Bompas & Parr’s Magical Food Tour

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Following their Jelly Banquet, Giant Punch Bowl and similar quirky events, Bompas & Parr are tackling the entire history of food with their latest venture.

The Complete History of Food has taken over a grand building in Belgrave Square. Last night, I joined the queue outside and embarked on a magical food adventure.

Our group was led through a series of elaborately decorated rooms, each harking back to a different gastronomic era.

After walking over stepping stones in a dark, flooded dining room, we arrived in a Medieval bar, where we were offered drinks and nibbles based on our personality types. I was diagnosed as phlegmatic and served an apricot cocktail and popcorn coated with mushroom and truffle.

Next, we took a tiny lift up to the roof terrace (above), which was the only “modern day” area. Here we enjoyed Courvoisier cocktails, meaty Ferrero Rochers and an amazing view of London’s rooftops.

Back downstairs, we were invited to relax in a 50s sitting room and try a scratch’n’sniff TV dinner. This was followed by a voyage inside an inflatable stomach, which was a bit like a bouncy castle with a tongue.

After walking down a corridor of mushrooms, we arrived in a beautiful Victorian bar and dining room. At the centre of the dining room was a giant dinosaur, recreating anatomist Richard Owen’s famous Iguanodon Dinner in 1853. This was where the main course (courtesy of Bistrotheque) was served.

Finally, we headed to the Renaissance banqueting house, with drapes and sugar-covered sculptures, for a desert of Bompas & Parr’s famous jellies.

If you can get your hands on last-minute tickets, I’d recommend a visit to the surreal and slightly bonkers world of Bompas & Parr.

The Complete History of Food runs until 18 July 2010


  1. Claire Doble says:

    This looks incredible. I really want to go to B&P event one day!