Brace yourselves, winter pop-ups are coming.
When the frosts of winter bite, there’s no better place to retreat to than one of London’s warm and toasty winter pop-ups. Whilst Winterville and Winter Wonderland steal a lot of the festive focus, this inventive lot will bring you peace, goodwill, and some boozy treats too!
1. Coppa Club’s Riverside Igloos, Tower Bridge, open now
Every year, these riverside igloos return and whip up Londoners into a frenzy, and 2018 has been no different. Aside from the simply stunning views, they also come fully equipped with blankets, sofas, and winter gin cocktails. It’s enough to keep you gloo’d to the spot, really. Find out more here.
You’ll find Coppa Club at 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames St, EC3R 6AH, and the nearest station is Tower Hill.
2. The Magic Roundabout, open now
Just when they thought they were out, London pulls them back in. Though Magic Roundabout was supposed to be closed by wintertime, they’ve been given one last season to keep the party rumbling on. This year, the Fiesta del Magia will take over the roundabout, bringing the colour and culture of Latin America to Old Street. Get the details here.
Find it at 16 St Agnes Well, EC1Y 1BE – nearest station is Old Street.
3. Pergola Paddington, open now
The Pergola gang never miss a chance for a seasonal pop-up, and they’ll launch their winter season this month. This one is billed as a wintry hideaway, in which you’ll comfy blankets, seasonal cocktails, and food from the likes of Yucatan, Patty & Bun, MAM, and Canard.
Find it at 5 Kingdom Street, W2 6PY – nearest station is Paddington.
4. John Lewis Roof Garden, open now
We’ll level with you: nobody exactly holds up John Lewis Oxford Street as the barometer of Christmas cool. But they’ve made a nice entry to the winter pop-ups game with this one, a rooftop skating rink inspired by the Frost Fairs of Ye Olde London Towne (although it isn’t an ice rink, it’s actually plastic – and an absolute bitch to skate on, FYI). Throw in hot gin cocktails and tasty pies, and we’re happy as a clam.
Find it at 300 Oxford Street, Marylebone, W1C 1DX – nearest station is Oxford Street.
5. The Sin Bin, open now
It’s always a little wintry at Queens, given their massive ice rink. But for winter, they’re embracing curling, and launching a neon-lit rinkside curling bar, filled with beers, cocktails, and MEATliquor burgers. All in all, this one’s got the stones to sweep you off your feet.
Find it at 17 Queensway, Bayswater, W2 4QP – nearest station is Queensway.
6. Queen of Hoxton, open now
More rooftop revelry from the Queen of Hoxton gang. This year, it’s a luxurious Parisian speakeasy, offering cabaret, raclette-drenched food, and an absinthe fountain. Yep, that’s exactly what it sounds like. Read all about it.
Find it at 1 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX. Nearest stations are Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street.
7. Skylight, Wapping, open now
You’ll find yourself walking on the air with a visit to London’s highest and mightiest ice rink. Atop the Tobacco Dock in Wapping sits Skylight, which offers fondue, wine, and the all-important rink, along with winning city views. New for 2018 is a smart attempt to cash in on the igloo craze, as they’ll launch a series of their own rooftop orbs.
Find Skylight at Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street Entrance, Wapping, E1W 2SF, and the nearest station is Shadwell.
8. Roof East, Stratford, open now
Curling heads back to the roof at Stratford’s neon-drenched winter wonderland. Rink maestros Sliders bring the games, and the whole space has undergone a Jamaican makeover as part of their Curl Runnings theme (hold for applause). The result is tropical decor, neon everywhere, and a steel band drumming up some Christmas classics.
Find Roof East at 45a Broadway, Stratford, E15 1XD, and the nearest station is Stratford.
9. The Winter Forest, Liverpool Street, open now
Broadgate Circle will once again go Christmas tree crazy, creating an entire forest of the firs. 300 snow-covered trees, twinkling lights, and food-filled cabins will make this corner of the city a snowy dreamland.
Find it at Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS – nearest station is Liverpool Street.
10. Winterland, Fulham, open now
Winterland is coming back to Fulham as a retro alpine chalet, filled with fire pits, igloos, and gondolas perfect for posing in. Curling, beer pong, and prosecco pong will keep you entertained, whilst Jimmy’s Lodge and The Pizza Shed will take care of any hunger pangs.
Find it at Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, SW6 2TY – nearest station is Putney Bridge.
11. The White Forest at Madison, St. Paul’s, open now
Of all the winter pop-ups, this one may just have the greatest views. Hot drinks, comfy blankets, and stunning views were the hallmarks of the Madison rooftop last year, so fingers crossed it comes back.
Find it on the top floor of One New Change, St Paul’s, EC4M 9AF – nearest station is St Pauls.
12. Aviary, Finsbury Square, open now
Another day, another igloo pop-up. Aviary’s rooftop bar boasted a horde of orbs in 2017, and they’ll return this year for more breathtaking sunsets and post-prandial bevs.
Find them on the 10th Floor of Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, 22-25 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1DX – nearest station is Old Street.
13. The Churchill Bar Terrace, Marylebone
Last year, The Churchill hotel transformed their alfresco terrace into a quintessentially English winter wonderland. This year, they’ve gone a little further north, with a Highlands-inspired terrace, draped with tartan blankets and featuring Scottish nibbles.
14. Jimmy’s Lodge, South Bank, open now
London is head over heels in love with igloos, so much so that we felt compelled to include another set of the wonderful orbs on this list. You’ll have Jimmy Garcia to thank for this lot, as he’s setting some up next to his Alpine lodge on the Southbank. Schnitzel, steaks, and hotdogs lead the meaty menu, although they’ll also have vegan fondue. Find out more here.
Find them at Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX – the nearest station is Waterloo.
15. Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury
The Bloomsbury Hotel’s very own Instagram magnet is back, and this year it features a touch of pink. Master florists Wild at Heart are behind this floral fabulousness, and it’s a prime spot for a lovely seasonal meal.
16. The Montague Ski Lodge, Bloomsbury, open now
Returning to the winter pop-ups scene this year is The Montague on the Gardens, who will reopen their ultra-festive, super-seasonal Montague Ski Lodge. This is apres-skiing taken to the next level, with rivers of mulled wine, and enough blankets to cover Mont Blanc – all without leaving Bloomsbury.
Find it at The Montague on the Gardens, 15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 5BJ. Nearest station is Russell Square.
17. Backyard Cinema, Winterville and Winter Wonderland, open now
Backyard Cinema are upping their game this year, with two magical events at London’s two big winter festivals. Down in Winterville, they’re building a festive Christmas labyrinth with a cinema at the heart of it, complete with mulled wine and their trademark beanbags. Winter Wonderland’s offering is a stone cold classic: they’re launching The Snowman Experience, a multi-sensory walkthrough cinema that will immerse you in the world of this timeless tale.
18. The Floating Cinema, St. Katharine’s Docks, open now
Pinch my cheeks and call me Bob, because a heated outdoor cinema will be afloat in this central London marina for just a few days in December, screening seasonal favourites such as Love Actually, Home Alone, and Elf.
Open December 3rd – 9th. Find St Katharine’s Docks at 50 St Katharine’s Way, E1W 1LA – nearest station is Tower Hill.
19. Cinema in the Snow, Hackney, open now
It’s amazing what you can find in the back of your wardrobe. All we found were hideously out of fashion clothes, but Pop Up Screens dug around and found an entire cinema in theirs! To compensate for arriving a little late in the season, they’ll go in all guns blazing by playing Elf six times before Christmas rolls around.
You’ll find Cinema in the Snow at Hackney Downs Studios, Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT – nearest station is Rectory Road.
Need more than just winter pop-ups to make your Christmas complete? Be sure to check out Secret London’s guides to ice skating, Christmas markets, and Christmas lights around London this winter!