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November 2017 / Food & Drink / by Liz Skone James

Up on the roof

Christmas shopping in the West End? We suggest a little post retail therapy in the shape of Woody Bear, an exciting new rooftop bar entered via a secret entrance on the corner of Marble Arch and Park Lane. The first wintertime pop up at 535 Oxford Street – home to summer hit Sisu – is inspired by an abandoned fairground, and brought to life with animal see-saws, swings and repurposed seating booths made from teacup fairground rides. Warming eggnog and hot gin punch cocktails are served from a coin-operated dispenser. Park yourself under a heater, wrap up in a blanket and toast the season while taking in the unrivalled skyline views. Ever the advocates of sensible drinking, we recommend lining your stomach with a delicious bite from street food vendors Madame & Monsieur. Their melty London raclette on potatoes is served from a mega 6kg wheel. Swoon. 535 Oxford Street, W1C (woodybear.london)