Don’t let December pass you by without wrapping up warm and heading out to sample some of the amazing winter pop-ups that take over London during the Christmas season! From cosy rooftop bars to traditional seasonal stalls, there’s a whole range of pop-ups to really make your Christmas a cracker. Here’s our pick of the top five to visit this winter in London.
Rekorderlig Cider Lodge
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
2 December 2016 – 22 January 2017
As part of the Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival, the Rekorderlig Cider Lodge returns! From sipping warm winter cider to sampling Scandinavian street food, the lodge is perfect for an evening drink in a cosy setting by the river. The lodge is set up to resemble a quintessential Scandinavian house, and you can sit around twinkling lights and open fires on the rooftop with your Rekorderlig. Winter bliss.
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Sutton House, Homerton High Street, E9 6JQ
3 – 18 December
This National Trust heritage house in east London is the most perfect Christmas haven you can find. Decorated throughout with beautiful Christmas arrangements, the manor house is home to a wonderful range of seasonal market stalls as well as themed rooms throughout, which are transformed into pantomime scenes for all to enjoy. Perfect for the young and the old, this family-friendly festive experience is one not to miss, with Santa himself on hand to tell magical stories to the young ones while you indulge in the array of handmade gifts.
Image: Greenwich Peninsula
The Tepee Snug Bar
Greenwich Peninsula, Peninsula Square, SE10 0SQ
3 – 22 December
Another cosy winter hangout spot, Greenwich Peninsula’s Tepee Snug Bar is exactly what it says on the tin. The cosiest tepee you’ll ever visit, the snug bar welcomes you with open fires, seasonal drinks and a traditional hog roast. The perfect setting to grab your mates and head for a Christmas get together, with cosy surroundings (including hot water bottles and plenty of blankets!).
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Backyard Cinema’s: Winter Night Garden
42 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6DR
2 December 2016 – 6 January 2017
This Christmas, get down to Elephant & Castle for a truly magical experience at The Winter Night Garden. Backyard Cinema, known for their alternative cinema experiences, are back and are hosting their long awaited winter cinema – and we’re so excited! Enter a fur coat filled wardrobe through a passage of enchanted, snow-dusted woodland to begin your own fairy tale for the evening. You’ll be presented with mulled wine and mince pies as you cosy down into a cushioned chair under your blanket, ready to fall in love again with your favourite Christmas film.
To get you in the festive mood, they’re screening 40+ of our favourite Christmas classics such as Home alone, Love Actually, Elf, Frozen, The Holiday, Miracle on 34th Street and so many more. Whatever you choose, you can find a film for everyone, with even some action packed choices and other classics like Die hard and Dirty Dancing – if you’re not quite ready to admit it’s basically already Christmas. Don’t miss out – book your tickets here.
Winter On The Green
Parsons Green, SW6 4UL
6 – 18 December, 2016
Parsons Green has the perfect Christmas festival that the whole family can enjoy, whether you’re entertaining toddlers or teenagers. Winter on the Green is a weekend full of Christmas fun where there will be ice skating, open-air screenings of the best Christmas films, a Christmas market, a snowboard simulator and Santa’s Grotto. Enjoy this family-friendly weekend with warm mugs of mulled wine and hot chocolate, street food from a mass of vendors, and enjoy the festive live music and carols.
Have you found any other great winter pop-ups in London? Let us know in the comments below!