Jason Allen 08/07/19
Disappearing Dining Club’s Riverside Feast | London’s longest outdoor picnic table
It’s a beautiful weekend in July, and you’re lounging on the sun-dappled banks of the Thames in London’s newest & most arrestingly creative new park, The Tide.
You’re sitting at a pristine stone picnic table that stretches out 27 meters before you. It’s absolutely filled with BBQ & picnic food, both exotic and familiar, plus drinks and desserts. The dulcet tones of a live ukulele band float over the breeze.
And you’ve just been handed a cocktail.
This is the Riverside Feast from Disappearing Dining Club which, despite its name, insists on reappearing every few months with a fantastic new supper club. This particular one is taking place at Turning Tides, a free festival that’s helping to launch the aforementioned completely new park you’ll be in: it’s a sleek, elevated ‘riverside linear park’ – a little like Manhattan’s High Line – scattered with sculpture by renowned artists, ‘audio meditation portals’, and a sunken garden with trees, terraces and sun loungers. A few of the highlights? It’s boasting a giant inflatable rainstorm; an interactive wishing tree by Yoko Ono; outdoor film screenings; a soundscape made by earthworms; spoken word performances; gong baths; a non-religious gathering; plus talks and live podcasts.
Oh, and it has the longest picnic table in the city.
Upon that table this Saturday you’ll enjoy four courses of summery treats: there’ll be white port & tonics & canapés on arrival, swiftly followed by picnic baskets loaded with smoked salmon; potted English peas & summer truffle; creamy chicken liver parfait; pickles with house-made bread; and more.
After that, the BBQ will be fired up, and it’ll be putting out grilled pork neck; smoked & salted summer beets; and lobster béarnaise. And finally, the table will be laid with lashings of whipped cream, meringues, summer berries, fruit purees, and sauces for you to construct your own DIY Eton mess. It might sound simple, but be warned…
…it’s no picnic.
NOTE: Disappearing Dining Club’s Riverside Feast is taking place this Saturday 13th July. Tickets cost £50, and include all four courses, live music, plus welcome cocktail. Snap them up right HERE.
OTHER NOTE: Can’t make it to the event this Saturday? Well, good news: there’s another Riverside Feast on Sunday 14th, which will be a seafood banquet from renowned chef Matt Williamson. Get tickets to that one HERE.
Turning Tides Riverside Feasts | The Jetty, Olympian Way, SE10 0JF
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The Jetty, Olympian Way, Greenwich, SE10 0JF
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