The Return of the Georgian Dining Academy

July 25, 2015
by matthewgreen

2015-09-17 20.27.10

Tina Baxter is a force for good. She is a fully qualified City of London guide with an ever expanding armoury of original tours at her disposal and we’re very grateful to her for her tireless cheerleading for Unreal City Audio.

GDA Miss B & Guest

A couple of years ago, over gin & tonic (a couple, in fact) she came up with a brilliant idea to stage a night of history, performance, hearty grub and even heartier but not remotely grubby company in the snug of a Georgian chop house fired by wine, coffee and port.

She called it the Georgian Dining Academy and she runs it to this day with her co-host, Miss Kitty Pridden.

It’s returning on Thursday 10th December at Simpson’s Chop House, London’s oldest chop house. Dating from 1757, this hidden gem, which features on our coffeehouse tour, can boast the quirky address of 38½ Cornhill and it does have a certain Harry Potter charm, especially when it’s wainscots are tickled by candlelight, as well they will be on the 17th.

Tickets are usually £68.00, though if you book before Saturday 28th November you get it for £60.00. And if you’d like to put together a table of six, that works out cheaper too, and will be richly convivial for all involved. Squeezing into a whalebone corset or skirted velvet suit is not compulsory, but…

Bizarrely, Simpson’s Tavern rarely opens its doors at night, so this is an excellent opportunity to soak up some of London’s history in authentically Georgian surroundings nourished by meat and wine.

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