented activities too, so there’ll be plenty to keep you occupied.

There’s other events going on in and around London for you to enjoy as well, including the taste of London food festival with over 200 food and drink stalls, live demonstrations and many of London’s restaurants providing samples of their most exciting cuisine. The Taste of London will be held between 13th and 16th June. You won’t want to miss that. There’s also all your favourite musical theatre from some of London’s most successful West End shows performing live on Trafalgar Square. Called simply West End LIVE at Trafalgar Square, it starts 25th June and ends 25th June.

Greenwich & Docklands International Festival

This festival will be on 22nd June until 7th July, so plenty of time to catch it. It’s an outdoor arts festival and it’s free of charge, so if you’re on a tight budget, then this could be for you. There’s dance, theatre, art installations and an open-air theatre, so there’s plenty to keep you occupied. There’ll be a chance to see some of the UK’s most talented performers and artists in one place as well as those from overseas. This event is also going to be featuring disabled and deaf artists in the interests of diversity and quality of performance.

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After all that you may be feeling like you need to do relax and unwind with friends or family. If that’s the case, why not come down to us here at Escape London and create your own unique team building activity, bring your friends, family and work your way out of a locked room with 60 minutes to get out. It’s a themed room and you’ll have to work out the hidden clues and puzzles in order to escape. Book your escape room and see if you have what it takes.

How to Get the Most Out of Team Building Activities

How can you get the most out of team building activities and come back with a team who are as confident in their skills and abilities as you’d like them to be? In our post today, we’re going to be talking about how you can get the most out of team building activities. And how you can get your team back on track back at the office, where you can utilise their skills and take advantage of their improved performance.

Team Building Activities are a Long Term Investment

Think of team building activities as part of a long game, something that you’ll benefit from as part of a long-term process. If you have one day out with your team, you may not see the kind of results you’re looking for in one day, but if you plan a regular amount of team building exercises over the course of a few months, you should see a huge difference.

You'll Reap the Benefits

Team building activities have a number of different benefits, and over time, and by following a schedule, you’ll start to see them. A team building exercise can help build morale and help facilitate good teamwork. This helps your team to bond, make friends and helps them to have a better understanding of each other’s weaknesses, strengths and interests.

Give Your Team a Competitive Edge

By having a team building activity where teams are pitted against each other, you give competitive edge to things and this in turn helps the team to be brag if they’ve won and to feel good. Competition is good with increasing productivity, this has been shown to be the case, and by increasing productivity your business will be a lot healthier too.

Smells Like Team Spirit

Investing in team building activities helps to increase team spirit, increase motivation and help them to relax and have fun. It can help you to identify key skills that you can utilise back in the office, and even motivate your employees to get themselves ready for promotion and the next level of their career.

Collaborate, Innovate & Create

Innovation, creativity and collaboration are also much increased after a series of team building activities. This brings people closer together as well as fostering creativity and innovation. So, do you want a workplace that’s more successful, motivated and with teams which are stronger and more productive? Getting the most out of team building activities is quite simple, and a worthwhile investment in both your team and your business.

Escape London – For the Best in Corporate Team Building Activities

If you’re now thinking of undertaking unique team building activities, please come to us here at Escape London, we think your team will love it. Get in touch to book your rooms and start to see the difference in your team.

Escape London FAQs

Here’s are our frequently asked questions about Escape London because we know you’d like to know all there is about our escape rooms and we’re always happy to help.

What are escape rooms?

Escape rooms are specially designed rooms where you and a group of friends are locked in with 60 minutes to escape. You will need to do some problem solving and find some cryptic clues, so you can work out how to get out.

Who is best suited to London escape rooms?

Anyone can take part in our escape games, however children under 10 may find it a little too challenging. If you do bring someone under 16, naturally they’ll need to be accompanied by an adult.

So, are you really locked in until you escape our rooms?

Yes, you are, but don’t let that alarm you, you’re never really locked in with no means of escape, if you’ve had enough and you want out, then we’ll let you out immediately. Also, a member of our team will show you all the exits before starting, so just tell yourself you’re locked in for the purpose of the game only, but it won’t be for real.

Do I need to be some kind of genius to escape?

No, you don’t. People often worry about this, believing they have to be some kind of mathematical genius to get out. What’s more important is that you have a good team behind you because that’s what’s going to get you out of there - teamwork. Together you can have some great puzzle solvers and those who can work out clues, as a team you’ll work together to get out, nobody has to be the one and only genius.

What if you don’t succeed?

Don’t worry too much about that. Not everyone manages to get out within the 60 minutes the first time they try. You’ll have a great time and that is far more important than whether or not you get out in time. The best and the most fun games are those you don’t always win. As long as you feel the sense of immersion and feel that sense of excitement then that’s so much more important. You can always visit us again for another bash at it!

Is someone going to jump out and frighten us?

No, we would never do that. We don’t jump out at anyone because we know how scary that would be, so we definitely won’t be doing that! You can rest assured that your time here in our escape rooms will be one of fun and excitement but not of the scary kind! Just the kind of fun and excitement you’ll enjoy!

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If you have any more questions, please feel free to get in touch. We’re always here to help and if you want to play now, why not give us a call and you can book your escape room, because the fun starts here.

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

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!

- Jess Meek -

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.