FOR those who shudder at the thought of a white Christmas, the Queen of Hoxton has the perfect solution, transforming their rooftop bar into a Moroccan Medina until March 2018.
Outside inspired by the Jardin Majorelle
Inspired by the sights and scents of Marrakesh, the rooftop features a giant Moroccan lantern snug nestled within a magical landscape of Moorish archways and fairy lights. Inside the snug, guests can relax in a sea of cushions and rich carpets while enjoying the seasonal Middle Eastern-inspired menu. Warming treats include a lamb and apricot tagine, a rainbow vegan mezze board and halloumi fries garnished with mint, pomegranate and harissa yoghurt. The drinks menu is just as tempting featuring a spiced hot buttered rum and shimmering gold pomegranate bellini. Outside, guests can warm themselves up with the crackling cast iron fire pits while taking in the Jardin Majorelle inspired landscape of giant cacti and bright cobalt walls.
Moroccan-inspired food and cocktails
Queen of Hoxton has also paired up with Arts Canteen, a London-based collective promoting cultural links between the Middle East and UK, and Saqi Books, which specialises in books from North Africa, to deliver an eclectic programme of workshops and activities. With comedy nights, lizard life drawing, retellings of 1001 Arabian Nights, henna and Moroccan shoemaking workshops on offer, this is surely the place to escape the Christmas pandemonium.
by Lucy Wai
Queen of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX