Christmas Messages from the GreenHouse

Christmas at The Greenhouse
We want to wish you a Merry Christmas, full of joy, happiness and blah blah blah… all those things people wish each other at this time of year.

OKAY – seriously!
We want to say THANK YOU for an amazing year, for all the support you guys gave us through the whole year reading our stuff, coming to our events, working with us and being part of this big crazy family…from the bottom of our green hearts, THANX!!! x)

We are preparing LOADS of stuff for the up coming year for you to enjoy. So, stay tuned and enjoy our last newsletter of 2015!

Love, Hugs & big smoochy Kisses
The Greenhouse Team

Member’s Spotlight:
Fernando Sdrigotti 
Hackney Spanish is a language school with a twist. Because of my work as a writer I believe that teaching a language needs to be not only a transferral of knowledge from tutor to student, but a truly enjoyable process, one strongly anchored in culture, one where the student leaves not only speaking a new language but also with a new set of cultural tools. Read the full interview here

Let’s cook our alcohol this Xmas!

The tick list:
1 bottle red wine
2 cinnamon sticks
3 cloves
3 star anise
2 Clementines
1 lemon, sliced
100g brown sugar
The Application:
  1. In a heavy saucepan over a medium heat, combine the red wine, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, lemon slices and clementines. Heat gently, but don’t bring to the boil. Stir in 2 tablespoons of the sugar, and once dissolved, taste to see if you’d like to add more.
  2. Keep hot on medium to low heat for 20 minutes to let the flavours infuse the wine. Serve your mulled wine hot in glasses or mugs.

Things to do in London this Christmas!
Where to eat…


Thai Thai Restaurant – Old Street

Fancy a Thai dinner with your loved ones? We suggest you to try Thai Thai East restaurant in Old Street. 


Thai Thai restaurant has become the dining destination de rigeur for hip socialistas and local foodies. The light and airy dining room with ruby and vanilla coloured walls, teak wood furniture and the freshest Spitalfield Market plants is perfect for relaxed meals with friends and colleagues. We recommend the Pad Thai, Somtam Salad, any of their array of curries; and coconut rice. Freshly blended exotic juices like Pomergranate, Tamarind and Young Coconut provide an insight into the cocktails, whilst the Strawberry Lover and Butterly Martini cocktails will compliment your group dinners.The long serving service team are famous for their friendly, helpful attitude and warm welcome. Sawadika!
Special offer of 40% off when you order a minimum of 2 courses per person from the many a la carte
Valid for: 2-8 people.
Starts 01 September 2015 – Ends: 01 January 2016


The Haberdashery Café Restaurant – Stoke Newington

For a meatless breaky in Stoke Newington.

“The veggie breakfast at this cute vintage-style Crouch End caff is dead good.” 
Address: 170 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7JL


Herman ze German – Soho

“Sausage and cheese did you say? This month’s guest wurst is ‘ze cheesy hermanos’ – smokey pork and beef wurst filled with Gruyere. Mmmm…”
Meal for two with drinks and service: around £25.

Where to Shop…

Christmas Market at The Barbican


Have you bought all the presents for you loved ones? Even if you did you could find fascinating the Christmas Market at The Barbican.


Get creative this Christmas with three weekends of alternative seasonal shopping. The Barbican hosts an alternative Christmas market for three weekends this December, with a daily changing roster of over 35 independent designers and makers. Showcasing unique gifts and stocking fillers by aspiring artisans, cult craftspeople and local designers this is the perfect place to search for one-off presents, jewellery, prints, ceramics and so much more.


There will be plenty of mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies too.


Open Fri–Sun until 20 Dec.

12 noon–8.30pm

Where to drink “New Orleans” Style…


The Blues Kitchen – Shoreditch

Drinks? Rock n’ Roll? Home of BBQ? Live Music?
Are we in the same page? Yeah!!!
The Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch is the best place to find all of these. Serving up hearty Texan BBQ and blues music, The Blues Kitchen brings a touch of Southern soul to east London. Vintage music posters imported from Nashville, a ’50s airstream caravan, light fixtures made from gramophones and luxury leather style booths – not to mention the knowledge that music icons including Mud Morganfield, The Jim Jones Revue, Norman Jay and Andrew Weatherall have played here – make The Blues Kitchen feel like it’s been here forever. Highlights of the menu include 16 hour slow smoked beef ribs, fresh Canadian lobster and the best buffalo wings in town.

The best vintage rock ‘n’ roll sounds in London, every Friday night until 2am

134-146 Curtain Road

Opening hours:
Mon – Wed 12pm – 12am, Thurs 12pm – 1am, Fri 12pm – 2am, Sat 10am – 3am, Sun 10am – 10pm

Tube: Old Street

What to do…


Gather up the family and head to the Barbican for a sing-a-long screening of Disney’s ‘Frozen’. Grown ups who don’t know the words to ‘Let it Go’ yet (where have you been?!) will benefit from song lyrics on screen, and fancy dress for the little ones in encouraged. Book in advance via the Barbican Website
Happening on December 30 at the Barbican

Carnival of Colours 27 November – 31 December, Brixton

A month of proto-psychedelic events featuring music, performance, light art, installations and a Christmas market.

Noise of Art and Brixton Bloc are launching “Carnival of Colours”, a series of pop-up music and art festive events in the heart of Brixton. Drawing inspiration from the light art, musical experimentation and avant-garde dance and theatre that pre-figured psychedelia in 1966, the events are named after the Beatles first fully electronic song, Carnival of Colour (which was only ever performed once, at London’s first electronic music festival at the Roundhouse). The events will include live music, sound pieces, DJ sets, projected art, installations, street art, pop up restaurants and street food stalls, and a Christmas market.


Thursday 17 December – Ben Osborne and guests

Fr 18th December, Boris Karloff (Czech Republic) London live debut

Saturday 19 December Christmas party – acts to be announced

31 December – New Psychedlia’s Eve


Click here for more info

Shoreditch Street Food ARENA is back!
Every Thu/Fri/Sat completely winter-proof with a beautiful new roof, hot cocktails and FOUR great new bars…

Click here for more info…
5pm – Midnight
19 Great Eastern Street
London EC2A 3EJ
Free before 7pm, £3 after

Winter Cinema

Backyard Cinema have teamed up with Winterville to create the ultimate indoor, winter cinema. Set in the heart of the festival the Backyard team have created their very own enchanted forest named ‘The Winter Night Garden’, which can only be accessed via a secret tunnel of trees and allows customers to watch their favourite winter movies in the cosy, secluded depths of a magical (indoor) woodland. Films have been split into categories which include Proper Christmas films, Family Films, Cult Christmas films and even Non-Christmas movies for those scrooges out there. Feast on high quality food and drink before and during the screening which can be enjoyed in the comfort and shelter of the enchanted woodland bar.

Victoria Park Rd
E3 5SN

Opening Times:
The Backyard Cinema Enchanted bar will be open from 5pm
Feature Films start at 8pm Monday – Friday
Day time family screenings from 11:30am Saturday and Sunday
Mon – Wed – £12.50 (Kids £8) Local Residents £8 | Thurs – Sun – £16.50 | Weekend Pre 5pm £12.50 (Kids £8).
*Note that you can only select child, and local resident tickets once you get to Stage 6 of the ticket booking process. All tickets will appear as adult tickets until this stag

More info here

Transport in London over Christmas and New Year


On Christmas Eve, a normal service will run until 8pm, from which point there will be fewer trains running on the London underground and service will end according to a Sunday timetable.


There will be no service across the London Underground on Christmas Day.


On Boxing Day and Sunday 27 December, the Tube will run a Sunday service starting an hour later than usual. The Waterloo & City line will not be running, and there will be disruptions to service on the Metropolitan Line, Circle Line and Hammersmith & City Line, so check before travelling.


On Monday 28 December, Tuesday 29 December, Wednesday 30 December, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, the Tube will run a Saturday service with disruptions to some lines due to planned engineering works, so check before travelling. Don’t forget, there’s free travel on New Year’s Eve from 11.45pm to 4.30am.




On Christmas Eve, a reduced service will run on London Overground lines from 9pm.


There will be no service on the London Overground on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.


On Sunday 27 December and Monday 28 December there will be a Saturday service (although times may vary) and they’ll be no service between Gospel Oak and Barking, Richmond and Willesden Junction, Highbury & Islington and Shadwell, Sydenham and Crystal Palace and Romford and Upminster.


On Tuesday 29 December, Wednesday 30 December and New Year’s Eve there will be a Saturday service (although times may vary) with no service between Richmond and Willesden Junction. Don’t forget, there’s free travel on New Year’s Eve from 11.45pm to 4.30am.


On New Year’s Day, there will be a Saturday service, although trains will start later than usual and there will be no service between Richmond and Willesden Junction and Romford and Upminster.




On Christmas Eve, the DLR will run a Saturday service with the last train at 10.45pm.


There will be no service on the DLR on Christmas Day.


On Boxing Day the DLR will run every 10 minutes from 8.30am to half past midnight.


On Sunday 27 December, the DLR will run Sunday service.


On Monday 28 December, the DLR will run a Saturday service and service will resume as normal on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 December.


On New Year’s Eve, the DLR will run a Saturday service with free travel from 11.45pm until 4.30am.


On New Year’s Day, there will be a Saturday service, with fewer trains running before 10am.



On Christmas Eve, a Saturday service will run and no night buses will be in service from around midnight.


There will be no London bus service on Christmas Day.


On Boxing Day, all routes will run a Sunday service from 6am.


On Sunday 27 December a regular Sunday service will run on all routes. On Monday 28 December, Tuesday 29 December and Wednesday 30 December, a Saturday service will run on all bus routes.


On New Year’s Eve, a regular service will run with free travel from 11.45pm until 4.30am.


On New Year’s Day, there will be a Sunday service on all routes.


Santander bike hire

A normal service will run across the Santander cycle hire network over Christmas.


Some central London docking stations will be suspended from Wednesday 30 December until 1pm on Saturday 2 January.

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