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Medieval Banquet

KidRated’s Medieval Banquet Top Tips:

  • Try and request a table close to the action
  • The venue is open late but if you’re with kids it’s best to leave at 10:30pm
  • Opt to go on a Sunday for an earlier event
  • The more you get into the spirit of things, the more fun you will have

History lovers and fans of a good old-fashioned knees up should definitely check out the Medieval Banquet. The banquet can be found at the very old Ivory House in St Katharine’s Dock, right next Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Diners can join King Henry VIII and a bunch of wenches, acrobats, performers and knights for an evening of medieval revelry and festivities.


As you enter you have the option to hire a costume for the evening. If you are on a tight budget, don’t worry, your 21st Century clothes will do just fine. But if you can afford to splash out on something a little more Medieval it will certainly help you get into the spirit of the night.


You can leave at 10:30pm though the fun goes on for longer with dancing. There are often a few stag and hen nights here but don’t let that put you off, they are seated in their own little alcove to let families and other less raucous guests also have a good time.


The food is fine, the sort of thing that even fussy kids are generally happy to eat. The portions are very generous in all four courses. Grown ups can also enjoy the alcohol on offer – if you’re brave you can even try some mead. Apple juice is available for kids.


With the singing, dancing, acrobatics and even the sword fighting, the banquet is so much more than just a dinner. There are some genuinely jaw-dropping moments from the performers – our favourite was the man who juggled whist standing on his head. You are even encourage to bang on the tables and shout to show your appreciation. Kids are bound to love this! Throwing food, however, is strictly prohibited.


Finally, we have to give a special mention to the wenches. Not only are they are summoned by the cry of  ‘Wench!’ they serve the food, get you up to dance and generally earn their money by making sure you have a good time. So don’t forget to leave a generous tip!

Booking Advice:

  • Book online or by phone
  • Make use of the special offer for family tickets 
  • Let them know if you have any dietary requirements and they should be able to cater for you



Ivory House
St Katharine Docks

Phone number:

+44 (0) 2074805353


Opening hours:

Wednesday to Saturday: 7.15pm to 11.55pm.
Sunday: 5.15pm to 9.30pm

How to get there:

Nearest Tube: Tower Hill

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Parent Point of View

About London Laura Porter

Laura Porter

  • Under 4s go free but this is best for older kids and grown-ups.
  • The dining table are in alcoves and it’s allocated seating so you won’t be near adult parties and should hopefully meet some more families.
  • Arrive early and put on costumes (go on!) and then get some photos with King Henry VIII who is seated at the end of the room and is surprisingly accommodating.
  • Kids will love banging on the tables to ‘applaud’ the performers.
  • We stayed for the disco at the end and danced with our ‘wench’ for a few hours!
  • Weak phone signal and no wifi so put the phone away.

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