The Queen of Hoxton usually does something spectacular with its rooftop space each season…
…but this time they’ve really gone down the rabbit hole.
For their new season, the entire building is, essentially, wearing a Lewis Carroll themed hat. They’re calling it Alice In Winterland, and it’s a gloriously psychedelic trip full of vivid colour and beautiful detail. It all starts in their huge wigwam, which is filled with a raft of spirals, polkadots, and playing cards. This is very much Disney’s iconic 1951 version of Alice in Wonderland.
Outside, you’ll find fire pits (nothing to do with Alice, it’s just cold), as well as giant chess pieces, festoon lighting, huge mushroom murals, and a colourful “Queen of Hearts” seat designed for for selfies.
The cocktails include an espresso loaded ‘Alice’s Awake Potion’, and a gin & ginger beer blending ‘Mad As A Hatter Mule’, and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can always try the ‘Drink Me’ potion shot. It comes in a small blue vial, and it’s ingredients are kept under wraps. And, if you were worried that they’d neglected to give you the chance to play the lazy, shisha smoking caterpillar, then fear not. They have shisha pipes in every flavour of the rainbow.
And if you don’t fancy the rooftop? There are several levels below it to keep you happy. The Queen’s colourfully illuminated interior includes a basement dancefloor, 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 daily. 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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