Ready for Santa, Baby – Brixton Rooftops Sets Up South Pole Saloon


By Joe Teng

South Pole Saloon

A fun festive scene. (Photo: Marc Sethi)

Brixton is fast becoming the go-to destination in London right now. It’s going through such a rapid transformation that new restaurants and bars seem to be opening up almost constantly within the area, making this an attractive part of the UK’s capital not to just to go for fun, but in which to live, too.

Take Brixton Rooftop, for example. For a number of years now this unique venue has hosted a variety of fun seasonal events. And now that Christmas is upon us, this cool spot has been transformed into a funkier version of the kind of festive scene conjured up by Michael Bublé’s Winter Wonderland.

Called the South Pole Saloon (now that would make for a great Christmas son title!), this particular Christmas joint is a far superior alternative for many reasons. The wonderfully seasonally decorated rooftop transports people from the hustle and bustle of Brixton Market below to its very own festive paradise, complete with a decadent, lavishly adorned fir tree, wooden huts, and a heated saloon to welcome everyone. This place seriously has it all.

Christmas Cheer(s)

Drinks wise, refreshing ice cold beers are available on tap, and there’s a great champagne bar selling Moet & Chandon for those who want to splash-the-cash on a little luxury. There are also a wide variety of stunning festive cocktails available to really spread some Christmas cheer.

South Pole Saloon

Christmas spirits and great food. (Photo: Marc Sethi)

Whatever drinks you have, there’s plenty of food on offer to accompany it, too. Devilishly delicious spicy chicken wings from the local Fancy Funkin Chicken boys – even the mild ones will warm your cockles. Other fun dishes include slow cooked pulled pork brioche burgers, and the mac’n’cheese from the fine folks at Mac to the Future (I love that name!) definitely delivers.

The South Pole Saloon caters to those who definitely want a different kind of winter escapism thanks to its excellent secret wooden cabins. Cosy and snug, they’re great to hide out in while enjoying a more intimate setting. There’s always live music, too, from a band bringing back good old 50s rhythm and blues to a resident DJ. When the drinks are in full flow, games including beer pong are played and punters can get wild by getting glittered up ready for a party.

Get festive, let loose, and enjoy the magic of Brixton Rooftops South Pole Saloon.

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Contributor Joe Teng, aka ‘FoodPunk Joe’, is a London-based food critic on a one-man mission to showcase the city’s best cuisine, from fine dining restaurants to food markets. You can follow his adventures at


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