The glitz and glamour of the Moulin Rouge has popped up on an east London rooftop.
Queen of Hoxton's winter rooftop bar has a Lady Celeste theme, bringing the bohemia of 20th century Paris to London via decadent, seductive decor and themed food and drink.
An illuminated — and very much Instagrammable — windmill evokes images of the Moulin Rouge in the rooftop garden, set against the backdrop of the Square Mile's skyscrapers.
The rooftop wigwam is transformed into a music hall setting, complete with velvet drapes, cabaret tables and a stage where all manner of 'curious characters' perform.
Open fire pits offer marshmallow-toasting opportunities. For more substantial grub, head inside the Absinthe Bar for raclette-style dishes including the 'Moulin Oooze' (a posh croque monsieur) and the 'Moulin Ruse' (a vegan burger) — yeah, they love a pun around here. Drinks come in the form of mulled port and wine, Parisian spiked hot chocolate, a sharing fountain of absinthe (yikes), and — our favourite — hot tarte tatin rum.
Keep an eye on the website for details of events taking place on the rooftop — think cocktails with cabaret stars who'll be sharing their stories, and surrealist life drawing in the wigwam.
Lady Celeste rooftop bar at Queen of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX. Free entry to the rooftop, open Monday-Sunday 4pm-10pm, until April 2019.