1. The Monkey 47 Lodge
What is it? Wrap your hands around hot and cold cocktails inspired by German desserts, like Monty’s Strudel cocktail – paired with homemade apple pie. Tucked away just off the pavement hurly-burly of High Holborn, this feels as special as a private members’ club, excellent for after-work escapism or an après-shop refuel.
Where: Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, London WC1
Nearest Tube: Holborn
2. Lodge D’Argent
What is it? What screams winter wonderland more than the Northern Lights? This Arctic inspired rooftop, sitting on top of the hustle and bustle of The City, brings two igloo tents to central London complete with an Aurora Borealis Cube in the restaurant’s entrance.
Where: Coq d’Argent, No. 1 Poultry, London, EC2R 8EJ
Nearest Tube: Bank
3. South Pole Saloon
What is it? The South Pole Saloon comes to Brixton, South London Where Christmas goes to get naughty! Legend has it that deep in the snow drifts of the South Pole there is a Saloon. This decadent and debaucherous dive bar plays host to a Christmas spectacle like no other, for it is here the elves come out to play…
Where: Brixton Rooftop, Pope’s End, Brixton, SW9 8JH
Nearest Tube: Brixton
4. The Moroccan Medina
What is it? The Jemaa el-Fnaa square is making its way over to trendy Shoreditch this season for a burst of winter warmth. Think colourful tiles, exotic drapes, and an oversized wigwam filled with cushions and lanterns. On the menu is a range of spice-infused cocktails such as a Casablancan Mint Tea, spiced hot buttered rum and gold pomegranate Bellinis all to be ordered at the Majorelle Garden-inspired bar.
Where: Queen of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX
Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street
5. Woody Bear
What is it? Croque monsieurs, wheels of raclette and box-baked Mont d’Or oh my. If that wasn’t enough to lure you in, spiked eggnog and draft Negronis are offered to wash everything down. Take a spin in the teacups and a ride on the animal see-saws for a dash of thrill.
Where: Woody Bear, 535 Oxford Street, London W1C 1LY
Nearest Tube: Bond Street
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1. Take a trip to Winterland
WHAT IS IT? Winterland will take the place of this summer’s Neverland, featuring everything from enchanted forests to cosy winter lodges, along with festive cocktails and a Thames-side Christmas beach. For foodies, Jimmy Garcia will be serving up the cheesiest of fonduesand raclette burgers from his pop-up lodge. And if you didn’t get a chance at nabbing one of Coppa Club’s Thameside igloos, there are three of them here overlooking the river.
WHERE: Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY
NEAREST TUBE: Wandsworth Town
2. Grab your tickets to Chambers of Flavour V3
WHAT IS IT? Chambers of Flavour is a multi-dimensional dining concept brought to you by the crack team behind Gingerline. V3 marks the third flavourological chapter in the Chambers of Flavour story and promises to be a longer, more fantastical, multi-dimensional dining adventure.
WHERE: Secret Location
NEAREST TUBE: Secret Location
3. Indulge your tastebuds at Tobacco Docks
WHAT IS IT? Taste of London: The Festive Edition, the little sister to the summer festival, is the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season in style. Between 16 – 19 November 2017 East London’s stunning Tobacco Dock is transformed into a foodie wonderland brimming with London’s tastiest food, festive tipples, a fantastic chef line-up.
WHERE: Tobacco Docks, Wapping Ln, St Katharine’s & Wapping. E1W 2SF
NEAREST TUBE: Shadwell
4. Watch Sparks fly in Battersea Park
WHAT IS IT? Award-winning pyrotechnicians are behind the illuminations set to fire up the Wandsworth skies. Tickets almost always sell out in advance, so get booking early to see bonfire-torching and an eye-popping 22-minute display, which this year will be set to tunes inspired by the rather abstract theme of ‘Power’.
WHERE: Battersea Park, Albert Bridge Road. SW11 4NJ
NEAREST TUBE: Battersea Park
5. Head to the flickering fire garden at Kew
WHAT IS IT? This winter, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew will transform into an enchanted winter wonderland as the much anticipated Christmas at Kew returns once again. After the staggering success of the last four years, Kew has once again teamed up with entertainment promoter Raymond Gubbay Ltd to create a brand new illuminated trail around the Gardens with over 1 million twinkling lights.
WHERE: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey. TW9 3AE
NEAREST TUBE: Richmond (overground)
6. Get into the Xmas spirit early at Winterville
WHAT IS IT? Festive playground Winterville is back, swapping Victoria Park for Clapham Common and featuring more dancing, eating, laughing, drinking and skating than you can shake a snow globe at.
WHERE: Windmill Drive, Clapham Common. SW4 9DE
NEAREST TUBE: Clapham Common or Clapham South
7. Don’t count the calories at Fattie’s Bakery
WHAT IS IT? Looking for an indulgent salted caramel hot chocolate (uh… who isn’t?) look no further than Fattie’s. Not only is the thick, silky chocolate laden with the salty caramelly stuff, marshmallow is piped around the rim and toasted until golden brown. Either eat all the marshmallow first, eat a bit to make way for the chocolate or buy a cookie and mop up the marshmallowy goodness!
WHERE: Fatties Bakery, 126 Druid St, Bermondsey. SE1 2HH
NEAREST TUBE: Bermondsey
8. Get inspired at Tribe Shake Shack
WHAT IS IT? It’s a 2-week TRIBE community concept store on Charlotte Street in Shoreditch celebrating the launch of TRIBE Protein Shakes and the TRIBE community.
WHERE: 45 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3
NEAREST TUBE: Shoreditch High St or Old St
9. Take in some Thai drinking food at the Smoking Goat
WHAT IS IT? Thai restaurant Smoking Goat has opened a second branch in Shoreditch, this time focusing on Thai drinking food. In a nutshell this is a restaurant that just screams fun. You’d have to be pretty determined not to have a good time.
WHERE: 64 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ
NEAREST TUBE: Shoreditch High St or Old St
10. Embrace truffle season at Sartoria
WHAT IS IT? Truffle season is here.. and there are few that do it better than Sartoria and their white truffle menu – it is honestly a thing of wonder! Hailing all things truffle, Francesco Mazzei and his team at Sartoria has created an entire menu dedicated to the white truffle.
WHERE: 20 Savile Row, Piccadilly. W1S 3PR
NEAREST TUBE: Piccadilly Circus
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1. Take in a Piece of Italy at House of Peroni
WHAT IS IT? The House will bring to life the vivacity and zest for life that is undeniably Italian, and will transport guests to the bustling streets of Italy where they are given the chance to reimagine citrus and explore previously undiscovered flavour combinations.
WHERE: N&C SHOWROOMS, 3-10 Shoreditch High Street. E1 6PG
NEAREST TUBE: Shoreditch High Street
2. Head to Brixton for a Touch of Bavaria
WHAT IS IT? Bavaria meets Berlin in the heart of Brixton. They’re bringing the biggest craft beer selection south of the river plus Steins of Prosecco & many kinds of cocktails to share.
WHERE: Brixton Rooftop, Pope’s Road Brixton. SW9 8JH
NEAREST TUBE: Brixton
3. Dine Under the Stars at Pergola Winter Edition
WHAT IS IT? Pergola Paddington Central is BACK!!! And it’s tastier – and toastier – than ever before. They’re back with a brand new roof on their top deck, fully covering and weatherproofing their site ~ bringing the outside IN!
WHERE: Pergola Paddington, 5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central. W2 6PY
NEAREST TUBE: Paddington
4. Become a Gin Master at The Holborn Dining Room
WHAT IS IT? The Gin Journey is a perfect introduction to this very British spirit. Guests will learn about its place in London’s history (with over 7,000 gin shops catering to Londoners in the 18th century, it is no surprise that the spirit’s popularity remains to this day), how gin is made, and how different botanicals help create unique and exciting nuances in flavour. Guests will also sample 4 different gins, with the opportunity to make their own gin cocktail.
WHERE: Holborn Dining Room, 252 High Holborn. WC1V 7EN
NEAREST TUBE: Holborn
5. Dine as a Beauty Leave as a Beast
WHAT IS IT? The Vaults is an underground network of tunnels that hosts theatrical spectaculars, sprawling festivals and artistic adventures of all kinds. Forget the fairytale ending, this ball is about swinging from the chandeliers. Think thigh slapping, dancing on the table, eating with your face.
WHERE: The Vaults, Leake Street. SE1 7NN
NEAREST TUBE: Waterloo
6. Take in a Tipple at London Cocktail Week
WHAT IS IT? Returning for its eighth year, the biggest drinks festival in the UK, London Cocktail Week (LCW), is joining forces with World Class to celebrate the best and booziest of our capital’s cocktail scene from Sunday 1 to 8 October.
WHERE: All over London
NEAREST TUBE: N/A
7. Sip Gold Pomegranate Bellini in a Moroccan Hideaway
WHAT IS IT? Inspired by Morocco and the famous Jardin Majorelle (AKA Yves Saint Laurent Garden), the Queen of Hoxton rooftop will be transformed into a medina come October. With patterned cushions, rugs, throws and lots of candlelight, their winter wigwam will channel Marrakesh, as will the selection of food and drink.
WHERE: Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, Shoreditch. EC2A 3JX
NEAREST TUBE: Liverpool Street
8. Go Cocoa Loco at The Chocolate Show
WHAT IS IT? Truffles, bars, brownies and cakes galore await you atThe Chocolate Show from 13th-15th October,as the UK’s biggest celebration of the nation’s favourite sweet treat!
WHERE: Olympia National Hall, Hammersmith Road, Kensington.
NEAREST TUBE: Kensington Olympia
9. Head into the Wild
WHAT IS IT? Working in collaboration with Sager + Wilde restaurant in Paradise Row, The Botanist Gin, the first and only Islay gin, is bringing the Hebridean island to London for one week only.
WHERE: Sager & Wilde, Arch 250 Paradise Row. E2 9LE
NEAREST TUBE: Bethnal Green
10. Get Behind the NFL
WHAT IS IT? This year the NFL is celebrating 10 years since the first regular-season game was staged in London by playing a record four games. Two games will take place at the historic Wembley stadium on September 24 and October 1, with two further games being played at Twickenham Stadium on October 22 and 29 which will bring the total number of games staged in London to 21.
WHERE: Wembley & Twickenham Stadium
NEAREST TUBE: Wembley/Twickenham
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