All aboard! There’s a glamorous retro steam train on its way to the French fictional town of Murdér from London’s Pedley Street Station. Only difference, this journey will have you embroiled in a murder-mystery where YOU could be the suspect! Intrigued?
Funicular Productions transports their passengers through an immersive theatre and dining experience back in time to the 19th century for a Agatha Christie-esque who dunnit type mystery.
From the moment you arrive on the platform you’re slowly introduced to the characters. You have wheeler-dealer Frank, Vera the widow, the lovestruck waiter to Cliff the antique dealer.
While the train prepares for its departure you can enjoy a steam train themed cocktail or two at the Seven Sins Bar. We started with The Conductor, a blend of vodka, elderflower, prosecco and a touch of lemon – a winner. And moved onto, the Dark ‘n’ Steamy, spiced dark rum topped with ginger beer which totally hit the spot!
The conductor’s shrill whistle signals the time to board the classic dining carriage fitted out with luxury leather booths and period style table lamps.
Whilst you watch the story unfold a three course menu is served devised by BBC 2016 Masterchef finalists Billy and Jack.
A spicy mulligatawny soup starts the proceedings. Only four mini Indian spiced open cucumber sandwiches accompanied the dish. A faux pax when there were six sat at the table, so my travelling companion and I had to go without!
The rather generous mains made up for this fact with Butler’s steak, stuffed and pressed scallop potatoes and savoy cabbage.
Vegetarians can indulge in a spring vegetable pithivier and seasonal vegetables. Finishing with a tasty piece of apple tart and dollop of clotted cream.
If you do have dietary requirements ensure they’ve been noted when booking your ticket. There were a few incorrect dishes served at our table including my own. All rectified rather swiftly and efficiently, as you would expect on a luxury carriage.
It’s an unforgettable immersive journey where you may be the suspect, or indeed the detective. My lips are sealed from this point forward, you’ll have to discover the rest for yourself. Are you brave enough to board?
The Murdér Express train departs from Pedley Street Station, Arch 63, Pedley Street, E1 5B. On until the 22nd September. Tickets start from £53, to book visit www.funicularproductions.com
Disclaimer: We were guests at The Murdér Express and received a complimentary experience. However, all views, opinions and photos unless otherwise stated are my own and remain a trademark of the Curious Pixie.