‘Far from easy but great fun with it’: CODEBREAKERS – MISSION: BREAKOUT – South Kentish Town Tube Station

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South Kentish Town Tube Station, London

It has been a little while since our escape-the-room group has actually tried to escape a room, rather than just meeting to drink gin-based cocktails, but a special offer in Time Out led us over to Kentish Town to the home of Mission: Breakout.

Housed in the brilliantly quirky ghost tube station of South Kentish Town, the Mission: Breakout team have two games up for grabs – the brand spanking new The Lost Passenger which opened on Easter Monday and Codebreakers which was where we found ourselves.

As the name suggests, the game is based around a whole lotta breaking codes. The set-up is presented to us by no less than Churchill himself as we’re in the thick of the Second World War and there’s an Enigma machine that needs locating and unlocking.

Without giving anything away, this is a more cerebral take on the escape-the-room genre. The emphasis of the game means you’ll need to have a laser focus and you really do need to get that part of your brain ticking over.

With just an hour to complete the tasks and a team that can range from three to six people, Codebreakers is far from easy but great fun with it. And the nearby Abbey Tavern is a great place to discuss the game afterwards.

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Since 2003, Ian Foster has been writing reviews of plays, sometimes with a critical element, on his blog Ought to Be Clowns, which has been listed as one of the UK's Top Ten Theatre Blogs by Lastminute.com, Vuelio and Superbreak. He averages more than 350+ shows a year. He says: "Call me a reviewer, a critic or a blogger, and you will apparently put someone or other's nose out of joint! So take it or leave it, essentially this is my theatrical diary, recording everything I go to see at the theatre in London and beyond, and venturing a little into the worlds of music and film/TV where theatrical connections can be made."
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Since 2003, Ian Foster has been writing reviews of plays, sometimes with a critical element, on his blog Ought to Be Clowns, which has been listed as one of the UK's Top Ten Theatre Blogs by Lastminute.com, Vuelio and Superbreak. He averages more than 350+ shows a year. He says: "Call me a reviewer, a critic or a blogger, and you will apparently put someone or other's nose out of joint! So take it or leave it, essentially this is my theatrical diary, recording everything I go to see at the theatre in London and beyond, and venturing a little into the worlds of music and film/TV where theatrical connections can be made."