Thanks to my blog and my Instagram I am lucky enough to get invited to events on a weekly basis. I really enjoy going to explore new parts of London and experience something new, but at the same time, I feel guilty leaving my cute little doggy at home alone. Luckily this time Funicular Productions has put on a dog-friendly show on Sundays and Zizi and I were invited! Time to board The Murder Express…
“The Murder Express” is quite the dining experience combining acting, live performances, and dining on board a realistic but fictional train in East London. They have regular shows and dinners other days of the week, but Sundays are exclusively made for furry 4 legged friends and their humans. This all-inclusive dining experience has a menu designed by MasterChef 2016 finalists, Billy and Jack! I have to say that the food was absolutely delicious. The menu included three courses which started with a Mulligatawny soup with an Indian spiced open cucumber sandwich. The main course was a butler’s steak, stuffed cabbage, and scallop potatoes. Finally to finish off the dessert was apple tart and clotted cream ice cream!
Aside from the food, there was a show and performance as well between courses. The show is set onboard a glamorous train which takes it’s guests back into the 19th century. The performers were fully dressed in authentic clothing and everyone gets on board to depart from Pedley Street Station and the train makes it ‘journey’ from London to the fictional town ‘Murder’ in France. The ambiance and set up inside the train was very fitting and each party of guests gets their own private booth that is lit up by lamps. Also as the train departs the ‘windows’ show landscape scenes of what traveling would be like from London to France. It was great to play along with the characters and try to figure out the ‘murder’.
The only thing I would consider when deciding to go with your pup or not is that the performance can be loud at times. Luckily my little pup was so interested in meeting all the characters that she did not mind at all. Also, I thought that this would be mostly for small or handbag-sized dogs, but I was pleasantly surprised to see dogs of all sizes and even a large German Shepard. My little pup sat on my lap for most of the performance and if she wasn’t in my lap she was trying to cuddle with all the different performers.
Overall I thought it was a great experience for both myself and my little doggy. I think the Funicular team seemed super excited to have dogs around and everyone seemed to be interested in hosting future shows with a doggy audience. I am sure they will have more soon, but if you want to just check it out then it is £53 per person (which includes food, but not drinks) and at the dog shows, all doggies are welcomed for free!