Based on the BAFTA award series Faulty Towers, The Faulty Towers Dining Experience (in the beautiful Charing Cross Hotel) is a very, very wacky dining concept and exactly what fans of the show can expect. You’ll be in for an interesting surprise which will have you in stitches and make your sides split.
Maybe it’s due to my young age or the fact that I don’t watch TV but I have never watched a single episode of Faulty Towers. However, I was never ignorant to the show’s plot, which is basically about a hotel owner called Basil, (a man of infinite rudeness with a rabid dislike for almost all guests) his wife Mrs Fawlty and a havoc-creating Spanish waiter named Manuel.
I don’t want to give too much away but The Faulty Towers Dining Experience started as soon as we were waiting to be seated and then it was pretty much two hours of fully immersive, highly improvised, site-specific comedy theatre. We sat down over a seventies style three course meal whilst the characters from the show, served up some madcap mayhem.
Throughout the evening N and I endured some pretty shocking situations. Terrible service, being insulted by the staff, an awful surprise in one of the soups, having peanuts thrown at us by Manuel and full on physical fights mid-meal made it an evening to remember. And you know what? I wouldn’t have changed a single damn thing about it, NOSIREEBOB.
Get this – only a third of the ‘show’ is scripted so you can pretty much guarantee a different experience if you decide to go more than once. It also gives the actors free reign to ad lib and directly engage with guests on a specific evening. In fact, if you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or other special event, you should really only share this information if you’re 100% sure that you’d like to become part of the show.
The dining experience ironically enough, isn’t really focused on the food, however our three course meal was simple, filling and surprisingly enjoyable (the chicken was ace). The staff serve the food in a very risky manner (on purpose of course) and I remember being convinced that I’d have a plate of food dropped on my lap, or worse…my head (they must be allergic to tips).
Mark my words, it’s a freaking awesome way to spend an evening or afternoon. Not only was it on Time Out’s top ten best-selling theatre shows, but it is also on my list of things to do. Hurry as it only runs until April.
Tickets are around £50
Charing Cross Hotel
As seen on Messi Palate