The annual Sir Simon Milton Foundation Tea Dance is a free of charge event for Westminster residents aged 65 and over, and their carers. It is part of our Silver Sunday programme, although it has been running for far longer.
Tea Dance 2020 postponed
We know that hundreds of you thoroughly enjoy attending this very special event at Grosvenor House Hotel. Unfortunately, due to restrictions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, we have sadly had to postpone this year’s event.
We very much hope that we are able to return with a Tea Dance again when it is safe for all to do so. Please do check here and look out for future updates by email (to be added to our mailing list please email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Although we are unable to come together in-person this year, some organisations are offering free virtual performances, which you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. We have highlighted a few below which might be helpful:
- Marie Curie Carols in the City
- Shelter Virtual Carol Concert
- Shakespeare's Globe, Romeo & Juliet
- Sadler's Well Digital Stage
- Wigmore Hall
Tea Dance 2019
Our most recent Tea Dance took place on Sunday 1st December 2019, and it was the 14th year running that the event has been held in the magnificent Great Room of the JW Marriott Grosvenor House London.
As always it was a hugely popular event and 1,000 Westminster residents enjoyed an afternoon tea while being entertained by the wonderful sound of the Red Stripe band. There was a performance from singer Arrun Harker, and the students from the Sylvia Young Theatre School sang and danced a Carnaby Street medley. The Travellin' Shedders ukulele band entertained the crowd with a sing-a-long and professional dancers Rashmi Becker, Lawrence James and Laura Jones performed a quickstep and waltz.
For many years now the Tea Dance has been joined by Police Cadets who dance with the ladies – the cadets even take a dance lesson beforehand to ensure they know their waltz from their quickstep.
We are as ever grateful to our generous sponsor, Shaftesbury PLC and to the Grosvenor House team, who look after us so well, and finally the event could not run smoothly without the help of dozens of volunteers, including Councillors and Westminster City Council staff and friends.