Christmas is Coming
Well, it's nearly that time of year again. The clocks have gone back, the evenings are getting darker and the weather has taken a cold spell!
We are looking forward to the festive season here at New Road Hotel as this will be our first Christmas, so we are ready to party and celebrate with you all! If you have not yet booked your festive celebration with friends, work colleagues or family then we have some dates still available for either lunch or dinner. Why not contact us and ask one of the crew for further details?
With the cold crisp sunny days and darker nights, there are some great things to see and do on your visit to London.
Immerse yourself into the atmosphere of Apres Ski at Skylight Roof Top Bar on Wapping Lane in Tobacco Dock, enjoy views of The Shard and the city whilst cosying up in a ski lodge setting complete with street food, ice and a warming cocktail or two. You can even book your own igloo!! We will see you on the ice for a rooftop skate. www.skylightlondon.com
If ice skating is not your thing and want something more challenging well, you've heard of Dancing on Ice, now you can go Bowling on Ice, well sort of. Sliders have been dubbed as the Winter Playground, the crew tried their hand at curling, well what can I say I think we laughed so much we lost count of who won!!
Roof East in Stratford has had a wintery makeover with a rooftop curling club, complete with four neon lit lanes, DJs, cocktails and street food throughout the festive season. Lucky Voice have karaoke covered in cute little cabins and you can still hang out at the ice-cool spot even if curling and cracking out ballads don't float your boat as the Winter Bar is free to enter. Head there for 360 degree views of east London and thermos flasks brimming with hot toddies, definitely the crews favourite! http://www.roofeast.com
The Winter Forest
The Winter Forest is personally one of our favourites, if you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the big Christmas markets and are looking to do something different then this is the place to go. New for this year, Broadgate will be transformed into a snow-covered forest with Winter Market and a Tipi Cinema showing festive classics such as Elf & It's a Wonderful Life. www.broadgate.co.uk/winter
If Christmas is not your thing, then there is still plenty to do whilst you are visiting, the crew are always looking for and trying new and different experiences, here are some of their favourites...
For the Love of Cats
If you love cats or know someone who is a crazy cat lady, then this would be a great Christmas present or experience "Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium" – situated near to Shoreditch Hight Street tube station on Bethnal Green Road, this is London's Premier Cat Café Experience.
Choose from Cats and a Cuppa to High Tea with Cats, complete with a fantastic cat themed shop on site, this is a one and truly one off experience. However please read the Catiquette before visiting www.ladydinahs.com
For the Love of Beer,
why not grab a Santander Bike and take a ride to Hackney Wick? Only a short 20 minute cycle from New Road Hotel, we promise you it will be worth ride. Hackney Wick is an area brimming with lots of craft beers & breweries, located in very hip and trendy settings some of which run alongside the canal, there are plenty to choose from – Beer Merchants Tap, Crate Brewery & Howling Hops which is the UK's first ever tank bar where beer is served fresh from the fermenter tanks. Combine this with some great places to eat, what more do you need for a great day out!!
For the Love of Del Boy
No, this isn't an exhibition about Only Fools & Horses, but a great utilisation of space and regeneration and giving back to the community. Occupying the empty levels of a multi-storey carpark, Peckham Levels exists to showcase the cultural talent at work in Peckham and create affordable workspace for artists and entrepreneurs.
This constantly evolving space will change and develop over the coming months and years as we work with our members and the local community. Step inside for amazing food and drink from independent traders, regular events and exhibitions, and to discover some of South London's most exciting artists and independent businesses working in design, fashion and music. www.peckhamlevels.org
We love gadgets and apps here at the hotel, we don't even have phones in the bedrooms – you just Whatsapp us!! There are 2 great apps to get for exploring the city and what London has to offer:
With Hype app, you can discover the most unique experiences in cities around the world. Follow local influencers to receive an insider look on the pulse of the city. Art, parties, food, architecture and outdoor activities – Hype will keep you in the know, so you always spend your free time well. https://hypeapp.co/
THE LONDON COFFEE GUIDE
If you prefer to steer away from the mainstream coffee shops and like to support independent traders, then this app is for you. The London Coffee Guide app is your essential companion to London's best independent coffee venues. From cutting-edge Soho espresso bars, to hidden neighbourhood gems, the 185 cafés, carts and kiosks profiled in the app represent the best of the capital's flourishing speciality coffee culture.
Why not check out the vast amount of events that take place nearby – Toxy, Truman Brewery, Tobacco Docks, & Printworks are on our doorstep, why not pop in for pre-event/gig drinks or dinner or want to make the most of your night, why not stay over?