Forest on the Roof
This foresty restaurant has popped up on the roof of Selfridges for the wintry season. Decked out with bark and bulbs, this is a decent option if you're doing some Christmas shopping downstairs, but we certainly wouldn't recommend making a pilgrimage to this place otherwise. The food pays homage to British traditions, and encompasses breakfast, dinner, and dessert menus. The bar does a bespoke list of house cocktails, like the 'after dinner mint', made from Pisco, Mozart dark chocolate, Frangelico, sugar syrup, Baileys and Mint liqueur foam - so you can get mega merry.
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Wringer + Mangle London Fields
This industrial-chic lounge bar and restaurant may look out of your wallet’s league, but on opening the menu you'll be in for a nice surprise. Serving great value lunches (try the grilled mackerel salad with fennel and apple slaw for £7), dinners and cocktails around the clock, this is the kind of neighbourhood place you'll find yourself nipping back to regularly. It was the classic Tom Collins-inspired drinks menu with over 40 variations that got our heads turnings - go for the Cognac Blazer Collins for all the tastes of Christmas in one glass, minus the turkey.
This award-winning restaurant serves flavourful, contemporary British dishes with seasonal ingredients. The unassuming decor really places the emphasis on the food, which we think is the bomb diggity. Expect upmarket fare, like partridge with salt baked celeriac, fresh apple, and brussel tops. There is also a cocktail bar for pre-dinner drinks.
Boxpark - Croydon
From the peeps behind the Shoreditch mainstay of the same name, comes a delightful dalliance south of the river. Don't go looking for new threads here though - this one's strictly food and drink. That doesn't mean there's anything less to smack your lips over: traders include carnivores MEATliquor, brunch heroes The Breakfast Club, vegan fave CookDaily, and more. As for the liquid stuff: Croydon heavies Brgr&Beer have opened their second venture Wine&Deli at Boxpark, and Cronx Brewery comes from the folk behind Yumn Brasserie. There will also be regular weekly events - think DJs, acoustic afternoons, workshops and all that fun stuff.
Monograph London is a pop up supper club which is taking the concept of experiential dining one step further. They'll be offering their specialised dining experiences over four Friday evenings for the next month, where patrons will be given coordinates for a secret location, prepared a three-course dinner, and encouraged to mingle amongst themselves in the communal dining space, which promises to evoke the sights and sounds of Tokyo. On the menu are simple, fresh ingredients expertly prepared: a watercress salad with sesame dressing to start, followed by Sanuki udon in an umami-rich dashi broth served with Scottish smoked mackerel and mixed seaweeds, then 24-hour marinated Scottish salmon in a white miso sauce, and Japanese sweets selection for dessert. The event is BYOB, or you can opt in to the sake flight option for an extra £19. Dietary restrictions can be catered to, just give advance notice.