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…
Two new exclusive and immersive experiences come to Radio Rooftop this month, courtesy of Grey Goose Vodka and Patrón Tequila. Whilst the North-facing ‘Ice’ area is an ode to a Nordic winter hideaway, complete with Grey Goose vodka cocktails, fur throws and pine decking, the South-facing ‘Fire’ area will channel hot Mexico with a Latin-American vibe and delicious Patrón cocktails. Book a private space on whichever side takes your fancy, and enjoy warming food and drink in this cosy winter hideout that overlooks beautiful wintry London. Book from 11 December, open till March 2019. radiorooftop.com
A new festive grotto has emerged in Notting Hill. Presented by Chucs Restaurants, the Westbourne Grove branch’s Festive Christmas Grotto is a Nordic-style, comfy and cosy winter pop-up, launched alongside their Christmas menu which includes decadent dishes such as Osso Bucco and Pumpkin, Chestnut and Truffle Gnocchi. Visit the winter pop-up for warming mulled wine and orange hot chocolate, whilst you wrap up in thick fur throws and enjoy traditional mince pies. Plus, there’ll be baby goats, visits from the big man Father Christmas himself, and presents for the littlies… chuchsrestaurants.com
Grey Goose has transformed the courtyard at The Langham in Marylebone into a winter paradise, with a dash of French alpine style. Guests can sip on hot and cold Grey Goose cocktails underneath a Christmas tree adorned with lights or get cosy under blankets in the chic rustic hideaways. Menu highlights include a warming Chocolat Chaud’ à L’orange, a festive Grey Goose Le Poire Mulled Wine and the Grey Goose La Vanille Espresso Martini. Guests will be able to enjoy a selection of festive food straight from the woodfire, including Pomme De Terre Au Four and a delicious warmed Vacherin Mont d’Or – perfect for sharing with friends. 21 November – February. langhamhotels.com
Venturing beyond buck’s fizz, blinis and poinsettias, St-Germain – the world’s first French elderflower liqueur – will offer a refreshing new take on Christmas cocktails, nibbles, decorations and gifts at its elegant St-Germain Winter Bloom Pop Up open in Covent Garden. Fittingly located on Floral Street, the St-Germain Winter Bloom Pop Up features a Christmas Flower Boutique that proves beautiful blooms aren’t just for summer, as well as a series of craft workshops led by whimsical florist Emily Baylis of June in March and cocktail expert Camille Vidal – aka Madame St-Germain. Until 22 December. For information on workshop dates visit eventbrite.co.uk
The innovative dining destination Fucina will feature a glamorous Italian festive themed installation for Christmas. Covering the interior of the restaurant in spectacular red poinsettia, the display will provide an impeccable Instagram opportunity. Incorporating glittery baubles, rich red apples and gold pots, Fucina is the perfect place to gather with friends and family to merrily dine the Italian way. 20 November until 2 January. fucina.co.uk
Tiffany & Co. revealed a large-scale installation inspired by “Christmas Made by Tiffany”, the brand’s new campaign that imagines magical construction scenes at a Tiffany Christmas workshop. The installation features interactive Tiffany Blue® robots, named the “Tiffany Robot Crew”, complete with a giant boom box to delight audiences by playing famous festive songs, reimagined as beatboxed tunes for an unexpected twist. The robot crew will be spreading festive cheer by travelling to famous London locations near Tiffany stores including the Sloane Square on 2 December, Covent Garden on 6 December and Westfield, White City on 8 December. tiffany.co.uk
French elderflower liqueur brand St-Germain is treating Covent Garden’s Floral Street to a month-long, wintry pop-up. As well as a floral-themed bar with delicate cocktails, visitors are invited to shop in the Christmas Flower Boutique and take part in an array of workshops. During hands-on classes hosted by personalities such as cook and food writer Anna Barnett, florist Emily Baylis of June in March and cocktail master Camille Vidal, guests will discover a new take on Christmas entertaining. Learn how to throw the perfect French soiree, how to make a Christmas wreath and much more. A perfect cosy hideaway from busy seasonal London! 22 November – 22 December. Masterclass tickets £10 via facebook.com/StGermainUK
Plain English invite you to join them for The Christmas Collective: a pop-up shop hosted in collaboration with The Room Service on Wednesday 5th December from 4pm to 8pm at their beautiful London showroom in Marylebone. Soak up the Christmas atmosphere with mulled wine & mince pies, meet the makers, shop a collection of beautifully crafted pieces from The Room Service collection and find perfect Christmas presents that you won’t find anywhere else. 28 Blandford Street, London, W1U 4BZ, Wednesday 5 December from 4pm to 8pm. Admittance by RSVP only [email protected]
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. 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 an extremely successful summer, Skylight has been transformed into the perfect winter oasis. Guests can look out over the skyline whilst having a go on the first ever roof-top ice rink. If you aren’t a fan of the cold, there will be delicious cocktails, mulled wine and street food from Raclette Brothers and YIRO 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. Thursday & Friday 5pm – 11pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am – 11pm. Free entry. 12pm-11pm. Pennington St. Car Park entrance, Wapping, London E1W 2SF. skylightlondon.com
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.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city at Frozen Island, a winter paradise in the heart of Covent Garden. Snuggle up to watch your favourite Christmas classics while surrounded by frosted palm trees, icicles and giant snow globes. There are family-friendly screenings such as Polar Express, Frozen and Elf, or adult screenings including Love Actually and The Holiday. Guests in big groups can opt to take shelter in one of the VIP snow cabins, complete with a private screen and huge winter-themed sharer cocktails. 11 November – 11 February, Tropicana Beach Club, Parker Street, London, WC2B 5PW. neighbourhood cinema.co.uk
With 300 snow-covered pine trees, twinkling lights and wood cabins, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a festive wonderland at Broadgate Circle this winter. Sip on hot butter rum cocktails, enjoy live music and say hello to Father Christmas himself, who pops in for special visits. There are lots of creative workshops on offer too, making it the perfect family day out. 6 November-24 December. broadgate.co.uk/winter
Enjoy a warming menu of fondue, apple pie and boozy hot chocolate in a heated wooden chalet at Bluebird Chelsea. Wander through frosted trees and archways to find Bluebird’s courtyard, complete with three bespoke wooden chalets furnished with velvet and faux fur cushions and throws, festive wreaths and twinkling lights. A winter cocktail menu of warming concoctions will be available to those dining in the chalets and upstairs in the bar. Bluebird has partnered with Ketel One to create concoctions such as The Edmond with Ketel One, honey, hazelnut and almond milk. 350 King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5UU. 15 November-January 2019. bluebird-restaurant.co.uk
French restaurant Le Pont de la Tour is getting into the festive spirit with a bespoke Truffle Hut, launching on 5 November. Nestled on the restaurant’s terrace next to the River Thames, the hut will be an intimate dining space for two, complete with a four-course menu and a bottle of Moët. Guests will be treated to their own private waiter for the evening as they dine on truffle-themed dishes and sip on champagne. Butlers Wharf Buildings, 36 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE. The experience is priced at £145 for two people. Book tickets here
If this picture of Thames-side timber igloos, fully heated and furnished with views of Tower Bridge doesn’t have you online booking yours already, then you are clearly not taking this whole thing very seriously. The only thing that could possibly make brunch better is eating it inside an igloo. Coppa Club, 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, London, EC3R 6AH
This winter, Rosewood London will collaborate with the definitive Speyside Single Malt. Scotch whisky brand The Glenlivet, to transform the hotel’s iconic courtyard into a magical woodland glade. Tucked away from the Christmas crowds, guests will discover The Glenlivet Glade, an immersive winter terrace, where they can settle in for the evening and enjoy a selection of The Glenlivet cocktails and comforting dishes, all while sitting under a spectacular starry ‘night sky’. 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
This Christmas, Moët & Chandon will be coming to (North) Poland Street and transforming Jason Atherton’s flagship bar, The Blind Pig into a cosy winter snug. The speakeasy will be adorned with mistletoe, lights and wreaths as well as plush blankets and cushions creating a beautiful festive environment. Chef Patron, Paul Hood has created sharing platters featuring seasonal delights such as; Cornish crab salad with brown crab toast, smoked avocado and radish; Roast loin Cumbrian Herdwick lamb; 45-day aged Hereford beef sirloin both served with chef’s selection of traditional sides. Hidden above Michelin-starred Social Eating House, the award-winning bar is the perfect place to escape from the hustle of bustle of Soho this festive period. 19 November until 5 January. 58 Poland St, Soho, London W1F 7NR
Try your hand at curling at Roof East’s SFG Club, which is back in full swing for the winter season. On the Jamaican-themed rooftop guests can enjoy mulled wine, whipped cream covered boozy hot chocolate and tasty street food against the backdrop of the London skyline. For those giving curling ago, hosts will deliver drinks straight to your lane so you don’t miss a minute of the games. Stratford Multi Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, London E15 1BB. Until 22 December. Open Tuesday-Saturday during November, Monday to Saturday during December
Experience a bit of France in Marylebone this winter at The Langham hotel’s elegant courtyard, brought to you by Grey Goose vodka. Snuggle up with a blanket in a rustic hideaway where you can enjoy warming cocktails and festive treats straight from the woodfire including Pomme De Terre Au Four (fancy baked potatoes) and a delicious warmed Vacherin Mont d’Or. Open from 4pm until 10pm Wednesday to Saturday, booking recommended.
Fondue fan? Head to Belgravia’s Hari Hotel for their winter terrace in partnership with Moët & Chandon. Guests can dine on both sweet and savoury fondue: begin with lots of cheese, served with homemade baked bread, vegetables and charcuterie, before getting stuck into the Italian dark chocolate fondue, with dipping tools including doughnut balls, marshmallows and a selection of seasonal fresh fruits. Enjoy alongside a traditional festive drink of Eggnog or with a glass of Moët. 12 November-6 January 2019. For further information please call the hotel on 0207 858 0100. The fondue menu is for a minimum of two people and prices start from £16.00 per person.
Enjoy champagne in the clouds at Sky Pod Bar’s Frozen Garden in partnership with Moët & Chandon, an icy winter oasis 155 metres into the sky. Seasonal cocktail offerings include ‘Truffle Hunting’: a tasty concoction featuring Drambuie, Frangelico, honey-truffle syrup, egg white and chocolate bitters and ‘Sweet Temptation’, a boozy hot chocolate spiced up with Disaronno, cinnamon syrup and Hennessy. From 4 December they’ll be hosting a number of yuletide live music nights there, complete with mince pies and mulled wine to kick off the festive season. Secure your booking in advance, or walk-in from 6.15pm on weekdays and 9.15pm at weekends.
German Gymansium’s terrace has been transformed into a festive toymaker’s workshop, complete with cosy wooden huts, vintage toys and winter foliage. Sip on warming gin cocktails from gin brand Monkey 47 and fill up on roasted chestnuts, Bratwurst German sausages or oyster and caviar if you fancy a bit of luxury.