In winter, it can be hard to socialise, you want to hibernate, you want to get your hygge on and cosy down with a big knit and a candle or two. You need to socialise though to beat the winter blues, so prise yourself off your sofa and head to one of these winter pop-ups, drink cocktails, snuggle up under heaters and feel all warm and festive – you can hibernate another time.
What: Scandinavian Hideaway
Why: Queen of pop-ups Meredith Collective is back with Nordic Yulefest: a cavern of evergreen archways, a world of antlers, taxidermy and sheepskins. With a Scandinavian theme, there’ll be more revelry this year with the introduction of the Chamber of Bravery where you can attempt to eat Swedish delicacies -which don’t sound that delightful to us…Try your hand at the Wheel of Fortune and watch out for the grizzly bears that lurk at the photo booth. Feast on the likes of barbecued reindeer, smoked Norwegian beef tartare and of course well as free-flowing gluhwein. They’ve also just announced that there’ll be snow blizzard at the pop-up but not some gimmicky white shredded polystyrene, nope alcoholic snow infused with pear and cinnamon… much better.
Where: 347 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9LP
Vauxhall Winter Village
What: Alpine Winter Village
Why: This month a winter village is launching in Vauxhall. Yep an alpine ski village will be popping up, as they do. Much quicker to get to than the Alps and you can Uber home…ideal. Watch winter sports at the bar; feast on churros, smores, hot pies and mince pies at the street food stalls and cosy up in the alpine cabin booths. To drink there’ll be egg nog, Champagne and spice cocktails. Oh and there’ll be a retro ski wear rental – you have to look the part of course. Capture the moment in the cable car photo booth…
Where: 6a South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall, SW8 1SP
What: TV Chef Jimmy Garcia's Winter Pop-Up Restaurant
Why: TV chef Jimmy Garcia returns to London for the third time with his popular edition of the Autumn/Winter alpine restaurant pop up. Running right through to the end of February 2017, The Lodge’s menu features seasonal small and sharing plates from Michelin star chefs plus signature fondues and drinks like hot cocktails, Swiss wines and Morand Liquors.
Where: 409 Clapham Road, Clapham, SW9 9BT
What: Warming Specials and a Weather-Proofed Site
Why: Popular shipping container village Pop Brixton temporarily closed for 3 days to winter-proof itself, reopening with a huge ‘Big Top’ tent across the main square and alleyways, keeping al fresco guests rain-free. Gas heaters will keep everyone warm while a giant Christmas tree will add that festive touch. Pop’s regular roster of food and drink vendors will be welcoming the winter months with a host of brand new seasonal specials.
Where: 49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, SW9 8PQ
The Wonderland Collective
What: An Indoor Market from Eat Me Drink Me
Why: Running until Christmas eve, the indoor market will host a pre-launch event at The Drapers Arms on 12th November showcasing products from London and beyond making it a one-stop shopping destination to source quirky gifts. The main event kicks off at Ealing Christmas Market on 18th November housed in a festive, traditional wooden Christmas cabin outside the shopping centre with stalls changing on a weekly basis.
Where: Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, Ealing, W5 5JY
What: English Winter Inspired Garden
Why: Feast in style as the quirky English Winter Garden welcomes brand new street food kitchens like La Bao and Claw as well as some returning friends from last year’s Scandinavian winter wonderland like Cheeky Burger and Nanny Bills. Huge Christmas trees will decorate the garden, adorned with thousands of sparkling fairy lights with glittering golds, reds and greens.
Where: Shepherds Bush Yard, Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush, W12 8HA
The London Edition
Oxford Circus (0.4 miles)
What: Fantastical Apres Ski Lodge
Why: The London EDITION basement space is being transformed into an apres ski lodge, complete with fur throws and lanterns from the 23rd November until New Year’s Eve. The pop-up will have special menus from the hotel’s award winning bar, Punch Room, and dining room, Berners Tavern, with dishes like hearty bowls of risotto and warming pies.
*The ski lodge is only available for private parties/exclusive hire and has a minimum spend so is ideal for Christmas parties
Where: 10 Berners Street, London W1T 3NP, United Kingdom
What: A Debaucherous Banquet in the Underground Tunnels of Waterloo
Why: Inspired by the soul food and culture of Louisiana, Slap Ya Papa promises decadent feasts – think candied yams and truffled sprouts – accompanied by deliciously naughty cocktails and fine wines. Each weekend, Marble & Ware will host a ‘bizarre bazaar’ where independent artisan traders will have their goods on offer. There’ll be live music and a Santa’s grotto, as well as a secret absinthe bar which is bound to get you on that dance floor.
Where: Leake Street, Lambeth, SE1 7NN
Oxford Circus (0.3 miles)
What: Floral Wintry Wonderland
Why: This Christmas, sketch has employed some of London’s favourite local florists, transforming the already magnificently-designed venue into a Christmas wonderland. Titled ‘The Night Before Christmas’, visitors will be invited to make their way through the eclectic venue passing through individual installations each representing a chapter of the much-loved Christmas tale. The art and installations will be brought to life by the live choirs and carollers performing throughout the venue. Sounds much better than the grey winter London otherwise offers…
Where: 9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, W1S 2XG
York & Albany
What: Gingerbread Inspired Everything
Why: Inspired by the festive tradition of crafting gingerbread houses, York and Albany, part of the Gordon Ramsay Restaurant group have transformed their townhouse courtyard into a gingerbread cabin. There’ll be gingerbread inspired canapés, cocktails and an afternoon tea. The cabin has been festively decorated while the Christmas tree is adorned with countless gingerbread men. Where else would you want to get your gingerbread fix?!
Where: 127-129 Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PS
What: Those igloos
Why: Everyone has now heard about Coppa Clubs igloos which popped up near Tower Bridge a few weeks ago. Overwhelming popularity has meant the restaurant has had to hire 6 extra people to help answer the phones so bookings are being restricted but some are still set aside for walk-ins so try your luck, make yourself at home and get cosy under a sheepskin blanket. Not too cosy though, remember everyone can see you…
Where: 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, Tower Bridge, EC3R 6AH
What: Slopes of Soho
Why: Now is the time for the phrase ‘winter is here so it’s time to hit the slopes of Soho’, what you don’t know it? It’ll catch on… Anyway, why are we saying this? Because Archer Street’s winter pop-up Piste is back. Hidden below their bar, the pop-up will be inspired by Scandinavian mountain cabins and Swiss chalets. Think reindeer fur, vintage skis, a snug fireplace and sofas to curl up on. Look out for shots served on skis, just don’t get piste…
Where: 3-4 Archer Street, Soho, W1D 7AP
Goodge Street (0.4 miles)
What: Smith & Sinclair at Purple Bar
Why: Smith & Sinclair are rather like the Willy Wonkas of cocktails, with edible cocktails and alcoholic concoctions. Next week their winter pop-up is launching at the Purple Bar at Sanderson, where you can play with your cocktails and eat your drinks. You’ll find the likes of Violet You’re turning Violet a cocktail made from gin, maraschino liqueur, triple sec and violet liqueur which changes colour as your drink it! Other creations include scented lollipops with alcoholic dib dabs, festive-infused vapours and edible perfumes which you’ll be able to buy to take home – ideal stocking fillers!
18th November -24th December
Where: 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG, United Kingdom
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