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THE GARDENING SOCIETY LAUNCHES ROOFTOP FESTIVE FOREST

Following the success of its summer residencies, John Lewis will transform its Oxford Street rooftop, The Gardening Society, into a festive forest for winter with a Mac & Wild pop-up restaurant and Christmas trees on sale 

Inspired by Britain’s woodlands and forests and designed by Tony Woods – previously awarded RHS National Young Garden Designer of the Year – guests will enter the rooftop into a natural fir tree glade, with wooden picnic tables interspersed among vegetable patches. When night falls, thick hedgerows will sparkle with lights to guide visitors to the snug, wood-decked rooftop restaurant, where softened tartan blankets will be on offer to add extra warmth.

Highlights include a pop-up restaurant from game experts Mac & Wild set in the midst of a winter forest, three cosy private dining lodges with ‘hot toddy bells’, board games and individual sound systems, a rooftop dining experience with chef’s table-style service, outdoor picnic tables where you can indulge in a warming mulled spiced Negroni cocktail, real Christmas trees for sale and a spectacular panoramic view of the Oxford Street Christmas lights.

Enter the rooftop into a natural fir tree glade. When night falls, thick hedgerows will sparkle with lights

Mac & Wild’s pop-up restaurant will deliver a menu of hearty, highland-style dishes exclusive to the rooftop, peppered with a few favourites from its permanent site on Great Titchfield Street. Dishes include a new and exclusive John Lewis Christmas burger featuring a demi brioche bun, fried confit turkey leg, venison stuffing, brie, cranberry and truffled bread sauce, as well as, of course, the award-winning Mac & Wild Veni-Moo (oted London’s Best Burger 2016 at the National Burger Awards), which comprises both a beef patty and a venison patty with cheese, béarnaise and caramelised onions in a sweet brioche bun.

Pop-up experts Background Bars will once again run the drinks offering with festive and warming cocktails from a homemade pine liqueur to a burnt lemon, gin and blackberry fizz, smoked fig and Scotch whisky sour and a mulled eight-spice Negroni, sure to be a popular alternative to the traditional mulled wine.

You can also enjoy an exclusive dining experience at THE Lodge, the perfect spot for seasonal merriment this winter for up to eight guests. A chef’s table-style service sets the scene for an element of tableside theatre provided by the rooftop team.

For smaller parties up to four, there are Little Lodges – private lodges within the rooftop forest accessed by individual keys. Each lodge will have its own individual sound system, linked to your smart phone, board games and a ‘hot toddy bell’ to call for a winter warmer. Couples and groups alike can order from the main Mac & Wild menu, or simply enjoy hot cocktails from the bar.

Each Little Lodge will have its own individual sound system, linked to your smart phone, board games and a ‘hot toddy bell’

Each Little Lodge will be intricately designed with a unique theme. A romantically-themed lodge with textures of linen and soft wool combined with tweed furnishings will be perfect for date night, while a country-themed lodge will provide a retreat for Londoners dreaming of country pursuits. A plush, Scottish-themed lodge, incorporating checks, tweed and luxurious velvets celebrates all things Scotland.

From 1 December, you will also be able to take some of the winter forest home with you and buy your own Christmas tree from the rooftop tree lot (free delivery within a 5-mile radius of the store).

The Gardening Society, The Rooftop, 300 Oxford Street W1C 1DX. To book a lodge or restaurant see johnlewis.com/thegardeningsociety (spaces reserved for walk-ins too)

Opening times
7-30 November: Sun-Tues, 12noon-8pm; Weds 12noon-4pm; Thurs-Sat 12noon-10pm
1-18 December: Sun-Weds, 12-9pm; Thurs-Sat, 12-10pm (*4pm 7th and 14th)
19-23 December: till 10pm in line with extended shopping hours in store
Open Christmas Eve till 5pm 
Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day
Open 27-30 December till 9pm
Open New Years Eve till 6pm

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