Dust off your Demis Roussos (RIP) and crack open a light ale because this month, The Art of Dining
presents an Abigail’s Party pop-up that’s strictly not to be missed. Promising some truly excruciating hosting, the experience combines food, theatre and music, all of a decidedly ‘70s persuasion. Inspired by the universally adored play by Mike Leigh, you can expect all the trappings (and unexpected treats) of a cosy night in chez Beverly and Laurence, as set designer Alice Hodge transforms the iconic Rose Lipman Building
into Leigh’s suffocating suburbia, ’77-style: shag pile carpets, hostess trolleys and retro drinks cabinets galore. (Bacardi and Coke, anyone?)
If you’re able to eat for laughing, Moro-trained chef Ellen Parr will be dishing up food classics from the era that might look every bit fit for Fanny Craddock’s tastebuds, but are, in fact, 2015-delicious. (Think retro-styled prawn cocktails but with subtle, infused Thai flavours for a start.) With five courses plus a cocktail included in the ticket price, you really can’t go wrong: this promises to be one very special dinner party to remember. Best bring along your very own Ange, eh?
Wednesdays to Saturdays, 11 March to 4 April, 43 De Beauvoir Road, N1 (www.theartofdining.co.uk)