Review: WigWamBam @ Queen of Hoxton

Poor, poor Londoners – we don’t have campfires or girl scouts or smores. But, luckily, we do have the Queen of Hoxton.

WigWamBam pops up at the Queen of Hoxton to make those winter months slightly more bearable. Boasting a tipi atop a rooftop overlooking the Shoreditch sky line, expect roaring fires, a meat-topped grill, buttered rum, mulled cider and a host of entertainment lined up.

Forced back out into the howling wind due to a distinct lack of food that DOESN’T include pork (the menu varies day-to-day and my Muslim friends were unlucky enough to venture upon the meat-topped grill on a day where pig was the serving) we unfortunately missed out on the nights entertainment.

Bar the food problems, seating was also a flaw. Hacked off treetrunks massively taking away from the comfort, cosiness factor that is the be-all and end-all of WigWamBam. Bean bags! Reclining chairs! A bed, perhaps? Come on WigWam! Didn’t you know it was a massive effort to pull ourselves off the above in order to get to you?

That said, anything that makes winter less daunting is my best friend. And the WigWamBam certainly does that.

WigWamBam is at the Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, and is open Monday to Friday 4-10pm and Saturday 6-10pm until March 2012. More information can be found here:


Sleep Deprived People Eat 300 More Calories A Day.

As I write this, my eyelids are weighing heavy. My mouth opens and shuts in colossal yawns. My brain fumbles to piece words together.

And my throat swallows down the chocolate I’m shovelling into it.

People eat more (and worse quality) food when they’re tired. Its been scientifically proven, unfortunately. In fact, they eat almost 300 calories more a day.

Researchers at Columbia University looked into this, recruiting 26 normal weight men and women into a sleep lab where they controlled the amount of sleep each group consumed. For the final two days of the experiment, the participants were allowed to eat as much (or as little) as they liked.

Results found that participants consumed an average of 296 calories more when they were sleep deprived. This difference was more pronounced in the female participants than in the male participants, with results showing 329 vs 263 more calories intake.

Theres no such thing as “mind over matter” when you are exhausted.

Related to this is the fact that cooking, when tired, seems about as difficult as climbing Mount Everest. That McDonalds you’re walking past seems surprisingly easy (and worth it) in comparison.

There are, of course alternatives. Such as The Pure Package, a gourmet food delivery service in London.

Based on the portion control ideology it delivers freshly prepared, healthy food to your doorstep for a mind boggling £400 pounds per 10 days.

I think I’ll stick to my McDonalds and my attempts to get at least seven hours of sleep per night.

On that note, I think its past our bedtime folks.