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Meat platter at Nordic Yulefest

What is it about the frozen Nordics that we find so enchanting? From the way we furnish our homes to the bleak noir crime series from Sweden and Denmark playing across our TV screens, there’s something about Nordic style we can’t get enough of.

Capturing the Scandi-fever Zeitgeist as the city’s carousel of Christmas eating and drinking swings into action, is the Nordic Yulefest – a pop-up banqueting hall festooned with greenery and lined with birch trees that will be magicked into life next month.

The Yulefest is built around a rolling feast of rich courses – think plates piled with juicy meatballs, platters of gleaming gravadlax, apple-stuffed hams and marzipan pigs.

Anyone who’s a fan of Fika on Brick Lane will know you’re in safe hands, with head chef Daniel Cohen at the reins. He says the food will be a Scandinavian twist on Christmas staples and if the tastings are anything to go by, citizens, wear forgiving clothes because you’re in for a treat.

Festive tipples include Sandy Claws, Nutty Sours and Yule Smacks, not to mention glass Tomte (Santa) boots full of steaming Gluewein and hot chocolate cocktails.

There are sittings for brunch or dinner and only six dates to pick from next month, as well as private hire, so get in there quick.

If you just want to slip in for a drink but don’t want to go the whole hog that’s no problem, with the bars open once the feasting is done.

There’s also music, dancing, entertainment and games, plus sheepskin-lined nooks to digest in. Skål!

From 6 December
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