BarChick's November 2014 Hotlist

Goddam we love this month! The Halloween fun might be over but the festive fun is just beginning. 9th NOVEMBER: REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY Wear your poppy with pride, people, and try and visit the ceramic poppies at The Tower of London before they get picked. Tower of London, EC3N 4AB FRIDAY 21ST NOVEMBER: WINTER WONDERLAND This is undoubtedly the most fun you can have in Hyde Park with your clothes on. Mulled wine, screaming girls, rides galore, steins of beer and random German presents. Head in under those legendary arches and welcome to Christmas. Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH 

OPENING SOON

 2ND NOVEMBER: JONES & SONS AT TRIP KITCHEN It’s been less than a year since Jones & Son’s opened to acclaim in Dalston and already owner Andy Jones has moved onto project number two. In collaboration with Trip Kitchen the menu will incorporate a selection of European dishes priced at either £7 or £11 including a daily deli-counter. Head down to the disused railway arches in Haggerston to get involved. 339-340 Acton Mews, Haggerston, E8 4EA NOVEMBER: SMACK Look out for a naked lady crossed with a lobster and you’re on the right track. Wanna grab a quick lobster roll and glass of booze before you head out? This is where to do it. Bond Street, London, W1C 2HU 4TH NOVEMBER: SNAPS & RYE Big into your Danish (cuisine)? Then get down to this opening which will be heavy on tebirkes, smørrebrøds and Æblekage. Sounds delicious! Goldborne Road, London, W10 5NL 3RD NOVEMBER: CAFÉ PISTOU Specialising in Provencal cooking; expect weekend brunches, wines from the South of France and a buzzing bar in the evening. This is France without the plane ticket. 8 – 10 Exmouth Market, London, EC1 4QA  SATURDAY, 8TH NOVEMBER: HEDDON STREET KITCHEN Heddon Street Kitchen will offer an all-day modern European menu courtesy of head chef Maria Tampakis (previously of Bread Street Kitchen and prior to that at the three Michelin-starred restaurant Jean-Georges in NYC). Open for breakfast through to dinner and everything in between. Get involved with an interactive wine-tasting counter and ice-cream bar. 3 - 9 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4BE NOVEMBER: FRAQ’S LOBSTER SHACK We can’t get us enough lobster, so naturally we’re excited about this opening. This 30 cover eat in / take away restaurant will serve a handful of dishes with an East Coast American focus. Perfectly cooked lobster and seafood with wine. Get in line! 55 Goodge Street, London, W1T 1TQ NOVEMBER: LADIES & GENTLEMEN William Borrell doesn’t stop at making vodka, he’s onto the next big thing and that’s opening his own underground bar in Kentish Town. We’ve been excited about this one for a while, set in an ex-loo it’s set to be sexy and chic with non-other than a 16ltr copper gin still in the corner. Junction of Fortess & Highgate Road, London, NW5 1JY NOVEMBER: OLD TOM & ENGLISH British food, vintage cocktails and carefully curated wines in the heart of Soho. Tuck into battered fish and chips, Welsh rarebit, jam roly poly and deep fried popcorn cockles, and sip on Highgate Negronis and Gimlets. This is old Soho meets new Soho and we’re all over it. 187b Wardour Street, W1F 8ZB, London NOVEMBER: ONE TWO FIVE CHURCH STREET From the guys behind The Blacksmith and Toffeemaker, expect coffee, cake and delicious food during the day and some badass booze by night. 125 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 0UH NOVEMBER: DELANCY & CO You had us at salt beef and smoked salmon bar. Bring on the bagels and prosecco on tap. Goodge Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1 20TH NOVEMBER: DISHOOM KINGS CROSS Spread over three floors of a restored Victorian heritage building known as 'The Stables' just off Granary Square Dishoom Kings Cross will include a downstairs 'Permit Room' cocktail bar,  a mezzanine kitchen with balcony tables, and a Bombay-style juice bar including fresh sugar cane juice, phew. 5 Stable Street, London, N1C 4AB 30TH NOVEMBER: DRAFT HOUSE BIRDCAGE Taking a bit of the extraordinary out of their latest venture, Bump Caves and a bit of their Draft House goodness. Expect optic cocktails and pie and mash. 80 Columbia Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 7QB 24TH NOVEMBER: THE IVY MARKET GRILL The Ivy’s baby sister is opening its doors. Perfect for over-spill from the main event. 1 Henrietta Street, London, WC2E 8PS NOVEMBER: ROKA ALDWYCH Rainer Becker is expanding his empire and adding one more hot spot. Expect more contemporary Japanese and some Micronesia-inspired cocktails. Ground floor, West Front, Aldwych House, 71 – 91 Aldwych, WC2 7RD NOVEMBER – 108 BRASSERIE Re-opening after an extensive re-development, expect a bar with all-day drinking (get in) and a formal dining area serving British delights from breakfast right through to dinner. Book in for the soft launch from 4th – 6th for 50% off your bill. 108 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2QE NOVEMBER: BONE DADDIES Our favourite ramen restaurant will be opening its doors on the first floor of Whole Foods Market, meaning you can get your ramen fix while you do the weekly shop. Expect signature ramen, curry ramen, gyoza and steaming hirata buns. First floor, Whole Foods Market, 63-97 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SE

POP-UPS

FORZA WIN You had us at huge pots of bubbling cheese fondue in the centre of each table, that and the hot booze of course. 133 Copeland Road, London, SE15 3SN 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 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 28TH – 29TH NOVEMBER: SLAP X TIPPLE This 80s / 90s themed cocktail living room will take you on a journey with the help of old school classic films like Cocktail and House Party and a load of hip hop and RnB. Get down. The Gallery on The Corner, 155 Battersea Park Road, London, SW8 4B LE CHALET AT SELFRIDGES A winter Alpine-style restaurant on the roof of Selfridges, what more do you need to know? Hit the hot chocolate cocktail bar for choctails' including; ‘The Cuban’ a delicious concoction of rum, cinnamon and hot chocolate, ‘Double Choc’ a blend of Courvoisier Exclusif, white chocolate and hot chocolate and ‘Malt’ bourbon, malted milk and hot chocolate as well as juices from NY juice brand The Juicery. Selfridges Rooftop, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB THE LITTLE YELLOW DOOR A pop-up bar based on a fictional flatshare between friends from all walks of life. Sift through a mix-match of colourful, quirky possessions, belonging to the residents as drinks are served in jars, blenders, and teapots, with the odd eggcup for shots. Menus are written on discarded magazines and every Friday a superclub will be hosted by the Wandering Chef. Who’s paying the rent though? 68 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3HT 1ST NOVEMBER: VIVO WINTER ROOFTOP Just in time for the harshest of London’s winter weather, the former suntrap space will be encased in a fully-heated, conservatory-style marquee sheltering throughout the colder months, dreamy. 57-58 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0NY 1ST NOVEMBER: WINTER CABIN AT YORK AND ALBANY Ski chic is out and haute hunting is in: which is why The Winter Cabin at The York & Albany -- a townhouse, restaurant and bar by Gordon Ramsay -- will be this season's stop-and-stay-a-while sanctuary. 127 – 129 Parkway, London, NW1 7PS

EVENTS

SATURDAY 1ST NOVEMBER: WINTERWELL HALLOWEEN The Winterwell team are throwing a mega Halloween party to say goodbye as the end is nigh. The grim reaper will be DJing so expect anything from ska to house, and the theme is Ghosts of Winterwell Past in honour of the closing of this epic festival. Boooooooo (literally). The Loft Studios, London, NW10 6QU 8TH – 9TH NOVEMBER: SYMMETRY BREAKFAST AT THE CORNER ROOM This sweet concept of seeing how other people do breakfast across the world is available for you to try for two days only. Vanilla porridge, eggs any way, dropscones with maple syrup… all portions are for sharing, because sharing is caring. Patriot Square, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9NF 30TH OCTOBER – 20TH DECEMBER: SWINGERS Hit the 1920s clubhouse for cocktails then take your mate down at crazy golf. It’s in a warehouse in Shoreditch so you know it’s gonna be good. 7 – 11 Hearn Street, London, EC2A 3LS SUNDAY 16TH NOVEMBER: REGENT STREET CHRISTMAS LIGHTS This already buzzing event is really taking it to new levels this year. The whole street will be closed off and buzzing all day long with fireworks to accompany the main spectacle. Regent Street, London, W1B 5AH 31ST OCTOBER: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM ICE RINK You know it’s Christmas when this baby pops up. Happy skating people. Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD 11th NOVEMBER: SKATE AT SOMERSET HOUSE Skating doesn’t get more beautiful than this. Knock the socks off your date (with the view, not your skating). Somerset House, Aldwych, London

 FOOD MARKETS

SATURDAY 1ST NOVEMBER: HALLOWEEN NIGHT MARKET This ghosts and ghouls extravaganza will feature devilish street food delights like witches pork burgers, wickedly spicy jalapenos and skewers from deepest, darkest Peru as well as Blood Red and Ghouls Mystery cocktails. Everyone in fancy dress will get a free shot so there’s never been a better reason to dress up. Euro Car Parks, 162-167 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6HU 12TH NOVEMBER: MAGIC FEAST In aid of children’s charity, Magic Breakfast, some of SE1’s finest are getting together to create a street food style festival with banging food, raffles, auctions and thumping DJs. Expect Hutong, MEATliquor and Village East amongst others. Surrey Square Junior School, London, SE17 2JY / Tickets £50