Today in 1814, the River Thames finally froze solid enough for Londoners to enjoy their last ever frost fair.
Someone led an elephant across the river at Blackfriars to show the ice was safe to walk on; shopkeepers set up tents selling brandy, beer, wine and gin; someone set up an open fire, roasted a sheep on it and sold it as "Lapland mutton". When the ice melted a few days later, it was the end of an era. Victorian engineering changed the flow of the river, and the Thames would never freeze again.
We are commemorating the great fair, and our home city, with an aptly named Dry Ice Martini.
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