Words: Liam Barker
Winterville started out in Victoria Park, so technically it’s an east London thing. It may have moved south for the winter, but this behemoth is too big for us to miss. The ultimate Christmas destination this year includes the festive gamut. Expect Backyard Cinema’s winter night garden, Plonk crazy golf, a fairground, a roller disco and a makers’ market filled. And since Street Feast is curating all the food and drink, you can safely assume that you’ll get your chops around some exemplary grub too. Spiegeltent will host cabaret, club nights, kids’ raves, brass bands and Mexican wrestling. Christmas excess, just the way we like it.
London’s first roof top ice rink is well positioned above Tobacco Dock for a dazzling view of London’s ever-expanding selection of skycrapers. The more competitive can take it to the next level with a spot of ice hockey shooting, after which do head down to the cosy lower-level bar, complete fur-lined seating, to warm up with a mulled cider, or a cheese or chocolate fondue. Sky-high indulgence.
Sliders at Social Fun and Games Club
As the 2018 Winter Olympics looms, we’re doing our bit by taking up the one sport the UK is any good at: curling. Social Fun and Games Club is home to ‘Sliders’, London’s first neon-lit rooftop curling club. When the competition on its lofty six curling lanes gets a bit much, retire to the retro alpine ski lodge for some winter warmers and ski shots.
Queen of Hoxton’s Moroccan Medina
It may be cold outside but the Queen of Hoxton is busy bringing the heat of the Moroccan medina to its rooftop. As the mercury plummets, transport yourself to the splendour of Marrakesh and climb into its secret snug hidden inside a giant Moroccan lamp (what else?). Here you can enjoy spiced hot buttered rum or a shimmering gold pomegranate Bellini whilst relaxing – even full-on reclining – on giant luxurious cushions. Alternatively, grab a spiced coffee and head outside for a shisha and to pay homage its own version of the iconic Jardin Majorelle, Yves Saint Laurent’s cobalt blue garden in the Moroccan capital.