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Bars, Market, Paris, Shopping

Joyeux Noël Market At Wanderlust, Paris

Whenever I visit Paris at Christmas, I’m always drawn to the traditional Christmas Markets, with cute Christmas toys, mulled wine, gingerbread and treats from Alsace,   stretching from the Rond-Point des Champs-Élysées to the Place de la Concorde.

However, for something a bit more unique, head to Wanderlust at Les Docks on the Quai d’Austerlitz for their two-day Joyeux Noël Market.  In the spirit of all things last-minute at Christmas (me, not them), the market at Wanderlust started today, so if you’re in Paris right now, you’re in luck!

Pick up some special gifts from Paris favourites such as Shakespeare & Company, Millimètres, Juliette Beaupin, Marion Graux Poterie, Tombées du Camion, Atelier Amelot, and Jicqy les Mirettes.

Warm up with food and drink stalls by Kusmi Tea, Carrie’s Bio Dogs, Le Bal Cafe, Pressing, Casse-Noisette and Maison du Nougat.

As it that wasn’t enough there’s the Wander-lab offering workshops for children, a Mattel treasure hunt, pop up hair salon, photo booth, Christmas Super Bingo by web magazine Brain, music by experimental brass band Gratkipoils and DJ sets.

Don’t forget to check out the ‘Team Christmas Tree’ exhibition featuring the works of fifteen artists, supported by Truffaut.

Entrance: 5€ adults/3€ students/free for under-12s.
Saturday 15th December, 2-11pm and Sunday 16th December, 11am-7pm.

For more information, visit: www.wanderlustparis.com

Accessories, Art, Christmas, Competitions, London, Shopping

Charlotte Cory’s Cabinet Of Christmas Curiosities

For unique, quirky festive gifts that you can’t find on the high street, Charlotte Cory’s Cabinet of Christmas Curiosities should be top of your list.  London-based artist Charlotte Cory’s work is all about English eccentricity, combining Victorian imagery with taxidermy to create exquisite artwork, homeware and accessories.

Charlotte Cory has pieces hanging in the House of Windsor and on Alan Carr’s Chatty Man and Liam Howlett of The Prodigy is a fan.  Her work usually features at The Green Parrot Gallery in the ‘artisan quarter’ of Greenwich, but for one week only, you can see her pieces, more conveniently, in the heart of Fitzrovia, central London.

The cabinet is full of inspiring, hand-made gifts such as Charlotte Cory playing cards, illustrated china mugs, leather notebooks, silk handkerchiefs, brooches, lockets and even ‘ruffled’ (stuffed) animals.  Alongside Charlotte Cory at the Cabinet of Curiosities are like-minded artists including Josephine Hague, Emily Hoffnung, Keren Luchtenstein, Paddy Robinson, Willy Smaxs and Lucy Temple.

One of my favourite Charlotte Cory gifts is the trio of stunning Christmas mugs, designed to reflect the ritualistic devouring of the traditional Christmas Pudding – before, during and after.  Whether the mugs are filled with coffee, mulled wine or a nip of whisky is up to you!

The Cabinet of Curiosities will run from 17-23 December at The Framer’s Gallery, 36 Windmill Street, London, W1T 2JT

For more information, visit: www.theframersgallery.co.uk and www.charlottecory.com

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Bars, Christmas, Hotels, London

Christmas Ski Lodge At The Montague On The Gardens Hotel

One of my favourite parts of a ski holiday is the evening glass of mulled wine under the heaters at an outdoor bar.  Before the ski season starts, get into the festive spirit in London at the Montague Ski Lodge, which returns for the second year at The Montague on the Gardens, Bloomsbury.

The charming, historic hotel’s outdoor wood deck will be transformed into an Alpine ski lodge for a bit of après-ski, with no sporting activities necessary.  I was treated to a sneak preview and loved the cosy atmosphere and festive treats.

The ski lodge certainly looks the part – it features plenty of pine trees, a ski rack, assorted Christmas creatures, fairy lights and faux snow churned up by cheeky elves on the roof (here’s hoping for the real deal this Christmas).

The pop-up vodka bar offers the twelve vodkas of Christmas in scrumptious seasonal flavours such as candy cane, toffee, spiced and Turkish Delight.  A Vodka Tasting Platter is a steal at £10 and includes all ten flavours – guaranteed to keep you warm and toasty.  Other winter drinks include Winter Pimm’s, Hot Spiced Cider and Hot Chocolate (all £5 per glass), which you can sip snuggled under a warm wool rug.

Accompanying the festive tipple is a winter barbecue and an Alpine Food Platter (£10) featuring comforting mini Bratwurst, mini turkey burgers and Roquefort and leek muffins.  Even though they are named as ‘mini’, we found the food rather substantial and filling – definitely larger than canapé sizes.  Hopefully the Montague Ski Lodge will also offer the little cones of caramelised pecan nuts that we tried at the preview, as they are heavenly and so addictive.

The Montague Ski Lodge is available for private hire and Christmas parties and is open to the public, however a ‘lift pass’ must be booked in advance.  A Personal Pass includes three flavoured vodkas and an Alpine food tasting platter for £20 per person.

The Christmas Party Pass includes a vodka taster on arrival, three further vodkas, winter canapes, a Christmas themed barbecue buffet and a DJ with dance space, from £85 per person.

The Montague Ski Lodge is a fun, different way to celebrate Christmas in London.  The warm, attentive staff and old world charm of The Montague on the Garden  really add to the atmosphere and I was a little envious of the staff’s woolly reindeer jumpers!

The Montague Ski Lodge at The Montague on the Gardens runs from 20th November-31st December.  For more information and booking, visit: www.montaguehotel.com

London, Market, Restaurants

The Long Table Night Market, Dalston

East London has its fair share of great food markets, but The Long Table brings a new concept to Dalston – a night market with live performance, DJs and a bar with heated seating.

The Long Table is a collaboration between creative enterprise Bootstrap Company (Dalston Rooftop Gardens) and The Loft Project founded by Viajante chef Nuno Mendes and his partner Clarise Faria.

Every Friday, up until Christmas (and hopefully beyond, if they can be pesuaded), The Long Table will occupy a disused space behind Cafe Oto and Arcola Theatre and serves dishes from the best street food vendors and guest restaurants, up until midnight.

Last night, after Steven’s private view at Specs Gallery we paid a late-night trip to the market for some celebratory food.  We hadn’t anticipated standing in a queue in the cold for almost 30 minutes, although this probably isn’t an uncommon sight in Dalston (it is the land of the secret bars/clubs and warehouse parties, after all).

The scene started to get tense as blaggers claimed to know the DJ/chefs/organisers to bypass the queue and two guys were unceremoniously kicked out for attempting to stride past security.  This is just how much everyone wanted to get a place at The Long Table, but don’t even try to charm or strop your way past security, they won’t entertain any diva behaviour!

When the time came, those of us who patiently waited were rewarded with a foodie wonderland that was part carnival, part après-ski party.  You can wander around the food stalls and choose from well-priced dishes to eat under the heated canopy, if you can find a spot.

When we visited, the street food vendors included The Loft Project, St John Bread & Wine, Moro, Big Apple Hotdogs, Lucky Chip, The Bowler, Le Petit Paris, L.A Sueño, House of UmamiYum Bun, Lily Vanilli and many more…

We were most tempted by Big Apple Hotdogs, a local legend that food bloggers have even taken the day off work to visit (now that’s commitment, A Rather Unusual Chinaman)!

Run by Abiye from a cart based at Old Street, Big Apple Hotdogs are handmade in London, using natural casing and only the good cuts of free range pork and beef.

We chose The Big Frank (£5), a huge frankfurter made from pork, topped with fried onions and grilled to perfection.  The thick, crispy skin bursts on the first bite, letting all the delicious meat juices flow.  Unliked manufactured hot dogs, our Big Apple hot dogs were rich, well-seasoned and filled with large individual pieces of meat.

The plan was to follow with some cake or macarons but we were tempted by the Croque Monsieurs (£3) at Le Petit Paris.  Made with lots of bechamel, gooey Gruyère, nutmeg, black pepper and butter-fried thin bread, these croques were the most authentic I’ve ever had in London and possibly in Paris!  They come in four squares with cocktail sticks, making them easy to munch on standing up.

Le Petit Paris appears at food markets across London, although I’m hoping they might consider opening a permanent cafe, so that London Frenchies can get their Croque fix easily.

It may be cold and you might have to queue, but The Long Table is so worth a visit!  Just down a few glasses of mulled wine or Lily Vanilli’s absinthe hot chocolate, make some new friends at the table and get dancing to keep out the chill.  It’s the most fun you could ever have at a food market!

The Long Table is open every Friday until Christmas, from 6pm-12 on Abbot Street, Dalston.

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