Five of this year’s best festive pop-ups in London
Chef Ollie Dabbous will be bringing a pared down version of the Michelin-starred wine mecca Hide in Mayfair to Piccadilly this winter, in the form of a pop-up called Hideaway.
In contrast to its flagship restaurant, opened last year by the owners of Mayfair wine retailer Hedonism Wines, this spin off restaurant will have the look at feel of a “Parisian bistro”.
Hideaway will serve up coffees and croissants, oysters and champagne and dishes including Hide’s chicken liver parfait with fig and hibiscus chutney and home-cured goose with fenugreek.
Plenty of wines will also be available, from the Hedonism cellars, as well as a hot Christmas gin punch. Guests will also be able to purchase a selection of Hide’s jams and chutneys to take away.
Hideaway will run from 19 November to February 2019 in the Burlington Arcade on Piccadilly.
Bringing the outside in, Coppa Club’s PVC riverside igloos are back, this time with a Scandi-style makeover, featuring twinkling fairly lights, sheepskin blankets and festive snacks. The eight-person igloos are already fully booked into the new year, available for two hour sessions, but if you are game for a wait, daily walk in’s area available. However you will likely to be sharing your swanky pod with another group. Drink and dine in full view of Tower Bridge all winter for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or cocktails.
3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6AH
German Gymnasium has transformed its terrace into a magical toymaker’s workshop in partnership with gin brand Monkey 47 this Christmas.
Taking inspiration from Germany’s famed Christmas markets, the terrace features cosy wooden huts adorned with winter foliage, twinkling fairy lights, warming throws and vintage toys.
Cocktails come courtesy of Monkey 47, and includes the hot Mulled Monkey Magic – a blend of Monkey 47, Pinot Noir, house chinato, cinnamon, oranges and vanilla. The Doll’s House Midnight Delight is a mix of Monkey 47, Riesling, lemon, pineapple, Jagermeister Manifest, ground cinnamon and nutmeg.
Expect to be well fed with German winter classics such as roasted chestnuts, currywurst, bratwurst, oysters and caviar.
The Toymaker’s Terrace will remain open until the end of January 2019.
1 Kings Boulevard, Kings Cross N1C 4BU
The rooftop of Shoreditch venue The Queen of Hoxton takes many guises, transformed twice yearly into a magical spot for night time imbibing in the winter, or a sun trap in the summer. For this festive season, the team has taken the unChristmassy them of Moulin Rouge, transforming its urban space into a glittering, Parisian dream, channelling love, beauty, truth and freedom.
The transformation is complete with the presence of a twinkling red windmill, and an absinthe bar, inviting guests to make a date with the green fairy before indulging in a platefuls of cheese and a glass of wine in its heated wigwam.
1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX
For a more exclusive experience, Le Pont de la Tour has transformed its autumnal truffle hut into a secluded private dining space for two. The outdoor chalet offers a candlelit private dining room for two, with a personal waiter and views over the river to Tower Bridge.
Guests can enjoy a five course Christmas tasting menu including oysters with caviar, lobster, and fillet steak with a bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne for £100 a head,
Sittings are available at lunch time between 12.00pm and 2.30pm, and twice an evening from 6.00 and from 8.30.
Until February 14, 36D Shad Thames, SE1 2YE