• The Winter House Christmas pop up takes over old Limelight Club

    The Winter House brings touch of Christmas class to Shaftsbury Ave pop-up

    As far as winter pop-ups go this year, this one definitely has to be among the most luxurious we’ve encountered. Nestled in the very grand former premises of the Limelight Club on Shaftesbury Avenue, with Winter House we've been promised lofty balcony banquets, a "sweeping Grand Hall," plus cocktails and dancing in the Crypts.

    Behind The Winter House is events team Bourne &

  • The Pate en Croute at Holborn Dining Room: anatomy of a dish

    pate collage

    We've seen a lot of Christmas specials hitting London restaurants (much of which have made it onto our festive roundup page). But if we had to choose a winner, and for the purposes of this piece we are, it's got to be the amazing Crimbo Pate en Croute devised by Head Chef Calum Franklin at Holborn Dining Rooms.

    Calum has

  • Festive spirit aplenty at the Archer Street cocktail popup in Harvey Nichols


    If you find yourself in need of some Christmas spirit while braving London’s shops this festive season, duck into Archer Street, a newly cocktail pop-up on the fifth floor of Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge. The bar will be dishing up all kinds of stiff drinks, which you can enjoy while you soak up the highly festive atmosphere and recline on one of their many velvet armchairs.

    The Let It Sloe is Archer Street’s take on a mojito, given a Christmas twist, and is made

  • Chicken Town teams up with Clove Club and the River Cafe for its Christmas menu


    So this may be the most altruistic Christmas party menu in London. Chicken Town in Tottenham already does a lot to promote healthy eating and careers in hospitality. Now it's using the Christmas party season to look after its neighbours on the big day. For the second year running they'll be throwing open their doors and hosting lunch for vulnerable people in Tottenham, including isolated older people and families living in nearby hostels.

    The way they pay for

  • There's a pop-up gingerbread cabin at The York and Albany in Camden

    There's a pop-up gingerbread cabin at The York and Albany in Camden

    Every year, York and Albany in Camden can be relied on doing something pretty special for Christmas, and this year is no different. York and Albany is transforming its courtyard into a storybook wonderland in the run up to winter, complete with no less than a gingerbread cabin. They’ll be serving savoury snacks, afternoon tea and cocktails, with the majority all heavily featuring the festive

  • Coppa Club launch their Thameside igloos for the winter


    OK, we flat out LOVE this idea. I mean, look at that picture, who wouldn't want to try partying in an igloo right alongside the river Thames? This frankly genius winter alfreso invention is the brainchild of Coppa Club. They have eight of them set up on their huge terrace at their Tower Bridge site for the run up to Christmas.

    Each custom-made igloo is heated, thank goodness, but also comes with sheepskin blankets for added hygge. Three of them are laid out

  • Manhattan Club announces immersive speakeasy pop-up for the winter party season


    Those in charge of sorting out Christmas party, but tasked with the harrowing prospect of finding something ‘a bit different’ will be pleased to know The Manhattan Club’s new immersive speakeasy experience.

    For the entirety of the festive period, West London’s Brunswick Studio will be transformed into a roaring ‘20s themed speakeasy, taking attendees back in time via a raft of entertainment and a five and six-course tasting menu. There’ll be dress up,

  • Bompas & Parr create The Height of Winter at The Shard


    Everyone's favourite oddball events organisers Bompas & Parr are at it again and this time they've taken their antics up to the top of The Shard. The duo are behind The Height of Winter, which has transformed The View from The Shard into an "enchanting, sensory winter experience".

    What that means in practice is that they've taken over the open-air Level 72 Skydeck, adding super-scaled crystals, gem-studded snow dunes, glowing crystal benches, a

  • Vivienne Westwood launches festive offerings at aqua shard


    Last night, Hot Dinners popped along to The Shard for our first official Christmas party of the season. The do was to launch Vivienne Westwood's Christmas tree at aqua shard, which is part of a wider partnership the designer has entered into with the restaurant.

    So in addition to the whopping 18 foot tree (and to tie in with the rainforest charity Cool Earth which Vivienne supports) there's also a special chocolate dessert (pictured), a Johnnie

  • John Lewis Oxford Street launches their rooftop Lunar Lookout


    If today's release of the John Lewis Christmas ad made you a) cry and b) feel as if the countdown to Christmas proper had started, then you'll be wanting to head to Oxford Street. The department store's flagship shop there has launched a winter alfresco spot on their rooftop, themed around the ad.

    The Lunar

  • Selfridges launch a Moët & Chandon champagne photobooth for Christmas


    Can't tell you how much we love the idea of this new festive addition to Selfridges. It's a Moët & Chandon champagne photobooth. You jump in the booth, snap a pic and then use that to create personalised labels for MINI MOET champagne bottles.

    And if you want to take your time over the perfect shot (or get one done for someone else as a pressie), you can just upload a pic from your phone when you're in store and get the labels done that way. The personalised Mini Moët

  • Nuno Mendes puts a Christmas treat on the menu at Chiltern Firehouse


    If you hadn't already made plans to hit Chiltern Firehouse between now and Christmas, then here's a solid reason why you should. Nuno Mendes has a sensational sounding new snack on the menu. Made from the same dough as his famous crab doughnuts, the braised short rib and truffle roasted buns go on the restaurant menu after Thanksgiving.

    As Nuno explains; "The bun and its filling connects several cultures and is personally connected with my own voyage. Bun or Bao


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