Try drinks this weekend at the Imaginarium, the most random festive events experience in London (in Southwark Street), a Slap Ya Papa-organised series of pop-ups and fun with cheese aficianados and flower arranging and all sorts of etc!
Melba at the Savoy has gone for a range of upscale hot chocolates to fend off the winter cold. Choose from Brazilian or festive options, chocolate pearl or cookie dough toppings or drizzles of salted caramel sauce for a luxurious liitle pick-me-up.
Congrats to Cut + Grind who have done pretty well in their launch year and have created a Christmas dinner burger that looks to be worth a visit just to try. Squeezing all the key elements of a Christmas dinner into a burger is pretty impressive and also worth mentioning is the masterclasses they run on how to make the perfect burger. A good present for the pattie obsessed?
Texture, never knowingly under-creative, have started serving snow (actually a powdery embellishment of cheese, herbs and coconut boiled in water) as a seasonal flourish. They have an Icelandic chef, which, apparently, helps. (Let’s mention they’ve got a new vegan tasting menu as well!).
Oslo in Hackney, always a favourite for going that little bit further with food, drink and music, and has a winter cocktail menu to warm the parts others don’t reach, with plum sake, quince liqueur and cardamom and clementine all making an appearance. Try the Sloe Winter, with Plymouth Sloe Gin, Winter Berries Syrup and Prosecco. Cheers!
Talking of festive cocktails, Crocker’s Folly in St John’s Wood (and HotJoint doesn’t get to mention SJW very often) have overdone themselves with bevvies such as The Christmas Works – which is Jack Daniel’s Cinnamon, Finlandia vodka, coconut cream, double cream, lime and pineapple juice: jeez. It sounds like it actually might be good for you. They’ve got tonnes of others too.
Now fresh cooked chips conveyor belted out to customers may seem a bit weird on its own but with a Christmas spin? Well, Hipchips are on it, and with a dipping box of smoked salmon and pickled cucumber as well as turkey and more, you cn give a festive dipping experience a go.
Not leftfield enough? Try Blade Hairclubbing, a salon with a “hidden subterranean bar” that provides specially designed cocktails while you are having your hair done. With a welter of Christmas packages, those with the need for a new do can pop there and relax while getting your tresses done. Don’t overindulge, you don’t want to come out with something that, when sober, looks like an error of judgement!
OK it’s got fondue – chocolate or cheese – mulled wine and an ice rink and you can take kids. More importantly Skylight has the view of London’s skyline from which to watch the seasonal capital splendour. Tobacco Dock never looked so good (except covered in BBQ’ed meat for Meatopia!).