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Woodberry Wetlands First Christmas

Photo by Penny Dixie

Events preview

FOLLOWING a massive restoration project in conjunction with the unveiling of London Wildlife Trust’s Woodberry Wetlands urban nature reserve in May, the Grade II listed Coal House opened its doors to the public for the first time since its construction in 1833.

Now operating as the bustling Lizzy’s at the Coal House café by day, the former coal store and kitchen situated on the banks of Stoke Newington’s East Reservoir celebrates its first holiday season with a series of cosy evening events, superb festive lunches and exclusive private dining opportunities.

These special evenings allow visitors to witness stunning twilight views and experience the unique serenity of nature and wildlife at the wetlands in the heart of the city after hours. Events will take place from November 30 to December 22, 2016, and are available by advance booking only.

Full details and booking information for each event is available from

WEDNESDAY WINTER WARMER events take place on Wednesdays from December 7 to December 21 from 7pm – 10pm at the Coal House, 226 Lordship Road (via Woodberry Wetlands main entrance), London, N16 5HQ.

Tickets: £25 + booking fee. Advance booking online via or by calling 07971 315746.

A Celebration of Christmas Beer and Bratwurst – December 7.

Resident expert and group director at The Craft Beer Co, Tom Cadden, presents the best of the 2016 seasonal offerings before they disappear into the new year. Expect to taste a wide range of spicy, strong and eccentric ales by Belgian, Scandinavian and German stalwarts as well as from the latest trending British breweries.

Your host will fill your head with endless information about collecting, brewing techniques, ingredients, flavours and styles while you fill your stomach with bierkeller style sausages, homemade mustard and pickles. Price includes a minimum of eight beer samples, sausage baguette and pickle selection. Vegetarian option available.

Artisan Cheese and Wine Tasting Evening – December 14.

Award-winning local artisan cheese maker, Philip Wilton of Wildes Cheese, explains the process of cheese making and how to identify quality in flavour and texture followed by a tasting of their unique range of cheeses. As a perfect accompaniment, independent wine merchant and collector, Matt James from The Bordeaux Cellar will choose an exceptional variety of grapes and blends to compliment the cheeses on offer and will be in attendance to present and discuss the wines. Price includes a minimum of five wine and cheese selections.

Candle Making, Cake and Cocktails to Warm Your Cockles – December 21.

Quaff delicious mulled wine, spicy apple cider and other warming winter cocktails whilst learning to cast your very own handmade festive scented candle with award-winning luxury eco fragrance and candle making experts, Beauty Handmade. As the candle creations set, guests will have the chance to enjoy a selection of Lizzy’s famous home made cakes and a very special seasonal live music performance. Price includes all materials and personal candle souvenir, entertainment, choice of one hot cocktail drink and cake selection.


Lizzy’s at the Coal House Christmas lunch and festive private dining package includes mince pies and mulled wine upon arrival, three course set menu and tea/coffee. There is also a fully licensed bar serving a wide selection of wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks. Full menus and wine list are available from the above website.

From November 30 to December 22: Christmas lunch is available weekdays from 2pm to 6pm for parties of eight or more. Exclusive private dining packages are available Thursday to Saturday from 7pm to 10pm for parties of 20 or more. 18+ adults only. £29.50 package price per person.

All profit from events at Woodberry Wetlands are invested into London Wildlife Trust’s conservation work and its nature reserves.