If an escape room isn’t for you or you need to fuel up before or after you game then you can book a themed afternoon tea in the Mind Palace bar at The Game is Now.
What to expect:
Afternoon tea is served in either the library or the main area of the Mind Palace and is as quintessentially English and Sherlock as you would hope.
Your afternoon tea also comes with a brain teaser puzzle to solve to either warm up those brain cells before your escape or just keep you entertained while you are eating.
The afternoon tea is served a two tier cake stand and comes with a selection of savouries that include sandwiches, muffins and quiches. There are also a selection is small cakes and a scone with jam and clotted cream. We can officially certify that everything was delicious.
For the tea part of the afternoon tea we had the choice of English breakfast, Earl Grey, decaffeinated or Chamomile. Pip opted for a soft drink instead of the tea and there is also coffee available. You can also get drinks from the bar if you would prefer a cocktail or alcoholic drink.
Pip and I recognised the food as being from Brigit’s bakery as it was the same as we had on the Brigit’s Bakery Afternoon tea bus so we knew it was going to be delicious. I had the vegetarian afternoon tea and Pip and Andy had the traditional tea. As usual there was far too much for us to eat in one sitting but we were able to take what we didn’t eat home with us.
There are also Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free and Halal options available to book.
What you need to know:
- You don’t need to have booked the escape room game in order to have the afternoon tea. The mind palace is a cool venue for afternoon tea but other than the instructions at the beginning and the brain teaser, there isn’t that much Sherlock theming to the tea.
- If you choose to combine the afternoon tea and escape room, it doesn’t matter which way round you do them.
- The game is Now is located in Shepard’s Bush.
The venue is fully wheelchair accessible.
The mini mystery brain teaser is accessible to everyone as it is on paper and you solve it at your own pace. It wouldn’t however be accessible to those with a visual impairment.
There are toilet facilities available in the bar area.
Additional drinks can be purchased from the bar.
There are board games available to play and additional puzzles available if you want to stretch those brain cells a little further.
The afternoon tea was delicious and it was a great way to end the escape room as it gave us chance to have a chat about the game and how we had done. I think as an afternoon tea on it’s own it’s probably not as good as some of the other afternoon teas in London but combined with the escape room it is a great way to spend an afternoon.
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