Super Troupers and Dancing Queens alike will love this ABBA-themed dining experience.
If you’re expecting this article to be stuffed full of ABBA puns, please don’t send out an S.O.S – it’s just The Name Of The Game. Björn Ulvaeus, one of the B’s in Sweden’s most famous band, has launched an ABBA-themed dining experience in London, and we’ve got tickets to for their post-lockdown reopening in January. And Knowing Me, Knowing You (and knowing their songs), we can all agree that there’s only one place in London it could be… the O2 Arena. Wait, what?!
It really should be in Waterloo, shouldn’t it? Well, Björn & co already tried that, to no avail. After planning permission was granted for a site around the corner from Waterloo station, local residents objected – presumably on the grounds that the notoriously rowdy ABBA fans would disrupt the peace with endless renditions of Fernando. We’ll assume the O2 said Take A Chance On Me, because that’s where the restaurant opened last summer, to go with their original Stockholm venue.
Calling it simply a restaurant would be a bit of a disservice, so they’ve billed it as an immersive attraction, known as Mamma Mia! The Party. This venue is done up like a Greek taverna, and you’ll be serenaded with ABBA songs whilst performers play out a spin-off story from the Mamma Mia musical and film. (The upside of this is that you won’t have to hear Pierce Brosnan sing – and if you’ve seen the film, you know exactly what I’m talking about). There’s also a menu of Mediterranean dishes to dive into, enough to make you say Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
At the night’s end, the “restaurant” turns into a giant dance floor, where you can can dust off your moves. Whilst Mamma Mia! The Party remains closed until January 2021, tickets for the reopening are already on sale – and since they tend to go rather quickly, I’d advise you to get them soon… Sceptics will say this is all about Money, Money, Money, but then again London’s restaurant scene is a Winner Takes It All kind of business (especially in the age of Covid), so good luck to them!
Also published on Medium.