Printing warehouses are, generally, only good for two things.
1) Housing printing supplies.
2) Housing raucous pop up festive feasts, replete with live jazz and cabaret, a blues parlour, and a hidden absinthe den inhabited by the Green Fairy herself.
And it’s luckily the latter that you’ll be encountering this winter when you head along to a former Victorian warehouse, crouched unassumingly beneath a railway bridge in Borough.
Welcome to the Imaginarium; a hotbed of anarchic merriment and debauchery set in a world where Christmas has been cancelled. Under the guise of a present destruction facility, St. Nick and his merry band of rebel elves (rebelves, if you will) are busy churning out a festive revolution, through the medium of overflowing food, drink, and a secluded whisky grotto.
You’ll sit down to a 12 dish banquet that sees the long feasting tables laden with platters of Cajun-roasted turkey, candied yams, truffled brussels and roast chestnuts, cauliflower gratin and cornbread stuffing; before Santa starts dancing on the tables and you’re free to explore the Imaginarium – dropping by Mrs. Claus’s blues parlour, mixing your own tinctures with the Green Fairy, and finding out whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year (with suitable consequences).
Downstairs, meanwhile, you’ll find a pop up mulled wine bar that plays host to comedy nights, storytelling and live music, as well as the festive bazaar, where dozens of
elves independent makers will be crafting and selling their wares, from kimonos and antique curios to bespoke neon lighting and vintage garb, as well as running workshops on everything from wreath-weaving to candle-making.
So, essentially, if you’re there for printing supplies, you’re going to be sorely disappointed.
NOTE: Christmess will be running for six weeks from 15th November. Feasts take place Wed-Sun, 6.30-11.30pm and cost £55pp, and the bazaar will be open 11am-8pm, Wed-Sun. You can book and find out more on their website HERE.
Christmess | Hunter Penrose, 32 Southwark Street, SE1 1TU
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