It’s getting to that time of year again, the days are getting shorter, it’s dark when we wake up and when we get home from work, everything is cold. As a collective everyone is London becomes even moodier than usual because the only thing we have to look forward to is Christmas, and that still feels like years away.
But we shouldn’t let winter get us down, especially as London gears up to host all the cosiest pop ups and experiences you could ever want and more. From cosy glass domes overlooking the Thames, to heated rooftop food markets, whoever said you can’t enjoy London in the winter clearly didn’t manage to get a booking at the Coppa Club.
We’ve put together a list of the best cosy pop ups and igloos around London, but get booking because these babies get filled up for the season real quick.
Why: It would be silly to start this list without mentioning the PVC domes London went crazy for last year at the Tower Bridge Coppa Club. Overlooking the Thames with views of London Bridge and the Shard, they’re back. So if you’re lucky enough to get a booking in one of these heated domes you can snuggle up in a sheep skin blanket while you enjoy great views and the likes of pizza, pasta and burgers from the dinner menu.
Where: Three Quays Walk, EC3R 6AH
Jimmy’s Winter Lodge and Igloos
Why: Overlooking the Thames and residing on the Southbank, Jimmy’s Winter Lodge is a two storey cabin with an enclosed rooftop dining space and, you guessed it, private dining igloos that can fit up to ten guests. On the first floor of the Alpine themed lodge you can enjoy a mulled wine or craft beer in the heated riverside bar, or head upstairs to dine on the likes of alpine cheese fondue, French onion soup and warm chocolate covered pears. Get booking though because prime spots at Jimmy’s Lodge are going fast.
Where: Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
Why: Known for its interactive tables and fun sushi dishes, in the winter Inamo transforms its outdoor area with pop-up igloos, fairy lights and sheepskin rugs. You can book a whole one for a big group, or if there are only a few of you, you can share with other diners. The special igloo menu features the likes of chicken wontons, flamed edamame and sweet chilli tempura. As with all the igloos on this list they get filled up for the winter fast, so get booking while you still can.
Where: 265 Hampstead Road, NW1 7QX
Why: Aviary have combined London’s two favourite things, Winter igloos and summer rooftops to create rooftop igloos – genius we know. With lots of different packages to choose from you can book the likes of space in the igloo for one and a half hours, cocktails and nibbles on arrival and a £150 bar tab to spend. With views across the city, you’ll be able to get some amazing Instagrams too.
Where: 22 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1DX
Why: The Garden Terrace at The Montague hotel has been transformed into a cosy winter ski lodge. Enjoy a drink or two from the centrepiece bar or if you are looking for something to keep you warm, the boozy hot chocolate and mulled wine will do the job. Don’t forget to head down to the Lanson Winter lodge either, for a glass of champagne by the fire.
Where: 15 Montague Street, WC1B 5BJ
Pergola on the Roof Paddington
Why: Pergola Paddington is back and warmer than ever. Transforming the summertime rooftop into a winter forest fully equipped with cosy heaters, day beds and lots of different food options to choose from you can make the most of the cold weather without actaully feeling cold. Food-wise you can enjoy the likes of burgers from Smash Patty, gyros from Babek Brothers and spicy wonton dumplings from An Choi.
Where: 5 Kingdom Street, W2 6PY
Why: As one of Shoreditch’s most popular rooftop bars, head to the Queen of Hoxton during the winter months to experience the new winter theme which changes each year. Previous years have seen the construction of a giant wigwam to keep warm in, and a super instagrammable Moulin Rouge love seat. Once you’re done taking in the views head down to the basement club to dance the rest of the night away.
Where: 1 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX
Why: With a theme of ‘ski resort glamour’, this year’s winter pop up Lodge d’Argent at Coq d’Argent promises fur blankets, pretty greenery and cosy pop up wooden chalets to enjoy your food and drink in. Fitting up to eight people you can enjoy the likes of a Savoyard charcuterie platter and Vacherin cheese. On the cocktail menu you’ll find Hennessey cocktails aptly named ‘Ski Warmer’ and ‘Lodge Fashion’.
Where: 1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ
Why: The Hilton London Metropole has set up an alpine lodge events space perfect for an office Christmas party. With spectacular views across the City you can enjoy the likes of alcoholic chocolate fondue and winter cocktails. There will even be a very instagrammable vintage ski lift chair. On the menu you will find the likes of classic cheese fondue, crispy lamb croquettes and a white chocolate sphere to finish. Aprés 23 is available for private hire for up to 100 guests.
Where: 225 Edgware Road, W2 1JU
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