It’ll be all white on the night! Britain’s first ever white-themed pop-up party takes place in London
These partygoers made a white spectacle of themselves – at Britain’s first ever white-themed pop-up party in central London.
Everything at the ‘Diner en Blanc’ – a traditional Parisian affair – was white including the food, fireworks and flowers.
Guests were only told the time and venue an hour before the event at the iconic Covent Garden Piazza at 7.30pm on Thursday.
They were ordered to be dressed head-to-toe in white and bring their own tables and food.
The revellers were given ten minutes to find their allocated areas and set up tables – making sure ladies sat on one side with gentlemen on the other.
And after spending 90 minutes eating, guests then lit their sparklers and danced together on a special dance floor.
A set time of 10.45pm signalled the end of the evening – with guests tidying up and leaving the area of the mysterious feast looking as if nothing had been there.
Organiser April Wiens said: “Everyone had an incredible time. Decked out in white, having an amazing evening together dining, dancing, and experiencing Covent Garden in a way like never before.
“Passers-by asked all of us what we were up to, how could they get involved, and how did this all happen in a matter of minutes.
“We met some incredible people last night in what was truly a dream. We can’t wait to bring on the next one.”
The all-white affair has its roots in 1980s Paris.
It came about when Francois Pasquier returned to the French city after years abroad and wanted to hold a dinner party to meet old friends.
So many wanted to come that Mr Pasquier asked them to convene at the Bois de Boulogne and to dress in white, so they could find each other.
And after repeating the secretive dinner every year, Paris’ ‘Diner en Blanc’ now attracts nearly 15,000 people each year.
Picturesque tourist sites such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Pyramid and the Esplanade de Notre-Dame have played host to the flash feast over the years.
The event has also become a global phenomenon – with 25 cities across five continents taking part in the feast this year.