Only Fools and Horses is something that I have only seen a couple of times in my life, but my boyfriend is a massive fan so when I saw that there was an interactive dining experience happening in London I knew we had to go along.
Held at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton on Tottenham Court Road, the Only Fools, The (cushty) Dining Experience is conveniently situated in Central London and not far from the West End. On arrival you immediately spot the banner advertising the event, and after descending in to the basement are transported to Peckham.
The bar is set-up underneath a marquee, served from a market stall with a chalkboard advertising the offerings – which included bottled water for £4.95 and various 80’s classic cocktails at equally as extortionate prices. Don’t worry though this is just Del Boy’s way of making a little extra cash, and the drinks on offer are far more varied and affordable!
80’s radios, tarpaulin and signs for “The Nags Head” are spread across the room and really add to the market style vibe! Before you know it the characters arrive and the interactive show begins…
I don’t want to go in to too much detail on the show itself as I wouldn’t want to ruin it for others, but it involves a quiz and you’re placed on mixed tables of around 10. With everybody else having an interest in Only Fools and Horses there are a lot of like-minded people, so it was certainly a pleasant evening.
One thing I will detail is the food. Whilst the tickets are £49 I would say that you are paying much more towards the experience than the 3-course dinner. In true retro fashion we were served dishes you might have eaten as a child, but I will admit they were much more delicious than the “out of a tin” and frozen varieties we enjoyed.
There was tomato soup and bread to start, followed by a chicken kiev with chips and peas (or mushroom wellington for vegetarians) and finally an eton mess. In fairness, it did add to the experience and was a surprise for those, unlike me, who hadn’t snuck a peek at the menu beforehand!
The whole experience lasted around 2.5 hours, with arrival at 7 and departure at around 9.30pm. There was also the opportunity for photos with the characters, as filming and photography isn’t permitted during the show.
Really, I could have summarised the whole experience by telling you how my boyfriend was in actual floods of tears and laughter, within 5 minutes of the show beginning. And if that doesn’t sell it to you..!1