We can’t say we usually look forward to getting on the tube – being crushed amongst harassed commuters, uncomfortable and awkward, is not amongst the highlights of our day. However, last Thursday night we were thoroughly excited at the prospect of one Victoria Line London Underground experience. New travel start-up Trip4real had told us about an amazing dining experience run by local London Chef Alex Cooper, one of the more unusual London experiences available on their site now they’ve launched in London. We HAD to try it! Originally started in Barcelona, Trip4real is now offering experiences in Lisbon, Rome and Paris as well as London.
The evening’s adventure began with discovering the vintage (decommissioned) 1960s Victoria Line carriage, in the middle of what seems to be the lost property of London; big red vintage buses, old steam trains and there in the middle is the carriage, in a warehouse in Walthamstow at the end of the Victoria line.
We entered the tube carriage through the driver’s door. Dates can enjoy an intimate, lantern lit seating for two, whilst groups and individuals looking to mingle sit around a communal table running through the centre of the carriage.
There was instantly a warm atmosphere in the carriage and it was not just due to the cosy blankets and wine, though these did help, but by the fact a group of strangers had come together with a shared love of food, London, adventure and novelty.
Alex welcomed us to the Supper club with a rundown of the seasonal menu which got our mouths watering. He then dashed off to the kitchen which was situated in a small cabin opposite. Before we knew it the tube sliding doors flew open and the waiters brought in our first course; a warming cauliflower soup and to follow a dish that presented parsnips cooked in four ways. The silky pureed parsnip partnered with the crisp roasted parsnips on top was amazing.
Then it was time for the main, a juicy medium rare steak accompanied with fresh steamed spinach and fluffy mashed potatoes. I can safely say I never thought I would eat a steak on the tube…
To finish off we were treated to a luxurious chocolate tart with whisky sauce and creamy vanilla ice cream, which for once that evening made everyone silent whilst they devoured every bite.
As the evening drew to an end, the coffees came out and all of the diners on the underground supper club felt more than satisfied with the delicious meal that Alex created for us.
It was a truly fun and un-expected experience and the group of diners all agreed that they can never look at the London underground the same way again.
Like the sound of this? You can book onto the next one here. For other London experiences check out www.trip4real.com – there are some amazing things to do for both jaded locals like us and visitors to the capital wanting to do something different. We want to learn to DJ with a Ministry of Sound House DJ, and be cooked for by a Michelin-trained chef in his home next please!