The Engine Room

London Museum of Water and Steam


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19:30 - 23:00
Pop-Up, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Supper Clubs
Over 18

This November, The Art of Dining presents … 


The Engine Room 


The Art of Dining is delighted to present The Engine Room – a celebration of the Victorian age of steam and innovation, presented as a five course pop-up dining experience. The evening will combine carefully curated food, theatre, music and set design for a stunning sensory experience in the London Museum of Water and Steam. 


Welcome to Victorian London: a polluted and crammed city, wrapped in swirling fog and lit by flickering gaslight, overwhelmed with people and their filth. Cholera haunts the water in the wells, making every drink a deadly game of chance. Never fear, for help is at hand in The Engine Room, a haven of gleaming machines and piston driven marvels that will save the city from its own excess.


Diners will be welcomed with a cocktail in the beam engine room, a cathedral commemoration of industry housing a pump engine so mind-boggling that Charles Dickens named it ‘a monster’. Here you will be greeted by the foreman, taken on a tour through the wonders of his mechanical menagerie, and seated at a five-course dinner that celebrates oil, smoke, steel and steam. 


Inspired by the sheer size and beauty of engines within the walls of The London Museum of Steam and Water, set designer Alice Hodge will take you back 160 years to a time of bold and functional beauty. 


Moro trained chef Ellen Parr is currently developing a range of dishes inspired by the industrial age, incorporating interactive elements and surprises that will elevate the dining experience to a full immersive event.


Sample Menu 



Squid braised in ink, fennel and tomato with pickled green peppers and toast 



Salt dough baked vegetables with pickled za’atar and labneh 



Whole steamed bass stuffed with ginger and lemongrass with garlic morning glory 



Smoked and marinated lamb shoulder with whipped feta, kalamata olives and tomato salad 



Cardamom and pistachio Alaska bombe flambé with stewed cherries


Taking place over 7 nights in November at the hidden gem of a venue The London Museum of Water and Steam, The Engine Room will involve an exceptional mix of design, food and entertainment.

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London Museum of Water and Steam
Kew Bridge Rd, Brentford, TW8 0EF

Nearest station:
Gunnersbury (Tube)


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The Art of Dining

A collaboration between Moro trained Chef Ellen Parr and Artist set designer Alice Hodge. They met at university in Glasgow, where they would often create a feast from the contents of a M&S skip after a night out... and now they do it full time .. but without the skip!

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It was an amazing venue. My guest and I enjoyed the night so much. Link the theme to food and introduction / story telling before each course were great ideas. I would love to do it again. Janice visited London Museum of Water and Steam on 26 Nov 2015
02 Dec 2015 by

Such a lovely evening with great food, wine and the venue is just amazing. Loved the tie-in with the idea around the Water and Steam museum which came through in the dishes and the wines were perfectly matched. If at all possible please re-run soon as would love to go again. Also means that we'll now go back to the Museum to get to spend a bit more time there. Sus2505 visited London Museum of Water and Steam on 26 Nov 2015
30 Nov 2015 by

An incredible location and interesting food. I love the events held by Art of Dining as they bring meaning to food and make the occasion of eating a special one. Kim visited London Museum of Water and Steam on 25 Nov 2015
30 Nov 2015 by

Wow, what a brilliant night! The setting was amazing and the food fantastic. Even my hard-to-impress husband loved it. Have recommended The Art of Dining to others and will definitely be keeping an eye out for their other events. Rachel visited London Museum of Water and Steam on 26 Nov 2015
28 Nov 2015 by

A very well thought out evening, the actor recounting the story of the Victorian palace of engineering within which we dined added atmosphere to the working steam engines. The food was unusual and excellent , especially as it came from a pop-up kitchen, the welcome and service friendly. Full marks for having 5 food matched wines for a fixed price in 100ml bottles so my wife and I could share. Excellent value for money. Ian visited London Museum of Water and Steam on 25 Nov 2015
27 Nov 2015 by

What a great night! I will gladly go to another adventurous dinner by 'The Art of Dining'! The location, service and setting were all wonderful. We have told all our friends to go as well. Jacquie visited London Museum of Water and Steam on 25 Nov 2015
27 Nov 2015 by

The food is good, staff lovely, and location is amazing but the immersive / theatre element was cringy / pretty non existent. Go essentially for a good meal in an interesting location (it's a bit like the wapping power station restaurant was but with functioning machines on a grander scale / more steampunk feel). John visited London Museum of Water and Steam on 20 Nov 2015
22 Nov 2015 by

This was the first night we have done with the The Art of Dining and I could not be more impressed. The venue was amazing, rustic and fascinating. The service was faultless, friendly and helpful. The food was outstanding, 5 deliscious courses, and good sizes. I highly recommend to anyone thinking of having a night with 'the art of dining' we shall definitely be looking out for their next events. Lucy visited London Museum of Water and Steam on 18 Nov 2015
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