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The Best Winter Pop-Ups Spreading Christmas Cheer

From sky-high Champagne sipping to festive film-watching at The Berkeley...

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London’s highly anticipated array of festive pop-ups have finally arrived in style, spreading merriment across the city. From a ‘secret forest’ at Harvey Nichols to skyline igloos at Finsbury Square’s Aviary, here are the ones worth a visit to kick off the preceding party season…

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Winter at Dalloway Terrace

Dalloway Terrace

Escape to a snowy Swiss resort with Bloomsbury’s Gstaad-inspired Dalloway Terrace, where you’ll find snow-covered settings, delicious winter cocktails and a Swiss afternoon tea to envy all others – think Mont Blanc tart, smoked trout on Guinness bread and a Swiss chocolate snow coated pine tree for two (if you care to share). If it’s savoury treats that take your fancy, delight in the terrace’s new winter warming menu featuring roasted butternut squash risotto, game rigatoni, sprout salad and more. dallowayterrace.com

Lodge D’Hiver at Le Pont de la Tour

Lodge d'Hiver

Adorned with holly and mistletoe with a breathtaking view of the Thames, the cosy winter cabin at riverside French restaurant Le Pont de la Tour is the perfect intimate setting for a meal with a loved one. Guests are treated to the ultimate Christmas tasting menu, with the delicious selection including a terrine of duck liver with fruit chutney, poached monkfish tail with grated truffle, roast veal cutlet and a bitter chocolate fondant topped with Chantilly cream. 3 – 30 December; £200 per person, including a five-course dinner and bottle of Moët & Chandon. lepontdelatour.co.uk

Lodge d’Argent, Poultry

Coq d’Argent

We can’t think of a better way to spend a wintry evening than cosied up in an après ski chalet, sipping on Hennessy cocktails and indulging in an array of delicious artisan cheeses. French rooftop restaurant Coq d’Argent is providing the ultimate night in – inside a hideaway hut, that is – complete with festive fairy lights, snuggly faux-fur blankets, and luxurious Courchevel-inspired interiors. Enjoy an evening delighting in charcuterie platters, whole baked Vacherin cheese, waffles, fondant and chestnut macaroons, or go the extra mile and book the cheese lover’s experience (£250) – tis’ the season after all. Until 29 February 2020. From £250. coqargent.co.uk

The Nyetimber Boutique, Burlington Arcade

Nyetimber

Stock up on sparkling wine to last through the festive season at Nyteimber’s winter pop-up, The Nyetimber Boutique. Nestled within Mayfair’s decadent retail destination, Burlington Arcade, the transient store will be offering the brand’s full slection of wines, from the Classic Cuvee 2009 Magnum to the Nyetimber 1086 Rosé 2010, England’s first ever Prestige Cuvee. The store will also play host to a series of tasting masterclasses – perfect for finding that ideal bottle to take home – as well as a wine infused wreath-making class with florist Charlotte Mcauley, and a beauitfully adorned Nyetimber Christmas tree, most certainly worth a picture or two. Until 31 December. nyetimber.com

Moët & Chandon’s Winter Chalet, Sky Garden

Moet & Chandon Pop-Up

Christmas calls for Champagne, so why not take to the skies – or 35 floors up, to be specific – and enjoy a glass (or two) of Moët & Chandon amongst an intimate après ski setting. Sky Garden’s sophisticated Sky Pod Bar will be transformed this Christmas into a wintry alpine lodge, replete with frosted wreaths, cable knit blankets, sparkling fairy lights and of course, an abundance of bubbles. 19 November – 6 January 2020. From £11 for access with a complimentary cocktail. skygarden.london

The Berkeley’s Winter Cinema, Knightsbridge

Berkeley Winter Cinema

Returning to the luxury hotel for another series of festive film-watching, The Berkeley’s Winter Cinema will be screening a whole host of Christmas classics – think Home Alone and The Holiday – from its glittering rooftop garden, adorned with candle-lit lanterns, twinkling Christmas trees, blanket-clad ‘cabins’ and an array of cinema treats (including truffle macaroni cheese and spiced beef hot dogs). With bottomless hot chocolate for the little ones, and glasses of Laurent-Perrier on offer for the adults, make this a must-do festive event to enjoy with both family, special someones and friends. 15 – 31 December. £95, children’s tickets £75. the-berkeley.co.uk

Secret Forest at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge

The Secret Forest

There’s more to Harvey Nichols this year than Northern Lights and wonderful window displays; the Knightsbridge department store has also acquired a spellbinding ‘secret forest’. Enter through an enchanting woodland before stepping into an after-dark winter wonderland for Christmas film viewings at the Pocket Cinema, indulgent ice cream cocktails and delicious ‘Nordic nibbles’. Until 5 January 2020. harveynichols.com

The Chelsea Courtyard Winter Terrace, Chelsea

Chelsea Courtyard Winter Terrace

Cosy up in The Chelsea Courtyard this Christmas with a snuggly blanket, chilli hot chocolate – infused with Appleton spiced rum and brandy – and an array of delicious seasonal dishes, from Moroccan lamb shank to pumpkin ravioli with mustard apricot and crispy sage. The courtyard’s exterior will appear just as fancy as the food, with a festive floral archway, enchanting festoon lighting and outdoor heaters to stave off the winter chill. thechelseacourtyard.com

Aviary’s Sky-Line Igloos, Finsbury Square

Aviary Igloo

Back for another winter of rooftop festive fun, the skyline igloos are returning to Aviary in Finsbury Square, offering guests panoramic views of the city, specially curated Talisker cocktails – try the citrusy ‘Scotch Mist’ and the ‘Talisker Campfire Hot Chocolate’ – and an array of delicious food platters to be shared while snuggled up with cosy blankets. Until 29 February 2020. aviarylondon.com

Mr Fogg’s, Covent Garden

Mr Fogg's

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For a winter pop-up with a twist, head to Covent Garden’s Mr Fogg’s, where the adventure-inspired gin parlour and tavern will be celebrating the Japanese Winter Light Festival. With eastern-influenced light instillations and blossom adorning the bar, and a traditional Torii decorating the entrance, you’ll feel as if you’ve escaped to spend the winter in Japan. And it wouldn’t be a visit to Mr Fogg’s without a couple of cocktails in hand. Delight in the Suntory Roku gin-infused ‘Yagoshima’, the ‘Osaka’ comprising of Suntory Haku vodka and jasmine syrup, or share a delicious Japanese punch between friends. Until 24 November. mr-foggs.com

LAAX Baby! Mayfair

LAAX Baby

Journey to Switzerland with Mews of Mayfair’s ski-resort-inspired pop-up LAAX Baby! The ski retreat will be serving up an array of gin-centred alpine cocktails – including an ideal-for-Christmas hot One Sage gin and mulled cider – and festive sharing platters, from Bündner Teller to Swiss cheese fondue, so you won’t have to travel far to feel as if you’re feasting in the Alps. mewsofmayfair.com

Swan Lake at Bluebird Chelsea

Bluebird Chelsea

Delight in a Swan Lake-inspired spectacle at Bluebird Chelsea, where the sophisticated King’s Road restaurant’s courtyard has been adorned with twinkling lights, frosted Christmas trees and cosy winter chalets. From festive CÎROC vodka cocktails such as the pine syrup, cranberry and mint-infused ‘Spellbound’, to truffle arancini and chocolate fondue – with a side of marshmallows, of course – you’ll certainly be feeling festive (and full) after a visit to this enchanting winter courtyard. Until January 2020, call 0207 559 1000 or email to book. bluebird-restaurant.co.uk

Fentimans’ Pink Gingerbread House

Fentimans

Take your festive love of gingerbread to the next level with a visit to Fentimans’ Pink Gingerbread House this season. In celebration of its latest pink ginger flavoured soft drink, the botanical brewery has crafted a ‘gingerbread house’ at  Tobacco Dock’s Skylight Rooftop, replete with a cosy fireplace, candy canes, and an array of fluffy cushions. You can even take a bite from the inside walls – well, the confection on the walls that is. Enjoy ginger-inspired cocktails, sky-high views of the city, and a skate around on the resident ice rink (£12 per person); it doesn’t get sweeter than that. skylight.designmynight.com

Madison’s Enchanted Woods

Madison's

Sip on seasonal cocktails while overlooking spectacular views of St Pauls at renowned rooftop restaurant Madison. The Manhattan-esque venue’s terrace has been transformed into an ‘enchanted woodland’ in collaboration with Belvedere Vodka, serving up sensational sharing boards and specially curated cocktails, from the Moët & Chandon-infused ‘Snowdrop’, to the warm and velvety ‘Guilty Pleasure’. madisonlondon.net

The Chronicles at the County Arms

the country arms wandsworth

Surrounded by frost-covered pine trees and sprinkled with snow, Wandsworth’s charming local pub, has transformed into a wintry wonderland inspired by classic tales. Venture through the ‘wardrobe’ to the heated Guilty Pleasure Bar for hot toddies, Christmas cocktails and steaming hot chocolate, or dine like royalty and split a festive sharing board in the opulent ‘Royal Great Hall’ on the deck. thecountyarms.co.uk

Chocolate Box Terrace at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane

Sheraton Chocolate Box terrace

Prepare for some serious indulgence: bespoke chocolate bars are paired with equally decadent cocktails at the five-star hotel, which has teamed up with French master pâtissier Eric Lanlard. Though inspired by the sweet treats found in a Christmas selection box, these creations are a long way from Quality Street. Made using the finest chocolate and premium ingredients, choose from a decadent selection, including a buttery salted toffee encased in a dark chocolate shell and a luxury white chocolate cardamom ganache bar, studded with edible jewels and 23 carat gold. The diet can wait until the New Year… Until 4 January 2020; marriott.com

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