An Evening With Handmade Mysteries

An Evening With Handmade Mysteries

I’ve been wanting to do an escape room style thing for ages, especially as Crystal Maze is obviously the best and needs to come back properly. So when the team at Handmade Mysteries offered for me and some friends to come along and give their ‘Lady Chastity’s Revenge’* room ago I jumped at the chance.

Handmade Mysteries offer their games in two pubs across London, one in East London which is in Hackney and one in West London which we went to in Clapham. There’s also a location in Brighton if you’re more on the south coast. Firstly the Four Thieves Pub in Clapham where it is located is incredible, not only had they totally nailed their Halloween Decore (it was too dark to take photos sadly) but upstairs there is a games room with mini golf, arcade games, remote controlled cars, everything and it was so cool. I’ll definitely be going back again to take advantage of the other fun you can have there.

Now I don’t want to give too much away but with Lady Chastity’s Revenge the premise isn’t to solve clues to escape the room per say it’s to unlock something which could be your prize should you succeed. Gabriel is a character within the story and we had a lovely lady take on the role and she was amazing. I’ve read so many other reviews about the actors/ actresses which take on this part and all have said exactly how I feel. She stayed in character and gave the night a very spooky feel. Guiding us to a room off from the main pub we are given a slight backstory to the ‘game’ and told we have three chances for help from her and then the hour starts.

Now an hour might sound like a long but when it’s dark, smoky, you’re worried about things jumping out and trying to get your brain to work it goes very quickly. I won’t talk about the puzzles and clues etc but what I will say is everything is perfectly put together and absolutely everything has been thought about. The clues are so cryptic and clever you do need a bit of out-of-the-box thinking which might be why we weren’t that great as we thought a bit too laterally. You’ll find out a lot about you and your friends doing something like this, for example, who has the most active brain and who is the most fearless. I really wish we had been able to stay on in the room just to see if we could have solved the final clue but alas we will never know how it ends.

We might not have finished the task within the allocated hour, although we did get down to the final clue but we had so much fun taking part, giggling and screaming throughout. I haven’t done any other rooms like this to compare but I can’t imagine how anything else can pinpoint so many details with their clues. A room like this is such a great way to spend an evening or weekend and a great team building/ bonding experience. If you fancy trying out one of their rooms for free you can enter a competition right here or book the event right here, I promise you you’ll have so much fun.

Have you ever tried an escape room?

*Handmade Mysteries gave me and a group a free game but all thoughts and opinions are my own



  1. Jessica Dolnick
    October 26, 2016 / 1:16 am

    This looks super fun! I’ve done Escape the Room twice in NYC but now I want to try this one in London! It looks even fancier!

  2. October 26, 2016 / 7:32 am

    This sounds like alot of fun. Something similar gas recently opened in Glasgow but i haven’t been yet!

  3. Jo Wiggins
    October 26, 2016 / 7:54 am

    What a great idea, I love interactive things like this. I always wanted to do the Crystal Maze too x

  4. October 26, 2016 / 12:50 pm

    This sounds like great fun for a night out with friends x

  5. LaaLaa
    October 26, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    I love this, something I’d definitely like to do, reminds me of those escape room games online that I love to play xo

  6. October 26, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    I’ve never done anything like this. Looks fun but not sure it’s something I would enjoy.

  7. October 26, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    This sounds like such a cool experience! An escape room just opened up near us but it’s the standard “find the clues and escape” variety.

  8. October 26, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    This is something I would love to do one day but maybe not so close to halloween lol dark and spooky is not my cuppa lol

  9. Jodie Whitham
    October 26, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    I’ve not done the whole escape room thing, but it sounds fun and there seem to be more popping up in different areas 🙂 another fab post from you! x

  10. Laura
    October 27, 2016 / 2:46 am

    I haven’t tried an escape room but I’d absolutely love to… although as someone who is very scared of small spaces, I’m not sure I’d be able to manage it xxx

  11. October 27, 2016 / 8:13 am

    This sounds like a great experience, something fun to do with friends.

  12. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    October 27, 2016 / 8:54 am

    I have done a few different escape rooms and they are so much fun. Some are too scary for me though.

  13. Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    October 27, 2016 / 9:44 am

    I’ve never done an escape room before, will have to do it soon x

  14. October 27, 2016 / 9:53 am

    Oh wow! Some of my work colleagues did this and had a fantastic time:)

  15. Sarahjane
    October 27, 2016 / 9:56 am

    I love escape rooms! Spend years playing them online, absolutely love the Crystal Maze too! I went to one that had a Contagion theme. We had to find the cure to this virus but having entered the room exposed us to the deadly virus too and had to find it in an hour! it was amazing!!

  16. October 27, 2016 / 11:21 am

    I’ve never done anything like this but it sounds amazing! I might have to make the trip into London and suggest it to friends x

  17. Jenni Grainger
    October 27, 2016 / 11:50 am

    It sounds so fun, my friends have been trying to get me to do one but the thought scares me haha x

  18. October 27, 2016 / 12:40 pm

    Sounds challenging and exciting at the same time! What a fun experience!

  19. October 27, 2016 / 3:19 pm

    This sounds like my idea of heaven! I would love to do something like this one day!

  20. Kathryn
    October 27, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    Oh wow I’ve not heard of anything like this before xx

  21. October 27, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    Sounds like a lot of fun especially as its not too long away from Halloween 🙂

  22. Harriet @ Toby&Roo
    October 28, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    This sounds super fun – awesome idea near Halloween!

  23. Melanie Edjourian
    October 28, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    I’ve heard of these but not done one yet it sounds brilliant!!!

  24. Le Coin de Mel
    October 28, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    Oh that sounds like a fun night out! I’m easily scared so that would probably give me a heart attack, but I can see my brothers doing that kind of thing!

  25. October 28, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    I’ve heard of these evenings, they sound like a great time for a time out with friends!

  26. Annie Brooks
    October 30, 2016 / 8:17 am

    I love these kinds of things. It is actually so satisfying working together as team – great fun!

  27. fashion-mommy
    October 31, 2016 / 12:01 pm

    I would be so useless in this sort of situation, but it does look a lot of fun.

  28. November 1, 2016 / 12:12 am

    This sounds like so much fun! One has just opened in my home town so I’m dying to try it out. 😀

    Ashton x

  29. November 10, 2016 / 11:48 pm

    Once upon a time I would have LOVED to have done something like this – it sounds like such a fun adventure.

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