Two up, two down?

by Eric Jones [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsA two-up, two-down former quarryman’s cottage by Eric Jones [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Some good news, some bad news. Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.

A contact observes that if you go to the web site for Escape Land of London and click through the “Bookings” link, the actual bookings page currently says “Sorry, this business is currently not taking any bookings. Please contact the business directly for more information“. While the site’s Facebook hasn’t been updated since early August, the most recent TripAdvisor review dates from last August. It’s the booking page that’s really worrying, though. Thelogicescapesme.com found lots to like and it was also something of a Thinking Bob favourite.

Likewise, consider iLocked, look at its bookings page and observe that every day has every game marked “not available”. No recent progress on its Facebook page or recent reviews, either.

Now these aren’t actually the worst signs. It could be something as responsible as the site owners taking an indefinite break and trying to set expectations appropriately. It might reflect the rooms being renovated. It might reflect the businesses moving location. Or it might reflect the worst and it’s not immediately obvious which of these fates is the case. This site will be following the case.

Now that’s out of the way, in much happier news, a very popular site has suggested that they will be opening two new locations. The identity of the site and its locations must surely remain under embargo for now but it is safe to comment that they have recently openly hinted on social media at a major announcement coming soon, and also that the site has set up some social media for those new locations. Exit Games UK imagines that the metaphorical cat will, happily, officially be out of the bag in a matter of days at latest – in fact, a business which is co-located with one of the future locations has already announced it – but there’s enough to chew on here without repeating anything that might still be off the record. (Please don’t post details in the comments until they’re officially released by the site itself.)

Definite good news against possible bad news? Not such a bad day after all!

3 Comments

  1. That is a shame, Escape Land is one of my favourite London rooms, never really got the credit it deserved. And was looking forward to trying iLocked purely for the theme!

    We played Lady Chastity’s Reserve on Sunday and I seem to recall a “sequel” was either hinted at or outright said by the games master as being forthcoming this year. I say to “seem to recall” as then we drank all the wine you get for winning.

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  2. It’s a shame if that is true about Escape Land. Friends went just last month and they said it was one of their favourites. With probably forty rooms between the four of them, that was real praise!

    iLocked always seemed an odd site in an odd place. Some day London will have more sites outside zone 1/2 but I think that hasn’t come yet.

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