It’s not just the trees getting lit this year. Prepare to sleigh at these ice-cool winter pop-ups that are giving us all the festive feels across London this Christmas.
Twinkly lights, glitzy wreaths and those essential blankets to snuggle under with someone you snapped up beneath the mistletoe. Add some sparkles and Noël Chandon's got our attention.
This Christmas season, Moët & Chandon are transforming The Blind Pig speakeasy into a cosy snug perfect for festive drinking, with two specially curated cocktails as sparkly as the Regent Street lights. The Cranberry Kir Royal is made with Moët Imperial, while the especially festive, ‘Christmas Pudding’ cocktail is made with Champagne and Cognac to really light your fire.
Noël Chandon at The Blind Pig runs from 19th November until 5th January.
58 Poland St, Soho, London W1F 7NR
The weather outside is frightful and you feel like you *might* have a cold on the way. Screw the Lempsip, doctor BarChick prescribes warming your cockles with a Hot Toddy. You'll find a highland sanctuary at the Dram & Smoke Bothy Nights Christmas pop-up, where Single malts and Hot Toddys can be enjoyed beneath tartan blankets to bring those temperatures up.
The DIY DJ station and karaoke room provide a festive soundtrack – singing loud for all to hear is definitely encouraged. Then there's the roaming treat sledge and the fully-stocked, eggnog-free bar with Old Fashioneds on tap. Food for thought comes in the form of a menu created with a boisterous banquet in mind. Congratulations, you’ve got yourself the ultimate festive highland fling.
Open 10th - 21st December
Black Swan Studios, 2-3 Black Swan Yard, London, SE1 3XW
The Henrietta Hotel has well and truly grabbed Christmas by the baubles this year. They're bringing a touch of the US to our shores with the famous Miracle pop-up. Just like watching Jingle All The Way while wearing a reindeer onesie, this festive phenomenon is kitsch, nostalgic and deliciously over-the-top.
Stockings, twinkling fairy lights and a buff Christmas tree - it's all here. The cocktails are served in bespoke festive glassware designed by Experimental Cocktail Club alumni and MACE frontman Nico de Soto, so expect to have an elf-ing good time.
23rd November 2018 until 23rd December
Henrietta Hotel, 14-15 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8QH
If the stargazing you're used to generally takes places in Berkley Square, we've got news for you - it's all about the Rosewood Hotel this winter. Find us beneath the canopy of twinkling lights at their immersive Glenlivet Glade.
The collaboration with this Speyside Single Malt has brought the sights and smells of a remote Highland wood to the hotel’s iconic courtyard, complete with a starry starry night encasing the terrace. Grab yourself a warming whisky cocktail and feast on the sweet and savoury treats from the Holborn Dining Room kitchen.
The Glenlivet Glade will be open from Tuesday 6th November – Saturday 2nd March, 4.00pm to 10.00pm
252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN, United Kingdom
If it’s adventure you’re after this Christmas, then we recommend a journey through the wardrobe, past the lamp-post and into the White Forest. Sound familiar? Indulge in some Narnia-nostalgia by swinging by Savage Garden’s stunning, sky-high Narnia Terrace.
Expect twinkling lights, copper lanterns, enchanting views and a magical menu of limited edition Absolut Elyx cocktails. You’ll find us perched on the White Witch’s throne, sipping on the Magical Martini, made with fig liqueur, ‘miracle foam’ and sprinkled with raspberry dust. Yaas queen.
Floor 12, 7 Pepys St, London EC3N 4AF
Picture this. You've found your way into a snowstorm installation via a secret pocket cut into the side of a Christmas tree. Now a sh*t ton of golden snowflakes are swirling around your head, Crystal Maze stylee. Catch one, and you can win a Snowscape cocktail. This beauty is served inside a delicate snow globe and is a cool mix of Plantation 3* rum, homemade coconut cordial, Becherovka liqueur and gold tea. Can we get a hell yeah?
This Christmas, Aqua Shard have teamed up with Bompas & Parr, the curators of some of the most spectacular immersive and multi-sensory experiences in the city. The epic snowstorm installation is standing tall inside their vast triple story atrium overlooking the London skyline. It sounds glitzy, bonkers, and mega fun. Exactly what the festive season should be, then.
21st November into the New Year. Two "Golden Hours" — where guests can attempt to catch a snowflake — will run at 11.30am-12.30pm and 5-6pm, Monday to Friday.
Aqua shard, Level 31, The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY
Soho, porn and gin - quite a few things probably connect these three things, and one of them is infamous porn baron Paul Raymond. This winter The King of Soho Gin is coming home to 21 Great Windmill Street, the first and one of the quirkier property purchases in Paul Raymond’s Soho crown.
For 6 weeks, #21Soho will be a grown-up’s playground of indulgence. We're talking terrifically tacky - leopard print thrones, vibrant décor and Soho memorabilia to mirror the theatre of the neighbourhood. Hell yeah. On Fridays comedy, burlesque, live music and ‘Adult Story Time’ can be enjoyed with exquisite gin-based drinks in hand in the lead up to Christmas. A sure-fire way of getting on Santa's naughty list.
November 14 for six weeks, 4pm-10pm every Wednesday to Saturday.
21 Great Windmill St, W1D 7LB
Warm evenings, sun-drenched days may be over but BarChick's for a roof terrace remains, so thank god for Skylight London. They've given themselves an epic festive emakeover and it's worth a visit.
The winter transformation has welcomed Europe’s only real-ice rooftop ice-rink (try saying that after a few Schnapps). Need a break from skating? Get cosy in the igloos and mountain huts and marvel at the twinkling skyline of the city. No need to fear the chills - mulled wine is served in the heated apres-ski skate bar. Like a trip to the slopes minus the hefty credit card bill. We approve.
1st November 2018 – 27th January 2019
Wapping Lane, Wapping, E1W 2SF
Winston Churchill and his Mrs had a bit of a love for the Highlands, so it was a no-brainer for the Churchill Bar to transform their terrace into a beautiful Highland Hideaway this winter. It's got more Scottish touches than an episode of Monarch of the Glenn : roaring fire, faux fur throws, pine trees and an abundance of woodland quirks.
It’s the perfect spot to bunk down and retreat from the manic Oxford Street crowds (which, quite frankly, are enough to drive anyone to drink). Luckily there are a bunch of Scottish cocktails being served up to take the Christmas edge off. This includes a sh*t load of Johnnie Walker Scotch - a personal fave of old Winston. And you’re definitely going to want to chow down on some of the homemade scotch eggs for good measure - after all, keeping your energy up for shopping is essential, right?
30 Portman Square, Marylebone, W1H 7BH
Christmas is a time for goodwill to all men, festive cheer... and glamming the hell up. One sure fire way to get glitzy? Head to the Secret Garden at South Place Hotel.
Channel your inner Grace Jones and get Disco Decadent in this Studio 54 inspired pop-up, where nothing is too extra. Mirror balls, a dance floor for getting down, and flowing Moët & Chandon Champagne - we've found our winter groove. Then of course there's the menu of mince pies and Pigs In Blankets. If you know a Grinch who's failing to feel festive, this is the place to bring them.
South Pl, London EC2M 2AF