Wednesday 12th December 2018
We were invited to an evening out in London by my cousin Adrian and his wife Ang…………details at this stage were very sketchy, apparently we would be given more details the closer we got to the time of the event……….
The Great Christmas Feast
Neither Victorian dress nor eveningwear is compulsory. However, either would put Mr Dickens in the most sparkling and effervescent of moods. This can only add to your evening’s entertainment. So if you are of a mind to dress up in your finest, please do. We would absolutely love it and can promise you won’t be alone…
LOCATION You will find the Great Christmas Feast at 47-49 Tanner Street, SE1 3PL. Search for the Sign of the Wreath and enter… TIMINGS Doors will open at 7pm each night. Because the event involves live performance we ask that you arrive no later than 7.30pm please.
All very intriguing ……………….
Well the first thing that happened on entering the building past the sign of the wreath was that someone gave us a glass of champagne, well that was a great start to the evening! We then saw the cocktail list, which all seemed very interesting, so a round of those were ordered.
Mr Charles Dickens himself acted out the Christmas Carol between courses and he was very good………..
This is the one and only photo taken that evening of us without a drink in our hands!
Quite a few of the other guests had arrived in fancy dress!
|There were great, round, pot-dash bellied baskets of chestnuts; ruddy, brown-faced, broad-girthed Spanish Onions, shining in the fatness of their growth like Spanish friars; Norfolk Biffins, squat and swarthy, setting off the yellow of the oranges and lemons…
…Heaped up on the floor, to form a kind of throne, were turkeys, geese, game, great joints of meat, long wreaths of sausages, mince pies, plum-puddings, barrels of oysters, red-hot chestnuts, juicy oranges, immense twelfth-cakes and seething bowls of punch, that made the chamber dim with their delicious steam…
Adrian bravely volunteered to carve the pheasants, I’m glad he did as it wasn’t easy with the blunt knives they supplied!!!
After a lovely meal it was time to celebrate with another drink……………
And Mr Dickens himself was partial to a little drop of champagne…………..
Jane and Ang were a little chilly in this victorian warehouse………..
Even the glow from my beaming cheeks didn’t seem to warm them…………….
Oh, and at the end of the evening I was a little bit on the merry side…….I think thats how Jane put it!