Hostage Hideout Do Stuff Escape Games, London

In a nutshell: Fast paced, compact room which does the business

Played: March 2019

How we did: 2 person team, 59:04

3.5 / 5

Host – 5

Puzzleology – 3

Fun Factor – 3

Immersion – 3

Room Quality – 3

Stash – Team photo emailed after with nice whiteboard time

Having played Pie & Mash shop first, this felt like a step down.

The host at Do Stuff was still helpful and fun.

It’s a cosy room, and you’re thrown into the action quite quickly. It is packed with puzzles and clues. Some of these progress the narrative, while others didn’t really work at all. It still has one of the most memorable puzzles I’ve ever had. 

I was a little fluey, which made me a little impatient during the middle of the room. But the room is well designed that the adrenaline pumped.

Of the two rooms, I much preferred Pie & Mash to this. Plenty of fun puzzles to be had here though. I’d love to play a tweaked / updated version of this room, and can’t wait to try Do Stuff’s third room. 

Pie & Mash Shop / Evil Eatery Do Stuff Escape Games, London

In a nutshell: Deliciously fun and so unique – a quintessentially British room

Played: February 2019

How we did: 2 person team, 57:34

4.6 / 5

Host – 5

Puzzleology – 5

Fun Factor – 5

Immersion – 4

Room Quality – 4

Stash – Team photo emailed after with nice whiteboard time 

First up, the host was so charming and warm that we both still remember her name: Georgie. The energy was there, the clues were given via walkie-talkie in a fun and cunning way. 

It’s a small space, but they make the very best of it at Do Stuff

Hats off to the designers for using really creative puzzles. Without giving spoilers away, the clues stayed on theme really well. We both loved the creative use of retro items. 

It was just the sort of game where you have a constant smile on your face. The clues stayed with the story, and the attention to detail was impressive at the time. But only on reflection on the journey home do you realise how well thought out it all was.

This is one of the rooms that I keep recommending to people. Flying the flag, I rank this as the best south of the river London escape room I’ve done.