1. The Anthologist
58 Gresham Street, Greater London EC2V 7BB
The Anthologist has brought a touch of class to their studio, The Blind Pig, and has transformed it into a mysterious 1920’s drinking den. Here, glamorous flappers and gentleman will serve you gin, which you can sip out of teacups. The weekly changing cocktail menu shows off with drinks such as the Ginger Rides Again, comprising Sparrow gin, blended with rhubarb syrup, pink peppercorns and topped with rhubarb pearls. FYI, to gain entry to this mysterious evening you need to keep an eye out for the secret password on their Twitter and Facebook pages.
2. The Brickhouse
152C Brick Lane, City of London, Greater London E1 6RU
The Brickhouse is the place for those who fancy a change from tradition and the Superhero Burlesque Show is sure to lift any Scrooge’s mood. Set in London’s Brick Lane, The Brickhouse captures the atmosphere of a 1930’s speakeasy bar whilst bringing it back to modern day with their contemporary style. Whilst watching the “fire breathing, angle grinding, magic, burlesque and boylesque,” you can enjoy their Christmas menu that they have tweaked with a sprinkle of Modern European cuisine.
3. The Water Poet
9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6BX
The Water Poet is perfect for the cosy Christmas drink. It is also offering a traditional Christmas menu, which is sure to be heavenly, and also holding their Christmas Fair on Saturday 1st December. Local bakers, brewers and crafters have been invited to spread the Christmas cheer with their homemade pies and gifts, which you can enjoy perusing whilst sipping on traditional Nordic schnapps before joining in for a sing-along with a ukulele group.
4. The Whistling Shop
63 Worship Street, London, Greater London EC2A 2DU
Go back in time with The Whistling Shop and enjoy a Christmas, Dickens style. This popular haunt is designed in the style of a Victorian Gin Palace with leather plaid chairs and antiques and is notorious for its innovative cocktails. Their in-house laboratory has invented cocktails inspired by the Victorian era (with the help of rotary evaporators, dehydrators and centrifuges) and they are hosting an exclusive pop-up pie shop.
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