Part immersive theatre, part dinning experience, the “Murdér Express” is a fictional rail journey from the early 20th century. Departing from Pedley Street station in East London, the steam train travels to Murdér, a fictional village in France in around 90 minutes.
After having your ticket checked on entering the station (which is under an old railway arch), passengers can make their way to the Seven Sins platform bar, where they can find creatively named ‘railway themed’ cocktails such as the “Piston Sour” – a timeless classic of whisky, fresh lemon and sugar and “The Conductor” – a refreshing blend of vodka, elderflower, prosecco and a touch of lemon.
Whilst waiting for the train on the 1920’s themed station platform, kitted out with old suitcases, posters and lamps, the characters from the play are slowly introduced. First to arrive was wheeler-dealer Frank followed by Vera the widow, the lovestruck waiter and Cliff the antique dealer all of whom interacted intimately with the waiting passengers.
Eventually though, The Conductor will appear from the carriage and blow her whistle, signalling the trains pending departure from Pedley Street station.
Once comfortably inside the carriage, passengers are treated to a 3-course dinner creatively crafted by BBC One’s MasterChef 2016 finalists, Billy and Jack whilst being immersed into a murder tale set in the golden age of rail travel.
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Mulligatawny soup, Indian spiced open cucumber sandwich
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Butler's steak, stuffed, pressed scallop potatoes, Savoy cabbage
Spring vegetable pithivier, seasonal vegetables (v)
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Apple tart, clotted cream, a la Lady Portarlington
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How to book
Visit the Funicular website for a list of upcoming dinner dates and information about the Murdér Express immersive theatre and dinning experience. Prices are around £57 per person on a shared table - drinks not included.
The fictitious Pedley Street station is an old railway arch in East London, a short walk from Whitechapel underground station (served by the District and Overground Lines).