The 21 Most Spellbinding Christmas Pop-Ups
Christmas time, mistletoe and wine… yes, it’s that time of year when dodging Kevin from accounts every time you pass the office mistletoe becomes an office necessity, and you drink literally gallons and gallons of wine, mostly of the mulled variety. And the best place to pour all this spicy wine down your greedy throat is a Christmas pop-up, and thankfully there’s plenty of them to choose from. So, for a party where the dress code is strictly glam, or whether you’ve always wanted to watch Christmas films in a Tropicana Beach Club (weird if you’re nodding right now). Then read on ladies and gents…
The Beach Club Showing Festive Classics
Climate change deniers, cop a load of this for evidence: Tropicana Beach Club, the tropical island paradise located somewhere between the South Seas and Covent Garden (Parker Street, to be precise), has just frozen over. Welcome Frozen Island, the takeover from Neighbourhood Cinema. Fancy watching Polar Express, Elf or Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory? This is the place to come. There are two kinds of people, those who have never seen Frozen and those who have seen it over 100 times, but if you’re one of the lucky few to fall in the former bracket, then come and watch that too.
Don’t worry if you’re a bone-fide adult, then don’t worry, there’s Die Hard, The Holiday and Love Actually slated for viewings.
Neighbourhood Cinema’s Frozen Island will pop up every Sunday from 11th November to 27th January with two kids’ screenings (12.30pm and 4.30pm) and with adult films (get your minds out of the gutter) showing at 8.30pm.
Where: Tropicana Beach Club, Parker Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5PW
Sharky & George Grotto
We’re kinda jealous we’re too old to sit with Santa and open up presents, but Sharky & George have reversed things with the intro their grotto. The Father Christmas grotto experience based at Market Hall, Fulham, will see children visit the North Pole (so to speak) where they’ll enjoy signature Sharky & George games and chat away to a very busy Mr Claus. The all-inclusive family day will also be catering to the scaredy-cats, setting up a super cute “My First Grotto” experience for those meeting the man of the moment for the first time.
The experience runs on various dates from Saturday the 1st December of 2018. Market Halls, 472 Fulham Road, Fulham, SW6
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
London St Pancras International (0 miles)
Popping bottles in acknowledgement of the festive season, St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel show they know how to celebrate in style with their Veuve Clicquot Winter pop-up. Neo-gothic arches will hold the melodies of carol singers and act as the location for your champers sipping. Featuring an airstream champers bar, guests will enjoy life’s finer tipple amongst sparkly lights in a very golden, fairytale-esque themed affair. There will be a range of champers on offer including Veuve Clicquot’s refined classic Yellow Label and the fruity Veuve Clicquot Rosé.
Open now, and running until the 29th of December
Where: Euston Road, London, NW1 2QR, United Kingdom
Walking In An Oblix Wonderland
Oblix East are doing something pretty weird and wonderful this Christmas – no literally, they’re putting on an Oblix Wonderland Weird and Wonderful terrace and we’re blooming excited for it! Oblix East is already pretty cool, what with it being situated on the 32nd floor of The Shard an all, but now the venue will be going all festive-y on us with a wonderland filled with trinkets, knickknacks and more! There’ll be all things sparkling, and the Oblix East Bar will be transformed into a wintery wonderland, yee-ha! So if you’re hankering after a bit of Christmas spirit, join for drinks and food such as Oblix Tonic or Tini Martini, and a whole lot more where that came from, with Henrick’s Gin’s signature notes of rose and cucumber playfully appearing in the Oblix Tonic. Let the good times be-GIN and all that jazz!
Open now and running until the 1st of January
Where: Oblix East, Level 32, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
Oink Oink! The Blind Pig is throwing a very boujee Christmas this year, just the way we like it. Picture Moet & Chandon Champagne, a whole bunch of mistletoe and Christmas lights, and a good old sprinkling of Christmas spirit. That’s right, the Christmas elves at this eclectic London venue have been working hard to get you all boozed up over the festive period, with their pop-up running until January. The speakeasy will be adorned with cocktails as well as decorations including cranberry Kir royal with Moët Imperial and a naughty take on the Christmas pudding, instead designed as a Champagne and cognac based cocktail. It’s going to be a very merry Christmas!
Open now and running until the 5th of January
Where: 58 Poland St, Soho, W1F 7NR
Yauatcha City Winter Terrace
Whisky is the ideal tipple to warm the cockles of your heart, especially on a winter’s day! Which is why the Yauatcha City Winter Terrace is a tempting one with its offerings of faux fur throws, a natural wood setting and heaps of Talisker whisky on hand. Running until Spring 2019, you’ll have plenty of time to immerse yourselves in the cosy, chic and modernist festive space.
Where: 1 Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS
The Langham, London
Oxford Circus (0.3 miles)
Grey Goose is opening The French Winter Village by (yep, you guessed) Grey Goose. Where will this spectacle be taking place? At The Langham, London this festive season. What’s in store you ask? Well, guests can enjoy warming Grey Goose cocktails alongside festive food straight from the woodfire – bringing a taste of French opulence to the capital. Ooo, la la! The courtyard at The Langham is to be turned into a a winter paradise, with a dash of French alpine style. Guests can sip on hot and cold Grey Goose cocktails underneath a Christmas tree adorned with lights or get cosy under blankets in the chic rustic hideaways. Sounds positively delightful.
From the 21st of November until the 1st of February 2019
Where: 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London, W1B 1JA, United Kingdom
Christmas At Radio Rooftop
#RadioRooftopFireandIce sounds pretty Game of Thrones-y, and we’ll take that (seeing as we have to wait so much longer for the finale!) Situated at ME London’s Radio Rooftop, the terraces are in partnership with Grey Goose Vodka and Patrón Tequila and will see guests enjoying all of the xmassy skyline London has to offer. There will be snuggly fur throws and Icelandic-cool playlists to accompany you whilst you sip Grey Goose based cocktails (trust us, you’ll need a little light refreshment after the smorgasbords on offer)! So, seeing as winter is coming and all that, get cosy at Me London.
But what about the fire part you ask? Well, there’s also the South-facing terrace, looking to Mexico with oodles of Patrón tequila on offer. You’ll dance the night away to Latina beats and to warm you up when you’re not getting your groove on there’s Anejo Patrón hot chocolate.
Where: RADIO Rooftop at ME London, 336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA
Bumper Cars On Ice
Bumper cars on ice. You and I both know that, in those four words, I’ve already conveyed all the facts you need to know so that you’re 100% sold. Here’s the link for tickets, I’m not paid by the word anyway, so thank me later and read this article complaining about Harrods instead. Or this one about slugs. In case anyone’s still reading, there are a couple of catches (it’s in Elephant and a £6 session lasts about the length of an average YouTube video), but otherwise it really is as good as it sounds. Actual dodgems on actual ice.
Presumably along the way someone with a physics GCSE stepped in and pointed out that mixing actual bumper cars (famously powered by mains electricity) and water might be sort of not a great plan, so instead of the usual setup (itinerant market town fairground, lapsed Health and Safety certificate and so on) expect a whole professional ice rink, no constant sparks raining down on you, or being told off for actually bumping the bumper cars and, importantly, even more fun.
London Fenchurch Street (0 miles)
You should never step into a wardrobe lest it shut behind you. Unless you’re walking into a wardrobe that’s actually a lift, in which case that’s fine. And in fact it’ll probably lead into Savage Garden’s Narnia terrace. The White Forest is in collaboration with Absolut Elyx Vodka and will see you travel 12 storeys up in the lift (anyone else feel a Lion, The Witch and the Great Glass Elevator mashup coming along?) and open out into a magical world with enchanting views, complete with lamp post, fairy lights and copper lanterns. See quotes from C.S. Lewis’s allegory, or just grab a selfie on the White Witch’s throne, Edmund style.
Opening on the 10th of November
Where: 7 Pepys Street, Tower Hill EC3N 4AF
The Winter Forest
It’s all in the name at Broadgate Circle’s latest pop-up. The ever so enchanting Winter Forest features a dazzling amount of snow-covered pine trees, 300 to be exact, twinkling lights and an appearance from newly opened Mrs Fogg’s winter terrace. It might be the start of November, but ’tis the season already… one only needs to take a wander down Oxford street to see that Christmas now happens in November, and we’re certainly not complaining! The Winter Forest will see guests enjoying live music and music by busking groups, professional, school and amateur choirs. So for food, mulled wine in its bucket loads and Christmas tunes galore, get yourself along to Broadgate Circle, or let social media heighten your FOMO.
Open now, and running until the 24th of December
The Montague on the Gardens
Russell Square (0.3 miles)
Montague Ski Lodge is London’s original ski lodge and winter party venue, and is the perfect place to celebrate the festive season with falling snow, mulled wine, spiced cider, Christmas flavoured vodkas and cocktails. The Wood Deck will be transformed into a magical ski lodge with big woolly rugs, or, alternatively, the Log Cabin is an atmospheric space to enjoy a drink in front of a decorative fire, Christmas tree and cosy armchairs and sofas complete with blankets.
From the 14th of November until the 14th of January
Where: 15 Montague Street, London WC1B 5BJ
Imperial Wharf (0.8 miles)
Narnia comes to the King’s Road with the arrival of three new heated wooden chalets on the Bluebird Chelsea’s courtyard this winter, while the space around them is transformed into a magical white wonderland. A warming menu of fondue, apple pie and boozy hot chocolate will be available in the chalets. Wander through the festive archway past frosted trees and fur rugs before being transported to the land of Narnia by stepping through the wardrobe into the restaurant.
From the 15th of November until the 31st of December
Where: 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU, United Kingdom
Henrietta Hotel will host the Experimental Group’s Miracle pop-up bar. The phenomenon is jumping across the pond to arrive in London for the very first time. The Christmas event will reside on the hotel’s mezzanine on Black Friday until Christmas Eve, providing cocktails garnished with sides of kitsch for one and all, alongside Miracle favourites such as the Snowball Old Fashioned, and a whole host of Christmas cheer!
On the 23rd of November
Where: 14-15 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8QH
South Place Hotel
Moorgate (Great Northern) (0.2 miles)
If you haven’t seen that Bohemian Rhapsody has hit cinemas, or even the Carnaby Christmas lights quoting it, then you really are choosing to hibernate this Winter! One venue who’s chosen to not let anything stop them now, and live the real life however… OK I’ll stop with the Queen quotes, is South Place Hotel with their All That Glitters is Gold pop up in their Secret Garden! Just a few rules are in place, however we use the word ‘rule’ loosely; dress code is strict glamour-only (eek!), and you’ve got to indulge in canapés and bubbles in the form of Moët & Chandon, all of which will be shining in golden hues. The sexy 80s vibes will have you a’groovin until the early hours…or until whenever the venue closes.
Party proceedings get poppin’ on the 27th of November, finishing on New Year’s Eve
Where: 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF, United Kingdom
Christmas With Dram & Smoke
Dram & Smoke lands in London Bridge this December with a pop-up project called Bothy Nights Christmas. The unique setting of an ex leather tannery nestled at the end of a cobbled street receives a yuletide makeover ready for guests to be transported to a wintry highland sanctuary. Hot toddy cocktails, punchy tunes, karaoke room, Christmas games, DIY DJ station, a roaming treat sled, the theatre of an open kitchen, Old Fashioned on tap, live music and lots of other festive action create an experience not to be missed.
On the 10th of December until December the 21st 2018
Where: Black Swan Studios, 2-3 Black Swan Yard, SE1 3XW
Michelin-starred restaurant Hide are creating an idyllic Christmas HIDEaway… I’ll see myself out! The Yuletide Pop-Up will come to douse you in all the festive-ness you need, as the restaurant joins hands with Hedonism Wines. There will be a cosy atmosphere to feast on coffee and croissants or get cheeky with oysters and champers. Guests can sample the fare of Hide too, something we’re truly desperate to do, with dishes Chicken Liver Parfait, Croque Monsieur’s and more adorning the menu, all to be swallowed down with a swig of Christmas gin punch. Ooft! Also something to note; the window will display a bath tub awash with bottles of Champagne. Now that’s a bubbles bath…
From the 19th of November until February 2019
Where: 85 Piccadilly, W1J 7NB
Lowndes Bar & Kitchen
What’s s’mores exciting than a winter sanctuary in Belgravia? Not much we don’t think, and so we’ll be heading down to Lowndes Bar & Kitchen for a bit of the good stuff (mulled wine that is), and many more festive drinks and treats. For those who binge on hot chocolate like it’s going out of fashion you can create-your-own or go for something a little stronger in the way of cider. And, if the alcohol blanket doesn’t keep your warm, there are blankets on the fairy light embellished veranda. Sounds like something of a dream!
Open now, until the 31st of December
Where: Lowndes Bar & Kitchen, 21 Lowndes Street, Belgravia, SW1X 9ES
Because We Love An Igloo
Venture 10 storeys up to the Aviary’s expansive terrace to find some of the most stylish, Nordic-inspired igloos in town. Accommodating up to ten, the igloos will provide a nod to traditional Icelandic-style, with rustic natural wood decor, hints of stone, hanging winter foliage and pine, alongside flashes of copper, plush faux fur and warm lighting. There will be an exclusive Reyka cocktail menu and a delicious, expertly crafted Christmas menu.
From the 8th of November 2018 until the 16 of March 2019
Where: 10th Floor, Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, 22-25 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1DX
Hogwarts In The Snow
Harry up and look at this! Hogwarts has had a festive makeover and we may just love it more than Ron does Hermione. The spellbinding occurrence is taking place at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and features a festive gathering of glittering Christmas trees, flaming Christmas puddings set upon tables in a Great Hall replica and special effects galore. Instagram has already played host to thousands of #hogwartsinthesnow and we can vouch for it looking totes spectacular after having a scroll (and getting distracted from everything else we were meant to be doing!) The top section of the hall has been transformed into a Yule Ball; essentially one of the most magical places you’ve ever seen with icicles, magical instruments and more adorning the space.
You’ll be able to wander into Gryffindor common room and take in sights of Christmas treats. And there’ll also be a huge display of props from the films… whether or not you’ll wander into one of the stars themselves well, that would be Sirius-ly cool. Topping off the fun, you’ll drift past a Hogwarts castle model under a blanket of snow, making this an idyllic day-out and perfect spot to grab some snaps for the old Insta feed. For those who can’t get enough, and after the exhaustion of having so much fun, you can reload by diving into a two-course meal set amongst the magical surroundings. Dinner In The Great Hall features a dining experience like no other, allowing you to enjoy dessert served on Platform 9 and 3/4… running into the wall not advisable! So, if you’re ready to have a Potter around in this enchanting space then jump on your Nimbus 3000 and visit up until the 27th of January 2019.
Where: Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, WD25 7LR
Crumbs! The Gingerbread City We’re Obsessing Over
Is London the food capital of the world? Or is it Paris? Or maybe somewhere in the far east, Tokyo perhaps? No, the food capital of the world is, in fact, inside the V&A. Because there’s an entire city made of actual food.If you’ve ever spent a an afternoon making Gingerbread houses, hours spent arduously trying to get the icing to stick that pitched roof together without collapsing the entire property, then spare a thought for the guys who came up with this; the The Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City. The annual exhibition brings together architects, designers and engineers to create an entire metropolis constructed entirely of gingerbread. The RSJ-free zone is meant to connect the public with architecture, and the best way to do that is appealing to our innate love of gingerbread. The result is intricate designs, gingerbread houses, businesses and civic buildings, and in fact everything that the gingerbread men and women who will presumably populate this city will need.Now in its third year, the innovative exhibition will not only inspire any budding Bake Off Lutyens, but will also get you in the mood for Christmas. Partly through the overtly Christmassy feel to the whole endeavour, but also because of the sweet sweet whiff of gingerbread.
Where: Gingerbread City at The V&A, Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, SW7 2RL