clueQuest Review: The live escape room in London

“I’ve got a friend visiting London next week. We want to do something fun but not the normal touristy stuff. Any suggestions?”

This was my friend’s Facebook status last week and I immediately responded with

“Take her to clueuest!”

A barrage of comments came next

“That sounds fun, I’d love to try that!”

“I’ve heard about clueQuest but haven’t done it yet, I want to do it soon!”

“The girls from my office did it and loved it.”

“Great idea! I’ll book it now.”

I felt very proud of myself for finally being the person who could give a great suggestion for fun things to do in London. And it seems I’m not the only person who wants to be locked in a room for one hour while they solve puzzles to escape.

clueQuest currently ranks as #1 on TripAdvisor for fun activities and games in London and 1,323 of those reviews are ‘Excellent’. Since I’ve tried clueQuest I’ve told everyone I possibly can about it, and everyone agrees they want to give it a go.

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Maybe you’ve already spotted the recent trend for escape rooms? They’re taking over from many main attractions in a city and becoming the must-do activities. Once you’ve seen Big Ben and the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye you’re going to want to do something fun – something interactive rather than just standing and looking – and something that challenges you but makes you laugh too. Maybe even something that makes you feel like you’re on a TV game show (or is that just me who likes to pretend they have an audience?) It’s something that will bond you to the people you’re with, reveal your strengths and the strengths of the people around you.

It’s hard for me to write this clueQuest review because in most reviews I’d tell you everything. I’d have written notes to help me memorise every detail and taken photos of everything possible. But with clueQuest, the less I tell you the better.

If I tell you too much I’ll give the game away and that would ruin it for everyone. So here’s a teaser from the website…

“Sign up for Mr. Q’s 60 minute escape challenge, where he will lock you in a room…or rooms, filled with clues, puzzles, riddles and brain teasers, for you to solve. For a successful escape you will only need one power and two weapons. The power of teamwork and the deadliest weapons of them all, your brain and common sense. Well… releasing your inner detective might also help. 😉 Challenge accepted?”

There are currently three clueQuest missions you can complete. PLAN52 is the original mission. We were told it isn’t simple but it’s probably the best one for clueQuest first-timers. Operation BlackSheep is the middle one and Revenge of the Sheep is the newest and hardest mission.

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My ClueQuest experience

I visited clueQuest with my fellow Travel Hack team member, Elle, and we did the Revenge of the Sheep mission. The staff at clueQuest were surprised there were just two of us doing the mission which immediately suggested it was going to be hard! We had done an escape room together in Budapest so we sort of knew what we were getting ourselves in for and we didn’t have a problem being a team of two.

We were sent to the briefing area where our challenge was mysteriously revealed to us. On behalf of Mr Q, we were to stop the evil Professor BlackSheep from destroying humankind and turning us into a sheep with his vicious SheepMutator device. He was trying to take over the world and only we could stop him. We were immediately sucked into the game and couldn’t wait to stop this evil villain.

We were given a walkie talkie to help us in our mission – this was really for a guy to give us very subtle clues if we needed them.

We were then taken to our room where the challenge began….

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That’s all I’m going to tell you so I don’t ruin it for you. I will say that it was very different to the escape room we did in Budapest. It was much more sleek and futuristic. The puzzles were completely different but we had to use our brains in the same way. You don’t need any general knowledge or physical strength but you have to really think. I hate to say ‘think outside the box’ but that’s exactly what you have to do.

I loved doing a second escape room with Elle. We worked really well as a team and seemed to compliment each other nicely. There were some things I just didn’t understand and the clues would go completely over my head, but Elle would work it out quickly. Other challenges I would understand quickly while Elle was left confused. It’s a fun team building challenge, whether you’re with friends, colleagues or even on a date (could be a good way to figure out if he’s Mr Right!)

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If you’re looking for something different to do in London then I highly recommend clueQuest. Be prepared to use your brain in a whole new way and look at things differently to make sure you defeat Professor Blacksheep.
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Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a professional blogger and has travelled around the world in search of stylish adventure travel. Monica has recently had her second baby and is determined to prove that travelling with a baby is possible!

SHOWHIDE Comments (23)
  1. I’ve never done one of these escape room experiences but I am really intrigued by the idea and would love to give it a try. I’d definitely bring my boyfriend along as he’s so good at problem solving.

  2. I desperately want to try one of these escape games as I love challenges and problem solving, but I always assumed I’d have to get a big group of people together – which is tricky. So it’s good to know you were able to take part, just being two people 🙂

  3. I am so glad that I’m not the only one who’s done an escape room in another country! My husband and I just did Escape Hunt in Bordeaux for laughs and it was SO MUCH FUN. I think I’m obsessed! I couldn’t stop thinking about it afterwards, I’m such a nerd!

  4. Definitely my partner and then probably a couple from work as well – I’ve always wanted to do this and we were talking about it at work the other day!!

  5. Id love to do this i was i london recently and the escape room was booked up. Im a massive fan of thr crystal maze and the argonaut show so please god let me win

  6. I would love to pick Bear Grylls to be on my team! He seems to be able to get himself out of anything!

  7. Oh wow, this sounds so awesome!! I’d love to do it with a group of girlfriends. We sell love a challenge and this looks right up our street…. Also I think autocorrect changed my email address to a oo rather than an op in drops!!

  8. ive never done anything like this before but all sounds very good i take my family partner and both children

  9. I’d love to bring my sisters as I think we could work it out between ourselves (or argue over it) .Sounds like fun love to try

  10. My husband and 3 adult children. We recently visited a different escape room and loved it. I was surprised how much common sense they had. I’d love for us to take on another challenge please.

  11. The first people I’d approach to take on the challenge would be my three closest buddies (I call them my “brother-friends”!)

  12. I would pick my husband Reiss, and my friends Becki, Lauren and Sasha! I think together we could figure it out!

  13. Wow tough decision on who to take if I was lucky to win as I am quite competitive and would desprately try and solve the #Cluequest , two participants I think would be my teenage son and the other half 🙂

  14. In fairness, I suspect if you went back to Budapest now, you’d find they’d moved on but clueQuest really is one of the best games in London so there won’t be many at the same level in the Hungarian capital. It’s probably only Time Run that beats clueQuest in London, and that has a 50% price premium on its northern neighbour.

    1. I don’t mean the Budapest escape room was outdated or anything. The London one very futuristic and the Budapest one was like escaping from an old, scary home. I hope it hasn’t changed or ‘moved on’ because it was amazing and really scary!

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