Not been to Winter Wonderland this year? Yet to visit the new kid on the block Winterville? Haven’t set eyes on an ice rink or been to any winter markets? Here’s a handful of our favourite things going on in London: we’ve got new openings, pop-ups and parties for y’all. Don’t be a scrooge, get out there, Christmas is the most fun you can have with your clothes on.
1st December: Draft House Birdcage
From the same lunatics that brought us Bump Caves (a paraphernalia infused drinking den) the Draft House Birdcage take a little of the previous and blends it with straight up pub vibes, pow!
80 Columbia Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 7QB
1st December: Max’s Sandwich Shop
Home of the SILF, refer to the word MILF for clues.
19 Crouch Hill, London N4 4AP
1st December: Rex & Mariano
The Goodman chain have only just opened Smack, their latest lobster restaurant, now they’re clearing their plates for some more seafood, and reasonably priced seafood at that. It’s like being at the seaside in the middle of London.
St Anne’s Court, London, W1F
1st December: Fraq’s Lobster Shack
Forget take away burgers, take away lobsters are the real deal. Option to eat in too if you really want to get properly stuck in, bib and all.
55 Goodge Street, London, W1W 1TQ
2nd December: Rosa’s Thai Café – Angel
Rosa’s Thai Café may look like a quaint affair but number five in the syndicate says otherwise. Head to Angel to see it for yourself, it’s Thai food… but you knew that already.
6 Theberton Street, London N1 0QX
3rd December: World’s End Market
Sloane rangers to enjoy fresh fish cooked to order, say goodbye to The Worlds End pub and hello to this delight.
495 King’s Road London SW10
3rd December: HOTBOX @ 46 AND MERCY
If you fell in love with Hotbox at Street Feast, Hawker House or even Battersea Power Station then you’ll be glad to know they’ve gone permanent. Serving up their short ribs, wagyu beef brisket rolls and smoked Chinese spiced duck pancakes upstairs and Thistle with vodka, pork-fat and thyme washed aromatised wine and lemon in the basement bar downstairs. What’s not to love?
46 Commercial Street, London E1 6LT
Sister to Soho’s Copita, we’re big into our Spanish food, but thankfully these guys are rolling out bigger portions to keep you upright after all the inevitable sherry.
60 Wentworth Street, London, E1 7TF
Early December: Bo Drake
You stole our hearts at East Asian BBQ. Smoked Bobo chicken, fatty tuna bowls and pork and eel dumplings for 50 mates.
6 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D 4DE
4th December: Kitty Fisher’s
Named after a popular British courtesan expect fabulous food from Tomos Parry (Young British Foodie’s Chef of the Year 2014).
10 Shepherd Market, London, W1J 7QF
8th December: Bad Egg
From Neil Rankin who brought us Smokehouse, Bad Egg promises to shake things up a bit in the former Princess pub in Shoreditch. The concept is much nicer than the name.
76–78 Paul Street, London EC2A 4NE
10th December: Cereal Killer Café
Every stoner, everywhere has had this idea at some point. These guys have made it a reality and for that we salute them. The cereal café you dreamt up in your teens is to open on Brick Lane, of course. 100 different cereals, 12 different varieties of milk and 20 different toppings… what could go wrong?
139 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB
14th December: Brahms & Liszt
We don’t know much about this one except for that it’s an off licence/tasting bar on Chatsworth Road. Oh, and Brahms& Liszt is cockney rhyming slang.
15th December: Duck & Rice
And just when you thought you’d heard it all we’re here to announce the opening of a Chinese gastropub, for real. Alan Yau is to take over the Endurance Pub next door to his original restaurant Yauatcha.
90 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0QB
December: Tonkotsu Dalston
It’s a hat trick for Tonkotsu who only opened restaurant number two earlier this year. Expect more of the same ramen magic as well as cocktails and hipsters.
328 Mare Street, Dalston, London
5th – 7th December: The Winter Village
This is like a German style market on acid; think artists, artisan, fashion, jewellery and leather. This is the hipster’s winter market with live music, local choirs and a lot of creatives.
St John’s Church, Hackney, London
9th - 11th December: Bar Humbug - A Patrón Christmas Carol
Tequila Patron have got together with The Robin Collective (pro's in curious events) to bring us lots of Tequila and a guide through Christmas past, present and eventually to future with a finale of mega DJ's, dancing and futuristic cocktails!
Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, Bethnal Green E2 9NF
Until Sunday 21st December: Grotto Outre
Like Santa’s grotto but for adults, hell yes. Follow the mystical pathway to festive films, Bingo bonanzas, Quizmas Wednesdays and throwback Thursdays. We’re sure you can sit on Santa’s knee if you ask nicely.
Red Gallery, Shoreditch, London
Until the New Year: Valhalla Vodka Bar
This Viking themed rooftop is where we’ll be hanging this December. Kicking back with mulled wine, hot cider and filling up on Scandi food cooked on the open fire. Nothing says Christmas more than being on a Nordic roof terrace.
Skylounge, 7 Pepys Street, London, EC3N 4AF
1st December – 30th January: Skylodge
Platterform's Skylodge is once again back by popular demand, with this year promising even more ludicrous costumes and games, a much, much bigger sound system, a later licence (woohoo), two fully stocked bars and lots of sausages! The lodge itself can only be reached by the lucky few who manage to find their way through the woods where they must then climb a beanstalk to find the Bean Bag Bar with its treasure of cocktails, giants and fatboys (aka bean bags).
Stage 3, Hackney Empire, 289 Mare St, E8 1EJ
4th - 5th December: Kamm & Sons at Unit 16 Brixton Market
DJ Shell will be spinning vinyl records and The Boss will be behind the bar serving up some mega kamm and Sons cocktails like the Hot kammberry. Come along for some funk, soul, jazz and cocktail Nirvana.
Unit 16, Brixton Market, London
12th – 23rd December: Pop up Screens
Pop Up Screens is an outdoor cinema showing open air screenings of generally awesome films. Enter through a wardrobe for this winter wonderland of Christmas films, we’re booking Elf.
20th Century Cinema, Westbourne Grove, W11
1st – 24th December: Port & Portobello Bar
Pucker up and get ready to taste some triumphant sherries, pleasing ports and delectable seasonal ales at the Port & Portobello Bar at The Red Lemon in Notting Hill. The pub has launched a festive pop up in the upstairs Blue Room.
The Red Lemon Pub, 45 All Saints Road, Notting Hill, London
Scran and bevvy, these boys serve up Great Scottish dishes alongside Monkey Shoulder cocktails in a railways arch in Bermondsey. Brilliantly atmospheric wooden shacks, open fires, Burberry blankets and communal dining tables add to the vibe.
2-3 Black Swan Yard, London, SE1 3XW
5th December – March: KERB at The CLUBHOUSE A covered winter market at an old mirror factory in Hackney Wick, this experimental, multi-functional space will house some of London’s favourite food vendors such as Bleeker Burgers, Fundi Pizza and BBQ LAB and many more. 105 Monier Road, Hackney Wick, London, E3 2PS 3rd and 10th December: Babička’s Bohemia cocktail tour: An enchanting journey through the ancient realms of the Kingdom of Bohemia, its heroines, witches and wormwood. Babička Vodka, the original wormwood Vodka, is hosting a mystical tour round some of East London’s finest cocktail dens, punctuated by delicious cocktails and stimulating prose. So glam. December: Yeah! Burger at The Star of Hackney Downs ‘No bullsh*t, just burgers’ reads the title at the top of the menu. The Star of Hackney Downs is the new home to Yeah! Burger. With specialities including The Po Po (pork), The Poseidon (fish), and The Morrissey (vegetarian) as well as a ramen burger (featuring a bun made of noodles) we know where we’ll be visiting next time we find ourselves lost and hungry on the unfamiliar side of Hackney. Danny Boyle’s a fan, so you should be too. 35 Queensdown Rd, London E5 8JQ December: Psychic Burger at The Old Queens Head These guys are doing a Christmas relaunch. Eat massive burgers with chilli fries under the mistletoes, now that’s love. 44 Essex Rd, London N1 8LN
6th December: The StockMKT London’s original, award-winning night market returns. A magical mix of London’s best street food, art and crafts, artists, live bands and DJs into the evening. Expect magnificent cocktails, cool wines you’ve never heard of and craft beers brewed in the heart of the city too. Bermondsey Square, Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UN 13th December: The StockMKT London’s original, award-winning night market hits Spitalifieds for the first time. A magical mix of London’s best street food, art and crafts, artists, live bands and DJs into the evening. Expect magnificent cocktails, cool wines you’ve never heard of and craft beers brewed in the heart of the city too. Brushfields Street, Spitalfields Market, London, E1 6AA Every Thursday in December: WHAM’S! ‘LAST CHRISTMAS’ at MAGGIE’S This year, in true retro style, make ‘Last Christmas’ this Christmas at Maggie’s, as every Thursday in December, the nightclub will be dedicating their decked halls to Wham’s! 80’s Christmas classic. 329 Fulham Rd, London SW10 9QL