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This was a great deal of fun. Slightly cheesy, but fun nonetheless. The performers were very good/ and quite talented. The food was mediocre, but abundant. I would have enjoyed something a bit more authentic (there was nary a torch in sight), but it was a nice evening.
Great fun, but the meat platter was a tad underwhelming. The guy who played Henry VIII was a sourpuss who seemed to shy away from having his photo taken and then nearly ran us over in his haste to get to the tube after the event ended. Not exactly a friendly ambassador...
Amusing evening, though less than what we had hoped for. The show really only had 4 events lasting a couple of minutes between each course. Food was of low quality, and the included alcohol was very watered down. A bit pricey for what you get, but not the worst event we've taken part in. NOTE: by Torchlight they must mean "flashlight" as there were no actual torches involved in the show or hall. The hall was lit with normal light bulbs, though at a low intensity.
Lisa A T
My first time in London with my 9 year old son. We wanted to see and do everything London had to offer so we decided on this Medieval Banquet. It was a cute program set in an underground, stone walled banquet hall. Guests are seated 10 to a table - long rectangle tables. We were the lucky ones who sat at the head of the table, thereby getting a front row seat to the goings on. If you're unfortunate enough to sit in the back you will see absolutely nothing. The soup was bland and the chicken was so-so. For the price it was an okay deal. Its pretty out of the way so make sure you have a pre-arranged ride back to your hotel.
The dinner was good, but the performances were a...bit flat. It would have been better if there was a story to the evening, as it was, there were about 4 musical numbers, and four or five circus acts. Good dinner, and nice show, but don't have high expectations.
Viatar stuffed up our booking and we were not on the list at the door. We then discovered that Viator had not booked us properly and that we had not paid the correct amount of New Years Eve so they weren't going to let us in until my daughter burst into tears. The lady then kindly went to see what she could do and we were allowed to go in. After seeing the show, I would not have paid the price they asked. The way that it was set out you were not able to see properly. Food was ok and staff were ok but the performers didn't interact with the audience like other shows that I have been too. Boring at times as you couldn't see or hear some of the performers. The place would be better as a restaurant and not a theatre restaurant. We left early.
not sure I would do this again dont understand why they dont sing in English the food was ok
I went with my son to the Medieval Banquet. Most other people seemed to be in groups of friends or family, which would probably be more fun. The entertainment was good - if you were seated somewhere near the front where you could see it. Unfortunately we weren't, so we had to make do with glimpses around other people's heads occasionally. The food was ok, but it's certainly not what you're paying for. My son's chicken was so raw he couldn't eat it. The food is all self-serve from platters placed on the long communal table, so it's everyone for themselves and just hope that it's not all gone before you get a chance to grab something for yourself. If you like being sandwiched in between raucous crowds of drunken revellers, then this is for you. Unfortunately, it wasn't for us.
This was fun but extremely touristy. There was a ton of food and it was very good. The servers were great and tried to get the audience involved. I would leave out the juggling and the sword fight.
The place settings at table were way too tight; needlessly so. There were empty table areas, and they tried to seat us in like sardines in a tin. They used paper napkins, and the forks, glass wine carafes, and glassware were cheap, cheesy, and not even close to the right atmosphere. The entertainers did well, and the overall experience was fairly fun, but we have done many other Medieval Banquets that were more "authentic" in overall presentation and tone. Directions from the tube were not as clear as they should have been, as we got lost following the walking directions!
The food was excellent, the entertainment was okay but the seating was uncomfortable. I would suggest that transportation be provided, even it means an additional charge. At the least, a map of the venue location would have been very helpful.
Note from Viator: The Medieval Banquet is just to the east of the City of London and Tower Bridge, at Ivory House next to the World Trade Centre in St Katharine's Dock. It is easy to get to by public transport (bus or tube) or taxi. Directions to the venue will also be on your confirmation voucher.
It would have been helpful to have transportation provided. Getting a taxi was difficult when the banquet was over, and we were nervous about riding the subway at 11pm. Seating in the banquet hall was uncomfortable, but dinner was great and the entertainment was good.
The Medieval Banquet and Merriment by Torchlight in London was not what I had expected. We have Medieval Banquets in Orlando Florida much better with dueling horses and a real show. This was jugglers and acrobats performing in a small room with poor viewing. The real disappointment was that they changed the venue to a Halloween Party with NO notice to us. (We would definitely not have done a Halloween Party, that's not what I signed up for) It was a lot of money to spend on mediocre food and watered down the beer each beer refill you received. I would definitely not recommend this tour. I read a lot of reviews and chose this tour. I am not a negative person, but this was definitely not as advertised, nor were we advised of the venue change. What a disappointment !!