Description

  • Date Night, Food & Drink and Pop-Up
  • Tickets from £8.00
  • South London
  • Over 18
  • Friday 9th December 2022 and 3 other dates
  • Multiple start times (see ticket info)

Banish all ghastly thoughts of Black Friday. Get your woolly jumpers out and raise your thoughts and your glasses to our Midnight Apothecary Christmas sessions in the Roof Garden. We invite you to embrace the magic of 'Friluftsliv', the Nordic concept of open air living and join us for a magical and festive evening at this unique venue.  Christmas celebrations start with Christmas campfires (individual firepits for hire) in our rooftop garden.  There will be with s'mores to devour (toasted marshmallows squished between luxury chocolate biscuits to the uninitiated) alongside our legendary botanical cocktails. Deluxe hot rum and whisky toddies will warm your cockles by the fireside along with giant flares and of course plenty of local beer, non-alcoholics and fizz.  Descend the stairs beneath the roof garden for a complementary tour of the underground Grand Entrance Hall to Brunel's Thames Tunnel - a masterpiece of Victorian engineering and one of London's most unusual performance spaces. What better way to get some Christmas grotto action than in a Victorian underground tunnel shaft.  Tasty hot streetfood will be provided outside all evening by brother and sister duo https://www.loviet.co.uk  

Voted one of London's best outdoor pop-up cocktail bars since we built the Roof Garden at the Brunel Museum in 2012, we specialise in lovingly prepared seasonal botanical cocktails round a campfire made by Midnight Apothecary founder Lottie Muir AKA the Cocktail Gardener. We infuse and garnish our drinks using ingredients grown in our rustic rooftop garden or foraged close by, with the menu changing frequently based on what's growing in the garden. These are all served in our atmospheric setting right next to the Thames in the heart of Rotherhithe Village. We are the best kept secret around here being nestled on top of the Thames Tunnel Shaft which was itself built in the Victorian era by Marc Brunel. The garden is lovingly maintained and is adorned with giant flares, hurricane lamps and fairy lights. 

We source all our alcohol and sodas carefully using local brews and spirits where possible eg Bermondsey's Hiver Honey Beer, Anspach & Hobday, the Kernel Brewery and Jensen's gin as well as Hackney's Square Root Soda.  Our wine is vegan, as is Kernel Brewery beer, and we have plenty of non-alcoholic mocktails for you. All spirits are premium brands. Once again, our menu will change according to the season so expect our take on a smoky negroni with Bonfire of the Vani-Teas with pinewood-smoked lapsang-souchong tea, Jensen's bermondsey Dry gin, campari and red vermouth, our signature Midnight Margarita with activated charcoal, premium tequila and a lime foam, our Hedgerow Sour made with whisky and our homemade rosehip & crab apple syrup; plus Sloe Time, a concoction of sloe gin, rhubarb & ginger compote & apple & ginger juice with a squeeze of lemon. 

Choose between either the early sitting (5pm-7.15pm) or the late sitting (7.30pm-10pm). Roof Garden tickets are bought individually per guest and include an optional Guided Descent down into the Tunnel Shaft led by local legend & actor, Tim Thomas. All entry fees go directly to registered charity the Brunel Museum. 

We are delighted that Vietnamese street food van https://www.loviet.co.uk are at the museum with us to bring you delicious morsels to soak up your libations. Please note only drinks bought from Midnight Apothecary may be consumed on the premises. We are an outdoor venue so there is no rain cover but bring a brolly if it looks like light showers as we fully embrace the Friluftsliv!

Join us round the fire surrounded by your friends, lovers and local wildlife. We look forward to welcoming you! 

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Tickets/Times

Ticket Event time Cost
Fri 5pm entry roof garden
Entry to Brunel Museum roof garden, free use of museum toilets
17:00 - 19:15 £8.00
Fri 7.30pm entry roof garden
Entry to Brunel Museum roof garden, free use of museum toilets
19:30 - 22:00 £8.00
Sat 5pm entry roof garden
Entry to Brunel Museum roof garden, free use of museum toilets
17:00 - 19:15 £8.00
Sat 7.30pm entry roof garden
Entry to Brunel Museum roof garden, free use of museum toilets
19:30 - 22:00 £8.00

Location

Address

Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF

Area

South London

Nearest Station

Rotherhithe (Rail)

Organiser

Lottie Muir
Lottie Muir is the founder of Midnight Apothecary. She is the gardener and mixologist who built the roof garden at the Brunel Museum in 2012. Her book 'Wild Cocktails from the Midnight Apothecary' won the Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards 2026 Debut Drink Book of the Year. Her latest book 'Wild Mocktails and Healthy Cocktails from the Midnight Apothecary' is available in all good bookshops.

Venue

Brunel Museum

Brunel Museum

A cutesy space atop the heralded Brunel Museum, this rooftop garden is an intimate and charming space to take in the night lights of the city. Perfect for a date night, an evening out with mates or during the COVID-19 crisis, a safe and intimate space for exclusive hire for a party of up to 30 guests…

T&C s

1. The ticket holder voluntarily assumes all risks and danger incidental to the event for which the ticket is issued, whether occurring prior, during or after the event. The ticket holder voluntarily agrees that the management, venue, event participants, DesignMyNight (WFL Media Ltd) and all of their respective agents, officers, directors, owners and employers are expressly released by the ticket holder from any claims arising from such causes.
2. No guest exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms will attend the event.
3. Tickets are issued subject to the rules and regulations of the venue.
4. Please check your tickets, as we regret that tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase.
5. Occasionally, events are cancelled or postponed by the promoter, team, performer or venue for a variety of reasons. If the event is cancelled, please contact us for information on receiving a refund from the responsible party. If the event was moved or rescheduled, the venue or promoter may set refund limitations. It is your responsibility to ascertain the date and time of any rearranged event.
6. The venue reserves the right to refuse admission and may on occasion have to conduct security searches to ensure the safety of the patrons.
7. Every effort will be made to admit latecomers but admission cannot be guaranteed if you arrive more than twenty minutes after the start of your session.
8. Tickets are sold subject to the venue or promoter's right to alter or vary the programme due to events or circumstances beyond its control without being obliged to refund monies or exchange tickets.
9. If this ticket is re-sold or transferred for profit or commercial gain by anyone other than the promoter, venue management, DesignMyNight or one of their authorised sub-agents, it will become voidable and the holder may be refused entry to or ejected from the venue.
10. The venue may operate a No Smoking Policy in certain areas.
11. The promoter, venue management and DesignMyNight accept no responsibility for any personal property.
12. The event listed on the purchased ticket is strictly for ticket holders who are over 18 years of age. Identification may be required.
13. Groups larger than 6 must contact the event organisers to agree a minimum spend.

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