London Christmas Events Guide!

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South Pole Saloon

The South Pole Saloon comes to the heart of Brixton.

November will see a covered rooftop in the heart of Brixton transform into a Christmas spectacle. This purpose-built venue includes drinking, dining and an immersive theatre experience to help Londoners celebrate the dark side of Christmas.
Guests can enjoy winter cocktails such as Hot Tennessee Toddy’s and Monkey Shoulder Apple Macs. Also on offer is food from some of London’s most exciting street food traders such as Dip & Flip, The Crust Conductor, Butchies and Papi’s Pickles. Guests will face the main stage where, at points throughout the night they will be treated to performances where the hosts will tell their tales of how they escaped Father Christmas and came to find refuge in the South Pole.

Entry is £3 after 7pm and tickets can be purchased on the door or in advance from www.southpolesaloon.com.

South Pole Saloon, Valentia Place, Brixton, London SW9. 20th Nov- 23rd Dec from 6pm – 11pm Thursdays and Fridays, and 2pm – 11pm on Saturdays.

Grotto Outré

Hidden amongst the winter festivities and Christmas cheer in East London, Grotto Outré has appeared.

Take a trip back in time when neon onesies were the norm, and everything was ‘Rad’. On Saturday nights the Ice Cave will start to melt with some of the UK’S leading music brands/DJ’s. Finally on Sunday nights the Cave will be jingling with Christmas music favourites including ‘The Take That Experience’.

Open Tuesday -Sunday from Friday 27th November until Sunday 22th December.

The Ice Cave 148-150 Curtain Road. EC2A 3AR.

For more information please visit www.grottooutre.com

Victorian Circus at The Gun

Join Hendrick’s to enjoy their new winter events space at The Gun!

The Gun has teamed up with Scottish distillery Hendrick’s to transform their riverside marquee into a spectacular Victorian Circus. Guests are invited to their big top for an evening of canapes and drinks whilst taking a first look at The Gun’s new events space.

Starting from Tuesday the 10th of November 6-9pm.

27 Coldharbour, Docklands, London, E14 9NS

www.thegundocklands.com

Dinerama

Dinerama

Dinerama Returns Roofed and Winter-Proofed.

Dinerama, the Street Food Arena from the team behind Street Feast has returned with five brand new roofs and four new bars. They’ve built a glass roof over the main yard, making it warm and dry for their line-up of street food traders. Street food heavyweights Smokestak, Birdbox, Breddos, Fundi, Baba G’s, BBQ Lab and Duck’N Roll have resumed their position in six sit-down street-diners around the yard, with You Doughnut! back serving their fluffy Hot Doughnut Bites for afters.

Entry free before 7pm and £3 after.

Doors open Thursday-Saturday 5pm-midnight from Thursday 05 November. Dinerama will run for seven weekends until 17/18 /19 December.

Shoreditch Yard, 19 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3EJ

The Tree House at Skylounge

Take a view of the City with the Tree House winter terrace at Skylounge!

Head to The Tree House to huddle over hot apple cider or a Plum & Rum Old Fashioned whilst taking a view across Tower Bridge and The City!  Accompanying the drinks is a warming winter food menu with highlights including Treetop Burger Squares, Truffle Mac & Cheese and moreish Spicy Chicken Nuggets with Bourbon Dip.

Open Wednesday to Saturday, 5:00pm until late. The Tree House will run till the end of February. For more information visit www.doubletree3.hilton.com

7 Pepys Street, London, EC3N 4AF

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Once Upon A WigWam at Queen of Hoxton

Check out the Grimms’ fairy tales inspired winter rooftop at Queen of Hoxton!

Along with a Grimms’ inspired food and cocktail menu Once Upon a WigWam will be hosting a season of events and workshops including; Buttterfly preservation, Cider and Meat Feast, Christmas Wreath Making and Gingerbread House Decorating with Bee from Bee’s Bakery. With their hot cocktail menu, fire pits and great views over London the WigWam is a great spot for a festive winter night.

Once Upon a WigWam is free entry and open till the end of March. Queen of Hoxton rooftop, 1 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX

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Forza WinTer, Peckham

Do winter Italian style with Forza Win’s Italian pop-up in Peckham! 

Already renowned for serving up the finest Porchetta this side of Rome, the Forza Win crew has decided to give winter an Italian twist with their latest dining concept.  The delicious 6 course menu includes delights such as Fonduta, Beef Shin Ragu Pappardelle and aforementioned Porchetta – and let’s face it, comfort food really doesn’t get much better than melted cheese, pasta and slabs of meat!  Served family style in their charming pop-up restaurant in Peckham, complete with open kitchen, an open fire and booze aplenty, this is an evening of dining that’s not to be missed!

Tickets are just £35 including 6 courses and a hot jug of booze.

Unit 4.1, 133 Copeland Road, SE15 3SN

http://www.forzawin.com/projects/forza-winter-15

Lodge d’Argent at Coq d’Argent

Following the success of last year’s Lodge d’Argent winter pop up, City restaurant Coq d’Argent will once again be creating an Alpine themed wonderland.

Head chef Damien Rigollet’s Lodge menu will focus on the well-loved potato bake from the French Alps, the hearty Tartifflette. It features twists such as the Black Truffle Tartiflette, Sweet potato Tartiflette and an earthy Vegetarian Tartiflette.  The dessert menu will offer dishes paired with Hennessy Cognac, and will include Chestnut macarons; Vanilla creme brulee; Pomme verte apple parfait; and Bitter chocolate fondant with praline ice cream. There will also be a menu of classic and contemporary French après-ski snacks, perfect for sharing.

No.1 Poultry, London, EC2R 8EJ. Starting from the 18th of November till the end of February. For more information please visit www.coqdargent.co.uk

Christmas Drinks in the Sky

The Gherkin will be opening its doors to what is normally private members only,  Level 40 at the top.

The tip of the tower will be transformed into a Christmas Snow Globe, open to the general public for an array of festivities; Christmas themed Sunday Afternoon Tea, festive lunch or dinner, and a glamourous New Years Eve party to see in 2016. If cocktails are for you, these Christmas tipples are not to be missed; Truffle & Chocolate Espresso Martini, infused with vodka and liqueur; The Egg Nog, a recipe of smoked raisin infused rum, Chartreause and cream; and Christmas Tea, a heart warming hot drink with hibiscus gin and Benedictine.

Sunday Afternoon Tea has three options with tea, cocktails or champagne, from £35pp, available on 6th, 13th, and 20th of December.
Lunch, Afternoon Tea and/or dinner, available on 29th and 30th December. For more information visit www.searcysthegherkin.co.uk

The St Moritz Ski Bar

The Goring’s popular outdoor terrace will be transformed into a glamorous alpine Ski Bar.

The Goring’s St Moritz Ski Bar will bring old-school glamour with a contemporary twist to the only hotel in London that is still owned and run by the family that built it. Cocktails such as the San Moritzino and Suisesse which are sure to warm you on a winter’s night. The Goring will also serve Swiss inspired canapes from chef Shay Cooper who has put his Michelin-starred twist on Tartiflette, Roesti potato and Mustard macaroon with Emmental cheese and cured ham.

Open from 6-9pm until the end of  February 2016. Beeston Pl, London SW1W 0JW

For more information visit www.thegoring.com

Sipsmith Ski Lodge at The Well, Clerkenwell

This winter, traverse the slopes of Clerkenwell and leave your ski boots at the door of The Well.

Artisanal London distillers Sipsmith have teamed up with The Well to transform their downstairs cocktail lounge into a traditional alpine ski lodge. Ditch your winter warmers for festive good-times, with cosy armchairs and fur rugs against an alpine backdrop. The ski lodge will be serving up a selection of Sipsmith’s winter cocktails including warming Mulled Sloe Gin and Dainty Damsel, alongside seasonal nibbles.

The Well, 180 St. Johns Street, Clerkenwell, EC1V 4JY. Find more information at www.downthewell.com/

Frostival, Southbank

The London Eye will be transformed into a wintery spectacle as Frostival returns with a range of Christmas-shaped experiences. 

Whether you’re a figure-skating professional or a fall-on-your-face-flop, you can dust off those skates and take to the ice under the lights of London’s iconic Eye. If you prefer ice in your drinks, the Winter Cocktail Experience will also offer a unique range of cocktails to be enjoyed whilst enjoying views of London’s skyline.

Frostival will run till the 3rd of January at the London Eye. For more information and ticket bookings please visit www.londoneye.com/frostival

Winterville, Victoria Park

Winterville has pulled out all the stops to bring the finest in street food, pop-up cuisine and market traders to East London.

A plethora of the best street food traders will be on hand in the undercover, heated Food Hall within Downtown featuring Mother Clucker, Orange Buffalo, Mamma’s Jerk, Holy Cow, Crabbie Shack, Smokestak and more. Winterville’s Markets are better than ever before featuring the Vaudeville-Victorian themed Bizarre Bazaar and the pop art inspired Pop Shop providing the perfect spot to buy unique gifts that won’t be found on the high street.

East London’s Victoria Park from 26th November to 23rd December Winterville is free to enter with ticketed events.

For more information please visit www.winterville.co.uk