4. Attend a traditional Kräftpremiär (crayfish party) on Thursday 7 September at Aquavit London
The Swedish crayfish tradition started when restrictions on harvesting were introduced in the early 1900s, and the delicacy became an exclusive and sought-after luxury. Today the tradition lives on and is still one of the biggest celebrations in the Swedish calendar. With events, dishes and drinks to suit all occasions, Aquavit London will be bringing the Kräftpremiär, or crayfish party, to London with celebrations throughout August and September.
On Thursday 7 September, Aquavit London will be hosting a traditional Kräftpremiär, or crayfish party. The event will take place outside the restaurant, with guests seated on two long communal tables, and the beautifully redeveloped St James’s Market will provide the perfect alfresco setting to experience this classically Swedish celebration. Traditional decorations, hats, bibs and a song booklet will adorn the tables, guests will enjoy a meal including two dozen crayfish, and there will also be a wonderful selection of aquavits from O.P. Anderson.
Furthermore, throughout August and September the menus at Aquavit London will feature Crayfish with Västerbotten tart, watercress and dill mayonnaise. This delicious dish will be a true celebration of crayfish, and will be perfectly paired withLondon’s largest collection of aquavit, all served from the restaurant’s bespoke aquavit trolley.
For those who would like to take advantage of Aquavit’s stunning private rooms, a crayfish set menu will also be served throughout the season, based on the traditions from Sweden and featuring the Crayfish with Västerbotten tart, watercress and dill mayonnaise, as well as a delicious summer dessert with strawberries and cream.