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Five awesome new venues to check out in December

By Time Out London contributor

We’re fast approaching the end of the year but there’s still some fabulous venues to check out before the countdown to 2017. From a shamelessly festive ice bar to some foodie hot spots and cocktails dens, the venue experts at Hire Space have picked out the coolest spots to keep everyone happy this party season.

1. Shoreditch Platform

Located in the heart of east London's creative quarter, this inventive loft space designed by award-winning architect Alex Meitlis and artist Ivo Bisignano is the newest addition to the Shoreditch nightlife scene. As the name suggests, the venue was originally a train station and has now become Britain's first pay-by-the-hour co-working space-slash-cocktail-bar – something we can very much get on board with.

Its walls are adorned with monochrome mural art, with high ceilings and exposed beams creating a contemporary and relaxed space. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the railway tracks too, an homage to its previous incarnation. With a 2am licence on weekdays and space for up to 200 people, DJ equipment and catering available, it’s a venue perfectly set-up to party the night away.

2. Jamavar

The newbie on the block in Mayfair, Jamavar is the signature Indian restaurant by luxury hotel brand The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts. The first in the group outside of India has just opened on Mount Street and it's been designed by Fabled Studio and reflects the high-end style of the established Indian sites, boasting beautiful glass chandeliers, mirrors, luxurious fabrics and Indian-inspired motifs.

The kitchen will be led by former executive chef of Gymkhana, Rohit Ghai, with a menu that focuses on sharing plates inspired by the flavours of the Royal Kitchens of the north and produce from the rivers of the south. For parties, the lower-ground floor can be hired exclusively for a group of up to 32 people seated and there is also a private dining room for eight diners with a personal wine vitrine and views of a beautifully planted private garden.

3. Company Below

Beneath the noise of Greek Street, underneath sister restaurant Balls and Company, the space has been completely redesigned, creating an underground speakeasy bar. With a focus on botanicals, the cocktail list is certainly out of the ordinary with concoctions like ‘Smoke Without Fire’, an intriguing combination of mezcal, aloe vera, lime, chipotle and rhubarb soda. Food comes in the form of deep-fried bao buns, churros and some delectable desserts.

Guests at Company Below can also access the whole menu from the upstairs Balls and Company, too, so you won’t even have to decide between the two. The intimate basement bar can accommodate up to 14 people for a sit-down meal, or up to 25 standing for a party or function.

4. Eis Haus at Tower Ice Rink

If you feel like indulging every festive whim then Eis Haus probably ticks all the boxes. The pop-up ice bar at the Tower Ice Rink is made from ten tonnes of purified ice, making it one of the coolest bars in London. Literally – it’s around -5C. You’ll be given a stylish puffer jacket during a 25-minute visit inside the chilly bar where vintage DJs and a live band entertain guests. You can then warm up at the apres-ski party with warming winter treats on the outdoor alpine deck.

The Eis Haus can accommodate large parties in private sessions or the whole experience can be hired exclusively if you’re after your very own winter wonderland.

5. Cinnamon Bazaar

The newest offering from The Cinnamon Collection and Vivek Singh is Cinnamon Bazaar on Maiden Lane in Covent Garden. The restaurant takes on a relaxed all-day concept, serving modern Indian food such as Kolkata spiced cod and a quirky take on afternoon tea, high chai. Bright, bold colours characterise the venue, making use of natural materials, hand-painted graphics, printed tiles and hanging lanterns, all inspired by the vibrancy of India. The ground floor boasts a feature bar and there’s also a 30-cover private dining room on the first floor. The whole 90-cover restaurant can also be hired exclusively for bigger celebrations.

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