There used to be a time when this was the quiet time of the year, cold and dark and every kind of social activity moved inside, but that has changed. Just look what Broadgate Circle alone is offering to get us through the weeks until Christmas. Open until December 20th, there is something for everybody.
Decorated with 200 snow-covered pine trees (three new trees have been planted for every one that was cut), twinkling lights and a covered drinking and eating space in the middle, this is a fantastic place to spend your lunchtime or after work hours with a whole host of activities. Not only is the food and drink top notch, you can also meet Santa, take part in quiz nights benefitting charity, listen to live music, take part in a singalong or gin and whisky tastings, get creative in festive floral workshops or attend lunchtime wellbeing classes. The newly opened building in Finsbury Avenue Square has more restaurants and an Everyman cinema.
This year Broadgate is supporting the mental health charity Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest, another great reason to come along and join in the fun.
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We recently went to the launch of the Winter Forest and had a fabulous time tasting food & cocktails from some of the dozens of restaurants you can find here, like Franco Manca, Comptoir Libanese, José Pizarrro and Mrs. Fogg’s Dockside Drinkery & Distillery. There was live music and a DJ and when we left, around 9pm, there was a great party atmosphere.
Go up the stairs and you find the cosy Fever-Tree Winter Lodge, offering outdoor seating among snow covered trees as well as beautifully decorated timber chalets, you can book and reserve, with comfy seating and plenty of cushions and blankets to keep you warm while sipping one of the many delicious cocktails using Fever-Tree mixers which you can customise yourself using herbs ad spices.
We went retro first with a Cuba Libre using a golden rum and Fever-Tree’s Madagascan Cola and then tried the delicious whisky cocktail with their Spiced Orange Ginger Ale as well as a bramble gin cocktail using the Sicilian Lemonade. All come recommended.
You can also book a series of masterclasses hosted by Fever-Tree and several spirit brands including The Botanist, Seedlip and Portobello Road. Tickets need to be booked in advance, they start at £25.00 and include four drinks. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fever-Tree Lodge is open Monday to Saturday, 12 noon until 11pm, and on Sunday, 12 noon until 7pm.