Let Me Be Mad!

London’s first Absinthe exhibition will open at The Last Tuesday Society this summer! 

Let Me Be Mad Absinthe Exhibition
Let Me Be Mad! Absinthe Exhibition opening July 2024 at The Last Tuesday Society

 

The green fairy is landing in London this summer!

The Last Tuesday Society is delighted to announce the opening of London’s first exhibition on the origins & rituals of absinthe. Curated by Allison Crawbuck, Director of The Last Tuesday Society & co-founder of Devil’s Botany Distillery, the exhibition is free to the public and will be on view in The Absinthe Parlour at The Last Tuesday Society 11 Mare Street E8 4RP from 10th July to 16th September 2024.

Let me be mad! will exhibit the botanical spirit’s magical and medicinal origins, with a unique look at London’s untold connections to its notorious past and the vital role that absinthe played in the city’s classic cocktail history. Beautiful 19th century absinthe spoons, glassware and other art nouveau-inspired paraphernalia will capture the alluring rituals that once seduced absinthe drinkers in the Belle Époque.

Visitors to Let me be mad! will be invited to explore the exhibition while sipping on a glass absinthe. Original artwork and paraphernalia from absinthe’s heyday will celebrate the spirit’s rise as a liquid muse and explore what sparked its unruly fall.

The exhibition is a first of its kind and takes its name from Marie Corelli’s novel Wormwood: A Drama of Paris written in London in 1890: “Let me be mad, then, by all means! mad with the madness of Absinthe, the wildest, most luxurious madness in the world!”

Let me be mad! will kick off with a launch party on Wednesday 10th July at The Last Tuesday Society 6pm-9pm. The first 100 guests will enjoy a complimentary glass of Devil’s Botany Chocolate Absinthe on arrival and special giveaways throughout the evening.

Bringing the spirit of this exhibition to life, The Absinthe Parlour will also be launching its new ‘Pataphysics’ cocktail menu on Wednesday 10th July inspired by devout absinthe drinker and father of the pataphysical pseudo science: Alfred Jarry.

Jarry was among the few mad enough to drink their absinthe neat, famously quoted saying: “Anti-alcoholics are unfortunates in the grip of water, that terrible poison, so corrosive that out of all substances it has been chosen for washing and scouring, and a drop of water added to a clear liquid like Absinthe, muddles it.”

Reservations are recommended for drinks in The Absinthe Parlour during the run of this exhibition via: https://thelasttuesdaysociety.org/absinthe-parlour

EXHIBITION EVENT PROGRAMMING

The Absinthe Parlour at The Last Tuesday Society
The Absinthe Parlour at The Last Tuesday Society

 

Let Me Be Mad! Exhibition at The Last Tuesday Society
Let Me Be Mad! Exhibition at The Last Tuesday Society
Let Me Be Mad! Exhibition at The Last Tuesday Society
Let Me Be Mad! Exhibition at The Last Tuesday Society

 

The Absinthe Parlour Devil's Botany London Absintini
The Absinthe Parlour Devil’s Botany London Absintini

 

 

The exhibition is on view in the main seating area of The Absinthe Parlour. Admission is free but reservations are recommended to join us for drinks via: https://www.thelasttuesdaysociety.org/absinthe-parlour/reservations/