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London’s best winter terraces, rooftops and pop-up bars

London's best winter terraces, rooftops and pop-up bars

A winter terrace looks like a contradiction in phrases, however London’s bars have outdone themselves this yr with cosy winter gardens, festive rooftops, Alpine chalets and these oh-so-Instagrammable igloos! 

Lead picture: Dalloway Terrace


1 The Gardening Society at John Lewis
John Lewis & Companions has launched a rooftop winter retreat in collaboration with Sipsmith Gin. Impressed by the hedonistic frost festivals that occurred on the Thames when it froze over within the chilly months of the 17th century – when store house owners would arrange stalls promoting scorching gin to lots of of delighted Londoners – the rooftop has launched its first ever skating rink – Skyline Skating with Sipsmith London (adults £eight, beneath 12s £6). Heat up post-skate with a scorching Sipsmith gin. MYPIE shall be preserving bellies heat with Scotch eggs, freshly baked sausage rolls, and a rotating menu of pies together with Venison with juniper and chestnut mushroom, plus roasted pumpkin with inexperienced chilli and feta. Background Bars will probably be on the roof, serving quite a lot of winter themed tipples in addition to a collection of scrumptious mocktails to heat up with, together with a mulled apple punch and a chamomile fizz, and there are additionally two bookable Scorching Gin Hideaways. Open until 6 January.
300 Oxford Road W1C 1DX;

2 Pergola Paddington Central
Pergola Paddington Central is again for winter, absolutely coated, winter-proofed and serving up prime notch road meals. The 850-capacity website has been reworked with a clear rooftop, thick blankets and heating, in addition to a scorching new line-up of eating places and warming cocktails. To fireside up Pergola Paddington’s meals providing, Southern Mexican specialists Yucatan shall be serving spicy, tropically infused Mexican meals, and burger legends Patty & Bun will probably be returning as soon as extra, alongside Vietnamese barbecue masters MAM and duck devotees Canard. Every of those unbiased eateries can be making a bespoke menu particularly for winter, with a concentrate on healthful and hearty dishes. Open Wednesday-Sunday till Saturday 22 December, reopening on Thursday three January.
5 Kingdom Road, Paddington Central W2 6PY;

three The White Forest at Madison, St Paul’s
The White Forest is a glowing winter wonderland on Madison’s well-known rooftop terrace, full with views of St Pauls’ Cathedral. The cocktail menu, in collaboration with Fever Tree, presents scorching twists on basic cocktails, together with the Fragrant Genever (a scorching G&T with Granny Smith apple and thyme) or a warming tackle the whiskey and ginger (whisky, Fever Tree spiced orange ginger ale, orange and cinnamon). To eat there are treats like baked cheese, gourmand scorching canine and an expensive chocolate fondant. Cosy up underneath wearable fake fur blankets and absorb London’s best views from the White Forest.
Rooftop Terrace, One New Change, St Paul’s EC4M 9AF; madisonlondon.internet

four Woman Celeste’s at Queen of Hoxton’s
Shoreditch favorite Queen of Hoxton invitations you to step again in time to 1900s surrealist Paris at Woman Celeste’s rooftop this winter. With the assistance of pageant manufacturing maestros Fables Artistic, the cosy rooftop wigwam can be reworked right into a music corridor hidden among the many back-ally Bohemia of Montmartre. Sip on Tarte Tatin Rum within the den of debauchery, dripping in velvet drapes and full with cabaret tables and curious characters. Heat up with Parisian spiked scorching chocolate, a sharing fountain of Absinthe, or Mulled Port and Wine cocktails. The little Paris kitchen shall be serving up Raclette coated morsels of Saucisson, Bayonne Ham and Ratte Potatoes, in addition to The Moulin Ooze – a mustard washed cheese toastie – or The Henri Toulouse Burger.
1 Curtain Street, Shoreditch EC2A 3JX;

5 Skylight at Tobacco Dock
Head for Tobacco Dock to expertise a completely city après skate bar and London’s solely rooftop ice rink. In addition to skating, mulled drinks and road meals, this place additionally boasts fondue, ice hockey slap shot and cracking views of London’s shimmering skyscrapers. Skylight launched final summer time, respiration life right into a beforehand unused carpark (see additionally Peckham Ranges and Roof East, under). The neon-lit winter playground options bars on every of the three ranges: a pergola bar on the primary degree, subsequent to the ice rink; a comfortable lower-level bar with fur-lined seating and cheese and chocolate fondue; plus a heated marquee on the higher deck. There are cosy new igloos this yr, too. Entry is free, skating is £12. Open till 27 January.
Pennington Road, Wapping E1W 2SF;

6 Social Enjoyable & Video games Membership at Roof East
Social Enjoyable & Video games Membership at Roof East is maintaining Londoners younger at coronary heart with igloo eating dens, a toasty ski-lodge bar and six lanes devoted to nothing however curling with Sliders. This yr additionally sees a ‘Curl Runnings’ theme, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the basic movie, Cool Runnings. The roof has a glowing neon theme and lane-side hosts to ship yummy cocktails and icy libations direct to the curling lanes. Curlers will be capable of take a second ‘of cover’ in SLG’s pretty tents, that are fitted with a pleasant bar. Scorching Cocktails are on supply with a Boozy Scorching Chocolate or Scorching Buttered Rum, in addition to chilly choices just like the Winter Zombie or Apple Strudel Mojito. Additionally, to have fun the 25th birthday of Cool Runnings, there’ll be a metal drum band enjoying Christmas classics.
Roof East, Degree eight, Nice Japanese Means automotive park, Stratford E15 1XE;

7 The Hearth and Ice Winter Terraces at Radio Rooftop Bar
The Hearth and Ice Winter Terraces at Radio – the rooftop bar at ME London – every supply their very own distinctive vista. The north-facing Ice terrace is a Nordic-style winter hideaway, the place you’ll be able to take pleasure in Gray Goose Vodka cocktails, just like the Gray Goose Espresso Martini with La Vanille, in addition to luxurious fake fur throws, pine decking and smorgasbords for shared snacking. The south-facing Hearth terrace seems to be to Mexico, with Patrón Tequila and a Hacienda stylish design, agave crops and vigorous Latin patterns. Cocktails together with a Patrón Spicy Margarita, a recent Patrón Orange Blossom Margarita and Patrón Añejo Scorching Chocolate for these wanting a winter hotter with a premium Mexican twist. Open till March 2019.
336-337 Strand WC2R 1HA;

Terraces & Winter Gardens

eight The Prince’s Woodland Backyard, Earls Courtroom
Outdoors it might look like an unassuming pub, however inside, The Prince provides three large bars serving warming winter drinks and a brand new line-up of 4 unbiased eating places – plus a comfortable pub – all related to an enormous woodland backyard. The Prince’s hidden backyard is rammed to the rafters with winter greenery and foliage sheltered by a clear roof with heating. The 4 unbiased eating places embrace earlier favourites Patty & Bun, crispy fried hen specialists Coqfighter and Asian impressed Foley’s, in addition to newcomer Edu, serving scrumptious tapas. Seasonal drinks embrace a Sloe Gin Fizz, Rhubarb Bellini and mulled wine. Open day by day.
14 Lillie Street, Earls Courtroom SW6 1TT;

9 German Gymnasium’s Toymaker’s Workshop Terrace 
German Gymnasium has reworked its terrace right into a magical toymaker’s workshop in partnership with über-cool gin model Monkey 47. Cosy picket huts take inspiration from Germany’s Christmas Markets, adorned with winter foliage, twinkling fairy lights, warming throws and classic toys. The cocktail menu options daring and flavoursome serves together with a scorching Mulled Monkey Magic with Monkey 47, Pinot Noir, home chinato, cinnamon, oranges and vanilla, and a Doll’s Home Midnight Delight, mixing Monkey 47, Riesling, lemon, pineapple, Jagermeister Manifest, floor cinnamon and nutmeg. Widespread German winter classics grace the meals menu, together with roasted recent chestnuts, Currywurst, Bratwurst, oysters and caviar. Open till finish of January 2019.
1 Kings Boulevard, Kings Cross N1C 4BU;

10 Magic Roundabout, Shoreditch
Because the demolition of Previous Road roundabout has delayed, The Magic Roundabout will get one final hurrah – open until 1 January 2019. For its last Autumn/Winter season, The Magic Roundabout presents Fiesta Del Magia, turning the heated outside area right into a smoking scorching slice of Latin America. The primary dancefloor will flip right into a city sq. for nightly fiestas, whereas the onsite chapel would be the good place to admit sins alongside Frida’s cocktail bar, impressed by Frida Khalo’s iconic house in Mexico, and extra. The Magic Roundabout launched in summer time 2015 and has stored issues recent with ever-changing themes. That is your final probability to see it!
16 St Agnes Nicely, Shoreditch EC1Y 1BE;

11 Sky Backyard’s Sky Pod Bar, the Metropolis
Because the temperature drops, it’s time to go to the highest – 155 metres up, that’s – at Sky Backyard’s Moët & Chandon Sky Pod Bar. A magical Christmas makeover has reworked the world right into a mesmerising frozen backyard bedecked in white and gold with ice-covered sledges and penguins. Deal with your self to a glass of Moët Imperial Brut paired with truffle popcorn, or a cocktail within the clouds just like the Truffle Searching (Drambuie, Frangelico, recent lemon, selfmade honey-truffle syrup, egg white & chocolate bitters), boozy scorching candies and bar snacks like wild boar sausage rolls. Safe your reserving prematurely, or walk-in from 6.15pm on weekdays and 9.15pm at weekends. From four December, Sky Backyard’s yuletide reside music nights will kick off, bringing a festive medley of Christmas hits and reside gospel choir nights (tickets begin at £15 and embrace a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie). Open till early 2019.
1 Sky Backyard Stroll, they Metropolis EC3M 8AF;

12 Dalloway’s Winter Terrace, Bloomsbury
Nikki Tibbles Wild at Coronary heart has reworked Bloomsbury’s enchanting Dalloway Terrace with a floral set up of champagne-coloured frosted foliage, pure lichen and and icy white magnolia. The menu options indulgent winter delights similar to truffle cheese fondue and pigeon pie, whereas the cocktail listing, created in collaboration with Belsazar Vermouth, consists of winter heaters like a Hug In A Mug (Belsazar White, Cachaça Yaguara, Chamomile Tea, Honey) and Mulling It Over (Belsazar, Riesling, Home Gin, Milk, Sugar). The all-weather terrace is absolutely coated and heated, with scorching water bottles, Foxford woollen blankets and a chimnea on the patio.
16-22 Nice Russell St, Fitzrovia WC1B 3NN;

13 The Churchill Bar’s Highland Hideaway Winter Terrace
The award-winning Churchill Bar’s seasonally themed alfresco terrace transports you to the depths of the Scottish Highlands this yr. Churchill’s Highland Hideaway pays homage to Winston Churchill’s love of Scotland and his spouse Clementine’s fondness for the Highlands. The Winter Terrace is adorned with iconic British posters and basic London memorabilia, in addition to fake fur throws, pine timber, woodland options and naturally, a tasteful contact of tartan. There’s additionally a menu of British consolation meals comparable to conventional Scottish steak pie and do-it-yourself Scotch egg, alongside a new cocktail menu of basic and artistic Highland concoctions corresponding to A Beet of Scotland with Tanqueray Gin, Tarragon Shrub, Berries & Beetroot Cordial; A Wee Dram with Johnnie Walker Gold, Cocchi Americano and Chestnut Tincture; and a Caledonian Highball, with Porcini Infused Ketel One, 40yrs Graham’s Port, Honey & Rosemary Cordial and Pol Roger.
Hyatt Regency, 30 Portman Sq., Marylebone W1H 7BH;

14 The Winter Forest at Broadgate
Snow-covered pine timber and big tipis will as soon as once more rework Broadgate’s Change Sq. right into a Nordic-inspired wonderland. The all-new Mrs Fogg’s Winter Terrace will come alive for the season simply above its new everlasting website inside the circle, serving particular menus and cocktails, together with scorching butter rum and mulled wine. Every week you possibly can take pleasure in reside music from numerous acts, together with rising expertise and well-known busking teams, skilled, faculty and novice choirs. Mrs Fogg’s Winter Terrace may even host a reside Christmas Carol Singalong each Wednesday. There may also be visits from Father Christmas, artistic workshops on the weekend, festive menus, cocktails and presents. Broadgate’s eating places and bars are additionally providing fund-raising cocktails or menu gadgets in help of Centrepoint, the charity that gives housing and help for younger individuals. Open seven days every week till 24 December 2018.
Subsequent to Liverpool Road Station; 

Igloos & tipis

15 Jimmy’s Lodge on the River, Southbank
Jimmy’s Lodge on the River is again with an Alpine-themed upstairs eating room and the return of these notorious personal eating snow globes. Undoubtably the show-stoppers of the pop-up are these igloos, which this yr have been custom-built with glass panels edged with wooden, and adorned lavishly by MADE.COM. Every igloo homes a personal eating expertise for as much as 10 visitors, and you possibly can plug in your personal playlist whereas feasting on Jimmy Garcia’s incredible winter set menu.
The Queen’s Stroll, Lambeth SE1 8XX;

16 Coppa Membership Igloos, Tower Bridge
Coppa Membership’s insta-famous igloos are again! Situated Thames-side on the restaurant’s Tower Bridge department, they’ve taken on a Scandi-look this yr, with sheepskin rugs, fluffy blankets and twinkly lights strung up overhead. Drink, dine and chill in full view of Tower Bridge all winter, whether or not it’s breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or cocktails. Out there to ebook for a most of eight individuals (bookings underneath 6 individuals might be sharing with different visitors) for as much as two hours. Bookings bought out just about immediately, however for many who love a extra impromptu way of living, a restricted quantity are held again for walk-ins.
three Three Quays Stroll, Decrease Thames Road EC3R 6AH;

17 Skylight at Tobacco Dock
Head for Tobacco Dock to expertise a completely city après skate bar and London’s solely rooftop ice rink. In addition to skating, mulled drinks and road meals, this place additionally boasts fondue, ice hockey slap shot and cracking views of London’s shimmering skyscrapers. Skylight launched final summer time, respiration life right into a beforehand unused carpark (see additionally Peckham Ranges and Roof East, under). The neon-lit winter playground options bars on every of the three ranges: a pergola bar on the primary degree, subsequent to the ice rink; a comfortable lower-level bar with fur-lined seating and cheese and chocolate fondue; plus a heated marquee on the higher deck. There are cosy new igloos this yr, too. Entry is free, skating is £12. Open till 27 January.
Pennington Road, Wapping E1W 2SF;

18 Aviary, the Metropolis
Swap the Northern Lights for the star-lit Metropolis skyline this winter and migrate east to Aviary’s Arctic Rooftop Escape. Enterprise 10 storeys up onto the restaurant’s expansive terrace to seek out trendy, Nordic-inspired igloos with rustic pure wooden decor, hints of stone, hanging winter foliage and pine, alongside flashes of copper, plush fake fur and heat lighting. Reyka cocktails embrace the steaming scorching I’m Coming Residence for Christmas, made with Envangelista Ratafia, raspberry puree, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, cranberry juice and double cream). Sustenance comes within the type of sharing platters that includes uncommon roast beef and Yorkshire pudding canapés and pigs in blankets (vegan choices obtainable). Open till 16 March 2019.
Montcalm Royal London Home Lodge, 22-25 Finsbury Sq. EC2A 1DX;

19 The Sipping Room, West India Quay
The Sipping Room’s Snow Queen Snow Globes supply up Snow Queen Vodka cocktails and Scandinavian-inspired snacks. With room for as much as eight, all of the igloos have toasty touches together with electrical heaters, sheepskin throws and Drake & Morgan’s signature scorching water bottles and Aran jumpers. Sip on the likes of a Snow Royale (lingonberry-infused Snow Queen vodka, cranberry juice, topped up with prosecco) or Winter Princess (Snow Queen vodka, crème de cacao blanc, prosecco & silver). Snacks embrace the Smorgasbord, with dill vodka-marinated smoked salmon, cucumber & purple onion salad, rye bread and smoked cheese, and a Charcuterie Board.
16 Hertsmere Street, West India Quay E14 4AX;

20 The Winter Retreat at Regent’s Place 
Gap up in a comfortable tipi with roaring hearth at The Winter Retreat at Regent’s Place, the busy work and social hub situated by Warren Road station. Toast the social gathering season with seasonal drinks and snacks from the tipi bar, the place you’ll additionally discover seasonal experiences together with reside music, craft courses, quizzes and board video games and group occasions. On Artful Christmas Tuesdays you’ll be able to discover ways to make your personal terrarium, selfmade presents or decorations on your own residence, or head over for Quiz Night time on Wednesdays and stay music on Thursdays and Fridays. The Winter Retreat will host quite a lot of household oriented group occasions on the weekend, in addition to internet hosting a coat swapping service for these in want this winter. Open Monday-Saturday from 12pm-11pm till Monday 24 December.
338 Euston Street NW1 3BG;

Alpine Retreats

21 Jimmy’s Lodge on the River, Southbank
Jimmy’s Lodge on the River makes the listings twice! Not solely does it have igloos, it additionally has an Alpine-themed upstairs eating room, The Refuge. The cosiest picket cabin bar on the river, the twinkly-lit eating room gives scorching cocktails, gooey imported fondue (a vegan, mushroom-based fondue choice can also be out there), and the novel new steak sharer choices, the place you’ll be able to prepare dinner your premium-quality steaks on a scorching stone. It’s a comfortable, convivial should this winter!
The Queen’s Stroll, Lambeth SE1 8XX;

22 Winterland London’s Alpine Membership
Fulham’s Thameside seashore has had a retro ski chalet makeover with heated searching lodges, fondue and schnitzel, mountain scenes, feasting tables, gondolas and chairlifts, bauble crammed igloos and extra. Taking inspiration from the slopes of the Alps within the 80s and 90s, Winterland’s festive winter playground has fondue and schnitzels courtesy of Jimmy’s Lodge, mulled wine and winter hotter cocktails from Moose, a karaoke sales space, curling lanes, beer pong, placing pong and desk tennis. Entry to begins at £5. Personal rent bookings out there all day Monday and Tuesday and in the course of the day Wednesday to Friday.
Wandsworth Bridge Street, Fulham SW6 2TY;

23 The Montague On The Gardens Ski Lodge, Bloomsbury
The Montague On The Gardens has introduced again its ski lodge impressed pop-up for the winter. The Wooden Deck has been reworked right into a magical ski lodge with pine timber, falling snow, reindeer, snowmen, ski racks and strings of fairy lights and lanterns. The centrepiece is a bar serving Schnapps and flavoured vodkas, mulled wine, scorching spiced cider and mugs of steaming scorching chocolate cocktails. Huge woolly rugs will hold issues cosy, or you possibly can head to the Log Cabin, which boasts an ornamental hearth, Christmas tree and cosy armchairs with blankets.
15 Montague Road, Bloomsbury WC1B 5BJ;

24 York & Albany’s Gingerbread Cabin, Camden
York & Albany (of Gordon Ramsay fame) has put collectively a Gingerbread Cabin that might have Hansel & Gretel chomping on the bit. Impressed by one of many biggest fairy tales of all time, the Gingerbread Cabin, nestled within the courtyard, is decked out with Christmas timber, frosting, sweet canes and cosy cushions. Take pleasure in a warming Chambord combined berry mulled wine as you arrive, earlier than tucking right into a canapé-inspired menu of candy and savoury snacks, an inventory of Festive Bacardi cocktails, together with a Gingerbread Latte-tini (a twist on an Espresso martini) and a Bourbon laced Tipsy Snowman. Menus begin from £29 per individual.
127-129 Parkway, Camden NW1 7PS;

25 The Novikov Chalet, Mayfair
Novikov Lounge Bar has reworked its annex into an Alpine-inspired lounge and eating room. In addition to cosy bolt holes the place you possibly can snuggle up in complete privateness, you can even take full benefit of the adrenaline-fueled festivities within the Novikov Bar itself, the place the resident DJs will flip up the warmth. The menu is as fabulous as the environment, with winter heaters like Bratwurst, fondue, smoked fish, tartiflette and mulled wine, served alongside signature canapés and dishes from Novikov’s Asian and Italian Eating places. The Novikov chalet options an enormous desk that may comfortably seat as much as 24, however the area can simply accommodate as much as 40 for standing drinks and canapés between 5pm and 8pm.
50 Berkeley Road, Mayfair W1;