The best weird, wacky and wonderful pop-ups in London
Beauty subscription service Birchbox has opened its first ever UK standalone pop-up shop in Carnaby and it's beauty heaven. You can shop from their top 100 products, with everything arranged by category rather than by brand, and you can even build-your-own Birchbox too. Great for a present or just a treat for yourself.
Until end of January 2018
43 Carnaby Street, London W1F 7EA, United Kingdom -
Last Days of Shoreditch is back for winter with some crackin' street food from the like Smokey Tails, Cheeky Burger and Biff's Jack Shack as well as classic cocktails and hot booze to wash it all down with. You can also shake a leg to the sounds of Alex Arnout, Geddes and Stuart Patterson, or you can provide the music yourself by taking over one of their Lucky Voice karaoke rooms.
Thurs 23rd November - Sun 17th December
288 Old Street, London EC1V 9LA, United Kingdom -
Take a trip to the Alps without leaving Bloomsbury. Yes the Ski Lodge is back at The Montague on the Gardens, complete with log cabin, pine trees, ski racks and snow, so you can indulge in après ski faves like schnapps, mulled wine, hot cocktails and a spread of seasonal food including mini turkey schnitzels and deep fried camembert.
Thurs 16th November 2017 - Sat 20th January 2018
15 Montague Street, London WC1B 5BJ, United Kingdom -
Queen of Hoxton is helping to banish any winter blues by transforming their rooftop into a Moroccan Medina. Inspired by the Yves Saint Laurent garden in Marrakesh, there's plenty of cobalt blue, cast iron fire pits and a winter wigwam full of cushions and lanterns, with a secret snug hidden inside a giant Moroccan lamp. Keep toasty warm with hot cocktails and food like halloumi fries and shawarma chicken wraps.
26th October 2017 – 31st March 2018
1 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3JX, United Kingdom -
Shoreditch High Street Liverpool Street Liverpool Street Liverpool Street
The Alps return to Vauxhall as the Winter Village pops-up for another season. Decked out like an alpine ski village, you can sip on mulled bevs, tuck into apres-ski food and generally get into the festive spirit. Don't worry about bringing your own salopettes because there's retro ski gear on hand for you to dress up in too.
Thurs 16th November - Fri 22nd December 2017
6A South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall London SW8 1RT -
Vegan burger specialists The Vurger Co is getting festive with a Christmas pop-up at the Spitalfields branch of Lululemon. Their full range of burgers and shakes, including the Auburger and the MLT, will be on offer, as well as a few specials along the way.
Until Fri 22nd December 2017
109 Commercial Street, London E1 6EW, United Kingdom -
Liverpool Street Liverpool Street Liverpool Street
Smith & Sinclair are turning the art exhibition on its head with the immersive Flavour Gallery. There'll be interactive artworks from the likes of Terry Pastor, London Loom, Anja Predojevic, which change colour, react to audiences, diffuse smells and more. Of course there will be stuff to taste too, with a range of cocktails created in partnership with Lanique.
Thurs 9th November - Sun 17th December 2017
12-18 Hoxton Street, London N1 6NG, United Kingdom -
Shoreditch High Street Old Street Old Street
Winter is here as is Backyard Cinema's latest immersive cinema season The Snow Kingdom. They’ve transformed their Mercato Metropolitano space into an enchanted castle set in snowy mountains complete with ice caves and a frozen lake. Once inside, you can kick back with beanbags, blankets and potion-themed cocktails before watching the likes of Wonder Woman, Harry Potter, Baby Driver, The Revenant, The Princess Bride, Titanic and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.
Until Sun 28th January 2018
Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR, United Kingdom -
Elephant & Castle Borough
Pergola Paddington Central, West London’s biggest outdoor drinking and dining spot, is back for winter fully covered and fully weatherproofed, blankets included. They've got a new foodie line-up too, including Made of Dough, Tonkotsu, Little Ghost Bagels, Patty & Bun and DF Mexico. Winter is coming and we're actually a little bit excited.
Wed 25th October – Sat 23rd December 2017
5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, London W2 6PY -
BRICKLIVE is back taking over the Saatchi Gallery this winter. Not only are there four interactive themed zones, including Minecraft, Galactic, Star Wars (where you can check out a never-before-seen six-foot long super star destroyer fleet) and Creative (where you can make your mark on a 24-metre graffiti wall and take part in ramp races), you can get festive in the Christmas area and stock up on some LEGO gifts.
Sat 25th November 2017 - Sun 7th January 2018
Saatchi Gallery, Duke Of York's HQ, King's Road, London SW3 4RY -
Alcotraz is one cell you’ll definitely want to end up in…Yes Alcotraz, not Alcatraz, is London’s first prison cocktail bar. On arrival you’ll be given your inmate number and orange jumpsuit before being locked behind bars. Once in, you’ll have to learn how to smuggle contraband past security and then get your mixologist to shake up a few cocktails on the sly.
Thurs 28th September – Sun 17th December 2017
212 Brick Lane, London E1 6RL, United Kingdom -
Liverpool Street Liverpool Street Liverpool Street Shoreditch High Street
Licking the spoon is always the best bit of baking, so we couldn’t be more excited about the opening of London’s first edible cookie dough pop-up at Old Street station. Naked Dough creates safe-to-eat raw cookie dough with flavours like ‘Unicorn Food’ with marshmallows and sprinkles, ‘Nutting Better’ with peanut butter and crunched peanuts and ‘Ed Sheeran’ with salted caramel and honeycomb. YUM. It comes in a cone, a tub or whizzed up into a shake for those who wanna go all in.
Until end of 2017
Old Street, London EC1Y 1BE, United Kingdom -
Old Street Old Street
Igloos are also popping up on the Southbank this winter at Jimmy Garcia's Lodge on the River. The alpine-inspired pop-up features the Refuge Restaurant, which is serving up a set menu including fondue and spiced creme brulee; an informal Winter Grill with a grab-and-go menu of raclette burgers and wild boar hot dogs; a riverside Alpine Bar serving up hot toddies; and four (heated, obvs) igloos. N-ice ice baby.
Fri 10th November – Sun 31st December 2017
78 Waterloo Bridge, London SE1 9PX, United Kingdom -
Woody Bear is taking over the rooftop space that housed Notch and Sisu and bringing abandoned urban fairground vibes to Oxford Street. Riding the teacups may not sound super festive but there'll also be plenty of eggnog, hot gin punch, raclette wheels and melty cheesy goodness to give you that winter warmth.
Thurs 2nd November - Sun 31st December 2017
535 Oxford Street, London W1C 2QW, United Kingdom -
Adam Simmonds is launching The Test Kitchen, a year-long pop-up in Soho, ahead of opening a perm spot in early 2018. Taking over the old Barrafina site on Frith Street, the pop-up will essentially one big chef’s table – you’ll be asked for feedback on the dishes to help evolve dishes that could appear on the menu at his future restaurant and there’ll be animated mirrors highlighting the progress of the ideas on the walls. Adam’s not sticking to a set style of cookery so we don’t know what you’re gonna get, but it's defo going to be an interesting experience.
54 Frith Street, London W1D 4SL -
Tottenham Court Road Leicester Square
You know what's better than an ice rink, a rooftop ice rink and London is getting it's very first this winter at Skylight. And it's not just about the bangin' views, with wintry tipples, fondue, street food and DJs, you can make a proper night of it too.
2nd November 2017- 6th January 2018
Penning St. Car Park entrance, Wapping Ln, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London, E1W 2SF -
Clapham Common is getting it's very first ice rink this winter as Winterville pitches up. The outdoor rink will span 600 sq m and when you get fed up of the ice (because you've fallen over like 6 million times), there's a neighbouring cafe serving winter tipples.
23rd November 2017- 1st January 2018
Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, London SW4 9DE, United Kingdom -
Clapham Common Clapham South
Escape the City at Broadgate's snow-covered Winter Forest this season. As well as walking through the pine trees, you can pick up chocs, cheeses and gifts from their winter market, sip on some mulled wine and even catch a festive flick at their Tipi Cinema.
Thurs 9th November 2017 - Fri 12th January 2018
Broadgate Circle, London EC2M 2QS, United Kingdom -
Liverpool Street Liverpool Street Liverpool Street