In the predictable absence of Benny, Björn, Agnetha and Anni-Frid, we are not stuck with your regular rent-a-quotes. Instead, the costume designers, tour directors and those who shot their much-mocked but image-defining early videos (including Hollywood’s go-to guy for syrupy sentimentality, Lasse Hallström) rustle up memorable anecdotes and genuine insights into how the band’s look and profile was more consistent and considered than you might have imagined. Effortlessly uplifting, and also featuring the story of how Ramsay Street’s Lou Carpenter came to bellow ‘Get out of it, you raw prawn!’ at baffled Swedish commuters.
Miz En Bouche
This French restaurant in Clerkenwell takes its name from the French term for 'appetiser', though we detect a hint of poetic license at play: strictly speaking it's mise en bouche. But we're not pedants and it doesn't really matter anyway – the bistro food here goes the full three courses. Expect, then, French classics such as foie gras terrine, escargots à la Bourguignonne, hand-cut steak tartare and a cassoulet of confit duck leg, Toulouse sausage, bacon and beans. And if you fancy a burger? No problem – it's served in a brioche bun with French cheese and with French fries, of course. Each of the exclusively-French wines are available by the glass, carafe and bottle, bar one red and one white. It's close to Sadler's Wells, so there's what looks like a good-value pre-theatre menu too.
Venue says: “Pre-theatre set menu. Two courses £16, three courses £20, available all day”