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The Escapist

London, United Kingdom
Star 4.91 (19)
Find out what Lavinia is up to
60 min
2 - 6 players
Average difficulty
Good for:
Couple, Family, Friends
Detective, Dynamic, Mystical
With actors
Pay online

Operated by
Modern Fables



Your eerie escape adventure brings you to a once bustling underground bar called ‘The Escapist’, run by the enigmatic Lavinia Carter in South Bermondsey. For along time Lavinia was a leading figure on the New Cross and Deptford arts scene. But now strange happenings and mysterious disappearances mean the bar has been shunned and now Lavinia herself seems to have gone missing.

Lavinia does have a habit of taking impromptu trips though… but something does seem different this time. Has her interest in her late grandfather got anything to do with her recent disappearance? Or will she turn up on the backpacker trail sipping a margarita?

It’s time to meet with mutual long-term friend Alfie who is trying to get the bar back to it’s former glory while she’s away. Can you figure out what’s been going on?

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Robyn P.
10 September 2019

My friends and I really enjoyed this experience. There was a narrative that you followed as you progressed which really made it fun and immersive.

19 June 2019

I really enjoyed the experience, puzzles were different and quite difficult. Host was amazing, We were very close to escaping.

05 March 2019

This is absolutely brilliant. I can't recommend it highly enough!

23 February 2019

It was a really good room, had a fantastic time! Would highly recommend.

Sinead J.
16 July 2018

Great team event, task just the right level of challenge. Good storyline too

Adrianna C.
22 June 2018

Absolutely amazing. Brilliant experience. Atmosphere is set from the moment you enter . I would recommend it to everyone without a doubt!!! Thank you!!!

Steven T.
17 March 2018

Had a really good time here. This was my 1st escape adventure and it was just at the right level, with some very challenging puzzles and some clever red herrings. We were kindly given a little extra time as it was a very quiet day and without that we would have failed. Lots to talk about afterwards. Would recommend without reservation.

Erica H.
14 February 2018

Great experience! Enjoyed the theme and puzzles and found the difficulty level just right. Thank you!

04 February 2018

An immersive and challenging escape room. I wasn't sure what to expect since it was my first time but it turned out we all had an incredible evening of fun and excitement. Tho we failed to complete the task but still thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Would recommend..

Lucy H.
08 December 2017

Booked this for my niece's 18th birthday as she’s massively into escape rooms but we've never tried an escape room together. One of her friend too was with us. It was absolutely incredible and such good fun! We were three adults ranging from 18 - 33 and it took us about 58 minutes to find out what lavinia was up to. ;) Strongly recommend a visit because you're gonna enjoy both the theme and the set-up for sure.

Alisha F.
06 December 2017

The game was sooo challenging. Definitely would do it another time.

30 November 2017

There are many things to figure out and keep you occupied. A thoroughly good escape experience. This was our third Escape experience as a group. Well run,good challenges, and an interesting theme. Would recommend a visit.

Joshua H.
27 November 2017

Loads of fun, challenging and well done! My first ever experience and I loved to bits. Did not know what to expect but it was just so much fun!!! I will definitely be back for more!

Aaron S.
23 November 2017

Really enjoyed this one hour escape experience. Went as a group of 4, couldn't manage to escape the room but was great fun! It was our first time ever trying to escape room, would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to try something new.

Leon C.
21 November 2017

I've been meaning to try one for a long time and this was better than I'd expected. brought my niece (age 18) to this. We had loads of fun.


Will we be safe during the games?

A games master will be monitoring you at all times and they’ll make sure you’re safe. We never lock you in and you can ask for help at any time during the game. You can leave the room whenever you want (for an emergency wee, for instance!). Our escape rooms require brain not brawn, so use your common sense when handling the props.

We'll be met by a character but will I have to act myself?

Nope, not at all! You'll never feel awkward or be asked to do anything that would make you feel awkward. But if you do feel like playing along, you are free to do so!

Can I bring extra players along on the day?

You are welcome to bring extra players! All you need to do is pay the extra on the day. Please remember the game is designed for 3 – 6 people and more than this may impact your experience.

Is the venue hard to find?

Nope! We have a full listing on Google Maps and the booking confirmation email includes some very detailed directions indeed!

Is there parking?

Parking is very limited nearby so we recommend traveling to us by taxi or train.

Are your games scary?

Our escape room is highly atmospheric with just the right level of spookiness. Eerie? Yes. Scary? No. There are zero monsters lurking in the shadows, and no-one will jump out on you. Scouts honour.

Will we be joined by other players during our game?

Nope! Your booking is exclusive to your team. That way you can spend some quality time with your nearest and dearest.

How difficult are the Escape Games?

Our games are designed to be played by 3 – 6 adults within 60 minutes, with a difficulty rating of Medium. None of our puzzles require factual knowledge from outside the game, so don’t worry if you’ve never got beyond the pop questions in a pub quiz…or if you flunked your degree in astrophysics. You’ll probably discover skills you never knew you had! Be as competitive as you like but remember, it’s just a game. You won’t be ‘locked in’ if you take longer than the allotted hour. We reckon there’s something for everyone here. A word to any lone wolves who don’t like sharing: the more you collaborate with your team-members, the more successful you’ll be. Howwwwllll!

Is there an age restriction or recommendation for playing Escape Games?

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For some of the trickier puzzles, younger players might need the occasional prompt from an adult. Or vice versa. We’ve had some very brainy teens in here!

Do the Escape Rooms have refreshment facilities?

There are no refreshment facilities onsite but the wonderful Boradway Market is literally around the corner from us. A range of great bars and restaurants are located here not to mention all the artisan food on Saturadys market.

Who can play these Escape Games?

Families, friends and colleagues all love our games. We’ve hosted corporate groups for team-building, and hen / stag parties too.

Is there a toilet onsite?


What is an Escape Room or Escape Game?

Escape rooms (aka escape games) are a group activity that test your problem-solving skills, patience and…er, relationships! By interacting with your team-mates and the props in your environment, you’ll solve a series of puzzles – each one telling part of an intriguing storyline, that will hopefully give you enough clues to escape!

Still unsure? Watch an episode of The Crystal Maze!

Do we have to wear special costumes to play the game?

No, but we won’t turn you away if you rock up as Gandalf the Grey in a mankini! (It’ll certainly make us chuckle.) Just wear sensible clothing that allows you to immerse yourself in the activities. No need for a sports kit but 12″ heels may restrict you…

Where is The Escapist by Modern Fables located?

Modern Fables is located on the second floor, Regents Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London E8 4QN. It’s possible to walk from Cambridge Heath, London Fields or Haggerston stations. We can’t accept walk-in customers, so please book online before visiting us.

What if I am late or need to cancel?

This is a live event game, so it’s vital that you arrive 10 minutes before your booking to ensure you’re not late. Those who arrive late will not be admitted, as it may spoil the experience for others. Unfortunately, we can’t accept refunds or cancellations.

Are our escape rooms accessible?

At this stage we’re afraid our games arent suitable for those who use a wheelchair to get around.

If you’re not good with steps in a confined space you may also find things tricky. There is a customer lift (as well as a service lift!) onsite.

All our games include low light levels.

The Escapist requires full colour vision.

Please do contact us if you have any worries about accessibility.

Can I take photos or film inside the Escape Rooms?

No photography or filming is allowed during the games although before and after are both encouraged!

Is there anything else I should worry about?

The game contains flashing lights, dim lighting and the briefest moment in a fairly confined space. Give us a shout if you have any worries before booking.


The Escapist

8 Andrews Road, E8 4QN London, United Kingdom
London Borough of Hackney, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom

Availability and prices


Free cancellation

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Who can come

Guests aged 18 and up can attend. Guests aged 12 - 17 can attend with adults.

Availability and prices


Free cancellation