November is here. Translation: ‘Tis the season to fully embrace your faux fur coat, a suitably sweet mug of mulled wine and all things C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S!
Because, let’s face it, there’s something all the more magical come this time of year when you suddenly have a craving for log fires in a pub or a hot choc in a ski chalet. Okay, so you haven’t done a Kate Hudson and booked a ticket to Aspen to spend your holiday? Fear not. We’ve rounded up the best winter pop-ups in town – from Little Red Riding Hood-themed haunts to après ski bars.
Get ready for some fabulously festive cocktails…
The Viking-themed winter rooftop
Where... Queen of Hoxton
Why... The East London rooftop bar will be transformed into a Nordic hideaway. Long boat? Check. A feasting hall inside a wigwam cabin? Check. Drinking horns and love potions (yes, really). Check. Hair braiding and life-drawing workshops will be on offer throughout winter too. Two words: Hipster’s paradise.
When...Now until April 2017 / Mon-Sat 4-10pm
Bobbi Brown Afternoon Tea
Where... Balthazar, Covent Garden
Why... Are you so over the traditional scone and Earl Grey tea come 3pm? Then beauty addicts will no doubt get totally on board Bobbi Brown’s very special Afternoon Tea – with iconic party-season products reimagined in patisserie form. ‘Hollywood Red Gloss’ lips made from vanilla yogurt mousse filled with rosewater jelly? Bake Off, we think you might be missing a trick.
When...Will run from now until the end of February 2017
Where...Coq d’Argent, London
Why...Inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, the restaurant’s skyscraper terraces will evoke the French fairy tale. Think red, white and gold colour combos, rustic wooden walls, and lots of fur blankets and cushions to keep you cosy into the night. Sold.
When...Running from 23rd November until the end of February
Where...Hyde Park, London
Why... The crème de la crème of Christmas markets. Even the biggest winter snob can’t help but embrace the spectacle that is Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, which celebrates its 10th birthday this year. C’mon there’s an ice-rink, a magical ice-kingdom, Victorian-style carousels and an actual ice bar to chill out with a cocktail after the family-friendly festivities. Perfect for celeb spotting too.
When...Friday 18th November 2016 to Monday 2nd January 2017
'Tales from Woodlandia'
Where...Patterns, in Brighton
Why... Calling all Narnia fans! You’ll be pretty impressed with Brighton’s seafront bar taking the enchanted winter forest theme to a whole other level this year, courtesy of digital artist Thomas Buckley. Falling snowflakes, scents of forest air and boozy hot chocolate. Yes, please.
When... Opens 5th Nov – until spring 2017
Rooftop Winter Cinema
Where...The Berkeley, London
Why...If you’re after a luxe winter evening with your bae, this private 8-seater outdoor cinema, overlooking Hyde Park, will be showing festive classics from Santa Claus: The Movie to Miracle in 34th Street. Feather blankets, heating lamps, mulled wine and mince pies will be at hand. Will melt even the most hard-core Scrooge.
When... Screenings will take place for the duration of December and there will be two screenings each night - at 5pm and 7pm.
Chrimbo Cocktail Masterclass
Where...Lucky Voice Karaoke bars (London and Brighton)
Why...Christmas cocktails + Karaoke = will make you feel like Britney Spears in Crossroads (aka an undiscovered singing sensation, if you've yet to see the '00s classic). Head to one of Lucky Voice’s stylish karaoke joints to make and taste festive punch, take polaroids and dress up as Mrs Claus, obvs. This has office Xmas party written all over it.
When...From 29th Nov – 23rd Dec
Why...Pack your best Mariah Carey Christmas outfit for Manchester’s seasonal treat - featuring an après ski bar, carol-oke chalets and disco hüttes.
When...Opens November 10 to January 1
Where... Cains Brewery, Liverpool
Why... Over the winter months, moveable restaurant Xiringuito will be setting up shop in a disused warehouse, in Liverpool’s trendy Baltic triangle. Conor Sheehan and chef Jackson Berg’s menu will feature seasonal British dishes with an international influence. The foodie favourite.
When...Opens 15th November