Christmas crafts, the UK’s first Bloody Mary cafe and an Espresso Martini with a festive make-over; here’s what’s on this weekend in London
Words Helen Brown
Here’s what not to miss this weekend in London
MONKEY 47 WINTER LODGE
Eat, drink and be merry at the Money 47 Winter Lodge. This festive season, Rosewood London has partnered with the artisanal gin brand to transform the hotel’s iconic courtyard into an enchanting winter terrace. With its offering of seasonal fare and its picturesque setting, it makes for the perfect respite from the Christmas crowds.
FESTIVE CRAFT WORKSHOPS
This weekend, West India Quay is inviting Londoners to get Christmassy and crafty with a series of festive workshops. From floristry to candle-making, there is the perfect personalised gift for all.
For more information visit the West India Quay Facebook page.
BUBBLE BROS POP-UP
Bubble Bros, Ben Broad and Joe Bruce have taken their beloved prosecco van off-road and parked it in East London for a fabulous three-day festival of fizz. Guests to the Columbia Road pop-up will be able to channel their inner mixologist and take part in a spritz lesson on arrival, before honing their skills on the cocktail shaker. Pizza Pilgrims will be on hand to keep everyone steady on their feet with a Christmas pizza from the wood-fired oven.
Tickets available here.
Hot pot specialists Shuang Shuang, have launched a brand new pop up, ‘Mookrata’, on Shaftesbury Avenue, bringing the delicacy of Thailand to London for the very first time. Popular amongst Thai locals and drawing influence from China and Korea, Mookrata combines a traditional hot pot with a Korean barbecue, allowing guests to cook together, whilst creating their own combinations.
BELVEDERE ESPRESSO MARTINI LOUNGE
Gaucho Broadgate and Belvedere Vodka have teamed up to create the ultimate Christmas oasis. Nestled below the glittering glass bar at Gaucho Broadgate, the Belvedere Espresso Martin Lodge is offering four variations on the much-loved cocktails, including the fabulously festive Chestnut Martini and the zesty Orange Martini. Head over this weekend to enjoy them while it’s there.
THE CHANDON BAR AT BRIXTON ROOFTOP
The Chandon Bar returns to south London with a sprinkling of yuletide sparkle. South Pole Saloon revellers can indulge in Chandon’s renowned sparkling wines and the classic, fresh and fruity Chandon Brut, along with an array of seasonal Chandon cocktails.
TABASCO PIT STOP
The UK’s first Bloody Mary café opens its doors this weekend to blow away the cobwebs of the office Christmas party. The Tabasco® Pick-Me-Up Pit Stop will be serving up a delicious culinary spread, inspired by the age-old reviver: The Bloody Mary. Dishes include, a Bloody Margherita pizza, an award-winning scotch egg with Bloody Mary dipping sauce and sweet and spicy Bloody Mary marshmallows. The bar will be serving up a collection of miniature grab-and-go ‘Micro Mary’ cocktails, including a ‘Wasabi + Coriander Micro Mary’ designed by Award-winning bartender Rich Woods, AKA, The Cocktail Guy.
8-10 am 14-15 December at The Green, Boxpark Shoreditch
YORK & ALBANY WINTER CABIN
Don your smoking jacket, slide into your slippers and enjoy a spot of afternoon tea, unusual and extraordinary cocktails and a veritable feast of British cuisine served by your own private butler. Yes, the York & Albany Winter Cabin is back to bring Londoners the ultimate in luxury festive experiences. Available for private hire for groups of up to ten guests, the dog-friendly cabin is adorned with an old-fashion telephone, grand chandelier, vintage books, as well as Union Jacks and cushions decorating the armchairs, sofas and poufs, creating the scene of an eccentric British lounge, celebrating all things wonderfully weird in British tradition.