Party Like It’s 1761 Back

On Sunday 9 June the Museum of Soho and Georgian Dining Academy take over Black’s Private Members’ club to recreate an 18th century masquerade in the style of Teresa Cornelys, Soho’s Empress of Pleasure, lover of Casanova and creator of the world’s first night club.

Blacks was built in 1732 by an apprentice of Sir Christopher Wren and is the former home of Charles Fortnum of Fortnum & Mason. When it first became a club in the 1760s, Samuel Johnson, David Garrick and Joshua Reynolds were all regulars.

At the masquerade you can enjoy a glass of punch and a Georgian buffet supper by candlelight. Throughout the house there will be many entertainments such as gaming, dice, music, magic, song, talks and an indoor garden.

We will also have a lottery of exciting prizes including two memberships to Blacks Club and two tickets to the Yuletide Masquerade by the Georgian Dining Academy.

Costumes of the period and fancy dress are welcome; as is extrovert glamour. Please wear a mask.

Blacks club
67 Dean Street

Tickets must be purchased in advance. There are a limited number of early bird tickets for £55, then £70

Doors open at 6pm – Carriages 10.30 pm