I originally wrote a pre-piece about The Little Yellow Door when it first launched last October. However, it took me a bit longer to pay a visit than I intended. Finally, a couple of weeks ago, my friend booked a table for Saturday night drinks and nibbles for her birthday. The Little Yellow Door is a long-term pop-up in Notting Hill Gate which has been styled as a fictional flatshare, with the ‘flatmates’ inviting you to a house party. Entering the yellow door and going upstairs, the main bar looked very cosy and inviting, with sofas, magazines and posters giving the feel of a real flatshare. As we were a large group, we had been given the snug, a little private room which felt like we snuck into someone’s treehouse. Full of cushions and board games, it gave us a comfortable and laidback space to have girlie chats. As the night progressed, some other curious customers stuck their heads in to look, with some admitting they were feeling ‘table envy’ at our space.
We started off with some drinks as members of our group arrived. The experimental cocktails’ names are said to be inspired by the flatmates’ favourite TV shows and films. I ordered a ‘Passion of Christ’ cocktail which was a mix of vodka and prosecco served with a marshmallow. It tasted really sweet and was a bit too easy to drink. Despite the temptation of the other concoctions – some very original – I ended up sticking to the same drink all night.
On Saturday nights, TLYD offers a bar food menu so a lot of the dishes on offer are shareable nibbles suitable for a group. The dishes are inspired by the eclectic mix of people you would expect to bump into at a house party. ‘The Yoga Bunny’ is a dip selection with crudités and pitta, including Lentil Hummus with Mint and Pine Nuts; Taramasalata with Confit Onions and Pork Scratchings, Avocado with Pickled Onions, Tomatoes and Chipotle, Labeneh with Dill, Mint, Cucumber and Smoked Aubergine. Despite the healthiness of the dish, its fun presentation with the dips being served in martini glasses made it feel a bit naughty. I particularly loved the ‘Mr Overheard In Waitrose’, which gave you options of arancini, cheese or meats. We ordered the Arancini and Cheese dish – a gorgeous, creamy combination of Burrata, Aubergine, Salted Tomato, Oregano and Salted Onion, which was served with crostini.
By the time we ended up leaving The Little Yellow Door five hours later, our group was unanimous in agreement with how much we enjoyed the venue. The staff really had managed to recreate that friendly, house party vibe and I thought the make-up, hairbrush and other typical house bathroom paraphernalia in the toilets was a fun touch. Our waitress was great, explaining the dishes and concept and always making sure we had some liquid refreshment to hand. The food portions and choice were perfect for what we wanted on a social night out. I’ll have to return on a Friday to sample the full dinner menu.
- The Little Yellow Door, 68 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, W11 3HT. Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate. Open Wednesday 6-11pm, Thursdays 5-11pm, Fridays 6pm-1am and Saturdays 7pm-1am. Book via WhatsApp. For more information, visit the Little Yellow Door website.
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The popularity of pop-ups is fortunately continuing, but how many of these hot new venues make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? This is where The Little Yellow Door comes in. A new pop-up in Notting Hill Gate, this new nightspot feels like a mate’s home you’ve just swung by for a few drinks or a laidback meal.
This new pop-up is based on a fictional flatshare where five mismatched flatmates come together and throw parties every week. Open Thursdays to Saturdays, the venue will host dinner and drinks parties and will be the first hospitality venue to take bookings by WhatsApp. The menus will be handwritten on magazines lying around the flat, while drinks will be served in jars, teapots, blenders or even eggcups – whatever the flatmates can get their hands on. The cocktails are influenced by the flatmates’ favourite TV shows, such as My Name Is Earl, an Earl Grey infused gin, citrus, egg white and sugar short drink served in a tea cup and saucer with biscuits on the side, and sprinkled with earl grey leaves, or Suits, a Manhattan on ice with a dash of absinthe.
On Fridays, The Wandering Chef will be stopping by to create culinary delights for the flatmates’ visitors and will be influenced by the nationality of the latest flatmate to move in. On Thursdays and Saturdays, it will be more of a party focus with bar snacks available to accompany your drinks.
Regulars will receive a key to the ‘flat’ so they can come and go whenever they fancy and if they BYOB, they’ll be rewarded with a personalised mug which will be filled up with free punch every time they visit. TLYD is from the same team behind ROXX, Press Play and The Wandering Chef so you can expect a good time.
- The Little Yellow Door will be open Thursdays 5-11pm, Fridays 6pm-1am and Saturdays 7pm-1am. The Little Yellow Door is located at 68 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, W11 3HT. Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate. For more information, visit the Little Yellow Door website.
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2012 has been a year for celebrations – the Queen’s Jubilee, the Olympics and Paralympics… so why not finish 2012 on a high note and party one last time. Although increasing amounts of friends are staying in for New Year because they find it ‘doesn’t live up to the hype’, I personally have always gone out and done something different every year and always had a good time. I try to start the night with moderate to low expectations and keep an open mind… perhaps that’s my secret to having a string of brilliant New Year’s Eves for the past decade.
So obviously there are 100s of New Year’s Eve events on in London and I don’t have the time or inclination to list them all – I do have a full-time job after all! But if you’re looking for some inspiration, here’s a few parties that caught my eye. Whatever you do, hope you have a Happy New Year!
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- New Year’s Eve firework display over the River Thames
Thousands expected to take to the north and south of the River to watch the free fireworks display near the London Eye. Wrap up warm and bring a flask of mulled wine! There will be a lot of congestion or potential closures of some tube stations around the Southbank so check with TFL before you travel. For more information, visit the London.gov.uk website.
- NYE Stand -Up Show – The Comedy Store
Start your night off with some comedy from Pete Johansson, Imran Yusuf, Paul Tonkinson, Curtis Walker, Stefano Paolini and The Boy With Tape On His Face. After you’ve laughed yourself silly, there will a DJ spinning tracks after for some dancing. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets: £55. The Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon Street, London SW1Y 4EE. Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the Comedy Store website.
- Vintage New Year’s Eve Party – Royal Festival Hall
The team behind the Vintage Festival (Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway) put on a glamorous extravaganza of live bands and DJs spread across pop-up nightclubs, bars and beauty parlours. Music and looks from across the decades, including 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Around midnight, some of the action will move to one of the balconies for a great vista of the New Year’s Eve fireworks over the Thames. Tickets: £80 in advance. Starts 7pm onwards. Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX. Nearest tube: Waterloo. For more information, visit the Southbank Centre website.
- Winter Prom Party – The Refinery
London Grooves host the Winter Prom Party at this Southwark venue, playing Commercial RnB, 90s Old Skool, Funky House and Club Classics. Tickets: £25 (going up to £30 after 24th Dec). Times: 9.30pm-3am. The Refinery, 110 Southwark Street, London SE1 0TF. Nearest tube: Southwark. For more information, visit the London Groove website.
- 1920s Flapper Glamour New Year’s Eve Party – Dirty Martini
1920s-themed party at the Mayfair branch of Dirty Martini. Fancy dress is encouraged with a complimentary prosecco cocktail on offer for those who arrive before 9pm. Tickets £20. Times: 8pm-3am. Dirty Martini, 10c Hanover Square, London W1S 1JH. Nearest tube: Oxford Circus. For more information, visit the Dirty Martini website.
- New Year’s Eve – Bounce
Food, drink and… ping pong is a great choice for someone looking for something a bit different. Located at the new ping pong bar in Holborn, tickets include stone-baked pizzas, canapes, DJs and free ping pong all night. Tickets: £40. Doors open 8pm. Bounce, 121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD. Nearest tube: Chanchery Lane. For more information, visit Bounce’s website.
- Belle Epoque’s Circus Party, New Year’s Eve Extravaganza – Village Underground
Be welcomed into the ‘sensational, sequinned and often shady world of the circus’, featuring music, DJs from across the decades, dance routines and acrobatics. Fancy dress encouraged. Tickets: £41.80 (inc booking fee). Times: 9pm-3am (acrobats start @ 10pm). Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, London EC2A 3PQ. Nearest tube: Old Street or Shoreditch High Street (overland). For more information, visit the Belle Epoque website.
- Mat Horne presents Session NYE – Queen of Hoxton
Party featuring a rooftop silent disco with sounds from Mat Horne, Babyshambles, The Milk, Ryan Paul, Maddox and others. Times 8pm-4am. Tickets: £20 (+booking fee). Queen of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, Hoxton, London EC2A 3JX. Nearest tube: Shoreditch High Street (overland). For more information, visit the Queen of Hoxton website.
- Defected In The House New Year’s Eve Party – Electric Brixton
Iconic house label Defected will be hosting 10 hours of some of the world’s finest underground house DJs, including Dennis Ferrer, Deetron, Noir, Copyright, Simon Dunmore and Sam Divine. Tickets start from £40 (+booking fee). Time: 9pm-7am. Electric Brixton (formerly The Fridge), 1 Town Hall Parade, Brixton, London SW2 1RJ. Nearest tube: Brixton. For more information, visit Electric Brixton’s website.
- New Year’s Eve Party of comedy and clubbing – Clapham Grand
The Clapham Grand is offering three packages depending on what whets your appetite – comedy or club or both. Early birds wanting a laugh can see the comedy show featuring Live at The Apollo star Sara Pascoe, British Comedy Award nominee John Moloney and brilliant Canadian comic Glenn Wool from 7pm. Alternatively those who just want to dance can arrive from 10pm onwards for the club, featuring club classics and commercial dance all night, and a performance from Robbie Craig with Woman Trouble. At midnight there will be a live link-up with Big Ben, balloon drop and party canons. Tickets start from (club only) £15, (comedy only) £25 or (comedy and club package) £40. Venue closes at 4am. Clapham Grand, 21-25 St John’s Hill, London SW11 1TT. Nearest train: Clapham Junction. For more information, visit the Clapham Grand website.
- Secret Agents’ Ball – The Driver
From the team behind the Bond Ball, the Secret Agents’ Ball will be full of James Bonds, Austin Powers, and Bond girls partying across three rooms. Fancy dress is encouraged. As well as a drinks reception, there is also an option for dinner beforehand. DJs will be spinning house, electro and disco, while guests can try their hand at poker at the casino. Tickets: £20-£30 in advance. Time: 9pm-5am. The Driver, 2-4 Wharfdale Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9RY. Nearest tube: King’s Cross St Pancras. For more information, visit The Driver’s website.
- Shake – The Electric Ballroom
Music: Dance, indie, electro, pop from the 70s, 80s and 90s and feel good anthems. Dress code: Smart and sexy. 9pm-4am. Advance tickets £20 (not inc. booking fee), £25 on the door. Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High Street, London NW1 8QP. Nearest tube: Camden Town. For more information and tickets visit Electric Ballroom’s website.
- Blagclub NHG New Year’s Eve – Blagclub Notting Hill Gate
Intimate party with DJs playing a mix of party styles and classics. Tickets: £10 in advance (+booking fee). Blagclub, 1st floor, 68 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3HT. Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate. For more information, visit the Blagclub website.
For daytime activities around London on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, check out the MOAMG blog post on What’s on this Winter: Fun things around London this December.