It’s only November 1st and it’s already beginning to look a lot like Christmas… This month sees an influx of festive themed pop-ups arriving onto the scene, from the return of The Montague’s Ski Lodge to Coppa Club’s winter themed igloos – and, quite frankly, after last year’s lockdowns and cancellations, we’re ready to soak it all up.
For those who aren’t quite ready to become engulfed in all of the Christmas mayhem that comes with winter in London, fear not as there’s still plenty of non festive themed pop-ups landing this month too. Read on to find out the 11 best.
If cocktails and candle making doesn’t sound like a dreamy winter activity, we don’t know what does. This November and December sees Cocktails by Candlelight invite eager crafters to get their hands dirty with their candle making masterclasses.
Running from 11th November until New Year’s Eve, the evening masterclasses will see crafters get hands-on experience in learning both the art of cocktail shaking and candle making. Guests will be greeted with a mulled Bombay Bramble cocktail, before being armed with a festive apron and given all the tools and guidance on how to produce a scented eco-friendly coconut wax candle.
Alongside this, you’ll also be learning how to craft the perfect Christmas cocktails from the Bombay Sapphire team, using the original gin and the new Bombay Sapphire Premier Cru.
The masterclass provides the perfect activity for Christmas parties, Friendmas gatherings or just general catch-ups in the lead up to the big C day. The Seven Dials venue will also host a pop-up shop, selling Cocktail by Candlelight at-home kits – perfect for gifting this Christmas.
When: 11th November – 31st December
Where: 15 Shorts Gardens, Seven Dials, WC2H 9AT
Celebrating 100 years of Gucci, the iconic Italian brand has launched a multi-sensory pop-up in Shoreditch. Impossible to miss, the exterior of the building is quite literally branded with Gucci’s iconic G print.
Fashion lovers should head inside to really soak up the full extent. Upstairs there’s a Gucci cafe awaiting to be found, helping to fuel all of its visitors’ caffeine needs. Downstairs, there’ll be a selection of 100 ready-to-wear, footwear and accessories, as well as a bookshop spanning art, fashion and photography.
When: Running until the end of the year
Where: Whitby Street, E1 6JT
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Coppa Club’s iconic winter igloos are back! This autumn/winter sees the restaurant group partner with Champagne Laurent-Perrier to transform the igloos into the perfect winter paradise.
Diners can reconnect with friends, colleagues and loved ones over a glass of pink fizz under the canopy of lanterns and festive foliage. A pink and green theme is present throughout from the fizz through to the finer tablescaping details and foliage hanging above head.
Guests can book into one of the igloos at Coppa Club Tower Bridge, Sonning, Cobham and Brighton, and from 2nd November their new venue in Putney too!
Catch all of the other igloos in London here.
When: From 18th October
Where: Tower Bridge, Putney, Sonning, Cobham & Brighton
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Colourful installations are Yinka Ilori’s specialty. Having recently redesigned multiple London street crossings, the artist has returned with another interactive experience in conjunction with everyone’s favourite childhood toy, LEGO.
The Laundrette of Dreams, on Bethnal Green Road, has opened its doors for a short period, bringing to life the vibrancy and imagination that building LEGO creates. The installation, running until Saturday 6th November, is home to a whole array of interactive elements, encouraging Londoners to get creative and build their own LEGO creations. It’s worth visiting for the Instagrammable qualities alone.
When: 28th October – 6th November
Where: 133-135 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG
Website: Tickets Here
Grab your goggles and ski on over to The Montague on the Gardens’ Ski Lodge as it returns for another winter season. Returning to the Bloomsbury hotel, the winter pop-up will transport its guests away from London and to a snowy terrain, complete with reindeer, snowmen, ski racks, pine trees and piste maps.
The centrepiece of the pop-up is, of course, the bar, home to a selection of après-themed beverages, including 12 different flavours of schnapps and chilled vodka to keep you and your colleagues busy for the night. There’s also a whole host of ski snacks, as well as festive warming drinks – think mulled wine, hot spiced cider and mugs of steaming hot chocolate cocktails.
When: Returning 10th November
Where: 15 MONTAGUE STREET, Bloomsbury, WC1B 5BJ
Is there anything more comforting than an oozy, indulgent toastie? Determined to level up the humble lunch favourite, Butlers Wharf Chop House and Morty & Bob’s have teamed up to fuel Londoners through the cooler weather with two grilled sandwich options.
Available at both restaurants throughout November, diners can warm their cockles with their two toastie options. First up is The Wagyu One, filled with Highland Wagyu pastrami with smoked applewood cheese and a truffle yuzu grape mustard sauce. Then there’s also a Vegan One, built with ‘pulled pork’, a chipotle barbecue sauce and an apple and ginger slaw, available every Saturday at Butlers Wharf Chop House.
American herbal brand, Naturopathica, has flown the nest this autumn and has brought their much-loved natural beauty products to the UK. To celebrate, they are launching a pop-up this November in Marylebone.
The pop-up, running 8th to 21st November, will feature events such as herbal workshops and wellness talks. It’ll provide the perfect opportunity for newbies to the natural beauty world to learn more about the importance of natural products and how to incorporate them into their daily routine.
Loved by the likes of Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Nikki Reed, Anine Bing and Martha Stewart, Naturopathica is used by over 300 spas across the US so it’s certainly one to watch in the UK beauty world.
When: 8th – 21st November
Where: 34 Thayer Street, Marylebone, W1U 2QX
Female members’ club, AllBright Mayfair, has partnered with The White Company to create an exclusive rooftop experience. And you guessed it, it’s winter themed…
Members (and non members on select dates) will be able to cosy up at the Winter Rooftop Hideaway, complete with seasonal scents, wreaths and a stunning Christmas tree centrepiece, plus a whole host of twinkling fairy lights. There’ll be festive cocktails too, from the Highland Escape, made with Perrier-Jouët Champagne, Cognac, Bergamot and winter herbs, to the Fir Tree, built with Mastiha, Green Chartreuse, lime, eucalyptus, creme de cassis and cranberry juice. Each cocktail is inspired by The White Company’s Winter scent collection.
When: Available dates for non-members to book 12th and 19th November & 3rd and 10th December
Where: 24-26 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 1PP
Churchill’s Bar and Terrace will be hosting an exclusive evening devoted to cigars and whisky. Running this 3rd November, guests will be joined by Jimmy from Hunters & Frakau who will tell all about the cigars, while Sam Scott from Dalmore Whisky will be sharing his expertise on the whiskies that will be served.
Guests can expect to fit on the finest Dalmore Single Malt Whisky and enjoy a Bolivar Belicoso Fino.
Skylight’s legendary winter makeover has returned, bringing with it 18 igloos, an Après Ski Lodge, a secret speakeasy, a cinema experience and, of course, their ice skating rink.
Perfect for after work, Christmas parties or just catch-ups with friends, the Tobacco Dock venue has it all. Not to mention panoramic views over the city too. All of the igloos and booths are heated and come with table service. Order in a sharing platter or street food snacks, and don’t forget to warm up with a mug of mulled wine.
From 29th October – 7th November, this is the place to enjoy an authentic Festival of Lights experience in the heart of the capital and just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace with the Taj Diwali Celebration Package.
Guests are invited to celebrate the Diwali festival, with delicious feasts, Indian-inspired afternoon teas and general festivities all rooted in the luxury hotel group’s Indian heritage.
When: 29th October – 7th November
Where: 51 Buckingham Gate, SW1E 6AF
Patrón is our tequila of choice, and the quintessential Mexican luxury brand is front of stage when it comes to the traditional celebration of Dia de Muertos (day of the dead – a celebration of life that takes place at the beginning of November).