Winter Pop Ups in London 2018 | Eskimosey On Down
Last Updated: 3rd December 2018
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 hidden cinemas (one of which is literally at the centre of a labyrinth), a curling-lane bar, an Alpine Club, 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
King’s Head & Courtyard | Fulham
Fulham’s sprawling cocktail den has transformed its courtyard into the Schweppes 1783 Winter Garden, with bookable snow-dusted chalets; heated, candlelit sofa areas; Christmas flicks in the background; a popcorn machine and a festive menu of top-shelf burgers (including their famous deep-fried camembert patty), three course bottomless brunches, and cocktails like the Goblet of Fire – made with vodka, raspberry, and fresh chillies.
After which you might need to think about your own head.
Details: Throughout December & January | King’s Head & Courtyard, 4 Fulham High Street, SW6 3LQ | Get 20% off your bill when you book with the code KINGxNUDGE (bookings taken via email only)
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 30th December | Igloos minimum spend £600, restaurant £35pp: book HERE
The Great Christmas Feast | Secret Location
If the ghost of Christmas Future were to appear right now, it would probably warn you how bleak Christmas would be without a visit to The Great Christmas Feast, a four-course immersive dinner in a secret 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.
Details: 5th December – 3rd January (not Mondays) | Secret London Bridge Location | £79-99
Miracle | Covent Garden
If you took all of Christmas, compressed it into an extremely festive hand-grenade, and detonated 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 over-the-top decor, unique Christmas cocktails, and bespoke glassware.
Details: Until Christmas Eve | Henrietta Hotel, 14-15 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8QH
Winter Wonderland | Hyde Park
It’s a 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; an enchanted woodland carved entirely from ice; circus acts; street food; mulled wine; firepits and tipis; a giant ice slide and a virtual reality experience.
Details: 10am-10pm until 6th January (except Christmas Day) | Hyde Park, W2 2UH | Free Entry, book attractions HERE
Luna Cinema x Bloomberg Arcade | Cannon Street
Nothing’s better than a good old-fashioned Christmas film. Except, maybe, a good old-fashioned Christmas film screened by outdoor cinematic experts Luna Cinema, who are hosting three totally free screenings in the fairy-lit Bloomberg Arcade. There’ll be plenty of blankets and mulled wine to keep you toasty, as well as takeaway snacks available from the surrounding restaurants, including Brigadiers, Koya and Caravan.
Details: The Holiday, 27th November 7pm; It’s A Wonderful Life 4th December 7pm; Elf 8th December 5pm | Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR | Free, but register ahead HERE
The Alpine Club at Winterland | Fulham
In what WAS a Thameside beach club 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, curling lanes, DJs and more. Which doesn’t sound too bad.
Details: Until December 22nd, booking available here | Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, SW6 2TY | £5 (with free mulled wine on arrival)
Winterville | Clapham
Clapham Common has got something not-so-common this festive season…
It’s back for another year, and it’s taken over a vast area of the Common for the cold months, stuffing it with a really rather ridiculous amount of rather ridiculously fun-sounding food stalls & activities… READ MORE
Details: Tues-Sun until 23rd December | Clapham Common, SW4 9DE | Free Tuesdays, £2 entry (£5 Fri/Sat after 6pm). You can find out more, and book tickets HERE
Backyard Cinema: The Christmas Labyrinth | Clapham
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 sprawling, multi-roomed enchanted labyrinth. READ MORE
Details: Until 22nd December | Clapham Common, SW4 9DE | £18.98, available HERE.
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; booths for private hire hidden behind old fashioned Victorian shop fronts; street food; nightly live music in Omeara; and a line up of festive events, from carolling to Christmas flea markets in the square.
Details: Open daily until March 2019 | Flat Iron Square, SE1 1TD | Free Entry
Walthamstow Winter Wonderland
Marginally closer to the North Pole than London’s other winter fairs, it’s unsurprising that Walthamstow’s first Christmas pop up is set to be pretty spectacular, with a huge covered ice rink; street food from the likes of Elote and Yorkshire Burrito; a cocktail bar from the Discount Suit Company team with live music and DJs; and a crafts market to boot.
Details: Launches 1st Dec at 6pm, then 2nd-28th December, 10am-10pm | 198A High Street, E17 7JH | Free Entry
The Glenlivet Glade at Rosewood London | Holborn
Seeing stars is only to be expected after a couple of cocktails. But Rosewood London have taken that very literally for their winter terrace this year, in which they’ve planted a woodland cabin filled with twinkling starlight, faux fur throws and blankets, lanterns, heated banquettes, a hearty dining menu from Holborn Dining Room and a slick of winter cocktails including a foam-topped, orange and coffee-laced hot toddy.
Details: Open daily, 4-10pm | 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN | Free Entry
The Gingerbread Cabin at York & Albany | Camden
Gingerbread cabins. They’re not exactly a snap to make. But York & Albany have done a pretty good job, filling their sugar-dusted chalet with Christmas trees; cosy rugs, throws and cushions; mulled wine and Chambord cocktails; and a festive feast that’ll be brought directly to you from the Gordon Ramsay restaurant inside.
Details: Private hire only, check HERE for availability | 127-129 Parkway, NW1 7PS | From £58 for two
SIN BIN | Queensway
SIN BIN is essentially the city’s first curling bar, extending along the length of ten curling lanes at the Queens’ Skate, Dine & Bowl. Which alone would be enough to get your attention, but it’s also catered with MEATLiquor food. So there’s that, too. READ MORE
Details: Open daily | Queens Skate Dine & Bowl, 17 Queensway, W2 4QP
After Dark | Chiswick
As we get deeper into winter when the sun graces our skies for about two and a half hours each day, Chiswick House have decided to supply their own illumination – it’s called After Dark, and it involves bespoke light installations dotted about the gardens designed by Nick Gray (he does lighting design for Calvin Harris, The Prodigy, etc) as well as turning the house itself into a canvas for a projected light show set to curated music…
Details: Until 30th December (Thurs-Sun) | Chiswick House, W4 2QN | £8.50-£14
Cinema in the Snow | Hackney
Head into the small office in the Hackney Showroom this December, and you’ll see a wardrobe. Head into that wardrobe, and you’ll see a snow-filled cinema screening Crimbo classics like Elf, Home Alone, Love Actually, and more…
Details: December 13th-23rd | Hackney Showrooms, Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT | £20
Christmas at Kew | 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 2km 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: 22nd November until 5th January | Kew Gardens, TW9 3AB | £16.50
Dram & Smoke’s Bothy Nights | PREMIUM EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE
In Scotland, a bothy is a small, humble shack used by farmhands or mountain travellers.
In London, a Bothy Night is one of a series of raucous hootenannies led by Scottish pop up denizens, Dram & Smoke, with a four-course feast (including fondue and melting chocolate candles); a Highland Santa host; paired cocktails and Old Fashioneds on tap; table tennis; karaoke; DJs; Christmas games; and almost excessive amounts of festive cheer. READ MORE
Details: 11th-21st December | 2-3 Black Swan Yard, SE1 3XW | £65
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
At first, you could shuffleboard. And now, you can shuffleboard s’more… because the London Shuffle Club have replaced their two outdoor lanes with cosy custom-built seating around a couple of 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
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