A winter terrace seems like a contradiction in terms, but London’s bars have outdone themselves this year creating cosy winter gardens and terraces, along with lashings of mulled wine and warming cocktails. There are plenty of après-ski style pop-ups too, if you prefer to stay firmly indoors during the cold, dark months…
1 Magic Roundabout, Shoreditch
This is one of East London’s best kept secrets. Make your way up a hidden flight of stairs at Old Street Station, stepping into an enormous winter-themed space full of quirky bars and pop-up food stalls. From 26 October to the end of March, you’ll be able to grab some top-notch cocktails in The Bassano Hunting Lodge complete with taxidermy trophy wall and gilt mirrors, and immerse yourself in the Year of the Dragon in an opium den inspired VIP area. Top it all off with food from Burger Bear, Dirty Vegan and White Men Can’t Jerk and you are set for some of the best winter parties East London has to offer.
Old Street Roundabout, Shoreditch EC1Y 1BE; magicroundabout.co
2 The Coppa Club’s igloos, Tower Bridge
Drink, dine and party in a fully furnished riverside igloo overlooking the marvellous Tower bridge. There are seven custom-made igloos all decked out with heating, sheepskin blankets and speakers available for private hire and walk-ins. Coppa Club’s new pop-up will be open all winter, serving up lunch, dinner and cocktails for party goers and sophisticated diners alike. This just looks too cosy and fun to miss out on. Open until 21 March.
3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street EC3R 6AH; coppaclub.co.uk
3 St Moritz Cresta Bar at The Goring Hotel
The Goring Hotel is celebrating the glamorous Swiss Alpine life this winter – specifically the adventurous nature of the Cresta Run – one of the fastest toboggan courses in the world. Overlooking the hotel’s private garden, The Cresta Bar will be serving some stylish cocktails inspired by the famous Cresta Run and St Moritz Bar in Switzerland alongside canapés and champagne. This could be a picturesque date spot or luxurious location for you and some friends to get up to no good. Until early February.
The Goring, 15 Beeston Place, Belgravia SW1W 0JW; thegoring.com
4 Once upon a WigWam at the Queen of Hoxton
Relive your favourite fairytales as The Queen of Hoxton becomes a fantastical enchanted forest. Surrounded by trailing vines beneath a canopy of fairylit trees, you’ll discover Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel roaming about the enormous space while roasting marshmallows by the fire and drinking one of the bar’s many themed cocktails. Open from 22 October till the end of March from 4pm everyday, you’ll have plenty of time to experience this picture-perfect page of Grimm’s most iconic tales.
1 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3JX; queenofhoxton.com
5 Mac and Wild, the City
The champions of Scottish game, seafood and whisky have a winter pop-up in Devonshire Square. Staying true to their roots, the menu at Mac & Wild City will feature their award-winning Veni-moo burger and venison chateaubriand, while also welcoming new dishes in their new surroundings. The pop-up will feature a large heated winter terrace, 110 cover restaurant and a dedicated late night whisky bar open until 2am. They’ll also play host to multiple interactive events including a shooting simulator room, haggis making masterclasses as well as chocolate and whisky pairing sessions. So get your kilts on and head down to Mac and Wild City for a proper Scottish feast.
9A Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YN; macandwild.com
6 Hendrick’s Winter Botanical Garden at Mr Fogg’s Residence, Mayfair
The Hendrick’s Winter Botanical Garden at Victorian-inspired Mayfair bar Mr Fogg’s Residence is decorated with pine cones, cosy blankets and fir trees. Tucked away down a secluded side street in Mayfair, the bijou space – open all year round – has been transformed for the winter with lush evergreens, mistletoe, holly and trees bedecked with candles. Dainty rattan-aged and marble topped furniture, twinkling fairy lights and warm blankets will create a cosy, light-filled winter sanctuary.
15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair W1J 6JD; mr-foggs.com
7 The Courthouse Hotel, Soho
Perched above the infamous Carnaby Street, The Courthouse Hotel’s Central London rooftop will, yet again, become a luxurious après ski terrace for winter. From 15 November till late February, guests can snuggle up together on the plush fleece chairs covered in comfy cushions and blankets by outdoor heaters and ski lanterns. This may just be the most comfortable rooftop in all of London. And thanks to their partnership with Grey Goose Vodka, there will be a number of exclusively designed cocktails to go along with some of the Hotel’s festive nibbles. You may not be able to get to the slopes this winter but with this superb pop-up, you’ll be transported straight to the Alps at a fraction of the price.
19-21 Great Marlborough Street W1F 7LH; courthouse-hotel.com
8 The Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury
This winter, Bloomsbury’s Dalloway Terrace has been transformed into an enchanting frosty hideaway complete with large outdoor heaters, rich and creamy hot chocolate cocktails, mouthwatering cheese fondue and a weekly film club. They have gone all out this year. The winter incarnation is surrounded by flowers covered in snow to mimic the magical Narnia forest. The Dalloway Terrace will also be providing hot water bottles and complimentary shots of Génépi liqueur (a digestif similar to Absinthe) on the heated terrace to guarantee the perfect cosy evening.
16-22 Great Russell Street, Fitzrovia WC1B 3NN; dallowayterrace.com
9 The Savoy, The Strand
The Savoy – recently voted as London’s best cocktail bar – will be transformed into a frozen fantasia from 20 November, featuring a magnificent 15ft Christmas tree and, for the first time in Savoy history, an indoor Ice Rink and cascading Louis Roederer Champagne bauble installation. Enjoy a luxury dining experience in Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill, truly traditional British dining in Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, or cocktails in the American and Beaufort Bar.
The Strand WC2R 0EU; fairmont.com
10 The Lodge, Clapham
TV chef Jimmy Garcia returns to London with the third edition of his autumn/winter Alpine pop-up restaurant, The Lodge. Launched on 21 October and running through to the end of February 2017, The Lodge delivers the flavours and fun of the Alpine mountains to Clapham with seasonal sharing plates, fondue, bottomless bubbles, hot cocktails, Swiss wines and Morand Liquors, plus Michelin-star restaurant chefs. Open Tuesday-Sunday 5.30pm.
The Lodge, 409 Clapham Road SW9 9BT; thelodgeclapham.com
11 Off-Piste at Plateau
This winter, Off-Piste at Plateau brings Alpine chic to the glassy towers of Canary Wharf. Located on the fourth floor of Canada Place, the terrace offers fantastic views over the Canada Square ice rink and has been decorated specially for the festive season with snug furry blankets and wreaths to set the scene for a Christmas cocktail or two. Head Chef Jeremy Trehout has created indulgent bar snacks including Comte cheese croque monsieur, cod croquettes and raclette crostini to be served alongside winter warming cocktails in collaboration with Appleton Estate Rum and Wild Turkey Bourbon. Open until end February 2017.
4th Floor, Canada Place E14 5ER; 020 7715 7100; plateau-restaurant.co.uk
12 Après-Ski at Proud Camden and Proud East
This winter, Proud brings the Alpine ski slopes to London with two new ‘Après-Ski’ terrace bars at both Proud Camden and Proud East, complete with ski racks, taxidermy creatures and a snow-covered landscape creating the enchanting illusion of a chilly ski-chalet getaway. Also explore the rest of Proud East by trying out their billiards and ping pong championships, cocktails by the canal and long list of live performances.
2-10 Hertford Road, London, N1 5ET; proudeast.com
The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Road NW1 8AH; proudcamden.com
13 Pop Brixton
The Pop Box event space has been transformed into a colourful winter lounge, with new lighting and heating. A huge Big Top tent was installed before Christmas across the main square and alleyways. For the new year, Pop Brixton is encouraging people to try something new with Try January, with alternative fitness classes, Laughter Yoga, workshops and family friendly activities.
49 Brixton Station Road SW9 8PQ; popbrixton.org
14 Lodge d’Argent
Lodge d’Argent returns to the rooftops of City restaurant Coq d’Argent, creating a magical winter wonderland inspired by the Little Red Riding Hood story. Rustic wooden walls, fur blankets, and a chic white, red and gold scheme will evoke the classic French fairy tale, providing the perfect festive backdrop for guests to enjoy Angel De Sousa’s specially curated list of winter warmer cocktails in collaboration with Hennessy Cognac. Open till the end of February.
1 Poultry EC2R 8EJ; coqdargent.co.uk
15 Bluebird Courtyard and Brora Cashmere’s Winter Pop-up
It’s officially Christmas in Chelsea as the famed Bluebird Courtyard has re-opened for the season! This year sees guests whisked into a merry, fairy-tale world worthy of any SW3 socialite; think twinkling fairy lights, a wealth of beautiful baubles, delicious cocktails and snug blankets courtesy of one of Britain’s most luxurious cashmere brands, Brora. Stay toasty with Bluebird’s winter cocktails including Hot Espresso Martini and Pimm’s Winter made with premium brand Belvedere Red Vodka, whilst the exclusive Brora Warmer cocktail has been specially designed for fashion fans, blended with Tanqueray No 10 gin, Denham Estate apple juice, fresh mint, cherry liqueur and aromatic bitters topped with sparkling wine.
350 King’s Road, London SW3 5UU; bluebird-restaurant.co.uk
16 Scottish Winter Terrace at The Rib Room
This winter, The Rib Room Bar and Terrace, in partnership with William Grant & Sons UK brands Glenfiddich and The Balvenie, is set to be transformed into a cosy Scottish retreat. Featuring carefully crafted cocktails and inventive bar bites, the Scottish Winter Terrace will bring some warm Caledonian spirit to Knightsbridge. The Scottish Winter Terrace will see The Rib Room heated terrace adorned with greenery evocative of a Scottish pine forest, Glenfiddich barrel furniture, twinkling lights and cosy tartan cushions and blankets. From 7pm-10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, the resident band will entertain with live music. For the whisky or cigar aficionado, the Scottish Winter Terrace will host a series of tasting dinners and pairing masterclasses with the Glenfiddich and The Balvenie. Open daily from 20 November until 25 January 2017.
Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Cadogan Place SW1X 9PY; 020 7858 7250 theribroom.co.uk
17 Pedler brings the Alps to Peckham
Pedler in Peckham is going Alpine for two weeks in January, transporting you high up into the snowy mountains of Europe to their hygge ‘log cabin’ with menus and decor inspired by the Alps. Think schnitzel, bratwurst, rosti, fondue, hot martinis and crisp, cool climate wines. The brunch menu is also getting the off-piste Alpine treatment with additions like langos, currywurst and flammkuchen, to name a few. Pedler goes Alpine for two weeks from 17 January to 31 January 2017.
58 Peckham Rye, London SE15 4JR; 020 3030 5015; pedlerpeckhamrye.com