Looking for date ideas in London? Or maybe just ideas for a different night out with friends? I’ve found just the thing for you: The Underground Supper Club, in Walthamstow, London.
Climb aboard a disused 1967 Victoria Line tube carriage for some gourmet food, a great atmosphere and a lot of laughs. Seating is on large banquet style tables and everyone is encouraged to mingle together and break the one golden rule of the tube: Thou Shalt Not Make Eye Contact.
I found breaking this taboo so refreshing – the only time I ever speak to people on the tube is to tell them to turn their music down or to stop hogging the arm rest; but here you soon forget you’re strangers and before you know it you’re swapping stories about your most embarrassing moments or where you’d like to be in 5 years.
The food isn’t bad either. The Underground Supper Club is the brainchild of Alex who is trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and his friend Tom, and is a natural progression from the original supper club which started in a basement in Brixton, at the other end of the Victoria Line a few years ago.
You’re served a 7 course taster menu including delicacies such as beetroot and goats cheese stack, and peach and plum pavlova. The menu even includes a very interesting take on gin and tonic jelly. I’ll leave that for you to discover yourself. Everything is pretty minute though, so I’d recommend having a fairly decent lunch before you go (not like I did which was to turn up having hardly eaten all day… the wine didn’t have a lot to hold onto so I never stood a chance against today’s hangover)!
The chef Alex even came out and spoke to everyone after the meal, and the staff made you feel so welcome, even mingling with all the guests before you’re seated.
By all means, it’s not quite perfect yet. Unfortunately there was a problem with the oven and so some food came out cold or slightly undercooked, and it felt as if perhaps it was some of the bar staff’s first day. But the overall experience was so incredibly positive, it’s easy to overlook these minor imperfections. It’s also worth mentioning that the tube is literally right in the middle of a car park, and there is no heating. Fine in the summer but more that a little chilly in November, so make sure you take lots of layers.
Now for some more practical advice: The Underground Supper Club is situated literally right in the middle of nowhere. The nearest tube line is Walthamstow Central (at the end of the Victoria Line) but it’s about a mile from here and the bus system at Walthamstow is more than a little confusing. So it’s best to get a cab from the station if you can. A taxi costs £4, and you may even meet some of your other diners wandering around the tube station looking confused. Don’t be shy… grab them and buddy up! They’ll be your friends by the end of the night anyway, you might as well get a head start!
Dinner at the Underground Supper Club costs £37 per person for 7 (teeny but sumptuous) courses, and wine is from £3.50 a glass, cocktails are from £8. Don’t worry if you don’t have enough cash on you – they’re very modern and have their very own credit card reader 🙂
Easily one of the best nights out I’ve had this year, I’d recommend the Underground Supper Club to anyone looking for something that stands out from the crowd of monotonous London dining experiences.
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