TimeTrap Escape Rooms: Pudding Lane

By | July 29, 2019

by TimeTrap Escape Rooms (website)

11 Friar Street, RG1 1DB​

0118 405 0074


60 minutes

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

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. 

Escape Enthusiast experienced rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 8 Aug 2021 Team size: 3 Time taken: 55:56 Outcome: Successful escape!
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Absolutely phenomenal room. The hype that has built around this experience is well earned. It's beautifully themed and has such a rich atmosphere to it. Easily one of the most immersive escape rooms I have experienced. To top that all off the puzzles are fantastic. It has a great flow to it and there are some truly unique moments. Miss this room at your own peril. It is an absolute must do.

Kelly Archer experienced rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Mike S expert rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Joe Brown expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: 21/12/19 Team size: 6
great refreshing theme with a good variety of puzzles that layered up nicely, greatly enjoyed.
imrahil experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 out of 5
Team size: 6 Time taken: 29:50 Outcome: Successful escape!
PurpleB experienced rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: Dec 2019 Outcome: Successful escape!

Great set, great puzzles. I've heard criticisms that the second room could be a bit cramped for large teams, but we did it as a full team of 6 and managed fine.

🌵Juliette B expert rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 15/08/2020 Team size: 2 Time taken: 58:29 Outcome: Successful escape!

Fantastic atmospheric set, well thought out puzzles, a little bit of history thrown in - really nothing not to like about this game. Brilliant. 

Sharon Nowik experienced rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
Played: October 2020 Team size: 4 Time taken: 54 Outcome: Successful escape!
laceyd87 experienced rated this:Rated between 45 and 45 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.


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