Modern Fables

Love escape rooms?
Love eerie escape rooms?
Love mystery?
Then you’ll love Modern Fables

Then check out this unique escape room set in a warehouse in South Bermondsey, South London.

Lavinia Carter runs a bar ‘The Escapist’ which was once a lively part of the local arts scene. Rumours and strange occurrences have led to Lavinia and her bar to being shunned.  Her behaviour becomes ever more erratic and now Lavinia herself seems to have gone missing.

It is up to teams to solve what happened to Lavinia. Has she just gone on another secretive travelling trip? what is she hiding?

With just an hour you will have to solve clues, various puzzles which all tell a piece of the story and uncover Lavinia’s secrets.

Thanks to Modern Fables No Escape London for the game.  Read all community members blogs/reviews from the comments section below.


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  1. Bianca says:

    Just finding the location of this room is a little adventure in and of itself! I’m sure it’s quite different in the daylight, but arriving at South Bermondsey after dark, I had to follow the directions given by Modern Fables to walk along dimly lit paths and underpasses. While the directions were very good and it was easier to find than expected, it was still somewhat creepy on my own. This did set the tone for the mysterious and dark theme of this room though…

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  2. Picture this scenario. You arrive at South Bermondsey rail station and your phone GPS isn’t quite working as you had expected. It’s only an 11 minute walk from to the location but it’s dark and it seems to be a deserted place. You already begin to develop slight goosebumps from the trip there. Upon getting to the location (a deserted warehouse), you are brought back to a quintessential bar called ‘The Escapist’ that looks like it’s run by a lady. *eerie vibes* A guy named Alfie finally enters and leaves you to explore the area in pursuit of finding Lavinia’s whereabouts. He says something about how she seems to have gone missing and he needed our help to find her. A series of clues and puzzles are set about and the mystery ensues. It seems as though there may be supernatural powers at play and the setting really embodies it. I was properly freaked out near the end. It was one of the most experiential settings I’ve ever been.

    I wouldn’t recommend this for first timers, but this would be great for more experienced teams. A lot of reading is involved in dim lighting so keen readers and curious minds would do well. Very enjoyable experience overall! My only comment is that I seem to still be left hanging about what happened when we finished the escape game… but maybe it’s for another mysterious adventure?

  3. hannah says:

    The first challenge was finding the place! Hidden away in a warehouse in South London, the location – and dark, poorly lit streets on the way there – really added to the drama of the experience.

    The introduction to the experience by Alfie the bartender really helped to set the scene and guide us a little as to what to expect in the story. I don’t want to give too much away about the rooms, but they were really well set up and lit to fit the theme and drama of the experience.

    The clues were complicated enough to challenge the escape room pros, but also not too complicated for the less experienced in our group to solve and enjoy. However, I do think the experience may be better for smaller groups – as a group of six we completed the experience in around 35 minutes – which we were told was pretty fast – and at times some of us missed out on finding and understanding some of the clues as we were all searching separately.

    I did also feel a little bit like the story was missing a little something at the ending. Without giving anything away, I really wanted a bit more of a sense of closure in terms of what happened to the characters we were following. However, this may just be because we completed the room so quickly – I wasn’t ready for it to be over so soon, and would love to see a sequel experience to find out more about Lavinia’s story!

    Overall, Alfie was the perfect host – posing for pictures with us and even sending us away with a party bag. I’d defiantly recommend a visit.

    I’ve also shared this review on Facebook, TripAdvisor and TimeOut)

  4. Tolu says:

    So there’s a little bit more to the Surrey Quays/South Bermondsey area than just the shopping centre, which is where you find the Modern Fables escape room. It’s a little challenge to locate the venue, walking along paths that were pretty deserted, except for having to dodge the cyclists.

    Upon arriving at the industrial site looking warehouse, we enter ’The Escapists’ bar. Our bartender, Alfie, explains to us that his friend Lavinia (the actual bar owner), has disappeared and he’s just helping out till she comes back. Alfie is worried that the unusual and mysterious forces that Lavinia was looking into may have something to do with her absence.

    Alfie was a great in-character host, introducing the story while fitting in general escape room house keeping.

    The room sets and design fit the room theme of horror fiction, in a creepy, low-light manner. There were a variety of different elements including riddles, searching and locks. Those who like cryptic crosswords will definitely enjoy this room as key clues are located in the riddles and you need to really understand the details to figure out the next steps. The reading though can make it challenging to catch and hear everything with a large group as we had, and I think the room works better for smaller groups.

    I enjoyed the story and thought the rooms and clues were inter-woven well, with the build up to the final puzzle. The atmosphere, lights and sound really immerse you into the story. I would love to know more about what exactly happened to Lavinia and the other characters we came across while escaping.

    We finished in around 35 minutes (close to the record time), and were given a sweet(!) goody bag at the end.

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