Londonhas had a long history with seafood, from traditional cockney jellied eels to the most expensive oysters in Mayfair. Coming up on 18th May, the Museum of London Docklands is hosting an event called Cockles & Mussels as part of the Museums at Night weekend which celebrates the relationship the city has with all things fishy from eating and drinking to poetry, talks, music and entertainment.
Kicking off at 7pm, the two and a half hour event features talks from professors from Goldsmiths College and Birkbeck College, introducing the social history that seafood has helped to form in the capital and discussing its influence on society today and in the future. Fishmongers and chef and cookery writer CJ Jackson from the world-famous Billingsgate Market will be giving demonstrations on how to prepare the perfect seafood dishes, with food available to eat from the champagne and oyster bar.
Entertainment comes from a variety of musicians including sea shanty bands and workshops, adding to the nautical theme. Poet Raymond Antrobus will be hosting a seafood poetry workshop, and Estuary, an exhibition of modern art rounds off the event. Tickets are £7 a pop.
Sat 18th May, 7pm – 9.30pm
1 Warehouse West India Quay, London E14 4AL