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…
The extremely popular Radio Rooftop Bar brings you Après With A View, the ultimate alpine rooftop experience. Who needs snow-topped mountains when you can experience 360° views of London’s most impressive skyline, including The Shard, the London Eye and Big Ben, all from a private Radio cable car? Expect seasonal cocktails with an alpine-themed menu, including spiced rum eggnog served in chocolate cups as well as truffle three-cheese fondue. Radio Rooftop Bar, ME London, 336-337 Strand, London WC2R 1HA.
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 8-24 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
Ascend the Shard, walk through a twisted tree trunk-lined corridor, leading to Oblix East disguised as a treehouse, and enjoy unparalleled views of London from its vantage point. Oblix East have partnered with Tanqueray No.TEN to bring this magical treehouse to life. Sample the delicious Tanqueray cocktails on offer such as The Firefly, a lively choice made with lime and lemongrass and the Treetops Club made with blackcurrant. The treehouse will be open for business until late December but don’t miss their party on Saturday 2 December where Jamie Jones will create your Tanqueray tipple of choice while DJ ReviveHER sets the tone. 20 November – 27 December. Book your tickets for the Oblix East Late-Night Treehouse Party on Saturday 2 December here. Oblix East, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY
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. Tickets from £40. November 10 – 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 1 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 early November 2017 – early May 2018. 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. If you don’t manage to get your hands on a ticket for this year then be sure to keep a lookout for Christmas 2018 tickets 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 has been 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, Skylight is now turning 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, an Alpine Lodge and a rooftop Finnish sauna on the Queen Elizabeth Roof Gardens. Another highlight would be the Vintage New Year’s Eve Party, organised by Wayne, Gerardine and Jack Hemingway. The party will have you travelling from the 1920’s all the way through to the 1990’s with jive classes and OTT cocktails from the TIKI Bar. From 10 November 2017 – 4 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 Twisted Wheels Roller Disco, there is also a massive entertainment programme lined up to suit all ages (including an appearance from the acclaimed South London Soul Train). 23 November – 1 January, winterville.co.uk.
From the creators of Fulham’s beachy haven Neverland comes Winterland: a festive enchanted forest brimming with wonderous winter merriment including heated lodges, igloos and a snow-clad adult playground. Of course, there will also be a medley of festive food on offer and a weekday BYOB policy, whilst Jimmy’s Lodge will be on hand with a fully-operating bar on Saturdays to quench any weekend thirst. From 9 November – 24 December, Winterland London, Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, London, SW6 2TY.