TimeTrap Escape Rooms: Pudding Lane

By | July 29, 2019

by TimeTrap Escape Rooms (website)

11 Friar Street, RG1 1DB​

0118 405 0074

Reading

2-6 players

Languages: EN

60 minutes

closing soon
It’s Tuesday 4th September 1666 and The Great Fire of London has been burning for two days. Order has begun to break down and chaos is threatening to erupt – fuelled by the rumours that the fire was started on purpose… Londoners are blaming every stranger that crosses their path. Is it another attack in the long running feud with the Catholics? A retaliation in the war with the Dutch? Or was it just an accident?
Only one man knows the truth about how the fire started, and that man is Thomas Farriner, a baker from Pudding Lane, from whose bakery the first flames appeared on September 2nd… But with his house and, in fact, his entire street long destroyed, Farriner and his three children have fled to safety at the house of his brother David, on Mincing Lane.
Meanwhile, a Frenchman by the name of Robert Hubert has been arrested on suspicion of starting the fire. If found guilty, he will hang, and although he doesn’t seem in his right mind, and his story doesn’t add up, the authorities want someone to blame and are ignoring their suspicions that he is innocent.
In order to set things straight and stop London collapsing into paranoid anarchy, Thomas Farriner must be convinced to deliver a statement describing what really happened on the night of September 2nd through the door of the nearest church. But first, someone must brave the fiery streets and dastardly challenges in order to find him… The question then is, what will he decide to say? The fate of London awaits…
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escapeartist1212 expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
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TeamHawley experienced rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
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ratsontour expert rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 7 Oct 2022 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
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SupertrampEcho rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 10 Sep 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
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jakea256 expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 15 Aug 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 54:58 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautiful

Really impressive set and lovely how they've managed to create a story out of a historical event with real shop names and elements of puzzles within. Good variety of dexterity, observational and more. Fun to see some familiar escape room faces in the video segments too.

Rhys Rhodes rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersivestory-driven

Absolutely outstanding room, definitely the best in Reading and Basingstoke. I don't think my family has been wowed by the initial impression of a themed room quite as much as this. 

Mia Rabone experienced rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalcleverstory-drivenquite difficult

Brilliant room! Fab hosting, great puzzles. We loved the theme. Highly recommend! 

Sam Carr experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 2 Mar 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 54:59 Outcome: Successful escape!
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Tom Alcock expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalimmersive

Such a beautiful game, brilliant puzzles, great set and everything was completely on theme. 

Solid game! Very highly recommend to everyone.

Mark Greenhalgh expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
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Those who are less familiar with London history might assume Pudding Lane is confectionary themed - but of course this game is actually named after the place where the Great Fire of London began in 1666. Your team has been sent back in time, not to prevent the fire from breaking out but to determine how it started, and ensure blame does not fall in the wrong place.

My first reaction on entering the room was to gleefully geek out over how beautifully a certain aspect of the scenery had been buil...

London’s burning, London’s burning
Fetch the engines, fetch the engines
Fire, fire, fire, fire!

London has been in flames for two days and the city is in complete chaos, but whodunnit? Rumours are endless about who started the fire … It must have been the Catholics! No, surely the Dutch are the culprits … or are they?

We enjoyed Imaginarium, and loved Station X, but Pudding Lane is by far one of our favourite games on offer at TimeTrap, cementing itself a place in Liz's Top Ten Escape Rooms list
This game was really immersive, it was clear a lot of effort gone into the room theme, with them even creating an old London street scene. It’s not something we’ve seen done this well that often and draws comparisons to Tulley’s Farms rooms.
When you think of Reading you don't think The Great Fire of London, except if you've visited TimeTrap Escape Rooms in the heart of the city centre. TimeTrap is home to three rooms. These are their new room Curiouser and Curiouser 1871, an Alice through the looking glass themed room, Station X 1942, a Bletchley Park themed room and Pudding Lane 1666, the room we were there to play. We were greeted at the door by our host/games master David who from the get go was on top form. He was enthusiastic and energetic and just so upbeat and positive. It was such a warm welcome and it energised us for our room. He explained the usual health and safety and general escape room stuff as well as some things about the room and then he handed us a bag and led us to the streets of London.

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