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.
To continue our meet the team series, we would like to introduce you to a game host who mostly frequents The Four Thieves Pub in South London as Gabriel, Jason Lotro. An experienced actor and musician who has many notches on his belt. When he’s not guiding players through Lady Chastity’s lair, Jason is featuring in choreographed fight scenes or weaving his spell as a multi-instrumentalist. Let’s get stuck in and find out what makes Jason tick.
Trying to find corporate team building ideas that are both productive and enjoyable can be challenging. Get it wrong and you could end up with bored yawns and employees completely disengaging with the task at hand. Get it right and you will get a surge of engagement from your employees, increasing morale but also increasing their sense of belonging to the team and business. That’s why so many businesses are now turning to gamification techniques and booking escape room experiences.
Daydreaming about your bank holiday antics last weekend? Still buzzing after the Game of Thrones season finale? Avoid the temptation to order a curry or endlessly scroll for your next TV fix this weekend, we have some creative date night ideas in London and Brighton that will help you extend the good vibes, revive or ignite those honeymoon phase tingles and make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
The countdown to August bank holiday weekend has begun - yippee. So, what are you up to? Are you just gonna Netflix and chill or get your butt out the door and do something different? If you’re up for the latter then we have taken a dive into the worldly web for some unusual bank holiday ideas for you. So, instead of coasting along and doing the same old thing, you can bag yourself some new memories and do something different this August bank holiday weekend.
Whether you don’t fancy a nose dive into the unflattering fate of a jumpsuit or you’re looking for another fix after you play The Crystal Maze: we have a list of Crystal Maze style games that rock. Some we have played, some we have made, but all of these gems will help you turn those ‘busy life’ lemons into ‘let it go’ lemonade.
Like Richard O’Brien to Crystal Maze the game host is just as important as the game itself. So, we are kicking off our new ‘meet the team’ interview series with an introduction to our very first maze master, Kevin Flee. Self-described as ‘kinda creepy but good with people’ when he is not busy scaring the Bejesus out of players, Kevin is a musician, actor and now a qualified yoga instructor - how very zen. Let’s get cracking shall we...
If you love an interesting puzzle then you're going to be knocking down the door to see the interior of an Escape Room. An Escape Room is an exciting, live-action puzzle room challenge that has taken the UK by storm. Come and find out more about Escape Rooms from HandMade Mysteries Here.
Over 2 million viewers tuned in to the return of The Crystal Maze last month and according to MarketWatch statistics there are now more than 2,800 permanent escape rooms, aka puzzle rooms, worldwide. As Patsy Palmer would put it, puzzle rooms are all the rage right now darling. But why we hear you cry? What is it about a good puzzle that gets us all so excited? Well, let’s find out.
Whether you are the mug landed with the responsibility of organising your mates stag or hen do - - you know you regret it - or the even bigger mug who volunteered to organise the next team building day at work. We have sieved through the ‘typical’ to find the ‘unexpected’ and come up with a list of 5 unusual group activities that won’t induce rolled eyes and yawns from your colleagues. Take your team along to one of these and not only will you be the mutt's nuts for coming up with something epic, you will also get to enjoy the experience yourself. Win win.