Tina and Kitty are an ambitious and unflappable duo. They use their amazing vision to animate the dullest of spaces, to create amazing experiences for visitors.
Seduction Late at the National Martime Museum - 14th February 2017
Katherine McAlpine - Public Programmes Producer, Royal Museums Greenwich
"We recently spent an evening with the Georgian Dining Academy for their Yule Tide Masquerade Supper. The venue was Simpson's Tavern, the date the first of december and the company assembled in Georgian dress. The lane to the tavern was lit by torches and as we passed the tavern, the windows glowed with scenes of merriment. It truly felt like stepping back in time. Dressed in Georgian court wear and venetian masks we were greeted with glasses of punch and mingled with the guests. The three course meal was truly excellent and as a group we sampled all aspects of the menu and found everything delicious. Throughout the meal we were regaled with recitals and music and felt we'd had an incredible and very memorable authentic Georgian Dining experience. We definitely hope to return and recommend that if you have one experience this year-make it a Georgian dining one!" Guest Emma R - December 2016 -
TO DINE v.a. [‘diner’, French]
- To give a dinner; to feed.
With whom old Homer makes such noise,
The greatest actions I can find,
Are, that they did their work, and DIN’D”
The Georgian Dining Academy helped us to celebrate Samuel Johnson’s (307th!) birthday in style by hosting a spectacular supper in his former Withdrawing Room, here in Gough Square. A suitably convivial time was had by all, and we diners ‘had our talk out’ in true Johnsonian fashion (aided by free-flowing port and all). Miss Kitty Pridden and Miss Baxter dazzled and entertained us all by being the perfect hostesses and by sharing their insightful musings on the period and Johnson’s life and works, and our guest of honour, the historian Catherine Curzon, regaled us with tales of Johnson in a rather more regal setting, in George III’s own library. To have the House full of laughter and debate, surrounded by gentlemen and ladies beautifully attired in period costume, was a unique occasion and made for an unforgettable birthday party. Here’s to turning ‘308’!
Celine Luppo McDaid, Donald Hyde Curator at Dr Johnson's House, London EC4A 3DE (September 2016)
"Run by the excellent Miss B and Miss Kitty, a wonderfully entertaining and atmospheric evening involving great food, excellent drink and usually one or two very short history talks. Often there is music and singing. Relaxing and friendly, it’s a fine night out and I recommend it unreservedly." Mike Paterson, Director, London Historians (August 2016)
"The Georgian Dining Academy offers delightful events. Bringing them to Oxford this summer was a great way to share their special combination of wonderful conversation, good food, and convivial surroundings. A grand time was had by all. " Queen's College - August 2016
Sheila T. Cavanagh, PhD
Professor of English, Emory University
Fulbright/Global Shakespeare Centre Distinguished Chair, 2015-2016
"These evenings are the perfect mix of good food, wine, historical info and genuine Georgian merriment. I have been to several, learnt a lot and had enormous fun - I would thoroughly recommend them." Niki G, Photographer (2015)
"The Georgian Dining Academy blended great food and great company with a flair for lively historical interpretation, delivering an extraordinary experience that was enjoyed by every one of our guests. Miss Kitty Pridden and Miss Baxter held the evening together as the perfect hosts - knowledgeable, attentive and witty. The event was one of a kind and unlike anything else going on in London." Howard Coase, The Cartoon Museum. November 2015