Our guide to winter pop ups in London this Christmas
The Winter Forest at Broadgate Circle
Broadgate Circle is located at the heart of the Broadgate neighbourhood. Situated between Liverpool Street Station and Finsbury Avenue Square, it boasts some of London’s most talked about bars, cafes and restaurants. This winter come and check out The Winter Forest. This Scandi-style pop-up will be opening Monday 4th November and will be bigger than ever following the launch of the new building in Finsbury Avenue Square. Bringing the taste of Lapland to the city, as this pop-up will include hundreds of fairy lights, snow-covered fir trees and Alpine vibes from the wooden huts.
Location: Broadgate Circle, Broadgate, London EC2M 2QS
Natural History Museum Ice Rink
The Natural History Museum Ice Rink will be returning for the festive season from Saturday 19th October 2019 until 12th January 2020. Set against the Iconic backdrop of one of the capitals best-loved landmarks in South Kensington, this is a magical must do festive activity to be enjoyed for all ages and skating abilities.
Location: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD
John Lewis Roof Gardens
The John Lewis Rooftop Gardens which is located on Oxford Street heading towards Bond Street is open all year round. This winter Will Welcome back The Winter Carnival, powered by Philips Hue and Google. Experience the wonder of one of London’s largest roof Gardens. Enjoy coffee Cocktails with sage, try your hand of curling with google and sample delicious Americana street food from Jimmy’s Carnival Diner. This pop-up is open from 18th October-5th January.
Location: John Lewis & Partners, Oxford Street, London, W1C 1DX
Backyard Cinema-Christmas at the Snow Kingdom
Backyard cinema runs every year with different seasonal events. This winter from the 1st of November they will be hosting Christmas at the Snow Kingdom. This is a brand new Christmas adventure uncovering the hidden entrance, navigate the magical ball pit river. They will be showing classic Christmas movies such as Home Alone, Elf and everyone’s favourite, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, along with those classic movies we always associate with Christmas such as Bridget Jones Diary, Die Hard and The Greatest Showman. Check out their website for more details and cinema times.
Location: Capital Studios, 13 Wandsworth Plain, London, SW18 1ET
Everyone’s favourite pop-up theme park is back for another year. Will be opening on the 21st November and closing on the 5th January 2020. This year will include 50-vendor-strong market, festive food stalls, and a fair ground with a huge observation wheel boasting stunning views of the illuminated park and the city, the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink (which is actually set to be even bigger this year), an ice bar, shows and family-friendly performances, and even Santa himself.
Location: Hyde Park
Winterland in Fulham returns for another year this Christmas. Once again, Winterland will embrace an alpine theme – masterfully sweeping aside minor problems such as Fulham’s complete and utter lack of mountains – to deliver the ultimate aprés-ski experience. Which, like an self-respecting ski resort, must naturally include toasty hot tubs, lined up along the Thames. As your chills and worries slip away, you’ll be waited on hand and foot, with mulled wine, beer, and more delivered straight to your eager hands.
Location: Albert Wharf, Fulham, SW6 2TY
Jimmy's Winter Lodge And Igloos
Did someone say Riverside snow globes? Apparently, London just can’t shake them. This year, the ones at Jimmy’s Lodge occupying a small fairy-lit spot on the Southbank have been custom made from real glass. Granted, they may not be as picturesque as the originals, but luckily those glass sides mean you have an even better view over the river. They’re part of the whole Jimmy’s Lodge pop up which, all in all, packs in a fondue restaurant, dining igloos, hot chocolate and street food.
Location: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX