Our first outdoors escape room, the team was excited to hit the ground running – literally – with Urban Missions’ Bomb Disposal mission in Lambeth.
Meeting at the atmospheric and super-cool Leake Street tunnels under Waterloo station, we met our virtual agency on What’s App and were racing away.
The instructions and user interaction with the virtual agency worked really well and we had no problems. An automated system that relies almost entirely on pre-existing landmarks is a clever way to run a streamlined business – so long as the technology works – and it did!
Outdoor escape rooms are a great idea for visitors to London because you get to explore areas more thoroughly. Lambeth so happens to be my local hood so we had a slight handicap because of my familiarity with streets and landmarks – some of which referenced in the mission route – but my prior knowledge if anything just assisted with speed of getting around.
So, the actual mission? A bomb has been hidden in a location unknown and it was my teams job to find and de-activate the bomb before time ran out. We followed maps, navigated via cryptic clues, and hunted and gathered information from statues, flower beds, signs, buildings big and small, and some iconic landmarks. Most puzzles were based on text, symbols, or constants in the environment so no prior knowledge is needed.
The time given to complete the mission is a generous 3 hours. We completed it in 1 hour, 15 minutes and if it wasn’t raining and awful weather I expect we would have done it in 1 hour. (Note that if it’s terrible weather, the company will happily re-schedule your day/time so don’t worry, you don’t have to push through like we did).
There was a great moment when we had to go inside a certain establishment and get the next part of a clue, and that human element was delightful, I wish there was more!
Overall, for a 5/5 difficulty, our team found this escape mission really easy. In terms of structure, I think it really works as a concept, and there’s some really clever writing and ideas. I’d recommend for first timers and people new to London who’d like to do some interactive and expansive sight-seeing.
If we could have changed anything, we would have loved a few more interactive moments of physical engagement, and greater difficulty to really challenge our minds.
But, overall, can recommend – especially as a safe, first outing for an outdoors mission.
Urban Missions is £15 per person with teams of 2 or more. We had a team of 3 which was plenty.
Room design: n/a
Game design: 7/10
Creativity of puzzles: 7/10
Story integration: 7/10
Difficulty level: easy
For more information or to book, visit: www.urbanmissions.co.uk. Urban Missions offers two outdoors experiences – one at Lambeth and another in Shoreditch.
London Escape Room Guide team members: Maryann, Julia, Hamish.