BAR: World of TalesWe like the idea of the German Gymnasium transforming its terrace into a “magical world of fairy tales” over the winter months. Inspired by the Brothers Grimm, the al fresco space is now adorned with foliage, twinkling lights, throws and a cocktail list evoking eight of the teutonic authors’ most beloved tales – including Snow White and Hansel & Gretel.
On our visit the weather was torrential and we sheltered in the busy upstairs bar to try a trio of libations: the warm gin-fuelled Enchanted Forest exuded ginger, orange and spices, and proved a little sweet, while the Rapunzel was a short white-negroni style martini. Best to look at and most interesting on the tongue? The Red Riding Hood, served in a wolf-adorned cup and made from gin, lillet blanc vermouth, quinine-heavy Byrrh and spiced orange. Cocktails from £9. Until 28th Feb 2018. More info. King’s Boulevard N1C
MUSIC: SpiritlandThe writer, broadcaster, DJ, and founder of Trunk Records – otherwise known as Jonny Trunk – is the ideal tonic if you’re bored by cheesy Xmas ditties and yuletide kerrrap. He’ll be playing his own brand of rarities at N1C’s classiest music venue for one night only. Negronis optional. Wed 13th Dec, from 8pm. More info 9-10 Stable St N1C
EVENT: Skip Garden FeastThis mid-winter outdoor celebration is all about working your way around the unexpectedly lovely garden, dining fireside as you go: think hearty stews, warm winter roasties, roasted chestnuts (and maybe a sprout or two). Once the food has settled, DJ Dan and his mates from Dig It Soundsystem promise to set the dancefloor alight. A cosy yurt will provide refuge from the cold if the chill gets too much. Tickets: email@example.com. 16th December, 7pm. 1 Tapper Walk N1C
FOOD: EkachaiThe fifth branch of this South East Asia-inspired mini-chain can now be found in the new development on York Way next to pizza gaff Franco Manca. A tribute to hawker stalls and comfort-food spots, it serves soup noodles, curries, stir-fries and other dishes from Thailand, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Open daily, more info. 62-68 York Way N1
SHOPPING: Drink Shop Do Xmas marketThis multi-tasking shop-cum-venue is now mostly a bar – and now it’s hosting its own winter wonderland for the first time. Talented local artists and designers will turn the unique Cally Road space into a Christmas Grotto for one day only. With classic choons and a bar armed with mulled wine, hot cider and seasonal cocktails, it might be a good place to bag a last present or two. 17th December, 10.30am-6pm. 9 Caledonian Road N1