History at The Athenaeum : Dawn Geddes
This months Mayfair Insider series features Freelance Journalist Dawn Geddes, who tells of her family stay at The Athenaeum
24th January 2018
Theatres started springing up in London in the 16th century. The city’s first theatres were used by William Shakespeare’s company, setting up London’s theatre scene for centuries of fame and recognition across the world. From the 1800s, London’s West End became properly established, with the opening of many theatres still in operation today, including the Adelphi, the Criterion Theatre and the Savoy Theatre.
Nowadays, there are approximately 40 theatres in the West End alone, with yet more theatres that have also gained international recognition in other parts of London. February is the ideal month to enjoy a trip to the theatre in London. As the weather is still cold just before the onset of spring, there’s nothing like getting cosy in the theatre and enjoying world-class productions.
Here are some of the shows on in London’s Theatreland in February 2018:
While London’s theatre scene is still steeped in tradition, the city is also at the cutting edge of modern takes on theatre productions. During February, the immersive theatre concept is coming into its own in an immersive theatre production of The Great Gatsby, taking place in a secret location throughout the month.
With most West End shows starting at around 7.30pm and finishing around 9.30pm, it can be difficult to find a good quality meal at the right time. Our pre and post theatre menu at Galvin at The Athenaeum couldn’t tick more boxes. We’re located in the heart of Mayfair, meaning theatres such as the Criterion are no longer than a 15-minute stroll away. And our menus by Michelin star chefs the Galvin brothers mean quality is guaranteed.
Our theatre menus come with two or three courses, starting off with flavours such as deep-fried whitebait with tartar sauce or chilled courgette soup with Berkswell cheese and harissa. Move onto main dishes such as grilled Cornish red millet with orzo, or three grain pasta with artichokes, sweet peppers and smoked almonds. Save some space if you can for desserts, which come in the form of Valrhona chocolate mousse, English strawberry Eton Mess or cheese of the day.
A pre or post theatre meal at The Athenaeum matches a traditional London pastime with the best of modern British cuisine.
If you’re staying with us and would like tickets for a show, simply contact our Concierge who would be more than happy to secure some for you. It’s show time!FIND OUT MORE
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