Warm Your Cockles At London's Best Winter Drinking Pop-Ups And Cosy Bars 2021

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Warm Your Cockles At London's Best Winter Drinking Pop-Ups And Cosy Bars 2021

Looking for somewhere special to sink an eggnog with friends over the festive season? Try one of these Christmas pop-ups. For the large majority, you'll need to book ahead. Various fees apply. Merry Hic-Mas. πŸΈβ˜ƒοΈ

Miracle at Henrietta hotel

Red toy reindeer surround a cocktail glass with Santa on it
Deer oh deer this looks tasty.

Travel back to the gaudy Christmasses of decades past, with Miracle's spec-tacky-ular pop-up at The Henrietta hotel. Slurp OTT mulled wine and eggnogs from ludicrous mugs and glassware, while admiring white plastic Christmas trees bespewed with gaudy tinsel. New on the menu for 2021 is the Jingle Balls Nog, made with cognac, cream sherry, almond milk, cream, egg, vanilla and nutmeg. You'll need some lamb and cumin skewers to soak that bad boy up.

Miracle at Henrietta, Covent Garden, from 15 November until 23 December

Alice in Winterland at Queen of Hoxton

A wigwam full of zany, colourful decor
Can't spot any white rabbits here... probably late.

The Queen of Hoxton sure gets some mileage out of its east London rooftop; for the festive season it's riffing on the theme of Alice in Wonderland β€” which means wigwams glowing with fairy lights, fire pits, 'drink me' potion shots, Jam Jar Jabberwocky cocktails β€” and quite possibly a sighting of the Mad Hatter himself.

Alice in Winterland at Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch, Wednesday-Saturdays until March 2022

The Igloos at Coppa Club

transparent dining igloos in front of tower bridge
Not a bad little view is it.

We all know the true meaning of Christmas: getting sick on Celebrations, mawkish John Lewis adverts, and plastic igloos mushrooming across London. The igloos at Coppa Club are possibly London's most famous incarnation β€” in no small part thanks to their position overlooking Tower Bridge. Classic and sparkling cocktails are the order of the day, or you can nosh a full Christmas dinner from 23 November.

We've done an entire article on igloos/snow globes for 2021 (told you there were a lot).

The Igloos at Coppa Club, Lower Thames Street, until 23 January 2022

Christmas Pub Pod at London Eye

a barman mixes cocktails in one of the london eye pods
Those are not all for you.

Usually if everything's spinning, it's time to put down the mulled wine, but in this case, it'll be because you're on this pop-up pub, taking over a pod of the London Eye for the yuletide season. If we're being honest, it's less of a pub, more of an Absolut marketing stunt spewed all over the walls. Still, it could be kind of fun sinking a gingerbread espresso martini while admiring the festive cityscape from up high.

Christmas Pub Pod at London Eye, South Bank, until 24 December

Jimmy's Lodge at Southbank Centre

people drinking in an outdoor bar with festive shrubbery and lights
Grab a mulled cider at Jimmy's on the South Bank. It's cheaper than booking a snow globe.

While dining in one of the 'snow globes' at Jimmy's will set you back at least Β£600 for a group (ruddy hell, Jimmy's going to have a good Christmas), there is an option for casual drinkers to pull up a pew at the outdoor bar. Here, you can bask in the collective warmth of patio heaters, mulled cider and fellow Londoners who've given up on Christmas shopping for the day.

Jimmy's Lodge, Southbank Centre, until 3 January 2022

Skylight Rooftop at Tobacco Dock

plastic igloos crowded together at skylight's rooftop bar
Igloos are among the many, many festive offerings at Skylight.

Skylight at Tobacco Dock takes Christmas almost as seriously as Santa does — what with its rooftop ice skating, Christmas Cocktail Cinema (where you can view festive classics with a hot chocolate); the Après Ski Lodge dishing up mulled wine; and (of course) igloos. Or simply perch in the heated rooftop bar, and sample one or two of their specially-created festive bevvies.

Skylight Rooftop at Tobacco Dock, Wapping, until 23 December, then open again for 31 December, then reopen yet again from 6 January-mid February 2022

Winterland, Fulham

fur covered sofas, christmas trees and a snow-covered backdrop
Oh the weather inside is frightful...

A white Christmas is guaranteed at Winterland Fulham β€” a veritable village of festivities, including an alpine lodge, 'ski lift bubble', forest chalet, Bavarian tent, 'moose cabins' and the general demeanour of being in that Wham! video. Hot cocktails, mulled wine and special drinks, such as the Alpine Bramble will warm the cockles further β€” and there are various brunches and bingo nights to keep you entertained.

Winterland Fulham, until the end of January 2022

The Montague Ski Lodge

a very festive ski lodge replete with lights and a snowman, which we assume isn't real
Swear that snowman was standing on the right a second ago.

Cosy β€” and with a cheery dash of humour β€” The Montague Ski Lodge transports you to some wintry mountaintop, by way of a mock-up ski lodge ensconced in pine trees and given a liberal dusting of fake snow. There are lanterns, fairy lights, snuggly woollen blankets, ski equipment on the walls β€” plus a menu of festive drinks including spiced cider and hot chocolate cocktails. Look out for the random snowmen too. We've been advised that the lodge is proving VERY popular, with limited availability in November, NO availability in December and availability for private groups only in January. Oh, and the 2022 waiting list is already open...

The Montague Ski Lodge, Bloomsbury. 10 November-Winter 2022

Deck the Halls at Pergola Paddington

pergola all spruced up with pine and fairy lights
Deck the Halls - they bloody have as well.

Snow-dusted pine trees and twinkling lights are promised for Pergola Paddington's festive makeover, Deck the Halls. The posh food court offers an apres-ski vibe in which to glug a Christmas brew or two, and tuck into the likes of bratwurst and camembert croquettes. You can book a private 'chalet' and sink a few hot bourbon toddies with your mates, too. Christmas gospel choir singalongs, winter brunches and visits from Santa are also on the (Christmas) cards.

Deck the Halls at Pergola Paddington, until 3 January 2022

Winter Bubbles at Radio Rooftop ME London

a cosy winter bubble looking out over the city
It's a winter bubble, OK. Not an igloo. Not a snow globe. A winter bubble.

Radio Rooftop invites you into its cosy 'winter bubbles' for the festive season β€” replete with faux-fur throws, blankets and mini 'fireplaces'. If that's not enough to put the colour back in your cheeks, there's a cocktail menu with some spicy numbers, too. Bubbles hold a maximum of six people and involve a minimum spend (which can be spendy, depending on when you go). Still the views from this roof deck are pretty magical.

Winter Bubbles at Radio Rooftop, Covent Garden, until 28 February 2022

Champagne Forest at the Savoy

The Savoy always dresses nicely for Christmas.

If you're pushing the boat out, the Savoy is growing a 'champagne forest' for the Christmas season. Inspired by art deco illustrator Kay Nielsen, it promises to be an enchanting festive experience, thanks to hand-carved trees with champagne bubble baubles, and a general aroma of champagne wafting about (we remain skeptical about that last bit, but let's see smell). Special tipples on the menu include the Cassiopeia, made with Laurent-Perrier and edible gold dust. Probably don't ask them for a Foster's.

Champagne Forest at the Savoy, Charing Cross, 15 November-5 January 2022

Winter Chalets at Westfield London

a range of charcuterie and cheese ready to be dunked into a fondue. a fur behind it looks like a massive spider
Genuinely thought that was a massive tarantula about to tuck into the fondue.

Chocolate orange martinis, board games and your choice of music (so Wham! it is then), are all part of the festivities at Westfield London's winter chalets. There's some gut-busting food too, in the form of cheese and chocolate fondues, followed by mince pies and mulled gin. Treat yourself; you haven't had a Christmas for two years.

Winter Chalets at Westfield London, Shepherd's Bush, until the end of January 2022

Last Updated 10 November 2021

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