Top Things To Do This Winter
'Tis the season to be merry? You don't know the half of it. From pop-up palaces to Christmas markets, foodie havens to VIP events; it's no surprise that a Londoner's diary is positively bustling come the winter season. So to help you on your respective party quests, we've put together a list of must-visit bars, events and pop-ups that are unmissable over the chilly period. Without fair ado, here are our top things to do this Winter.
Last updated on 24th October 2016
With the cold weather setting in, the team at the London Shuffle Club offer guests a chance to escape the cold, miserable weather, opening up their impressive courts to the city's more adventurous crowds. Combining the competitive edge of ten pin bowling with the finesse of curling, Shuffleboard has taken Brooklyn and Miami by storm. Framed with cocktails, hearty comfort food and frivolous DJ sets, this quirky London event is certain to draw in the crowd this winter.
Secret, sexy and entirely lit by candles? The Candlelight Club is an infamously elusive pop-up promising experience dining, prohibition vibes and dancing till late. Don your finest clobber for this winter date, you'll be needing it as you shake your 30s tail feather on the dance floor. Just be careful not to swish that tail feather too close to any naked flames.
Head over to West London to take a guided tour around London’s last remaining family brewery, the Griffin Brewery. Here, you'll learn all about the history and heritage behind the Fuller's name and you'll receive a fascinating glimpse into what goes on behind-the-scenes to create a perfect pint of London's Pride. Of course there'll be beer samples aplenty too.
Returning for a third year after having stunned London's Christmas-crazed crowds, the Nordic Yulefest again arrives in Shoreditch, offering East Londoners a taste of what festivities are like in Scandinavia at this time of year. Enter through some idyllic looking, ivy-drenched archways and dive straight into all the Nordic-based fun on offer. Are you brave enough to try the Swedish delicacy Surströmming?
Talk about giving the people what they want. One of the first fully fledged cat video themed events in London, Catnip Festival head to the Coronet this winter for a soaring night of kitty themed capers, music, cat videos, feline performers and plenty, plenty more.
A rooftop den atop the party hearty Queen of Hoxton, Once Upon a WigWam is a temporary pop-up promising a Grimm inspired fairytale woodland of belly-warming drinks, toasted marshmallows and a plentiful amount of fairy lights. Sticking around for the duration of winter, head here for BBQ treats, banging cocktails and loads of woodland love.
If you can't make it to the Alps don't worry as Kensington club Bodo's Schloss are bringing the Alps to you. Join them on December weekends with their festive ski brunches. Welcome drinks are provided by Belvedere and Moët & Chandon, and things will be getting seriously snowy with snow canons, mini snowmen and ski simulators.
London may be a harsh destination in the winter, but there's one pop-up bar this winter that's looking to warm those bones just right. Brought to you by the darling Little Nan's, join a kitsch wonderland of teapot cocktails, tropical interiors and Nan's finest crockery in a truly heart warming enviroment.
Kick off your weekend with Bar Rumba's Comedy Carnival set up that puts on one of London's best stand-up shows hosting the cream of the comedy crop. There's different packages available making this event perfect for birthdays, private occasions and even your office get together. You'll see a spread of international talent on this stage.
Winter - it's never as good as you imagine it would be in the summer is it? Well hold on to your hats and clamber aboard the Harmony Boat because they are pimping winter up like never before with The Thames Frost Fair Party. Cruise the river, skate on the onboard ice-skating rink (yes really), indulge in unlimited house wine and beers and shimmy away to the live music.
Returning yet again to amaze Londoners, Rumpus takes over the Islington Metal Works this December. Perfectly balancing their easy-going nature with an immersive theme, the night promises to leave to wanting more. Alongside DJ Loki and DJ Jamie Moon, names such as Buffo's Wake, Mojo Hands and Wonderland will all be showcased here. Never afraid to try something a bit daring, and always looking to push a few boundaries, you'll leave this winter club night with a smile on your face and a spring in your step.