The days are getting shorter and the weather’s getting frosty, but that isn't your cue to go into hibernation. Unique events are swooping in just in time for winter, and DesignMyNight have gathered up the ones you’re gonna want to brave the cold for. Gear up this November for pop-up alpine villages, drive-in cinemas and a fun new singles night that’s based around (wait for it)... a wedding.
You can’t have the full winter experience without spending a night in an authentic ski lodge, right? And this one is as idyllic as they come. Serving up a cosy festive dining experience in London, Jimmy’s Winter Lodge is a rustic gem propped right beside the Thames. But the fun doesn’t stop there as you lap up gooey fondue, mulled wine and espresso martinis.
Winterland is bringing retro ski chalet vibes to Fulham this November, and with entry at just £5, Christmas has come early for the city’s scrimping students. The alpine village sets the ultimate scene for a winter retreat, kitted out with igloos, lodges and outdoor hot tubs for the most extra prosecco sipping session. The Moose Bar and street food vendors will also be there to keep you fed and watered, filling your belly with the best in comfort food.
Leicester Square’s landed itself a brand new bar, and it’s already an Instagram sensation. Originally an underground 19th Century theatre, The Lost Alhambra has had a glam makeover, complete with bright pink booths... and a dancefloor on the ceiling. They’ve also got a playful cocktail menu to match the bold decor, including an eye-catching sip served in a mini disco ball, as well as gravy-drenched burgers courtesy of Dip & Flip. To top it off? Book through DesignMyNight to get 50% off your first round.
A new activity bar is gliding into Canary Wharf come the end of November, and it’s here to change the game (quite literally). Electric Shuffle are redefining shuffleboard as we know it with some hi-tec magic, so you can see all your shuffleboard moves slide onto the big screen above. Refreshments are on hand for when you’ve worked up an appetite, including paddle pizzas and loaded halloumi fries.
Skate rings around an iconic London landmark as the National History Museum’s enchanting ice rink returns. Surrounded by twinkly lights and a giant Christmas tree as the focal point, this rink really is one for getting into the festive spirit. Perfectly paired with an alpine-themed cafe bar, a menu of seasonal drinks and live music performances every Thursday evening, it’s a no-brainer.
If there was ever a pop-up to put a spring in your step, this boozy bad boy would be it. Bottomless Espresso Martinis are the name of the game at Espresso Martini Society’s festive cocktail haven. And for just £25, you can drink the coffee-based sip to your heart's content for 90 glorious minutes, working your way through each Christmassy menu item including a delish gingerbread blend.
Grab a plus one and throw on your favourite frock (if you’re sure it won’t upstage the bride) as you get ready to meet prince charming at wedding-themed dating event - I Fucking Date London. Mingle with fellow guests and gossip over a prosecco or two, before getting your game-face on in time for the bouquet toss. And if you can stay away from the wedding cake, the DJ will spin the cheesiest soundtrack imaginable to keep you moving on the dancefloor.
If you’ve always been jealous of American teens and their drive-in cinemas, the moment to make up for lost time has finally arrived. Cinestock is the world’s first indoor (yes, indoor) drive-in cinema, taking place in a dramatic barn setting that’s even better than sitting under the stars. They’re screening everything from psychological thrillers to Bridesmaids, and other than creating a mega movie line-up, they’ve made refreshments a top priority by giving guests the option to order food and drinks straight to the car.
A bar of intergalactic proportions will be swooping into Edinburgh this November, and it’s no surprise that the ingenious Pop Up Geeks are behind it. Famed for transforming spaces into boozy versions of your favourite film scenes, these guys are raising the bar with a new Star Wars-themed venture. Get ready to drink sci-fi cocktails inside an orbital battle station... as you do.
It’s time for the Swifties of the world to assemble, as we’ve almost definitely found your dream club night; there’s a Blank Space on the guest list just for you. Back by popular demand, Swiftageddon will be bringing you non-stop Taylor Swift bangers, from the diss tracks to girl power anthems, all helping you shake off the stress of a hard week. It’s even been deemed ‘amazing’ by the pop queen herself.
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