At Christmas we were given a trip to an escape room (which of course instantly made me both happy and excited because I absolutely love them) and this time it was to visit Escape London in Shepherd's Bush to try to crack The Da Vinci Room. This is one of the few escape rooms around where you can actually fit 7 people into the room to play together. That being said, I wouldn't recommend any more people than that because not only would it feel really cramped, but not everyone would get the chance to work on a puzzle and feel included.
"Our Da Vinci Room will see you take on the role of thief, but for the greater good. Dr John Albright has studied the workings of Da Vinci in great detail. He has amassed a considerable collection over the years, including what many believe to be the Holy Grail.
Having gained his trust by helping him "acquire" items over the years, you have access to areas of his home and knowledge of his security that no-one else does. You've been paid well for your services over the years, but you've always felt that an item of the importance of the Holy Grail should be on display for everyone.
The professor is away and now is your chance. Get in the room, grab the grail and get out. It should be easy!"
This room was really good, there were a great range of puzzles to complete and they had varying degrees of difficulty. The room itself has a difficulty rating of 5 stars (their most challenging rating) and only a 43% success rate of escaping. We had an hour to complete the room and managed to do it in 45 minutes and 30 seconds, so it was a challenge for us! We really had to use our brains on this one and sometimes think outside of the box. Plus we were lucky that the people in our team all have different strengths because there's no way any of use would have been able to do the whole room on our own!
This venue was great because the staff were really friendly, the only slight negative was the temperature because it was SO warm in the waiting room (though thankfully it wasn't as hot in our puzzle room and I had layers on so could remove some). They provide you with free lockers to store your things which was definitely appreciated to store all of our winter coats. I would love to go back to this venue again to play their other rooms, plus hopefully I'll get the chance to visit their other venue in Shadwell too!.