The festive season is upon us and London is brimming with winter pops to celebrate with your loved ones. Toast marshmallows on an open fire pit, cosy up under a blanket with a cocktail or even dine in a wintery banquet hall. For the best winter pop ups in London, we’ve put together our favourites.
1. Jimmy’s Winter Lodge
Best for: A private dining experience
Jimmy Garcia’s heated snow globes are back! Grab a group of six to ten friends and enjoy a private dining experience like no other at Jimmy’s Winter Lodge. Celebrate the festive season in style with tasty sharing plates and hot cocktails, as you gaze out onto the stunning River Thames. If you don’t fancy hiring a snow globe, there’s also an Alpine-inspired bar and ski chalet restaurant serving up a taste of the Alps too.
Address: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Nearest station: Waterloo
2. Pergola Paddington
Best for: A festive feast
Pergola Paddington is the perfect place to meet with your nearest and dearest for the festive period. Get together in the twinkling banquet hall, soak up the festive magic from one of their alpine lodges, or brave the outdoors from their enchanting winter forest. Eat, drink and be merry with their five winter pop up restaurants serving a range of après dishes and snacks.
Address: 5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, London W2 6PY
Nearest station: Paddington
3. Winter Wonderland
Location: Hyde Park
Best for: Fun for all the family
Winter Wonderland is one of the most popular winter pop-ups in London. And it’s easy to see why. The whole park is transformed into a spectacular Christmas adventure, with tons of things for the whole family to enjoy. Ride the big wheel, try out the ice rink, snuggle up in Bar Ice with a Christmas cocktail or watch the adrenaline-fuelled Cirque Berserk.
Address: Hyde Park, London
Nearest station: Paddington, Victoria or Marylebone
4. Coppa Club
Location: Tower Bridge
Best for: A cosy dinner with friends
Coppa Club’s heated igloos are actually available all year-round, but they regularly switch up the menu and decor to match the seasons. Dine from an exclusive igloo menu – with European specials and creative cocktails – and share some unforgettable memories with your friends and family. But be quick because they get booked up fast, so it’s best to plan in advance – especially if you’re looking to dine at Christmas time!
Address: 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6AH
Nearest station: Tower Hill
5. Dalloway Terrace
Best for: An Instagram-worthy location
Dine al fresco this Christmas at Dalloway Terrace. Their stunning terrace has been transformed into a magical winter wonderland. They serve everything from breakfast through to dinner, but their picture-perfect afternoon tea is the one to book. It’s served with their signature spritz and the cutest mini desserts and sandwiches.
Address: The Bloomsbury Hotel, Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NN
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road
6. Miracle Pop Up at Henrietta Hotel
Location: Covent Garden
Best for: A throwback Christmas
Winter pop-ups in London don’t get much better than a kitschy Christmas-themed cocktail bar. With retro decor, fairy lights and Santa hats all around, Miracle Pop Up will transport you right back to a 70s Christmas. Gather your friends and sip on traditional Christmas tipples until it’s time to go ho-ho-home!
Address: Henrietta Hotel, Henrietta St, London WC2E 8QH
Nearest station: Covent Garden
7. Tobacco Dock
Best for: Taking ‘elfies
Party in the sky at Tobacco Dock with street food, hot cocktails and incredible views of the capital. Spin around Europe’s only rooftop ice rink, then retreat to a cosy snow globe to soak up the holiday cheer. Or enjoy a mulled wine underneath the heated pergola.
Address: Tobacco Quay, Wapping Ln, London E1W 2SF
Nearest station: Wapping
8. Neverland’s Winterland
Best for: Having a tree-mendous time
Arcade games, fire pits, log cabins, hot tubs, live DJs and heated booths – Neverland’s Winterland has it all. The perfect party venue, it has a cocktail bar, gin bar and a lively atmosphere. And if you’re after something more intimate, they’ve even thought of that too. Book a cosy moose cabin or ski lift bubble and catch up with friends over a hot chocolate or two.
Address: Neverland, Wandsworth Bridge Road, London SW6 2TY
Nearest station: Imperial Wharf
9. Rivoli Pop Up Cinema
Best for: Getting you in the Christmas spirit
Nothing says Christmas more than a feel-good festive film, and over the holiday season, the stunning Rivoli Ballroom is being transformed into the Rivoli Pop Up Cinema. They’ll be showing Home Alone 2, Love Actually and Elf – with a bar and tasty cinema treat including popcorn and hot dogs.
Address: 350 Brockley Rd, London SE4 2BY
Nearest station: Crofton Park
10. The Montague Ski Lodge
Best for: An authentic alpine ski lodge
The Montague Ski Lodge doesn’t do Christmas celebrations by halves. At this original ski-inspired London winter pop up, you’ll find reindeer, snowmen, pine trees and even falling snow! Book the individual ski pass and choose three festive foods, three drinks and get access to the Ski Lodge for 90 minutes.
Address: The Montague Hotel, 15 Montague St, London WC1B 5BJ
Nearest station: Russell Square
11. Queen of Hoxton
Best for: A Christmas celebration that sleighs
Roast marshmallows and snuggle up by the fire at the Queen of Hoxton. At Christmas, their iconic rooftop bar is adorned with dazzling fairy lights and a cosy pop up wigwam takes centre stage. There are two other floors to explore too, with a bar, a club and live DJs that keep the party going ‘til the early hours.
Address: 1 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3JX
Nearest station: Liverpool Street Station