Having lived in London all my life, I'm always keeping a keen eye out for finding fun things to do around the city, and trying out unique entertainment experiences.
I recently experienced Lock’d Escape Rooms in South London with a couple of friends. It was an evening of such fun, mystery and teamwork. I’d happily do it again and wholeheartedly recommend the experience if you’ve never done one before!
The beauty of living in London is there are many hidden gems to have fun, recently I was invited to take on the challenge of escaping a room by finding Grampa’s Will at Lock’d escape rooms in Bermondsey. If you have never heard of escape rooms before let me explain, you and a team of up to 5 players are locked inside a room, you are told the story behind the room and what needs to be done to escape. With a time limit of 60 minutes your team needs to hunt for clues, keys and locks to escape.
One thing on my bucket list has always been to take part in an Escape Room so when I got the chance to try out Grandpa’s Last Will with Lock’d Escape Rooms I jumped at the chance. My interest has always been peaked by escape rooms, but not the kind that have you being chased by a zombie, I’m more interested in games and activities that make me think more intricately, working through clues and added to that the pressure of a time limit I was always sold on the idea.
Lock’d invited Ms B, me, and two of our friends today to try out one of their escape room experiences. I have to admit that I mainly went along, because Ms B and her friends were absolutely convinced that escape rooms are brilliant.
Escape Rooms are certainly one of the most popular pastimes at the moment with so many sprouting up that it can be a bit mind boogling where to go. The premise for most are that you’re locked in a room and you have to solve an array of puzzles and tasks in order to escape, sometimes they’re massive thinking tasks and other times they’re a bit like scavanger hunts.
A few days ago I did my first escape game experience with Lock’d London. Enthusiastic about board games with family and friends, I already found the concept so cool ! We had a total immersion in this real-life thematic game with the atmosphere, the room, the music and the scenario, all filled with numerous signs and secrets. Like a live action puzzle game!
Last week, four friends and I visited Lock’d escape rooms in Bermondsey. Escape rooms are a lot fun, they are live-action puzzles which are timed and can be challenging. You enter a room, the door shuts and you’re trapped, you then have an hour to find clues and solve the puzzles to escape from the room.
It's a lock in! Visit one of these London escape games to see whether you're a puzzle pro or a clue klutz
The white breezeblock building this three-game operation is set in doesn’t exactly scream ‘fiendish magnificence’. But there’s a trio of surprisingly well thought out games here...
Bermondsey's Lock'd seems a lot more family-friendly than some of the more sinister experiences we've covered in this piece. With experiences such as 'Grandpa’s last will' where you're set to task searching through an old man's front room, this is something of a gentle and jolly game.
There’s a new craze sweeping the nation: the escape game! What does it involve? Basically, you’re locked in a mysterious room with your friends and have to find your way out by solving puzzles, cracking codes, and working those little grey cells…
Lock’d is a live-action puzzle game unlike anything you’ve experienced before. You walk into a mysterious room. The door shuts behind you. And you’re trapped. Racing against the clock, you have one hour to do a task that will set you and your team free. During your trip, Lock’d will intrigue, entertain and delight you with complex puzzles, vivid stories and fascinating challenges.
You may not have heard of escape room puzzles, or you may be a locked-in-a-room junkie already...
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In short, Lockd combines both my love of puzzles with my ongoing quest to find cool things to do in London.
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I’m at Lock’d, London’s newest room escape game venue, and one of hundreds opening in cities all over the world. For the uninitiated, room escape games are immersive experiences where players are voluntarily locked in a room filled with cryptic puzzles that have to be cracked. They’ll all be on a theme: for example, I’ve just “broken into a museum” to recover some ancient artefacts.
The site has one room open at the moment, with two further rooms planned.