London Lates – Gatti’s Ice House

Hunt and Darton Cafe in their trademark attire © Hunt and Darton Cafe

Hunt and Darton Cafe in their trademark attire

Ready your taste buds for a unique evening of entertainment with Hunt & Darton Café at London’s original ice house.

  • 7pm – 11pm Thursday 24th April
  • Adults £15, Students with valid ID £8 (18+ only)
  • Gatti’s Ice House, The Canal Museum, 12 – 13 New Wharf Road, London, N1 9RT
  • Kings Cross St. Pancras Station

If you love ice cream, and who doesn’t, our April London Late is for you. This time we explore the history of ice cream in London with Hunt & Darton Café. Oh, we do spoil you.

Gatti’s Ice House will celebrate the history of ice cream bought to London by Victorian entrepreneur, Carlo Gatti. His warehouse and impressive ice well is located in what is now the London Canal Museum. Hunt & Darton will encourage playful participation and meaningful social encounters through their comic interaction, performances, guest waiters, service style and ice cream- served with a twist of course!

The Hunt & Darton experience

Adorning the space with their lovingly handpicked charity shop crockery, kitsch objects and cardboard signage, Hunt & Darton will be joined by guest waiters Brian Lobel, Richard Layzell and Chris Dobrowolski. Expect ice cream inventions (flavours to include pig skin cooked until crispy and brocolli), a performative tour of the building, coke floats and the chance to meet Carlos Gatti himself.

Bringing ice cream to the masses

Carlo Gatti arrived in London from the Italian speaking part of Switzerland in 1847. The original ice cream man, Gatti is credited with making ice cream accessible to the public for the first time.

Gatti initially entered the sweet and confectionary market selling waffles and chestnuts from a stall. His career would eventually encompass a café and restaurant specializing in chocolate, a major ice merchant business and even a music hall.

Gatti’s ice well was constructed in 1857. It was capable of storing tonnes of ice which Gatti began importing from Norway from around 1860. Gatti’s ice merchant business expanded and subsequent ice wells were established around London making him a millionaire by the time he died in 1878.

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