Later this spring, the Museum of London Docklands will serve as venue for what promises to be one of the most exciting evenings in London's gastronomic calendar. Cockles and Mussels takes place on Saturday May 18th and organisers are inviting all interested parties to "join us on a mouth-watering journey through the history of British seafood".
As any food lover will know, seafood enjoys a privileged position in London's culinary history – with cockles, mussels, whelks and jellied eels all playing a huge part. Once hearty working class staples of the East End, the popularity of these foodstuffs has waned in the last century but their gastronomic possibilities are still highly feted.
The evening will kick off at 7pm and the museum promises a wide variety of different activities to keep guests busy. Primarily a celebration of food, visitors can expect pop-up restaurants and a champagne and oyster bar – but there'll also be talks and seminars, including a live cookery event organised by the prestigious Billingsgate Seafood School.
Finally, attendees can enjoying rollicking live music from Sam Lee and the Nest Collective and even participate in a sea shanty workshop with the London Gay Men's Chorus.
The Museum of London Docklands is an unmissable tourist destination for anyone wishing to learn about the capital's significant maritime heritage – from the time the first port was established under Roman rule to the height of the Victorian age, when the city's docks bustled with international mercantile vessels.
Located on the Isle of Dogs, the Docklands museum was established in 2003 to house the collection of the Port of London Authority. It is home to several impressive permanent galleries and plays host to a range of fascinating events and exhibitions that bring the capital's nautical history to life.
Tickets to Cockles and Mussels cost £7 and potential visitors are advised to book soon.