Behind a hidden door, minutes from West Kensington tube station, lies a portal to Victorian London and the chambers of Charles Dickens himself. Those who enter can expect to become entwined in the story A Christmas Carol as it’s brought to life by a collective of musicians, chefs, mixologists and the author himself.
Helmed by director Simon Pittman, the theatre side of the spectacle invites guests to take their seats amid teetering piles of papers in Dickens' office. It's the night of 24 December 1843 and the author has nearly finished writing his festive novella, but before he puts down his pen for good, he's holding a final reading. Once he utters the famous line: 'Marley was dead to begin with…’, his world of ghosts, memories, morals and festive cheer begins to appear.
As with all of The Lost Estate’s experiences, feasting is just as important as the theatrics. In charge of the stoves is Ashley Clarke (Gordon Ramsey Group, SmokeStak, Temper), who's serving a three-course gourmet feast, with nods to Victorian delicacies. A starter of Cod and Oyster (Catherine Dickens' own recipe, apparently) gives way to Smoked Turkey with Apricot and Sage Forcemeat, followed by a dessert of Poached Pear and Frangipane Pie – aka 12th Night Cake. Vegetarian and vegan equivalents are available for all three courses.
Drinks wise, it's a trip to Dickens' personal cellar, where festive tipples including a Smoking Bishop, Pear Tree Cup and Marley & Rye cocktail are being served.
Surrounded by the spirits of Christmas and an abundance of Dickensian cheer, you'll eat, drink and be merry – ‘tis the season to be jolly after all.
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|What||The Lost Estate presents The Great Christmas Feast|
|Where||The Lost Estate, 9 Beaumont Avenue , London, W14 9LP | MAP|
|Nearest tube||South Kensington (underground)|
15 Nov 22 – 15 Jan 23, AT 7:15PM WITH ADDITIONAL 1PM MATINEES ON WEEKENDS AND DURING PEAK WEEKS
|Price||£49.50 - £149.50|
|Website||Click here for more information and to book|