If London does one thing well, it's a rooftop bar. Just take a look at this corker of a roundup of rooftop bars that kept the capital watered on high this summer. You'd be forgiven for thinking that these rooftop bars shut down for the winter, thanks to the Great British Weather. However, one that remains steadfastly open come rain, shine or snow is the rooftop at Queen of Hoxton.
The summer shenanigans have been packed away, and a wigwam has been pitched in their place. Yep, a wigwam. Or to give it its full name, WigWamBam. The theme is Woodlandia, and when we dropped by to warm our cockles, our inner romantic got a little bit excited by the fairy-light bedecked trees, scattering of autumn leaves and all round cosiness of the place. We even perched on a toadstool* while toasting our marshmallows on the open fire. Boy Scouts eat your heart out.
As you'd expect from Queen of Hoxton, alcohol is readily available to those who seek it, thanks to the specially created drinks menu. Favourites include hot buttered rum, eggsnog (that'd be eggnog with a whiskey-inspired twist) and ginger hot toddy. Food being cooked on the open barbecue varies every night, but includes apricot and herb stuffed pork loin and sloe gin pulled lamb shoulder, as well as jacket spuds.
Entry to WigWamBam is free most evenings — a charge applies when a club night takes over the venue, and for special events. Drinks start at £6, and meals are priced £5.50-£7.50.
Keep an eye on the website for events taking place in the Wigwam, such as origami sessions and the Cider Box Winter's Feast on 15 November, celebrating real cider straight from the Somerset presses, with tutored tasting sessions, acoustic music, lashings of mead and maybe even a drop of Somerset Cider Brandy.
WigWamBam Woodlandia at Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road Shoreditch, is open Monday-Saturday, from 4pm, until March. Closed Sundays and occasionally for private hire so check before you go.
*Not a real one. No fungus was hurt in the making of WigWamBam.