Drinking – Merchant House
Merchant House is a bar and tasting house that holds the largest collection of gin and rum in the city. It is tucked away down Dickinson’s lane behind the historic Bow Lane and is a stone’s throw away from the One New Change and St Paul’s.
The nearest tube is Mansion House and then it’s a short walk to the exterior of the building with an unassuming front double door that leads through to an empty desk in the hallway. Don’t be fooled – simply walk down the stairs to the right and immerse yourself into the soft lighting and extremely cosy, eclectic interiors. They have a beautifully researched and illustrated cocktail menu influenced by the travels of the British Empire. The staff that hold the tasting masterclasses are down to earth and amazing, letting you go off menu or tailoring the listed drinks to your tastes.
Goose can’t recommend this place enough for pre-dinner shenanigans or a work do leading to a messy night out.
Shopping – Clippings/DesignJunction & The Design Museum
For those looking for something more leftfield and unique to give as gifts for Christmas, hours on the web need to be spent searching for something with a design edge. However, Clippings.com have joined forces with the Design Junction to open a pop up store in Seven Dials, Covent Garden, to provide a selection of festive stocking fillers, homewares and stationary by established and new brands such as Kaymet, Vitamin, Lovely Pigeon and BEDesign. Opens 5th of December 2015.
For design led accessories, ornaments, jewellery and gadgets visit the Design Museum next to Tower Bridge. Each purchase supports the museum which aims to inspire and enable people to understand the value of design as well as showcase the best creations in architecture, fashion, products and graphics.
Eating – Pedler, Peckham
Although good all year round, Pedler’s interior has a warm welcoming feel, created by low lighting and intimate (not cramped, mind) table seating arrangements that compliments the tasty comfort food on offer. It’s mainly modern European but has taken inspiration from multiple cultures, blending and balancing delicate flavours perfectly. Dishes include ‘Frizzle chicken with gravy mash, parmesan and attitude sauce’ and ‘Griddled squid, beetroot, salsify, pomegranate and lemon’. The cocktails are ace too with speciality gin versions made from the locally produced Little Bird brand.
Entertainment – Barrel and Forks Supper Club
Barrel and Forks is an immersive dining experience where the recent offering ‘One Night in Rovaniemi’, has been tailored to the Christmas party set and will offer, art performance, music, entertainment and food installations held in roomscapes built to tell a narrative.
It’s where we’ll be going for our work Christmas party!
Previous projects include a 19th Century grand ball with food tailored to the era and served by staff in costumes of the time and the ‘Unconventional Dinner’ where food is served in various tools like a shovel and wheelbarrow.
More Entertainment – Flight Club
First it was bowling. Then it was ping-pong – followed by mini golf for a bit. But now, now my friends, is the time of the dart.
Flight Club, on Worship Street, is the latest venue to elevate a good old traditional pub past time into an uber cool night out. Following the successful tried and tested formula of tasty sharing fodder, cocktails and rustic-yet-modern members club interiors, the club offers you and up to 11 other mates a chance to battle it out for bullseye glory in cool surroundings ingesting crab mac croquettes and drinks called ‘Bus fare home’. Sessions are via bookings only, and are a popular Christmas work party choice, but hold in there – it’s worth the wait.