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Top of the Pop-Ups: The Christmas Edition

Posted by Yasmin Vaughan-Williams on 16th December 2019

Written by: Yasmin Vaughan-Williams

An abundance of chocolate, catchy Christmas jingles and presents waiting under the tree for you… undoubtedly, Christmas has to be the best time of the year. The lead up to Christmas never fails to bring tonnes of joy and excitement and with one week to go, what better gift to bring you than the best London pop-up’s for you to enjoy during the festive season. So sip on your mulled wine and start planning the festivities…

Winter at Skylight

Take to the skies this winter and get yourself up to Skylight at Tobacco Dock where cosy igloos, snug mountain huts and steaming jugs of mulled wine feature at this rooftop winter wonderland. Step onto Europe’s only rooftop ice rink where you can show off your skating skills with a side of tasty cocktails and warming mulled ciders. Feast your eyes on the 360-degree views of the iconic London city skyline and why not use the delightful photo opportunities around you to capture some seasonal memories of your fun filled experience.

WHEN: Until 25th January 2020

WHERE: Skylight – Rooftop Bar, Tobacco Dock

TIME: 17:00 – 23:00 on Thursdays & Fridays, 12:00 – 23:00 on Saturdays and 12:00 – 23:00 on Sundays

PRICE: Free entry

Midwinters Tales with The Embers Collective

Want something different to spice up your Christmas this year? Head on down to the exotic Café Cairo for a little bit of festive escapism from your everyday life. This hidden gem in Clapham brings you a fabulous evening of Midwinter stories and music with The Embers Collection, featuring a special lineup of storytellers and musicians to bring the Christmas spirit alive. Gather close, get cosy and enjoy a great night of entertainment this December.

WHEN: 19th December 2019

WHERE: Café Cairo

TIME: 19:00 – 21:30

PRICE: From £8

The Winter House Christmas Party

Bourne & Hollingsworth has brought the well-loved Winter House to life for yet another Christmas season, providing you with the ultimate festive experience. Get ready to lose yourself in this hauntingly beautiful Grade II listed chapel in the heart of the West End, where an exclusive world of delectable food, appetising drinks and magnificent interiors await the pleasure of your company. Let your hair down for a good old-fashioned Christmas knees-up and sing along to your favourite Christmas jams at the top of your lungs for one night only.

WHEN: 20th December 2019

WHERE: Bourne & Hollingsworth

TIME: Cocktails from 16:00, party timings are 21:00 – 00:00

PRICE: From £10

The Winter Carnival at John Lewis

The rooftop garden at John Lewis has been transformed this December into a colourful fairground and we can’t get enough of it. Try your hand at curling with Google which captures memorable photographs to take home and why not sample delicious American street food from Jimmy’s Carnival Diner whilst treating yourself to a fancy cocktail from one of the Background Bars. Experience the wonder of coffee making in Sage Appliances Coffee Masterclass or book a cosy themed Carnival House and indulge in the festive sights around you with a tipsy hot chocolate in hand.

WHEN: Until 5th January 2020

WHERE: John Lewis & Partners, Oxford Street

TIME: 12:00 – 22:00 on Monday – Saturday and 12:00pm – 21:00 on Sunday

PRICE: Free entry

The Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City

This Christmas expect the unconventional and mesmerising as The Museum of Architecture brings its hugely popular Gingerbread City exhibition to Somerset House for its fourth annual showcase. Aiming to connect the public with architecture in a unique and exciting way, this mini, edible city made entirely of Gingerbread explores the theme of transport in 2019. With special designers on board including Foster + Partners, PLP Architecture and last’s year’s winners Atkins Global, you can become a star Gingerbread house architect and take part in the fabulous workshops to get you into the festive spirit.

WHEN: Until 5th January 2020

WHERE: Somerset House

TIME: Monday, Tuesday, Saturday & Sundays – 10:00 and Wednesday, Thursdays & Fridays – 11:00 – 20:00

PRICE: From £9

Christmas Card Making at Drink Shop Do

Located in a beautiful bath house in Kings Cross, the fabulously creative Drink, Shop & Do never fail to provide the most unique experiences to all that wish to explore their own artistic spirit. With a cocktail in hand, immerse yourself into the Christmas festivities with a Christmas card workshop. All materials are provided, all you need to bring to the table are your innovative ideas for a festive arts and crafts sesh!

WHEN: 14th December 2019

WHERE: Drink, Shop & Do

TIME: Session times range – From 7pm


Hogwarts in the Snow

Experience Christmas in the Wizarding World this year as Hogwarts in the Snow is back for another festive season full of magic and enchantment. For Harry Potter lovers, this surely is the best gift that Santa could bring. Many of the iconic sets within the series are brought to life at the Warner Bros Studios, including the Weasley Kitchen, the Hogwarts Castle, the Gryffindor Common Room and the legendary Great Hall which has had a little Christmas makeover and is one you definitley don’t want to miss this December!

WHEN: Until 26th January 2020

WHERE: Warner Bros Studios London

TIME: Tour times range – from as early as 09:00

PRICE: £47

Chocolate Box Winter Terrace at Sheraton Grand London

‘Tis the season to celebrate and Sheraton Grand London wishes to bring you a jolly and cheerful evening full of flavour and class. Crafted using the finest chocolate and premium ingredients, French Pâtissier and celebrity chef Eric Lanlard brings you the Chocolate Box Winter Terrace, presenting five bespoke never-seen-before chocolate bars paired with luscious festive cocktails. So, what are you waiting for? Bring family and friends together for a mouth-watering evening with relish.

WHEN: Until 4th January 2020

WHERE: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly

TIME: 12:00 – 00:30 on Monday – Saturday and 12:00 – 20:00 on Sunday

PRICE: £16

Winterland at The Alpine Club

From feasting tables and igloos to winter cabins and fire pits, where better to prep yourself for the festive season than Winterland at The Alpine Club. Escape to this frosty forest with a twist, where the cosy fur blankets and flameless fondue aren’t the only things keeping you warm. A Nordic Hot Tub (yes we said hot tub!) is available for up to six people at once, overlooking the iconic River Thames whilst you sip on hot mulled wine – there’s no better way to treat yourself during the Christmas season!

WHEN: Until 21st December 2019

WHERE: Neverland, Wandsworth Bridge Road

TIME: 18:00 – 00:00 on Wednesdays & Thursdays, 17:00 – 00:00 on Fridays, 12:00 – 00:00 on Saturdays and 12:00 – 18:30 on Sundays

PRICE: From £5

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