Are you all sitting comfortably? Great, then let me tell you the story about the little Londoner who on a cold and dark evening, decided that they didn’t want to get stuck on the tube squished up next to the other commuters on the yellow circle road. Instead they headed over across the enchanted land of London eastwards towards Hoxton, because they heard that there lived a queen who would provide them with merriment, fun, food and delicious drinks.
The Queen of Hoxton had a roof terrace and every winter she’d host parties up there for everyone, now in the year of 2015 her team and friends from Mad Ferret (the festival maestros) built a wigwam that was inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairy tales. The Little Londoner climbed up the vine-covered winding stairs up to giant keyhole entrance, then a tree house took them right to the top of the Queen of Hoxton’s roof and there she found the wigwam and a gingerbread house-inspired bar.
She wandered through hanging clocks, she admired her reflection in the ornate mirrors and saw familiar faces amongst the golden trees. She drank Big Bad Buttered Rums and hot apple toddies. She feasted on gingerbread panels, magic bean stew and learnt how to make Christmas wreaths, how to preserve butterflies and heard stories on the Day of the Dead. The Little Londoner fell in love with the WigWam and knew this was what winter pop-up dreams were made of.
Once A Upon a Wigwam launches 22nd October at The Queen of Hoxton.