March 30, 2012
Spring has well and truly sprung in London this March, it's already been warm enough to make anyone think that Summer has prematurely Sprungt too (though the very act of writing this pretty much guarantees a week of rumbling black clouds.)
Just in time to celebrate the clocks leaping forward, The Butlers Wharf Chop House launched their Spring Season with a revamped Spring menu celebrating the best of the Great British Summertime. With the Chop House's focus on classically British ingredients and the restaurant's envious location looking over some of London's most famous landmarks on the bank of the Thames, it was only fitting that the entertainment keep with the theme.
And what's more traditionally English than Morris Dancing? Plenty of things, as you'd know if you took a look at our blog on Traditional Dances from the UK. But few acts evoke the English Springtime of village greens, endless cricket matches and ruddy faced men of strong farming stock drinking warm ale quite like a troupe of Morris Dancers.
Our fully costumed dancers drew quite a crowd as they performed outside the restaurant, first playing a selection of English folk songs on all manner of accordions and penny whistles, then breaking into a hankie twirling, shin-bell jingling stick bashing display of Morris Dancing that delighted passers by on a balmy evening by the Thames. It's this level of authenticity and tradition that overseas visitors especially enjoy and we fully expect to see a lot of bookings for our team of Morris Men as the event industry becomes increasingly patriotic in the run up to the Olympics this summer.
Displaying a little more flesh than our Morris Men were a pair of body painted models who were on hand to pose for photographs outside the venue. Keeping with the Spring theme, the ladies were painted with beautifully crafted spring flower designs.