Did you know that London’s most thrilling subterranean escape room is located right here on our doorstep? Occupying South Kentish Town’s historic ghost station, on the lower stretches of Kentish Town Road, is the ingenious Mission Breakout.
You’ll already be familiar with the former station building’s exterior, with its burnished glazed tiling; but deep under street level, the many original passenger tunnels, lift shafts and dusty platforms remain.
Some history first? Although South Kentish Town tube (on what’s now the Northern Line) opened in 1907, it shut down a mere 17 years later through lack of use, never re-opening after a strike at the local power station in 1924. In the Second World War, it was used as an air-raid shelter during the Blitz.
It goes without saying that its atmospheric environs make the perfect setting for an escape room. An experience like no other, Mission Breakout is as immersive as any cutting-edge theatre production, with its high quality sets, props, detailing and production values. Minus the actors, of course: after all, that’s where you come in.
“Instead of sitting and staring at a screen, here you can get up, move around, get your heart racing, and reduce your stress levels,” says Mission Breakout’s David Prebiski. “There are few better activities than experiencing something new, exciting and challenging – and then coming out on the other side with that fantastic sense of accomplishment.”
If you’ve experienced a sense of deja vu in the last 12 months, this might just ring a bell. “Escape rooms combine all these elements in a new, fun activity that you’ll be talking about for a long time to come,” he says. “They’re fun for all ages: everyone can get involved and play a part. Teamwork is essential to success, so they help improve your communication skills while under pressure.
“It will also help sharpen your attention to detail,” he says. “You never know what tiny little clue might be hiding in the most ordinary-looking object. Instead of glossing over unimportant looking things, you’ll have to take another, deeper look if you want to win. Escape rooms are a playful way to engage with your friends, family or team, and even improve relationships.”
What’s more, after a never-ending year stuck on our sofas, isn’t any unique IRL entertainment, surrounded by our mates or family, an absolute must in 2021?
For more info and to book one of the above games (at £28 per person) head straight to Mission Breakout’s website here. To get your exclusive 20% off reader discount enter the code KENTISHTOWNER20 – only valid until 31st May. Follow @missionbreakout on social.
If you’re concerned about COVID-19 health and safety measures, Mission Breakout promises to deliver the best experience possible while ensuring that the appropriate Covid-19 measures are in place. The game rooms are private, and you will not be joined by any other players.