When our knights courageously take to the banquet floor and battle it is not just for your entertainment! It is also in some part to re-enact our history here, the heritage of our location; a homage to the Guild of the Knights of Portsoken who, as far back as a millennium ago were battling on this very spot for honour, for exercise and for the entertainment of the king.
In around the middle of the 10th century ‘King Edgar the peaceful’ (d. AD975) granted to thirteen knights in his retinue a soke (parcel of land) in exchange for services rendered to the crown, namely regular jousting tournaments.
This hospital was dedicated to St Katharine, a fourth century saint who was martyred by the Roman emperor Maximinus. Due to be put to death on the torture wheel it shattered when she touched it (the work of angels it was claimed) but this didn’t save her from her fate, instead he had her beheaded.
She was particularly influential in the Middle-ages with her saint day celebrated on 25th November but her memory has been better transmitted to us today by the firework wheels which bear her name in honour of her death. The Medieval Banquet is situated in the beautiful location of Ivory House in St Katherine’s Dock which is named after the hospital sited here 900 years ago and named after St Katharine.
“All I can say is WOW!!!!…We all had such an amazing time we loved every minute!!”
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The Medieval Banquet
St Katharine Docks
London E1W 1BP
The Medieval Banquet is located just to the east of the City of London and Tower Bridge, in St. Katharine’s Dock. It is easy to get to by public transport (bus or tube) or taxi.
The nearest British Rail station is London Bridge (Approx. 20 minutes walk), which has regular services seven days a week. From London Bridge, walk east down Tooley Street, cross Tower Bridge, and St. Katharine’s Dock can be seen to the right.
The Medieval Banquet is located in Ivory House beyond Guomans Tower Hotel.
Coaches and taxis can drop off and pick up on the East Smithfield Road just at the entrance of St. Katharine’s Dock. Parking is available at City Quay Car Park,located on Thomas Moore Street.
The nearest station is Tower Hill on the District and Circle lines (5 minutes walk). From the station,turn right and walk under the main road towards the Tower of London, turn left and walk alongside the Tower of London and under the road that leads to Tower Bridge, turn right and then first left and walk alongside the moored boats. The Medieval Banquet is directly ahead.
The nearest station is Tower Gateway (5 minutes walk). A two minute walk along East Smithfield and you will reach the St Katharine Dock's entrance, The Elephant Gates.
The Medieval Banquet is situated in the vaulted cellars of Ivory House and due to building restrictions, wheelchair access is limited.
Please contact us before booking