Shakespeare’s tale of magic, mayhem and merriment – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – has served as an inspiration to many, and now it’s the inspiration behind a pop-up afternoon tea parlour and gin bar at Shakespeare’s London haunt, Shakespeare’s Globe.
The Swan restaurant at Shakespeare’s Globe has transformed its top-floor Balcony Room into a magical fairyland inspired by Shakespeare’s trippy comedy.
The new quirky Midsummer’s pop up references Shakespeare’s much-loved play throughout – from the furnishings through to the food and drink served. A fairy tale-like forest decor – flowers, trees, toadstools and butterflies – sits within a backdrop of stunning views of the River Thames. There’s also some very curious edible treats based on references from the play.
During the daytime, the pop up plays host to Titania’s Tea Garden, an afternoon tea serving up an array of sweet and savoury bites, including wild mushroom quiche, violet and blackcurrant jam macaroons and mulberry scones.
Puck’s Gin Emporium takes over for the evening reverie,where fiends of Shakespeare, magic and cocktails can find their very own Love Potion. Made with Bombay gin, honey, prosecco, it is served alongside a tincture of blackberry juice that will turn the cocktail from milky-white to deep purple. A range of other concoctions will be on offer for those not wanting to trick their companions into falling in love with a donkey-man, and guests can sample a passionfruit and chilli martini, and the pop up’s take on the Negroni, all made with fragrant and seasonal ingredients.
The Midsummer Night’s Dream-inspired pop up runs until 2 September at Swan London at Shakespeare’s Globe
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea