Hint Hunt London Review: London’s Best Escape Game

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“Grab the gun!” I yelled as my friend dumped open a suitcase.

My friend dropped the book she was holding and ran towards the gun. I threw it at her and ran to the desk to rifle through the drawers. We tried the door again. Still locked.

We looked at the clock on the wall. 23 minutes left.

Luckily for us, it wasn’t a real gun, or even a real situation (though I screamed enough to make it seem like it was).

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We were near London Euston‘s station at a game called Hint Hunt, and in this Hint Hunt London review I’m sharing my experience with London’s best escape game.

Hint Hint London Escape Room Review

After living in London for a few years, you seem to check most of the historic and touristy sites off your list. I’ve made a whole list of London attractions to avoid, after all!

Of course you can spend decades in London and still not see it all, but the major attractions? Done. Done. And done.

So when one of my best friends was coming to visit and I needed to find some things to do in the capital city, I instantly thought of Hint Hunt.

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They call it a “live escape” game, and it requires 3-5 people to team up and solve puzzles and clues to escape from a room.

You don’t get many more details than that, as the purpose is to keep most of it a mystery until it’s your turn to escape from the room.

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They also don’t allow photos or videos, for good reason, so you’ll just have to imagine for yourself what kind of trouble you might get into.

We had a group of three: one engineer, one screenwriter, and me, who Tweets for a living and likes to write random things on the internet.

We made a good team, though it does get tense at times when the clock is ticking down.

I was accused of “repeating the wrong numbers” multiple times, while I shouted at them for being generally disorganized.

I don’t do well under pressure and usually just panic, so I spent the majority of the time running around the room like a chicken with its head cut off while they took care of the dirty work.

It’s hard to give a review for an event that relies on secrecy, but I can say that we are now hooked on escape games and are trying to convince various family members to come back with us later this year and do another room.

You can do two different rooms at Hint Hunt, the “Office” and the “Zen” room, both with completely different experiences and plotlines.

London is the first Hint Hunt location, but Hint Hunt also has locations in Paris, Cape Town, Moscow, and Dubai.

It only takes an hour, so it’s really worth it if you have any extended time in those cities.

There’s no guarantee you’ll make it out, but they have “gamemasters” who watch and send clues occasionally to help you through it and ensure you’re not just stuck on the first puzzle for the whole hour.

Again, just make sure you are playing with people who you don’t mind spending an hour trapped in a room with, because LET ME TELL YOU, nothing will test your bond like a 60 minute timer and the need to escape.

Luckily for us, however, our various relationships survived intact (mostly) and we managed to get out with 30 seconds left.

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I’m not sure what they do if you don’t escape in time, but I’m sure there’s a dark room where they keep you for the rest of eternity.

NO PRESSURE, THOUGH.

How to Book Hint Hunt London

Make sure to book Hint Hunt London ahead of time, as the places fill up quickly.

If you’re willing to take anything that’s open, you could book last minute, but for the largest choice of times and rooms, as soon as you know you want to go you should be on this site making the booking.

If you want to purchase this as a gift for someone else (Christmas, anyone?) you can also buy giftcards.

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matt

3 years ago

No self-respecting person would admit they didn’t make it out, so the dark room for eternity is a merciful end, really.

girlgonelondon

3 years ago

Ha!! I did wonder when reading the reviews why no one mentioned they hadn’t made it out….I guess that’s something you don’t share with the world!

matt

3 years ago

Haha! The idea, when I was reading your post, made me think about the Man Who Knew Too Little and the show that Bill Murray’s character thinks he’s in.

ldr13

3 years ago

Theu have something like this in toronto too one called de code adventures and another called mystery room. I’ve never tried one but I wouldn’t mind going and seeing what it’s all about!

girlgonelondon

3 years ago

You definitely should the next time you’re in London! As soon as we got home I looked up and found there was one in Orlando that I never knew about…adding that also to my list the next time I’m home!

londongirllost2015

3 years ago

I’ve looked into doing this before – it looks so good! I really want to try it! Have you tried CITYDASH by Fire Hazard Games? I did it recently and have written a review on it. It’s a similar sort of thing except you’re let loose on the street amongst the public 😉

girlgonelondon

3 years ago

Oh you totally should! I just read your post on Citydash and it’s definitely the same concept, so I’m adding that to my list to try! Thanks for reading. I love your blog! Followed. 🙂

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