Review - The Murder Express - Pedley Street Station, London

The Murder Express - Pedley Street Station, London

When you arrive in the area and as you walk down Pedley Road to Pedley Street Station the venue is well sign posted. As we approached we could hear the jazzy music and the security personnel were in character from the very beginning.  I just knew from this point that it was going to be a fun night.

As you walk in, there is an opportunity to check coats and bags. The room is atmospheric with a vintage vibe, if you love dressing up in 1920/30’s attire then this is definitely the experience for you. Right from the very start you are thrust in to this immersive world and introduced to these unique and unsavory characters. The piece is very well cast, Cliff / Frank (George Wills) is great. He approached us very early on in the evening as we were enjoying our welcome fizz. George is very charming and as we pulled camera phones out for pictures, he played on the fact he didn’t know what they were entering into a little comedy sketch with another actor. Tilley Tulip (Elly Tipping) is a little firecracker bursting into song whenever she gets the chance which is perfect for audience participation. She is feisty, larger than life and very funny to watch. The Conductor (Annie McKenzie) kept the story moving and took it upon herself to lead the investigation to identify the murderer. Timothy Timmons (Ben Lydon) is clumsy and loveable, the perfect suspect. Lastly Vera Valentine (Anton Tweedale) has an hilariously dry sense of humour with a sinister look and a small dog, making her the perfect villan.

The food is just perfect, designed and created by BBC Great British Menu Champion 2020, Michelin Chef  Niall Keating. Three courses, with a little appetizer to get the taste buds going.  First up was an amuse-bouche, a Potato Salad with a warm Cheese Mousse. Then to start, Mushroom and Ricotta Stuffed Cabbage which was very enjoyable. The main is Braised Beef Cheek, Charred Leek and Caramelised Onion Puree. The beef was so tender and literally fell off the fork and melted in my mouth, pure perfection. Then as a Dessert we enjoyed a Chocolate Cigar with Cremeux and Vanilla Ice Cream. I must say the Vegan option also looked incredible for anyone with dietary requirements.

The Murder Express immersive experience is the perfect chance to dress up and be transported back in time for the evening. The space is intimate and the show goes on around you from the moment you walk in. The table sizes go up to 6, if there are a smaller number of guests you will be seated with others and when you wait for the train you are allocated a pre-show table to meet everyone you will be sharing with. This was a great ice breaker. It’s a slapstick, silly show with lots of audience participation.  Watching audience members get pulled up was extremely funny, with literal belly laughs as the actors interact with the passengers. So watch what you say to the actors as it might leave you vulnerable to integration!

This event was reviewed on the 9th November 2023.  The Murder Express is booking until the 3rd November 2024.  Tickets available here: The Murdér Express - Find Out More About The Experience Here (

**** stars

Sam Sadler

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