Dive into the murky world of Cold War espionage to investigate the mysterious death of an aeronautical inventor. You'll interact with characters, solve puzzles and crack codes to not only solve a murder, but quite possibly save the world too.
Wringer + Mangle Bar, Spitalfields, 94 Middlesex St
Lean in and listen closely, agents. We've got a new mission for you, and we'll only say this once.
Something is up in the world of aviation, and we need you to investigate. A few days ago, a small plane came down just outside London. It seems that the lone pilot was killed not in the crash, but by a jump with a sabotaged parachute.
This was a murder.
Perhaps this was some act of petty revenge, but it could be much, much more. The aircraft sported fearsome new technology - something that could tip the delicate balance of global power, and in 1969 that means potential disaster. We need you to discover who was behind this terminal departure before the Cold War starts heating up.
Our intelligence points to a party at a glamorous London hangout, the Wringer + Mangle Bar in Spitalfields, where several prime suspects will be lurking. It’s a dangerous place, however; other nations will have their own spies circling the case, so we’ll need you and your team of agents to blend in. We suggest you gather a squad of 3-5 agents to tackle this international intrigue, and you'll need a good cover story. We don't want you to be exposed.
Amidst the jet setters and cocktails, all kinds of secrets can be acquired. Just make sure ours stay under the radar...
Dead Drop dates after 15th of March have sadly been cancelled as our venue, Wringer and Mangle Spitalfields,is closing down. We have emailed all affected ticketholders with more details including information about rescheduling tickets and refunds. If you need additional information, please email us on [email protected] or call us on 07944150448
How does the game work?
In Dead Drop, you and your friends are a team of spies in 1969, seeking answers to a mysterious murder that could upset the delicate balance of world power!
On arrival, you’ll be issued with secret instructions that will advise you how to investigate, and what you need to find out. By following leads, solving puzzles and interacting with characters, you’ll be able to discover the truth before events come to a head at 10pm. Teams of agents will be competing against one another and there will be rewards for the winning team.
Alongside this mystery, you’ll need to put all your spy skills to the test in a game of counterintelligence where teams will be trying to decipher the codenames of their allies and their rivals.
Is this an outdoor event?
No - all the clues, characters and puzzles are contained inside a single venue, scattered across the rooms of the bar.
Is this a period piece?
Yes. The story is set in 1969 and the venue reflects this. Spies come equipped with all kinds of fancy gadgets though, so there’s no need to leave your phone behind.
Is there a dress code?
To go undercover, you’ll need to fit in at our glamorous 1960s hangout. If you need some period inspiration, take a look here but rest assured you won’t be turned away, whatever you’re wearing. If you've scored some particularly hip clobber then you could even earn a prize for the best dressed team!
What should I bring?
Other than your wits? A charged smartphone and a pen will come in handy, as will some insightful friends and a compelling cover story. A witty team name never goes amiss either.
Is this a team game?
Yes. We recommend playing as a small group of 2-5, though you could go ‘lone wolf’ if you like.
Will there be food and drink available?
Even agents need dinner - and maybe a martini to match. Stirred, of course. Luckily, Wringer + Mangle have a fantastic bar open throughout the evening. You can see what they have on offer to drink here and here. You can also see a sample menu of the food you can enjoy on the night here.
On our extra dates, the 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th March 2018, the kitchen at Wringer + Mangle won't be open. However, there are plenty of fantastic places nearby to grab a bite from. If it's transportable, even better and you're welcome to bring it into the bar with you. We'd recommend Pizza Union on Sandy's Row, although there's a wealth to choose from.
What’s the closest station to the venue?
Liverpool Street is just 4 minutes walk away.
I have a big group (20+) that all want to play together, can we?
Yes. Drop us a line directly and we'll see if we can arrange a group booking. You'll still want to split into smaller teams though.
Can you run this as a private event?
Certainly. For a group of 40+, this event can be run just for you. Drop us a line on [email protected] and we'll be able to let you know prices and minimum spends for the venue.
Do you have a press release and images?
Yep, just click here. In addition to those shown below, we have additional images and high res versions available on request. All photos should be credited to Robert Boulton Photography.