Food Glorious Food 13th November




The Retired Staff Association have booked something a little different for Christmas this year.


Charles Dickens didn’t exactly invent Christmas but he did create an idea of a London Christmas that has been exported round the world.  It’s a picture of foggy streets and hearty feasts with the rich man at his table and the poor man with his nose pressed to the frosted glass.  This trip will show both sides of the coin through the foods people ate and the shops and markets they visited to buy them.


We will leave Heston venue at 0900 to make our way to the beautiful old Leadenhall Market to meet our guide at 1030. We have to leave early as it is peak traffic time and Leadenhall Market  is East London.   This indoor Victorian market shares the brightly coloured decorative wrought iron  with the railway stations of the period and has featured in the Harry Potter movies. It was where Londoners bought their game, especially at Christmas time.


By coach we will then tour the London of the ordinary man – a world of jellied eels and pie and mash to barrels of oysters and whitebait from the Thames. We will then have lunch of fish and chips in Clerkenwell. The meal comes with mushy peas and a hot drink with desserts available for purchase on the day.


We then go up market with visits to Mayfair and the ‘dilly.  We’ll walk through the opulent Burlington Arcade where the Beadles clad in top hat and tails are still employed to chase off any Artful Dodgers and will visit the Fortnum and Mason Food Hall where impeccable young men in red tail coats stack the shelves.


We will then head for home at 1645.


If you would like to go cost will be £45 for members and £46 for non members. A booking form is attached.

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