From magical light switch-ons to enchanted forests, we’ve rounded up the ten best pop-ups landing this month. Read on to inspire your month ahead…
Magic Days at Oxford Street
We’re officially on the countdown to Christmas, and where better to celebrate than London’s iconic Oxford Street.
This winter, the shopping destination will be celebrating the gift of giving with its new campaign, ‘It’s the Love You Give’. Officially kicking off on Wednesday 2nd November with the street’s iconic Christmas light switch-on – think 5,000 white stars carpeting the sky with some festive magic – the street will be partnering with charity Home-Start UK to create some special experiences throughout November and December, including three ‘magic days’.
Taking place on Wednesday 2nd November, Saturday 19th November and Saturday 10th December, the ‘Magic Days’ will offer Londoners the chance to explore the street’s shops, restaurants and leisure brands. Helping to add some magic to your Christmas shopping, expect exclusive offers, free gifts and festive experiences, including visits from Santa at the John Lewis Grotto and samples and knot wrapping at Lush.
Over at BOSS, visit in-store between 16th-22nd November and spin to win a prize from their vending machine, or head down on 10th December to try out their complimentary calligraphy service, perfect for personalising gifts. While at River Island, they’re offering customers a free winter warmer (hat, scarf or gloves) with purchases over £75 on 2nd November, as well as a wreath-making workshop at Park House on 10th December.
Looking to give back this yuletide season? Oxford Street invites you to nominate your ‘Star of the Week’. It’s a chance to give back a little love to those who have supported and helped you or your community more widely, in 2022. In the lead up to Christmas, six Stars will be selected and given a £500 voucher to spend at their favourite Oxford Street store PLUS a star treatment of their choice to enjoy from a luxurious menu of offerings.
CÎROC Passion Terrace at Harvey Nichols
Bringing the jungle vibes to London this autumn is Harvey Nichols and their new Fifth Floor Terrace makeover. Created in partnership with CÎROC Passion, the space has been reimagined – think tropical leafage and flora draped overhead and semi-enclosed in a transformed veranda.
There’ll be plenty of cocktails to sip on this autumn, from the CÎROC Double Passion, made with CÎROC Passion, passion fruit and vanilla to the Sparkling Cosmo, made with CÎROC Vodka, Harvey Nichols Prosecco, cranberry juice and lime.
When: Throughout autumn
Where: Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ
Cava Discovery Week with José Pizarro
As if we needed any more excuses to cheers to the festive season ahead, Cava Discovery Week lands later this month, and award-winning Spanish chef José Pizarro is celebrating by bringing a slice of Spain to London.
Cava Discovery Month, running 28th November to 4th December, shines a light on Spain’s most famous sparkling wine, from its light, refreshing bubbles to how to style it with food. José will be offering a special Cavas by the flight and a specially created tapas menu to run throughout the week. Each flight included three different glasses from Cava de Guarda to Cava de Guarda Superior Reserva, Gran Reserva and Cava Rosado.
On Tuesday 29th November, head over to his Bermondsey restaurant to enjoy a special menu pairing with wine expert Charlotte Kristensen. Book your place here.
Bodyism x Exhale Pilates London
Holistic wellness club Bodyism is partnering with the UK’s most respected pilates brand Exhale Pilates London for a week of special classes.
The exclusive pop-up, running from 7th-13th November, will take place at Bodyism’s studio in Westbourne Grove. Exhale Pilates London will be transforming Bodyism’s private 1-1 studio space into a classical pilates studio to showcase the original pilates methodology called ‘Contrology’.
Expect state-of-the-art equipment and pilates pioneer and founder of Exhale Pilates Gaby Noble and her team of senior trainers to host private sessions and group mat pilates classes.
When: 07.11.2022 – 13.11.2022
Where: Bodyism, 222 – 224 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W11 2RH
Miracle at Henrietta
Everyone’s favourite Christmas pop-up is set to return this month! Experimental Group, the French-born contemporary hospitality group, is bringing the highly popular Miracle phenomenon from the US to Henrietta Hotel.
Now in its fifth year, it is the first – and only – Miracle partner in the UK. The Christmas-themed bar is gaudy and garish, but wildly fun. Prepare to be transported to Christmas past thanks to its nostalgic decor, twinkling lights, candy canes, giant Nutcrackers and tons of tinsel.
Expect an array of festive cocktails on offer, designed by Experimental Cocktail Club alumni Nico de Soto, including his newest concoction, the ‘Christmapolitan’, a mix of vodka, elderflower, dry vermouth, spiced cranberry sauce, lime, rosemary and an absinthe mist.
When: 14.11.2022 – 23.12.2022
Where: Henrietta Hotel, 14-15 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8QH
Enchanted Forest Terrace at The Happenstance
Fancy venturing to an enchanted forest? No, you won’t have to leave London for this hidden gem. The Happenstance has unveiled its latest terrace makeover and it’s dressed from top-to-toe with vibrant green foliage and twinkling lights perfect for autumn-winter.
The all-weather heated terrace will be home to whimsical cocktails, from the Winter Negroni, a twist on the classic with gin, Aperol and Scared Vermouth to the Apple Punch, a hot toddy blending gin with fresh apple juice, winter spices, sugar and lemon.
When: Until 01.2023
Where: 10 Paternoster Square, EC4M 7DX
Accidentally Wes Anderson x The Old Bank Vault
One for the film fans: Accidentally Wes Anderson, the popular Instagram dedicated to interesting locations that look as if they’ve been plucked from a Wes Anderson movie, has launched a new postcard series. To celebrate, an immersive exhibition and bedroom experience have launched at One Hundred Shoreditch Hotel.
Presented by The Old Bank Vault, the pop-up experience allows Londoners to journey on a city-hopping trip across the world, from Tokyo to Ohio. Step through the photographs and immersive 3D model recreations of the postcards’ scenes, and feel as though you’re Bill Murray in one of Anderson’s iconic films.
Alongside the exhibition, the hotel has transformed one of its rooms into an Accidentally Wes Anderson paradise. 100% of the revenue will be donated directly to REFUGE, the hotel’s charity partner dedicated to helping women and children fleeing abuse.
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Meraki’s 5th Birthday Bash
Ready for the biggest party of the month? Fitzrovia’s modern Greek restaurant Meraki is celebrating its 5th anniversary this November and you can be sure the Greeks will put on a good show.
Their celebration kicks off on Wednesday 16th November with a special dinner with live music by Greek band ‘Cleopatra’. Following the dinner, look forward to a party with DJ Avgoustino spinning the decks from 10:30pm.
Where: 80-82 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 7QT
Christmas at Kew
It’s the most magical time of the year and Kew Gardens is going all out. This November sees their iconic winter light trail return for the festive season.
Expect every ounce of the trail to be dancing with lights, from lakeside reflections and sparkling tunnels of light to trees drenched in twinkling colours. This year there’s even a flickering fire garden and a chance to say hello to Mr C himself.
For other light shows, read our full guide here.
Mayfair Christmas Market
Mayfair is set to be transformed into a European Christmas market for another year. This traffic-free winter wonderland will see minstrels and carol singers walking up and down the street, stall holders selling perfect gifts from bumble bee jewellery to alpaca hats and Novikov serving up warming food market favourites, including mulled wine, oysters and caviar.
Head over to Novikov’s Louis Roederer Champagne Ice Bar for a real taste of winter and look forward to their house DJs Sally and Spencer putting on a show each night.
When: 24.11.2022 – 26.11.2022
Where: Mayfair Place, W1
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Tendril’s Regent Street Pop-Up
Tendril, the mostly vegan restaurant, is crowdfunding at the moment to find the perfect permanent space but in the meantime, they have just extended their Regent Street pop-up until the end of January.
Whether you’re plant-based or are looking for something new to try, they’ll be serving up a selection of their signature dishes, as well as some tasty new options too.
Menu highlights include roasted cauliflower with pickled grapes, moiled and black rice; chipotle mushroom with bbq kale, walnut, crispy potato and gremolata; and vegan tiramisu.
When: Until 31.01.2023
Where: 5 Princes Street, W1B 2LQ
Norman’s x Seed Library
This autumn sees Mr Lyan’s latest watering hole, Seed Library, team up with the greasy spoon and North London institute, Norman’s Cafe, for an exciting partnership paying homage to British favourites.
Until 16th November, you’ll have the chance to embark on a nostalgic journey through taste. On the food front, expect a few of your childhood favourites and beloved British classics to have been pimped. Think sliced ham, pickles and mustard; chip butties; cheese and onion toasties; potato similes served with red sauce; whipped cod’s roe with Frazzles; and syrup sponge and custard.
Seed Library has crafted an extensive cocktail menu, featuring the likes of Crabapple gold rush; chive daiquiris; and old favourite, coriander seed gimlet.
When: Until 16.11.2022
WHERE: SEED LIBRARY, ONE HUNDRED SHOREDITCH, 100 SHOREDITCH HIGH STREET, E1 6JQ
Run out of annual leave but don’t want to miss the major World Cup games because of work? Worry not, as we’ve found the ultimate place to catch the kick outs on the big screen whilst still being able to ‘WFH’…
TOCA Social, the world’s first interactive football and dining experience, is the place to watch the World Cup this winter. With bespoke packages for groups of up to 30, private viewing boxes and an all-new ‘work and watch’ offering, you don’t have to miss a game this season.
Greenwich’s interactive dining venue offers you a chance to grab a ticket to the best office away day in London. The space, home to big screens, communal tables and a lively atmosphere, will be showing ALL of the games this season*, so you can watch the match whilst getting a ‘hard’ day’s work done. Multitasking at its finest.
When: 20.11.2022 until 18.12.2022
WHERE: The O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX, E1 6JQ