Who doesn’t love a good murder mystery? We’ve all looked through the glass onion at least a few times, especially with everything released on Netflix recently. You just can’t escape it. But that’s not a problem. If anything it just shows you have a curiosity that knows no bounds and the need to stimulate your intelligence by working out a mystery. So why let it stop at films and tv when you could put your skills to the test for real? We’re obviously not suggesting vigilante solving of cold cases, so slow your roll Batman. Instead, we’ve got a list of murder mystery experiences in London that are sure to entice any armchair detectives. After all, we made this list especially for…you.
1. The Murdér Express Part Deux – Jewel of the Empire
Whilst it’s called Part Deux, you don’t have to have experienced the initial offering from The Murdér Express. Instead, Jewel of the Empire tasks you with solving a brand new mystery at Pedley Station. The world’s most valuable diamond is being transported on your journey by Dr Errol Earhart, innocent enough. Until it goes missing. Then suddenly bodies start appearing. Unfortunately, Poirot is on his way to Venice and Benoit Blanc is still stuck on that island waiting for a lift. So it’s down to you to solve the mystery. It’s hungry work, which is why you’ll be glad to be chowing down on a four course meal prepared by a BBC Masterchef professional. What’re you waiting for? Get your tickets here.
2. The Case of The Poisoned Chalice: Cocktail Experience
You’ve been invited to The Mind Palace, and when the invite comes from Moriarty’s right-hand man what can you do? You could decline, but somehow (if you’re still reading this) I know you’ll accept. You’re tasked with solving puzzles to outwit the fiendish Sebastian Cole, and your reward is…cocktails! Not a bad prize, and if anything you’d be channelling your inner Sherlock even more if you tried to solve these puzzles after having a drink – which is also an option should you choose it. Your wits will really be tested and should you fail to outsmart Cole, well just drown your sorrows with a Sherlock-tail. Tickets are available here.
3. Sherlock’s Despair
Speaking of Sherlock and Moriarty why not throw yourself into their final tale? The great Sherlock Holmes is dead. Yet something’s not quite right. He was found outside of an East End opium den, and whilst he definitely liked a drink he definitely shouldn’t have ended up anywhere near there – should he? With Sherlock out of the picture and Moriarty about to turn the streets of London into chaos, there is one last bit of hope. You, as Sherlock’s, closest friends and assistants must break into his study and search for any clues that could help you solve the case. The twist is – Sherlock’s office, on this occasion, is an escape room. The game is afoot and it’s your time to solve the case. Find more info here.
4. Cyanide in the Speakeasy
Transport yourself back to 1920s New York. You turn up to your local speakeasy only to find out a terrible murder has just occurred, and the rest is up to you. The victim you ask? Well he just so happens to be the owner of the bar – and a ruthless crook that would blackmail the elite and common man alike once they frequented his establishment. Thankfully, the bar is still serving – at least until you solve the murder that is. Put on your thinking caps, decipher the clues, and remember everyone is a suspect – trust no one. Ready to solve the mystery yourself? You can secure your spot here.
5. Mr Fogg’s Murder Mystery
Philias J. Fogg invites you to his Mayfair Residence, only it’s not under the best of circumstances. It turns out his pal John Sullivan has mysteriously been found dead. On top of this, due to John’s death, the Bank of England Robbery case has just been reopened. There are five suspects, all known by both John and Mr Fogg from their regular card games at The Reform Club. One of them knows what happened and it’s your job to interrogate them. You have an hour to interrogate them, but be careful they’re clever – they’ll try to ply you with Belvedere and Moët & Chandon cocktails. If this sounds like a bit of you, then find out more here.
6. Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise
When it comes to murder mystery experiences in London, this just might be the most sophisticated. It’s a cruise along the Thames. The only catch is, someone’s going to die. You knew that was coming though, it’s a murder mystery after all. On this cruise, you’ll be served a delicious three course meal alongside a welcome drink on arrival. You’ve got the choice of theme: James Bond 007 No Time To Dine or Death and the Maiden Voyage all year round and special one off experiences for the Coronation and Halloween. No matter which you pick the story will unfold around you and you’ll be drawn in to participate and help solve the mystery. If this sounds like it’s up your street, you’ll find more information here.