10 Of London’s Best Winter Terraces

By Phil Clarke, Editor of The Handbook website Phil Clarke |
5th November 2019

Winter terraces are all the rage right now. Simply take a bit of outsidey space, clear away the bins or whatever was there before, throw around some faux fur blankets and a couple of daggy pine trees and hey presto! You’ve got yourself a winter terrace. Then email me and I’ll pop it into our Winter Terraces guide. It’s *that* simple, hashtag howthesausageismade…

But given their popularity, not to mention the enjoyment of sitting shivering outside with a glass of Champagne, we just knew you’d want to hear about all the winter terraces popping up across London this festive season…

South Place Hotel

South Place Hotel

Let’s go to Southplace Hotel, not only is it very nice, nice, baby, but their Christmas terrace is Ice, Ice, Baby. Back for a second year, the terrace plays homage to both ’80s rapper and surprising Christmas icon Vanilla Ice and stocking-filler fave vodka Cîroc. Snuggle down beneath a fluffy blanket, order a vodka cocktail and enjoy all that the South Place Hotel has to offer over the festive season, from sparkly discos to Christmas carnivals. The whole place will be decked out with hanging icicles and snowflakes to ensure a proper winter experience.

Where: 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Moorgate (Great Northern) (0.2 miles)
Website: www.southplacehotel.com

Radio Rooftop at ME London

Radio Rooftop at ME London

If vodka and charcuterie sounds like your perfect combo then you’re either Gerard Depardieu or heading to Radio Rooftop’s brand-new Winter Terraces at ME London Hotel.

Transformed into an alpine terrace, the rooftop venue will be decked out with pine trees, (faux) fur throws, blankets and fairy lights and comes complete with winter hideaways, and Grey Goose vodka combo’d with a charcuterie sharing board featuring cured meats, camembert and quiche.

Where: 336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA
Website: www.radiorooftop.com/london/

Century

Century

It’s the winter terrace of the Century! No, really. Soho members’ hangout Century Club boasts one of London’s best rooftop experiences, and of course they’re giving it a Christmassy makeover turning the rooftop into a Winter Wonderland (the press release adds ‘incredibly tasteful’ in brackets here, presumably to differentiate between THAT Winter Wonderland.

Enjoy fur blankets, handcrafted Christmas cocktails and lots and lots of fur trees.

Where: Century Club, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, UK
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)
Website: www.centuryclub.co.uk

The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane

The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane

You certainly won’t be browned off if you head to The Sheraton Grand this month; they’ve launched their Winter Chocolate Box terrace and we’re already salivating like chocoholics doing cold turkey.

Taking inspiration from some of our favourite chocolate boxes, chef Eric Lanlard has developed an exclusive chocolate and cocktail pairing menu to enjoy on the festive themed terrace.

Launches Friday 20th November

Where: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.4 miles)
Website: www.sheratonparklane.com

Sky Garden

Sky Garden

If the idea of soaring above the London skyline sipping Champagne sounds like the sort activity reserved for a boozy Harry Potter then think again, because thanks to Moët & Chandon’s Winter Chalet at Sky Garden you too can do the same. Set 37 storeys high above ground level the iconic skyscraper (AKA’d as The Walkie Talkie).

Creating a world of apres ski, the chalet will be decorated in all the usual alpine tropes, from fairy lifhts to bell jar lanterns, faux fur cushions and chunky cable knit blankets. What’s more, enjoy your visit with a glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne paired with Moët pretzel match sticks dipped in olive cocoa butter.

Where: Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 8AF, UK
Nearest station: Monument (0.2 miles)
Website: skygarden.london

The London Shuffle Club

The London Shuffle Club

In winter The London Shuffle Club rebrands as Winter in S’moreditch. As well as the obligatory shuffle boarding (described as across between curling and bowling, but with better shoes), the winter terrace comes with fire pits and the opportunity to make s’mores (ingredients provided, but they’re basically like DIY wagon wheels). Snuggle under a (again, faux) fur rug by the fire or under the specially designed winter parasols.

Where: 4 Ebor Street, Shoreditch, E1 6AW
Website: www.londonshuffle.com

Le Pont de la Tour

Le Pont de la Tour

Throughout the year the terrace at Le Pont de la Tour is one of London’s best, with a first class view of not one but two of the world’s most iconic sites, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Of course, in winter they have to make adjustments, which come in the form of fur and heaters. But the best innovation is the truffle hut. The perfect romantic experience, the truffle hut offers diners an intimate hut and a Moët & Chandon paired truffle menu, served by your private waiter.

Where: 36d Shad Thames, Butlers Wharf, London, SE1 2YE, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.5 miles)
Website: Get tickets here...

The Montague on the Gardens

The Montague on the Gardens

The Montague on the Gardens are back with their Ski Lodge for another year and it’s looking better than ever. The Bloomsbury hotel has transformed into one of London’s hottest après ski escapes, complete with fir trees, snowmen and, if you head into the temporary lodge, plenty of Lanson Champagne.

With reindeer, ski racks (could be useful if it actually snows this year), strings of fairy lights, piste maps, the lot. And they’ll be complimenting the decidedly wintery decor with a selection of flavoured schnapps and vodkas, mulled wine and spiced cider.  Head into the lodge and warm yourself by the fire while enjoying a glass or several of Lanson.

Where: 15 Montague Street, London WC1B 5BJ
Nearest station: Russell Square (0.3 miles)
Website: www.montaguehotel.com

Coppa Club Tower Bridge

Coppa Club Tower Bridge

Yes yes, you’ve heard all about Coppa Club’s igloos, but they still deserve a mention. To everyone maddened at how impossible it was to actually book the pods, we commiserate but the glimmer of hope is that they do hold an igloo spare for walk-ins. Or you could just sit in the lovely surroundings of Coppa Club and observe all the people enjoying the terrace from the warmth within. That or up-sticks and find another igloo to suit your suit your iglooing needs.

Where: 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6AH
Website: www.coppaclub.co.uk/towerbridge

The Curtain

The Curtain

Pulling the curtain on their new winter terrace, hotel and members’ club The Curtain are welcoming guests to experience the magic of Christmas from the side of their rooftop lido, which will be transformed into an enchanted winter garden. Look forward to a terrace adorned with all the usual seasonal foliage, fairy light canopies, feathers and faux fur.

Usually the preserve of hotel guests and members’ club members, across the 12 days of Christmas non-members will have access to the rooftop space to eat, drink and dine, not to mention enjoying the Veuve Cliquot sponsored rooftop cinema.

From Tuesday 26th November to Monday 23rd December

Where: The Curtain, Curtain Road, London, UK
Nearest station: Shoreditch High Street (0.2 miles)
Website: www.thecurtain.com

Aviary

Aviary

Is it an igloo, a rooftop of a terrace? We don’t know so we’ve put it in our guide for each! Aviary have joined forces with Talisker Whisky for their 10th floor collab involving their igloo pods and giving the rooftop a makeover for the festive season. Sip whisky in a ‘Skye-line igloo’ (coz Skye, in Scotland) and watch the city go by from the top of the Montcalm Royal London.

Where: 10th Floor Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1DX
Nearest station: Moorgate (Great Northern) (0.2 miles)
Website: www.aviarylondon.com

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