The Best Winter Pop-Ups Spreading Christmas Cheer

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Boozy cocktails, cheese fondue and fairy lights: looks like Christmas isn't cancelled after all

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As we near the end of a year filled with uncertainty, we could all do with a bit of festive cheer. Luckily London excels in this area, with twinkling winter pop-ups sprinkled across the city. From ski-inspired Alpine lodges to riverside igloos, read on for our pick of the ones worth visiting post-lockdown.

Best Winter Pop-Ups in London

Pop in a Pod at The Dorchester Winter Garden

The Dorchester Winter Garden

The Dorchester’s festive al fresco pop-up, two private garden globes at the front of the hotel, nestle among winter gardens and flaming torches, the buzz of Park Lane a few feet away. Seating up to five in each pod, guests dine on a show-stopping Winter Garden Chefs’ menu including chestnut soup with bacon & sprouts, grilled dry salt aged cote de boeuf, and Christmas pudding. A bespoke cocktail menu created by The Bar at The Dorchester’s award winning team of alchemists offers  Naughty or Nice mulled wine, a Snowflake Negroni, or deliciously decadent hot chocolate. Snugly encased together with friends in a bauble against a backdrop of sparkling snowflakes lighting up the hotel’s famous façade, it’s got to be up there hasn’t it? The Winter Garden Chefs’ lunch and dinner menus are priced at £160 per person, including a glass of Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Vintage 2004. A Garden Globe Festive Party Menu is priced at £140 per person, including a glass of Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Vintage 2004. The Dorchester Winter Garden is open daily from Friday December 4th, 2020. The Winter Garden Globes seat up to five guests for a three-course lunch or dinner, or for a special Winter Garden Party Menu. The Globes are also available on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve for both lunch and dinner experiences priced at £320 per person with a minimum spend of £1,200. Bookings can be made via The Dorchester’s restaurant reservations team at [email protected] or on 020 7629 8888.

The Savoy x Nyetimber

The Savoy x Nyetimber

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without lots of fizz, so head to The Savoy to enjoy its festive partnership with Nyetimber. Feast on paired cakes and wine, take part in masterclasses and tick off your gift buying list at the pop-up shop.

Christmas at Skylight



One of London’s favourite rooftop venues has transformed into a glitzy winter wonderland, spreading Christmas cheer across the panoramic views at Tobacco Dock. Visit the rooftop village with heated igloo bubbles, alpine-inspired décor, and faux-fur rugs to keep you extra cosy or escape to the Christmas Cocktail Cinema streaming classic festive films, delicious cocktails and gourmet cinema snacks. For those looking for a booze-infused evening, Skylight has launched two brand new bars. You can choose between Off-Piste, a secret speakeasy perfect for an intimate cocktail hideaway or the wonderful Après Ski Lodge with low-lot benched seating, Christmas trees and snug sheepskins – with plenty of alpine classic food including chicken schnitzel and beechwood-smoked bratwurst. 3 December – 3 January.

Winter Wonderland at Swingers

Swingers Christmas Cocktail

Play a game of Christmassy crazy golf at Swingers this December, as it re-opens with a new festive twist. With plenty of seasonal packages on offer (full of unlimited drinks), the renowned venue will be transformed into a glittering winter wonderland with snowflakes, Christmas trees, garlands and the whole Yuletide kit and caboodle. Sip on the wintry wonder Christmas cocktail ‘Gingle All the Way’ while swinging a hole in one or tuck in to the festive street food including duck carnitas tacos, mince pie calzones and a Christmas first, the sausage and sprout pizza.

Brasserie of Light at Selfridges

Brasserie of Light at Selfridges

The glittering Brasserie of Light in Selfridges has had a Wes Anderson makeover with a bespoke cocktail menu, festive installation and colourful Christmas trees. This year a partnership with the Selfridges cinema has kicked off its festive package, which includes a two course meal and glass of champagne in the decadent restaurant before heading to the cinema for screenings of the best-loved Christmas films. While recent tier three restrictions have temporarily halted bookings – watch this space for 2021.

Miracle at Henrietta

Miracle at Henrietta Hotel

US-born festive pop-up Miracle returns to Covent Garden’s Henrietta Hotel for its third year running this month. A project from Experimental Group, Miracle will appear on the hotel’s mezzanine as a 70s-style Christmas home, complete with retro decorations, coloured lights and an oversized fireplace. Within this cosy setting guests can enjoy a selection of festive drinks concoctions courtesy of Experimental Cocktail Club alumni Nico de Soto, such as the Bad Santa: mulled red wine with Tawney Port, orange liqueur and spices.

Jimmy Garcia’s Winter Lodge

Jimmy's Pop Up

You might not be able to go skiing this winter, but Jimmy Garcia is bringing the Alps to you with his annual riverside snow globes. Book one out for you and your bubble to feast on an alpine-inspired menu of French onion soup, flat iron steaks, truffles and spiced hot churros – all while enjoying views of the Thames. Alternatively, book a table at Jimmy’s log cabin Refuge Restaurant, a twinkling dining room serving up fondue and flasks of hot cocktails. The festive space will also be hosting craft sessions over the season, such as ice sculpting and cocktail making.

Miracle at 34

34 Mayfair

Prepare to be dazzled at 34 Mayfair, which has been given a Christmas glow up featuring a whopping 14,000 decorations. Designed by Jane Wadham and running in partnership with Nyetimber, the glittering installation covers every inch of the restaurant’s ceiling and walls. Inside this festive retreat, diners will enjoy a luxurious menu of wagyu steak from the Rotisserie grill, white truffle pizza and Peking duck with pancakes – washed down with a glass of sparkling wine.

Montague Ski Lodge at The Montague on the Gardens

The Montague Ski Lodge

Transport yourself to the slopes at the Montague Ski Lodge, a heated outdoor space decked out with pine trees, ski racks, piste maps and strings of lanterns. The central bar serves up a selection of après-themed drinks, from hot spiced cider to boozy hot chocolate. An ‘Individual Ski Pass’ costs £40 and will give you access to the lodge for an hour and a half, three drinks and a festive platter featuring mini turkey schnitzel, bratwurst sausage and deep-fried camembert.

Backyard Cinema’s Winter Night Garden

Backyard Cinema

Immersive cinema group Backyard Cinema returns with a winter pop-up at its Wandsworth home, Capital Studios. Enter through Dr Portelli’s mysterious Curiosity Shop before being transported to the enchanted forest via an indoor waterfall. Cosy up on one of the giant beanbags and settle down to your favourite Christmas film – screenings include It’s A Wonderful Life, The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Holiday. The Studio Bar will serve up festive drinks, including a new create your own boozy hot chocolate option. Until 10 January,



Fulham’s Alpine-inspired riverside retreat is back this November with a whole host of spaces to book privately – from igloos to ski lift bubbles to winter chalets. From these, feast on fondue, charcuterie boards, mac & cheese and pizzas, alongside hot festive favourites such as mulled wine and boozy hot chocolate.

Miracle on Kingdom Street, Pergola Paddington

Pergola Paddington

One of the capital’s biggest outdoor drinking venues, Pergola Paddington is back with its winter edition: Miracle on Kingdom Street. They’ve gone all out with the décor: think log fires, Christmas trees and a backdrop of snow-covered hills, with eight cosy winter lodges complete with blankets, cheese fondue kits and their own private bar. Don’t worry about getting cold: there’s a full heating system, plus a warming drinks menu featuring mulled wine, hot toddies and spiced cider. In-keeping with the theme, food is Alpine-inspired: raclette, currywurst sausages, mince pies and s’mores are all on the cards.

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.

Pop Up Screens’ Cinema in the Snow

Pop Up Screens

Love Actually, Elf, Home Alone – some Christmas films never get old. Catch the best of the bunch at Pop Up Screen’s pop-up cinema in Peckham’s Copeland Park and Bussey Building, a snow-filled winter wonderland accessed through a wardrobe. 3 – 20 December.


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