14 Dec Hot Winter Pop-Ups
Reassuringly high above the Oxford Street crowds is new pop-up Woody Bear, curing festive fatigue with hot cocktails and multiple variations on melted cheese. Ferris wheel booths and carnival lights make the former Sisu site Instagram-friendly too (535 Oxford Street, until 31st December). Covent Garden, meanwhile, is playing host to London’s first plastic-free, zero-waste café. The Peardrop pop-up is the brainchild of top caterer Rose Lloyd-Owen and gardening magazine Rake’s Progress. Expect salted Rolo brownies and award-winning Ozone coffee (13 Floral Street, until 31st December).
Planting a more permanent stake in the ground this winter is chef Henry Harris, who has joined forces with Harcourt Inns to re-open the historic Three Cranes pub, which appeared on London maps as far back as 1562 and featured in the writings of Samuel Pepys. Harris’s menu champions the grill with a daily changing selection of cuts, as well as smoked eel and his legendary steak tartare (From 4th December, 28 Garlick Hill, EC4).
Also taking us back in time is Kingsland Road drinking emporium TT Liquor, which has opened its new Cellar Bar. One-time jail cells have been transformed into cosy booths, while cocktail ‘flights’ chart the history of mixology (17B Kingsland Road, E2).