Betty May is born an impoverished girl in Limehouse, but earns ha'pennies and pennies by singing for sailors and dockers in Tidal Basin part of London's historic docklands. She escapes her loveless family life, inventing herself in the West End's decadent and Bohemian 'set'.
Her extraordinary relationships include the legendary Bohemian and society painter Augustus John, and mixing with Society characters Horace de Vere Cole, Ronald Firbank, William Orpen, Aleister Crowley, Nina Hamnett, Jacob Epstein, Iris Tree, Madam Strindberg, Lillian Shelly and Nancy Cunard in London's West End and the Golden Age at The Café Royal.
Her journey weaves her through 'Belle Époque' France and the wild gang lands of Paris, involving herself with L'Apache a notorious and dangerous set which reveals Betty May's true strength of character and earns her the nickname – 'Tiger Woman'.
Back in London she falls in love with, and marries, the young and handsome Oxford Graduate Egyptologist Raoul Loveday, only to find she is locked in battle with his overwhelming mentor, Aleister Crowley, the occultist and self-proclaimed 'Beast', where in Crowley's secret temple Loveday mysteriously dies after a ritual blood sacrifice.
The Bohemian love/hate relationship between Betty May and artist Nina Hamnett becomes fruitful, after a Fleet Street campaign to expose Crowley brings them unexpected rewards and new found Fitzrovian friendships, fun and philanthropy at The Fitzroy Tavern.
Celine Hispiche began her career as a featured writer at The Royal Court Theatre. She has seen her plays being performed and broadcasted on LBC in both London and New York. Presenting on Capital Radio as a teenager and interviewing bands gave her the springboard into music with both singing and song writing.
From performing on the main comedy stage at Glastonbury to supporting Harry Hill at the Hackney Empire she has been involved in lots of interesting and alternative shows at The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Café Royal, The Theatre Museum, The Old Vic and Wilton's Music Hall to name but a few.
Get Behind The Bar & Learn To Make (& Drink) Four Classic Cocktails with Our In-House Mixologists
Feb 16th 2017 - Dec 31st 2017
Living Animals Invade The Wunderkabinett - Pet a Python, Fondle a Frog, Touch a Tarantula, cuddle a Chameleon & more in a educational display
Mar 3rd 2017 - Dec 31st 2017
Private View May 9th Exhibition May-September 2017
May 9th 2017 - Sep 30th 2017
Join The Last Tuesday Society as we toast to the Empire of Booze, raising our glasses to a history of the British Empire told through drink and author Henry Jeffreys.
Jul 11th 2017 - Jul 11th 2017
Join Master Storyteller Giles Abbott and just twelve guests around the Sarcophagus in Lion's Chamber of Our Museum's Wunderkabinnet for Monthly Storytelling evenings
Mar 12th 2017 - Jul 9th 2017
Join the reclusive Viktor Wynd on a journey into the bowels of the earth and his basement museum.
Jan 11th 2017 - Jun 21st 2017
Join Viktor Wynd, for a night of Tall Tales from The Brother's Grimm, The Arabian Nights or Ireland accompanied by a Glass of The World's Most Unusual Gin (& T)
Jan 24th 2017 - Jun 20th 2017
Paired with Navy Strength Rum
Jun 6th 2017 - Jun 6th 2017
Join us for an evening of wonder and curiosity, art and science, to celebrate the release of a fascinating new book on the art of taxidermy by New York City taxidermists Divya Anantharaman and Katie Innamorato.
Apr 25th 2017 - Apr 25th 2017
Absinthe & l'Androgynie
Apr 18th 2017 - Apr 18th 2017
with Fenella Hitchcock
Apr 11th 2017 - Apr 11th 2017
An Exhibition of 35 works by the Anglo-Mexican Surrealist from The Viktor Wynd Collection generously supported by Hendrick's Gin.
Sep 17th 2016 - Apr 6th 2017
An Interactive Illusion of the Greatest Kind + Victorian-era Cocktails to Pair
Apr 4th 2017 - Apr 4th 2017
For The Hendrick's Commission 2016 Paul Hazelton Fills the Wunderkabinett with Ghostly Figures made of Dust
Sep 17th 2016 - Mar 31st 2017