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…
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