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The Penitentiary

London, United Kingdom
Star 4.67 (32)
You know your only goal is to escape
60 min
4 - 7 players
Good for:
Couple, Family, Friends
Funny, Unusual, Detective
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One of the most infamous serial killers in American history, Water White, AKA the “Night Stalker,” was reported dead of natural causes last year. According to rumours, another prisoner had discovered a mysterious machine in the cell of “Night Stalker”, and he then disappeared a few days later. You wake up one day, and find yourself locked in a cramped cell. You are cold and alone. Silence surrounds you. Suddenly, you realize this is the mysterious cell where the “Night Stalker” died. You heart is pounding . No matter if this is a game, you know your only goal is to escape.


Omescape has been a global leader in Live Escape Games since 2012. Our objective is to design and create the best escape room experience in the world where players work as a team to explore, find clues, solve puzzles and mysteries to beat the clock. Our Escape Games in London is sure to boggle your mind with an experience full of thrill and adventure. With movie-like sets, professionally designed puzzles, high tech props and automation, Omescape is bringing Live Escape Game in London to a whole new level. Over 30 branches have already been opened across Asia, America and Australia and now Omescape comes to the UK with its best escape rooms. Omescape Escape Room London can be a real time fun with people from all age groups and any social cycle.


Originating from video games, in a Live Escape Game you are locked in a room or a series of rooms where , with your team members, you need to explore and find clues/items to solve puzzles in order to escape within the time limit of one hour. With movie like sets , professionally designed puzzles and high tech props, Omescape is bringing the Live Escape Game to a whole new level. Give it a try – you won’t be disappointed!


We think so! The games are an exciting race against the clock to escape in time. If you like the satisfaction of solving puzzles and working together in a team to complete a task, you’ll like our Live Escape Games. A lot of our customers also find it brings them closer together and they remember it for a long time after.


Yes of course. Your game master will monitor your progress and will provide hints when you need. However please be aware that in order to be counted as a winner you can only ask a limited amount of hints (varies by game).


All our games have good size rooms with a reasonable ceiling height. Players are also free to exit the rooms at any time during the game. If requested, we can also keep the entrance door to the room open. Speak to any member of our team if you have any concerns.


Food and drink are NOT allowed in the game and alcohol is strictly forbidden. If we are seeing alcoholic behaviour we will reserve the right to turn the team member away and no refund will be given.

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John J.
10 February 2019

Brilliant experience, and actually better than expected. Never done this before. Will be going again for sure. All six of us enjoyed it. We finished with 30 seconds to spare!! So tension and exciting all the way. Thanks to the staff team. They were excellent too.

Shemia M.
13 December 2018

It was very challenging. I didn’t expect to be that hard or constant puzzles and rooms to figure out. It was very exciting and antispating though. We enjoyed it

Sandeep T.
29 October 2018

Very good use of technology and very immersive. We were impressed with the different layers of complexity and how the rooms were linked together.

Laura L.
27 September 2018

Great experience. Good level of difficulty.

Joe J.
25 June 2018

Fantastic escape room very well prepped well thought out we thoroughly enjoyed our time

22 June 2018

Went for my leaving party, everyone loved it. Highly recommend

Aliasgar E.
20 June 2018

Very fun!

Sarah S.
17 June 2018

What a fun way to spend an hour with three friends! The Penitentiary was perfect for four people. We managed to get out within 7 minutes - and felt very proud of ourselves. The puzzles were carefully constructed, well thought-through yet solvable (with a little help from our Game Master, Jack) We're already talking about which one to do next.

Jonathan L.
04 June 2018

A great experience with a very immersive game. We will be back to take on another challenge

Darcy L.
04 June 2018

Really good experience! Fun and worth the money

Mohaned J.
31 May 2018

Amazing, already planning the return!

Josie A.
28 May 2018

We had so much fun trying to escape and really enjoyed the experience. Ja’cint made it all the more better - we look forward to coming back again soon!

Anne-sophie Z.
28 May 2018

I organised this escape room as a surprise for my boyfriend’s birthday! We chose the penitentiary as we were 6 people! Brilliant 60 minutes although some of the puzzles are quite difficult to solve without having extra clues.. We particularly liked the fact that there were multiple rooms with some with cells, lasers... I highly recommend this escape room to anyone! Very friendly staff!

Wesley M.
28 May 2018

A great experience, would gladly recommend to anyone

10 May 2018

Had a really good time, really racked our brains which made solving the puzzles that much more satisfying! Would highly recommend.


The Penitentiary

Carnegie St, London N1 9QW, UK
London Borough of Islington, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom

Availability and prices


Free cancellation

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Who can come

Guests aged 16 and up can attend. Guests aged 12 - 15 can attend with adults.

Availability and prices


Free cancellation