6 crazy and cool pop-up bars you have to try in London this winter

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Apr 26, 2018

crazy and cool pop-up bars in London
You’ve spent the Christmas season snuggled up in front of the fire, maybe even with chestnuts roasting on it. Now, however, it’s time to take the onesie off, pack away the selection boxes and head out into the city, which has a number of brand new pop-ups ready to amaze you. From adult ball pits, to parties like it’s 1999, to two different ski-lodge-inspired spaces, check out some of the weirdest and most wonderful below.

1. The 90s Brunch

Various dates at a secret location

Like your brunch with a little extra zig-a-zig-ah? Then you’ll love The 90s Brunch, the new project from the makers of Hip Hop Brunch LDN. While you listen to a soundtrack of jams from the decade – from Natalie Imbruglia to Nirvana – you’ll be served great food (much better than the turkey twizzlers and potato smiley faces you spent the real 90s eating), be entertained by an epic lip sync battle and, of course, you’ll get to enjoy great cocktails, which are bottomless for an hour. In short, there’s no excuse to be ‘Clueless’ about this brunch; it’s sure to be a go-to for Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls everywhere.


2. Ballie Ballerson

Tuesday to Saturday throughout winter at 97–113 Curtain Road

Ever look at a children’s ball pit and think to yourself, ‘I wish I could get into one of those again. But with friends. AND COCKTAILS’? Well, now that incredibly specific dream can be a reality, thanks to Ballie Ballerson: a ball pit and bar combo with three ball pits containing one million balls. It even has a ball pit waterfall. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it comes complete with a menu of cocktails inspired by classic sweets, including one drink served with a foam shrimp and a helium balloon, and another featuring Skittles-infused gin. All this plus a weekend bottomless brunch makes for a brilliant ball pit bar.


3. The Moroccan Medina

Until end of March 2018 on the roof of Queen of Hoxton

Take a journey from East London to Morocco with the latest version of the Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop bar. Whereas previous pop-ups have been inspired by Peter Pan, Norse mythology and the Marvel film ‘Doctor Strange’, this winter the rooftop is becoming a super comfy yurt or, as they are known in Africa, a Medina. Bringing the dry and arid desert right into the heart of British winter, the Moroccan Medina will be served by the full Queen of Hoxton bar, which will also be offering shisha pipes to really get you in the Moroccan mood.


4. Après London

Until March 31st 2018 in Flat Iron Square

Go a little off piste with this new pop-up perched behind Borough Market in Flat Iron Square, London’s latest food and drink hub. A ski lodge brought to central London, expect après-ski cocktails and cuisine straight from the slopes. Eggnog and fondue are sure to feature, as are a wide array of Fair Isle jumpers and turtlenecks. All that’s missing is the ski lift! This chalet is guaranteed to be a hot destination for those who want the cosy après-ski experience, but can’t be bothered to go all the way to the Alps for it.


5. Piste Winter Bar

Until early May 2018 at 3–4 Archer Street

The team behind Après London might be a little piste-off that they are not the only winter lodge inspired space skiing into the city this winter. Joining them will be Soho’s Piste Winter Bar, part of the sophisticated Archer Street cocktail bar. A sumptuous combo of wood panelling, mounted deer heads and fur-lined seats, Piste is going for a more traditional look than the retro pastiche of Après London. With a menu of warming winter cocktails and carefully selected meat and cheese, you could spend the whole winter hibernating here.


6. Winter Bar

Until March 2018 at Sky Garden

Found nestled within the Sky Garden of the so-called ‘walkie-talkie building’ is Winter Bar, a pop-up transformation of the Sky Pod bar, combining some of London’s best views with some serious ‘hygge’. According to their website, this pop-up was ‘inspired by the seasons and the joy of wrapping up warm’, so expect lots of (faux) furs, tartans, and other toasty fabrics as you snuggle up with seasonal, alpine-inspired fare, spiced drinks and a selection of live music acts.


Still on the lookout for cosy drinking spots in the capital? Check out our five favourite winter warmers and say goodbye to those winter blues!


Photo by @archer_street on Instagram

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