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Relive the roaring '20s on club deck

PUBLISHED: 17:05 04 November 2009 | UPDATED: 17:18 25 August 2010

DEPRESSED with winter and missing those long lazy days when every weekend felt like a festival? Well fortunately for those dreading their office Christmas party the eccentric people behind England s most idiosyncratic festival are cooking up a December

DEPRESSED with winter and missing those long lazy days when every weekend felt like a festival?

Well fortunately for those dreading their office Christmas party the eccentric people behind England's most idiosyncratic festival are cooking up a December treat.

The Secret Garden Party revellers are using their overactive imaginations to create a make-believe boat ride from the 1920s.

New art deco venue The Troxy, at 490 Commercial Road, Limehouse, will become The HMS Ulysses, complete with smoke-belching turrets on Saturday, December 12, until the early hours of the morning.

Organisers promise the lure and lore of glitzy 1920s elitism with all the frenzied atmosphere of the lower decks.

Entertainment includes performances, big band swing, Rats Shooting Craps, Badger Bar fighting, Dance Off Crew, Bearded Kitten's Pick Pocket Wenches, magicians and conjurers, Turkish baths, life-drawing, science experiments, explorer tales, high-stakes poker and a grand finale to immortalise the voyage.

The gang planks will open at 9pm, and the boat will set sail at 10.30pm with the party going on until 4am.

First class passengers will be picked up from the Counting House, 50, Cornhill, in Bank, with free carriages to the 'boat' at The Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, Limehouse.

Fancy dress theme is Silly Fillies and Dilly Toffs, Futuristic Pirates, Ancient Sea Creatures from the Deep and Naval Officers from the Bridge.

Tickets cost £45 and can be bought from www.secretgarden

party.com

Celebrity chef to meet his fans

A CHEF who has been on our screens for 14 years will be signing copies of his latest recipe book.

Rick Stein will be at Waterstone's in Bluewater, Dartford, on November 30 from 5pm armed with copies of Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey.

The book by the 62-year-old who once said "chefs [are] paying far too much attention to novel ideas and not nearly enough to the basic quality of the ingredients", includes 150 recipes inspired by his recent television series.

Famed for his no nonsense approach to food and his love of fish, he has won over admirers from the industry too. Gordon Ramsay says of him: "Rick Stein's a great philosopher. I really enjoy his programmes, there's no mucking around with pepper mills. He's done wonders for fish in this country."

The new book costs £25.

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