London’s 10 best winter pop-ups.
Here's a recap of our favourite outdoor and rooftop pop-up bars and events to warm you up during this winter.
Luckily for us, each winter the capital is flooded with brand new pop-ups inaugurating the winter season, and providing warm hideouts kitted out with windbreaks, heaters, cosy blankets festive food and drink, and countless strings of fairy lights to keep us hooked this winter. We’ve put together a list of our top 10 Christmas pop-ups this year, which we’re sure will warm up the frosty months to come.
The Winter Cabin at Gordon Ramsays York & Albany.
A moment away from the tranquillity of Regent’s Park awaits York & Albany’s Winter Chalet, located in the courtyard of this Regent’s Park hotel. The cosy Alpine chalet is decorated like a wintery mountain retreat, with hundreds of fairy lights adorning the walls, pinecones scattered below, and lanterns a glow with lightly spiced candles. An open fire and folk music set the scene for guests to wrap up in heavy blankets while enjoying Head Chef Will Stanyer’s festive menu – raclette, venison kromeski, and salmon mousse, horse radish cream. Sweet treats include coconut and lychee snowballs and baked Alaska. Enjoy all these canapés plus two cocktails each for £30 per person.The Winter Cabin at Gordon Ramsays York & Albany. : 1
Forest Restaurant at Selfridges.
With Oxford Street’s Christmas lights ablaze, Selfridge’s winter retreat will transport shoppers to an enchanted woodland-style lodge at the hands of Des McDonald; former Ivy head chef and the man behind Selfridges’ summer pop-up Vintage Salt. The meaty menu is inspired by the produce found in Britain’s woodlands, and features Windsor Estate mallard on toast, Baked game meatballs, Wild Highland Roe deer fillet & Chocolate Forest. The Cabin Bar drinks menu will warm you up with Truffle martinis, Smokey & Sours and Gingerbread choctails along with Pumpkin ale, a bespoke winter wine list and London craft beers.Forest Restaurant at Selfridges.: S
St Moritz at the Goring.
The pop-up St Mortiz Ski Bar at the luxurious Goring hotel is a tribute to the Goring family’s skiing holidays in the swanky Swiss resort. This year, it’s bringing old school, alpine glamour back, to the sound of Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra softly playing from the bar’s gramophone. With candlelit wooden sleds for tables, waiters fetchingly clad in retro ski jumpers, and sheepskins or thick cashmere rugs laying around, it really is an all-round winter haven. There’ll be Swiss-inspired canapés courtesy of Michelin-starred executive chef Shay Cooper and winter cocktails envisaged by award-winning barman Andrea Delvo.St Moritz at the Goring. : B
Rooftop Winter Cinema at The Berkeley.
The Berkeley Health Club & Spa has transformed its rooftop terrace into a cinema, featuring just 6 seats, once again for the duration of December. Hotel guests and Londoners can book to watch ‘Miracle on 34th street’ or ‘Polar Express’ on the big screen, whilst nestling between warm down feather Moncler blankets and hot water bottles. Heating lamps, abundant wine, warm mince pies and hot chocolate will protect viewers from the cold.Rooftop Winter Cinema at The Berkeley. : T
Winter Terrace at the Churchill Bar.
Narnia has come back to life this winter, as the Hyatt Regency Hotel’s famous Churchill bar is transformed into a winter hideaway for chocolate lovers – with a hot chocolate menu put together by Green & Blacks. The special Narnia-themed cocktail menu includes The White Witch, with deep flavours of Woodford Reserve Bourbon added to the whiteness of milk and double cream and topped with Green & Black’s Organic White Chocolate homemade foam; Edmund’s Temptation, a cocktail made using alluring Amaretto, Galliano, Cherry Herring and honey, alongside the subtle smoky aromas of Chivas 12yr whisky and balanced perfectly with orange, chocolate bitters, cloves and cinnamon; and many more festive cocktails.Winter Terrace at the Churchill Bar.: H
The Montague Ski Lodge.
From mid-November to mid-January the Montague’s Garden Grill transformed into a magical ski lodge; with pine trees, falling snow, reindeer, snowmen, ski racks, piste maps and strings of fairy lights and lanterns. The bar serves a variety of warming drinks including winter Pimm’s, hot spiced cider, flavoured vodkas, mulled wine and hot chocolate cocktails. For only £25 you get three drinks, a festive platter and a chance to win a Swiss ski weekend.
The Lodge by Jimmy Garcia.
Pop-up guru Jimmy Garcia has brought back his much acclaimed winter-themed eatery back for another year. The Lodge has exchanged last years Balham location for a bigger, better and altogether more sensational Alpine retreat…in Clapham. The après ski style lodge bar and restaurant offers provocative new creations, with a menu that changes every day, and a standout fondue made with cheeses from Neal’s Yard, served in a pot over an open flame, which has proved to be this year’s crowd-pleaser. To wash it down, the Lodge offers plenty of mountain drinks that will do the trick.The Lodge by Jimmy Garcia.: 4
Winter Botanical Garden at Mr Fogg’s Residence.
This Victorian-themed bar in Mayfair is based on the protagonist’s home in the novel Around the World in 80 Days. Out of the back of Mr Fogg’s secret living room/cocktail bar, lies a winter botanical garden created with evergreens, mistletoe, holly and pine trees adorned with candles, baubles and homemade decorations, transporting guests back in time to a traditional Victorian-era Christmas. It’s a paradise for all the gin-loving Londoners to nestle under blankets and drink warm teapot cocktails filled with gin.Winter Botanical Garden at Mr Fogg’s Residence.: 1
The Tree House at Skylounge.
A winter woodland pop-up has taken Skylounge by storm this year, in association with Chairman’s Reserve Rum and Champagne Lanson. With a winter woodland theme, Treehouse at Skylounge bar is quite the cosy winter hideaway to invite friends to huddle over hot apple cider with. Choose from a selection of specially created cocktails including a Hot & Cold Spiced Toddy, Plum & Rum Old Fashioned, or Treehouse Punch. Accompanying the drinks is a warming winter food menu with highlights including succulent Treetop Burger Squares, decadent Truffle Mac & Cheese and Spicy Chicken Nuggets with Bourbon Dip – all to be enjoyed whilst watching the City light up, as the long winter nights draw in.The Tree House at Skylounge. : M
Once again Coq d’Argent’s après-ski themed bar and winter terrace, Lodge d’Argent will offer you the winter-warming relaxation of a traditional French ski chalet. With vintage ski props, lush furry blankets, miniature polar bears inside festive snow-globe-style jars, and rich green foliage lining the terrace; Lodge d’Argent will be your perfect escape in the heart of the city. A selection of special winter warming cocktails will be available, as well as indulgent holiday favourites like tartiflette, venison burger and chestnut macaroons.Lodge d'Argent.: 1
This year is no exception, with everything from Michelin stars to hipster bars offering everything from 1950s-style après-ski glitz to Narnian fun. There are some big names serving up their best seasonal menu too, including the likes of Jimmy Garcia and Gordon Ramsay. Some of London's top hotels are chipping in too, for those more in the mood for utter luxury, in the form of a lavish alpine retreat or even a snuggly rooftop cinema. Expect rich, spicy cocktails, absolutely everything mulled and sheepskin or cashmere blankets you’ll want to take back with you.
As ever, booking is always advised as, owing to their short lifespan, these pop-ups tend to sell-out quickly. The hotels can be a little different, but many offer set times and menus, so it's worth checking their websites for more details.