Was Anne guilty of adultery? Was it her miscarriage that tipped Henry over the edge? Perhaps the king believed Anne was a witch who had cast a spell on him and was taking revenge? These are the sorts of questions debated, chuckled over and answered by a selection of historians, including the bespectacled David Starkey, and interspersed with re-enactments. It’s a simple format, but surprisingly enrapturing. Just watch you don’t lose your head over it.
North Sea Fish Restaurant
In danger of losing its fine reputation to the new breed of chippies, this long-established restaurant appears to have pulled up its socks over the past year or so. Booking is advised for winter evenings; lunchtimes are quiet at best. In an interior better suited to a Cotswolds tea room, service is attentive and friendly. Drinks are dispensed from what looks like an old hotel bar: well stocked, notably with Spitfire and Bombardier ales – the perfect accompaniment to a quick lunch. Starters are varied; spicy prawns seem to be on the ‘daily specials’ list every day, but are good value. Excellent fish cakes, made in-house, arrive clothed in a light batter rather than breadcrumbs. For mains, all fish can come in jumbo size – small is not in the vocabulary here. Cod and haddock top the price list at £13.95. Chunky fish (skin on) is served hanging off its own plate in a light, flavoursome batter; chips come in a basket, sides in bowls. The ketchup was far too vinegary, and mushy peas too watery – but if these are the only criticisms, there’s little to worry about.
Venue says: “We are loved by both our regulars and tourists alike, and we were recently voted in GQ's top five places for fish and chips in London.”