Must Visit Festive Pop Ups this Winter


At this time of year London comes into its prime. There are beautiful lights on every street, Christmas music blaring out from shops and restaurants as well as the most fun, funkiest pop up fayres and pop ups. We are going to tell you our favourite ones that we think you must visit before the festive period is over…



Do you remember way back to the summer, we kept telling you about the amazing little gem called Neverland? Well, they have replaced that summer hotspot to a winter paradise and it is better than you can imagine. Based on Wandsworth Bridge Road, there is something for everyone. For those that want to sit back and relax there are amazing little igloos which you can sit in and look out across the Thames. My personal highlight for Winterland is the games that are available to play. They can range from Prosecco Pong (how can you resist?!), table tennis and even curling. Perhaps you and your friends could be in the Olympic curling team 2018! Similar to Neverland, the food at Winterland is nothing short of delicious. There are fondues, steak frittes and raclette burgers, something for everyone.


Kew Gardens Light Display

 Although personally I have never visited the Kew Gardens light display, it fills me with jealousy when I come across people that have. I am sure, like me, you would have seen the facebook videos and photos, however, I am not sure that it would prepare you for how amazing the display which Kew Gardens put on is. There are over a million lights put up around the trees, buildings and ground to make for a truly spectacular sight. As well as this, there are roasting marshmallows, mulled wine and chestnuts to make you feel extra festive. If you are in the company of young children, there is a North Pole cave where they can meet Father Christmas and jump on a vintage fairground ride. Kew Gardens is top of my list to visit this Christmas and I am sure it should be on yours as well.


 Backyard Cinema- Mercado Metropolitano   

The backyard cinema is so much fun! Think of all your favourite Christmas films.. then add that to an ice palace with comfy bean bags and a bag at the back of the room.  Getting into the cinema is an adventure in itself. You go through an ice tunnel with a lamp full of lights, change your shoes for snow boots and go on into the potions room before settling down to watch the film.  The cinema is based in Mercado Metropolitano so if you are hungry before or after there is gourmet food to keep you satisfied. My personal recommendation would be the pasta stall, homemade tortellini with butter and sage- YUMMY!


Wintertime, Southbank

Southbank is such a fun area of London, so by default their Christmas market must be fun (I can vouch that it is)! There are lots of different food stalls, including, fish and chips, curries, hot dogs and burgers. For those with a sweet tooth, there are mini chocolate dipped doughnuts, churros and marshmallows.  The Rekorderlig Cider Lodge is a real highlight. I had the mulled plum cider, the friends I was with had cinnamon and apple cider. There are seats for you to sit down and the general atmosphere is great. The real highlight of Wintertime is the Finnish rooftop sauna where you can sit in the warmth with a drink whilst taking in the incredible views of London which Southbank has to offer. Tickets go quickly so I recommend booking!


Winter Wonderland

 What would Christmas in London be without a trip to Winter Wonderland? I do not even know where to start with this one… There is such a massive range of rides, including the biggest transportable ride in Europe, swirly in the air rides and your more traditional tea cups. The range of bars is as big as the rides and includes, an ice bar for those who really want to get in the winter mood, a karaoke bar which has all the best Christmas songs on tape and of course the big beer tent. This Bierfasl tent has live bands (some better than others), a great choice of drinks and the best atmosphere you could find in London. Of course, being Winter Wonderland there is ice skating, food markets and everything else which goes with it.


This list shows just a few of our favourites from around London. We hope that you get the chance to visit them!


Happy Festive Period Everyone!!

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  • Nov 21, 2017
    Best Bargains this Black…

    BEST BARGAINS THIS BLACK FRIDAY   This Friday is famously known as Black Friday. This is the day where shops reduce their prices for keen shoppers  to get the best deals before Christmas. Black Friday originated in America and is always the day after US Thanksgiving. The tradition has crept across the pond and there are some great deals on the high street and online which are going to be very tricky to resist! Here at Joyce Guiness we love a bargain and thought that we would let you know our favourite bargains which are due to appear on Black Friday 2017!   MONICA VINADER Who doesn’t love Monica Vinader. Her pieces of jewellery are so simple, yet elegant and really go with everything you are wearing. Whilst I would love to treat myself to her pieces everyday, I feel that on Black Friday it is more justifiable! They are offering a whopping 30% off for Black Friday, which is making it very difficult to resist. If your will power is better than mine, you could use the discount to buy jewellery for friends and family or get someone to get it for you for Christmas.   MISSOMA Missoma is a favourite in our office, their quirky, cool jewellery is a real crowd pleaser and looks amazing. They are offering a black Friday deal, which must be amazing because when..

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  • Nov 8, 2017
    Joyce Guiness do Brunch

    JOYCE GUINESS DO BRUNCH Here in the office, there is nothing we love more than a good weekend brunch. Judging by the queues outside our favourite restaurants at “brunch time”, the rest of London agree with us. We thought that it was high time Joyce Guiness shared with you our opinion of where the best places to go are. It has been tough, but we have managed to narrow it down to six (we couldn’t quite do five) must visit eateries. Mommi, Clapham High St Our first recommendation to you is Mommi on Clapham High St. This restaurant is a mix between South American and Japanese food. This might sound like an odd partnership, but it works- and is mighty delicious. The menu includes dishes such as: Huevos Rancheros, Brunch Sashimi Salad and for those with a sweet tooth- Cinnamon Waffle Churros. I can vouch and say they are all utterly brilliant! If you are feeling extra naughty you can pay an extra £30 and have bottomless bubbles to add to the fun! Dirty Bones, Shoreditch What a treat Dirty Bones is. I first stumbled across it by accident, it was pouring with rain and I ran into the closest place for shelter. The best shelter I could have found! Dirty Bones is an American style restaurant. Not only do they have a fantastic cocktail menu, but their brunch menu..

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  • Oct 11, 2017
    International Day of the…

    In case you hadn’t seen, today is International Day of the Girl! This is a celebration to recognise how hard women work to stand up for their rights. Before our morning meeting today, we were discussing which women inspire us and who we really look up to. There were so many past and present that were mentioned, but, we thought that we would mention just a few ladies that really stand out to us. Our Mothers Yes, our Mums. All of us decided that these are the women who we really look up to, trust and are able to really rely on in any situation. We completely admire their sympathy, compassion and although it is hard to admit, their brutal honesty on all matters (even if you don’t want to hear it at the time)! Thanks Mums! The Queen Does the Queen even need an explanation to why we chose her?! We think that she is totally amazing. At 91, she still has a full time job with the greatest dignity at every event, she is the figurehead of Britain and the longest reining monarch as well as still looking amazing in whatever she wears. We love her! Adwoa Aboah This 25 year old model is just an inspiration. As well as being a top supermodel for so many incredible designers, she is doing something which in our eyes is..

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  • Oct 3, 2017
    The Polo Day

      Last week, you probably would have seen the huge number of social media posts and blogs written about the Langman Cup Polo Tournament which took place last Saturday. What a day it was! The Cup was being played in honour of Roy Langman and was organised by his daughter and Ingrid’s sister Charlotte. We arrived at Epsom Polo Club, and the ground had been transformed with food and drink stalls with a few classic cars! Whilst sipping our champagne and swallowing our oysters the first event of the day started. This was a classic Alfa Romeo racing one of the polo ponies, I thought that it was obvious the car would win, but, I could not have been more wrong! With the car skidding in the mud, the horse ran to victory in front of a big crowd! There was such delicious food to keep us full through the day. There was a Farmyard Kitchen offering everything from burgers and chips to fajitas, for more of a snack there was a focaccia van and of course there was the amazing Oyster bar for those who fancied something a bit different! Tattinger were keeping us hydrated all day with their very drinkable champagne… The first polo match took place; it was the HAC against Epsom Polo Club which was a really well fought match and Epsom Polo Club just managed..

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  • Sep 26, 2017
    Rules of Polo (In…

    Here at Joyce Guiness we are getting very excited about Saturday. The first Langman Cup is being held in honour of Roy Langman at Epsom Polo Club. In anticipation for Saturday, we thought that we would give you the rules of polo for you to mull over.  For more information on the day visit our previous blog post:   So… What do you need to know about polo? The objective of the game is to hit the ball down the field and score as many goals as you can. After a goal is scored the teams switch side. There are four chukkas (periods of play) in a match and each one lasts seven minutes. A Polo Ground is 300 yards long by 200 yards wide although if it is boarded it need only be 160 yards wide. The goalposts, open at the top, are 8 yards apart. Play starts with the umpire throwing in the ball between the two teams lined up in front of him. In the same way play is restarted after a goal is scored or if the ball goes out over the side boards. If the ball goes over the back line there is a hit-in by the defenders. There is no offside in polo nor is there a corner, instead a 60 yd hit from the back line is taken by the attacking side opposite..

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  • Sep 8, 2017
    The Langman Cup 2017

    The end of September can be a depressing time of year. The summer weddings and parties are drying up, the days are getting shorter and winter is very much on the horizon. But don’t worry Joyce Guiness are giving you one more thing to keep clinging on to Summer 2017- The Langman Cup Polo Game. This polo game is being organised by Ingrid’s sister and we are proud to be sponsoring the event! It is being held at the Epsom Polo Club and we truly believe that it will be an amazing day. There will be at least two polo games, the first being the famous HAC (Honourable Artillery Club) and Epsom Polo Club, they have a famous rivalry so be sure not to miss out. Not only will there be polo games, but, the local RAC Club is lending a classic car for a horse to race against. We have definitely not seen this before and we cannot wait to watch it! If the polo and car race does not win you over, we would hope that the Champagne and Oyster bar will. Taittinger are one of the other sponsors, there will be a bar and plenty of bubbles to fuel the day! The event is being held in memory of Roy Langman, tickets will be £5- bought on the door and all of the money will go to..

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  • Jun 12, 2017
    Kiko Matthews: 100 togetHER…

    You may have read Lucy’s previous blog on charities and noted the incredible challenge which Kiko Matthews is going to attempt in January 2018. In fact, we were so amazed at the enormity of it that we have decided to support her. In this blog, I will give you a bit of information about what the challenge is, the reason for her taking part in the challenge and what you can do to help, as well as giving a bit of background on Kiko herself. In 2009, Kiko Matthews was diagnosed with a very rare illness called Cushing’s disease. This not only caused a tumour on her pituitary gland but also created many other life- threatening problems such as diabetes and muscle wasting. She made a remarkable recovery, and eight years on wants to see how she can push her body to the limit. In January 2018, Kiko Matthews is going to attempt to row across the Atlantic unsupported. Not only does she want to do this, she wants to be the first woman to row the 3,000 miles solo. Her aim is to do it in 45 days, if completed in that time, it would be 11 days quicker than the current world record. She believes that aside from the inevitable physical endurance, which up to a point you can train for, the other challenge faced will be mental...

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  • May 22, 2017
    Fundraising Blog

    The sun is shining and summer is finally on its way! With these months looming, beach body preparations are no doubt underway! What better way to get fit than setting a challenge and raising some money for charity at the same time? With so many wonderful, worthy causes it is often hard to choose which charity to support as all of them need money raised. For me, I wanted to do it for a charity close to my heart.I think for most this is the root of the motivation to undergo a crazy mission! If you read our January blog, you would have seen some of the challenges which the other girls are taking part in this year. Recently we were privileged enough to meet Kiko Matthews who is single handedly rowing across the Atlantic (3000 miles!), she has set herself the challenge of, not only completing this mammoth mission, but also to become the fastest female to solo row unsupported! If you are interested, check out her website, it really is inspirational!   If you fancy a challenge this June, Cancer Research are ‘Walking all over Cancer’ with setting the task of walking 10,000 steps a day through June. This is the perfect opportunity to get fit and at the same time know you are raising money to beat cancer sooner. From reading other blogs on charity and fundraising,..

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  • May 10, 2017
    London Pop Ups

    There has been excitement in the Joyce Guiness office over the last week, due to London’s beach opening! We believe that London is the best city in the world and a beach is the only thing that could make it better. ‘Neverland’ is the pop up of the summer. It is an outdoor stretch of Thames beach on the North side of the river, south of Fulham and next to Wandsworth Bridge. It will have amazing street food and in true British style will have Beach Huts. Although Neverland is alcohol free, there is the opportunity to BYOB, they even provide mocktails for you then to create cocktails! Tickets to get into this event costs £5 with no corkage fee. The pop up starts on Wednesday 10th May and is open on weekday evenings and all day on weekends….If you need us that is where we will be… If you are not as keen on beaches as us, there are some other fab Pop Ups arriving this summer. Another great love of the Joyce Guiness office is cheese… So when we found out about the Cheese Bar opening in Camden Market we could not contain ourselves. There will be urban cheesemakers, Swiss fried cheese balls, special cheesy dishes as well as craft beers, live jazz and blues. Sign us up ASAP! Box Park in Shoreditch is under refurbishment and opens..

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  • May 9, 2017
    Summer Sporting Events 2017

    With the weather outside today you would not know that Summer is just around the corner. Not only does the Summer bring glorious weather (?!), BBQ’s and a whole lot of fun, it also is a time when sporting events come into their own. This blog is all about various British sporting events which are taking place over the Summer 2017. BADMINTON HORSE TRIALS Bringing in the summer is Badminton Horse Trials which is a four day, all-rounder event. It is great fun. The Thursday and Friday showcase the world’s best dressage horses, with some beautiful routines. Saturday is the most popular day, it is the Cross Country course. Not only is it fun to watch with the jumps getting harder each year, but you can also walk the beautiful course. Sunday is more of a relaxed day in comparison to the hectic Cross Country Saturday. You can sit and watch horses jumping to amazing heights, of course excitement is added as it is the culmination of the competition, and you can see the prize winner being given the amazing prize. Badminton is not just for the horse lovers. The shops which exhibit there are fantastic: gourmet food stands, specialist leather shops, clothes stalls even pet shops. I highly recommend it, a great day out watching riding and some retail therapy- what more could you want?! ROYAL ASCOT Staying on..

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  • Apr 25, 2017
    London’s New Housing Solution?

    , a new scheme, funded privately by Singaporean investors is “a new way to live in London”, is the corporate answer to the issues facing new workers or students in the capital hunting for a flat and someone to share the costs. It claims to give tenants –“a hassle-free, collective life similar to a student hall of residence, but for people starting out on their career”. Sounds great right? Some agree but most say it’s a faze that can’t last, and won’t last. Most of the rooms are 10 sq metres  in size only and relatively dear compared to the traditional flat-shares seen in London’s inner suburbs, but here you won’t find cockroaches, mice or untidy bedroom as the new set ups even come with cleaners, who are included in the cost of living there, either once a week or once every two weeks. Those that enquire and are keen to move there typically pay just over £1,000 a month for what the scheme has called a “Twodio”. For that they get a bed described as “double” – smaller than your average double bed, plus a private bathroom and access to a kitchen unit that is shared with one other tenant (let’s hope you get along!)  Bedclothes are supplied free of charge (to fit the smaller beds) as is the gas, wifi and other bills too. The new in –..

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