Festival Spotlight: Intent at The Southbank Wintertime Festival

Stretch Tents for Urban Festivals

Mulled wine, a rooftop view of the Thames, a cosy fire and a good blanket, it’s the festive season in London and Intent have been helping the Southbank Centre create warmth and a little bit of wonder with The Wintertime Festival. Offering a range of pop up installations taking inspiration from the Alps to finding Nordic treats and festive favourites, this year’s Wintertime Festival has it all and three giant snow globes to boot.

Inside of Jimmy's Lodge a pop up installation with truss and chino stretch tent

With a whole winter program of live events, an interactive exhibition and a Finnish sauna as part of the programme, Intent were thrilled to partner with the festival and help create three distinct areas covering a pop up restaurant, urban bar and magical roof top retreat with a range of stretch tent structures.

Jimmy's Pop Up Small Stretch Tent Bar and Snack Shack

Close to the river’s edge, taking full advantage of the wintery views of the city, Jimmy’s Lodge on the River offers three delicious dining experiences to Wintertime festival goers, The Refuge Restaurant (three course dining), The Snow Globes (private dining) and The Jimmy’s Lodge serving hot cocktails and street food straight from the grill.

Jimmy's Pop Up stretch tent venue at night with purple festoon lighting.

Decorated with bright purple festoon lights and complete with a cosy outdoor fire and indoor heating, Jimmy’s lodge transforms at night into a snug bankside bar serving indulgent snacks and warming winter drinks. Just turn up and snuggle up with a raclette burger.

Southbank - Roof Garden with chino stretch canopy 13

High above the river banks and bridge, in the get away that is the Southbank roof garden, the terrace housing wildflowers, urban allotments and fruit trees has been transformed into a covered winter bar and cafe, with an added Finish sauna. The perfect place to let of steam after work on a wintery London night. Originally created in collaboration with the team from the Eden Project, this urban oasis has long been a favourite of Londoners wanting to rise above the busy city and find a peaceful retreat.

Southbank Centre roof garden cafe with chino stretch tent cover.

Back by the riverside and tucked discreetly under Waterloo bridge, The Bar Under the Bridge is back this winter with a splash, serving up an expanded selection of fine local, national and international beers with a focus on beer sourced from Nordic breweries. Add chicken burgers to die for (courtesy of Palmstar) and you have a perfect winter snack.

Bar Under the Bridge black stretch tent seating area

Voted ‘The Best Bar/Pub’ for Waterloo & Southwark in the 2016 Time Out Love London Awards, The Bar Under the Bridge has expanded this year with the help of Intent’s 19.5m x 10.5m black stretch tent structure.

Bar Under the Bridge stretch tent canopy interior

Whatever your plans for the winter months if you’re in London make your way down to the Southbank centre. The Winter Festival will run until 4th Jan so there’s plenty of time for a hot cocktail or two. We’ll meet you at the bar.

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