Make the most of the festive season with our pick of the capital’s best winter pop-ups
By Helen Brown
After Dark at Chiswick House & Gardens
The ultimate antidote to festive overload, After Dark invites Londoners to see Chiswick House & Gardens in a whole new light. This perfect pre-Christmas adventure refuses to conform to the norm, with not a reindeer in sight. Instead, a vibrant state-of-the-art light display offers a sleek experience through the opulent gardens of the 18th-century house.
Until 30 December; after-dark.co.uk
Swap the Northern Lights for the star-lit city skyline this winter as Aviary transforms its rooftop into a glistening Arctic escape. 10 storeys up on the restaurant’s expansive terrace you’ll find Aviary’s stylish, Nordic-inspired igloos, an exclusive Reyka cocktail menu and an enticing selection of sharing platters.
Until 16 March; aviarylondon.com
Madison is bringing the après-ski scene to the city with festive winter warmer cocktails, live music and gorgeous views of St Paul’s Cathedral. Timber-clad chalets decked out with twinkling lights, faux fur and tartan blankets bring alpine action to the famous rooftop, while a slope-inspired menu will keep visitors warm.
Until 28 February; madisonlondon.net
Noel Chandon at The Blind Pig
Jason Atherton has teamed up with Moët & Chandon to create a cosy winter snug out of his flagship bar, The Blind Pig. Guests to the speakeasy will see it adorned with mistletoe, plush blankets and wreaths – perfect for the party season. Two innovative cocktails have been created for the collaboration: the Cranberry Kir Royal and a ‘Christmas Pudding’ cocktail.
Until 5 January; socialeatinghouse.com
The Frozen Island at Tropicana Beach Club
Neighbourhood Cinema is inviting Londoners on a voyage to the shores of an enchanted Frozen Island where they’ll find a shipwrecked world of frosted palms, icicles and giant snow globes. Here you can snuggle up to watch classic Christmas movies, enjoy a frozen cocktail from the ice bar and nibble on popcorn and festive gourmet sliders.
Until 27 January; neighbourhoodcinema.co.uk
The Winter Forest at Broadgate Circle
Throughout the month of December, 300 snow-covered pine trees, twinkling lights and wood cabins will transform Broadgate’s buzzing restaurants and bars into a magical Winter Forest. Visitors will be transported to a world of winter celebrations with special menus and cocktails from the all-new Mrs Fogg’s pop-up bar on the mezzanine level.
Until 24 December; broadgate.co.uk