For the cool kids among us Bompas & Parr will be a familiar name. Sam Bompas and Harry Parr are the gastronomes behind food studio Bompas & Parr, who have an impressive list of past projects from anatomical whisky tasting to the flavour conductor (the world’s first working flavour organ). Who doesn’t want to drink whisky off of a hairy chest?
I’ve become a little obsessed with the duo following their latest shenanigans on twitter. These really are ones to watch!
Bompas & Parr are currently housed in ‘Alcoholic Architecture’ a pop-up bar in Borough Market that gives its punters the opportunity not to drink a cocktail, but to inhale it. Ever been told to rink responsibly? Well now you have to breathe responsibly as the alcoholic atmosphere inside the bar is absorbed into your body through your lungs and eyeballs. (Trust me it’s not as scary as it sounds.)
If that wasn’t quirky enough, the bar is monk themed in a nod to the sites history and as well as the effervescent cocktail in the air, offer a drinks list made up entirely of spirits and beers created by monks. (Try the frankinsence gin and tonic next time you go, I highly recommend it!)
I visited the pop-up a couple of weeks ago for the first time and for £10 a ticket before 6pm (£12.50 thereafter) I can definitely recommend it as a way to start off your evening. You’re only allowed in the cloud for 50 minutes. With tickets allocated to specific slots the bar never gets too crowded and there’s plenty of time for you to sip and breathe a couple of cocktails to get the night started.
Those of you with good memories will remember that Alcoholic Architecture first appeared in London back in 2009 (see original coverage by the Metro here) when the vapour cloud was filled with gin & tonic. This time round the breathable cocktail rotates so you never know what you’re going to get. (I think we had something quite sweet…)
Alcoholic Architecture is open until January 2016 so there is plenty of time for you to don your poncho and enter the intoxicating mist.
You can buy tickets here: Billetto
Not content with giving Londoners the opportunity to indulge in spirits just by breathing, Bompas & Parr have a new project taking place next week in conjunction with bespokeoffers.co.uk to celebrate a month of exclusive dining deals on bespoke offers in September – the world’s largest tasting menu, known as The 200 Cub.
The 200 Club will run for one day only serving 200 courses across 24 hours equating to one course every 7 minutes and 14 seconds. The 200 Club will start at 8am on Thursday 3rd September ending at 8am on Friday September 4th and will be attended by over 50 lucky gastronomes.
I often have eyes bigger than my stomach and as much as I’d love to say I’ve already got my ticket the OH is in hospital so I won’t be undertaking this edible marathon!
Those lucky enough to have tickets will start with breakfast at 8am on 3rd September, which moves to Elevenses, then Lunch, before easing into Afternoon Tea. The afternoon session will see diners enjoy some Snacking, before a 5pm diner’s delight. The evening will kick off with a traditional Dinner, ramping up to a two hour Party Time meal, before recovering with some Drunchies, and laying low in a Blackout meal. The last course is aptly called the Final Countdown (queue music), bringing the banquet to a close at 8am on Friday 4th September.
Because this really is a marathon and not a sprint, the meal has been cleverly devised to incorporate digestive aids like active enzymes (e.g. bromelain and papain), as well as energy boosting ingredients, such as caffeine and guarana, in order to keep the diners eager and energised. Gastroenterologist Dr Simon HC Anderson was also called in to ensure that food consumption is kept at a manageable level. (Good to know!)
If you’re interested there is still time to snap up tickets: www.bespokeoffers.co.uk.
It must be said, if something exciting is going on in the food and drink world then Bompas & Parr are probably nearby. I for one will be keeping an eye on their website for the next big thing!
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