Top Five "It's That Time Of Year Again" Things To Do This Winter
Written by: Tavia Davies
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
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.
By gum there are a lot of winter markets this year. Fueled by sickly sweet mulled wine and overpriced pulled pork sliders, we’ve managed to wade our way through the murky waters of winter markets and find some decent looking ones round this here part of town. Don’t let our Grinch-esq vibes put you off (I’m more of a Pancake Day person myself) because, if you’re into markets, you’ll probably like these. Read on, if you’re merrier than us.
Take a short walk along Finsbury Park’s own sunset strip and you’ll find MoseyHome, an interiors retailer and styling consultancy who have invited us to collaborate with them on an exciting new series titled 'Style My Shop', in which they invite some of London's most talented interiors experts to quite literally style their shop. Interiors porn at it's finest.
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!
Touch, taste, smell, hear and create art. Smith & Sinclair, purveyors of the Edible Cocktail, presents The Flavour Gallery: a multi-sensory adventure that’ll seduce your senses and tickle your taste buds beyond all imagination. Ooh matron!
Brush the cobwebs off your sexy banana costume; it’s that time of year to make a tit of yourself in fancy dress again. We’ve rounded up the most spine-chilling Halloween happenings in North London and, trust us, they sound horrendous. Be afraid, be very afraid.
God bless the Queen... of Hoxton. Or, more specifically, their rooftop - which happens to be one of our favourites in this here city of London. These guys are well known for creating beautiful, seasonal pop-ups which have included the Nordic Viking themed 'Skye Halla' and the Neverland inspired 'Bangarang'. This winter make way for 'The Moroccan Medina', a sky high hideaway inspired by the romanticism of the beguiling ancient city of Marrakesh.
Next time you need a caffeine hit why not take it from a cup brewed from Jamaican beans grown under a canopy of rainforest-preserving trees, whilst eating a home made vegan banana bread as you sit among an array of sweetly scented blooms. Welcome to Mento, Finsbury Park.
Pilgrim, the newest kid to Hackney's pop-up scene, is a unique dining experience inspired by the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. This six course tasting menu includes regional dishes with a contemporary twist not yet seen before in London.
Recent times have seen an unnerving surge in right-wing politics. President Trump’s campaign to ‘make America great again’ saw him make the audacious promise to ‘build a wall’. France saw the uneasy ascent of Marine Le Pen’s National Front in its general elections and Germany’s AfD, (the first openly nationalist party in almost six decades) celebrated an unprecedented third place victory in its recent elections.
Summer is officially over. We're not sure it ever began in the first place. I guess that's one of the few downsides of living in London (other than crippling debt, tube strikes and Boris Johnson), but I digress... Magic Roundabout Old Street is raising the bar for winter, transforming the site into a tented, heated, 'Decades' inspired wonderland.
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London cocktail week is upon us. To be honest I can think of nothing worse than strapping on a wristband, carrying around a guidebook and queuing up for something that just needs to be brought to my sorry, tired old lips immediately. Apparently this year however, Drink Up London have released an app that eliminates all of the above nonsense. Get your ticket, download the app and get enjoying your £6 cocktails all week long. Just remember to flash your digital pass to the bartender first.