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Chocolate House Tour

Join Aztec slaves, Spanish conquistadors, rakish gamblers and nihilistic dukes for an immersive whirlwind tour of the decadent chocolate houses of Georgian London led by Dr Matthew Green to violin accompaniment.  

• The tour includes free servings of mind-blowing Baroque hot chocolate shot through with a concoction of exotic spices courtesy of Cocoa Hernando, purveyor of luxury flavoured chocolate.

• As recommended by the TelegraphTime Out, Londonist,and described as “fascinating” by the Guardian. To read the Guardian’s glowing review, click here.  

Witness how a thick, luxuriant, exotically spiced glop called chocolate conquered Baroque Europe and corrupted the most fashionable quarter of London, spawning sexually-charged hotbeds of decadence, depravity and despair that Londoners came to call chocolate houses.

Meet the the chief Spanish conquistador, Hernán Cortés, the man who pulverised the Aztec Empire and brought chocolate (and rubber balls) to Europe. Hear his stories of how he found money growing on trees in the form of cacao pods, which the savages liked to brew up with chilli and vanilla and mix with the blood of sacrificial slaves.

Enjoy an audience with chocaholic Cosimo de’ Medici of Tuscany, Baroque Europe’s most gluttonous tyrant and taste his extravagant Jasmine hot chocolate, the drink that bankrupted Florence. Marvel at the contrast with the weak and watery powdered hot chocolate that most of us suffer today.

Visit the lively, decadent chocolate houses the Cocoa Tree and Ozinda’s, whirlpools of Jacobite sedition and immerse yourself in the lost world of White’s Chocolate House, “the most fashionable hell in London” where dukes and highwaymen met to place some of the most absurd and ruinous bets in the history of the world.

Saunter past luxury shops, mighty townhouses and royal palaces of St James’s where chocolate houses sprouted and flourished in London’s most exclusive quarter, once home to dukes, earls, prime ministers and royal concubines Moll Davies and Nell Gwynn.

With startling performances, transportive violin music, and a cornucopia of historical anecdotes from genial and charismatic London historian Dr Green — not to mention the best hot chocolate in London — this is a self-indulgent treat that will open your eyes to one of the most colourful yet overlooked chapters in London’s history.

Click here to read Dr Green’s feature in the Telegraph on London’s lost chocolate houses.

Dr Matthew Green

In 2009, Dr Matthew Green completed a PhD in the history of the mass media at Oxford University. Unmoved by the prospect of a cloistered academic life he turned to popular history and now writes for the Guardian and Telegraph, appears on BBC TV and radio, teaches a wide range of historical subjects, and gives sell-out talks at the Idler Academy, 5x15, Port Eliot and elsewhere. He is currently writing a book on 17th and 18th-century coffeehouses.

Booking

Book your tour by clicking here and use the promotional code cacao100 to get £3 off (a special discount for the members of the chocolate meetup). Please RSVP only after you booked your ticket.

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  • kakouzi

    Hi Sela, will there be any more chocolate house tours?

    June 17, 2014

    • Sela

      Hi Kakouzi
      They're on a monthly basis I believe, but I don't plan to have them for the meetup.

      June 17, 2014

    • Sela

      check http://www.eventbrite...­ for the full tours list.

      June 17, 2014

  • Sela

    May 24, 2014

  • Carol B.

    Interesting and entertaining.

    May 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be able to make this as I'm in bed sick :(

    If anyone knows someone who would like a ticket, please let me know.

    May 17, 2014

    • Sela

      Hi Helen, please email where you booked the ticket and check if you can join the tour another time or get a refund.

      May 17, 2014

  • LizZ

    Sorry I won't be able to make it, have a nice time and enjoy the weather!

    May 17, 2014

  • Cristine

    Hi Sela. I can't buy a ticket. The link isn't there. Let me know how I can buy it. Thanks :)

    May 14, 2014

  • Natalie C.

    Can no longer make this new date due to an interview

    May 6, 2014

    • Sela

      Did u buy a ticket in advance? As you might be able to resale it here.

      May 6, 2014

    • Natalie C.

      It was a ticket from the April one which got cancelled and refunded.

      May 7, 2014

  • Carol B.

    Can't wait - looks really interesting.

    1 · May 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi Sela i am bit confused by the messages down here and the link to book the even does not work, any advice this one looks both yummy and entertaining

    April 24, 2014

    • Sela

      sorry. the changed the date and I didn't know I had to update the link. try it again and it should work.

      April 24, 2014

  • LizZ

    Hi Sela, what's happened to the tour? Has it been cancelled?? I received an e-mail saying so and that they are going to give a full refund.

    April 8, 2014

    • Sela

      I changed to the new date, let me know if you have any trouble to rebook it or get a refund.

      April 9, 2014

    • Sela

      It's not me. I thought they would automatically refund you.

      April 10, 2014

  • Natalie C.

    I received a refund and have asked to be put on the new date; not heard back yet

    April 9, 2014

    • Sela

      hopefully they'll come back to you soon.

      April 9, 2014

  • Eri

    So, it isn't going to happen on the 19th then and you will arrange on another date?

    April 9, 2014

    • Sela

      Hi Eri, I just updated the date. If you booked already the ticket and you have trouble getting a refund or rebook it please let me know.

      April 9, 2014

  • Natalie C.

    Have often seen the chocolate houses on old maps of London and in old photos. Looking forward to finding out more :)

    1 · February 26, 2014

    • Sela

      Hi Natalie, it'll be great to see you on the tour. have you booked your ticket already?

      February 26, 2014

    • Natalie C.

      I have

      1 · February 26, 2014

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  • Sela
    Chief Chocoholic, Organizer,
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  • Carol B.
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