"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." - Samuel Johnson
Said in 1777, Samuel Johnson probably wasn't talking of the modern European metropolis when he said his famous quote, but he might as well have been!
When you visit London you should always do three things - go to amazing historical monuments, eat at foodie markets and go to pubs. Lots of pubs. There are lots of things to do in this city that we are lucky to call home, but if you shape your visit around these three things you are on to a winner!
If you are looking to plan your visit to London in advance and book some foodie things in, then we also have something else to recommend. Sure, there are great fine dining experiences to be had - but don't all major cities have a posh restaurant to go to?
At Ever Thought of Trying we believe that when you visit London (or anywhere!) you should try and eat or experience something that can only be done in that place.
There are many symbols of London, but one of the most enduring of these has to be the tube. The Underground. The amazing feat of engineering that we all love to hate. It's steaming hot in Summer, but gets you everywhere quick. It's always busy, but there's a reason why we always use it.
Have you ever thought of trying a four course dinner on a tube train?
That's right! You may have read about (or seen) people smirking at other travellers who eat sandwiches on the tube, but this takes eating on the tube to another level! This peculiar experience is called the Underground Supper Club and run by Basement Galley. Sadly not still on train tracks, this tube is permanently in the grounds of the Pumphouse Transport Museum in Walthamstow - at the end of the Victoria Line that the actual train used to run on. Happily, this does not take away from the special atmosphere afforded by the setting you are sitting in.
Being a genuine old tube train (dating from 1967) there is no kitchen meaning the food is cooked in the building next to it
Cooked by Alex Cooper (a graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu School in Paris no less), the menu can change with the season and be affected by power cuts - as ours was! Alex starts by announcing the menu of the night to everyone before jumping out the train to finish off the cooking. Then when you're least expecting it comes the 'Sliding Doors' moment when the carriage doors slide open and the food is brought in. On our night we were served a cauliflower and cocoa soup, 4 way parsnips and medium-rare steak all finished off by a chocolate tart with whisky and vanilla ice cream! Scrumptious!
Wine and beer can be bought throughout the night with water provided on the table (coffee comes at the end) and if you choose to have a romantic date, you can have a 'private table' that comes with champagne.
But, we would urge you to forgo the private dining and sit on the big long communal table with everyone else as the quirky train setting makes for a great conversational starter! One of the weirdest feelings was being on a genuine tube train, but actually TALKING to absolute strangers!
Do you remember being a kid and wanting to drive the train? Well at the Underground Supper Club you can sit in the drivers seat...and press buttons!
The term 'underground' dining does for once have apt meaning in this quintessentially London experience!
If this has tickled your tastebuds, get in contact and we can point you in the right direction and if you fancy seeing the foodie experiences we offer through Europe, click here.
We didn't take the photo's of the dishes - we were too busy inhaling the food - but Mary Lou Newnham did who we had the pleasure of meeting & laughing with on our night on the tube! We're so grateful for her letting us use her awesome picture and we recommend you check out her twitter here! She does loads of cool events like this, at least when she's not on her personal mission to find the best Bloody Mary's around London!