Winter Pop Ups in London 2019 | Eskimosey On Down
Last Updated: 3rd December 2019
Winter pop ups have become a stalwart of the city in recent years…
…which makes the people behind them truly seasoned professionals.
So allow us to present you with a little selection of seasonal, eggnog-spiced winter pop ups that you can think warm fuzzy thoughts over, and actually get round to booking before everyone else does. They include three sets of igloos on the Thames (one of which has a fondue restaurant attached), a hidden cinema (which can only be accessed via a ball pit river), rooftop curling lanes, a riverside hot tub, and more…
Coppa Club Igloos | Tower Bridge
They’re back. The original and (they’re making a pretty good case to believe) the best, these dining igloos have pitched up again on the riverside terrace behind Coppa Club, overlooking a twinkling skyline of Tower Bridge and the Shard. Inside the redesigned heated pods, you’ll find sumptuous furs and blankets and your own sound system to play with while you tuck into their festive fare.
Details: Until 31st January | Coppa Club, 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6AH | Reserve online HERE
Jimmy’s Lodge | Southbank
As one of the fastest-selling pop ups in town, Jimmy’s residencies are at the peak of popularity.
So it makes sense that he’s bringing the Alpine peaks to London for the winter, transforming his summer BBQ spot into a chalet-style 30 seater fondue restaurant, alongside private dining in glass snow globes overlooking the river, and a host of street food dishes and hot cocktails to enjoy around outdoor fire pits… READ MORE
Details: Until 5th January | Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX | Igloos minimum spend £600, restaurant £35pp: book HERE
Bar Under The Bridge | Southbank
This one’s pretty self-explanatory. The bar: a sprawling warm alpine style lodge with cosy heated chalet booths, fleece rugs, and board games, serving up food from Baggio Burger as well as mulled booze. The Bridge: Hungerford, next to the Southbank Centre.
Details: Until January 5th | Under Hungerford Bridge, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX
The Great Christmas Feast | Bermondsey
If the ghost of Christmas Future were to appear right now, it would tell you what an excellent time you had at The Great Christmas Feast; a four-course immersive dinner in a Victorian parlour, complete with Dickensian cocktails, live orchestral music and an atmospheric retelling of A Christmas Carol, all from the people behind In Night’s Darkling Glory and The Great Masked Ball. Also, not to eat all the roasties. Nobody likes a potato hog. READ MORE
Details: Until 12th January | 47-49 Tanner Street, London, SE1 3PL | £34-109
Flat Iron Square’s Alpine Village | London Bridge
Flat Iron Square have made things a little more three dimensional for the winter, thanks to the addition of a huge Alpine lodge bar serving up wintry drinks and whiskies; street food; nightly live music in Omeara; and a line up of festive events and workshops.
Details: Open daily until early 2020 | Flat Iron Square, SE1 1TD | Free Entry
Smoky Barrels | Liverpool Street
Still hunting for a Christmas party venue? Mac & Wild have got you covered. They’ve set up a fully fledged hunting pop up by their City restaurant, where you can kick back in your own personal hunting lodge, sip mulled wines, dine on festive Scottish fare and toast whisky marshmallows on an open fire. They’ve also installed a ‘whisky wall’ – where you can sample dozens of drams – and their famous state-of-the-art virtual hunting ranges, so you can go deer stalking in Liverpool Street.
Details: Until 21st December | 1 Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YP | From £15pp
Piste | Soho
Ensconced underneath Soho cocktail bar Archer Street, Piste is their now-traditional winter ski chalet pop up, in which the only things not made from wood are the antler chandeliers, the candles lighting up the place, the furs cozying up the chairs, and the warming drinks behind the bar.
Details: Thursday-Saturday, 6pm-1am | Archer Street, 3-4 Archer St, W1D 7AP
The London Shuffle Club | Shoreditch
At first, you could shuffleboard. And now, you can shuffleboard s’more… because the London Shuffle Club have covered their terrace and filled it with fur-lined benches and firepits, so you can toast mallows and drink warming cocktails before hitting the lanes. READ MORE
Details: Open Tues – Sun | 4 Ebor Street, E1 6AW | £20-£40 per hour
Dalloway Terrace | Bloomsbury
Dalloway Terrace has dropped its autumn leaves, and come back with a floor-to-ceiling cascade of Alpine spruce. Amongst the snow-dusted pinecones, they’re serving fondue pots to share, boozy hot chocolates and steaming hot cocktails, all served alongside little retro viewfinders to transport you to the Swiss Alps. READ MORE
Details: Until early 2020 | The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3NN
The Gun’s Winter Wonderland | Spitalfields
The Gun in Spitalfields have pulled the trigger on their new festive pop up restaurant: a life-sized gingerbread chalet with edible walls. It’s got all manner of sparkling fairy lights, cozy throws, festive decorations, and bricks that look good enough to eat (and literally are). Thankfully, your hunger should be taken care of by their new menu, which includes braised beef short ribs and whole, deep-fried bries.
Details: Until the end of Februrary | The Gun, 54 Brushfield St, Spitalfields, E1 6AG
Christmas at Kew | Kew
Jeff Eden © RBG Kew
Let’s be honest. The last thing you want to do at Christmas is spend it in a queue.
You do, however, want to spend it in a Kew – or at least you will, once you’ve heard how they’ve transformed an entire 2.6km stretch of the grounds into an almost unfeasibly magical, after-hours, festive woodland light trail. The route is made up of no fewer than a million individual lights, from strings of fairy-lights to giant illuminated flowers; each adorning ancient trees, especially commissioned installations, and Kew’s iconic buildings… READ MORE
Details: 20th November until 5th January | Kew Gardens, TW9 3AB | From £18
Winter Wonderland | Hyde Park
It’s a vast, slightly overwhelming classic for a reason. Every year it seems to come back even bigger, and this year there’s London’s biggest outdoor ice rink (with live music from the central bandstand); rollercoasters and rides; a Dickensian London crafted entirely from ice; circus acts; street food; mulled wine; firepits and tipis; and Paddington on ice.
Details: 10am-10pm until 5th January (except Christmas Day) | Hyde Park, W2 2UH | Free Entry
Winterfest | Wembley
If you don’t know what Winterfest is, that’s understandable, because this will be the first year it’s happened. It’s basically a huge outdoor light & sound show up in Wembley Park, and it’s set to hit town for six weeks. It’s completely free, and it involves a 100ft installation from a pair of former Pixar animators…READ MORE
Details: Until 3rd January 2020 | Wembley Park, Wembley, HA9 | Free
Enchanted Eltham Palace | Greenwich
South London’s stunning medieval-meets-art-deco palace gets some additional deco this month, as they illuminate their sprawling grounds with a twinkling array of fairy-lights, mirrorballs, coloured fountains and interactive artworks. There’ll be mulled wine and hot chocolates to sip as you go round the trail, as well as traditional fairground stalls and rides. READ MORE
Details: 5th – 22nd December | Court Yard, Eltham, Greenwich, London, SE9 5QE | £12-14
The Luna Winter Cinema | Kensington
Nothing’s better than a good old-fashioned Christmas film. Except, maybe, a good old-fashioned Christmas film screened by the experts at Luna Cinema, who are popping up in the grounds of Kensington Palace with a slate of festive classics, mulled wine and crepes.
Details: 15th-23rd December | Kensington Palace, Orme Square Gate, Bayswater Road, London W8 4PX | £13
Winterland | Fulham
In what WAS a Thameside beach club this summer, is now a Thameside, er, Alpine club. Which, as you all know, typically include private chalets; igloos with fondue; hot cocktails; DJs; arcade games; and a riverside hot tub with its own dedicated waiter. READ MORE
Details: Until early 2020 | Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, SW6 2TY | £5 (with free hot cocktail on arrival)
Backyard Cinema: The Christmas Labyrinth | Wandsworth
Despite opening their first permanent location earlier this year, Backyard Cinema – London’s preeminent themed, roving cinema – isn’t resting on its laurels. It’s still changing its look with the seasons, and over winter you’ll have to find “a hidden entrance to a secret underground passageway”, before navigating through a “magical ball pit river”, and finally use a special password to access the venue. Then you’ll get mulled wine, festive snacks, and a lineup of solid gold Christmas movies. READ MORE
Details: Until 19th January | Capital Studios, Ram Quarter, 13 Wandsworth Plain, SW18 1ET | From £18.99, available HERE.
The Ski Lodge | Bloomsbury
Pine trees. Falling snow. Reindeer. Snowmen. Ski racks. Piste maps.
Palm trees. The Montague’s pop up ski lodge is only really missing a slope – but after a steaming hot spiced cider, you won’t really care.
Details: Until 5th January | 15 Montague Street, WC1B 5BJ
Miracle | Covent Garden
If you took all of Christmas, compressed it into an extremely festive piñata, and whacked it inside a bar …you’d get something like Miracle. It’s a pop up cocktail joint that started in New York, then spread across the US, and then the world. Now it’s in London. At the Henrietta Hotel, specifically. Expect kitschy retro decor, unique Christmas cocktails, and bespoke glassware.
Details: Until 18th December | Henrietta Hotel, 14-15 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8QH
The Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City | Covent Garden
Building an entire city out of gingerbread may sound like a half-baked idea…
…but when it’s constructed by the architects & engineers at the Museum of Architecture, it’s actually pretty impressive, with over 100 artists and architects constructing their own sugar-dusted, fairylit gingerbread edifices… READ MORE
Details: 7th December – 5th January | Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, WC2R 1LA | £9
The Berkeley | Knightsbridge
One to file under ‘H’ for ‘Holy crap that’s an expensive cinema ticket’, The Berkeley will be housing a teeny tiny, six-person popup cinema on their roof for the cold season, showing Home Alone and The Holiday each night. Warming you up, they’ll have the likes of truffle mac ‘n’ cheese, confit duck croquettes, fondue and mulled wine. All for a mere £95 a pop.
Details: Until early 2020 | The Berkeley, Wilton Place, London SW1X 7RL | £95
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