The National Trust is teaming up with artist-chef collaboration The Art of Dining to host a pop-up dining experience in one of its London houses. This one-off event will see guests dine in the
picturesque gardens of Fenton House, in Hampstead; the evening’s theme takes its cue from the property, whose walls are hung with portraits of William IV’s mistress Dora Jordan, an 18th-century
The evening will kick off with a drinks reception and an optional tour of the property’s treasures; guests will then sit down to dinner in the estate’s picturesque gardens.
Former Moro chef – and one half of The Art of Food – Ellen Parr, will serve a five-course menu inspired by Fenton House. Dishes will include a
salad of edible flowers with garlic-snail dressing; barbecued rabbit with ‘a bit on the side’, and a quintessentially English dessert of gooseberry-and-elderflower mess.
The meal will be set among the paraphernalia of a love affair – all dreamed up by set designer (and Parr’s partner in The Art of Food) Alice Hodge – think candlelit tables, discarded love letters,
and whimsical flower-and-foliage arrangements. After the meal, diners will be serenaded by a singer under the guise of Jordan.
A Night with the Mistress will take place from 16-21 July, from 7-11pm. Tickets cost £55, including all food, drink and entertainment. To book your place, visit theartofdining.co.uk.