The cosiest winter pop-ups in London

Stay warm, happy and full at these cosy winter London pop-ups, only in town for the snowy season
Winterland 2017
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Winter in London is ace, but can be bloody chilly. It’s enough to make you want to stay indoors, near a radiator. But, thankfully, the city is also home to countless cosy pop-ups in the run up to Christmas. Urban beaches and London rooftops have been transformed for winter, while festive wonderlands appear complete with twinkling lights, snug blankets and steaming mugs of booze and hot chocolate to warm your bones. Oh, and did we mention London has gone wild for igloos this year? Grab a woolly jumper and embrace all things toasty, with these wonderfully wintery pop-ups.

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14 cosy winter pop-ups in London

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Queen of Hoxton Moroccan Medina 2017
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Queen of Hoxton’s Moroccan Medina

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

For a heated wigwam

The Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop is seriously balmy this winter. Inspired by the Majorelle Gardens in Marrakech, the spot on the Shoreditch skyline has been transformed, with giant cacti, fairy lights, pretty lanterns and fire pits. Sip gin-spiked Casablancan mint tea and piping hot espresso martinis, feast on halloumi fries, mezze and tagine and warm the hell up inside the giant wigwam snug. Serious desert vibes.

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Finnish Rooftop Sauna
Southbank Centre
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Finnish Rooftop Sauna

For steamy temperatures

The Southbank Centre can always be counted on for brightening up the darker months. Its Wintertime festival runs annually throughout November and December and the highlight in 2017 is a toasty treat: a pop-up Finnish sauna set in the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden with ace views of the Thames. Strip off and warm up to a steamy 90 degrees before sipping warming tipples under blankets in a Scandi-inspired rooftop bar. It’s peak cosiness. 

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Tobacco Dock. The Dock. Winter Skylight
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Things to do, Quirky events

Skylight

For sky-high skating

Elevate your winter evenings with London’s very first rooftop ice rink. The Tobacco Dock location is reinventing itself for the season, with skating, ice-hockey shooting and street food. Being perched on an icy London rooftop might sound like an uncomfortably arctic activity, but cheese fondue and mulled wine (plus patio heaters) promise to raise your body temperature post-skate. 

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Coppa Club Igloo
Restaurants, Contemporary European

Coppa Club

icon-location-pin Aldgate

For dinner in a dome

Such is our appetite for warm places to sit that last year London lost its collective shit over Coppa Club’s PVC riverside igloos. This year they are back and they’re as cosy as ever, with snug sheepskin blankets, festive snacks and breeze-free views of the city skyline. The eight-person snuggeries are fully booked into the new year, but daily walk-ins for chilly Londoners are available. See you in the queue.

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Roof East Igloos 2017
Things to do, Quirky events

Roof East

icon-location-pin Stratford
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For snowy sports

Ascend to this Stratford rooftop for The Social Fun and Games Club’s wintery incarnation. It’s all neon curling lanes and igloo dining dens for snuggling up and escaping the cool night air. Retro layers are encouraged at the ’80s-inspired ski lodge bar (so feel free to sport those slightly suspect, borrowed salopettes) and street food is on theme with raclette and hearty hog roasts. 

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Winterland 2017
Things to do, pop-ups

Winterland

For a golf in a forest

Fulham’s once-summery beach is freezing over for the festivities. Neverland is now Winterland, an enchanted forest with neon-lit curling lanes, mini golf, prosecco pong, lodges and, yep, more of those heated igloos. If the transparent domes don’t do it for you, there are intimate feasting tables for fondue and more ski-themed snacks, while on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays you can BYOB and the staff will mix it into ace cocktails. 

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Jimmy's Lodge Snow Globes 2017

Jimmy’s Lodge

For all the melted cheese

Hide from the cold by huddling up in a private Snow Globe (yep, that is just another name for an igloo) at Jimmy’s Lodge by the BFI on the Southbank. There’s also the chalet-style Refuge Restaurant perched on the edge of the Thames, serving melted cheese and warming treats. Still shivering? Head to the Hot Cocktail Bar and sip butter rum, hot mojitos and mulled booze until you’re all steamed up. From Nov 10.

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Paddington Pergola winter 2017
Restaurants, Pop up restaurant

Pergola Paddington Central

icon-location-pin Paddington

For burgers on a rooftop

The buzzy urban garden in west London is open again for the snowy season. We know what you’re thinking: brrrr!, but it’ll be heated and fully enclosed for the winter months, with a clear roof so you can see the sky without the plummeting temperatures. Patty & Bun, Tonkotsu, Made of Dough and more are on the winter menu, alongside hot and festive cocktails to be sipped among the winter greenery and glowing lights.

Venue says Hidden alfresco garden and rooftop: drinking/dining in the heart of London, with 850 seats, seven day-beds, four restaurants and two bars.

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Backyard Cinema’s Snow Kingdom 2017
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Backyard Cinema: The Snow Kingdom

For wintertime classics

This winter Backyard Cinema is screening wintery classics like ‘Cool Runnings’, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and ‘Frozen’. Its latest guise sounds really rather nippy: you enter past snowdrifts, through caves of ice, over a frozen lake… But rest assured, once settled on a squishy giant bean bag with a blanket over your knees and a hot drink in your mitts, you’ll be as cosy as can be.

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The Gardening Society at John Lewis 2017
Things to do

The Ethicurean at The Gardening Society

For mulled negronis

Escape the heaving hordes of Christmas cash-splashers on Oxford Street and clamber up to the roof of John Lewis. The space is festooned with a massive tree, vintage baubles and festive lights, and is designed to remind Londoners of a village green. Sing along to Christmas tunes at rooftop pub The Gardeners’ Arms, indulge in traditional British festive fare courtesy of The Ethicurean, sip mulled negronis and cuddle up in cosy bookable lodges. From Nov 8.

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