Team escapes room in record-breaking time

Remote working can be lonely, so at M1 we like to get together regularly for a catch-up and some team-building fun. This meet we decided to visit the new escape room ‘A hidden past’, at Exciting Escapes in Southampton (  The opportunity to run identical rooms concurrently made a head-to-head contest inevitable, and the group eagerly split into two teams ready to battle it out and exit their room before the other.

My team’s glee at finishing in 39 minutes, and seemingly first, quickly dissipated when we realised that we had been squarely beaten… and that Phil’s team was hiding around the corner having secretly watched ours scrambling around for clues! Although we would have loved to have won, we were happy to discover that their escape was made in a record-breaking 31 minutes – average room time was 50 minutes, according to Dave (the owner)!

I maintain that a full English breakfast slowed us down, and that a rematch would be much closer, but, for safety, perhaps next time we won’t put puzzle specialists Dom, Phil and Gem in the same team!

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