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Christmas 2017: London's Can't-Miss Holiday Pop-Ups

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Tech & Entrepreneurship Editor
Updated: 19 December 2017
Twinkling lights, cosy blankets and festive cocktails – celebrate the holidays with the best of London’s Christmas pop-ups.

The Montague on the Gardens Hotel in Russell Square

Complete with pine trees, falling snow, reindeer, snowmen, ski racks, piste maps and strings of fairy lights and lanterns, The Montague on the Gardens Hotel in Russell Square is a ski lodge-themed bar with winter warming cocktails and a snow machine for faux flurries.

The Montague on the Gardens Ski Lodge is open until 20 January

The Connaught Bar

Dating from 1897, the luxury Connaught Hotel in Mayfair is perfect for spot for a classy Christmas tipple. This season, ultra-premium gin Tanqueray No. Ten has partnered with the Connaught’s world-famous bar to offer the perfect Christmas cocktail. Created by esteemed World Class mixologist Agostino Perrone, the ‘Lee Broom Cocktail’ combines Tanqueray No. Ten gin, Galliano L’Autentico, pineapple, timur pepper, kombucha and fresh lime juice. Served in a special glass created by iconic designer Lee Broom which has been delicately crafted using hand-blown crystal glass, you’ll leave feeling spoiled and in the holiday spirit.

Lee Broom Cocktail - The Connaught 1 (1)
Lee Broom Cocktail - The Connaught 1 (1)

Jimmy’s Lodge on the River

Overlooking the Thames and the timeless buildings of London, Jimmy’s Lodge is the ultimate cosy escape from the winter cold. The heated riverside Alpine Bar has fire-pits, a canopy roof and an array of delectable hot toddies and cocktails. If you’re looking for something more substantial, go for a meal in the two-storey Refuge Restaurant lodge, or pop into the Snow Globes – four gorgeous private dining domes serving a set menu that features a trio of canapés followed by traditional Alpine fondue, côte de boeuf, charred broccoli, salted almonds and chilli butter.

Jimmy’s The Lodge On The River is open until 31 December

Jimmy's Lodge on the River | © Culture Trip
Jimmy’s Lodge on the River | © Culture Trip

Coppa Club’s Thames-side igloos

Head to Coppa Club for Thames-side dinner and Insta-worthy views in these see-through, pop-up igloos. The Christmastime favourites have touch-sensor heating, faux-fur covered seats, holiday wreathes and an extensive menu.

Coppa Club’s igloos are open until 14 January

Bourne & Hollingsworth’s Winter House

Set in a previously unseen Grade II listed chapel in the heart of the West End, Bourne & Hollingsworth’s Winter House is a limited-edition drinking and dining experience bringing together art, creative installations, light, music, food and drinks all under one seriously beautiful roof. Together with World Class bartenders, the Winter House offers exceptional food and elegant festivity. Book lunch or dinner in the Grand Hall for a seasonal menu of hearty festive fare, or head to the Crypt for cocktails and late-night dancing.

The Winter House is open until 23 December.


Roof East’s curling lanes

This Christmas, Roof East is rocking a rooftop curling club featuring six neon-lit, synthetic ice-curling lanes, accompanied by an ice-cool soundtrack. Guests can also get toasty in the ’80s inspired après-ski lodge and sip hot cocktails (retro neon ski onesies welcomed), before skipping a stone’s throw to the ice zone. Hosts are on-hand to deliver drinks direct to the lanes – score.

Roof East is open until 31 January

Christmas curling | © Roof East
Christmas curling | © Roof East

A Giant Cheese Board in Greenwich

Who doesn’t love cheese and wine? And when we tell you that there is unlimited cheese and mulled wine on offer at this mega cheese festival in Greenwich we’re anticipating the kind of pandemonium that only a royal engagement can evoke. Designed as an immersive experience along the lines of ‘Honey I Shrunk the Kids’, man-sized mice will serve all manner of artisanal cheese from Europe for you to gorge on. And once you’ve had your fill of cheesy treats, the giant cheese board will be turned into a dance floor so you can dance the night away to cheesy anthems. Can Christmas get anymore Brie-liant?

The Giant Cheese Board is on December 16, 17 and 23

Christmas cheese | Courtesy of the Giant Cheese Board
Christmas cheese | Courtesy of the Giant Cheese Board

Winterland in Fulham

Lodges, igloos, curling, mini golf, Prosecco pong, hot toddies and fondues – Winterland in Fulham is the perfect enchanted woodland escape for winter sports and a warm drink.

Winterland is open until 22 December

Woodland curling | © Winterland
Woodland curling | © Winterland

Skate Late at Somerset House

Continuing Somerset House’s year-round commitment to showcasing musical talent, the classic winter destination has become a venue for music lovers across 17 selected evenings throughout the season, with a varied host of gifted DJs, musicians and artists taking to the rink-side decks. Beyond the rink, unique musical installations and activities will take place on a number of evenings, including a pop-up record shop, live music, and an exclusive gift of unheard music for skaters.

Skate Late is on select dates until mid-January

Pergola at Paddington

West London’s largest drinking and dining experience, Pergola at Paddington is a buzzy winter garden rooftop with a see-through roof – perfect for enjoying the winter night sky while keeping cozy.

Pergola at Paddington is open now until 23 December

Rooftop dining | © Pergola at Paddington
Rooftop dining | © Pergola at Paddington

The Botanist Hunting Lodges in Devonshire Square

A Highland hideaway in the heart of the city, Mac & Wild’s Hunting Lodges in Devonshire Square are offering Londoners a taste of the Highlands without stepping a foot out of the Square Mile. These cosy Highland-inspired winter lodges, nestled away on the western courtyard of Devonshire Square, are decked out with festive pine, candles, twinkling lights, heather shrubs, Scottish books, your very own speaker (so you can party to your own Christmas playlists), and plenty of fur blankets and tartan rugs to wrap up in.

The Botanist Hunting Lodges are open until 20 January

Backyard Cinema’s Snow Kingdom

Settle into a giant beanbag at Backyard Cinema’s Snow Kingdom for screenings of Christmas classics, hot winter drinks and cinematic fun.

The Snow Kingdom Backyard Cinema is open until 7 January

© The Snow Kingdom Backyard Cinema
© The Snow Kingdom Backyard Cinema

The Winter Forest at Broadgate

Visitors to the Winter Forest can expect snow-covered pine trees, giant tipis serving mulled wine and seasonal snacks, a pop-up cinema showing festive favourites and a Christmas market. There is also a secret hideaway, where guests can book private-dining booths and enjoy dinner with friends under the stars.

The Winter Forest at Broadgate is open until 12 January

A winter wonderland | © Winter Forest in Exchange Square, Broadgate
A winter wonderland | © Winter Forest in Exchange Square, Broadgate

Skylight Rooftop Ice Rink at Tobacco Dock

Bars, pubs, pop-ups – Londoners can’t get enough of hanging out on rooftops, even in the winter chill. Skylight’s rooftop ice rink offers skating, ice-hockey, street food and hot drinks to keep you warm and entertained.

Skylight is open until 14 January

The Ethicurean at the Gardening Society

The John Lewis rooftop is adorned with a Christmas tree, pub and holiday fare for its Christmastime restaurant in residence, The Ethicurean.

The Ethicurean at the Gardening Society is open until 24 December

© The Ethicurean at the Gardening Society at John Lewis
© The Ethicurean at the Gardening Society at John Lewis

The White Forest at Madison’s

An ever-popular London hotspot, Madison’s comes complete with one of the best views of the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral. Just in time for Christmas, the venue has launched a spectacular snow-covered experience that is perfect for a party or a date. The menu boasts some festive favourites with a unique twist – we highly recommend the spiked hot chocolate accompanied by a side of baked vacherin with Bayonne ham and potatoes to dip. You can even hide from the cold under cosy blankets that are in plentiful supply.

The Winter Forest at Madison is open until February

© The Winter Forest at Madison
The Winter Forest at Madison | © The Winter Forest at Madison

Rooftop Brixton’s South Pole Saloon

Step into a winter wonderland on this south London rooftop and enjoy woodland lodges, ‘candy caner cabins’ and themed private rooms. You can also sample some of the best food and drink in London, with special cocktails and creative classics from the likes of the ever-popular Mac to the Future. And speaking of cheese, the South Pole Saloon will turn into Cheese Town from November 30 to December 2. That’s one weekend full of molten goodness that sounds un-brie-lievable.

The Brixton South Pole Saloon is open until 1 January

Queen of Hoxton’s Moroccan Medina

East London’s Queen of Hoxton bar has transformed its rooftop into a Moroccan Medina in time for the holidays. The Marrakesh-inspired hideaway is cosy, colourful and utterly enchanting. Inside the wigwam is a giant Moroccan lantern snug you can climb into with rich carpets, cushions and low tables to recline around. Outside on the roof is inspired by the the Majorelle Gardens in Marrakesh, complete with giant cacti set against dusty cobalt-blue walls, canopies of fairy lights and cast-iron fire pits.

The Moroccan Medina is open until the end of March

© Queen of Hoxton's Moroccan Medina
© Queen of Hoxton’s Moroccan Medina

Still searching for the perfect wintertime haunt? Check out our list of the best winter bars in London.