Fox in a Box locked me up in their prison but I escaped

I was thrown into Fox in a Box prison and had just 60 minutes to escape before being locked up for life for my crime for my love of escape rooms.

I went along with some other members of Love Pop Ups London to play Fox in a Box head to head escape room called Prison Break.

Fox in a Box

Fox in a Box is a franchise who provide escape rooms within 30 countries around the world. This one in Dalston, London is the first one to open up recently in the UK.

They offer at present three escape rooms:

Prison Break
You are sentenced to life in a maximum security prison. With all appeal requests denied, your only path to freedom is to escape. A sudden riot provides the perfect opportunity.

Zodiac Killer
You are captured by a serial killer. Tied up and left in his lair, escape is your only chance. His method of operation is much like one Infamous Zodiac killer had. Has the real Zodiac returned or is this his copycat? You have only 60 minutes to escape, or the next body in a morgue will be yours.

Early 80’s, the peak of the Cold War… a nuclear launch sequence has been started by accident. The whole world is about to end. You are a team of special agents sent to find out who did it and to stop the launch at any cost. You are our last hope, and if you fail, the whole world will end.

Plus they have a portable escape room called Final Exam.

Final Exam
Final Exam is a portable escape room where they bring the fun to your office, home or event! They will transport the room to any location in London, and provide staff to set up and run the games. The experience can be tweaked to suit your needs and they can run as many consecutive games as you’d like, with a maximum of 6 people per team. Teams will need to solve a variety of clues and puzzles in order to disarm the bomb before time runs out! Build on your teamwork skills, race against time and race against each other to see who gets the best time of the day. Ideal for small/ medium sized groups from 5 to 20 people.

Locked up for the evening

Upon entering Fox in a Box I was immediately faced with a fox OK a dummy with a fox head I knew that their escape room would be interesting.

We was met by Sholia the host for the night who told us what not to do in the escape room and presented us waivers to sign.


She then split us up into two teams as there was ten of us. Once in our teams five were then taken through to our cells followed on by the other group who went to another cell block. As this is a head to head game the challenge was on not only to just escape our cells but also to beat the other team (our friends).

Walking down the dark corridor we were met by a guard of the prison who soon put us in our place and told us to line up against the wall and be quite. Then we was issued prison uniforms (bright orange t-shirts with the Fox In A Box logo) to wear.

Team 1
Crime safe crackers
Jason, Me, Ashley, Lynsey and Matt
Team 2
Crime lock pickers
Clare, Joice, Bianca, Noni and Milena

Then on with our mug shots before being slammed up in prison cell for life with no parole.

Two of our team were locked into in one cell, with the other three in another cell. With just 60 minutes whilst the guard was gone to sort out a riot which had taken place it was our opportunity to break our way out of prison. At first it didn’t look like there was much to do, and we was left a bit clueless but after searching the room searching every nook and cranny we soon started to figure out what to do. Working as a team, mentally working things out and even some added guesswork this room provided plenty of fun from numerical puzzles, cryptic clues, lock cracking and challenges. With just the right amount of tension closed behind cells there was just that right amount of tension and then the tension built further when we entered the control room with time ticking our hearts started to pound of the fear of the guard catching us.

We escaped just over 50 minutes but alas our friends the other team cracked out of their cells way before us with a staggering time of 39 minutes and 35 seconds.


Prison Break is not a linear room thankfully, so everyone can work on different puzzles and challenge. Prison Head to Head is a great game for anyone who is looking to compete against friends or experience what being locked up behind bars is like. There was tension from start to finish.

Book an escape room at Fox in a Box

14 Dalston Lane
E8 3AZ

Opening Hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 12:00 – 22:00
Friday to Saturday: 12:00 – 23:30

Escape rooms: Prison Break, Zodiac Killer and Bunker
Portable escape room: Final Exam

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Thank you to Fox in a Box for inviting me and other community members for the experience.

Click below to be redirected to read the other community members blogs who joined me on the night. Their views are of their own honest opinions.

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