Date: Saturday 9th December

Time: 7.30pm-10.30pm

Venue: Isle of Olive, 6c Ada Street, Hackney, London E8 4QU


December the 9th is a Saturday aka Saturn’s day and The Philosopher’s Stove are getting in the mood for Christmas! We’re inviting you to Saturnalia, the Roman precursor to Christmas, long before anyone knew there would ever be such a thing!

Saturnalia was described by the first-century AD poet Gaius Valerius Catullus as ‘the best of times’; an extravaganza of food and drink, an inversion of social roles, a more relaxed dress code, an exchange of small gifts, an expression of oneself through singing and gambling. Sounds like the last days before the Fall of the Roman Empire…

It started as a one day celebration, December the 17th, but gradually became what the first century AD philosopher and dramatist Seneca used to complain about: ‘December used to be a month – now it’s a whole year’.

At Isle of Olive’s communal table, you will discover and taste the culinary habits of the past by combining famous Roman Saturnalia dishes with a modern day touch. Join our banqueting feast!

  • If you are vegetarian, have any allergies or food intolerances please let us know once you have purchased a ticket. We will try our best to cater to your needs, but please note that some of the ingredients are integral so may not be able to be changed.


Tickets are £40 (+ booking fee) and strictly limited

Click HERE to purchase tickets.