London does a lot of things well, but the pop ups this city plays host to is when London out does itself, ensuring that the city remains a permanent fixture on the party map. Keep up with the greatest and latest pop up bars, restaurants and more transient events that London has to offer by checking out our definitive list of recommended pop ups hitting the capital this December:
Skandilicious Swedish Christmas
Forget the 'Conventional Christmas', step into a world of Swedish surprise in this unique pop up restaurant in central London. Swedish Christmas offers you the chance to celebrate in an exciting Scandi-chic environment and enjoy sampling all the culinary delights you desire from the exuberant Smörgåsbord feast, whilst joining in with traditional snaps-songs. Embrace the festive season in a modern, candle lit Scandi-inspired setting.
An experience inspired by the Sherlock Holmes novels, available to play from 2 December 2015 to 31 March 2016. Professor James Moriarty invites you to take part in a new cryptic challenge in partnership with HiddenCity and Time Out London. Your challenge: in teams of up to four people solve a trail of clues which he has personally prepared. Explore exhibitions celebrating contemporary architecture, drink in Georgian public houses, scrutinise 15th century art in a Mayfair townhouse
An outlandish Christmas party in an East London grotto through a kaleidoscopic Christmas tunnel and into an ice cave filled with DJs, cocktails, hot chocolate and after hours revelry.
Sure, you could decorate your tree with boring old baubles, but if you fancy mixing things up, head to Pimp My Tree where they'll be giving you all the tools you need to do just that. Pick out your Christmas tree, which start from £25, and then get ready to pimp it out with the shiniest and sparkliest of decorations you can get your hands on, with everything from flamingo lights to purple LED disco baubles.
Disappearing Dining Club
DDC are teaming up with Spitalfields Music Winter Festival in order to host a one off, three course, wine-fuelled, candlelit dinner party (served on long banqueting tables) in the galleries of the 300 year old St Leonards Church in Shoreditch.
Montague Ski Lodge
If you are looking for a unique way to celebrate the festive season in London then look no further than Montague Ski Lodge at The Montague on the Gardens. From mid-November it will be transformed into a magical ski lodge; with pine trees, falling snow, reindeer, snowmen, ski racks and strings of fairy lights and lanterns. The centrepiece is a bar serving a selection of beverages from a choice of 12 including Schnapps, flavoured vodkas, mulled wine and Jägermeister.
When it comes to ice rinks, you are spoilt for choice. London has pulled out all the stops for you. There are excellent ice rinks at the Natural History Museum, Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, Broadgate and Somerset House, to name but a few.
Once Upon A Wigwam at Queen of Hoxton
Looking for a one-of-a-kind Christmas party experience? Look no further. Nothing says Christmas like a giant, heated Wigwam on a rooftop nestled under the twinkling lights of London.
Christmas at Kew
Nothing beats a romantic winter stroll at twilight. Wrap up warm, and let the magic begin with a walk through an illuminated winter wonderland. The magical experience includes sights such as giant light sculptures, the Tunnel of Lights, Garden of Fire, Santas Snowflake Grotto and, of course, Mistletoe Moments.
Sleigh bells ring, are you listening. In the lane, snow is glistening. A beautiful sight. We're happy tonight. Walking in a Winter Wonderland. Eat, drink and be merry at Hyde Park with a festive atmosphere that is second to none.
London has a huge array of Christmas markets so take your pick from a selection including markets at Winterville at Victoria Park, Southbank, Shoreditch, Canary Wharf and the Tate Modern.
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