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POP UPS: School Dinners, Jack Arts, Central Foundation Boys School, £60

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education’ Albert Einstein

School Dinners is a ground breaking fine dining experience, introducing provocative cultural engagement in a distinctly ‘old school’ environment. Brought to you by cutting edge promoters Jack Arts and maestros of the pop-up menu Cult Events, School Dinners takes you back to school for a slap-up meal that nods playfully to those unlamented lunches of childhood (lumpy custard, anyone?), before assembly, and an hour’s wit and wisdom from some of the nation’s finest and funniest minds.

The first event will feature Ben Goldacre, the self-styled ‘nerd-evangelist’. He is best known for his book Bad Science, which picks apart the misuse of science and statistics by journalists, doctors, politicians and drug companies.

Set in the stirring Victorian surroundings of the Central Foundation Boys’ School, in East London, the evening naturally starts with Registration. You will be serenaded by the school choir and comforted with freshly conjured cocktails (for anyone suffering a flashback). You will then be led through to the dining hall, where dinner ladies dressed in the obligatory gingham will serve a four-course banquet. During coffee, the head teacher (part Dr Thomas Arnold of Tom Brown’s School Days fame and part Mrs McClusky from the TV series Grange Hill) will take you through to Assembly. There’s even a bike shed, behind which reprobates can smoke.

Inspired by the idea that education is wasted on the young, School Dinners offers a night of gastronomy and enlightenment, whilst also providing much-needed funds for an impressive local school.

Tickets are on sale now for £60, which includes a four-course meal and canapés.

For tickets and more information, click here.

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