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Ten awesome pop-ups happening in London this December

Isabelle Aron
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Isabelle Aron

Whether you fancy feasting on a festive burger, upgrading your wardrobe at a clothes swap shop, or getting boozy on tea-infused cocktails, we've got you covered with the top pop-ups in London this month.

Mac & Wild City

Forget Christmas sandwiches, the folks at Mac & Wild have come up with a Christmas burger that would blow Santa's socks off. It's stuffed with confit-fried turkey, brie, homemade cranberry sauce, bacon and Scottish venison, and you can sample it at their pop-up restaurant complete with a heated winter terrace in Devonshire Square. If festive fare isn't your thing, they're also serving up their popular 'Veni-moo' burger, venison chateaubriand, suckling pig and buckets of Scottish langoustine, as well as bar snacks of venison scotch eggs and whisky nuts. If you prefer your whisky in liquid form, they've also got a whisky bar that's open until 2am so you can knock back drinks by the dram until the early hours. 9A Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YN.

UAL’s Creative Outlet pop-up shop

Give Oxford Street a wide berth and get your Christmas shopping done at UAL's pop-up shop instead, where they'll be selling original works from UAL students and alumni. They've got seasonal gifts, homeware, textiles and prints – and you'll even get free wrapping paper designed by a UAL student with every purchase. University of the Arts London, 272 High Holborn, WC1V 7EY. December 7-9.

Dolce by Ferrero Rocher

If you've been known to work your way through an entire box of Ferrero Rocher in one sitting, you'll be in chocolatey heaven at this super sweet dessert pop-up. They'll be serving up five mini desserts inspired by different aspects of the Ferrero Rocher, including a cocoa-roasted hazelnut in a praline mousse, a sphere of ganache rolled in crunchy wafer, and soft spun sugar dusted with edible gold glitter in tribute to the gold wrapper. 21 Slingsby Place, Covent Garden, WC2E 9AB. December 1-11 (closed Monday), 1pm-11pm. Walk-ins from £10 and or pre-book for £15, which includes a glass of prosecco. 

Kodak Ektra Darkroom

Kodak Ektra Darkroom

Upgrade your Instagram skills at Kodak's pop-up creative hub, where they'll be showing you how to take awesome photos on the shiny new Kodak phone. They'll also have an exhibition, sessions with experts and a shop where you can stock up on film if you've got an actual camera. 70 Berwick Street, W1F 8TA. December 5-11.

Hygge Christmas pop-up shop

Love it or hate it, hygge has made it over to London. If you're on board with the Scandi-trend, you can get all your Christmas shopping done at a hygge-themed festive pop-up shop brought to you by The London Designers Collective, where they'll have homeware, clothes, jewellery, as well as a gift wrapping to make sure your presents look Scandi-sharp. 214 Brick Lane, E1 6SA. December 8-14.

Cider & Balls Festival

If all that hygge has got you in the mood for more Scandinavian-themed fun, head over to Oslo in Hackney, where they're hosting London's first meatball and cider festival. They'll have five varieties of Swedish cider and three types of meatballs, including traditional Swedish meatballs with gravy and lingonberry sauce (yep, like the ones you get at Ikea), as well as some more experimental flavour combinations. And if you need an excuse to gorge yourself on booze and meatballs, some of the profits will be donated to male cancer charity Orchid, so your cash will be going to a good cause. Oslo, 1A Amhurst Road, E8 1LL. December 5-11.

The Momo Shack

Need an antidote to all that turkey? Get yourself over to Brunswick East Café in Dalston, where The Momo Shack will be serving up Tibetan-style dumplings (which are called momos, FYI) for a six-week residency. 3D Stamford Works, Gillett St, N16 8JH. 

Pop Up Clothes Swap Shop

Is your wardrobe cluttered with clothes you don't wear anymore? If they're still in good condition, you can exchange your old threads for a whole new wardrobe at the Pop Up Clothes Swap Shop. Finally, a chance to get rid of those disco pants gathering dust in your wardrobe – one man's trash is another man's treasure and all that. Balham Bowls Club, 7-9 Ramsden Rd, SW12 8QX. December 4, noon-5pm.

Camden Christmas market

Every Thursday in December, the North Yard in Camden Market will be turned into a festive market where you can get your Christmas shopping done without getting into a flap. Each week will have a different theme, including alternative gifts, stocking fillers and presents for foodies. They'll also have live music, mulled wine, seasonal cocktails and New York-style pizza slices from Voodoo Ray’s to keep you going until you've ticked everyone off your present shopping list. Camden Market, North Yard, Chalk Farm Road. Every Thursday until December 22. 

Tea and Alcohol pop-up

Can't decide between a nice cup of tea and a cocktail? Now you don't have to. Tea and Alcohol does exactly what it says on the tin (or more accurately, glass), serving up tea-infused cocktails including a lapsang old fashioned, English breakfast martinis and a boozy masala chai tipple. 114 Tooting High Street, SW17 0RR. December 9-23, 6pm-11pm, closed on Mondays.


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