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Christmas Pop-Ups in London

 
 
 
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The Winter Forest
Orrery: Les Alpes
Winter at Vinegar Yard
Skylight Rooftop
Skylight Rooftop
Aviary Skye-line Igloos with Talisker Whisky
The Secret Forest at Harvey Nichols
Sketch Christmas here, there and everywhere
Sketch Christmas here, there and everywhere
Sketch Christmas here, there and everywhere
Ketel One Espresso Martini Garden Bar
Fentimans Pink Gingerbread House
Fentimans Pink Gingerbread House
Miracle at 34
The Elyx Chalet at Rosewood London
Winterland London
Winterland London
Winterland London
 

 

Igloos aren't just for eskimos, they're popping up all over London this Christmas. From saunas to Sliders, curling or curling up in front of a log fire, London has a festive pop-up for you.

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Sketch Christmas here, there and everywhere

Enjoy the escapism and get beamed up by the aliens.

Sketch - The Glade, 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 13th November - 01st January 2020

 

Stepping inside sketch is like falling down a rabbit hole and it's never more magical than at Christmas. Around every corner are snowy scenes and floral outbursts. A hat shop window recalls sketch's past as the London atelier of Christian Dior in the street-like Christmas scenes that greet you on. In the Glade, Figa & Co's creative director Kim Beedie has installed an expansive, swirling floral installation rising up from a tea cup to the roof. Upstairs, in the three Michelin starred Lecture Room and Library, Ricky Jackson, of Ricky Paul Flowers, has designed a stunning Christmas tree with lanterns, fans and real flowers - echoing the fascination for 'Chinoiserie' at the royal court of 18th century Russia. No visit to sketch is complete without a trip to the loos. Among the pods you'll find a UFO has landed; it's the creation of Carly Rogers who has imagined aliens beaming up a small Christmas tree to take back to their planet. If ever a little bit of escapism was needed, it's this Christmas and there's no better place to prepare for lift off.

 
 
 

Miracle at 34

Over 8,000 baubles decorate 34 Mayfair creating London's most luxurious winter grotto.

34 Mayfair, 34 Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 2HD

Tube: Bond Street Station

 

Dates: 19th November - 01st January 2020

 

A top contender for the winner of 'London's most elaborately decorated dining room' this Christmas, 34 Mayfair has been covered with 8,400 baubles and no less than 14,000 decorations. Jane Wadham, known for her beautiful floral arrangements on the restaurant's exterior, has really gone to town this winter. Creating London's most luxurious winter grotto, every inch of the ceiling and walls of the restaurant's Emin Room - the first floor private dining space featuring Tracey Emin artworks - has been embellished by luxurious decorations. Settle in for brunch, lunch or dinner at the Caprice Group restaurant and enjoy Moet & Chandon Champagne or cocktails with your food. Everyone who comes for weekend brunch - big or small - can visit Father Christmas who'll be on hand to greet guests and add a sackful of festive cheer.

 
 
 

The Elyx Chalet at Rosewood London

Enter a Swedish winter wonderland in the courtyard of the Rosewood hotel.

Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN

Tube: Holborn Station , Chancery Lane Station

 

Dates: 7th November 2019 to 29th February 2020

 

The Rosewood hotel's stunning courtyard is transformed into a Swedish winter wonderland with a wooden lodge where fairy lights and fir trees add to the festive appeal. Created in partnership with luxury vodka brand, Absolut Elyx, The Elyx Chalet, is the place to go for gin cured salmon and apricot brandy served in a gnome-shaped glass. Holborn Dining Room's head chef, Calum Franklin, has come up with menu of winter dishes, both sweet and savoury and some with a Swedish twist, to pair with the cocktail menu. Try scotch egg with mulled wine or sirloin steak with mushroom infused whisky. Peek through porthole windows and spy luxurious velvet and fur cushions and throws and immerse yourself in snowy Sweden.

 
 
 

Fentimans Pink Gingerbread House

Be like Hansel and Gretel and visit a life-size pink gingerbread house with edible walls.

Skylight Rooftop, Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 

Dates: 21st November - 01st January 2020

 

A life-size pink gingerbread house has landed on the rooftop of Tobacco Dock and you can eat its sweet filled walls. The fairytale of Hansel and Gretel comes to life at Skylight Rooftop at the winter pop-up where you and as many as eight friends can enjoy festive cocktails and sweet treats. The life-size Pink Gingerbread House is a festive gift from the lovely people at Fentimans who have recently launched a pink ginger soft drink, used to make the free cocktail you'll receive on arrival. It's the perfect way to warm up after skating at Skylight's rooftop ice rink - the only one in London. As well as skating, Skylight offers seasonal cocktails, ice hockey shooting, DJs, cosy igloos and huts and some of the best views in East London.

 
 
 

Ketel One Espresso Martini Garden Bar

Enjoy classic and quirky takes on the espresso martini in an urban oasis.

Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HU

Tube: Farringdon Station

 

Dates: 07th - 30th November 2019

 

Instagram favourite B&H Buildings just got even more photogenic. Lush botanicals, succulents and hanging houseplants have transformed the private dining room into an urban oasis for the month-long pop-up Espresso Martini Garden Bar. Bourne and Hollingsworth has teamed up with Ketel One for the pop-up with a sustainable message. Highlighting he 500,000 tonnes of used coffee grounds sent to landfill each year, the pop-up's old coffee grains will be donated to natural and organic skincare brand UpCircle. Classic and quirky takes on the espresso martini include an indulgent Chocolate Orange Espresso Martini and a Nutty Espresso Martini, with decaf options also available. Sign up for a masterclass with Julius Roberts, the gardener behind popular Instagram account @telltalefood, and you'll not only get advice on a more sustainable way of living but also an expert-led cocktail class and a limited edition evergreen houseplant to take home.

 
 
 
 

The Secret Forest at Harvey Nichols

Enjoy ice cream cocktails, Nordic-inspired dishes and festive films on the fifth floor.

Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RJ

Tube: Knightsbridge Station , Hyde Park Corner Station

 

Dates: 08th November - 05th January 2020

 

Ice cream cocktails, Nordic-inspired dishes and festive films are part of the fun as Harvey Nichols sets up The Secret Forest on its fifth floor for Christmas. Enjoy nostalgic Christmas films at the Pocket Cinema, including Home Alone and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, at special family and late night screenings. The magic begins before you even enter the building, with Northern Lights glistening across the building's facade. Inside, the mystical woodland sets a wonderful winter scene for Nordic foodie favourites, including kantarellmacka (mushroom and Gruyere toasties), kottbullar (meatballs) and kanelbullar (cinnamon buns). Book in at The Secret Forest Bar for food and cocktails before and after your film screening or try your hand at a festive Wreath Making class with florist Farima Perry at a festive Saturday School masterclass.

 
 
 

Winter at Vinegar Yard

The street food hotspot in the shadow of The Shard has been given a winter makeover.

Vinegar Yard, 80-82 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 3QU

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 25th October - 24th December 2019

 

Street food hotspot Vinegar Yard, which sits in the shadow of The Shard, is given a makeover for winter with a heated tent structure covering part of the courtyard. Created especially for the occasion by founder Benj Scrimgeour, the tent creates a cosy space to escape the winter cold while blankets, hot spiced plum ciders and mulled wine provide even more winter warmers. The winter street food traders are all serving special one-off festive specials including The Tinseltown burger from Nanny Bills featuring buttermilk fried chicken in a stuffing coating, maple bacon, smoked cheddar, Dijon mustard and a brioche bun, topped with ultimate festive treat: a mini pig in blanket. A Christmas market will be popping up on Saturday 30th November and 1st December with Christmas choirs, live music, wreath making and over 40 stalls selling seasonal treats and gifts. With part of the garden remaining uncovered, Vinegar Yard is also a great spot to watch the annual Shard Lights display. Newly launched for winter 2019, Abigail's Bar can be found hidden away in the main building at Vinegar Yard.

 
 
 

Coppa Club Winter Igloos

The original riverside igloos with views over the Thames, Tower Bridge.

Coppa Club, 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, London, EC3R 6AH

Tube: Tower Hill Station

 

Dates: 17th October - 31st January 2020

 

The instagram hit, Coppa Club's igloos along the Thames are back and this year they're even better. They've been re-designed by Coppa Club's design manager, Theresa Obermoser, as timber frame structures with Perspex sliding doors, all fully furnished enclosures with heating, blankets and speakers. Serving a Christmas menu from mid November, these cosy igloos make an ideal venue for Christmas lunch with a festive feel. Last year they sold out within hours, so be quick. Bookings are live from 11am on Thursday 17th October.

 
 
 

Aviary Skye-line Igloos with Talisker Whisky

High-altitude winter terrace igloos, 10 floors above the City

Aviary, The Montcalm Royal House, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1DX

Tube: Old Street Station , Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 15th October 2019 to 12th April 2020

 

The sky-high igloos return to the Aviary terrace this year, taking the theme Skye-line Igloos in partnership with award-winning spirit Talisker Whisky from the Isle of Skye. Sitting 10 floors above the City, the high-altitude winter pop-up immerses visitors from the offset with each igloo decorated in natural and nautical elements to reflect Talisker's Scottish homeland. Blankets and snug rugs are available to help guests get cosy while an exclusive menu of wild whisky cocktails provide a boozy winter warmer. Guests can sip on the spicy and citrusy Scotch Mist, the fruity and smoky Northern Lights and the ultimate hot toddy, the Talisker Campfire Hot Chocolate. A carefully curated food menu is also available, and a number of cocktail masterclasses will take place throughout the residency.

 
 
 

The Winter Forest

Snow-covered pine trees, twinkling lights and festive weekend workshops in Broadgate.

Broadgate Circle, Broadgate, London, EC2M 2QS

Tube: Liverpool Street Station , Moorgate Station

 

Dates: 06th November - 20th December 2019

 

A fairytale pop-up, The Winter Forest returns to Broadgate Circle this winter with snow-covered pine trees, twinkling lights and festive weekend workshops. As well as winter floral workshops there will also be ones on how to build resilience, how to beat stress and how to get a great night's sleep. A gin tasting with Mrs Fogg's, charity pub quiz nights and live music are among the events as well as film screenings and the chance to meet Santa. There will also be food from Farmer J, Nyoke and Butterscotch.

 
 
 
 

Winterland London

Hot tubs, wintery lodges, igloos and fur lined sofas at Fulham's Thameside pop-up.

Neverland London, 364 Wandsworth Bridge Road, London, SW6 2TY

Tube: Parsons Green Station

 

Dates: 07th November - 05th January 2020

 

A hot tub overlooking the Thames, bauble filled igloos, log cabins and hunting lodges are all part of Neverland London which returns for winter with brand new attractions. Bringing the Alps to London, retro ski lifts help turn Fulham's Thameside food court into a ski resort as Winterland transports guests to the snow frosted forest. Cheesy fondue, gourmet burgers, spicy chicken wings, macaroni cheese and sourdough woodfired pizzas are on the menu, best enjoyed in the warmth of a heated winter lodge and washed down with some mulled wine. You can also sip on winter warmer cocktails from the comfort of the fur lined sofas. For those more playful moments, shuffle board, beer pong, table tennis, arcade games and more can be found within Fulham's very own ski resort. As day turns into night, DJs play late into the evening every Thursday, Friday and Saturday so you can get on down on the dance floor.

 
 
 

Skylight Rooftop

Tobacco Dock's Skylight delivers a rooftop ice rink, cosy igloos and huts.

Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 
 

From Thursday 31st October 2019, Skylight Rooftop gets a winter makeover with cosy igloos and huts, warming cocktails and a real-ice rooftop ice rink on top of Tobacco Dock. The winter season opens with Halloween On Ice and continues with special events including a tree decorating evening, festive singalong events and New Year's Eve celebrations before the new year brings Burns Night and Australia Day. Set on the top three levels of a former car park in Wapping, the 600 capacity Skylight has multiple bars, indoor and outdoor seating areas, private booths, big screens and two street food stalls, all set against some of the finest views in the city - you can see The Shard, The Gherkin and the Walkie Talkie from here. Grab a seat on the upper level for prime views over some of London's most famous buildings.

 
 
 

Orrery: White Winter Terrace

The scent of chestnuts, vanilla and pine fill the air of the Marylebone rooftop terrace.

Orrery, 55 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 5RB

Tube: Baker Street Station , Regent's Park Station

 

Dates: 15th November - 31st December 2019

 

Perched on top of the roof of the converted stable block that houses Orrery, the Marylebone restaurant originally designed by Sir Terence Conran, is a wintery oasis, installed especially for the festive season. Created in partnership with The White Company, the intimate space is decorated with wreaths, olive trees hung with twinkling baubles, white sheepskin rugs and luxury cashmere throws. Each evening, scented candles are lit, filling the air with notes of chestnuts, vanilla and pine. Cocktails spiced with cloves, cinnamon, orange and chestnuts go well with chicken liver parfait and beetroot tartare, starters on the special a la carte menu created by chef patron Igor Tymchyshyn. Mains of a truffle-topped herb risotto served with Jerusalem artichoke crisps and roasted fillet of cod with courgette flower are wonderfully warming flavours to enjoy in the build up to Christmas.

 
 
 

John Lewis Rooftop: The Winter Carnival

Curling lanes, fairground horses, bumper cars, street food stalls and a cocktail bar.

John Lewis Rooftop, 300 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1EX

Tube: Oxford Circus Station , Bond Street Station

 

Dates: 18th October - 05th January 2020

 

Boasting one of the largest rooftop gardens in London, John Lewis Oxford Street makes full use of the space with The Winter Carnival, placing curling lanes, fairground horses, bumper cars, street food stalls and a cocktail bar high above London's most famous street. Created in partnership with Philips Hue and Google, there's the chance to have a go on the Google Claw Machine where Google Nest products and a Google Pixel phone are available to win while the mounted Google Pixel means guests can capture photos of their curling game any time of day or night. Philips Hue, meanwhile, have helped to transform the rooftop dens into the House of Mirrors, House of Lights and the House of Fortune - customisable colourful escapes that are available for groups to hire. Jimmy Garcia joins in on the carnival fun by serving an American-style feast of popcorn shrimp and loaded corn dogs at The Carnival Diner and Background Bars present a menu of winter warmers at the bar.

 
 
 
 
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