7.00 pm Banquet with special introduction followed by Dinner and entertainment
throughout the evening
9.30 pm A special version of Heads and Tails at £5 per head - Winner will receive a
9.45 pm Stirrup Cup
10.30 pm Carriages
Dress code: Appropriate Sherlock Holmes themed costume or Black Tie.
Livery ladies are rightly famed for their elegance and no gentleman could comment on their appearance. But the gentlemen who simply appear in black tie will be divested of a five pound note at the door (if you prefer you can pay in coins the sum of four pounds, nineteen shillings and eleven pence three farthings!) There will be prizes for the best dressed lady and gent.
Your Livery Committee presents a special banquet in celebration of Sherlock Holmes.
You are cordially invited to a banquet at Stationers' Hall to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Arthur Conan Doyle's creation, Sherlock Holmes.
The evening will begin with a Champagne reception, followed by a sumptuous three-course banquet, with a suitably late Victorian themed menu. White, red and a dessert wine will be served, along with port at the end of the meal.
The wonderful mezzo-soprano, Patricia Hammond, accompanied by maestro pianist Matt Redman, will be singing songs of the time during the dinner and actor Robert Lloyd Parry will read extracts from the works of Sherlock Holmes, enthralling us with these chilling tales! Rumour has it that there may be a sing-song at the end of the evening, with prizes awarded to the best dressed woman and man – so dig deep into your dressing-up box and fetch out the deer-stalker and pipe!
A fun game of Heads and Tails (or ‘Stalkers and Pipes’) will be had at the end of the dinner, with the winner receiving a magnum of Chateau Musar! So, book your tickets now for what promises to be a superb evening!
Sherlock Holmes made his first appearance in 'A Study of Scarlet', published in 1887, one hundred and thirty years ago by Ward Lock & Co. They gave Conan Doyle £25 (£2,500 today) for all rights to the story. Almost certainly, this publication is entered in the Company’s copyright registers held at Kew. Its success encouraged Conan Doyle to write more stories involving Holmes but, in 1893, Conan Doyle killed off the detective, hoping to concentrate on more serious writing. A public outcry made him resurrect the character. His final Holmes novel, ’The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes’ was written 30 years later