So we have good news, and bad news.
The bad news is that the Queen of Hoxton’s Wizard of Oz-themed rooftop has closed, because, because, because, because, because of the… pandemic.
The good news, however, is that the East London bar is made of stronger stuff than that, and they’re managing to reopen for the summer with an all-new set up. Instead of their usual wacky, colourful pop-ups that change twice a year, they’re keeping things simple and filling the whole rooftop with suitably spaced-out tables and benches, and an array of parasols. Oh, and the whole thing’s sponsored by Moët, so the drinks menu this summer features frozen Champagne slushies.
Then, from 16th September, they’ll be reopening the indoor levels, too. The Queen’s colourfully illuminated interior includes a basement dancefloor (though things might look a little different for now), and an industrial ground floor bar with its own games room corner, where you’ll find table football, vintage pinball, table tennis, and a couple of 1960s games plucked from Brighton Pier.
So whatever you end up playing, you’re winning.
NOTE: The Queen of Hoxton is open Wednesday-Saturday, with the rooftop open Thursday-Sunday. You can find out more, and make a booking, at their website right HERE.
The Queen of Hoxton | 1-5 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX
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