Escape The Cold At These 24 Snug Places

By Lottie Hulme |
31st January 2019

Brrrrrrrr, right? Our ancestors were out battling wooly mammoths in worse conditions than this, and yet here we are, cowering under a duvet and clutching a hot water bottle. But taking a leaf out of our caveman predecessors’ book (or thumb painting or whatever the correct analogy would be), what we really crave right now is a place to cosy up and escape this unfair weather and  a huge fireplace wouldn’t go amiss either. All we can say is we’re never complaining again when Britain receives a well deserved heatwave! So unleash your inner neanderthal and head to one of these restaurants with snuggly spots and open fires, though full disclosure: we can’t guarantee they’ll be serving mammoth…

Rosewood London

Rosewood London

Stylish Bar With a Gallery

Imagine reclining on a Chesterfield, a glass of delicious Pinot Noir in one hand, basking in the warmth of the fire. Then imagine being surrounded by taxidermied animals and you’re getting closer to what a winter’s evening in The Antelope looks like. This isn’t some half-hearted ‘vintage’ restoration. Stained glass windows, sleek wood panelling and those woodland critters all give The Antelope an authentic rural vibe. The drinks are excellent, too, with eight hand pumps serving a revolving cast of regional ales and an impressively wide selection of wine. Perfect for relaxing by one of the pub’s three open fireplaces.

Where: 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN
Website: www.scarfesbar.com

Coq d'Argent

Coq d'Argent

No, it’s not a garden shed with a novelty car horn sellotaped to the wall, it’s a ski lodge. Honest, guv. Coq D’Argent have devised Lodge d’Argent (not l’Odge Dargent), an apres ski experience in the heart of the city. Head to the terrace for a taste of the mountains, with winter-warming cocktails and a bar menu including alpine favourites that’ll make you feel like you’re thousands of feet up a mountain, not hundreds of feet about Cheapside!

Where: No.1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ
Website: www.coqdargent.co.uk

Mews of Mayfair

Mews of Mayfair

Let’s face it, baby it really is cold outside. Which is why a picture perfect winter wonderland is a great alternative to standing in the cold with icicles forming on the tips of our noses. Mews of Mayfair’s Lancashire Court does winter alfresco just right, with cosy seating, heaters galore (thank goodness), and faux-fur blankets. So sip on one of their signature cocktails and pretend winter just isn’t a thing – it works, trust us!

Where: 10 Lancashire Court New Bond Street W1S 1EY
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.3 miles)
Website: www.mewsofmayfair.com

The Fentiman Arms, Vauxhall

The Fentiman Arms, Vauxhall

Nestled up near Vauxhall station lies The Fentiman Arms, a terribly cosy spot laden with colour and Audrey Hepburn additions. On offer there’s a terrace, roaring fires to toast the toes and delicious Sunday lunches. You can’t go far wrong really!

Where: 64 Fentiman Road, Oval, SW8 1LA
Website: www.thefentimanarms.co.uk

The Antelope

The Antelope

Hearty Gastropub With Three Open Fires

Imagine reclining on a Chesterfield, a glass of delicious Pinot Noir in one hand, basking in the warmth of the fire. Then imagine being surrounded by taxidermied animals and you’re getting closer to what a winter’s evening in The Antelope looks like. This isn’t some half-hearted ‘vintage’ restoration. Stained glass windows, sleek wood panelling and those woodland critters all give The Antelope an authentic rural vibe. The drinks are excellent, too, with eight hand pumps serving a revolving cast of regional ales and an impressively wide selection of wine. Perfect for relaxing by one of the pub’s three open fireplaces.

Where: 76 Mitcham Road, Tooting, SW17 9NG
Website: www.theantelopepub.com

Le Pont de la Tour

Le Pont de la Tour

Le Pont de la Tour have just upped their terrace game, with their own selection of cheese cabins, each with its very own private fondue waiter. The huts serve a delectable-sounding three course cheese-fest of a meal, with Champagne of course, all against the stunning backdrop of one of London’s best known views. Away from the huts, head to the terrace and snuggle under a rug while enjoying terrace life.

Where: 36d Shad Thames, Butlers Wharf, London, SE1 2YE, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.5 miles)
Website: www.lepontdelatour.co.uk

Jerusalem Tavern

Jerusalem Tavern

Welcoming Pub In A Beautiful Historic Building

Farringdon isn’t exactly short of great pubs but the Jerusalem Tavern is right up there with the best in the city. Step inside this gorgeous 17th-century building and you’ll be greeted by a greatest hits of all the things that make pubs great: real ale on tap (from the organic St. Peter’s brewery in Suffolk, no less), proper wooden floors and, yes, a roaring fire. And if you like the beer, you can take a keg home with you too (without the accompanying fireplace, sadly).

Where: 55 Britton Street, Clerkenwell, EC1M 5UQ
Website: www.thejerusalemtavern.co.uk

The Earl Spencer

The Earl Spencer

A few minutes walk from Southfields tube, this cosy joint not only has a recommendation in the 2016 Michelin Restaurant & Hotel Great Britain and Ireland Guide but a top notch roaring fire too. So, for good nosh in comfort, it’s the Earl Spencer.

Where: 260-262 Merton Road, Southfields, SW18 5JL
Website: www.theearlspencer.com

The Thomas Cubitt

The Thomas Cubitt

Classically Decorated Pub With Open Fireplaces

Nestled in the heart of Belgravia, the pub honours it’s namesake (the master builder of the 19th century) with it’s classic decor – think wooden flooring, detailed panelling, an oak bar and floor to ceiling glass doors. Most importantly, the pub warms itself with open fireplaces, yes, there are multiple. As you’d expect, there’re plenty of British ales on offer, but the wine and cocktail lists are extensive too. It’s not all about the drink though, the dining menu is classically British with dishes like seared Scottish scallops with sweetcorn, chorizo and paprika; and pickled baby artichokes with pink fir potatoes, toasted hazelnuts and shallots. You’ll definitely want to settle in by the fire for this.

Where: 44 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 9PA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Victoria (0.3 miles)
Website: www.thethomascubitt.co.uk

Chiltern Firehouse

Chiltern Firehouse

Not only is Chiltern Firehouse often the place to be, but its cosy sink-in sofas coupled with coveted chic interiors makes Chiltern Firehouse a real relaxer of a spot. There are classic cocktails on offer and a real buzz of an atmosphere to boot. Relaxing has never been so fun!

Where: 1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, W1U 7PA
Website: www.chilternfirehouse.com

Plume of Feathers

Plume of Feathers

Historic Pub In Leafy Greenwich

Any serious list of top pubs has to include Greenwich, and Plume of Feathers holds the distinction of being the oldest pub in the region. Dating back to 1691, you can see why their formula has been so successful for so long. The roaring fire is sat in front of the bar, from which you can order proper cask ales and both new and old world wine. Settle down with a bevy next to the fire and gaze over the views of Greenwich Park. And if you get peckish, just pop into the amazing candlelit dining room.

Where: 19 Park Vista, Greenwich, SE10 9LZ
Website: www.plumeoffeathers-greenwich.co.uk

Basement Sate

Basement Sate

We’re going back to base-ics here with Soho’s Basement State. If a picture speaks a thousand words then we’re pretty sure we should stop writing around about now. However, as it’s our job to describe just how cosy a place can be, we can assure you that the leather sofa offerings coupled with some seriously tempting mood lighting and coveted desserts makes this location a real winner on the snuggle front!

Where: 8 Broadwick Street, Soho, W1F 8HN
Website: www.basementsate.com

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

Ancient Pub With Plenty Of Character

Some pubs just have that magical aura about them. Wander down the twisted passageways of Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese and you’ll see what we mean. One of London’s oldest pubs, it has that unmistakable authenticity which makes a cosy drink in the pub such a great experience. With lots of nooks and crannies to get lost in, and a warm fire to warm yourself by (if you can find it), Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is definitely one to visit this winter.

Where: 145 Fleet Street, St Paul’s, EC4A 2BU
Website: www.wikipedia.org/Ye_Olde_Cheshire_Cheese

The Flask

The Flask

Highgate Pub Steeped In History

Gorgeous parks, beautiful houses, quirky shops – Highgate is the place to spend a winter’s afternoon. Once you’ve had enough of the cold, pop in to The Flask and warm up in style. With parts of the building dating back to the 1600s and steeped in history (there’s even a proper ghost story), The Flask is a Fuller’s pub, so expect plenty of London Pride and a proper respect for pub etiquette.

Where: 77 Highgate W Hill, Highgate, N6 6BU
Website: www.theflaskhighgate.com

The White Hart

The White Hart

Riverside Pub With Plenty Of Reasons To Visit In Winter

You can see why The White Heart is so popular in the summer – its prime riverside location gives guests enviable views of the Thames, a real treat when it’s bright out or when The Boat Race is on. But head within and you sense why it’s so popular over the winter months, too. A delicious menu featuring pistachio-crusted pork fillet and venison Wellington, big comfy chairs and that all important fire make this a no brainer for the cold season.

Where: The Terrace, Riverside, Barnes, SW13 0NR
Website: www.whitehartbarnes.co.uk

The London Edition

The London Edition

Stylish, Sleek and Sophisticated Drinking

Housed in the boutique hotel in Fitzrovia is the Punch Room, which takes inspiration from the old members clubs of London. It operates on a reservations only policy, making it that much more exclusive – booking way ahead of time is advisable if you want to bag the table by the fire. There are a total of 10 punches available on the menu, including the gin infused EDITION Punch with jasmine tea and oak moss. Enjoy a drink to yourself or enjoy a sharing punch bowl whilst enjoying the soul, ska and doo-wop peformances. Sat by the fire of course.

Where: 10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NP
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.4 miles)
Website: www.editionhotels.com

William IV

William IV

Next-Level Shoreditch Gastropub

Other pubs have armchairs next to the fire. William IV take it up a notch with whole sofas beside the flames. Whether you want a roast dinner or an afternoon of board games with your mates, William IV is a comfortable and welcoming place to while away a winter’s day. Aside from a selection of real ales, there’s plenty of bar snacks to keep you going.

Where: 7 Shepherdess Walk, Shoreditch, N1 7QE
Website: www.thewilliam.co.uk

The Lord Palmerston

The Lord Palmerston

The Lord Palmerston is all about cosiness, with sofas you’ll sink into and arm chairs that just make you want to put your feet up on a coffee table of some sort. Award-winning, the pub boasts a raised fireplace that’ll have you drifting off to the flickering embers.

Where: 33 Dartmouth Park Hill, NW5 1HU
Website: www.thelordpalmerston.co.uk

The Spaniards Inn

The Spaniards Inn

Homely Pub on the Hills of Hampstead

Since it’s founding in 1585, the Spaniards Inn has established itself as one of the best pubs in London. We do not say this lightly – it’s set over multiple stories, has a large courtyard that has been quaintly decorated, and has a drinks and food menu that will leave you bursting at the seams. Situated at the very top of the heath, you’ll feel as if you’ve left London, plus the decor has hardly changed so you almost feel as if you’ve stepped back in time; the open fires only add to the cosiness and charm of the pub. So take a stroll around the heath, take in the views of London and end your journey at the Spaniards Inn. As a bonus, you’ll find it mentioned in Dickens and Keats.

Where: Spaniards Road, Hampstead, NW3 7JJ
Website: www.thespaniardshampstead.co.uk

Clos Maggiore

Clos Maggiore

Constantly touting itself as the most romantic restaurant in the world, the main dining room is dominated by an enormous fireplace, so if avoiding frostbite counts as romantic, then Clos Maggiore lives up to its rep. The food is Procenval and delicious, and the interior, fires aside, is pretty stunning.

Where: 33 King Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8JD
Website: www.closmaggiore.com

Bull & Last, Highgate

Bull & Last, Highgate

Highgate’s Bull & Last not only churns out some of the best scotch eggs in the capital, but they also boast an open fire churning out enough heat to warm you up and your dog, coz they’re allowed too.

Where: 168 Highgate Rd, Highgate, London NW5 1QS
Website: www.thebullandlast.co.uk

The Ship, Wandsworth

The Ship, Wandsworth

By rights one of The Handbook’s ‘locals’, given we’re a five minute trot away, we might be found cowering from the snow by their giant wood burning stove this evening. Normally recommended for their riverside terrace, it’s the flames which are inviting us in right now.

Where: 41 Jews Row, Wandsworth, London SW18 1TB
Website: www.theship.co.uk

Thomas's Cafe

Thomas's Cafe

It’s a well known fact that that pretty tartan lining inside a Burberry macintosh will not keep out even the faintest of cold snaps. So instead of shivering into oblivion, bring your mac and self to Thomas’s Cafe, upstairs at the fashion houses’ flagship store and sit by the fire until you’re warm enough to venture back out in your cotton jacket.

Where: 5 Vigo St, Mayfair, W1S 3HA
Website: www.uk.burberry.com

Chiltern Firehouse

Chiltern Firehouse

Ironically for an actual fire station, the Chiltern Firehouse is equipped with it’s own fire hazard sin the form of nice warming fireplaces. Snuggle round before going in for what is always a delight of a meal.

Where: 1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, W1U 7PA
Website: www.chilternfirehouse.com

Beach Blanket Babylon

Beach Blanket Babylon

Forget the beach and Babylon, let’s focus on the blanket in this equation. The Notting Hill club and restaurant is practically hoarding all the fire to themselves with not one but three fireplaces!

Where: 45 Ledbury Rd, Notting Hill, W11 2AA
Website: www.beachblanket.co.uk

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