It’s great to be back with our meet the team series and what better way to get back in the swing of things than with this gem of a host. A decent escape room is nothing without an epic escape game host and, while it does seem to be a male dominated occupation, Samantha Smallwood is one of our most popular female hosts. So feminine in fact she’s a bonafide Mermaid and fairy in her spare time. Read on to find out more about Sam and what it takes to be ‘part of that world’.
Don’t take the easy option and book a boring old meal with DJ and clubbing. What about some live experience gaming? Yes son! Actual real life experience stuff that not only gives your employees something to giggle about but also encourages some team building in the process. Okay you can back off now, nobody likes a lurker. If you’re not sure what that means or where to get started we have some unusual work Christmas party ideas with a live experience twist to help you on your quest.
London is steeped in history and culture, and the pubs are no exception. Better yet so many pubs are now stepping up their game transforming them into a one stop spot for entertainment, which beyond decent grub and ale includes gaming. Here’s our Top 10 list of quirky pubs with games in London.
Halloween is nearly upon us. Gather round, you pure, sweet darlings, you. Things are about to get twisted. On 31st October, All Hallows Eve, we’re going to be dialling up the scare factor in our escape games. Believe it or not we’re usually pretty gentle but get yourself a game over Halloween and you’ll get an extra jump and some bonus shrieks for good measure.
Truly it’s Halloween for us all year round so we love an excuse to ramp up our penchant for dark tales and twisted immersion. We’re not just bringing you any old list though, no no no. This year we have not only scoured the wonderful world of the interwebs to discover some top Halloween events in London, we’ve also created a map just for you. So you can find things to do on Halloween around one of our escape room or live gaming venues in London and make a night of it.
We know you’ve been on the edge of your seats dreaming of our beautiful faces and those Lady Chastity or Poppa Plock memories. Thinking about us at every moment of the day - even those moments in the shower you cheeky monkey. Well, the day has finally arrived and we can now announce the launch of our brand spanking new game, Operation Mindfall - wh-tsh! *whip crack*.
August is almost over and so the countdown to the end of Summer begins - sigh. But before we pack up our BBQ’s and reluctantly discontinue our beachside antics we have one final Bank Holiday blowout to make the most of. So, don’t be a melt and stay inside this year or do the same old thing. Whether you’re in a couple, planning to mingle with your mates or looking for something to keep the kids entertained - let us entice you out of your comfort zones to discover something new with these 5 things to do in London bank holiday weekend. Go on, do something different.
Our Lady Chastity (our skeletal escape room resident to those not in the know) is hardly known as a summer Goddess. In fact, she’s more Dracula and was close to withering away to dust in the recent heatwave. Yes, we could write a positive blog about summer like everyone else but sometimes it’s good to just have a big ol’ moan. So, bring on the clouds, the rain and bring back with it the desire to hide away in a dark pub clasping onto a cold one. Down with the fear of sunburn, dehydrating or having to attend a constant string of BBQs. Here’s 6 reasons we just can’t take the heat and are relieved to see the back of the heatwave.
Finding alternative things to do in London wasn’t always so easy, but the pop-up trend and increased popularity of immersive gaming has made things a little more interesting. If anything now there are so many pop ups and alternative things to do n London, it’s difficult to know where to start. Well, we can’t have you going into a head spin and ending up down the local can we? Whether you just love a good pop up or just want to do something different for once, we have a list of 6 unusual things to do and quirky pop ups in London.
We share funny quips and top highlights from the first episode of the latest series of Black Mirror, USS Callister. Reflecting on its genius sadistic reminders that game immersion should only go so far and reliving some of these moments through the magic of YouTube.
Anti Valentine’s Day is now a thing. Whether you are looking for self-love inspiration, some Valentines night out ideas to enjoy with your mates or alternative date night ideas; we’ve got it all. So, dig in and pick your preferred hate Valentine’s Day activity this year.
As the words ‘Happy New Year’ become less and less the norm, As the words ‘Happy New Year’ become less and less the norm, so do our good moods. January Blues is not a made up thing, there is actual science out there proving that more people experience feelings of depression and anxiety at this time of year. Bored of the same old advice? Here's some ways you can beat the January blues without exercise and dieting.
It's our absolute pleasure to introduce you to one of our Brighton escape game hosts, Slyme Sylmey - aka Simon. He defines himself as a performer, actor, twisted cabaret clown, model, writer, poet, musician and idiot. Enough foreplay, let’s fondle his brain and discover what makes our Slyme Slymey tick.
While your bellies may be full and heads may be a little heavy from all that burying in the sand, there’s still so many great winter experiences to be had. You have two choices, you could just coast along and get back to the drudgery of your daily routine or avoid those pesky January blues by getting your butt in gear and notching up some new experiences for 2018.
New Year's Resolutions we make every year tend to focus on material things or over ambitious self-improvement goals, but what about shifting your focus to new experiences? We take a look at the most common New Year's Resolutions, why they fail and what you can do to make them stick. Giving you some New Year's Resolutions Ideas along the way that will help you experience something new and create some new memories in 2018.
Christmas may be close, but not everyone wants to frolic around in Christmas jumpers, photocopy their butt cheeks and dress up like a sexy Santa (we’re looking at you Kevin). Even if they do, we all need a little light, or even dark, relief now and then from the baubles, tinsel and festive cheer. If you’re planning a Christmas night out or looking ahead to the New Year then don’t follow the crowd, let us help you do something different. We’ve sifted through the glittery shit, beyond the festive cliches to seek out alternative and quirky nights out in London that could spice up your Christmas.
Puzzle rooms are a relatively new concept to some, so based on our experience and that of some of our first time puzzle room players; we have created a newbie journey of discovery. Basically, read this and you may get an idea of what a live escape room experience is like.
Beyond his refreshing biological make-up and talents as an escape room host, Leon is also a magician and immersive performance artist. He’s also one of the masterminds behind ‘Riddles in the Dark’ - playful and entertaining shows that offer an escapist twist. Just like our escape rooms, all of Leon’s exploits playfully quench the thirst of an experience economy and push the boundaries of imagination. That’s enough teasing, grab a spoon and tuck in. After all, Leon loves a good spoon.
We are very pleased to announce that the Handmade Mysteries team have been busy creating more fantastic challenges and scenery across London and Brighton, leading to two new locations for our flagship game Lady Chastity’s Reserve. The Hope in Central London and The World’s End in London Road, Brighton.
Yes, it’s fun opening presents, but if you really aren’t sure what to buy your friends and family then don’t just nab the first thing that’s vaguely ‘so them’. Instead buy ‘em some new memories to enjoy in 2018 with a Christmas experience gift. Not sure where to start? Well, just as well we’ve done the work for you. Here’s some top Experience Christmas gifts to nab online:
When we launched our first Brighton escape room there was just one other in the city. Now? By our count there are at least 4 Brighton escape rooms with another due to launched at our new Brighton location for Lady Chastity, The World’s End on London Road. Not only that, like the Hollywood marker for escape rooms, rumour has it The Crystal Maze are planning to make their Brighton debut very soon - exciting stuff indeed. We take a look at why the growing number of escape games in Brighton is good news for the city and escape room fans alike.
Whether you’re more minimalist than hoarder or you just want to help your friends and family create new memories, here’s 5 reasons to avoid the Cyber Monday and Black Friday masses this year and treat your friends and family to escape rooms and escape games this silly season instead.
We return for another hearty serving of our meet the team series with a cheeky peek into the immersive world of Gemma Tubbs. Our very first lady game host who describes herself as ‘a big kid who loves dressing up and scaring people.’ A trained actress who recently scared the bejesus out of Amanda Holden and Ben Shepherd on This Morning as a zombie. Standard. Let’s get cracking shall we…
Escape room fans are calling the shots and their continued drive to play and share their experiences on Instagram and Snapchat is shifting escape rooms away from the alternative hidden realm of Dungeons & Dragons or Larping and into the mainstream. We explore the rising popularity of escape rooms and what it is about them that gets fans and celebrities alike buzzing for more.
The first series of Stranger Things may have had all the ingredients to make it an instant cult classic but with one generation hooked on Netflix and another full of 80’s nostalgia, Stranger Things has captured the hearts of the masses. So in preparation of series 2 released 27 October, here are the five things we love most about Stranger Things with a few hints of what we are hoping to get in the new series.
North London are now on the Handmade Mysteries escape room map with Poppa Plock’s Wonky Workshop making it’s debut at The Depot in Islington earlier this year. Another of our handmade escape rooms packed with unexpected twists and turns like no other. All of our escape room games are uniquely terrifying, mysterious and disturbingly tantalising, so why should North London get a piece of the action? We delve into the new game and explore the area to help you make a night of it on your next visit to Islington.
Are you ready to get off the gravy train and try something different for Christmas this year? Well, here’s some alternative Christmas party ideas to help you smash those boring bauble induced plans and shake things up this year.
Prepare to be amazed with DenisVilleneuve's BladeRunner 2049 set to hit our cinema screens later this week (Oct 6). Set in a dystopian Los Angeles in 2019 it looks to be as deep and beautiful as 1982's Blade Runner. The original was a key inspiration behind our latest game Poppa Plock’s Wonky Workshop, so we felt compelled to cover the upcoming film, but also revisit the role of BladeRunner in the concept of our latest escape room.
Rather than leaving it until the last-minute this year and throwing a hissy when you can’t get into the best club nights, we have some top things to do Halloween weekend. So you can nab your tickets and turn that grumpy dejected frown into a slashed Joker grin.