Join the club

In Lon­don, din­ing out is not just re­stricted to tra­di­tional restau­rants. Sam Rogg dis­cov­ers the sup­per club craze that is tak­ing over the cap­i­tal…

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Cu­ri­ous to sam­ple the lat­est din­ing craze? Then book a ticket to one of the cap­i­tal’s many sup­per clubs.

In­tro­duced to the UK in the 1930s as an al­ter­na­tive to tra­di­tional restau­rants, th­ese tick­eted din­ing events in unique set­tings are en­joy­ing a re­vival, as Lon­don’s ap­petite for more im­mer­sive and in­ti­mate food ex­pe­ri­ences grows.

Since 2010, Ginger­line has led the way in se­cret-lo­ca­tion-feast­ing in Lon­don. The lat­est Cham­bers of Flavour v2.0 in­vites guests to en­ter ‘ The Ma­chine’ for a highly the­atri­cal feast, where each dish takes you to another di­men­sion. Ex­pect five ‘par­al­lel din­ing re­al­i­ties’ con­tain­ing a dif­fer­ent taste­bud-tin­gling course.

But be warned, this is not for the meek or cau­tious of palate – the menu stays se­cret and you will be im­mersed in art and per­for­mance while you dine. Feel­ing brave? Book ahead as this event reg­u­larly sells out (check for dates; www.cham­ber­sof­flavour.co.uk).

For­get pop­corn and ac­com­pany a movie with a gourmet din­ner in­spired by the film you’re watch­ing. Each month, cin­ema sup­per­club Ki­noVino does just that in east Lon­don, bring­ing to­gether chefs and art­house films. Last month, it was all about Iran, as din­ers en­joyed a Per­sian feast with a screen­ing of Ira­nian drama Women with­out Men.

This month the Ki­noVino crew is cel­e­brat­ing all things Ital­ian with the 2009 film I Am Love fol­lowed by a de­li­cious home-made Ital­ian meal pre­pared by Rome-based food writer and chef Rachel Roddy (15 May; www.ki­novino.org).

Most peo­ple who visit Lon­don use the Tube to get around, but how many can say they’ve dined in one of its trains? At The

Un­der­ground Sup­per Club, you’ll take a seat in­side a de­com­mis­sioned 1967 Un­der­ground train car­riage for a sil­ver-ser­vice four-course din­ner by a lead­ing chef, such as Shi­ann Stu­iver from Miche­lin-starred Pollen Street So­cial. The car­riage doesn’t move, so there’s no dan­ger of mak­ing a mess, and there is the op­tion of book­ing a ta­ble for four or a VIP booth if you don’t fancy sit­ting next to strangers (18-20 & 25-27 May; www.base­ment­gal­ley.com).

Food meets art at The Gramounce, a sup­per club in­side a gallery. Set up by artists to help fund their craft while giv­ing din­ers a night they’ll never for­get, th­ese un­usual events see guests en­joy dishes in­spired by art­works on dis­play – ex­pect com­plex flavours such as sal­sify with con­fit egg yolk, mush­room meat­balls and truf­fle oil, or veni­son with horse­rad­ish cream, choco­late gravy, black pota­toes and pick­led cherry ( www.the­gramounce.com).

Left: Ki­noVino All other im­ages: Ginger­line

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