When: Open until April 2017, 4pm – 10pm
Where: Queen of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3JX
£: Free admission when there are no events running. Over 18s only
What is it?
The Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop has been turned into a Nordic hideaway complete with longboat, feasting hall inside a WigWam, fire pits, driftwood sculptures, and plenty of drinking horns.
The Skye Halla rooftop invites guests to escape modern life and enjoy Nordic nights filled with flowing mead, foraged cocktails, crackling fires and decadent feasting.
Visiting Vikings will be able to seat themselves amongst Shield-Maiden Skye’s comrades, on the communal banqueting tables in the WigWam, surrounded by the discarded weapons of a battle. Suspended in the middle of the Wigwam is the central shrine of Yggdrasil, where the Viking warriors hang their offerings to the Norse gods; an immense mythical tree that connects the nine worlds.
On the rooftop landing beach, visitors will find the longboat bar, serving drinks such as Thor’s Courage, and Skye’s Hot Buttered Rum.
A series of immersive events and workshops, specially curated to the Viking theme, will be on offer throughout the Winter, including the following:
Viking Life Drawing with Art Macabre: Hel and Odin
5th November 2016, 1pm – 3pm
Sketch mighty gods and goddesses of the Nordic underworld. Hear tales of Viking folklore and sketch Hel and Odin. Take a seat on the wooden fur-topped benches and grab a tankard of warming hot cocktails or spiced ale from the bar. Drawing materials and paper provided. Very limited spaces available for this cosy drawing special. Tickets cost £15.
Viking Chain Maille Jewellery Workshop
8th November 2016, 6.30pm – 9pm
Once the ultimate armour for any Viking warrior, join jeweller Annie Mason to learn the ancient art of Chain Maille, for a somewhat more decorative effect. Grab a warming winter cocktail and take your seat in Skye’s Viking Wigwam, where Annie will take you through the process of linking rings together to form a beautiful fabric like mesh. Create your very own piece of jewellery to take home and treasure. Tickets cost £35.
The Art Of Etching
12th November 2016, 2pm – 4pm
Learn how to craft an original artwork inspired by Viking iconography. Taught by professional printmaker Sisetta Zappone, you will be guided step by step in the ancient art of etching metal. You will make several prints on beautiful Japanese Pergamena paper, and will go home with both your prints and your plates, which can be used afterward to make more prints or mounted as a chunky medallion or belt decoration. A free cocktail and all materials (including copper sulphate, pointy tools, wax, zinc, black bone ink and paper) are included with your ticket. Tickets cost £30.
The Braid Bar Presents a Hair Braiding Workshop
15th November 2016, 7pm – 8pm
Aspiring braid makers, join Selfridges’ ‘The Braid Bar’ for an hour-long braiding masterclass. No previous experience necessary. Tickets cost £15.
AVM Curiosities present The Anglo-Saxon Drinking Cabinet
20th November 2016, 6pm – 10pm
Head to the cosy wigwam for a tasting and a trip back in time, with award-winning food historian Tasha Marks from AVM Curiosities, for a peek into the Anglo-Saxon drinking cabinet. From nettle and dandelion martinis to honey spiked mead punch, find out the legend behind your liquor and the tales of your tipple. Expect ancient cocktails, historical titbits, and even some 14th century drinking games. Tickets cost £25.
Storytelling with Giles Abbott
28th November 2016, 7pm – 9pm
Light falters. Nights lengthen. Darkness grows. Love is murdered. Head to the longship and hear a tale of betrayal, loss and longed for recovery. Giles is an award-winning storyteller, who has been featured on Radio 4. Free.
Viking Life Drawing with Art Macabre: Valkyries
3rd December 2016, 1pm – 3pm
Sketch Nordic female warriors, posing in strong and powerful poses for you within the cosy Nordic Viking themed WigWam. After the event, stick around for the open fire pits, with food available throughout the afternoon. Tickets cost £15.
More info: queenofhoxton.com/rooftop/winter