One of the stranger things to cross the Secret London inbox this week.
Organs, the things inside living creatures that keep them moving around.
And organs, the musical instruments with enormous pipes.
Sure, they have the same name… but apart from that, do they really go together? Bompass And Parr, London’s fearsomely inventive flavour-fiddlers, bravely insist they do.
They’re throwing a daring dining event this Saturday (July 1st) serving up an offal-y adventurous menu – in the setting of London’s last remaining organ workshop. They explain…
Dining in the workspace where many of London’s pipe organs have been manufactured since the 1930s, guests will indulge in an array of feral organs, from roasted duck hearts to testicle kievs – a menu that is not for the faint hearted!
Next, guests will embark on a tour around the metal pipe shop and wood mill, where further delights are to be discovered including an ‘Operation Table’ which will act as a sculptural centrepiece of organ delights to be feasted on throughout the night.
The evening will culminate in a performance of pipes across the courtyard from Mander Organs in St Peter’s Bethnal Green church – but prior to the live music guests will descend into the 19th century crypt for meat-based desserts.
Sending their apologies, Bompass and Parr admit that ‘this meal it is no way suitable for vegetarians, vegans or people with restrictive diets that censure the consumption of meat.’ For those that do attend, they ominously add: ‘We hope that the guests will learn something about London, organs… and themselves.’
Two testicle kievs please, waiter!
‘Organs of London’ takes place at Mander Organs, St Peter’s Ave, 7pm – 10pm on July 1st. The final batch of tickets have just gone on sale and are available here.