Modern Fables Escape Room

Things to do South Bermondsey
5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Modern Fables Escape Room
Venue says London's truly immersive escape room experience.

Modern Fables isn’t just an escape game but a borderline immersive experience. You’re told that you’re heading to a bar called The Escapist to help out due to the owner’s disappearance.

On arrival, you walk into an eerie warehouse space where black-and-white films flicker over candlelit room. A slightly unsettling barman appears, takes you into a recreation pub and unnervingly gives you the story of the mysterious vanishing of the landlady, while 1940s jazz crackles from a radio. You’re left alone, you find a secret door and suddenly you’re plunged into the mystery around the owner’s disappearance, taking you through a series of inventive challenges and impressively built sets whose dedication to a consistent backstory is a cut above most other London efforts.

Is its location a bit off the beaten track? Yes. Is it also one of the most well-thought-through escape games that London’s seen in a long time? Also yes. Other escape games take note: the bar has just been raised.

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Modern Fables Escape Room says
Modern Fables is London's truly immersive escape room, designed to make you feel like you've just stepped into a rather curious story in which you play a central role.

Based in South Bermondsey, South-East London, your Modern Fables story experience  starts from the moment you receive the confirmation email.  The journey to the venue and local setting adds to the intrigue, and this sense of adventure won’t end until you’ve completed the escape game.

The on-site experience starts once you’re brave enough to follow Alfie's instructions: meet him in the bar and he’ll tell you about Lavinia's recent peculiar behaviour.  Lavinia owns the bar but it seems she’s been giving too much of her attention to a troubling family mystery instead.  You might be there just to help get the bar back on its feet, but a little snoop around when Alfie’s not looking won't hurt...will it?

For pre- or post-game refreshment, local pubs in New Cross and Deptford can offer you great food and drinks, or maybe try the Bermondsey Mile if craft beer is your thing.  A short taxi ride will take you to the bars and eateries of Bermondsey Street or uber-trendy Peckham.

If immersive theatre and intriguing mysteries hold your attention more than just escaping from a room in an hour, this independently run escape room delivers something truly unique.  Crafted with careful love and attention in-house, our escape game will immerse your senses with smells, sounds and sights giving you an unforgettable experience.
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By: Alexi Duggins


Venue name: Modern Fables Escape Room
Address: Guild House
Rollins Street
SE15 1EP
Transport: South Bermondsey
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I've done a few escape rooms but this one is really good! There's a real sense of theatre and atmosphere when you're doing it. It's clearly been put together with a lot of love and care.

Excellent atmosphere amazing themed rooms and wonderful staff! I would definitely recommend to visit it.


The first challenge was finding the place! Hidden away in a warehouse in South London, the location – and dark, poorly lit streets on the way there - really added to the drama of the experience.

The introduction to the experience by Alfie the bartender really helped to set the scene and guide us a little as to what to expect in the story. I don’t want to give too much away about the rooms, but they were really well set up and lit to fit the theme and drama of the experience.

The clues were complicated enough to challenge the escape room pros, but also not too complicated for the less experienced in our group to solve and enjoy. However, I do think the experience may be better for smaller groups – as a group of six we completed the experience in around 35 minutes – which we were told was pretty fast -and at times some of us missed out on finding and understanding some of the clues as we were all searching separately.

I did also feel a little bit like the story was missing a little something at the ending. Without giving anything away, I really wanted a bit more of a sense of closure in terms of what happened to the characters we were following. However, this may just be because we completed the room so quickly – I wasn’t ready for it to be over so soon, and would love to see a sequel experience to find out more about Lavinia’s story!

Overall, Alfie was the perfect host – posing for pictures with us and even sending us away with a party bag. I’d defiantly recommend a visit.