Top Five "It's That Time Of Year Again" Things To Do This Winter

Written by: Tavia Davies

Why was the snowman sad? Because he had a meltdown. Much like us, every year, when winter comes.

It’s cold, it’s dark, and we know Christmas is on its way. But hey, it’s not all bad – the events round this time of year can be pretty swell. So don your scarf-shawl-blanket and get your frolic on, it’s time for fairy lights, scarfing mulled wine and stuffing your face!

1. Warm your cockles Moroccan style

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Inspired by the far-flung desert realms and romantic splendor of Marrakesh is The Moroccan Medina at The Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop. Moroccan spices and traditional Shisha scents invite you inside this snug little hideaway to sample spiced hot buttered rum and rainbow vegan mezze boards amongst a specially curated series of immersive events on offer throughout winter. Read our full run-down here.

2. Bundle up in Hygge

Get cosy in The Bank of Friendship’s Hygge Boogie every first Sunday of the month this winter, where you slurp Hot Toddys, sit by a roaring fire and pretend that work on Monday isn’t happening for just a few hours more. Cosmic Bangarang will be joining in the fun too, supplying soul, blues, funk, old school pop, folk and country tunes. Personally, we’ll be glugging Glegg a.k.a. liquid hygge a.k.a. pimped up mulled wine a.k.a. being the little spoon when it’s snowing outside and even though you’ve fallen out with your best mate/mum/pet hamster, you know everything is going to be okay.

3. Bond with the parental(s)

Jump into The Magic Roundabout’s time machine to celebrate the magic of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. It’s ideal for taking your folks to. We guarantee they’ll be harping on about how ‘oh my gosh, darling, I had that wallpaper in my house in the 80s! Oh darling, when will you be buying a house? You’re almost 32, darling, it’s time you get on the property ladder. I had my first house by the time I was 25, darling!’ Good luck, guys. We’d suggest devouring the new Smokin’ Lotus BBQ beef brisket and inhaling Pina Colada’s until the pain dulls.

4. Cheese, glorious cheese

PSA: there is a Cheese Bar in Camden, and they’re running fondue evenings every Thursday this November and December. It is officially cheese-mas, guys. I am filled with glee, I tell thee! Starters include mozzarella sticks (ugh, YUM), a weekly changing cheeseboard and a charcuterie board. Next, you get to pick from the Classic Four Cheese Fondue or the Young Buck, Blue Cheese Fondue. Honestly, just pour the hot molten cheese lava into my gaping mouth right now. I’ll be the fondue pot. Dip your fresh baguette, truffled roast potatoes and homemade pigs in blankets straight into me. I’m ready.

Every Thursday from 6pm, fantasise more here.

5. Bring some heat to the Cold War

From Russia to America and back through Cuba, STYX’s Nuclear Winter will be exploring the immersive depths of supper clubs all through December, January and February. Transporting diners to the heart of the Cold War, it’ll be a tongue in cheek journey to both sides of the iron curtain through installation, performance, food and drink. Voyaging across the four installation areas will see your guest visas being scrutinized in the Soviet Zone, search lights rumbling your escape across the De-Militarised Zone, men in trenchcoasts hurling you into the CIA bunker and master mixologists whisking you away to Cuba for Castro’s Cancelled Christmas. Three wildly different supperclubs will be taking place over the winter, pick your favourite here.

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