Hello again our old trusty friends, we were wondering when you’d be ‘popping’ up to say hello. And this time you’ve brought with you an abundance of festive fun, food and booze, you say? How very kind of you…let’s see what there is, then, shall we…
1. South Pole Saloon, Brixton
Legend has it that deep in the snow drifts of the South Pole there is a Saloon; a cosy and other worldly dive bar where the elves who have forsaken the North Pole and Father Christmas come out to play. This immersive drinking hole and theatrical pop-up is offering Brixton a very alternative place to celebrate Christmas and we can’t WAIT to go. The 500 capacity venue will be fully heated and covered, with every corner designed to cater to the whims of the most fantastical, playful and debaucherous guests. Festive cocktails, DJs, performances from the elves themselves (they have to make a living some way…) and a street food market hosting four traders (all delicious of course), will be on offer. Entry is free before 7pm (6pm on Saturdays) and £3 after and on the 2nd and 9th of December, the Saloon will open in aid of the Love Support Unite Foundation, Brixton Soup Kitchen, MIND and Remember.
Opening Times: Thursday 3rd – Saturday 19th, 1800-2300 (except Saturdays: 1400-2300)
Valentia Place, Brixton, London, SW9
2. Pop Up Screens Cinema, 20th Century Theatre
Pop Up Screens presents ‘Cinema In The Snow’, making all our Christmas dreams come true, and this year’s line up is one not to be missed (when is any Christmas movie line up to be missed?) Pop Up Screens is a pop-up cinema that try to bring brilliant movies to cool locations, trying their hand at some immersive cinema experiences…and this year movie-goers enter a snow-filled world of film through a magic wardrobe. Transforming the historic grade I listed Notting Hill building into a winter wonderland from 11th to 23rd December, films includes Elf, Love Actually, Grinch and Home Alone. Hot Chocolate, brownies, popcorn and mulled wine will be on offer and you can bet on a white Christmas here!
291 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W11 2QA
3. The 80s Office Christmas Party Pop-Up
Oval Space and The Art of Dining return to The Pickle Factory to host The Office Christmas Party – an 80s themed pop-up experience inspired by the work place – but not as you see it everyday, (unless you’re in our offices…) Expect cringe comedy, drinks, dancing, an awkward speech from the boss, spiked punch –and plenty of paper in the photocopier…yup, sounds about right. Taking us back to the decade of shoulder pads and big hair, and transforming The Pickle Factory into a classic office environment of overhead projectors and pinboards, filing cabinets and pot plants, guests will be invited to grab a glass of punch from the water cooler and get ready to enjoy Moro-trained chef Ellen Parr’s five- courses of food classics from the era!
Wednesday 16th December, 7:30-12pm
13-14 The Oval,, London, E2 9DU
4. The Glam Clam, The Dome
This pop-up restaurant experience is bringing all the glitter to London this December, offering a gloriously camp and Christmassy night out involving shellfish, cocktails, jazz and drag queen cabaret. Best selling food author and chef Gizzi Erskine has teamed up with The Glam Clam to premiere her exclusive sustainable seafood menu, set against an evening of live music from jazz diva Collette Cooper and her band of acclaimed Ronnie Scott musicians (and burlesque dancers from…yep, you guessed it! Sink the Pink!)
19:30 – 00:00 (doors at 19:00), 16th-20th December
5. Little Feast’s Christmas Food Festival
Give a Scandinavian street food festival a wintry makeover and what do you get? A truly magical event that you will never, ever want to leave. Hosted in Shepherd’s Bush Yard, which has been transformed by fir trees, bark floors and wooden huts, it is fully covered and heated, low-lit with festive maroon and blue colours bringing a touch of Scandinavia to London. Blankets are also available to keep everyone super cosy while they’re munching on their seasonal street food and mulled wine. If that wasn’t enough, weekend daytimes will feature live music from choirs and brass and jazz bands. Running until Wednesday 23rd December.
Shepherd’s Bush Yard, Shepherd’s Bush, Goldhawk Road, W12 8HA
6. Ski Lodge, Montague on the Gardens
Pine trees, falling snow, reindeer, snowmen, ski racks, fairy lights and lanterns: the Montague is not holding back on festive cheer, this year bringing you London’s original ski lodge experience. To combat the cold and lightly drifting snowflakes, guests can enjoy delicious candied pecans, mulled wine, winter Pimm’s, hot spiced cider, mugs of steaming hot chocolate and big woolly rugs, which will all help to keep you lovely and snug during the long winter nights. A taste of après-ski without going anywhere near a mountain? YES PLEASE!
Montague Street, WC1B 5BJ
7. Once Upon A Wigwam, Queen of Hoxton
It’s quite literally the stuff from fairytales. Well, it was inspired by Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel after all…so the fact that it has possibly the most Instagram-worthy, imaginative interior is no surprise. Guests can climb up the vine-covered winding stairs with hundreds of hanging books that lead you to the giant keyhole entrance of Queen of Hoxton’s magical land. Inside, you can get lost in a tree house mezzanine that has intricate and innovative features, such as ornate mirrors, golden trees, hanging clocks and a gingerbread house-inspired bar. They’re also hosting a series of events and immersive workshops, all of which sound rather fun (hello knitting and gingerbread-house making). AND you can even toast marshmallows on the open fire. AND it’s free entry. AND it’s running until the end of MARCH! AND…well, just go, will you? Otherwise we’ll be here for a while…
1-5 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3JX
PSSSSST! We know where to find the best wintery themed bars in London…
Featured Image Credit: Montague Hotel