History lovers and fans of a good old-fashioned knees-up should definitely check out the Medieval Banquet. The banquet can be found at the very old Ivory House in St Katharine’s Dock, right next to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Diners can join King Henry VIII and a bunch of wenches, acrobats, performers and knights for an evening of medieval revelry and festivities.
As you enter you have the option to hire a costume for the evening. If you are on a tight budget, don’t worry, your 21st Century clothes will do just fine. But if you can afford to splash out on something a little more Medieval it will certainly help you get into the spirit of the night.
You can leave at 10:30 pm, though the fun goes on for longer with dancing. There are often a few stag and hen nights here but don’t let that put you off. They are seated in their own little alcove to let families and other less raucous guests also have a good time.
The food is fine, the sort of thing that even fussy kids are generally happy to eat. The portions are very generous in all four courses. Grown-ups can also enjoy the alcohol on offer – if you’re brave you can even try some mead. Apple juice is available for kids.
With the singing, dancing, acrobatics and even the sword fighting, the banquet is so much more than just a dinner. There are some genuinely jaw-dropping moments from the performers – our favourite was the man who juggled whilst standing on his head. You are even encouraged to bang on the tables and shout to show your appreciation. Kids are bound to love this! Throwing food, however, is strictly prohibited.
Finally, we have to give a special mention to the wenches. Not only are they summoned by the cry of ‘Wench!’, but they also serve the food, get you up to dance and generally earn their money by making sure you have a good time. So don’t forget to leave a generous tip!