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One Aldwych Christmas Showtime Cocktails at The Lobby Bar

  For a razzle dazzle menu of theatrical drinks to enjoy this festive season, The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych hotel in Covent Garden is putting on a show of spectacular Christmas Showtime Cocktails for which you’re gonna want a front row seat. Centre stage is the Snow Dome Christmas Tree, which towers 25-foot up and features 130 snow domes among natural birch twigs and twinkling lights. As with any great show, there are some stand out stars on the bill, including the Father Negroni with Beefeater 24, Cinnamon Campari and Antica Formula, and Mulled Berries, a sweet concoction of Tequila Altos Silver, Mulled Wine, Agave Syrup, Lime Juice and Pedrino Tonic, all served with a complimentary mince pie. The show goes on until the 7th January. 1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ www.onealdwych.com/food-drink/the-lobby-bar  

Espresso Martini Society

  If you wanna make sure your Christmas is buzzing, you’re going to have to check out The Espresso Martini Society’s new digs in Shoreditch. After a sell-out stint in Soho earlier in the year, they’re now serving up the largest list of Espresso Martini variations in the world with a festive twist. The twenty-strong menu features a whole host of Christmas classics, ranging from The Gingerbread Man to The Randy Brandy, with tickets only £10pp including a complimentary espresso martini. £10 tickets are Each session lasts 1hr30 and includes a complimentary cocktail. The Espresso Martini Society, 42 Hanbury St, E1 5JL. www.timeout.com/espresso-martini-society  

Blade's Oat Nog

  Blade in Soho is no ordinary bar, and they're serving no ordinary Christmas cocktails this year, either. This salon-bar offers a banging selection of drinks while they also tend to your barnet. Get that work Christmas party blow-dry while enjoying their Oat-Nog - a vegan twist on the classic festive tipple combining Stagg Jr. Bourbon or Foursquare Dominus Rum (it's your choice), with Maple Syrup, Vanilla Bitters, Oatly Oat Cream, Oatly Barista Oat Milk (which is THE BOMB), Real Organic Cinnamon and is garnished with a luxury soft date stuffed with pecans. Chop chop. 26 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 5LD www.bladesoho.co.uk  

Overture at The Beaufort Bar

  For a spritz of festive fizz, The Beaufort Bar's Overture comprises exactly that. With a new cocktail menu that truly distinguishes itself from the iconic American Bar, the menu features a refined signature offering, including grower Champagnes and sparkling wine, expertly prepared mixed drinks, and a well-chosen, in-depth whisky selection. The beautiful Overture combines Grey Goose Vodka, Cucumber Syrup, Hibiscus Kirsch, Tonic and topped up with Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Champagne. The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EZ www.fairmont.com/savoy-london/dining/beaufortbar  

The Skylight Cobbler

  Skylight's cosy Christmas cocktail called the Skylight Cobbler will take the chill out of any winter night and is the perfect tipple of choice before skating the night away or channeling your inner Pingu and getting toasty in one of Skylight's multiple igloos. Blending Bombay Sapphire, 30et40, Lemon Juice, Peach Syrup, Sugar Syrup and topped off with Plum Bitters, this festive tipple is as delicious as London's iconic skyline which you can enjoy while you sip. Tobacco Dock, Pennington St. Car Park entrance, Wapping, London E1W 2SF www.skylightlondon.com  

Sanderson's Chocolate Factory at The Long Bar

  Grab yourself a Golden Ticket and head into the magical and delicious world of Willy Wonka this Christmas at Sanderson Hotel's Long Bar, where a bespoke cocktail menu features the likes of the Wonka’s Martini, a mix of Grey Goose vodka, Eager apple juice, green apple and lemon; Glop Glop, a concoction of Mozart dry chocolate vodka, Briottet orange liqueur and Lillet Blanc vermouth; and The Blue Meadow Star, mixing Star of Bombay gin, orange, and Fever-Tree Elderflower tonic. Each cocktail is as surprising and delightful as finding Zac Efron waiting for you under the tree on Christmas morning. Enjoy Wonka's menu from 27 November until 4 January at Sanderson, 50 Berners Street London, W1T 3NG www.morganshotelgroup.com/long-bar   

Quaglino's Bar Festive Cocktail

  The mixology maestros at Quaglino's bar have created this special Christmas cocktail for the festive season. Classic, creamy and comforting, Bianco Natale! consists of Cointreau, Cacao white, yellow Chartreuse, lemon juice, egg white, chocolate bitters with a dark chocolate garnish. Get your Christmas glad rags on and pop on those dancing shows and get ready to jingle your bells in Mayfair this Christmas. 16 Bury St, St. James's, London SW1Y 6AJ www.quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk/at/bar  

Winter Whisky Cocktails at Aster's Hunters Lodge

  Aster has been transformed into a cosy hunting lodge this festive season complete with sheepskin blankets, warming drinks, festive snacks and mounted deer heads. In partnership with Macallan and Laphroaig Whiskies, the cocktail menu has been designed to warm you from your fingers to your toes, with three winter whisky cocktails including The Laird with Macallan Gold, Antica formula and Angostura bitter; Festive Fireside with Laphroaig 10-year-old, Courvoisier, ginger syrup, Noilly prat and Napoleon Mandarine liqueur, and Monarch of the Glen with Macallan Gold, honey, cloves, cinnamon and orange. Aster 150 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5LB www.aster-restaurant.com

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

  Known for the prettiest floral installations in West London, Ivy Chelsea Garden have created a limited-edition Gingerbread Espresso Martini to help bring the Christmas spirit to SW3 this winter. The festive drink combines a freshly pulled espresso shot, Wyborowa Vodka, Bepi Tosolini Expre liqueur and gingerbread syrup for a subtle twist on the classic Espresso Martini. The perfect way to stay perky through for your Kings Road Christmas shopping. 195 -197 King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5EQ www.theivychelseagarden.com  

Bōkan 39 Rooftop Terrace & Bar

  The Spice Girl's reunion is great n all, but our favourite ginger spice is the kind that comes in festive cocktails, like The Hot Gin & Gingerbread at Bōkan; is a deliciously warming biscuity tipple of Sipsmith gin and gingerbread syrup, garnished with a wedge of orange to be enjoyed while talking limitless selfies with the epic view. Floor 39, 40 Marsh Wall, London E14 9TP www.bokanlondon.co.uk  

Savage Garden

  All credit to him, Mr Tumnus knows how to make a banging cocktail, even if he is half goat. Tumnus’s Tea is a hot cocktail made with Absolut Elyx, poppy tea, saffron, condensed milk and star anise served at the magical Narnia Terrace at Savage Garden. Warm enough to melt the White Witch's heart. Savage Garden, 7 Pepys Street, London, EC3N 4AF www.savagegarden.co.uk  

The House of Song - The Grinch

 

If you're yet to feel the joys of Christmas and are currently suffering from resting Grinch face, this bold and punchy cocktail should lift your spirits. Available at Farringdon's Piano Works and Leicester Square's Studio 88, where you can request your favourite Christmas tunes to be played live all night long, The Grinch is made with Gold rum, blue curacao, lime, pineapple, mint and a candy cane garnish. The Piano Works, 113-117 Farringdon Road (Corner of Ray Street), London EC1R 3BXY & Studio 88, 47 Whitcomb Street (Off Wardour Street), London WC2H 7DH www.thehouseofsong.co.uk  

Granary Square Brasserie

  Granary Square Brasserie have designed three cocktails inspired by the local areas ‘Christmas by Design theme’, including Snow on the Square made with Absolut Elyx Vodka, Absolut vanilla, Koko Kanu rum, Champagne and a Champagne foam to finish; the Winter Martini which incorporates Absolut Elyx Vodka, Baileys, pumpkin spice syrup and whipped cream; and the Candy Cosmo made with Absolut Elyx Vodka, Grand Marnier, pomegranate juice, egg white, lemon juice, garnished with playful white candy floss. 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4AB www.granarysquarebrasserie.com  

Berry Fizztive at Rail House Cafe

  Rail House Café in Nova, Victoria has created a highly-Instagrammable, luxurious gin-based cocktail to help keep thirst at bay this December. The Berry Fizztive cocktail is an exclusive blend of Christmas cheer and festive sparkle with its delicious mix of warming cranberry liquor and sloe gin, all topped off with crisp, chilled Prosecco.  And, if the Berry Fizztive wasn’t enough to get you in the holiday mood, each cocktail is served with a Christmassy candy cane and a sprinkle of North Pole sugar dust. After all, ‘tis the season to treat yourself! The Nova Building, 8 Sir Simon Milton Square, Victoria, London SW1E 5DJ www.railhouse.cafe  

Drink in The Panto at The Goring

  The best thing about Christmas is the pantos. Oh no it isn't - it's the cocktails! But you could have the best of both worlds if you've booked tickets to the Palladium's performance of Snow White this year (or even if you haven't) because The Goring have created this delicious Poisoned Apple cocktail, a nod to Snow White’s near fatal miss. Made with Julien Fremont Calvados, apple blossom honey and fresh lime, the cocktail is poured into a cold martini glass and topped with a caramelised crab apple for extra sparkle. Children joining in on the fairy tale fun can even enjoy a mouth-watering mocktail version... because apparently, Christmas is also for the kids?? The Goring Hotel, 15 Beeston Pl, Westminster, London SW1W 0JW" ["post_title"]=> string(36) "London's Coolest Christmas Cocktails" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(37) "londons-best-christmas-cocktails-2018" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2018-12-12 11:45:41" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-12-12 11:45:41" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=60042" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [1]=> object(WP_Post)#1056 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(60036) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2018-12-12 10:39:23" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-12-12 10:39:23" ["post_content"]=> string(13314) "Congratulations! You made it through another full rotation of the sun without too many issues, despite some of those 2018 hangovers feeling like they might be the end of you. Time to wave goodbye to all that, and welcome in a shiny new year of health and happiness. The best way to do this? AN EPIC FREAKING CELEBRATION, naturally. Wondering where to be when those bells ring in 2019? BarChick has the low-down on the hottest parties for when midnight hits.  

Great Gatsby party at Oblix East

There ain't no party like a Great Gatsby party, right? Combine this with glittering views of London laid out below like a sparkling circuit board, and you've got one spectacular soirée. This December 31st, Oblix East at The Shard is hosting a party to rival the grandest of Gatsby's get-togethers. Whizz up to the 32nd floor of London's most iconic building and drink in the view... along with plenty of Champagne, natch. There's a celebratory tasting menu and you'll be serenaded by a live swing orchestra throughout. Very swish. A live DJ set will ensure you don't run outta steam and keep you dancing through 'til the early hours. As will the open bar with free-flowing spirits all night. All of this opulence comes at a price - Gatsby couldn't have thrown those epic parties without his fortune, and if you wanna join this one you're gonna need to shell out a cool £450.  Those eager to start 2019 in style without setting their credit card on fire can head straight to the 32nd floor from 23.30pm. There'll be bubbles on arrival and that free-flowing bar we were talking about - for the slightly less eye-watering price of £150. Nab your tickets here The Shard 31 St Thomas Street SE1 9RY  

Cabaret Spectacular Oriole

If there's one night to go fully extra, it's NYE, surely? We're talking burlesque, comedy, jazz music... and a bunch of Champagne cocktails. Oriole have paired up with The Vintage Arts Agency to bring you just that. Their New Year's Eve Cabaret Spectacular will be taking place in their glam tiki-chic bar. Guests are invited to dress in their finest and enjoy some old-school hospitality and a special Moet Hennessy cocktail list for one night only. What's more, there's a live band and enough swing dancing to get you sweating into the New Year. Because you planned to do more exercise in 2019, right? Tickets are £100 and includes a delicious welcome drink, cabaret spectacular (from 9.45pm) and live jazz music, with a free Swing lesson at 8pm. Reserve your spot here E Poultry Ave, London EC1A 9LH

Last Nights of Havana

Bid farewell to 2018 and get ready to tropic like its hot at the Last Nights of Havana pre-revolution New Year's Eve party. Expect a sh*t loada rum, a live jazz band and epic Cuban street food. Shake what ya mamma gave ya with the sexy professional salsa dancers and cheers to the new year with a complimentary glass of Moet & Chandon. Tickets start from £35 & include plenty of treats throughout the night. Get your tickets here. Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane Gate Entrance, London E1W 2SF  

Skylight Rooftop

It's going down up on the roof this New Year's Eve. Grab your squad and head east to check out one of the best views of the capital and party 2018 away. Skylight Rooftop has everything you need for an evening to remember; Ice skating, street food, cocktails and DJs. What more could you want? Oh, you want fireworks too?  Well, you'll have a full view of the city's most impressive firework displays (or you could also watch them on one of the 12 screens around the three-floor heated venue. No excuses to miss them, then). If you're quick, you might be able to nab yourself and your crew one of the cosy igloos to bunk down in. An epic spot for plenty of insta-worthy group snaps to look back on when your head is a little fuzzy in the morning.  Tickets start at £30 and include Moet & Chandon Champagne on arrival. Igloos and huts are also available to book. Book your place here. Tobacco Dock, Pennington St. Car Park entrance, Wapping, London E1W 2SF  

Rumpus Rooms New Year's Eve Party

Wriggle into that party dress and dry-clean that suit - this hella glam party at The Rumpus Room has everything you need to see 2018 off with a seriously chic bang.  With one of the best views of the London Skyline and the Thames, you have the perfect backdrop for a Laurent-Perrier Champagne reception, DJ set and live band. There's an open bar all night long, which means by 1am you're going to get a severe case of the snack attack. Luckily, The Rumpus Room have anticipated the need to feed, and there'll be bacon sarnies for everyone. Genius. No dirty kebab in the Uber home, then. Tickets start at £160 (early birds, get flappin') and include that open bar and two glasses of Laurent-Perrier Champagne. Get your tickets over here. The Mondrian, 20 Upper Ground SE1 9PD  

Nine-Serves New Year's at Nine Lives

Channel some slick Malibu style and embrace your inner flamingo - Nine Lives Bar in Bermondsey are bringing a dose of tropicalifornication to December 31st. They're dishing up nine serves in the lead up to 2019, consisting of killer cocktails and sumptuous small plates. You'll enjoy the likes of the warming Nine Tales cocktail made with bourbon, palo cortado sherry and wine cordial, followed by a dainty portion of rare beef, scorched cherry tomato, green bean and watercress salad. Tasty. To finish the feast, think bespoke tropical print macarons paired with an Espresso Martini Affogato. Just the caffeine kick to see you through. No New Year's Eve party is complete without a Champagne fountain to get the party pumping, and there's be DJs playing into the early hours. The Nine Serves menu will run from 7pm-4am for £90, or you could miss all of that and rock up from 11:15pm for £15 late entry and a glass of Champagne. Either ping the team and email [email protected] or book a spot here. 8 Holyrood Street SE1 2EL  

Sexy Fish Tokyo Nights

Because is it even New Year's Eve without enchanting geisha dancers, captivating ninja warriors and glittering fire breathers? If your answer is 'hell no', we have the perfect party for you. Head to Sexy Fish for one epically glam night, where the bright lights and revelry of Tokyo are being transported to Mayfair. Neons, late night dining and lavish Roku Gin cocktails are going to ring in the new year, with Sexy Fish’s resident DJs play the very best house, electro, disco and funk into the early hours of 2019. Want to eat first? Get yourself a dinner ticket and enjoy a sharing-style thirteen-course feast. Dishes include Wagyu tataki and Miso marinated black cod. F*ck yes. The banging Roku Gin cocktail menu include the Firework Fizz - an explosive combination of Suntory Roku gin, citrus sherbert, mezcal and prosecco - and Countdown, which mixes Suntory Roku, Aperol, yuzu, and Three cents soda. Prepare to Roku out. Tickets for dinner are £290 and booking is gonna be essential, so secure your place here. Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6BE  

Hollywood Nights at Quaglinos

Time to channel your inner Hollywood megastar and get ready for that perfect silver-screen kiss as the clocks chime midnight. Quaglino's is hosting the ultimate Hollywood Awards Night this NYE. Dress to the nines for this extraordinary night of glamour and strut down the red carpet to pose for the paps (but don't worry, these photos won't end up on the Sidebar of Shame). Your Hollywood hostesses will then welcome you for a luxe three-course dinner. Go all out and dance the night away with a spectacular line up of live music from BELAIR - these guys really know how to party and bring in the countdown. Turning up the volume till 4am is DJ Josh Hodge; everyone knows it's at the after parties when sh*t goes off the hook. Now that's how to get your 2019 started. Check out their NYE packages over here. 16 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AJ  

Callooh Callay

There are no limits to how epic this party is gonna be. Like, literally - Callooh Callay is serving up unlimited food and drinks this New Year's Eve. Um, yes please. The canapes will be served between 8-10pm and then it's bottomless drinks. All. Night. Long. Because it's Callooh Callay, you just know these drinks are gonna be banging. To help see you through 'til midnight, try out The Insta - a Brew 9a twist on the Espresso Martini. Or give the Governors Colt a go, made with Pisco, milk, cream, coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, egg and prosecco. Then of course, there's a glass of Moet et Chandon at midnight to toast in the new year. Want to see in 2019 with your best moves? There's also a DJ setting the tone throughout the night. And that tone is fun. Early bird tickets are £100, or £125 afterwards.  Be quick, here. 65 Rivington Street EC2A 3AY  

Studio 54 Party at Sky Garden

Make sure your New Year’s Eve is legendary by heading sky-high for some 70's funk. Channel the glamour of the 1970's disco era with glitter, sequins and the DGAF attitude of Grace Jones by rocking up to Sky Garden's Studio 54 NYE party. Get down with your bad self amongst the luscious tropical greenery with that incredible glittering city backdrop - Insta game on point. Dance to the nine-piece party band all night long, and don't hold back on your outfit - the dress code demands flair. Fancy being that bit extra? Take a leaf from Bianca Jagger's book. She turned up to her own 1977 Studio 54 birthday party on a horse. Maybe don't do that, though. It won't fit in the lift. Tickets include a glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne on arrival and start from £110pp. Book yours here. 20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 8AF  

Heads + Tails Romeo & Juliet Party

Two bars, both alike in dignity, in West Hampstead where we lay our scene... and this scene is the BIGGEST New Year's party going down in NW6.  Head to epic new bar Heads + Tails for two contrasting parties inspired by the Baz Lurhman classic, and choose where your loyalties lie. Capulets will see in 2019 upstairs in the Heads bar, where you'll be given Champagne to toast at midnight; Montagues will party below in Tails with a rum punch as tropical as the Hawaiian shirt you're rocking. Speaking of which, make sure you dress accordingly - you don't want to find you've been accidentally mixing with a loath'd enemy. We know how that story ends. Good news is the family feud is on hold when you head outside to the garden terrace, where a BBQ will be smoking away and you can get yourself a burger included with your ticket. Live DJs will kick off at 9pm and the party will keep going until 5am, so bring your A game. Tickets start from £35, or £45 for reserved seating. Ping 'em an email [email protected] to nab your spot." ["post_title"]=> string(33) "Where To Party in London This NYE" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(33) "where-to-party-in-london-this-nye" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2018-12-12 10:43:46" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-12-12 10:43:46" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=60036" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [2]=> object(WP_Post)#1057 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(60030) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2018-11-26 15:35:03" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-11-26 15:35:03" ["post_content"]=> string(10268) "It’s not just the trees getting lit this year. Prepare to sleigh at these ice-cool winter pop-ups that are giving us all the festive feels across London this Christmas.  

Savage Garden’s Narnia Terrace

If it’s adventure you’re after this Christmas, then we recommend a journey through the wardrobe, past the lamp-post and into the White Forest. Sound familiar? Indulge in some Narnia-nostalgia by swinging by Savage Garden’s stunning, sky-high Narnia Terrace. Expect twinkling lights, copper lanterns, enchanting views and a magical menu of limited edition Absolut Elyx cocktails. You’ll find us perched on the White Witch’s throne, sipping on the Magical Martini, made with fig liqueur, ‘miracle foam’ and sprinkled with raspberry dust. Yaas queen. Floor 12, 7 Pepys St, London EC3N 4AF www.savagegarden.co.uk/event/narnia/

Miracle at Henrietta Hotel

The Henrietta Hotel has well and truly grabbed Christmas by the baubles this year. They're bringing a touch of the US to our shores with the famous Miracle pop-up. Just like watching Jingle All The Way while wearing a reindeer onesie, this festive phenomenon is kitsch, nostalgic and deliciously over-the-top. Stockings, twinkling fairy lights and a buff Christmas tree - it's all here. The cocktails are served in bespoke festive glassware designed by Experimental Cocktail Club alumni and MACE frontman Nico de Soto, so expect to have an elf-ing good time. 23rd November 2018 until 23rd December Henrietta Hotel, 14-15 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8QH www.henriettahotel.com/miracle

The Blind Pig – Noël & Chandon

Twinkly lights, glitzy wreaths and those essential blankets to snuggle under with someone you snapped up beneath the mistletoe. Add some sparkles and Noël Chandon's got our attention. This Christmas season, Moët & Chandon are transforming The Blind Pig speakeasy into a cosy snug perfect for festive drinking, with two specially curated cocktails as sparkly as the Regent Street lights. The Cranberry Kir Royal is made with Moët Imperial, while the especially festive, ‘Christmas Pudding’ cocktail is made with Champagne and Cognac to really light your fire. Noël Chandon at The Blind Pig runs from 19th November until 5th January. 58 Poland St, Soho, London W1F 7NR www.socialeatinghouse.com

Dram & Smoke Bothy Nights

The weather outside is frightful and you feel like you *might* have a cold on the way. Screw the Lempsip, doctor BarChick prescribes warming your cockles with a Hot Toddy. You'll find a highland sanctuary at the Dram & Smoke Bothy Nights Christmas pop-up, where Single malts and Hot Toddys can be enjoyed beneath tartan blankets to bring those temperatures up. The DIY DJ station and karaoke room provide a festive soundtrack – singing loud for all to hear is definitely encouraged. Then there's the roaming treat sledge and the fully-stocked, eggnog-free bar with Old Fashioneds on tap. Food for thought comes in the form of a menu created with a boisterous banquet in mind. Congratulations, you’ve got yourself the ultimate festive highland fling. Open 10th - 21st December Black Swan Studios, 2-3 Black Swan Yard, London, SE1 3XW dramandsmoke.com/bothy-nights-christmas-parties

The Rosewood Glenlivet Glade

If the stargazing you're used to generally takes places in Berkley Square, we've got news for you - it's all about the Rosewood Hotel this winter. Find us beneath the canopy of twinkling lights at their immersive Glenlivet Glade. The collaboration with this Speyside Single Malt has brought the sights and smells of a remote Highland wood to the hotel’s iconic courtyard, complete with a starry starry night encasing the terrace. Grab yourself a warming whisky cocktail and feast on the sweet and savoury treats from the Holborn Dining Room kitchen.  The Glenlivet Glade will be open from Tuesday 6th November – Saturday 2nd March, 4.00pm to 10.00pm 252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN, United Kingdom www.rosewoodhotels.com

Snowscape at Aqua Shard

Picture this. You've found your way into a snowstorm installation via a secret pocket cut into the side of a Christmas tree. Now a sh*t ton of golden snowflakes are swirling around your head, Crystal Maze stylee. Catch one, and you can win a Snowscape cocktail. This beauty is served inside a delicate snow globe and is a cool mix of Plantation 3* rum, homemade coconut cordial, Becherovka liqueur and gold tea. Can we get a hell yeah? This Christmas, Aqua Shard have teamed up with Bompas & Parr, the curators of some of the most spectacular immersive and multi-sensory experiences in the city.  The epic snowstorm installation is standing tall inside their vast triple story atrium overlooking the London skyline. It sounds glitzy, bonkers, and mega fun. Exactly what the festive season should be, then.  21st November into the New Year. Two "Golden Hours" — where guests can attempt to catch a snowflake — will run at 11.30am-12.30pm and 5-6pm, Monday to Friday.   Aqua shard, Level 31, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY aquashard.co.uk/experience

King of Gin, Soho

Soho, porn and gin - quite a few things probably connect these three things, and one of them is infamous porn baron Paul Raymond. This winter The King of Soho Gin is coming home to 21 Great Windmill Street, the first and one of the quirkier property purchases in Paul Raymond’s Soho crown. For 6 weeks, #21Soho will be a grown-up’s playground of indulgence. We're talking terrifically tacky - leopard print thrones, vibrant décor and Soho memorabilia to mirror the theatre of the neighbourhood. Hell yeah. On Fridays comedy, burlesque, live music and ‘Adult Story Time’ can be enjoyed with exquisite gin-based drinks in hand in the lead up to Christmas. A sure-fire way of getting on Santa's naughty list. November 14 for six weeks, 4pm-10pm every Wednesday to Saturday. 21 Great Windmill St, W1D 7LB  http://kingofsohodrinks.com/

Skylight London

Warm evenings, sun-drenched days may be over but BarChick's for a roof terrace remains, so thank god for Skylight London. They've given themselves an epic festive emakeover and it's worth a visit. The winter transformation has welcomed Europe’s only real-ice rooftop ice-rink (try saying that after a few Schnapps). Need a break from skating? Get cosy in the igloos and mountain huts and marvel at the twinkling skyline of the city. No need to fear the chills - mulled wine is served in the heated apres-ski skate bar. Like a trip to the slopes minus the hefty credit card bill. We approve. 1st November 2018 – 27th January 2019 Wapping Lane, Wapping, E1W 2SF https://www.skylightlondon.com/

The Churchill Bar Winter Terrace

Winston Churchill and his Mrs had a bit of a love for the Highlands, so it was a no-brainer for the Churchill Bar to transform their terrace into a beautiful Highland Hideaway this winter. It's got more Scottish touches than an episode of Monarch of the Glenn : roaring fire, faux fur throws, pine trees and an abundance of woodland quirks. It’s the perfect spot to bunk down and retreat from the manic Oxford Street crowds (which, quite frankly, are enough to drive anyone to drink). Luckily there are a bunch of Scottish cocktails being served up to take the Christmas edge off. This includes a sh*t load of Johnnie Walker Scotch - a personal fave of old Winston. And you’re definitely going to want to chow down on some of the homemade scotch eggs for good measure - after all, keeping your energy up for shopping is essential, right? 30 Portman Square, Marylebone, W1H 7BH www.thechurchillbar.co.uk/terrace/

All that Glitters is Gold at South Place Hotel

Christmas is a time for goodwill to all men, festive cheer... and glamming the hell up.  One sure fire way to get glitzy? Head to the Secret Garden at South Place Hotel. Channel your inner Grace Jones and get Disco Decadent in this Studio 54 inspired pop-up, where nothing is too extra. Mirror balls, a dance floor for getting down, and flowing Moët & Chandon Champagne - we've found our winter groove. Then of course there's the menu of mince pies and Pigs In Blankets.  If you know a Grinch who's failing to feel festive, this is the place to bring them. South Pl, London EC2M 2AF southplacehotel.com/eat-and-drink/secret-garden/" ["post_title"]=> string(36) "London's Epic Christmas Pop Ups 2018" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(29) "christmas-pop-ups-london-2018" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2018-11-26 15:38:50" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-11-26 15:38:50" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=60030" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [3]=> object(WP_Post)#1058 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(60025) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2018-10-25 18:37:19" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-10-25 17:37:19" ["post_content"]=> string(7509) "This might sound like a bit of a bummer, but trust us when we say The Day of the Dead is all about the celebrations. Down Mexico way they believe that the soul is immortal and can travel between worlds. Día de Muertos – 2nd November – is the time to honour your dead loved ones. People leave offerings and decorate graves with the idea of encouraging a visit from your favourite spirits – and there’s the chance to have one awesome party, too. It’s vibrant, it’s lively, and it’s the ideal way to honour the dearly departed. Plus, there’s tequila involved. Sold.

Pop Brixton – 27th October

We are always down for a fiesta, and when it’s fuelled by live music and mezcal then just try and keep us away. For one epic night, POP Brixton will be transformed into a spirited arena of painted skulls, mystic performances and NOLA inspired brass bands to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. This is gonna be one spirited affair, and death has never been so vibrant. Ahuevo! Free entry, turn up from 4pm 49 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PQ  

Cantina Laredo - Candlelit Day of the Dead Dinner at Cantina Laredo

2nd November

Baby when the lights go out, that’s when things get lit. Candle light celebrations are getting underway at Cantina Laredo this Day of the Dead, where all things death and tequila are giving us life. With a free-flowing menu of unlimited Margaritas, and dishes including The Dangerous Don, a chocolate and dulce de leche cronut dessert, it’s set to get those spirits well and truly awakened.   10 Upper St Martin's Ln, London WC2H 9FB https://www.cantinalaredo.co.uk/  

Chino Latino – Day of the Dead dinner

2nd November

You’re not likely to miss Chino Latino this Day of the Dead. Just keep your eyes peeled for the colour-popping 4ft tall floral skull hanging in the windows of a restaurant. Expect vibrant cocktails to accompany the four-course dinner packed with more Latin twists than a telenovela. Jalapeno Maki Rolls, and ceviche of calamari, shrimps, sea bass and avocado are sure to enliven your taste-buds.. In true Day of the Dead style, the dessert will be a Passion fruit skull designed with edible flowers. Sweet. Tickets £45 Park Plaza Riverbank, 18 Albert Embankment, Lambeth, London SE1 7TJ  

The Dia de los Muertos Cocktail at The Lost Alpaca, Lima Floral

The best way to pay tribute to the departed? Have a stiff drink in their honour. Awaken all the spirits this Day of the Dead and head to Covent Garden’s underworld. Descend into The Lost Alpaca Bar at Floral by LIMA for some fiery South American libations. The Dia de los Muertos cocktail is laced with a sweet and spicy mix of pumpkin, agave and Tabasco, with a base of gin to get the ultimate afterlife party started. 14 Garrick St, London WC2E 9BJ https://www.lostalpaca.com  

Ella Canta painted black tasting menu

from 1st – 17th November

Floral headdress, vibrant sugar skull face-paints and traditional flamboyant Mexican dress – we're in. Pair this all with an elaborate, modern 8-course “painted black” menu and a sh*t load of margaritas and these Day of the Dead celebrations are DOWN. The menu has a continuous trend of black running through it, including the accompanying Lady in Black Margarita. BarChick’s favourite way of channelling dark spirits. Tasting menu £80 Inclusive of one Painted Black Cocktail One Hamilton Place, Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1J 7QY  

Patrón Tequila Presents Art of Patrón X Day of the Dead

November 2nd

There is a time and a place for tequila and an excessive amount of body gems. That time is November 2nd, and the place is UNIT London in Mayfair. Welcome to the Art of Patrón x Day of the Dead party. Strap in, because Art of Patrón promises to take you on an epic immersive journey through the lens of the world’s finest tequila. Expect Day of the Dead inspired Patrón Tequila masterclasses, wicked live art installations, and make-up stations by The Gypsie Shrine. We’ll be getting down to the tunes of London DJ Tasty Lopez playing a mix of electronic, bounce, house, funk, soul and nostalgia. Of course, there will be Patrón Tequila cocktails including the El Diablo, made with Patrón Silver tequila, lime, ginger beer and Crème de Cassis. Loco!   Tickets are priced at £15 each and include x3 cocktails and mixology masterclasses 3 Hanover Square, Mayfair, London W1S 1HD  

Don Julio Presents Day of the Dead at Tropicana Beach Club

2nd November

A visit to Tropicana Beach Club means serious party times. Fact. So you can be sure their tequila-fuelled Dia de los Muertos party is not to be missed. Housed at the exotic & tropical twisted den of mayhem, drinks will be flowing for this spectacular evening of carnival riot. When BarChick wants to bring out her wicked side, tequila is a good shout. The The Devil’s Margarita, made with Don Julio cocktail, should do the trick. It's all about flower crowns and colourful garms as you dance the night away to an intoxicating mix of Latino, funk, soul and hip-hop beats. Shake those bones. Free Entry 5pm to 9pm. Happy Hour: 5pm - 8pm New London Theatre, Parker Street, London WC2B 5PW  

Day of the Dead brunch at Bluebird White City

3rd November 11am-4pm

There’s one sure fired way to get BarChick outta bed on a Saturday morning, and that’s tequila, tacos & tunes. This feasty fiesta at The Bluebird Café is adding some spice to the festivities and partnering with Patron & Fever Tree to create a menu of epic brunch cocktails, all with a Dia de los Muertos twist. This naturally means Bloody Marias & Margaritas a plenty. Love. Chuck in a live DJ set all day and you’re in for a wild start to your weekend. Now that’s what we’re taco-ing about. Tickets are £35 and include 3 courses & a cocktail Television Centre, Wood Lane, White City, London W12 7FR, UK          " ["post_title"]=> string(51) "A Drinking Guide To 'The Day Of The Dead' in London" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(27) "day-of-the-dead-london-2018" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2018-10-29 05:02:04" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-10-29 05:02:04" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=60025" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } [4]=> object(WP_Post)#1059 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(60021) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2018-10-25 18:21:55" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-10-25 17:21:55" ["post_content"]=> string(8106) "When it comes to Halloween, us BarChicks are in the ‘hell yeah’ camp.  Not just an excuse for everyone to dress up a little slutty, Halloween is the one night a year you can go get your freak on, kit yourself in a costume and drink lurid cocktails named after body parts.  Time to summon the spirits and have a bl**dy good Halloween in these killer London bars.  

La Maison Gothique at Oriole

Wed Oct 31st | 8.00pm-11.59pm Faded glamour. Bewitching burlesque. Grey Goose cocktails to blur the senses. Sounds suitably seductive for BarChick. Descend into the dark underbelly of Paris at the turn of the century (via 2018 Smithfields) for a night of macabre revelry. Grab your crew to channel Parisian Gothic with your dress and vodka decadence with your drinks. There’ll be an extraordinary circus of cabaret and showmanship until the witching hour descends, so prepare to party.  Tickets are £25 and include a welcome drink, live performances and a takeaway serve. East Poultry Avenue, London Central Markets, London, EC1A 9LH  

Discount Suit Company x Jack The Ripper Tour

Tues 30th October | 6:30pm & 8:15pm Wed 31st October | 6:30pm Follow the footsteps of the world’s most notorious serial killer, then knock back some drinks right around the corner from the crime scene. Creepy. After a tour of Jack The Ripper’s East End hunting ground, settle your nerves with The Rum Ripper. Rum + absinthe + unsolved murders = what Halloween was made for. Tickets £20 each including two cocktails and tour 29A Wentworth Street, London, E1 7TB  

Kraken Rum Screamfest: Ocean of Souls

A tentacled beast asking for your soul? Do it. Especially when Kraken Rum cocktails are up for grabs. Wave goodbye to your mortal soul and prepare to get wet ‘cos you’re going down to an underwater world. Secrets, plots, a shipwrecked galleon... sick. Obviously there are cocktails at the end, or BarChick would be elsewhere. Do seaweed, squid ink and snake venom mix well with rum? You’re gonna find out. Tickets and info 76 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 7XB, UK  

Goat, Chelsea – Potions class

31st October | 7pm-10pm We’d usually advise against getting your wand out in a bar. That is until you enrol at GOATWARTS. If you’re anything like BarChick you’ll have been sent to the naughty corner at school one too many times, but when it comes to boozy concoctions we’d be Head Girl. Potion classes, wand duels and mythical beasts make this a night to remember. C’mon, it’s Harry Potter themed, for f**ks sake. It’s gonna be fun. Tickets cost £40 and include drinkable (alcoholic) potions and canapes. 333 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9QL  

Twisted Circus Party at Savage Garden

Friday 26th October If clowns aren’t your thing, it might be worth having a tequila shot to steady yourself before heading here. Nightmarish performers and creepy circus acts = one savage night. Devilishly good cocktails will tear your eyes from one of the best rooftop views in London, and fancy dress is a must. Question is, who’ll be dancing on the human table when midnight rocks around? Tickets are £20 per person and include a Halloween cocktail 7 Pepys St, EC3N 4AF  

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Night at The Book Club

Saturday 27th October | 4pm-3am Angel, Spike or Xander? If this wasn’t the question plaguing your teen years then where were you? Spend Halloween reliving your youth by watching the most iconic episodes of Buffy. That's after joining Art Macabre for a life drawing session. Epic. Need a drink? Cocktails like the ‘Slayers Sour’ with Four Roses Bourbon and Solerno Blood Orange liquor sound pretty killer. It’s not just the 90s fashion we’ll be loving. Later on the tunes go retro too and out comes the 90s dance music. Dust of that pleather mini skirt and prepare to slay. Tickets and info 100 Leonard Street, London, Greater London, EC2A 4RH  

Dark Circus Party

Sat 27th October Risque, sultry and tantalisingly twisted. The Dark Circus Party is one hell of a saucy way to spend Halloween. Embrace your inner voyeur and succumb to a night of wild abandon and pleasure seeking. Costume is mandatory, so choose your most outrageous outfit and indulge your darkest fantasties. Inside the haunted big-top, anything could happen. We like those odds... Tickets £40 admission 13 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BH  

The Spirits of Alcatraz

28th – 31st October | 7-10pm Some of the best nights end up behind bars. The grave digging, missing bodies and zombies are more unusual. That’s Halloween trapped on Alcatraz, people. Dead inmates have risen, and they want revenge. Will you join them? These kind of decisions require cocktails. Luckily there are three criminally insane ones to choose from. Sorted. Tickets from £35.99 and includes 3 cocktails 212 Brick Ln, London E1 6SA  

Pleasure vs Pain at The Little Blue Door

Wed 31st October – Friday 2nd November This Halloween The Flatmates at The Little Blue Door are out to get your blood pumping. These sick supper-clubs will test your limits to the max. 5-courses of daring delicacies paired up with their weird and wonderful cocktails await. Expect jalapeno spiked drinks and canapés laced with creepy crawlies. Buggin’.   Tickets £45 for set menu and paired cocktails 871-873, Fulham Rd, Fulham, London SW6 5HP  

Rumpus Room – Malice in Wonderland

Sat 27th October We’re never one to shy away from a scandalous situation. Macabre fantasy with a hint of titillation? You’re talking BarChick’s language. Fall down the rabbit hole at The Rumpus Room and prepare to get trippy. Illusions and adventure are promised, so grab a drink and soak it up. The cocktail menu is by the team at Dandelyan (World’s Best Bar, FYI). We want the Bada Boom made with grapefruit gin & ‘exploding’ syrup. Costumes are a must, so get planning.   £40 per person. Tickets include one welcome drink upon arrival. 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD Tickets and info" ["post_title"]=> string(39) "Killer Halloween Parties in London 2018" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(24) "halloween-in-london-2018" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2018-10-25 18:21:55" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-10-25 17:21:55" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=60021" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } } ["post_count"]=> int(5) ["current_post"]=> int(-1) ["in_the_loop"]=> bool(false) ["post"]=> object(WP_Post)#1055 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(60042) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2018-12-12 11:26:08" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2018-12-12 11:26:08" ["post_content"]=> string(13419) "

One Aldwych Christmas Showtime Cocktails at The Lobby Bar

  For a razzle dazzle menu of theatrical drinks to enjoy this festive season, The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych hotel in Covent Garden is putting on a show of spectacular Christmas Showtime Cocktails for which you’re gonna want a front row seat. Centre stage is the Snow Dome Christmas Tree, which towers 25-foot up and features 130 snow domes among natural birch twigs and twinkling lights. As with any great show, there are some stand out stars on the bill, including the Father Negroni with Beefeater 24, Cinnamon Campari and Antica Formula, and Mulled Berries, a sweet concoction of Tequila Altos Silver, Mulled Wine, Agave Syrup, Lime Juice and Pedrino Tonic, all served with a complimentary mince pie. The show goes on until the 7th January. 1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ www.onealdwych.com/food-drink/the-lobby-bar  

Espresso Martini Society

  If you wanna make sure your Christmas is buzzing, you’re going to have to check out The Espresso Martini Society’s new digs in Shoreditch. After a sell-out stint in Soho earlier in the year, they’re now serving up the largest list of Espresso Martini variations in the world with a festive twist. The twenty-strong menu features a whole host of Christmas classics, ranging from The Gingerbread Man to The Randy Brandy, with tickets only £10pp including a complimentary espresso martini. £10 tickets are Each session lasts 1hr30 and includes a complimentary cocktail. The Espresso Martini Society, 42 Hanbury St, E1 5JL. www.timeout.com/espresso-martini-society  

Blade's Oat Nog

  Blade in Soho is no ordinary bar, and they're serving no ordinary Christmas cocktails this year, either. This salon-bar offers a banging selection of drinks while they also tend to your barnet. Get that work Christmas party blow-dry while enjoying their Oat-Nog - a vegan twist on the classic festive tipple combining Stagg Jr. Bourbon or Foursquare Dominus Rum (it's your choice), with Maple Syrup, Vanilla Bitters, Oatly Oat Cream, Oatly Barista Oat Milk (which is THE BOMB), Real Organic Cinnamon and is garnished with a luxury soft date stuffed with pecans. Chop chop. 26 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 5LD www.bladesoho.co.uk  

Overture at The Beaufort Bar

  For a spritz of festive fizz, The Beaufort Bar's Overture comprises exactly that. With a new cocktail menu that truly distinguishes itself from the iconic American Bar, the menu features a refined signature offering, including grower Champagnes and sparkling wine, expertly prepared mixed drinks, and a well-chosen, in-depth whisky selection. The beautiful Overture combines Grey Goose Vodka, Cucumber Syrup, Hibiscus Kirsch, Tonic and topped up with Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Champagne. The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EZ www.fairmont.com/savoy-london/dining/beaufortbar  

The Skylight Cobbler

  Skylight's cosy Christmas cocktail called the Skylight Cobbler will take the chill out of any winter night and is the perfect tipple of choice before skating the night away or channeling your inner Pingu and getting toasty in one of Skylight's multiple igloos. Blending Bombay Sapphire, 30et40, Lemon Juice, Peach Syrup, Sugar Syrup and topped off with Plum Bitters, this festive tipple is as delicious as London's iconic skyline which you can enjoy while you sip. Tobacco Dock, Pennington St. Car Park entrance, Wapping, London E1W 2SF www.skylightlondon.com  

Sanderson's Chocolate Factory at The Long Bar

  Grab yourself a Golden Ticket and head into the magical and delicious world of Willy Wonka this Christmas at Sanderson Hotel's Long Bar, where a bespoke cocktail menu features the likes of the Wonka’s Martini, a mix of Grey Goose vodka, Eager apple juice, green apple and lemon; Glop Glop, a concoction of Mozart dry chocolate vodka, Briottet orange liqueur and Lillet Blanc vermouth; and The Blue Meadow Star, mixing Star of Bombay gin, orange, and Fever-Tree Elderflower tonic. Each cocktail is as surprising and delightful as finding Zac Efron waiting for you under the tree on Christmas morning. Enjoy Wonka's menu from 27 November until 4 January at Sanderson, 50 Berners Street London, W1T 3NG www.morganshotelgroup.com/long-bar   

Quaglino's Bar Festive Cocktail

  The mixology maestros at Quaglino's bar have created this special Christmas cocktail for the festive season. Classic, creamy and comforting, Bianco Natale! consists of Cointreau, Cacao white, yellow Chartreuse, lemon juice, egg white, chocolate bitters with a dark chocolate garnish. Get your Christmas glad rags on and pop on those dancing shows and get ready to jingle your bells in Mayfair this Christmas. 16 Bury St, St. James's, London SW1Y 6AJ www.quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk/at/bar  

Winter Whisky Cocktails at Aster's Hunters Lodge

  Aster has been transformed into a cosy hunting lodge this festive season complete with sheepskin blankets, warming drinks, festive snacks and mounted deer heads. In partnership with Macallan and Laphroaig Whiskies, the cocktail menu has been designed to warm you from your fingers to your toes, with three winter whisky cocktails including The Laird with Macallan Gold, Antica formula and Angostura bitter; Festive Fireside with Laphroaig 10-year-old, Courvoisier, ginger syrup, Noilly prat and Napoleon Mandarine liqueur, and Monarch of the Glen with Macallan Gold, honey, cloves, cinnamon and orange. Aster 150 Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1E 5LB www.aster-restaurant.com

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

  Known for the prettiest floral installations in West London, Ivy Chelsea Garden have created a limited-edition Gingerbread Espresso Martini to help bring the Christmas spirit to SW3 this winter. The festive drink combines a freshly pulled espresso shot, Wyborowa Vodka, Bepi Tosolini Expre liqueur and gingerbread syrup for a subtle twist on the classic Espresso Martini. The perfect way to stay perky through for your Kings Road Christmas shopping. 195 -197 King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5EQ www.theivychelseagarden.com  

Bōkan 39 Rooftop Terrace & Bar

  The Spice Girl's reunion is great n all, but our favourite ginger spice is the kind that comes in festive cocktails, like The Hot Gin & Gingerbread at Bōkan; is a deliciously warming biscuity tipple of Sipsmith gin and gingerbread syrup, garnished with a wedge of orange to be enjoyed while talking limitless selfies with the epic view. Floor 39, 40 Marsh Wall, London E14 9TP www.bokanlondon.co.uk  

Savage Garden

  All credit to him, Mr Tumnus knows how to make a banging cocktail, even if he is half goat. Tumnus’s Tea is a hot cocktail made with Absolut Elyx, poppy tea, saffron, condensed milk and star anise served at the magical Narnia Terrace at Savage Garden. Warm enough to melt the White Witch's heart. Savage Garden, 7 Pepys Street, London, EC3N 4AF www.savagegarden.co.uk  

The House of Song - The Grinch

 

If you're yet to feel the joys of Christmas and are currently suffering from resting Grinch face, this bold and punchy cocktail should lift your spirits. Available at Farringdon's Piano Works and Leicester Square's Studio 88, where you can request your favourite Christmas tunes to be played live all night long, The Grinch is made with Gold rum, blue curacao, lime, pineapple, mint and a candy cane garnish. The Piano Works, 113-117 Farringdon Road (Corner of Ray Street), London EC1R 3BXY & Studio 88, 47 Whitcomb Street (Off Wardour Street), London WC2H 7DH www.thehouseofsong.co.uk  

Granary Square Brasserie

  Granary Square Brasserie have designed three cocktails inspired by the local areas ‘Christmas by Design theme’, including Snow on the Square made with Absolut Elyx Vodka, Absolut vanilla, Koko Kanu rum, Champagne and a Champagne foam to finish; the Winter Martini which incorporates Absolut Elyx Vodka, Baileys, pumpkin spice syrup and whipped cream; and the Candy Cosmo made with Absolut Elyx Vodka, Grand Marnier, pomegranate juice, egg white, lemon juice, garnished with playful white candy floss. 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4AB www.granarysquarebrasserie.com  

Berry Fizztive at Rail House Cafe

  Rail House Café in Nova, Victoria has created a highly-Instagrammable, luxurious gin-based cocktail to help keep thirst at bay this December. The Berry Fizztive cocktail is an exclusive blend of Christmas cheer and festive sparkle with its delicious mix of warming cranberry liquor and sloe gin, all topped off with crisp, chilled Prosecco.  And, if the Berry Fizztive wasn’t enough to get you in the holiday mood, each cocktail is served with a Christmassy candy cane and a sprinkle of North Pole sugar dust. After all, ‘tis the season to treat yourself! The Nova Building, 8 Sir Simon Milton Square, Victoria, London SW1E 5DJ www.railhouse.cafe  

Drink in The Panto at The Goring

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Northcote Records

8-10 Northcote Road, SW11 1NT

Tel: 0207 924 6699

Clapham Junction (Overground)

Opening hours

Tuesday-Wednesday: 5pm-12am. Thursday: 5pm-12am. Friday-Saturday: 5pm-1am. Sunday: 5pm-12am

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Barchick Says

Date Updated: 30/06/2016

You’d be mistaken if you thought Clapham J was all about Wetherspoons, kebab shops and a myriad of confusing train platforms. It’s also home to one of BarChick’s fave party places. You can’t go wrong with a trip to Northecote Records for hot bar staff, epic live bands and a party-hard crowd who love a good make-shift limbo.

But make sure you get there before 10pm to miss the ballache queue.

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Take your matesBig groups, Dancing, Debauchery, Food, Music, Parties, Pulling, Evening