Last weekend we were kindly invited along by the team at Breakin’ on Holloway Road to try out ALL SIX of their, quite frankly, incredible rooms…
We’re splitting this article into two parts and it will remain relatively spoiler free as to not ruin too much of the magic that these rooms have.
We prepared ourselves for a day of mind-bending puzzles and we weren’t disappointed!
We started off with…
It really made you feel as if you were in a movie, like something out of a Michael Mann film mixed with classic street racing flicks.
Next up was…
The Flying Dutchman
The Flying Dutchman had more of a “classic” escape room feel to it. A real high seas adventure reminiscent of The Goonies and Pirates of the Caribbean, with an absolutely incredible set – we entered with the lights off, whilst a short introduction played and as the lights flicked on our jaws dropped! It’s a beautiful room with fantastic attention to detail.
Our third room in a row was…
Blackwings Cave has you entering the lair of a DC inspired superhero, who needs help defeating his arch nemesis – there’s high-tech gadgets, evil villains and a score reminiscent of Hans Zimmer; to really get your heart pumping.
Don’t get us wrong, this is still an incredibly enjoyable game but is probably suited to more seasoned Escape Room teams. There’s a lot of communication required, so it really puts your team to the test.
There are some incredibly unique pieces of tech implemented within this game that were highly impressively an really worth checking out.
We advise you book ASAP and see for yourself just how incredible these rooms really are!
Today we journeyed into central London for an exclusive event to promote the upcoming Scarlett Johansson action blockbuster Ghost in the Shell.
Billed as an immersive exhibition at the Lights of Soho venue, the event featured props and artwork inspired by the film. Tickets were on a first-come first-serve basis and proved to be extremely popular, however when we got there it was totally empty…
The tickets gave visitors access to the exhibition for two-hours, though it was suggested that you’d need at least half an hour to see everything.
After 10 minutes we’d seen everything and what a disappointment it was. The exhibition was hardly what we’d call “immersive”. There was a little bit of creative lighting, a bit of smoke and a couple of screens playing clips from the film, but that was as far as the immersive element went.
There were a couple of props from the film, mainly weapons and a geisha-style mask. Other than that there was one interesting piece of artwork that reacted with the flash on your camera/phone and a “hologram” style projection but other than that it was totally bare.
The Lights of Soho facebook page promised interactive holograms and touch-screen devices but we couldn’t see anything of the sort sadly.
It may be unfair to be overly critical considering it was a free event, however, for anyone who traveled further afield to attend the event, it would be thoroughly disappointing. We expected so much more from an official Paramount Pictures event.
Personally we’d suggest staying at home at re-watching the anime.
Vault Fest is back again for another year. It’s a fantastic event that hosts some of the most unique, imaginative, independent and wild events from theatre to escape rooms, stand up comedy and short film screenings. It should be marked on every Londoners calendar.
Last night we hit our first event of the fest; The ‘Neath – part immersive theatre, part pop-up bar, The ‘Neath is a place of utter debauchery, where sinners meet to bare their souls and make a deal with the devil.
The event lasts an hour and a half and you get out of it, what you put in. We’ll keep this review relatively spoiler free so don’t panic!
When we arrived we were introduced to the proprietor of The ‘Neath, an enigmatic yet slightly intense and scary chap who told us that if we wanted to leave with our souls intact we would have to confess our sins before the time was up and collect 7 goblets (representing the seven deadly sins) of which we would have to drink from to make it out alive.
There wasn’t much instruction about what it was we had to do and how to go about doing it – there were occasional scripted scenes that introduced us to the various odd-ball characters that frequented The ‘Neath and how they came to be there. The cast were great and a real testament to the production – they really kept the energy up non-stop for the whole duration.
Throughout the night we had our tarot read, met with shady characters to do backroom deals and explored the various nooks and crannies of The ‘Neath. However, it was far too busy and so you often found yourself stood around sipping on a drink whilst desperately trying to get involved or waiting in a shambolic line to talk to one of the patrons of the bar.
The theming was wonderful – The Vaults are a fantastic venue as is but The ‘Neath really made you feel as if you had been transported to a world “beneath” our own.
Tickets for The ‘Neath are £25 each, but you can come and go throughout the whole run as much as you’d like to get the most you can out of the experience and you’d have to because it was just too busy.
There are some rather delicious cocktails on offer but they’re tiny and will run you £8 each which is a little steep in our opinion.
The ‘Neath is absolutely worth checking out, it’s a lot of fun and we’d love to see it return in the future though with a slight reworking and a smaller audience so we can truly get to appreciate all the event has to offer.
Lady Chastity’s Reserve is an escape room like no other. Forget what you know about escape rooms and prepare yourself for a raucous, frantic and unbelievably fun-filled hour that could end with a delicious bottle of red for you efforts, if you’re able to solve all the puzzles and escape in time that is!
Now, we’ve been to A LOT of escape rooms – we’ve even run escape rooms personally and so we like to think we know what we’re talking about… Lady Chastity’s Reserve has some of the most unique puzzles and games we’ve ever had the pleasure of playing.
It’s very much an 18+ experience, with lots of hilarious adult humour and an incredibly unique story-line. For an escape room that’s hidden away in the back of a pub, you would be forgiven for expecting something slightly lacking, however, you’ll be pleasantly surprised! The theming is fantastic with great attention to detail. The game has been lovingly created by Handmade Mysteries who have really hit the nail on the head with this one.
We don’t want to give to much away and ruin the experience, but you really should book your tickets and pay a visit to one of their locations across London immediately.
We hear rumours that they have a new game in the works and we’ll be the first ones in line to play it.
We LOVED this.
January marks the release of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard on XBox One, PS4 and Windows platforms. The latest title in the franchise features a brand new lineup of characters in a first-person VR experience, predominantly centred around an obviously Texas Chainsaw Massacre inspired family called the Bakers.
To celebrate the forthcoming survival-horror, the team set up a free exclusive event in London over the course of four days. Limited to only 28 pairs of tickets per-day, this really was as exclusive as you could get! 100s of hopefuls waited for hours for the chance of coming face to face with the nightmarish Baker clan and it was worth it.
Part immersive theatre – part escape room, this truly was one of the most intense and scary events we’ve ever been to. We were lead from the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane to a secret location a few minutes away that doubled as the abandoned Louisiana farm house from the Biohazard game.
The doors creaked open and smoke poured from inside as a mechanical crying baby crawled along the floor towards us. We made our way down into the depths of the house where we found video equipment scattered all over the place and an old television/video recorder with a message from one of the team; warning us to leave immediately or suffer a similar torturous fate at the hands of the cannibalistic Baker family.
After experiencing the fantastic Shadow over Southwark, the whole team at Immersive London decided we needed to try every single Fire Hazard event and we kicked off with Undercover, a game that found us being indoctrinated into the shadowy world of espionage.
Our missions would be dangerous and varied; from making contact with friendly agents, dropping off secret packages and tailing our rivals. We were told we might even need a change of clothes to conceal our identity as there would be various covert operatives closely following us, trying desperately to sabotage our operation.
The game lasted 120 minutes, though it hardly felt like any time at all! It really was like we were living our own spy movie where we took on the role of Jason Bourne, Ethan Hunt or James Bond. We were ducking in alleyways, constantly looking over our shoulders and running for our lives for fear of being caught by lurking villains.
The event is somewhat similar to Shadow over Southwark in that you find various secret codes (packages) hidden in the playing area and enter them into a dedicated website (you’ll need a phone and internet connection) to log your progression throughout the game. You also receive various updates from friendly spies and new missions to undertake.
The scale of Undercover is truly impressive, we didn’t quite realise until the end just how many teams were playing and how much we were secretly snapped on camera by Fire Hazard operatives.
The cast are once again superb and really immerse you into the story and make you believe every word of it!
Fire Hazard Games are consistently hosting some of the best and truly unmissable events in London. At only £25 per person Undercover is an absolute bargain and a whole lot of fun!
We highly recommend it…
The Gin Foundry have been creating adult friendly advent calendars containing gin for a few years now. This year, they held some gin speed tasting events so that people could sample some of the favourites from the calendar.
A welcome G&T on arrival, followed by 6 speed ‘dates’ with people from each of the gin brands on offer where they had 7 minutes to tell us about their product and let us try what they each believed to be the best.
From Bertha’s Revenge, a gin with a foundation of milk whey sugars being converted into alcohol, to Nginious – a smoked and salted offering that leaned towards a whiskey flavour…there was even Sharish Blue Magic Gin which changes colour once you add tonic!
It was a great way to try new gins which you wouldn’t be able to find in your local, and we’ll definitely be picking up a Ginvent calendar next year!