Tea & sherry: Heston Blumenthal & Jancis Robinson

Heston Blumenthal and wine writer Jancis Robinson MW will host an evening devoted to the pleasures of afternoon tea and sherry on Monday 9 May as part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of Britain 60th anniversary celebrations.

The audience will taste a selection of teas, and hear Blumenthal talk about how the long-established ritual of afternoon tea inspired his menu at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.

In addition, 24 sherries imported to the UK from top sherry producers, including Lustan and Osborne, will be available to taste; Robinson will also talk people through the different styles.

At the end of the evening, each guest will receive a taster box containing delicacies made by Southbank's Company of Cooks from recipes created by Blumenthal.

The sherry and tea tasting runs from 6-7.15pm in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer; the talk begins at 7.30pm. Tickets cost from £45. Book online or call 0844 847 9910.