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 Winter Wonderland and London’s array of Christmas markets 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 2019 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 Winter Forest, Liverpool Street, open now
Broadgate Circle has once again gone Christmas tree crazy, creating an entire forest of the firs. 200 snow-covered trees, twinkling lights, and food-filled cabins make this corner of the city a snowy dreamland. Read all about it here.
Find it at Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS – nearest station is Liverpool Street.
3. Queen of Hoxton, open now
Oof, we’re definitely not in Kansas any more… The extremely green Queen of Hoxton has undergone a wicked makeover for the winter, transporting you to the Land of Oz for a spellbinding evening. Thankfully, Oz still has boozy festive concoctions, so it won’t feel too unfamiliar! Find out more here.
Find it at 1 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX. Nearest stations are Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street.
4. 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. In 2019, you’ll also find sky-high igloos and an ice hockey shooting range, to add a little competitive edge. Read all about it here.
Find Skylight at Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street Entrance, Wapping, E1W 2SF, and the nearest station is Shadwell.
5. John Lewis Rooftop Carnival, 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 return to the winter pop-ups game with this one, a rooftop carnival that simply screams Americana. Fairground horses, bumper cars, and rooftop curling stations make this a strong option for a festive night out. Find out more here.
Find it at 300 Oxford Street, Marylebone, W1C 1DX – nearest station is Oxford Street.
6. Winterland, Fulham, open now
Usually a solid addition to London’s winter pop-ups, Winterland certainly raised the game this year with the addition of riverside hot tubs. Really, it’s the ideal winter warmer, and aprés-ski touches such as log cabins, fire pits, and carb-heavy food options only make it more enticing. More information available here.
Find it at Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, SW6 2TY – nearest station is Putney Bridge.
7. 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.
8. 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 out more here.
Find it at The Montague on the Gardens, 15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 5BJ. Nearest station is Russell Square.
9. Pergola Paddington, open now
The Pergola gang never miss a chance for a seasonal pop-up, and 2019 is no different. This one is billed as a wintry hideaway, in which you’ll comfy blankets, seasonal cocktails, and food from the likes of An Choi, Babek Brothers, Honi Poké, and Smash Patty. Read all about it here.
Find it at 5 Kingdom Street, W2 6PY – nearest station is Paddington.
10. 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 colourful makeover for the winter. The bar is full of boozy warmers, whilst things take a futuristic turn on the House of Foos VR experience.
Find Roof East at 45a Broadway, Stratford, E15 1XD, and the nearest station is Stratford.
11. Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury, open now
The Bloomsbury Hotel’s very own Instagram magnet is back, with a stylish Alpine makeover inspired by upmarket Swiss ski resort Gstaad. Master florists Wild at Heart are once again the creative vision behind this floral fabulousness, and it’s a prime spot for a lovely seasonal meal.
12. 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 2nd – 8th. Find St Katharine’s Docks at 50 St Katharine’s Way, E1W 1LA – nearest station is Tower Hill.
13. Aviary, Finsbury Square, open now
Another day, another igloo pop-up. Aviary’s rooftop bar boasted a horde of orbs in 2018, and they’re back 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.
14. The Churchill Bar Terrace, Marylebone, open now
Last year, The Churchill hotel transformed their alfresco terrace into a Highlands-inspired terrace, and they’ve kept some of the best bits, including faux fur throws and a roaring fire. Plus, fondue!
15. The Enchanted Woods 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 of St Paul’s Cathedral are the hallmarks of the Madison rooftop, and this year looks to be no different!
Find it on the top floor of One New Change, St Paul’s, EC4M 9AF – nearest station is St Pauls.
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!
Also published on Medium.