Get ready for the festive season with the best Christmas pop-ups around. Be warned though – you might very well be so enthralled with thoughts of snow that you’ll grab your skis and book yourself a holiday…
Pop-Up Screens at Hackney Showroom
Pop-up screens are back this festive season with a winter makeover! This time taking over the Hackney Showroom, pop-up screens will be showing your favourite flicks from 13-23 December in a winter wonderland with a magical wardrobe instead of doors. The line-up includes Christmas classics such as Home Alone, Love Actually and Elf. Hackney Showroom, Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT. popupscreens.co.uk
Boasting 4 new independent restaurants (Edu, Coqfighter, Patty & Bun and Foley’s) and 3 new bars serving warm, seasonal drinks: The Prince, a local Earl’s Court spot with a woodland garden that should be on your 2018 winter hangout hit-list. Enjoy alfresco wining and dining in the foliage-filled space which is waterproof and cosily-heated, and live out the long days (and nights) with mulled wine in the great atmosphere. Sign up on their website for a free prosecco punch and embrace the upcoming cold! theprincelondon.com
You’d be forgiven for forgetting you’re in central London when snuggled up under a wooly rug, mulled wine in hand, surrounded by ski racks, piste maps and falling snow. The centrepiece of the ski lodge is a bar, serving Schnapps (12 different flavours no less) and flavoured vodka. If you’re after a winter warmer then guests can choose hot spiced cider, hot chocolate and of course, the aprés ski favourite; mulled wine. To escape the cold, head to the log cabin with a festive Christmas tree, cosy armchairs and sofas. 16 November – 20 January. 15 Montague Street, London WC1B 5BJ
This December, snuggle up at The Berkeley’s roof-top garden, which will be transformed into a magical winter open-air cinema, complete with sparkling Christmas trees, hot chocolate and mince pies. This intimate cinema (there are only six seats) will be showing a variety of old-school winter favourites, including Miracle on 34th Street and Elf, which guests can enjoy with a glass of mulled wine, in chic wooden cabins lined with fluffy sheepskins. A special Winter Cinema package for Londoners is available at £70 per person and includes access to the movie theatre, copious amounts of hot chocolate and home-made mince pies. 1-31 December. To make a reservation please call the Berkeley Health Club & Spa on 0207 201 1699. Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL.
Give yourself the gift of great views and great food this Christmas. From the famed pop-up master Jimmy Garcia, The Lodge on The River will be the perfect festive escape from city life. There will be a first-floor restaurant, The Refuge, which will serve a classic fondue menu and require tickets, while the ground floor will house the grab-and-go Winter Grill serving tasty treats such as Raclette Burgers and Aspen Fries. Passers-by can also get involved at the heated outside bar full of hot toddies and cocktails, perfect to sip over the fire pits. If you feel like immersing yourself completely in the festive spirit, there are a select few Snow Globes along the river bank with unrivalled views over the city. They seat up to 10 and provide dinners with canapés, the Alpine fondue and the option of Côte de Boeuf. November 9- 31 December. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX.
The breathtaking landscapes of Kew Gardens are transforming into a magical after-dark experience this winter. As twilight falls, the magic begins with numerous winter inspired features, including a glittering mile-long trail of Christmas trees and a tunnel of lights. The glowing waterside reflections of explosions of colour set against the iconic Palm House will leave guests enchanted, while the Fire Garden will be looking splendid with an array of snowdrops and Christmas roses. Father Christmas and his elves will keep children entertained as they busily prepare Christmas gifts in the grotto, and there is some good old-fashioned fun in the shape of a Victorian carousel and some other family rides. There are also some tasteful Christmas pop-up shops selling market gifts – perfect for stocking fillers. Click here to win four family tickets. Christmas at Kew Gardens takes place from 22 November to 5 January between 5-10pm. Ferry Lane, TW9 3AF.
If you want to feel like you’ve just come off the slopes then make sure you stop by the Piste Winter Bar. Complete with fur-lined seats and antlers hung on the walls, this is where you’ll want to be during the winter months. Whether it’s just for an after work drink or a big celebration you’ll feel like the epitome of festive spirit whilst you’re sipping on a ‘Last Christmas’ cocktail full of Gin, Cointreau, Cherry & Cinnamon Purée, Apple Juice & Lemon. So grab your skis and head on over! From 25, October. 3-4 Archer Street, South Soho, London W1D 7AP.
The famous afternoon tea in The Palm Court with a Christmas twist. Enjoy your afternoon tea accompanied by the sound of carol singers and surrounded by tasteful Christmas decorations. Choose from 18 different types of tea, delicate sandwiches and traditional scones. Adults receive a glass of champagne and children a Ritz teddy bear. £80 per adult and £50 per child, make a reservation here. 150 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9BR.
If you can beg, borrow or steal a ticket to see Father Christmas at his quintessentially traditional grotto in Harrods then be sure to do so. It is the perfect way to get your little ones in the mood for Christmas and each child is given a present by Father Christmas himself. Be sure to keep a lookout for Christmas 2018 tickets when they go live on the Harrods website. A booking fee of £10 per child is required. 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL.
Worth a visit purely for the Instagram opportunities, this beautiful terrace is currently in its Autumnal iteration, but soon will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the festive period by Nikki Tibbles at Wild at Heart. Enjoy a menu filled with cheese fondue, cosy cauliflower cheese, mulled cocktails and Pierre Marcolini boozy hot chocolates, for a festive tipple or two. You’ll need to get in there quick, as they are booking up fast… Book here. 16-22 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NN.
After having an extremely successful summer and currently enjoying its Autumnal mood Skylight will turn into the perfect winter oasis. You’ll be able to look out over the skyline whilst having a go on the first ever roof-top ice rink. If you aren’t, however, a fan of the cold, there will be delicious cocktails, mulled wine, cheese and chocolate fondue available which should be reason enough to take a trip skyward. Skylight will also be playing host to some of the best DJs in London for one-off parties and events. Free entry. 12pm-11pm. Pennington St. Car Park entrance, Wapping, London E1W 2SF. skylightlondon.com
The festival this year will be returning with the popular Wintertime Christmas Market, festive shows and performances. Another highlight would be the New Years Eve Spectacular with six themed pop-up nightclubs that will transport you with music from the 20s to the present day, interspersed with live orchestras, specialist DJs, dance lessons and photo studio. From 9 November 2017 – 6 January 2018. Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX.
London’s alternative festive experience will be hitting Clapham Common this season with its first-ever Ice Rink and Wasted Chic Christmas Market. Featuring Street Feast, Backyard Cinema, Plonk Golf and Solo Craft Fair, there is also a massive entertainment programme lined up to suit all ages. 15 November – 23 December, winterville.co.uk.
Winterland London returns in style this festive season with a brand new theme to match. Taking inspiration from the slopes of the Alps in the 80s and 90s, Winterland will transport guests back in time to a cosy, festive winter playground. Jimmy’s Lodge will be on hand to serve delicious fondues and schnitzels, best enjoyed in the warmth of a heated winter lodge and washed down with some mulled wine and winter warmer cocktails from Moose. And for those more playful Alpine explorers, a karaoke booth, curling lanes, beer pong, putting pong, table tennis and more can be found within Fulham’s very own ski resort. From 8 November. Winterland London, Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, London, SW6 2TY.
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