Behind the Scenes at the Dickens Fair: Ale and Tea

Ale and Tea. Two drinks that feature big at the Dickens Fair.

Signs going up The Leather Bottle on setup day.
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And the boisterous bartender shouting “God Save Tippers! Tippers go to Heaven!” at the fair. I didn’t try the cherry hot cider, since I had a day of sketching ahead of me.
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Afternoon tea goes beyond the beverage, for sure. Plates of dainty sandwiches, (when I see sandwiches with the crust cut off the bread, I see my mum shaking her head at the waste) scones, cakes, and china service are all part of the deal. This red parlor where the tea was served was setup to be Tavistock House, the home of Charles Dickens.
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And Charlotte and Lottie graciously served afternoon tea. They never sat down at all. I suspect it was those dresses…

The Dickens Fair runs through this weekend. If you’ve never been, you can still visit.

So far in this series:
Behind the Scenes at the Dickens Fair: Scum, Sweeps and Peelers
Behind the Scenes at the Dickens Fair: Costumes
Behind the Scenes at the Dickens Fair: Building London
Behind the Scenes at the Dickens Fair: Music and Musicians

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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4 Responses to Behind the Scenes at the Dickens Fair: Ale and Tea

  1. sankaranarayanan sundaram says:

    👍

    On Fri, Dec 20, 2019 at 7:33 PM Sketch Away: Travels with my sketchbook wrote:

    > Suhita Shirodkar posted: “Ale and Tea. Two drinks that feature big at the > Dickens Fair. Signs going up The Leather Bottle on setup day. And the > boisterous bartender shouting “God Save Tippers! Tippers go to Heaven!” at > the fair. I didn’t try the cherry hot cider, since I had a d” >

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  2. david Goldman says:

    Nice

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  3. CandyH2O says:

    That event sounded like so much fun and your sketches delightfully pulled one in. Well done. If it were possible, I’d definitely visit and enjoy the experience. Thanks for sharing it.

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  4. Very good paintings of people in Victorian Outfits!!

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