The Boundary in Shoreditch (rooms, restaurant, rooftop) has a heated rooftop they Christmas up with a woodfire pit and lantern lights. It has a canopy and offers views of Canary Wharf and the Gherkin. If you are so disposed, snack on fondue and raclette (if you suffer from vertigo, steer clear of the fondue!).
2-4 Boundary Street, E2 7DD www.theboundary.co.uk
Private dining company Cuisson are conjuring up a wintry menu for a POP-down pop-up at the Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo. POP-down plays with senses and throws in surprises. Expect cured mackerel, slow-cooked brisket and pick n mix garnish carrot cake.
Until January 16. http://grubclub.com/cuisson/cuisson-popdown
Dram and Smoke
Celebrated Scottish food posse Dram and Smoke are popping up in London Bridge with things like duck donuts with Irn Bru chilli jam, roast rack of pork with Stornoway black pudding and whisky bread and butter pudding and malted milk custard. We’re sold! Apparently a secret doorway and a dark area. Oooo (ghost noise….).
http://dramandsmoke.com 2-3 Black Swan Yard, London, SE1 3XW
Montague Ski Lodge
Bloomsbury located boutique hotel is very proud of its gardens and is magically transforming them into a ski lodge (see what they did there?). Replete with everything wintry and ski-focused you can think of. No surprises behind the bar: schnapps, flavoured vodkas, mulled wine, hot chocolate etc etc.
The Levant, of course, is a mystical and evocative area. If only I knew where it was. Hold on, quick Google …. Oh right, there. Why didn’t you just say. Anyway, Ceru brings Middle Eastern food to the table with slow roasted lamb’s shoulder and apple, pomegranate and mint salad, among others. They have the admirable ambition of trying to extend summer – and all in exotic Cannon Street!
135 Cannon Street, EC4N 5BP http://www.cerurestaurants.com
York & Albany
Jolly Gordon Ramsay’s joint is reprising its Winter Chalet from last year, complete with fur and stuffed animals (whatever turns you on). Food includes venison kromeski, and rainbow trout with horseradish mousse, and they promise anopen fire and the soft sound of Tirol-style folk music (whatever turns you on).
127-129 Parkway, London, NW1 7PS
Queen of Hoxton
The QoH are proper nutjobs and have got a massive wigwam on the roof of their Shoreditch HQwith its own tree house and mushroom stools (this sounds like the result of a very boozy brainstorm). Candy apples, butterfly preservation and wreathmaking must have seemed like sensible suggestions at the time – what are they drinking?
The Churchill Bar
Churchill liked a drink, this much is true. He must’ve had a sweet tooth as well, because the Winter Terrace at the Churchill Bar is choccy-block with chocolate stuff from Green and Black’s – including an amazing chocolatey egg nog invention. All at the Hyatt Churchill hotel, Portman Square.
Jimmy Garcia is a pop-up veteran and here returns to bring it alpine-style above the Clapham North pub. Smorgasbord doesn’t really cover it: grilled duck hearts, pickled blueberries, rabbit, chateaubriand, cheeses, wild game, bloody marys, homemade ice cream with jelly babies and meringue, buttered rum, hot cider other toddies, the list goes on.
The Lodge, 409 Clapham Road, London, SW9 9BT
Soho Ski Terrace
Soho has pretty much everything else crammed into its few quare miles, so it was only a matter of time before skiing turned up. The Courthouse Hotel brings you a retro ski chalet supplying hot chocolate peppermint schnapps and chicken sliders. Banging.
Tasting Room Bar and Smokehouse
Exchange Square is playing host to its annual ice rink and pop-up the Tasting Room is serving up craft beers and meat treats provided by SmokeStak and their two-tonne smoker. Wonder-deli Sourced’s involvement means some exotic tidbits are available to workers and locals, including gourmet doughnuts and salads. Eat on. http://www.broadgate.co.uk/ice-rink-london