January is not all doom and gloom, despite what the weather looks like. Even though Christmas is over and your birthday is probably quite far off, it does not mean you should be inside and allowed to mope. With this in mind The Handbook has devised a little list of January pop-ups for you to explore and experience this month.
Lumiere Light Festival
What: The Lumiere Light Festival Transforms London
Why: London is about to be transformed into a piece of art as the Lumiere London light festival returns for a spectacular second edition. A group of artists have collaborated to create an impressive display that promises to be bigger and better than last year. The festival has taken things one step further this year with a choreographed dance under LED lit umbrellas, illuminated see-saws, a virtual flood using Aurora Borealis-like waves of light, and a psychedelic projection onto Westminster Abbey. These displays will be positioned all across London so there will be plenty of opportunity for you to catch a glimpse of one if you can’t venture to them all.
Runs from the 18th – 21st January across London.
What: Dining With Chantelle Nicholson
Why: Since the November supper clubs were such a success Chantelle Nicholson is back to let a whole host of new guests experience this wonderful evening. In celebration of #Veganuary, Chef Chantelle has created a delicious, seasonal menu allowing vegans and non-vegans alike to experience the delights of plant-based cuisine. Stunning dishes include plates such as salt baked carrots, pine nut crumb, freekeh, roasted garlic aioli, and warm pear and ginger cake, pine nut creme, rosemary. The evenings will be hosted at Tredwells in Covent Garden.
Running from the 15th-29th January 2018
Where: 4A Upper St Martin's Lane, WC2H 9NY
Brunel Museum Rooftop Garden
What: Campfires And Cocktails
Why: The dream combination. Christmas is over and winter is still here, so many of us forget that this is the case, that the chilliest months are actually still to come. With that in mind we still need and crave those warm fires, and boozy drinks to heat us up from the inside out. The Midnight Apothecary happens to be the one and only establishment that offers just that. So if you can’t afford to light the fires at home, or just don’t fancy chopping the kindling yourself, then all is not lost. On the 13th January the team is hosting a Wassailing celebration, mulled wine, cider, marshmallows, and songs calling for more of all the former.
The Wassailing Celebration takes place on 13th January 2018
Where: Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF
The 90's Brunch Party
What: The 90's Brunch
Why: We love brunch and we love being nostalgic about the nineties. Put the two together and you’ve got a perfect way to spend your Saturday. Delve into your wardrobe and dig out your chokers, baggy jeans and crop tops, slick back your hair, or if you’re seriously dedicated cut in some curtain bangs. There will be a DJ playing all your favourite 90’s tunes, and the yummiest spread of brunch delights to keep you fuelled up and swinging to the music. The pop-up event will be taking place every Saturday, but keep your ears to the ground because the venue changes.
The first brunch party takes place on the 20th January 2018.
Bond Street (0.2 miles)
What: Vegan Waffle Bar For Veganuary
Why: To celebrate Selfridge’s Eat Happy Campaign the department store has created its very own Vegan Waffle Bar. For any hungry shoppers with healthy intensions, or any passers by with a waffle craving, you won’t have to go far to indulge yourselves. Everything on the menu is vegan and gluten free, but hurry down to Oxford street if you want to sample some of this healthy deliciousness as it is only on for four weeks.
Opens the 8th January until the end of the month.
Where: Selfridges, Oxford Street, London
The Asylum Chapel
What: A Candle Lit Concert
Why: Music as it’s supposed to be experienced. Three special acts are performing unplugged in the majestic surroundings of the Asylum Chapel. Listen and immerse yourself in music surrounded by candle light. There will be homemade food available, with mulled wine and other drinks to keep you toasty on the inside and contented throughout the intervals. Remember your warm clothes; the appeal of this church is through its derelict beauty and not its modern central heating. (Read: there is none).
Concert will take place on 9th January 2018
Where: Caroline Gardens, Peckham, SE15 2SQ
Social Wine & Tapas
What: A Delicious Collaboration: Good Enough To Eat
Why: Jason Atherton and Marcus Rohlen from Social Wine And Tapas will be hosting a collaborative delight alongside the wonderful team behind the Scottish Butchers. Together, and for one night only they will be putting on a dinner spread to make your taste buds tingle. This ones for the meat lovers, from whipped bone marrow to beef tartare; Buccleuch sirloin, and braised cheek with miso caramel. Each dish will also be paired with a wine hand picked for its compatible quality’s, by Laura Patry, the executive sommelier at the Social Company.
Book now for the 16th January 2018
Where: 39 James Street, Marylebone, W1U 1DL
What: Artisan Delicasies
Why: Sourced Market, the champions of Britain’s independent food and drink producers will be holding a month-long pop-up in the Eurostar Departure Lounge at St Pancras International. They will be sending down their best baristas to make sure anyone traveling gets the best service, whether they are after sourdough sandwiches, fresh doughnuts, scotch eggs or sausage rolls no one will be disappointed. Fancy a fine roasted coffee or craft beer, this pop-up can provide.
The pop-up will be running from the 4th January – 11th February 2018.
Where: St Pancras International [Eurostar Departures]: Pancras Road, Kings Cross, London N1C 4QP