Cower away from winter? Never. DesignMyNight has shared their top cosy hideaways, winter lodges and Christmas pop-ups – from Alpine lodges to bohemian rooftop bars – so that you can beat the chill during the colder months
Lead image: York & Albany’s Gingerbread Cabin
Words: Katie Kirwan
1 Jimmy’s Winter Lodge, South Bank
Jimmy Garcia isn’t just a man about town, he’s the man you’d be mad to miss this winter. Returning to the Southbank with a winter lodge and bauble-filled igloos in tow, the notorious chef is giving London a pop-up dining experience that promises everything from fondue down to smoked venison tartare, all in an impressive, Alpine-inspired setting by the water.
78 Waterloo Bridge, South Bank SE1 9PX; designmynight.com
2 Skylight Winter, Wapping
Skylight have been on the scene for a few years now, and there’s reliability in that longevity. A winter pop-up that has taken to a London rooftop, don’t just get snap-happy when it comes to the sweeping skyline views across Tobacco Dock, book in to one of their igloos or winter huts for mulled wine, gooey raclette and cosying to one another up in blankets.
120 Pennington Street, Wapping E1W 2BB; designmynight.com
3 The Montague On The Gardens Ski Lodge, Bloomsbury
Bringing you Alpine tidings from now until January next year, The Montague On The Gardens have returned with their ski lodge inspired pop-up, and it’s filled to the festive brim. From mulled wine and themed food, to snowy props and their very own log cabin, it’s got festive catch up written all over it.
15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury WC1B 5BJ; designmynight.com
4 Pop-Up Screens, Hackney
Hackney is a great place for those interested in festive film events, and there’s one topping everyone’s list. More than just your usual movie experience, wander through a forest and clamber through a wardrobe, all before hunkering down in the snowy setting of Pop-Up Screens. Will there be Elf? Yes. Will there be Home Alone? You can bet your Christmas presents on it.
Amhurst Terrace, Hackney E8 2BT; designmynight.com
5 Winterland: Alpine Club, Fulham
What was once was known as Neverland has now become Winterland, and with that change, comes a little time travel. Taking you back to retro ski lodges of the 80s, don a neon tracksuit and head down to Fulham for a winter wonderland of heated hunting lodges, fondue and gondolas alongside festive activities such as curling and karaoke.
Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham SW6 2TY; designmynight.com
6 Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park
It’s all in a name with Winter Wonderland as London’s most notorious festive attraction returns to Hyde Park, bringing with it more rides, roaring crowds and rinks than ever before. If you’re in it for the long haul, get ready to fill both a day and night here thanks to an ice kingdom, ice bar, winter comedy clubs and plenty more.
Hyde Park W2; hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
7 Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury
Often the place where Instagram dreams come true, Dalloway Terrace takes seasonal cocktails to another level, and they’re not shy of conjuring up more festive mixes this winter. Join them for stunning concoctions in a pretty setting as they transform their terrace into a dazzling (and cosy) winter space.
16-22 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury WC1B 3NN; dallowayterrace.com
8 Lady Celeste’s Parisian Rooftop Bar, Shoreditch
A wintry world heads to The Queen of Hoxton rooftop this season, but it’s not what you’d first expect. Ditching ski lodges for a dive into the backstreets of Montmartre, tarot readers and lashings of velvet will be on hand at this bohemian booze destination alongside raclette, charcuterie and a dedicated absinthe bar.
1-5 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3JX; designmynight.com
9 The Chalet at Madison, St Paul’s
Not only does Madison have stunning views of St Paul’s Cathedral on its side, this straight-talking cosmopolitan slot also aren’t shy in the seasonal department. Join them from November to February for a chalet experience on their lodge-style terrace, complete with enclosed spaces, tartan blankets, hot cocktails and more.
Rooftop Terrace, One New Change, St Paul’s EC4M 9AF; designmynight.com
10 Skyline Skating with Sipsmith London, Marylebone
While Oxford Street may be considered the thing of nightmares for some, there’s a dreamy winter pop-up headed its way this year, and plenty are leaving their fear of shopping aside to indulge. Taking to the rooftop at John Lewis, gin-brand Sipsmith have transformed the space, giving Londoners a cutesy ice rink alongside hot gin and must-try pies.
300 Oxford Street, Marylebone W1C 1DX; johnlewis.com
11 Gingerbread Cabin, Camden
Kick back in a cabin this winter in London as the ever-swanky York & Albany (of Gordon Ramsay fame) have put together a Gingerbread Cabin that would have Hansel & Gretel chomping at the bit. From festive Bacardi cocktails and candy canes to plush interiors and platters, it’s a must-try for the merry.
127-129 Parkway, Camden NW1 7PS; designmynight.com
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