British people seem to have a love of tea engrained in their very souls, but while thinking nothing of guzzling a good eight cups a day, it’s not usually a popular choice when on a Christmas night out. ‘Tea and Alcohol’ are about to change all that with their Lapsang Old Fashioneds and Hot Ceylon Toddies. The Real Tea People (who are behind the pop-up event) are combining fine loose-leaf teas with alcohol on Fridays and Saturdays in December. Boozy Masala Chai anyone?
Fridays and Saturdays in December, 6.30pm–11pm, Brixton Cornercopia, 65 Brixton Village Market, SW9 8PS.
Cinema in the snow
Pop-up screenings at 20th Century Theatre
It’s Chriiistmaaaas! What could be better than snuggling up to watch ‘Home Alone’? How about a pop-up cinema screening at a transformed 20th Century Theatre in Notting Hill. The only way to enter this theatre slash snowy Winter wonderland is through a magic wardrobe. There will be boozy hot chocolate, mulled wine and other treats to accompany your festive films, which include ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’, ‘Miracle on 34th Street’, ‘Elf’, ‘Home Alone’, ‘Love Actually’, ‘Gremlins’ and of course ‘Frozen’ for all you Disney fans. There are up to three screenings a day at 1pm, 5pm and 8.30pm.
Ticket prices vary from £10 for kids and £20 for adults, more ticket info at popupscreens.co.uk. Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, W2 2ET.
Reindeer for dinner
Tënu is a dark and fantastical mythological tale that forms the basis of this Christmas pop-up. This conceptual Nordic restaurant is the creation of artist and designer Klaus Haapaniemi, and food specialist Antto Melasniemi. Klaus has drawn a backdrop of mythical landscapes and creatures while Antto is in charge of the menu, which changes daily. It’s for the adventurous types, so if you’re not fazed by eating reindeer at Christmas time, then give it a try.
Running until December 24 and December 26–30, 6pm until late, One Leicester Street, Soho.
Schmoke in the back yard
Would you like a schmoke and a pancake? In the run up to Christmas Shutterbug are hosting ‘Schmoke’, a pop-up in their back yard that is serving up traditional Dutch food made using seasonal ingredients and traditional methods. The menu consists of a range of warming comfort foods such as smoked sausage, onion marmalade, celeriac remoulade on a brioche bun. The pop-up also includes vinyl DJs, shisha pipes and toasty tipples.
Every Wed and Thu 6pm–midnight, Friday and Sat 6pm–1am until Christmas. Shutterbug, 1 Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA.
By Laura Sagar