Best Winter Pop-Ups In London, From Cosy Rooftop Bars To Christmas-Themed Cinemas

Pass the mulled wine 🍷

30/11/2016 16:00

Nothing gets us in the Christmas spirit like a winter pop-up and this year, London has some crackers.

From the restaurant-turned-igloos taking over the Thames to the cinema that’s transformed into a winter wonderland, we’ve rounded up the best of the best.

Grab your pals and prepare to feel merry.

  • Coppa Club, Tower Hill
    Coppa Club
    Why settle for a restaurant when you can dine in an igloo?

    Coppa Club has installed eight unique domes on its Thames-side terrace to bring a little bit of Lapland to Tower Hill this Christmas.

    Each heated pod is fully-furnished with sheepskin blankets, soft lighting and speakers, subtly filling the spheres with festive tunes. 

    Diners can order from Coppa Club's usual menu. Try the seared king prawns to start, served with garlic, lemon, chilli and extra virgin olive oil, followed by the 8oz British rib eye with truffle cream for main.

    Choose from a new range of festive cocktails including the Maple Old Fashioned and Spiced Berry Caipirissima, then top the whole lot off with chocolate cake.

    Once you're suitably stuffed, all that's left to do is sit back and enjoy the view. 

    Open until the end of January. Further dates may be added. 

    Address: Coppa Club, 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, London, EC3R 6AH
    Telephone: 020 7993 3827 
    Website: coppaclub.co.uk/towerbridge
  • Dinerama
    Dinerama
    Dinerama has installed a roof to winter-proof the east London street food hotspot.

    With nine street food vendors and eight bars, you’re spoilt for choice for not only for food but alcohol. But slap bang in the middle of Shoreditch, the venue gets pretty packed and boozy - those hoping for a chilled night best beware.

    Try Farang, a Thai street BBQ, for delicious weekly specials or a juicy pulled pork burger at Smokestak, for something a little lighter opt for modern Mexican at Breddos Tacos and end with You Doughnut if you’ve got room for something sweet (of course you do).

    Drinks-wise, head upstairs to Winerama for a toasty place to relax and let your food go down, but arrive early because there’s limited seating.

    Cocktails at the Zephyr Lounge are also delicious, but the space leaves a lot to be desired, think ferry - so get your drink and head back to your spot in Winerama.

    Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5pm til late. Entry is free before 7pm and £3 after. The bars take card, but street vendors only accept cash.

    Address: 19 Great Eastern Street London EC2A 3EJ
    Website: streetfeast.com/where/dinerama
  • Skye Halla, Queen of Hoxton
    Queen of Hoxton
    Escape modern life this winter by heading to Skye Halla, the viking-themed pop-up on Queen of Hoxton's roof.

    The Nordic hideaway comes complete with long boat, fire pits, driftwood sculptures and plenty of drinking horns. But Skye's star is undoubtably its
    "feasting wigwam".

    The canopy is decorated with elaborate shields and fairy lights, while logs and candles grace the tables.

    Heaters are dotted around the space, keeping it warm and cosy, even on the most bitter nights.

    For a rustic meal that's full of flavour, try Hodhr’s Hotpot - pork belly with apples, potatoes, herbs and smoked garlic, served with a crusty roll.

    Wash it down with one of Skye's hot drinks. We'd recommend the hot spiced butter rum or 'Bjorn’s Wild Brambled Wine' - a glass of mulled wine topped with a cheeky splash of gin.

    Open Monday-Saturday 4pm-10pm until end of March 2017.

    Address: 1 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX
    Telephone: 020 7422 0958
    Website: queenofhoxton.com/rooftop/winter/
  • The Lodge
    The Lodge
    If you’ve no time (or money) to go skiing this winter, try London’s very own alpine ski lodge.

    The Lodge is back above The Clapham North pub for its final year before moving to a new venue.

    With faux fur throws, candles and a pair of quaint ice skates hanging on the wall, the whole interior is very hygge.

    The private dining room (pictured) is perfect for bigger groups or Christmas parties, but the main room with its dim lights and tree-lined partitions still feels private and cosy.

    Try the wild boar apple sausages, reblochon cheese and smoked bacon croquettas, and pan-fried sea bream, mushroom ketchup, pickled mushrooms, grape dressing (yes, grape). If fondue is your thing, it’s not to be missed.
    Open until end of February 2017.

    Address: The Lodge 409 Clapham Road London SW9 9BT
    Telephone: 0207 737 0722 
    Website: thelodgeclapham.com/
  • The Montague Hotel, Ski Lodge
    The Montague Hotel
    For that ultimate festive feeling head to Montague Hotel's ski lodge, complete with Christmas trees, snowmen, reindeer statues, dazzling fairy lights and - of course - the occasion flurry of (fake) snow. 
    Although it's situated mostly outside, the mulled wine, heaters and blankets will warm you up no end.

    An individual ski pass, priced at £30, gives you access to an hour in the lodge with three drinks (choose from mulled wine, spiced cider, various flavoured vodkas and schnapps), unlimited access to blankets and a taste of Christmas via the Alpine Platter, , which consists of mini bratwurst, turkey schnitzel and deep fried camembert.

    At the end, you can grab a photo in the ski lift, with fake snow flurrying around you. 

    Open until 13 January 2017.

    Address: 15 Montague Street, London, WC1B 5BJ 
    Telephone: 020 7637 1001
    Website: montaguehotel.com/ski-and-surf/the-ski-lodge
  • Backyard Cinema, Winter Garden
    Backyard Cinema
    Nothing says Christmas like a cheesy Christmas film, so head to Backyard Cinema's Winter Garden to get in the festive spirit.

    To access the cinema, visitors must venture through a magical wardrobe and continue down a secret tunnel of trees, into the enchanted woodland.

    You'll then be able to snuggle up under a blanket with a warm glass of mulled wine and a mince pie, before settling in for a magical movie treat.

    The cinema will be playing Christmas films throughout winter, including classics like 'It’s A Wonderful Life', 'Home Alone' and 'Love Actually', kid’s favourites’ 'Frozen' and 'Cinderella', and quirky comedies 'Nightmare Before Christmas' and 'Bad Santa'.

    Open until 6 January 2017. Check showing times online.
    Address: Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6DR
    Website: backyardcinema.co.uk
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