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Escape Entertainment

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4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)

According to the blurb, these escape rooms are ‘built by Hollywood and Broadway set designers’. Which seems like a fairly dubious claim given that a ‘security guard’ in their bank heist-themed room is little more than a shirt stuffed with bits of cloth and the gorgeous photos of a bank vault on their website turn out to be just a large decal stuck upon a wall. Still, this 60-minute escape challenge a fun enough experience with the odd bit of clever tech thrown in. It’s probably more one for people who’ve never done an escape game before, with at least the Bank Heist game feeling as though it was a couple of puzzles too short. Not the greatest escape game in London. But then by no means a bad one. Alexi Duggins

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Venue name: Escape Entertainment
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Address: 5 George Yard
London
EC3V 9DH
Transport: Tube: Bank
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Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 2 star:0
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Tastemaker

I went on a weekend with a few friends and it was great fun!


The clues were cryptic but once you got your head around them you could figure them out. However- we spent the first 20 minutes trying to get the clues. They said they would help if they notice we are taking too long and I felt that they should have helped a bit sooner as we had no time to finish the game at all. I found it frustrating that I our team would have needed a good extra 10 minutes to complete the game. From the other teams I could hear none of them completed it either. One of the members of our group had done a few escape rooms before and said it was by far the hardest one. That is the reason I gave 1* away. 


You get a commemorative picture at the end. 

tastemaker

It's hard to review this place without giving the Bank Heist away however I thoroughly enjoyed this place and if you have an incy whincy bit of competitiveness you too will enjoy it.


You have a briefing when you arrive and its a good idea to listen to everything they tell you. Bags and coats are stored safely away for you and no mobile phones are allowed in. You have to work together to work out clue after clue after clue to find the aim of the game. The sequence worked well and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It did take us a wee while to get into the rhythm of what was expected of us but we found it a brain teaser.


Ill definitely be doing way more of these if i can!


Top tip: you must arrive 15 minutes before your session otherwise you’ll eat into your time to get the crown jewels….. you have been warned

Tastemaker

This week I had my first escape game experience here. Sadly, I didn't fully understand the concept or the difference numbers might make, so I booked a game of 10 for 6 people. In the end only 5 of us could go. This apparently was part of the reason we found it such a struggle - though I am not convinced we would have done better if there were more of us!


The first thing to say is finding anything in the Bank area is like finding platform 9 and 3/4.


We played the Prohibition Pandemonium. I really enjoyed our experience and will say up front we didn't escape - so perhaps that colours my view. It was really hard and there seemed to be very little direction or framing of what we should do to find and then solve clues. The clues were relatively obvious but the solutions they led to very obscure. From what they said afterwards we made barely any progress in the hour. I think they should have given us more clues and guidance. It was £150 for the game which brought it in at £26 for each - which is a bit steep for what it is in my view.


That said the hour passed really quickly and we had a lot of fun and i definitley want to try another one. Next time i would (hopefully) be less clueless and might succeed better.



Tastemaker

Write a review...I went as part of a hen do of around 30 ladies and it went down like a house on fire.

This Escape Hunt Experience was in a traditional, Sherlock Holmes stylee.  We took to the “clue rooms” in groups of five, and we had 55 minutes to get out of the room!

I won’t divulge too much because, well, it will give the bloody game away!!! but, I can say it was harder than expected, props to the guys behind it all for thinking it up!

Although it’s a good thing to do for work groups or hen/stag dos etc, it would be just as well for a few friends to get together for  a different type of entertainment than the usual!  Definitely Recommended!!

Tastemaker

I took my boyfriend here on a surprise date thinking he'd love it or think I was a massive geek. He thought both. It was absolutely great fun. You choose a level of difficulty - we went for intermediate. It wasn't too tough though there were times we were reading too deeply into things/props/clues thinking we were oh so clever. There is help on hand and they'll ring you in the room if you're veering too far off course. My only criticism would be that some of the props felt tired and worn and could do with some revitalising. The more worn the prop the more you knew you were on the right track. It's great fun playing against the clock and the sense of panic that ensues as the hour ticks on. We missed our deadline by minutes but they graciously added on an extra 5 minutes for us to solve the puzzle as we were so close. We both left calling each other idiots and blaming each other for why we hadn't quite managed it in the hour deadline.

moderatorStaff Writer

I discovered Escape Hunt's rival (Hint Hunt) a couple of years ago, and am a big fan of escape rooms in general, but last night was my first visit to Escape Hunt. The venue is quite hard to find (Google Maps doesn't place it on the right side of George Yard) and if there are City drinkers standing in the courtyard area, you might struggle to find the doorway, but once you're inside, the venue is huge compared to other escape room venues.  The organisation is slick - it's an international chain, and you can feel that - staff wear quirky uniforms, and the decor is lavish and slick (compared to Hint Hunt).  It's a shame they don't have a bar license, as the waiting area would double nicely as a bar.  Inside, the rooms were entertaining, tricky and fun (though I have to admit I prefer the HintHunt clues, some of the Escape Hunt ideas seemed a bit of a stretch).  I like the way they add on an extra minute every time you request a clue (something none of the other escape rooms I've visited have done).  I also really liked the photo machine at the end - you and your friends can dress up like Sherlock Holmes with a huge range of props and clothes.  A really entertaining evening.  I love it as a double-date idea, but be warned, the pressure might bring out your true colours! Also - unlike it's rivals, Escape Hunt offers the rooms to 2 people at a really affordable price - so if you do want to go on a date in an Escape Room, this is your most economical option.

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