In the run-up to the commercial moneyfest that is Christmas, it's always nice to have something to remind us that this time of year can also be, you know, about doing something nice for others.
So we're pleased to hear that once again StreetSmart are launching their annual fundraising campaign, working with London restaurants to raise money for vulnerable and homeless members of their local community during November and
Ready or not, we're starting to gear up for Christmas (and once 5 November is passed, be prepared for a deluge of Christmas fare). One very popular event that's back is also one of the kitschiest - the Miracle pop-up bar is coming back to the Henrietta Hotel in Covent Garden.
They're popular across the States, but once again, The Henrietta is hosting the only UK pop-up. So you can expect a LOT
If you've been wondering what lies behind the foil wrapped doors of Selfridges Ultralounge on their lower ground floor (we spotted it this weekend and stole in for a quick look) then let us enlighten you.
It's all part of an adult-only cabaret extravaganza that's been devised for the Oxford Street store for the festive season. Glyn Fussell, the co-founder and Creative Director of East Creative, is responsible for the revue while folk including drag stars
If you're as partial to a bit of Baileys as we are come Christmas then you'll probably be pretty merry to hear that their Christmas pop up Treat Bar is coming back.
They popped up last year serving up boozy hot chocolate, cocktails and other treats and they're back again. So you can order up one of their specials - like Made in Chelsea folk or The Marshmallowist Oonagh Simm's limited edition Baileys marshmallows served over the classic on ice or salted
All over London restaurants, bars and hotels are shaking out their fur throws, lighting lanterns and warming up hot toddies as they open their winter terraces for the season. We pick the best winter warmer spots around town.
If you want to eat well and do something for others this Christmas - then head straight to Covent Garden where Cook for Syria is launching a popup cafe and takeaway in the heart of Seven Dials - open from this weekend until Christmas Eve. The popup cafe, on the middle of Monmouth St, will serve mezze dishes by the Syrian chef Imad Alarnab, from the much-loved Imad’s Syrian Kitchen popup: he’ll be making delicious plates of hummus and labneh and babaghanoush which
Looking for presents for the non-meateater in your life or something vegan for the Christmas feast? Well there's a vegan pop-up heading to Camden Market over December that should be just the ticket.
Blogger Fat Gay Vegan (Sean O'Callaghan) has curated a list of vegan meat and cheese artisans for a plant-based food deli. So far the line-up includes LoveSeitan - that's their burger pictured above, Young Vegans, The Cashew Family, Big V London, Mouse’s
We're already in an American frame of mind here at Hot Dinners, what with Thanksgivingcoming up this week. So news that Selfridges is putting on a s'mores pop-up was right up our street.
This festive sugary venture is the brainchild of the folk behind Aubaine who'll be serving them in ‘Selfridges Kitchen’ on the fourth floor of the Oxford Street
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 &
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.
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
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
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
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
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,
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