Winter Pop Ups in London | Eskimosey On Down
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 two sets of igloos on the Thames (one of which has a fondue restaurant attached), two sets of rooftop ice rinks (one of which has an ice-hockey minigame), two sets of curling lanes (one of which is themed to the film Cool Runnings), an Alpine Club, a hidden cinema, 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: Open now | Coppa Club, 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6AH | Reserve online HERE
Pergola Paddington Central | Paddington
Winter is upon us.
And according to the rules, al fresco bars & restaurants are off-limits.
That is, unless, you totally revamp the space into a full-on winter retreat – which is exactly what’s happened to the Pergola outpost in Paddington Basin. they’ve totally winter-proofed the place, plugging in the heaters, slinging blankets over the chairs, and popping a transparent roof onto the whole thing. And that’s just upstairs. Head down to their other floor, and you’ll find the space festooned with fairylights, flowers and foliage, serving street food from a quartet of globe-spanning outlets (Patty & Bun, MAM, Yucatan, Canard). READ MORE
Details: Until 23rd February | Free to reserve (for up to 199 people, technically…)
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, wooden snow globes on the festoon-lit promenade overlooking the river, and a host of street food dishes and hot cocktails to enjoy around outdoor fire pits… READ MORE
Details: 9th November – 30th December| Igloos minimum spend £600, restaurant £40pp: book here
Skylight | Wapping
Skylight are taking things up a level once again.
Not literally, of course, seeing as they’re already occupying a pretty covetable spot on a Wapping carpark rooftop with unobstructed views of London’s finest stretches of skyline, but metaphorically – because they’re once again adding a rooftop ice rink to their charms for their winter pop up, alongside sharing pots of fondue, ice hockey minigames, mulled wine and DJs… READ MORE
Details: From 1st November – January 2019 | Free booking for groups of 10 and over via email@example.com
Sliders Rooftop Curling | Stratford
Because Stratford’s car park-turned-rooftop bar has had a full winter makeover, with the return of six, neon-lit, covered curling lanes from the Sliders team. And in honour of these lanes, and, coincidentally, the 25th anniversary of cult film Cool Runnings, the theme this year is officially… Curl Runnings. Expect Christmas trees popping up out of car bonnets, festive cocktails, and Jamaican touches in the decor…READ MORE
Details: Roof East reopens in its winter form on 1st November. You can find out more, and book ahead, HERE. One curling lane costs from £50 for a team of four, for 40 minutes.
Okay so SIN BIN is another set of curling lanes, only this one isn’t on the roof. What it does do however is a) achieve the under-appreciated feat of not letting you freeze your nether and not-so-nether regions off in the open air, and b) it’s essentially the city’s first curling bar, extending along the length of ten curling lanes. Also, it’s all catered with MEATLiquor food. So there’s that, too.
Details: Opens 24th October | Queens Skate Dine & Bowl
The Alpine Club at Winterland
In what WAS a Thameside beach this summer, The Alpine Club is now going to become a Thameside, er, Alpine club. And apparently those involve heated winter lodges with fondue & schnitzel, mountain scenes, feasting tables, gondolas and chairlifts, bauble filled igloos, karaoke, yet more curling, DJ’s and more. Which doesn’t sound too bad.
Details: November 8th – December 22nd, booking available now | Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, SW6 2TY | £5 (with free mulled wine on arrival)
Clapham Common is getting something not-so-common this festive season…
It’s back for another year, having debuted back in 2014 as a slightly cooler alternative to Winter Wonderland. It’s going to be taking over a vast area of the Common for the cold season, and stuffing it with a really rather ridiculous amount of rather ridiculously fun-sounding food stalls & activities… READ MORE
Details: Launching November 15th. You can find out more, and book tickets HERE.
Backyard Cinema: The Christmas Labyrinth
Okay so this one’s IN Winterville, but it’s worth mentioning on its own. Because Backyard Cinema – London’s preeminent themed, roving cinema – has found its festive edition trapped at the heart of a 3,000sq ft, ultra-magical, fairylit woodland maze. READ MORE
Details: Backyard Cinema: The Christmas Labyrinth will be at Winterville on Clapham Common from 15th November. Tickets start at £18.98, and are available now HERE.
It’s really the last place you want to find yourself on thin ice.
So it’s a good job that the ice rink appearing on the John Lewis rooftop is merely the latest in a long line of majestically festive pop ups they’ve hosted over the years. And that said ice rink doesn’t actually contain any ice at all; instead it’s made up of an ingenious snowy-looking plastic that you can slide over in specially designed skates… READ MORE
Details: The Skyline Skating pop up opens on 20th October until 6th January. It’ll be open Sun-Wed 12-9pm and Thur-Sat 12-11pm, with skating sessions on weekdays from 5pm and weekends from noon. You can find out more, and book a skating session (£8) or gin masterclass (£25) in advance, right HERE.
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