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Reporters return to Hornchurch’s Room Lockdown Escape Rooms in time for Halloween

PUBLISHED: 10:28 23 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:07 23 October 2017

The reporters had to escape their handcuffs in Prison Break.  Picture: Ellie Hoskins

The reporters had to escape their handcuffs in Prison Break. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

Ellie Hoskins

With Halloween just around the corner, our team of reporters opted to return to Havering’s one and only escape room and step into a live action horror movie.

Rosie Fenton and Ralph Blackburn in the possessed doll room. Picture: Ellie HoskinsRosie Fenton and Ralph Blackburn in the possessed doll room. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

It’s not every day that you find yourselves locked in a maximum security prison.

Or on a mission to retrieve a possessed doll from a Victorian house to break a dreaded curse.

But this soon became our reality when we visited Room Lockdown Escape Rooms, North Street, Hornchurch, one year after our first visit.

Owner George Georgio said: “The first year has been busy, hectic, stressful, fun and well worth all the effort!

Rosie Fenton and Hayley Anderson escape their cell. Picture: Ellie HoskinsRosie Fenton and Hayley Anderson escape their cell. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

“From opening new rooms to changing versions of existing rooms, plus preparing events such as Halloween and Christmas, it’s been crazy but it’s what we love to do!”

Rewind to last year when Room Lockdown first opened its doors to unsuspecting game-lovers.

Our team was thrown in at the deep end with Prison Break, an escape room where you are transported into jail awaiting your execution after you were framed for a murder you did not commit.

Working together to figure out the clues to try and break out, we managed to release one of our teammates from handcuffs and tunnel our way to the warden’s room but failed to make it out in time, to our disappointment.

Ralph Blackburn uses a mirror to read a clue written backwards in the possessed doll room. Picture: Ellie HoskinsRalph Blackburn uses a mirror to read a clue written backwards in the possessed doll room. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

But as the highly competitive perfectionists we are, we couldn’t let the fact we failed go.

We had to go back and make sure we got out of Prison Break.

On arrival this time, we were warned by George that changes had been made.

From secret codes on the walls to using magnets to get to locked-up keys, this was not the same game we took on before and this time we were all in handcuffs.

The game was far more intricate and detailed than we remembered.

Having eventually found the handcuff key, the use of a rope and a pair of one of our teammates’ shoes (all which will make sense when you visit), took us to the next stage of the room.

With just 32 seconds to spare in the warden’s office, we burst out of the room, cheering at our success and a wave of relief washing over us all.

George said: “You were absolutely amazing, you worked well together as a team and it was played the way we intended it 
to be.”

But the night was far from over.

The nightmarish looking Possessed Doll room was our next stop, with George and his team locking us in a creepy little girl’s room, with the aim of getting into the far creepier basement and finding the doll to lift the curse.

Working together to figure out all the clues in the first room, screams soon filled the air and panic set in when a zombie burst through the door, running towards us, and we climbed over one another to get into the basement and escape.

George said: “We introduced live actors into a few games as we thought this will make the experience even more exciting than before and also more intense.

“Some of our customers arrive ready and raring to go and some are nervous but everyone’s adrenaline is pumping.

“Once they have played a game with a live actor, they can’t stop talking about it.”

With our hearts pounding out of our chests, we get straight to it, looking anywhere and everywhere to find the clues.

Nothing was going to stop us, not even screaming zombie heads and clawing hands popping out every now and again was going to throw us off.

After finding the doll, nerves kicked in with only minutes left and trouble opening the final lock but with one minute and eight seconds left on the clock, we crawled out of the basement and back into reality.

Room Lockdown Escape Rooms also include Escape the Curse of King Anum, Zombie Outbreak and the daunting-sounding Xtreme Room.

The Halloween Sleepover is already sold out.

For try one of the challenges for yourself, go to https://www.roomlockdown.com/

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