Every day this week we’re bringing you our tried and tested top-fives to help you feel a little more festive in the lead up to December. It’s almost upon us, and Thursday’s top-five is our favourite of this years’ festive pop ups.
1. Woody Bear, Marble Arch
High above the manic shoppers of Oxford Street, on a rooftop hidden away, is the abandoned fairground themed pop-up of Woody Bear. Festive cocktails, baked Camembert and literally everything worth putting on social media, this place is the perfect retreat away from, well, everyone. The drinks are amazing, and everything is very reasonably priced, and the views are brilliant too!
Nearest station is Marble Arch, entrance is on the corner of Oxford Street and Park Lane.
2. The Floating Cinema, St. Katharine’s Docks
Even without the cinema, St Katharine’s Docks is my very favourite place in London, just a beautifully undisturbed bit of luxury, with some great high-street restaurants to go to. A fully working marina. In the middle of London. That’s right. Luxury. Anyway as if that wasn’t already brilliant enough, blankets, deckchairs and festive films on a floating pontoon! A week-long extravaganza showing top movie favourites that no festive period would be complete without, including Home Alone, Elf, Love Actually and The Polar Express. Get yourself down, wrap up warm and have a mulled wine to celebrate your brilliance.
Nearest station is Tower Hill.
3. Thor’s, Warren Street
A Viking themed tipi pop-up in the middle of London. OK! In fact, it’s better than that, a fire in the middle of the tent to keep you warm, amazing beers, and mulled wine, and hot choc for those off alcohol, Thor’s is the best place to get cosy and festive this winter. The outside has more festive glam, with Christmas trees littered everywhere, and even when it’s busy, there’s very little fuss. A really great place to pop in after work, or somewhere to head before your work party too.
Nearest station is Warren Street.
4. Coppa Club, Riverside Igloos, Tower Bridge
It would seem like 2017 is the year of the igloos for Christmas pop-ups, but these are the London OGs. There is always a mad rush to get a spot in the igloos at coppa Club, and they always make sure that it’s a turn up to get one rather than book them allout online rigmarole. So you do have a chance. In fact, if you get the chance you need to go. The food is pretty smashin, but more importantly these igloos. The views. the blankets, the comfy sofas, your own speakers. Yes, that’s right, more fun than a drunk uber with an aux cable!
Nearest station is Tower Hill.
5. South Pole Saloon, Brixton Rooftop, Brixton
Full dive bar transformation, this year Brixton Rooftop has transformed into a debauched saloon bar from the South Pole. Their background to the story is “In the wake of their epic escape from a life of enslavement to the evil fat cat Father Christmas, the Rebel Elves ventured out into the unforgiving landscape of the frozen arctic.” Our take on the story is that it is a great place to have a bit more of a festive party, and an excellent pop-up for this year! Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, you’ll end up on Santa’s bad list after your visit here.
Nearest station is Brixton.