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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

WigWamBam at Queen of Hoxton


Winter is coming. The clocks have gone back and the nights are drawing in. Christmas is only just around the corner. Of course, the worst part of this isn't the plummeting temperatures, but the fact we have to pack away the barbecue until next summer (not that we've used it much this year!) and say goodbye to beer gardens until next year.

However, all is not lost. The Queen of Hoxton, one of Shoreditch's trendiest venues has launched its winter rooftop garden to banish your winter blues. Summertime visitors to this oasis will remember it looking like an English country lawn with Astroturf, a fountain and flowerpots. This has now been replaced with a monster 20-foot tall tepee housing a huge barbecue and a bar serving warm spiced cider and hot toddies.

It doesn't matter how cold it gets outside because inside, the barbecue keeps the tepee snug and warm, serving a delicious range of meaty treats and different specials every day, ranging from pulled pork and stuffing baps, chunky venison sausages and braised venison haunch. These are served alongside a variety of meaty casseroles and veggie stews. If you're looking for something a little sweet then we'd recommend the s'mores, an American campfire tradition of roasted marshmallows between biscuits.

Outside of the teepee, the night air is bracing, so keep warm with hot toddies with whiskey, lemon, cloves and melted fudge, warm spiced cider with a dash of Sailor Jerry's, or buttered rum. The regular open air bar is still open too, serving beers, wines and spirits.

The Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop provides a unique atmosphere with views across the city all the way to Canary Wharf, the bar itself being situated almost exactly on the borderline between the trendy dive bars of Shoreditch and the imposing high rise offices of the Square Mile. The experience of the teepee, with the barbecue and live music, combined with the views and atmosphere make a visit here an absolute must.

1-5 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX

Hot toddies/spiced cider: £4.50
Average Barbecue price: £6.50
Food/drink: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Value: 5/5


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