A winter terrace seems like a contradiction in terms, but London’s bars, restaurants and hangouts have outdone themselves this year with festive rooftops and cosy terraces
Lead image: Dalloway Terrace
1 The Winter Carnival at John Lewis, Oxford Street
John Lewis & Partners on Oxford Street has launched a fairground experience in the sky as its flagship rooftop garden – one of the largest in London – transforms into The Winter Carnival. The rooftop is now a hi-tech world of winter games, cosy private dens, Americana street food, seasonal cocktails and some nifty customisable illuminations. You can battle it out with friends and family ‘the Google way’ on the curling lane, which features a mounted Google Pixel designed to take night-sight imagery. The bookable private dens have been transformed into the magical House of Mirrors, House of Lights and House of Fortune, powered by Google Nest and Philips Hue with 16 million colour variations to choose from. Jimmy Garcia will be cooking up Popcorn Shrimp, Loaded Fries, Corn Dogs, Turkey Drummers, Oreo Cheesecake Bites, Hot Toffee Apples and more, while rooftop residents Background Bars offer seasonal cocktails, wines and beers. Open daily until 5 January.
300 Oxford Street W1C 1DX; johnlewis.com
2 Lodge d’Argent at Coq d’Argent, the City
Escape the city and embrace the spirit of apres-ski at Coq d’Argent’s après-ski inspired rooftop pop-up. The destination terrace has launched its Lodge d’Argent chalets in partnership with Hennessy, bringing a sense of chic Courchevel to a London rooftop. Book your own private chalet for up to eight friends. There is a minimum spend of £250 for each chalet, which you can use as you wish on food and beverage. Choose from a selection of moreish cocktails, created in partnership with Hennessy, including the Snowstorm – a mix of Hennessy Very Special Cognac, Amaro Angostura liquer, lemon juice and strawberry puree – as well as Alpine-inspired small plates, sharing platters, sweat treats and Raclette cheese. Open until 29 February.
No.1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ; coqdargent.co.uk
3 Winter Lights at Pergola Olympia
Pergola’s newest botanical location, Pergola Olympia, has transformed its rooftop into an illuminated winter hideaway. The whole roof is now adorned with twinkling fairy lights, with the addition of more day beds to relax on and new seasonal menus. Entirely undercover and with cracking views of the London skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll find seasonal dishes from Mamalam, Smash Patty and Salt Shed, as well as winter cocktails, 2-for-1 happy hours on drinks in November (running for an extra hour on Thursdays), and space for both bookings and walk-ins. Open Wednesday-Sunday.
Level 5, Olympia Car Park, Olympia Way, Kensington W14 8UX; pergolalondon.com
4 The Enchanted Woods Winter Terrace at Madison, St Paul’s
Madison’s famous rooftop terrace, complete with views of St Pauls’ Cathedral, has transformed into an Enchanted Woods Winter Terrace. Wild woodland foliage is lit by the warm glow of fairy lights, while illuminated trees light the way to your dinner table or private Little Lodge. Madison has partnered with Belvedere Vodka to offer signature cocktails and hot serves such as the Snowdrop (Mancino Bianco Ambrato, Belvedere Vodka, Elderflower and Moët & Chandon) and Drop It Like It’s Hot (Hennessy Very Special, Camomile Liquor Quaglia, Italicus, Lemon and Chamomile Tea). Warming bar snacks, such as arancini and sautéed mini chorizo, are also available. Book a Little Lodge, decked out with blankets, cushions and hot water bottles, and you can take in iconic views of the city while sipping on Moët & Chandon (packages available for groups from 2-20).
Rooftop Terrace, One New Change, St Paul’s EC4M 9AF; madisonlondon.net
Aviary has one of the top rooftop drinking spots in the City, and when the igloos arrive, well, things get even better. This year, Aviary has partnered with Talisker Whisky to create its Skye-line Igloos, offering some warming whisky cocktails (including the Talisker Campfire Hot Chocolate) to get us all through the chillier months. Talisker’s homeland is the Isle of Skye, so you’ll find cosy igloos trussed up with natural and nautical elements, reflective of the wild, storm-lashed island off the west coast of Scotland. A specially curated food menu with a range of platters is also available, and a host of Talisker Wild Cocktail masterclasses will take place in the igloos throughout the winter.
10th Floor Montcalm, 22-25 Finsbury Square EC2A 1DX; aviarylondon.com
6 Emerald City at Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch
Shoreditch favourite Queen of Hoxton invites you to step into a glittering Emerald City up on its expansive rooftop. Step inside the toasty wigwam, where everything is green, and you’ll find a yellow brick road and a fallen house, which seems to have fallen on the Wicked Witch of the West… oh my! As well as a menu of hearty Kansas-inspired food, you can enjoy liquid treats like hot buttered rum, mulled bramble wine, hot and cold green cocktails and even a green beer. There’s also a firepit for toasting marshmallows. The Queen of Hoxton is celebrating the season of the witch all winter long, with immersive events from witch academy classes to a winter witch craft market, pickling workshops and green eco-events such as a big green clothes swap. The Emerald City will be in place until May 2020.
1 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3JX; queenofhoxton.com
7 Radio Rooftop Bar, the Strand
This season Radio Rooftop’s terraces have been transformed into Alpine-style winter lodges in partnership with Grey Goose Vodka. Located on the 10th floor of ME London with striking views across London, the Alpine lodges are decked out with faux-fur throws, cosy blankets and flickering lanterns, where you can dine on winter dishes like an Alpine Charcuterie Board and bespoke Grey Goose cocktails. Try the likes of an Apres-Ski Martini with fig and rosemary vermouth, garnished with a cheeky chuck of Manchego cheese; a fragrant Alpine Slope with Sweetgrass infused Grey Goose vodka, Jasmine Verte, honey and chamomile; or a Winter Warmer hot cocktail to share, with Grey Goose Vodka, pear cider, spices, mead and Martini Fiero. The north-facing terrace houses two lodges, which can each accommodate up to six guests, and the south-facing terrace’s larger lodge fits up to eight guests (minimum spend of £50pp for two hours). Open until February 2020.
336-337 Strand WC2R 1HA; radiorooftop.com
8 Skylight & Fentimans Pink Gingerbread House at Tobacco Dock, Wapping
Skylight Rooftop, which has London’s only real-ice rooftop ice rink, has installed a number of cosy igloos and log cabins for winter. Themed around an urban après skate bar, the three-story east London venue is serving seasonal cocktails, mulled wine, street food from Yiro and Flip Side, ice hockey shooting and some of the best views in the city. The heated igloos and hits seat up to 10 and are bookable for £90-£180 per group (you can also add a sharing raclette or street food tokens to your booking, as well as drinks packages). Skylight has three bars, including a heated après skate bar with twinkling fairy lights, if you want to experience the rooftop without committing to a booking. There will also be a programme of DJ nights, events and parties, including a tree decorating evening, Festive Singalongs, Burns Night, Australia Day and New Year’s Eve celebrations. The winter rooftop is in play till 25 January 2020. Check out Fentimans instagrammable life-size Pink Gingerbread House – complete with icing, candy canes, edible sweet-filled walls and ginger cocktails – while you’re up there.
Pennington St. Car Park Entrance Wapping E1W 2SF; skylightlondon.com
9 Social Fun & Games Club at Roof East, Stratford
Social Fun & Games Club at Roof East is keeping Londoners young at heart with a six neon-lit lanes dedicated to nothing but curling with Sliders, VR Foosball – exclusive to SFG Club – and classic free games like cornhole, giant Jenga, tabletop curling, table tennis and table football (the analogue, real-world kind). This winter, the rooftop is getting a 90s makeover, with retro arcade games including Pac-Man, Street Fighter II and Space Invaders. To keep warm, head into the toasty tent bar and enjoy hot cocktails like Boozy Hot Chocolate and Hot Buttered Rum should keep any chills at bay while frolicking atop a Stratford car park. Reopening for winter on 21 November.
Roof East, Level 8, Great Eastern Way car park, Stratford E15 1XE; sfgclub.com
10 The Rare Side of Scotland Bothy Experience on Selfridges Rooftop
Showcasing four luxurious bothies (that’s a basic shelter left open for hikers, if you’re not an ‘outdoorsy’ type) set high about the hustle and bustle of the city, the Rare Side of Scotland Bothy Experience on Selfridges Rooftop is a great spot for a warming winter beverage during the festive period. Johnnie Walker Blue Label Rare Side of Scotland comes in a limited-edition bottle designed by the Timorous Beasties Studio, and is available exclusively from Selfridges until 30 November. The intricate design of the bottle replicates the beauty of Scotland’s flora and fauna, which is also echoed in the design of the rooftop. Bespoke Johnnie Walker Black Label cocktails include The 1962 Fizz (with Belsazar rosé and champagne), Maid of the Sea (with Tio Pepe and Soda) and the Barbershop Quartet (earl grey infused Johnnie Walker Black Label with peach liqueur, Belsazar and cherry and green chartreuse). Guests can also order from the San Carlo’s menu to enjoy in the cosy bothy.
Selfridges Rooftop, 400 Oxford Street W1A 1AB; selfridges.com
11 Big Chill Kings Cross Rooftop Brew Stop
The once pink and rosy rooftop space at Big Chill Kings Cross has been transformed for the colder months in partnership with Camden Town Brewery. The Rooftop Brew Stop, as it’s now known, is a Bavarian-style terrace complete with plenty of beer, wintery festoon lighting and Christmas market vibes. Camden Town ornaments, illustrated by celebrated artist Bodil Jane, dangle from the ceiling, while warming lights and festive decorations create an Alpine feel. Exclusive seasonal Camden Town beers include Hells In Hibernation (a steady and fresh 4.6% ABV lager with a piney, citrusy taste), as well as festive cocktails such as the White Christmas (Havana 3-year-old rum, Koko Kanu coconut rum, coconut milk, mint an lime) and the Gingerbread Sour (Jameson whiskey, gingerbread syrup, egg white, lemon and Angostura bitters). You can also order an Alpine Hells Burger, a three-way collaboration from Chuck Burger, Raclette Bros and Camden Town Brewery featuring a Chuck 6oz beef patty, beef bourguignon, pickled red onion, cornichons, mustard mayo, Maker’s Mark/Camden Hells boozy berry & bacon chutney, and grilled raclette off the wheel.
257-259 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross N1 9NL; bigchillbar.com
12 Rosé on The Roof at 12th Knot, Sea Containers, South Bank
12th Knot at Sea Containers Hotel has launched its winter terrace in collaboration with famed champagne house Laurent-Perrier. The cosy Rosé on The Roof winter hideaway features twinkling arctic lights, views across London and a Laurent-Perrier champagne cocktail menu. Choose from the likes of the Cold Toddy (Audemus Covert, yellow chartreuse, malted whey, Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée and spices), Underwood (Patron Olmeca, Graham’s White Port, shiitake, Crème de Mure and Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé) and Arctic Spice (JD 7 & Honey, coffee, Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée). Of course, you can also enjoy a refreshing glass of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé, La Cuvée and Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature champagne straight up as it comes, either by the glass or by bottle.
20 Upper Ground, South Bank SE1 9PD; seacontainerslondon.com
1 Dalloway’s Winter Terrace, Bloomsbury
The ever-popular Dalloway Terrace has had its winter makeover, inspired by the affluent alpine town of Gstaad, the Swiss snowy winter playground for A-listers. Celebrated British florists Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart has once crafted a highly Instagrammable installation, replete with snow-drenched pine garlands and traditional Swiss cow bells nestled among frosty foliage. You’ll find Alpine classics on the menu, too, including a Swiss Cheese Board, Cheese Rosti, Cheese Fondue and a Swiss-inspired afternoon tea. Also available is a new warming cocktail menu (£13 each), served with a Retro Viewer so that you can gaze upon Gstaad’s the picturesque mountains. Celeb-skiers aside, Gstaad still has its roots firmly entrenched in village life, and Dalloway Terrace has fully embraced this side of the destination, honoring traditions such as Scherenschnitte (paper cutting), which is showcased throughout the restaurant.
16-22 Great Russell Street, Fitzrovia WC1B 3NN; dallowayterrace.com
2 The Prince’s Woodland Garden, Earls Court
Outside it may seem like an unassuming pub, but inside, The Prince offers three huge bars serving warming winter beverages and a new line-up of four independent restaurants – plus a cosy pub – all connected to a giant woodland garden. The Prince’s hidden garden has been transformed for winter with deep coloured wooden detailing, autumnal flowers and foliage, and three new bookable day beds, ideal for hiding away from the cold. The retractable roof will be kept firmly in place so everyone can stay cosy and dry, and the resident food traders will be serving up seasonal specials. Choose from Patty&Bun, Homeslice, Honi Poké and the new kid on the block, Wildcard. The new winter cocktail menu includes a Sloe Gin Fizz, Elderflower Spritz and Espresso Martini.
14 Lillie Road, Earls Court SW6 1TT; theprincelondon.com
3 Urban Winter Forest at Pergola Paddington
Pergola Paddington Central is back for winter, fully covered, winter-proofed and serving up top notch street food. This year, the popular venue has gone for an urban winter forest theme, entered via a new tunnel of stars. The redesigned bar area is now blanketed by fairy lights, seasonal foliage and trees for a cosy winter atmosphere. Nine new day-beds on the ground floor mean that old friends and new can hug it up under the stars (the roof is clear, you see), while the lower floor bar area offers cosy, covered seating. Take refuge from the cold and feast on new seasonal dishes from some of London’s top traders including An Choi, Babek Brothers, Temaki Bros and Smash Patty. Warming winter cocktails are also available, and there’s a 2-for-1 drinks offer from 4pm-7pm on Thursday and Friday. Open Wednesday-Sunday.
5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central W2 6PY; pergolalondon.com
4 Jimmy’s Lodge, South Bank
Jimmy Garcia’s South Bank pop-up has an alfresco bar and terrace, a cosy Alpine-style lodge and private dining snow globes. In partnership with Martin Miller’s Gin, the snow globes will take on a Northern Lights theme with Icelandic textures and themed cocktails. Jimmy’s Lodge will once again be made up of four elements: the snow globes, which each accommodate up to 10 guests for a private dining experience (minimum spend £600); the Refuge Restaurant a twinkly-lit dining room in a cosy wooden lodge serving fondue and steak sharer options (£45pp); the Alpine Bar, serving winter warmers from partner Martin Miller’s Gin; and the downstairs Chalet Snack Bar with festive street food such as the legendary Lodge Raclette Burger, Venison Hot Dog and Aspen Fries with Truffle Oil. There will also be festive craft sessions such as ice sculpting, wreath making and cocktail masterclasses.
78 Waterloo Bridge, South Bank SE1 9PX; jimmyspopup.com
5 Coppa Club Tower Bridge Igloos
This Instagram favourite is a tough one to wrestle from the top spot. Many have tried, but Coppa Club Tower Bridge’s riverside location, with idyllic views of London’s most famous bridge and the sparkling glass towers of the South Bank, give these igloos a romantic edge that see them pretty much book out every winter. This year the the igloos have been cosied up for the winter season with a woodland theme, sporting candles, recycled wool blankets, cruelty-free sheepskin rugs and evergreen trees. Booking until 31 January 2020 (but if you don’t manage to get a reservation, Coppa Club always keeps a few igloos open for walk-ins).
3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street EC3R 6AH; coppaclub.co.uk
6 Sky Garden’s Sky Pod Bar, the City
As the temperature drops, it’s time to head to the top – 155 metres up, that is – at Sky Garden’s Moët & Chandon Sky Pod Bar, launching on 18 November. Alpine fever has taken hold, and the Sky Pod Bar had been transformed into a cosy ski chalet-style retreat with warming food and drink, including Moët & Chandon pretzel match sticks to pair with your champagne. Tickets below from £11 for access and a cocktail or £16 for access and a glass of champagne. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, you can also enjoy music from the house DJs. Walk-ins are welcome from 6pm on weekdays and 9pm on weekends (subject to availability). Plus, from 3 December, Sky Garden’s Christmas Music Nights will kick off, offering a festive medley of Christmas hits and live gospel choir nights. Open until early 2020.
1 Sky Garden Walk, the City EC3M 8AF; skygarden.london
7 The Churchill Bar & Terrace, Marylebone
Churchill Bar’s award-winning alfresco terrace has not only been been dressed for winter with faux fur rugs and blankets, a new winter cocktail menu has been introduced to pay homage to the many roles Winston Churchill played. The new Shades of Winston Churchill menu, led by talented Head Bartender Giacomo Guarnera and his team, features a repertoire of cocktails that are inspired by Churchill and classic British food duos. There’s Prime Minister, inspired by egg and cress and based on Johnnie Walker black; The Traveller, a unique twist on jacket potatoes and baked beans based on Ketel One infused baked potato vodka; and The Artist, inspired by Winston’s penchant for painting and incorporating English breakfast tea. You can also pair each cocktail with a dish that compliments the quirky cocktail ingredients. Drinks from £16, food pairings from £6.
Hyatt Regency, 30 Portman Square, Marylebone W1H 7BH; thechurchillbar.co.uk
8 Fever-Tree Winter Lodge at The Winter Forest, Broadgate
Snow-covered pine trees and twinkling lights will once again transform Broadgate’s Exchange Square into a Nordic-inspired wonderland. Located adjacent to Liverpool Street Station, The Winter Forest will offer live music from various acts, including emerging talent, well-known busking groups and lunchtime Christmas carols. Head for the Fever-Tree Winter Lodge on the upper level of Broadgate Circle, where soft, comfy seating, wreaths and festive foliage exuding Fever-Tree spices offer a warm welcome. The bar serves a selection of perfect Fever-Tree pairings with a number of guest gins, and there will also be a series of spirits masterclasses. The Winter Forest will also offer festive bouquet workshops with luxury florists Grace and Thorn, as well as classic Christmas movies at the newly launched Everyman Cinema and visits from Santa on 23 November and 10 & 19 December. Open seven days a week until 20 December 2019.
Next to Liverpool Street Station; broadgate.co.uk
9 The Alpine Club at Winterland Fulham
Fulham Beach Club has had a hygge ski chalet makeover for winter with cosy igloos, log cabins and hunting lodges. The Alpine Club, as its now known, will offer fun winter games (shuffle board, beer pong, table tennis and arcade games), warming street food, drinks from the Moose Bar and DJs and live bands every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. There will also be a bubbling Nordic Woodland hot tub with a magical view of the Thames and waiter service. Cosy up with friends and enjoy a mulled wine, hot gin or boozy hot chocolate, alongside cheesy fondue, gourmet burgers, spicy chicken wings, macaroni cheese and sourdough woodfired pizzas. Open from Friday 7 November until early 2020. Entry to Winterland starts at £5pp.
Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham SW6 2TY; winterlandlondon.com#
10 Inamo, Camden
North London had a distinct lack of igloos, until inamo Camden – the newest and most aesthetically striking of the innovative sushi restaurants – came along. The heated pop-up pods have been furnished with sheepskin rugs, dressed with floral decorations and fairy lights, and even feature their own speaker system. Situated in the Winter Garden and on the roof terrace, the igloos offer an à la carte menu, Tasting Menu and Sharing Menu with chef’s selection of dishes – think dragon rolls, sea bass ceviche, pork and kimchee gyoza, yakitori, sizzling mushroom toban yaki and plenty more. A fixed minimum spend is required for exclusive use of each igloo (prices vary depending on day and time requested), but if you can’t fill a whole igloo on your own, you can share with other guests.
265 Hampstead Road, Camden NW1 7QX; inamo-restaurant.com
11 The Sipping Room, West India Quay
The Sipping Room is boosting the size of its winter igloos to create B’igloos (geddit?!), holding up to 40 people each. The igloos will be Wanderlust themed, offering a magical Icelandic landscape courtesy of Martin Miller’s Gin, juxtaposed with Jules Verne’s gateway to the centre of the earth to create a land of fire and ice. Indigenous flowers, native moss, birch and other wild textures will help recreate the wonder of the Northern Lights, while toasty touches including electric heaters, sheepskin throws and Drake & Morgan’s signature hot water bottles heat things up a bit. Inspired by the wild Icelandic winter, Martin Miller’s winter gin cocktails are the perfect accompaniments to your igloo adventure, from the signature Northern Lights to the delicious Hot Gin Toddy.
16 Hertsmere Road, West India Quay E14 4AX; drakeandmorgan.co.uk
12 The Chelsea Courtyard
The Chelsea Courtyard has undergone a seasonal overhaul, transforming into a pretty winter retreat decorated with autumnal flowers and foliage carefully selected by The Chelsea Gardener’s flagship store. Festoon lighting will drape from the encasing Victorian buildings, and cosy blankets and heaters will keep visitors toasty. The Chelsea Courtyard, located just off the Kings Road, offers a selection of warming cocktails, including a boozy Chilli Hot Chocolate with Appleton Spiced Rum, brandy and chilli, as well as and seasonal dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including pumpkin ravioli and Moroccan slow cooked lamb shank with root vegetable dauphinoise.
151 Sydney Street, Chelsea SW3 6NT; thechelseacourtyard.com
13 Wright Brothers Soho’s Sipsmith Winter Terrace
Wright Brothers Soho has launched a brand new picturesque winter terrace in partnership with Sipsmith. The new winter hideaway is serving up both cold and warm festive gin cocktails as well as signature dishes from Wright Brothers, under twinkly lights in their snug and cosy new terrace. The Winter Sipping menu features the likes of Mulled Gin & Gingerbread (Sipsmith Sloe Gin, homemade gingerbread cordial and winter spices, served hot), Chocolate Orange Espresso Martini (Sipsmith Orange & Cacao Gin, Sipsmith London Dry Gin, coffee liqueur, maple syrup and espresso, served hot or cold), and an Orange & Cacao G&T (Sipsmith Orange & Cacao Gin, orange bitters and Valencian orange tonic).
13 Kingly Street & Kingly Court, Soho W1B 5PW; thewrightbrothers.co.uk
14 Orrery White Winter Terrace, Marylebone
Orrery, the French restaurant in the heart of Marylebone, has transformed its rooftop into a White Winter terrace in partnership with The White Company and Moët & Chandon. Perched atop the converted stable block that houses the restaurant, the sheltered space is decorated with wreaths and twinkling baubles, alongside white sheepskin rugs and luxury cashmere throws draped over the couches and notes of chestnuts, vanilla and pine filling the air courtesy of The White Company scented candles. To complement the seasonal setting, Chef Patron Igor Tymchyshyn has created a menu featuring the likes of truffle-topped herbs risotto served with Jerusalem artichoke crisps and roasted fillet of cod with courgette flower, aubergine and basil velouté. The festive cocktail collection has been inspired by The White Company winter candle fragrances, with serves like the Vin Epicé spiked with Vermouth Rosso and spiced with cloves, cinnamon, orange and chestnuts; and a Spritz d’Hiver with Moët & Chandon Champagne, Vermouth Rosso and spiced syrup. Guests must pre-book to dine from the White Winter terrace menu.
55 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone W1U 5RB; orrery-restaurant.co.uk
15 The London Secret Garden, South Kensington
The London Secret Garden has opened its winter garden in South Kensington, offering igloo dining with cosy faux furs, a winter warming food and cocktail menu, a festive afternoon tea with mulled wine and pigs in blankets, and a rather special Christmas Crystal Prize Dome. The unique space, by a beautiful church where poet T. S. Eliot was Warden for 20 years, has five igloos, each named after an iconic singer from recent times (Bowie and Freddie Mercury are among the honoured), and a memorial garden area for the victims of the 2017 Grenfell tragedy. The Christmas Crystal Prize Dome (open 1-5 December) is inspired by the original Crystal Maze TV show, where the final challenge is to grab as many prize tokens as possible, with free meals, afternoon tea and cocktails up for grabs. Entry to the Christmas Crystal Dome is available to all those dining in the igloos for lunch or dinner, which must be booked in advance. At each service, each igloo will play against each other in the Christmas Crystal Dome, and the winning igloo will be the one that grabs the most tokens.
100 Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 4ER; londonsecretgarden.co.uk
16 Fish Market’s Arctic Terrace with Ketel One Vodka, the City
Fish Market’s new North Pole-inspired Arctic terrace serves hot drinks and delicious espresso martinis in fun festive surroundings. The Liverpool Street terrace is a cosy haven lined with snow-dusted fur trees, flickering festoon lights and garlands of pine cones, baubles and fur, and a silver sleigh dressed with faux fur, warm blankets and cushions is the perfect spot for a festive selfie before. On the drinks menu are two types of Ketel One Vodka cocktail – botanical warmers and espresso martinis. Pick from the Ice, Ice, Berry (Ketel One Botanicals cucumber & mint jumbled with mixed berry tea, agave and star anise) and Santa’s Spiced Peach (Ketel One Botanicals peach & orange blossom, with chamomile tea, honey and clove), or a range of espresso martinis including the Forest Gateau (Ketel One Vodka, cassis and coconut syrup), the Hazelnut (Ketel One Vodka, Kahlua and hazelnut syrup) and the Chocolate Orange (Ketel One Vodka, Kahlua, cardamom syrup with orange zest). The restaurant is also launching a special edition of its famous seafood brunch featuring seafood platters stuffed with Jersey Rock oysters, dressed crab, prawns, mussels and other seafood delights.
6 New Street, London EC2M 4TR; fishmarket-restaurant.co.uk
17 Off Piste, Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf has ditched its ice rink this year and instead launched Off Piste, an après-ski themed winter wonderland. Hosted in Canada Square Park, the new lodge-style bar – complete with heated outdoor terrace – features five individually designed cabins cosied up with luxury decor. The lodges have room for parties of two, four or six, as well as larger arrangements for bigger groups of 16-20. Food comes from the legendary Radio Alice, known for its delish sourdough pizzas, while Pravha will be serving crisp pilsners and there’s also a menu of cocktails including a bespoke winter warmer called The Snow Stopper. Those keeping it apres-ski real on the terrace can enjoy mesmerising footage of the Northern Lights and Rocky Mountains shown on an impressive interactive screen, ski memorabilia, shimmering festive lights and free 80s themed music nights and free DJ events every Thursday and Friday evening. Open until Saturday 29 February 2020.
Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf E14 5AX; offpiste.bar
18 The Elyx Chalet at Rosewood London, Holborn
Rosewood London has partnered with luxury vodka brand Absolut Elyx to launch The Elyx Chalet. The hotel’s cool courtyard has been transformed into the snowy and enchanted winter wonderland of Southern Sweden with fir trees, fairy lights, snow globe effect porthole windows, abundant cushions and throws in velvet and fur, and handmade copper decorations in the style of Absolut Elyx. The copper Elyx bar will be serving an array of Swedish-inspired hot and cold drinks, such as the Glögg, a twist on a mulled wine with red wine, port and spices, Tomte’s Nectar with Absolut Elyx, Apricot Brandy, Blackberry Sherbert and Ginger Ale served in a copper gnome-shaped glass, and The Nutcracker, mixing Spices and Peanut Butter washed with Absolut Elyx. Holborn Dining Room’s Executive Head Chef Calum Franklin has created a menu of winter dishes with a Swedish twist, such as Monkshill farm scotch egg with caper mayonnaise, gin-cured salmon with pickled cucumber and soda bread, and squash, sage and spelt risotto with spenwood cheese. Open from 4pm until 29 February.
252 High Holborn WC1V 7EN; rosewoodhotels.com
19 Winter Lodge on The Terrace at St Ermin’s Hotel, Westminster
St. Ermin’s has transformed its terrace into a cosy winter lodge complete with flickering candles and cosy blankets. Snuggle up and shelter from the elements while enjoying delicious ‘winter fuel’ such as Arbroath smokie fish cakes, wild mushrooms on toast, Scotch scallops with black pudding and apple, lamb & haggis meatballs and St. Ermin’s ‘deep-fried Mars bar’. You can also enjoy a collection of signature drinks based around with King’s Ginger Liqueur, a favourite of Edward VII created to keep the King on tip top form as he raced around the streets of London in all weathers. Choose from a King’s Hot Chocolate, King’s Negroni and King’s Fizz. Afternoon Tea is also served on the winter terrace. Open 11am-9pm. Walk-ins only (no bookings).
2 Caxton Street, Westminster SW1H 0QW; sterminshotel.co.uk
20 Flat Iron Square’s Après Ski Lodge & Alpine Whisky Lodge, London Bridge
The cosy Après Ski Lodge this winter returns to Flat Iron Square this winter, complete with holiday workshops and free weekly festive film screenings. Inside the lodge you can enjoy warming drinks and munch on candied pecans, while outside in the sprawling archways and alleyways, you’ll find some of London’s top street food vendors. The square will also host the Alpine Whisky Lodge with an exclusive menu of warming whisky cocktails from Highland Park, Maker’s Mark and Laphroaig. Serves on offer include the Maker’s Mark S’mores Old Fashioned, served with a toasted marshmallow, the Laphroaig Penicillin, a smoked concoction featuring Laphroaig, lemon juice, honey and fresh ginger syrup, and the Highland Park Hot Apple Cider. You can even enjoy live jazz music on Acoustic Whisky Wednesdays, or enjoy a Wreath-Making Craft Workshop with Maker’s Mark. The lodges are open until Feb 2020 (closed from 23 December until 6 January 2020, excluding a ticketed NYE party).
53b Southwark Street, London Bridge SE1 1RU; flatironsquare.co.uk
21 The Gossip Garden at Rumours Mayfair
Heddon Street’s playful restaurant, Rumours Mayfair, has launched The Gossip Garden. The 60-cover seating area offers almost complete covering with low awnings and high partitions from the pedestrianised street. As well as overhead and spiral heaters, Rumours has commissioned bespoke faux fur capes for guests to wear, and added four hot cocktails to the menu – snug indeed! Food is served all day with a new menu created by award-winning Head Chef Daniele Colombo, who recently joined Rumours from Chucs. Highlights from the menu include Truffle Arancini with Parmesan Sauce, Quail’s Eggs with Tonnato, Calamari and Zucchini Fritti and Plant Based Burger with Sweet Potato Chips. There’s also a spectacular sharing sweet – the Snow Queen – with glittery curls of white candy floss ‘hair’ atop a queen with a selection of homemade cakes, muffins and cookies creating a sweet necklace around her neck (£30 for two-four people to share). It’s also a great spot for shisha, with more than 100 flavours to choose from.
4 Heddon Street, Mayfair W1B 4BS; rumoursmayfair.com