Winter is creeping ever closer, and with it the desire to escape the cold with indulgent mulled wine, festive holiday shopping, and warming roasts. Alongside a number of popular annual events, like the WigWamBam rooftop installation at the Queen of Hoxton or the Taste of Christmas festival, the season’s temporary winter installations offer everything from gourmet street food to creative Christmas gifting. Below, we’ve selected 10 of the best London pop-ups this winter. Snuggle up and dive in.
Those looking to spend a chilly winter evening in a simmering, 40-degree hot tub (while watching a Christmas film, naturally), should turn to the quirky Hot Tub Cinema, one of the ‘it’ pop-ups this winter. Set inside a Shoreditch warehouse space, ‘hot tub wonderland’ will offer punters tub-side waiter service and a selection of food and drinks, including film-themed cocktails, gourmet hot-dogs and popcorn. The film schedule will include a number of Christmas classics, such as Home Alone, Elf, and Bad Santa.
27th November – 10th December
Plough Yard, EC2A 3LS, http://www.hottubcinema.com/
Launched by the team behind summertime favourite Dalston Roof Park, Background Bars, Night Tales is a seasonal pop-up that combines fine dining with nightlife and bar culture. Mulled wine, absinthe hot chocolate, and a negroni station, alongside log fires and smoky barbeques, are sure to keep you warm during cold winter nights. Located in a transformed, two-storey Dalston car park, the pop-up will also feature a selection of eats from London restaurants, including Patty and Bun and BAO, while both local and international DJs will provide an upbeat musical backdrop.
Until 26th December
Abbot Street Car Park, Dalston, E8 3DL, 0207 305 5925, https://www.facebook.com/nighttalesLDN
This pop-up Italian-inspired winter feast is a meat lover’s paradise, with a decadent menu focused on porchetta (an Italian pork roast) provided by renowned London butcher The Ginger Pig. For £35, guests will be given a blanket and hot cocktail before tucking into a wood-fired multi-course menu, featuring a minestrone soup, pig’s head salad, the porchetta roast and poached winter fruits with smoked mascarpone for dessert (vegetarians are welcome too – there’s a special menu for non-meat eaters). Forza Win(ter) will be housed in a secret, disused pickle factory in Hackney that will be revealed upon booking.
Until 21st December
Location TBD, http://www.forzawin.com/
The Craft Beer Social Club Pop-Up Pub
A haven for suds aficionados, The Craft Beer Social Club uses beer sourced from independent British breweries as a centrepiece for its menu and events. Located in a cosy Shoreditch pub, its new pop-up will serve up a wide range of brews alongside globe-trotting dishes, from Louisiana gumbo to Brazilian feijoada. The venue also caters to Christmas parties with special food and beer prix fixe menus and a Balvenie after-dinner dram.
From 27th November
232 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PJ,
Inside Somerset House’s West wing, The Christmas Arcade is a pop-up shopping destination that will feature independent, British artisans, selling items ranging from luxury gifts to hand-made Christmas decorations. Body care company Crabtree & Evelyn, chocolatier William Curley, and men’s grooming expert Murdock London are only a few of the names amongst the numerous retailers scheduled to participate. To make the shopping experience a little more festive, visitors can stop in at the chocolate and champagne bar overlooking the ice rink.
Until 5th January
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA, +44 (0)20 7845 4600, www.somersethouse.org.uk
A celebration of fine cuisine from around the world, Kitchen Party is hosting a one-off pop-up restaurant that brings together a number of top chefs under one roof. From Caribbean-inspired cocktails to comforting British flavours and Indian aromas, the menu will provide a culinary journey across the globe. Attendees are also encouraged to dress according to their favourite destinations. Booking in advance is advised.
42 Northampton Road, EC1R 0HU, 0207 724 1617, http://www.kitchenpartypopup.com/
This gastronomic affair, featuring the talents of chef Ricardo Prestes and organised by A Grape Night In (a pop-up company dedicated to all things vino), showcases a selection of fine wines alongside rib-sticking roasts (the protein in question changes each week, ranging from pheasant to roast rump). The location of the dinners, somewhere near Bethnal Green, is revealed upon booking.
Sundays until 15th December
Location TBD, +44 (0)20 3286 4631, http://www.agrapenightin.co.uk/Home.html
The Tea Light Lounge pop-up, hosted by Soho’s Carom restaurant, is a place where tea-inspired cocktails can be enjoyed during the winter season. Tipples on offer include the Tea Alexander, which blends cardamom, cream, crème de cacao and gin, as well as the Basil Spice Collins that mixes Tanqueray with honey, black pepper, and basil. Within the restaurant’s atrium lounge, the candlelit setting will provide a cosy haven from the chilly weather outside.
Until 28th February
100 Wardour Street, London W1F 0TN, 020 7314 4002, http://www.meza-soho.co.uk/tea-light-lounge
AD12 at T42
Renowned Michelin-starred chef Anthony Demetre’s pop-up restaurant AD12 at T42 offers a superb daily changing menu built around the finest seasonal ingredients. Housed within the Tower 42 skyscraper, AD12 takes advantage of the weather with its Celebration of Autumn menu, which showcases a number of rich delicacies ranging from rabbit saddle and shoulder cottage pie to warm chocolate soup with barley milk ice cream.
Until 20th December
Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, EC2N 1HQ,
Street Feast’s winter incarnation, Hawker House brings a festive atmosphere, delicious eats, and warming cocktails together under one roof. Modelled loosely after an Asian night market, the London pop-up provides attendees with a range of toasty spiced drink options in its Hot Bar, including original takes on winter favourites such as hot buttered rum and hot chocolate laced with cognac. A wide variety of gourmet street food, from tacos to jerk chicken, is sure to keep hungry customers happy.
Until 14th December
38-50 Pritchards Road, E2 9AP, http://www.streetfeastlondon.com
Words by Alice Yehia
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