Lords and Ladies, peasants and paupers: just a catapults sling over Tower Bridge are the vaulted cellars of Ivory house and a place where you can party like its 1509.
The Medieval Banquet transports you back to a time when politicians had no sway over King Henry VIII, players strolled, knights jousted, wenches brought plentiful jars of beer and ladies and lords swanned over fine wines.
An evening like this could be dripping in a full-fat cheese covered cliché, reserved for tourists who know no better, however it is a veritable feast of fun. The simple fact that an evening based on ancient Tudor traditions has lasted over 35 years and become a London tradition in itself speaks volumes for a night out at the medieval banquet.
A four course meal with unlimited beer and wine
What good would a medieval banquet be without over indulgence? For over two hours a glutinous feast of four courses is brought to you barely leaving you enough time to finish the one before.
Fortunately for our delicate stomachs the menu, although based on the Tudor period, has been altered enough to ensure that it is safe for consumption and as good, if not better, than you will find in any decent London restaurant. Of course there is still time to overindulge in the unlimited free flowing wine and beer and a series of "serving wenches" are constantly at hand to dutifully fill any mildly depleting glasses.
Non stop entertainment
It is not only your palate that will be satisfied on the evening as throughout your meal and after you will be constantly entertained by a plethora of characters and mini shows. King Henry the VIII will welcome you to the party and even pops between tables to ensure his gorging courtesans are in the right spirits. Throughout the night the minstrels and ladies will perform classic dances, a jester will juggle and do a comedy act and medieval knights will joust for their honour between your tables. The beefeater will sing medieval ballads and be warned that audience participation is a prerequisite for the evening so beware of the strongman and the magician.
If that still isn't enough to get you in the mood it is possible to hire costumes throughout the evening. The fact that at the end of the night the torch lit Ivory House adorned with medieval memorabilia turns into a circa 1970's Butlinsesque disco dance floor seems ironically appropriate, of course as I mentioned before, the copious amounts of all you can drink beer and wine go a long way to ensure this.
For a first hand look at the entertainment on offer have a look at the Medieval Banquets official video. Whether you are looking for a little insight into the way our country once was or just need to have a wild night of hedonistic fun with a difference the Medieval Banquet is a delightful treat and well worth a visit.