The ice skating rink outside London's Somerset House

The best winter pop ups in London 2018

Check out our favourite winter pop ups in London. From rooftop ice skating to Parisian hideaways and magical winter gardens serving mulled wine

Looking for Christmas things to do in London? Here are our top Christmas in London festive pop ups…


Queen of Hoxton Winter Rooftop: Lady Celeste’s

Step back in time this winter as Shoreditch’s most glamorous rooftop is transformed into a scene from 1900s Paris. Wander down what feels like the back streets of Montmarte before entering a glitzy wigwam adorned with velvet drapes and cabaret tables. Or, step outside and huddle around blazing fire pits.

Head to the Absinthe bar if you’re feeling brave, or sip on one of the bar’s boozy concoctions – a Parisian hot forest gateau, perhaps, made with hot chocolate, cranberry syrup and cognac, or a hot buttered tarte tatin rum, infused with caramel, apple and cinnamon. The kitchen will be serving raclette-inspired dishes, so dig into The Moulin Ooze – a toasted sandwich with mustard, onions and gruyere cheese or the Henri Toulouse burger – a Toulouse sausage patty topped with melted cheese.

25 October – April 2019,

These are our best ever French recipes including:


  • Dauphinoise potatoes
  • Steak tartare
  • French onion tart
  • Easy tarte tatin
  • Chocolate fondant

Spiced apple tarte tatin

The Glenlivet Glade at Rosewood

This winter High Holborn’s Rosewood hotel courtyard will be transformed into a magical woodland, complete with furry blankets, a starlit sky and a Scottish Highlands vibe (that last part courtesy of Scotch brand, The Glenlivet, which will be serving warming whisky cocktails).

For the Old Fashioned lover, there will be three drinks to choose from, depending on whether you like your tipples fruity, smoky or sweet – the latter will be served with homemade apple, cinnamon and clove syrup. If you fancy more of a caffeine kick, go for the Speyside Coffee, a twist on Irish coffee using peaty whisky, fresh coffee and an orange, cinnamon and ginger foam. The Holborn Dining Room, meanwhile, will be creating a feast of sweet and savoury treats to graze alongside those cocktails.

6 November – 2 March,

Read our review of afternoon tea at Rosewood London here

The Glenlivet Glade George Fashioned Three Ways
Credit: Addie Chinn

Jimmy’s Lodge

Returning for its second year, Jimmy’s Lodge is a pop-up restaurant and bar aimed at bringing a taste of the Alps to London’s Southbank.

Overlooking the river, downstairs is a cosy bar area while, upstairs, there’s both a dining room (The Refuge) and private dining “igloos” (heated transparent domes each seating six to 10 people).

The Refuge restaurant will be serving a hearty menu of Alpine classics (expect fondues served with sourdough baguettes, charcuterie and new potatoes) or go all out with the ultimate winter feast, a sharing board complete with whole baked Mont d’Or, flat iron steak, venison and red wine sausages as well as sourdough baguettes and fries.

Downstairs, a chalet will be serving lighter dishes, including version hot dogs, schnitzel and proper cheesy fries.

Opens 9 November,

Skate at Somerset House

London’s elegant Somerset House will be given a festive makeover this year with an outdoor skating rink. After whizzing around the floor, head to Fortnum’s Lodge where Fortnum and Mason will be serving an alpine-style menu of winter warmers (think fondues and baked camembert).

After last year’s success, the champagne and chocolate fondue will be making a reappearance while warming hot chocolates (including a, new for 2018, pink ruby version) can be spiked with a selection of spirits.

14 November – 13 January 2019,

The ice skating rink outside London's Somerset House
Credit: David Jensen

St Martins Lane Hotel

St Martins Lane Hotel is bringing a touch of Narnia to Covent Garden this festive season. Inspired by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the hotel’s lobby will transform into an alpine forest complete with snowflakes, faux fur throws and a winter throne.

Happily for the sweet-toothed, the lobby walls will be lined with boxes of Rococo Turkish delight, while festive chocolate bars flavoured with mulled wine and cinnamon spice will also be on hand to indulge in. Grab a tipple from the gin trolley, which will be serving Turkish delight-inspired cocktails; Edmund’s Elixir will be a concoction of vodka, cointreau, sugar and soda water paired with lemon Turkish delight while the Aslan’s Assassin, made with vodka, Rosolio liqueur, orgeat syrup and lime juice,  will come with a sweet pistachio-laced treat on the side.

26 November – 4 January,


Wrap up well and head to the top of Tobacco Dock for mulled wine, fondue and views over the city of London. Along with festive mulled drinks there will be a selection of winter cocktails to sip on while you hunker down in the rooftop’s igloos (don’t worry, they’re cosier than they sound).

New for this year is a pop-up from Raclette Brothers, dishing up Alpine treats such as roast potatoes with wine, pancetta and Rollright, and indulgent fondues to share.

The bar will also be home to London’s first rooftop ice skating surface, but maybe give it a go before you’ve sunk too many festive tipples.

Open until 27 January 2019,

The rooftop ice skating rink at Skylight, Tobacco Dock. There is the London skyline in the background and people are skating around on the ice
Credit: Steve Dunlop

Pergola Paddington

Pergola Paddington is once again cosying up for the winter with a new line-up of restaurants and cocktails. Grab a blanket and wrap up warm before digging into a street-food feast. Yucatan, the Southern Mexican specialists, will be serving tropically infused Mexican food, Patty & Bun will be flipping burgers while Canard will be on hand to indulge lovers of duck with confit duck burgers.

Sip on classic negronis or go for a sloe gin fizz topped with lemon, sugar and soda.

Until January 2019,

Credit: Jack Pasco
Credit: Jack Pasco

FEST Winter Chalet

FEST Camden is converting its roof gardens into a winter wonderland this year. Cosy up in chalets accessorised with hot water bottles, candlelight and fire pits, while flurries of fake snow drift around you.

A menu of jacket potatoes, warm pretzels and toffee apples will be on offer alongside hot cocktails such as sloe negronis, toasted apple and maple syrup martinis and rich hot chocolates. On Monday and Tuesday nights a rooftop cinema will be added to the mix, showing screenings of classic festive films.

Bags of pretzels at FEST Camden Roof Gardens

Night Tales Bohemia Place

One of East London’s largest roof terraces is getting ready for winter with the launch of its first permanent restaurant. Inside a covered rooftop space, a Northern Lights themed illumination will be setting a magical tone while fires will add warmth.

Fat Baby, a Japanese Izakaya restaurant, will be serving pork belly dumplings, slow braised ox cheese with yuzu, charcoal grilled quail with sweet soy and fried tofu and grilled sweetcorn topped with miso butter.

If you just fancy a snack, be sure to dig into Japanese fried chicken or pork katsu sandwiches while sipping on warming winter cocktails (our pick is the hot cherry blossom punch, a concoction of red wine, Laphroaig 10, lemon and cherry) or wake things up with a cold brew martini.


A selection of small plates at Fat Baby including chargrilled corn on the cob and tofu