From 10 November
Roll up, roll up, the circus is coming to town this winter! The Gun, Docklands, has teamed up with the delightfully curious Hendrick’s, to transform its riverside marquee into a spectacular Victorian big top. Prepare for weird and wonderful circus delights including vintage carnival games, taxidermy animals, candy floss and popcorn machines, complete with your own private bar. The Victorian Circus serves up a selection of Hendrick’s winter cocktails, including Mr Micawber’s Hot Gin Punch and Hot Elderflower Toddy. The Gun’s seasonal canapé and bowl food options are also available.
The area is available to hire for groups of 40-150 guests, every Monday-Friday daytime and evening until the show ends in February 2016.
From 11 November
We might not have had the Indian Summer we’d been hoping for in London, but how about an Indian Winter instead? Cinnamon Kitchen’s chic bar Anise is hosting a Winter Indian Ski Lodge from now until 9 January 2016. Styled by the same interior designers behind Kensington’s Alpine-themed restaurant, bar and disko Bodo’s Schloss, guests will find reindeer antlers and traditional wooden sleds on the walls, chunky candles, furs, tartan throws, blankets and cushions. Cocktails (£9 each) include: The Solong Nala (Burnt pineapple tequila infused with Mescal, triple sec and kaffir lime shaken with fresh pineapple juice and served with candy floss); The Gilmarg Gondola (Red and rose wine with homemade hibiscus syrup, vanilla and winter spices steeped together for 24 hours with lemon, orange and apple); and The Après Ski (Havana rum, fresh lime juice, Chambord, Frangelico and rose petals blended into an ice slushie with hibiscus).
Subject to availability during peak December dates. Please call ahead (020 7626 5000) to check on availability or book a booth online at www.anisebar.com.
From 16 November 2015-25 February 2016, 10 am-10 pm
Children £9 (aged 4-13)
Family ticket: £35 (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children)
This winter, Broadgate has been transformed into a spectacular festive haven for the City of London. Situated just seconds from Liverpool St station, London’s longest running outdoor ice rink returns to Broadgate again this year. Nearby, dining hub Broadgate Circle will be transformed into a magical winter terrace complete with 25ft Christmas tree, and surrounding restaurants will be on hand to provide festive fare and warming cocktails.
From 19 November
This winter, traverse the slopes of Clerkenwell and leave your ski boots at the door of The Well. The gastropub has teamed up with artisanal London distillers Sipsmith to transform the downstairs cocktail lounge into a traditional alpine ski lodge. The ski lodge will be serving up a selection of Sipsmith’s winter cocktails including Mulled Sloe Gin and Dainty Damsel. There’s also a selection of seasonal canapé and bowl food options.
The Sipsmith ski lodge is available for exclusive hire for groups of up to 70, every evening until February 2016.
Restaurateur Des McDonald’s latest pop-up project on the Roof at Selfridges, Oxford Street, is an autumnal woodland. Their latest collaboration will offer comfort food and seasonal cocktails throughout the cooler months. The menu includes hot pots, grilled meats and fish and seasonal vegetable dishes. The Cabin Bar, situated on the terrace, which has its own entrance, serves Choctails (that’d be hot chocolate cocktails), seasonal ales and warming mulled wine and cider.
Escape the pandemonium of central London and enter through The Churchill Bar’s magical wardrobe doors to its very own enchanted land of Narnia. there’s everything from cosy fur-lined seats to cashmere throws and hot water bottles for the chillier winter evenings. Of course, no winter terrace is complete without a delicious array of warming cocktails and Churchill’s is curated by Green & Black’s. On the menu: Turkish delights dipped in chocolate fondue and savoury cheese fondue.
- £65 pp includes mince pies and hot chocolates
- £85 pp includes wine and canapés
The Berkeley Health Club & Spa has transformed its roof-top terrace into a cinema once again this December. Hotel guests and Londoners can book to watch ‘Miracle on 34th street’ or ‘Polar Express’ on the big screen, whilst nestling between warm down feather Moncler blankets and hot water bottles.
This magical outdoor theatre is London’s only private cinema featuring just six seats. Screenings will take place for the duration of December and there will be two screenings per night at 5 pm and 7 pm on weekdays and 7 pm on weekends. Two special Winter Cinema packages are available for Londoners. Movie tickets are available for both residents and non-hotel guests everyday, weather permitting (Excludes 24/25/26 of December).
From 1 October
The historical Courthouse Hotel located just at the top of Carnaby Street, is set to transform it’s summer rooftop space – the Soho Sky Terrace, into a cosy Soho Ski Terrace this October. Designed to look like the retro ski chalets of the 1950’s, the terrace will be decked out in blankets to snuggle under and candle lit lanterns.
From 8 October
After feeding the hungry Alpine explorers of Balham to such acclaim last year, The Lodge is back by popular demand in 2015. This time they’ve exchanged the peaks of Balham for the mountains of Clapham with a bigger venue. The usual hot toddies, wild game and throat-clearing Genepi will be served alongside fondue.
And if you fancy your very own Alpine party, both the dining room and restaurant are available for private hire. Emailbookings@jimmyspopup.com to find out more.
From 30 October
Guests are invited to wrap themselves in luxurious blankets as they enjoy toasty tipples and head chef Will Stanyer’s festive fayre – raclette, venison kromeski, and rainbow trout with horseradish mousse. Sweet treats include coconut and lychee snowballs and baked Alaska. Enjoy all these canapés plus two cocktails each for £30 per person.
On the terrace, you’ll find an open fire by which to enjoy the York & Albany’s own Winter Spiced Old Fashioned with home-infused vodka; or Chilled Mulled Cider – a mix of cider and Prosecco topped off with apple flavoured ice. Open from 30 October 2015-28 February 2016 excluding Christmas Day and Valentine’s Day.