10 Best Escape Rooms in London

As escape room enthusiasts who have done 135 escape rooms across the United States and Europe, we’ve heard a bunch about the London escape room scene for over a year now and finally got to try out the “best” London escape rooms (according to other bloggers ratings) in March of 2017. We’re listing out the 10 that we tried here, along with a short review and our recommendations.

Of course “best” is subjective. This list and our ratings are based on our own perception of the quality of these rooms and how impressive they were, coming from the lens of enthusiasts who have seen a bunch of these already. We owe a lot to UK-based escape room enthusiasts, particularly Ken (The Logic Escapes Me) and Sera, but also London Escapists, Escape the Review, and Escape Review. These UK-based enthusiasts provided plenty of recommendations and review material for us to research and select which escape rooms we would do in London.

Here’s our take on the “best” escape rooms in London:

  1. The Celestial Chain – Time Run
  2. The Lance of Longinus – Time Run
  3. Secret Studio – Escape in Time
  4. The Adventure Begins – Escape Plan
  5. Revenge of the Sheep – clueQuest
  6. Heist Plan: The Garage – Breakin’ Escape
  7. School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – Enigma Quests
  8. Book of Secrets – Clue Adventures
  9. The Million Pound Heist – Enigma Quests
  10. Operation Blacksheep – clueQuest

Although most of these games are designed for groups of 3-6, we did all of these rooms with only 2 people. All companies listed here (except Breakin’ Escape, which strongly recommended 3+) were very welcoming for groups of 2. The games are definitely much harder for a group of 2 however, and we would only recommend attempting these games as a pair for experienced enthusiasts.

More detailed reviews about each of these games below…

1. The Celestial Chain – Time Run

Celestial Chain is the second game by London’s undisputed best company: Time Run. This game has absolutely stellar production value and a delightful mix of a whole bunch of puzzles that all involve interacting with the fantastic set. The double-edged sword is that the game is absolutely packed with content – so much that you’ll almost certainly not be able to finish all of it before you’re whisked to the next part. Don’t let that get you down though – this is a worthy successor to The Lance of Longinus and an absolutely must-do for any escape room enthusiast.

Booking: http://www.time-run.com/ (They are closing August 21st, 2017)

Enthusiast Ratings:

  • Escape Room Tips: ★★★★★ (Editor’s Choice)
  • The Logic Escapes Me: ★★★★★ (review)
  • London Escapists: ★★★★½ (review)
  • Escape the Review: up to ★★★★ (review)
  • Escape Review: ★★★★ (review)

2. The Lance of Longinus – Time Run

Lance of Longinus is the first and original game by London’s best escape room company: Time Run. While we think the game is overshadowed now by it’s successor, Celestial Chain, this is still an absolutely excellent escape room that offers a cinematic experience to all that take part. The multiple rooms here all explore different themes and all include various fun puzzles that involve interacting with various parts of the excellently-created set. Don’t miss this one either if you’re an escape room enthusiast passing by London.

Booking: http://www.time-run.com/ (They are closing August 21st, 2017)

Enthusiast Ratings:

  • Escape Room Tips: ★★★★★ (Editor’s Choice)
  • The Logic Escapes Me: ★★★★★ (review)
  • London Escapists: ★★★★★ (review)
  • Escape the Review: ★★★★½ (review)
  • Escape Review: ★★★★★ (review)

3. Secret Studio – Escape in Time

Secret Studio is Escape in Time’s only game, which recently moved to a new location on May 2017. The game makes some bold decisions that are executed excellently and absolutely pays off. The game is somewhat “scary” – but moreso in the psychological sense rather than the “horror’ sense. Their set of choices was absolutely unique and unlike anything we’ve seen before in any other escape room. We loved the cinematic experience and would recommend this to any enthusiast – especially anyone looking for something very… different!

Booking: https://www.escapeintime.co.uk/

Enthusiast Ratings:

  • Escape Room Tips: ★★★★★
  • The Logic Escapes Me: ★★★★½ (review)
  • London Escapists: n/a
  • Escape the Review: up to ★★★★★ (review)
  • Escape Review: n/a

4. The Adventure Begins – Escape Plan

The Adventure Begins is Escape Plan’s only game, which will soon be closing to be replaced with an updated version. This WWII-themed game is absolutely true to its theme, with appropriate decor throughout. You follow along with the story of Bob Hails as you and your teammates try to escape the barracks. Despite being mostly a low-tech game, the atmosphere of this game is stellar and this game comes with a wide variety of fun, physical puzzles. We enjoyed the theme and overall experience and would recommend this to any enthusiast visiting the area.

Booking: https://escapeplanltd.com/

Enthusiast Ratings:

  • Escape Room Tips: ★★★★★
  • The Logic Escapes Me: ★★★★½ (review)
  • London Escapists: ★★★★ (review)
  • Escape the Review: up to ★★★★½ (review)
  • Escape Review: ★★★★ (review)

5. Revenge of the Sheep – clueQuest

Revenge of the Sheep is Cluequest’s third and latest game. This popular location has multiple copies of each of their three escape rooms, which makes it easy to coordinate large corporate bookings where everyone plays the same game simultaneously. Revenge of the Sheep is particularly notable for a fun mixture of physical puzzles, interesting technology, and a bunch of interesting surprises. Enthusiasts should definitely try out Revenge of the Sheep, clearly the best out of their three games.

Bookinghttps://cluequest.co.uk/

Enthusiast Ratings:

  • Escape Room Tips: ★★★★★
  • The Logic Escapes Me: ★★★★★ (review)
  • London Escapists: ★★★★★ (review)
  • Escape the Review: ★★★★½ (review)
  • Escape Review: ★★★ (review)

6. Heist Plan: The Garage – Breakin’ Escape

Breakin’ Escape is a new entrant to the London escape room scene with 6 Romanian-designed rooms, mostly based off of popular movie franchises. From enthusiast reviews, Heist Plan seems to be the most impressive out of their 6 rooms. We enjoyed Heist Plan because of the unique and well-developed theme, with plenty of physical puzzles and fun large set pieces to move around. This game is clearly inspired by the The Fast and the Furious series, and will be a delight to both fans of the series and people unfamiliar with the series.

Booking: http://breakinescaperooms.co.uk/

Enthusiast Ratings:

  • Escape Room Tips: ★★★★★
  • The Logic Escapes Me: ★★★★ (review)
  • London Escapists: n/a
  • Escape the Review: up to ★★★★½ (review)
  • Escape Review: n/a

7. School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – Enigma Quests

School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a Harry Potter inspired escape room, the first by Enigma Quests. This room rewards careful observation and the following of instructions, and includes a bunch of moments that are simply magical. The attention to the little details in the thematic decor of the room is strong, which makes combing through the set very enjoyable. The organized structure of the game and the inclusion of a bunch of fun surprises makes this game appropriate and fun for both escape room beginners and enthusiasts alike.

Booking: https://enigmaquests.london/

Enthusiast Ratings:

  • Escape Room Tips: ★★★★½
  • The Logic Escapes Me: ★★★★½ (review)
  • London Escapists: ★★★ (review)
  • Escape the Review: ★★★★ (review)
  • Escape Review: n/a

8. Book of Secrets – Clue Adventures

Clue Adventures is a fairly new escape room company which launched it’s first room Book of Secrets under an arch of an active railway. While this game is low-tech, the game is absolutely packed with clues and puzzles that reward careful attention to detail. The puzzles and story are all magician-themed, and you’ll uncover some fun secrets (including performing a few magic tricks) along the way. The story develops throughout the game and the clueing system was impressively attentive. This is a fun magician-themed escape room for anyone in the area.

Booking: http://www.clueadventures.com/

Enthusiast Ratings:

  • Escape Room Tips: ★★★★
  • The Logic Escapes Me: ★★★★½ (review)
  • London Escapists: ★★★★ (review)
  • Escape the Review: ★★★★½ (review)
  • Escape Review: ★★★★ (review)

9. The Million Pound Heist – Enigma Quests

The Million Pound Heist is a score-based game that is the second and latest of the escape rooms offered at Enigma Quests. While this is a fun and well-done room, we liked their original School of Witchcraft and Wizardry better because of the greater ability to interact in various ways with the set. Still, The Million Pound Heist has some fun technology and a score-based final winning condition that rewards careful searching, attention, and ability to sort through things quickly.

Booking: https://enigmaquests.london/

Enthusiast Ratings:

  • Escape Room Tips: ★★★★
  • The Logic Escapes Me:★★★★ (review)
  • London Escapists: n/a
  • Escape the Review: ★★★★ (review)
  • Escape Review: n/a

10. Operation Black Sheep – clueQuest

Operation Black Sheep is the second game made by clueQuest. Like all of their other games, there are multiple copies of Operation Black Sheep in the same location, which makes it easy for large corporate groups to all play the same game simultaneously. There are some fun tandem puzzles in this game that make this fun for groups, and quite a few custom-made elements that tactile and fun to play with. This is a fun game at clueQuest, but if you can only do one at this location, we think their Revenge of the Sheep game is fresher and more impressive.

Bookinghttps://cluequest.co.uk/

Enthusiast Ratings:

  • Escape Room Tips: ★★★★
  • The Logic Escapes Me: ★★★★★ (review)
  • London Escapists: ★★★★ (review)
  • Escape the Review: up to ★★★★ (review)
  • Escape Review: ★★★★★ (review)

More Games and Reviews

Loop by Clockwork Dog and Crystal Maze are other top-notch experiences that are very likely worthy of ★★★★★. We haven’t done either ourselves, but we’ve heard from multiple people we trust about their quality.

Keep in mind that Crystal Maze sells out tickets months in advance, and Loop is only a limited-time engagement that will end on June 11th, so book your tickets in advance.

For more London reviews and “best” lists, check out these UK-based blogs who have also covered London:

Also check out our list of Best Escape Rooms in Parisincluding a spreadsheet that compiles all of the reviews from the two main enthusiast blogs in France.

Big Ben and Louvre image credit: Yuan Jiang

2 thoughts on “10 Best Escape Rooms in London

  1. Interesting list though I do feel you overrated somewhat Revenge of the Sheep and surprised you did not include The Killer at Enigma Escape. Did you go out to Gravesend in Kent ad try the rooms at the Panic Room?

    1. Great article and a list that I’d pretty much agreed with.

      In response to Christopher’s comment: The Killer’s highly rated on TripAdvisor but the feedback I’ve had from enthusiasts has always been that it’s a disappointment to them and sits firmly mid-table. I played very early on in its history, so I can’t fairly judge it myself. IMO for two player teams it works much better than for larger groups so worth considering if you’re going as a couple.

      I’m excited to be heading to Gravesend next month – I’ve played two of their games in Harlow but from what I’ve heard the latest and greatest experiences are far better.

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