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Your January Agenda

YOUR JANUARY AGENDA | Pop Up London 2017

January 1751 went down as the last time nothing of note happened in London.

Because technically, thanks to the switch over to the Gregorian calendar, there was no January in 1751.

Well, two and a half-ish centuries later, the tables have somewhat turned. Because not only does this January exist (stick that in your pipe and smoke it, 1751), but it’s also shamelessly packed with great things to do.

And here they are.

POP UP EVENTS (January 2017)

Bachn & Eggs

Violins never solve anything – unless your problem is a lack of cultural fodder with your Sunday brunch. In which case, head along to the next Bachn & Eggs concert, which allows you to wolf down breakfast from Dungarees Coffee before enjoying a flute and harp recital in an intimate railway arch tucked beneath London Bridge.

Details: 8th Jan, doors at 10am | Underdog Gallery, Arch 6, Crucifix Lane, SE1 3JW | Free, suggested donation £8

How to Overcome Life’s Disappointments with Christine Ohuruogu

Yes. Getting socks at Christmas can be disappointing. Just ask Christine Ohuruogu, the first female British athlete to win medals at three consecutive Olympic Games, who was incorrectly suspended from competing in athletics and given a lifetime Olympics ban due to a false doping violation, which she later fought to overturn. She probably feels the same way. And she’ll be talking about how to get over something that seems to end your career and literally everything you’ve ever loved in one fell swoop at Library members’ Club this January. Wear the socks when you go.

Details: 10th January | LIBRARY, 112 Saint Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BD | £10-£20

Virtually Real

Virtual reality is going to change all our lives soon, allowing us to experience entirely new, stunning kinds of neck pain over the coming years. And the Royal Academy want to kick things off with an exploration of art unconstrained by pesky things like gravity. At this exhibition, you’ll slap on a pair of goggles, and witness three-dimensional masterpieces being created around you, as well as interacting with them, and being able to create your own.

Details: 12th-14th January | John Madejski Fine Rooms and The Keeper’s House, Royal Academy of Arts, W1J 0BD | £45 (including comp. drink

Afternoon Coffee Tasting

Here’s an event to get the heart racing: coffee tasting. It’ll take place in Bethnal Green’s Larder cafe, where you can expect a lesson in pairing, matching, and home-brewing from the folks at Union Hand-Roasted Coffee, plus a bag of beans to take home included in your ticket.

Details: 15th January | Larder Bethnal Green, 241-243 Globe Rd, E2 0JD | £5

Film screenings atop The Shard

The Extraordinary Travelling Film Show are going to be perched on the 69th floor of The Shard over the next 3 months with monthly screenings of classic films with complimentary popcorn, artisanal chocolate and a glass of Taittinger to boot. They’re kicking off this month with Some Like It Hot, and finishing in March with Vertigo. Which will be great if you love Vertigo, and utterly terrifying if you have vertigo.

DetailsWednesday 18th January, 8.30 for 9pm start | The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, SE1 9SG | £45 + booking fee

Canary Wharf Winter Lights

Curating a walk-through exhibition of illuminated art isn’t something Canary Wharf have taken lightly. So they’ve put together a lineup of 30 stunning installations from acclaimed international artists, including a live “light graffiti” weekend, a garden of floating words, and an interactive light sculpture (“On Your Wavelength”) you can control WITH YOUR MIND.

Details: 16th-27th January | Across Canary Wharf | Free

Magical Lantern Festival

If you enjoy standard, run-of-the-mill lantern festivals, you’re going to love the Magical Lantern Festival. It involves a 15-metre wide lantern of London’s Houses of Parliament, moving animal lanterns, an ice rink, funfair rides, VR games, and an ice bar.

Details: 19th January-26th February | Chiswick House Gardens, W4 2QN | £16.50

Burns Night Ceilidh at the Battersea Arts Club

No, it’s not just what the people at the hospital refer to Guy Fawkes as – it’s also a celebration of the life of Scottish poet/legend Robbie Burns, who the people at the Battersea Arts Centre will be honouring with a fairy-lit feast of haggis, neeps and tatties, followed by a raucous ceilidh-calling hoedown from Fiddle Paradiddle into the wee hours.

Details: 20th January | Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN | £30 (incl. dinner)

Inauguration at Boondocks

N.B. this is not a fake event. Below Boondocks will be screening the Presidential Inauguration this month alongside 2-for-1 Drown Your Sorrows cocktails, £10 wings and beer offers and unlimited cajun popcorn all night long.

Details: 20th January, from 4.30pm Below Boondocks, 205 City Road, EC1V 1JNFree entry

The Great Gatsby

This isn’t your average, everyday, garden variety Gatsby. It’s the great one, and he’s throwing one heck of a party. Sadly, being fictional has its organisational limitations, and so a cast and creative team from Secret Cinema, The Flanagan Collective and last year’s The Drop Off are stepping in to help tell the tale, with a sprinkling of immersive pizzazz. 

Details: 25th January-5th March | The Vaults, 7AD Leake St, SE1 7NN | £25

Reggaeoke

First there was Gospeloke. We sang its praises (backed by a full, angelic gospel choir). And now we’re here to tell you about Reggaeoke, in which a live band and an absurdly nice crowd will be there to back you at the Queen of Hoxton, as you take a sip of red, red wine, then get up, stand up and start jammin’.

Details: 25th January | Queen of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Rd, EC2A 3JX | £8-10

The Great Sausage Roll-Off

Last year’s winner of the Great Sausage Roll-Off was a pheasant & black pudding sausage roll with a turnip dip. Think about how delicious that was for a second, then realise that you can get in on this year’s competition in which 20 vaunted chefs (like Dan Docherty, Chef Director at Duck and Waffle) will compete to win your tastebuds with their own incredible pastry-cased treats. All you need to do is show up.
It’s the best kind of sausage party.

Details: 25th January, 7pm | The Red Lion, Barnes, SW13 9RU | Free

B&H Burns Night party

There’s nothing quite as quintessentially English as celebrating another culture’s national day slightly more fervently than your own. You know, just so they don’t feel bad and such. Which explains why the chaps at Bourne & Hollisgsworth are putting on a Burns Night party, complete with a whiskey tasting session, a five-course banquet, the addressing of the haggis, The Selkirk Grace, and live ceilidh dancing.

Details: 25th January | Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, EC1R 0HU | £25-£110

VAULT Festival

It’s the best way – and trust us, we’ve seen a lot of options – to spend the next six weeks underground in a set of abandoned railway tunnels. Because they’re going to be filled with over 100 different shows offering comedy, theatre and immersive experiences, as well as food from Balkano Kitchen, five bars and a programme of late night party events every Friday and Saturday. It’s like Christmas all over again. If you live in railway tunnels.

Details: 25th January-5th March | The Vaults, 7AD Leake St, SE1 7NN

The Ugly Animal Preservation Society

Hoping to help the conservation efforts for some of nature’s more aesthetically challenged children, the UAPS have gathered a line-up of six excellent comedians who will each champion a different ugly endangered species for 10 minutes, at the end of which the best will be chosen by audience vote and used as the society’s emblem. Cruelly, they have chosen the Spread Eagle pub to host this night, just to remind these animals what handsome looks like.

Details: 26th January | The Spread Eagle, 39-41 Katharine Street, CR0 1NX | £8

Late Debate: Designing the Tube

No, it’s not called the ‘Late Debate’ because it’s on the Tube. It’s called the Late Debate because it takes place after hours in the London Transport Museum, where you’ll be able to hear & engage with a series of speakers, have a drink at the bar, listen to some live music, and interact with their state-of-the-art exhibits.

Details: 26th January | London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB | £12

Burns Baby, Burns

Prepare for a first degree Burns night thanks to the folks at BBB, who’re going full, 100% tartan with a giant haggis (seriously, it’s huge), twirling fire poles, banqueting tables, thundersome ceilidh, and poetry in a stunning church venue.

Details: 26th-28th January | St John At Hackney Church, Lower Clapton Road, E5 0PD | £38.50 – £60.50

KERB and Monkey Shoulder Present Burns Hootenanny

We don’t follow tradition. Neither did our fathers, or their fathers before them. Thankfully however, there are those who do. Like the people at KERB, who’re teaming up with Monkey Shoulder whisky to throw what might well be the greatest Burns Night outside of Scotland, ever. It will involve Scottish-style street food, three bars, live music, Highland-themed games (like corn hole, sheep shearing, and Donald Trump’s crazy golf course), a poetry slam corner, and you if you have any sense.

Details: 27th & 28th January | The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road, SE16 4DG | £20-£42

Australia Late at the National Gallery

Here’s something that may have passed down under your radar: in honour of Australia Day and their current exhibition showcasing Australian impressionists, the National Gallery are running a late night event with hands-on interactive workshops on everything from painting to quilting, new music from Aesop inspired by the Aussie landscape, a secret bar, and a session with a colour psychologist.

Details27th January, from 6pm | National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DNFree entry with ticketed workshops

Skye Halla

Viking parties.

They weren’t exactly Loki.

And The Queen of Hoxton are out to prove it, by transforming their rooftop bar and Winter WigWam into a Viking stronghold complete with long boat, feasting hall and crackling fire pits. Read more RIGHT HERE.

DetailsMon-Sat, 4-10pm until March 2017 | Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX

Spend the evening in an Igloo

Dining alfresco in the colder months isn’t easy. Other, lesser, restaurants have heat lamps. The Coppa Club has igloos. And over the winter, you can cosily dine in one of eight they’ve erected on their Tower Bridge-adjacent terrace.

Details: Throughout January | Coppa Club Tower Bridge, 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6AH

La Soiree

The circus has grown up.

La Soiree has fired the human cannonball. They’ve let the trapeze artist go. They’ve gone for the juggler.

Because their version of a circus is an Olivier award-winning, all-adult, all-risque, burlesque, cabaret, and sideshow cocktail. And it’s back in London for the winter. Head to the huge Spiegeltent in Leicester Square on any given evening this festive season. Read more, and check out the lineup RIGHT HERE.

Details: Until January 8 2017 | Spiegeltent, Leicester Square, WC2H 0AP | £15 and up

Maman Le Mot


Accordion to a recent study, you can replace the first word of a sentence with the name of a classic French instrument used by clichéd pastiches of WW2 resistance fighters, and no-one will notice.

And it’s that kind of subtlety that you’ll need to demonstrate at Maman Le Mot. Find out more about it right HERE.

Details: Ends 31st March | A Secret London Bridge Bunker | £17.50 for entry only / £42.50 incl. dinner

Backyard Cinema

Every decent Italian market has to have at the very least some cured meats, cheeses, and an illuminated winter garden pop up cinema with warming cocktails, beanbag seating, and a slate loaded with classic festive films. So it’s lucky that Mercato Metropolitano has one, then.

Details: Until 5th Feb | Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR | £16.50

Mercato Metropolitano


Mercato Metropolitano.

Our in-house Italian translator has told us that in English this means “(wild hand gestures) Metropolitan (wild hand gestures) Market”.

It’s the first international branch of a Turin-based enterprise of the same name, taking on Borough Market on its own turf by planting itself squarely in Southwark – in a vast, disused paper factory, no less. Find out more right HERE.

DetailsThroughout January | 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR | Free

KERB Camden Market

Last month, KERB launched their biggest street food lineup to date in Camden Market, with 35 traders (Mother Clucker, Kimchinary, Oli Baba’s, etc.) running 7 days a week, and taking only one single day off each year.

It must be Christmas. 

Details: Throughout January | Camden Market West Yard, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AF

Thom Foole’s House Party

Immersive comedy. Yes, that’s what living in the UK frequently feels like, but in the case of Thom Foole’s House party, that’s literally what it is. Expect cabaret, DJs, impromptu games, booze, and a cast of absurdly funny comedians.

Details: 5th January | 44 Essex Road, N1 8LN | £7 HERE.

Harry Potter At House of MinaLima

Sirius Moneyum

That’s the spell that creates dedicated Harry Potter popup shops in Soho’s House of MinaLima, with four floors of limited edition prints, replica notebooks, and Hogwarts Acceptance Letters, along with a an exhibition of graphic art and authentic film props.

And apparently, someone just said it.

Details: Now-4th Feb | House of MinaLima, 26 Greek Street, W1D 5DE | Free entry

Kinema and Kocktails

Welcome to Kinema and Kocktails: a series of klassic films shown by Kellar Door in their small, intimate bar. Decmber films are all themed “David Bowie Movie Month” . You can expect inclusive themed kocktails, free popcorn, and a silent short accompanied by a live piano performance with each screening.

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Details: Every Sunday | Cellar Door, Aldwych, WC2E 7DN | £15

Take in a Show!


Want to go to the theatre, but don’t have a list of every single theatre show currently on in London – divided into musical, comedy, drama, and immersive categories – in which every show has been attributed a Rotten Tomatoes-style average score out of ten based on the reviews of London’s most preeminent theatre critics? Well, now you have no excuse.

DetailsVarious dates | All across London

Druid St Market

Technically not a popup.

Technically a brand new London produce and street food market in Bermondsey with ice cream sandwiches and floats by Blu Top; left field toasties courtesy of FAT by Freddie; and jerk chicken & fish fingers from Only Jerkin’; as well as a host of other stuff.

Mmm, other stuff.

DetailsSaturdays, 9am – 4pm | Druid St, SE1 2HH

 

POP UP RESTAURANTS (January 2017)

Oliver Rowe in residence at Calvert 22

Chef Oliver Rowe revives his barnstorming café Konstam at Calvert 22 this month, offering simple European café cuisine prepared with ultra-local produce for breakfast and lunch, as well as all-day brunches on weekends, evening supperclubs co-hosted with other highly-acclaimed chefs, and film nights courtesy of KinoVino. It’s probably the best comeback since McBusted.

Details: 12th-22nd January22 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP

Open Kitchen at Carousel

Showcasing the talents of the next generation of European chefs, the Open Kitchen series at Carousel is sort of like the next Eurovision, except with fewer dodgy outfits and neon violins, and (more) talent. The next one-off supperclub comes courtesy of Young British Foodies award winner Freddie Janssen, creating a Mexican lunch feast combining freshly made tortillas, her famous pickles and plentiful cocktails and French wine.

Details: 15th January, 1.30-4pm | Carousel, 71 Blandford Street, W1U 8AB | £45 all inc.

Elizabeth Allen at Carousel

Aaaand if you missed that, there’s just under two weeks to catch Michelin-starred Pidgin’s Elizabeth Allen helming the ship, where she’ll be bringing you a sneak preview of her upcoming opening with fiery BBQ cuisine and casual fine dining. Read: dishes like buttermilk chicken with miso, Koji beef with coffee and jerusalem artichoke, and oyster with tempura nori.

Details: 17th – 28th January | Carousel, 71 Blandford Street, W1U 8AB | £39.50 for four courses and snacks

Goat Butchery Masterclass at Ceviche Old St.

Previously, the only way to learn the ancient traditional techniques of Peruvian goat butchery was to move to the Andes, befriend a mysterious but kindly old shepherd who looks far too old to be alive, and spend ten long, arduous years honing the exacting, but ultimately rewarding craft of goat meat preparation.

Luckily, Ceviche know you have a fair amount on your plate at the minute, so they’ve got executive chef Vito Reyes to walk you through the key points as well as treating you to a roast goat feast washed down with Pisco cocktails.

Details: 29th January, 12-3pm (Sunday Goat Roasts available every Sunday in Spring) | 2 Baldwin Street, EC1V 9NU | Tickets £48 HERE

Chefs on the Tube

It’s not often that you can tuck into dinner on the tube without attracting some serious side-eye and the occasional tut. But that all changed thanks to the Underground Supper Club, who set up their silver service dining experience in a stationary 1967 Victoria line carriage in Walthamstow. They’re changing track (eh…) for the new year, with a series of guest chefs serving up 4 course gourmet meals in the evenings, and a new line (ehh…) of weekend brunch events with mellow jazz and a welcome Bloody Mary.

Details: 19th-21st, 26th-28th January | The Pump House Museum by William Marshall Close, E17 8AN | Brunch from £39, Dinner from £59 HERE

Forza Winter

Ah well, that’s Christmas and New Year out the way, and we’re all ready for Spri- OH NO, WAIT. Winter only technically finishes on the 19th March. Thankfully to get you through this tragic realisation, communal supperclubbers Forza Win have popped up Forza Winter, bringing you familial feasts filled with toasty Italian grub, hot cocktails and cockle-warming conviviality in their Peckham warehouse.

Details: Thurs-Sat until 28th January | Unit 4.1, 133 Copeland Road, SE15 3SN | £35 

Winter Lodge Pop Up at the Waterway

Visiting this cosy, ski lodge-themed winter pop up at the Waterway will be good for two reasons:

  1. You’ll be enjoying a three course meal including cheese fondue, chocolate fondue, and  hot cocktail (potentially also fondue).
  2. You can also spend all night cracking “Waterway to…” jokes. Never gets old.

Details: 6th January – 11th February | The Waterway, 54 Formosa Street, W9 2JU | £35

Black Cat Cabaret Supper Club

As Liza Minelli sang, “What good is sitting alone in your room?”

Well, plenty, if your room happens to play host to a menu from Alex Foley of Mercer & Co., cocktails from The Groucho’s Chris Edwardes, and jaw-dropping acts from aerial performers, burlesque dancers and acrobats. But on the off-chance it doesn’t, you can always come to the cabaret, old chum.

Details: 26th – 28th January | Rah Rah Room, 217 Piccadilly, W1J 9HN | From £25 

Pita Party at Berber & Q

Pita Party: The sound of tiny children running on party blowers.

And now also a guest collaboration series at Berber & Q’s Shawarma Bar, which will see chefs from Duck & Waffle, Moro, Caravan and Decatur design their own exclusive pitas to guest star for a week in January, before culminating in a Pita Party night where you’ll sample each creation along with some of the bar’s home brewed, spiced golden ale.

Details: Throughout January, Pita Party on 5th February | Shawarma Bar, 46 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE | Pita Party tickets £29 

Bistro Mirey Residency

Hoping to open their own permanent set-up later this year, classically trained French chef Gerald Mirey and old supperclub hand Ko Ito are testing out both their metaphorical muscles and actual mussels at gastro hub The Cuckoo over the next two months. They’re serving up relaxed French dining for dinner, brunch and Sunday roast using seasonal ingredients and lashings of je ne sais quoi.

Details: Thurs-Sun until February | The Cuckoo N1, 115 Hemingford Road, N1 1BZ

MYPIE at the King & Co, Clapham

Pie.

On a scale of 1-10, it often comes in at a disappointing 3.14159.

Luckily for the more discerning pie fan, however, street marketeers MYPIE have just landed for a two month residency at the King & Co in Clapham. Winners of no less than 5 medals at the British Pie Awards last year, they’ll be serving up a regularly evolving menu with fillings like their best selling steak, chilli and cheese as well as a special Saturday brunch menu, Sunday roasts and a suite of indulgent desserts.

Details: 2nd January – 26th February | The King & Co, 100 Clapham Park Road, SW4 7BZ

Floating Table with Atul Kochhar

We know, we know. You can hardly move for communal supperclubs set on floating buildings filled with thousands of plants, serving authentic Indian cuisine cooked by a chef who’s brought a Michelin star to two restaurants in his time. But just in case you haven’t had enough of them yet, Atul Kochhar of Benares in Mayfair is cooking a one-off meal at Farmopolis at the end of the month.

Details: 27th January | Farmopolis, The Jetty, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0FL | From £45

Street Feast Winter Season

During the dipping temperatures of the winter months, the ‘Street’ part of Street Feast becomes less and less inviting …which is why they’ve moved everything indoors. At Dinerama, that means you’ll find an alpine lodge, wine garden and fire pit to huddle round with boozy hot chocolate, while Hawker House moves into the warehouse with a new food line-up including White Men Can’t Jerk, as well as a whiskey bar and Milk & Honey cocktail lounge.

DetailsDinerama is open Thurs-Sat from 5pm | 19 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3EJ

 Hawker House is open Fri & Sat from 5pm | Canada St, London SE16 7PJ

 Both free before 7pm, £3 thereafter

Mac & Wild City Pop Up


In a bid to prove there’s more to Scottish cuisine than putting chocolate bars in deep-fat fryers (not that that’s a badthing), Mac & Wild are popping up in the City with a late night whiskey bar and restaurant serving up everything from their award-winning Venimoo burger to Highland fried pheasant. And whether you’re taking a whisky masterclass, shooting virtual game in a virtual shooting game, or delving into a bowl of haggis pops, it’s all completely authentic… except the fact that the terrace is heated.

Details: Until Feb 2017 | 9a Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YN

Wild Brunch Club

We’re not sure if this is a very elaborate prank or not, but the people at Mac & Wild want to serve you brunch, but only after you hunt down your own ingredients. To explain: they’ll take you for a walk around one of London’s woods accompanied by a professional forager, then serve you up pine-cured salmon with scrambled eggs, Scottish Breakfast with white pudding and home-cured bacon, and more, and then give you a gin masterclass with cocktails like the foraged martini (gin, gorse flowers, sweet cicilly).

Details: 7th January and other Saturdays throughout the year | Mac & Wild, 65 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PS | £40 

The Lodge

Jesus wants us all to celebrate his birthday.

Typical Capricorn. 

But given how awesome Christmas is, that’s no bad thing – and thanks to the alpine-style, dimly lit, tree-laden, mulled cider-filled ski chalet that is The Lodge, you can now get into the festive spirit a few weeks early. It comes courtesy of relentless popper-upper Jimmy Garcia, who’ll be serving up crispy oysters, hot cocktails and bottomless bubbly Sunday roasts to ensure your heart’s cockles are thoroughly warmed.

Details: Open until end of February | 409 Clapham Road, Clapham North, SW9 9BT

Le Bun

Le Bun are back with another pop-up at Birthdays in Dalston. The bunsters will be serving up classics like the  Duck Frites and Le Bourguignon Bun as well as their crowd-pleasing Le Mac, with black truffle burger sauce and a veal jus. They’ll also be featuring the world’s most offensively festive burger, with Christmas tree-smoked deer.

Details: Until end of Jan, Mon – Fri. 5.30pm to 10pm, Sat. 12 – 10pm and Sun. 12 – 8pm | Birthdays, 33-35 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BJ

CLAW @ The Sun & 13 Cantons


Crabs.

You’re better off getting them before a night out than after.

And there’s plenty to be found at the CLAW residency this month, where the sustainable street food sellers will be cooking up their melty Devon crab in a smoky pancetta broth, a fried kimchi dish and their IPA mac ‘n’ cheese, to name but a few.

Details: Open now until February 25th | The Sun & 13 Cantons, 21 Great Pulteney Street, W1F 9NG

Sambal Shiok

It’s no shiok (unlike that pun!) to hear that Sambal Shiok are settling into another residency, following sell-out runs at Salvation in Noodles and The Sun & 13 Cantons. They’ll be serving up their Malaysian miracle food – including their signature laksas, beef rendang and banana leaf fishcakes – at Blend Café in Harringay for the next six months.

Details: 5.30-9.30pm, Tues-Sun until end of April 2017 | Blend Café, 587 Green Lanes, N8 0RG

Parabola at The Design Museum

When you hear that the new site of The Design Museum in Kensington also hosts a new restaurant, you probably won’t be surprised to find that it’s run by designers Prescott and Conran, and the chef calling the shots is Graham Blower (who helped to open Tramshed and Pharmacy 2). What you might not be expecting is that the restaurant has also scheduled a series of guest chefs taking over in the evening, kicking off with Rowley Leigh from Le Café Anglais.

Bit of a curve ball.

DetailsLeigh is guest chef-ing until the end of January 2017 | Parabola, The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 6AG

Denim ‘n’ Dine


Jeans. They’re usually the reason you go on a diet. And now in a gloriously favourable twist of fate, they will be responsible for you eating a multi-course fine dining feast at Pedro Passinhas’s newly revived pop-up restaurant, Denim ‘N’ Dine. The setting is a handmade denim atelier, at which you’ll get a six course meal from a former Fat Duck chef.

Details: Thurs/Fri/Sat nights throughout January | 114b Blackhorse Lane, E17 6AA | £50pp

Christabel’s Parties

Christabel doesn’t do things by halves. So when she puts on a cocktail masterclass, it comes with things like edible glitter, vibrant ice cubes, and purple salted caramel popcorn, to name but a few.

Details: January 5th, and throughout the year | A Secret N1 Location | £30 – £40

Hip Hop Brunch

One part hip. One part hop. One part delicious brunch in the form of a 3-course ‘Dirty South’ meal served up alongside an hour of bottomless cocktails which will fuel another (few) hours of glorious hip hop karaoke.

Details: Dates throughout January | A Secret Location | £35

 

POP UP BARS (January 2017)


Fabric

Ok, technically not a pop up. But after its dramatic near-permanent closure last year, we’re just not sure what to believe anymore. But – at least for now – they’re back with new programming like curated line-ups from Fabric’s favourite artists and of course, the bodysonic floor.

Details: Re-opens 6th January | 77a Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6HJ

Midnight Apothecary Wassail

Wassailing you, buddy? A lack of traditional apple-based revelry? Then head over to the Midnight Apothecary, where you can get a taste of the historic celebration with Wassail carolling, cider and hot cocktails, marshmallows round the fire and live folk music in the candlelit Engine House.

Details: 14th January | Brunel Museum Rooftop Garden, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF | From £5

Late Night Sip

Celebrate the spirit of mother’s ruin by settling in for a Sipsmith gin-tasting lock-in at the London Cocktail Club (with a specially-curated cocktail menu for afters), when you should probably be doing other vitally important things instead. Meh.

Details: 19th January | The London Cocktail Club, 61 Goodge Street, W1T 1TL | £30

The Hot Gin Roof: The Classics

Yes, it’s cold, it’s miserable, and you don’t have nearly enough gin in you. Kill three birds with one stone by sipping on hot gin cocktails lovingly created by Sipsmith’s master distiller and the Ham Yard Hotel bar, as you look out over the London skyline, swaddled in blankets on the Soho hotel’s rooftop. Just don’t throw any actual stones while you’re up there.

Details: 20th January – 14th February | Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, W1D 7DT | £18

Lodge D’Argent

Much like Narnia, it’s always winter here – except instead of the despotic reign of an ice queen, they’ve gone for a more ‘comfortable swiss chalet’ approach, having decked the decking with furs, blankets and cushions with a subtle decorative nod to Little Red Riding Hood – all the better to eat their cheese-heavy menu and cognac-paired desserts with.

Details: Until 28th January | 1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ

Bourbon & Butchery at The Cutty Sark

Combining potent American whiskeys and access to large, sharp knives might not seem the wisest idea. Luckily there’s professionals on hand to make sure you carry out these two activities in the right order, rounded off with some tasty meat and whiskey pairings.

Details: 26th January | Cutty Sark Pub, 4-6 Ballast Quay, SE10 9PD | From £15

Australia Day Craft Beer Festival

You’re off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz. And by wizard, we obviously mean the best independent Antipodean brewers, lashings of BBQ grub and live music and DJs at this inaugural all-day festival in honour of Australia Day. Which is all mildly more exciting than some guy hiding behind a curtain.

Details: 26th January | Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, E2 9DT | From £5

Gin Journey


Luckily for you, this is exactly what it sounds like: a voyage across 5 different venues, from secretive bars to local distilleries, in the noble pursuit of trying lots of gins, and then trying them again in cocktail format.

Details: Various dates throughout January, 6.30-10pm | Shoreditch and Bermondsey Tours | Tickets from £63.30 HERE.

Dry Ginuary and Dirty Martini Masterclass at Rivington Shoreditch

Dry January. It’s a simple but effective way to kick off the year by really cutting down on how much fun you have. But if you fancy a little foray back into the world of wet January, head to the 200-strong gin bar at Rivington Shoreditch, where they’re offering a different dry cocktail special each week for £7 (including a Manhattan with dry ice) as well as the opportunity to book in for private group martini masterclasses.

Details: Throughout January, Mon-Fri, 5-7pm | Rivington Shoreditch, 28-30 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DZ | Masterclasses £30pp

Piste

Presenting the perfect place to get Piste this winter: Archer Street. Mainly because they’re opening an underground, Alpine-style popup bar with that name, which will have an open fire, fur-lined loungers, festive cocktails, and more.

Details: Until May 2017 | Archer Street, W1D 7AP

ABQ is back!


After ABQ – the Breaking Bad-inspired cocktail-making RV – left town for a brief jaunt across the Channel, London began to get the shakes and go through some pretty heavy withdrawal.

Well, thankfully, it has returned.

And as of this month, they’ll be back serving up their classic brand of mind-blowing cool, science-y cocktails “cooked” by you while dressed in the classic yellow overalls. Phew. 

Details: Weds-Sun throughout January | An RV, 455 Hackney Road, E29DY | £30

Rooftop Gin Tasting with Spirited Sessions

Altitude.

It makes booze go to your head.

Which is what makes the Spirited Sessions so perfect: they’re a new series of interactive drinks tasting sessions held Roof East. For the debut, you’ll get 90 minutes of rare and exclusive gins alongside some delicious locally crafted gin, plus a deep dive into the history of the stuff, and a martini making masterclass to finish.

Details: Every Saturday | Roof East, Stratford Centre Broadway, E15 1XE | £20

Candlelight Club

How to create a great popup bar – secret location? Check. Completely lit by candles? Check. 20s theme? Check. Live jazz bands? Check. Burlesque acts? Check. Bar bites like langoustine cocktail and raised game pie? Check.

You? Check.

Details: Various dates throughout January | A Secret Location | £20-£130

Little Nan’s Rio Bar

Little Nan is beginning to look immortal.

The grandma-themed popup bar has gone from strength to strength, and has now reappeared in the secret vaults of the Dalston’s Rio cinema, with a ’90s party vibe, teapot cocktails, and free pic ‘n’ mix & popcorn.

Long may she live. 

DetailsThroughout January, Weds-Sat 5pm-12am (2am on Fri/Sat) | The Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB | £39

The Bat and Ball

There are a lot of pubs named The Bat and Ball.

This one however, has the distinction of actually having bats, balls… and ten table tennis tables to go with them.

(And if that wasn’t enough, it’s also got pizzas from the Well St. Pizza Co, a large bar, and a banquet seating area. And they have 40+ craft beers. And it’s popping up for an entire year in Stratford.)

Fancy a game?

Love one.

Details: Throught January | Unit 1110/1111, Westfield Stratford, E20 1EJ 

Little Nan’s Tropical Den

Please welcome, courtesy of the grandchildren who brought you Little Nan’s Bar and Little Nan’s House Party, after years of planning and preparation, the one, the only, Little Nan’s Cocktail Den.

It regards Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm-12am in a space that looks just like an exaggerated version of an exaggerated version of a stereotypical nan’s living room.

If she lived in the Caribbean.

DetailsVarious dates throughout January | A Secret Peckham Location

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