We admit it – drinking in the daytime has a bad reputation. But if brunch has taught us anything, it’s that a drink is actually pretty welcome around lunchtime. In the summer, day drinking means lounging in a sunny beer garden with an ice-cold pitcher, while in the winter it’s an excuse to get cosy with a warming bottle of red wine. And since you’re not drinking before bedtime, you probably won’t get a hangover either. So, without further ado, here are some of London’s winter terraces to feast your eyes on this festive season:
The terrace at Le Pont de la Tour is always beautiful, snuggle under fur and this year enjoy their bespoke Truffle Hut. The truffle hut will be an intimate dining space for two. The romantically charged hut will offer a package including a four-course menu and a bottle of Moët & Chandon Champagne and overlook the iconic view of le pont de la tour, which looks especially stunning this time of year. The menu, from Head Chef Orson Vergnaud, will centre on truffle, with a starter of ham hock terrine, truffle mayonnaise, shimeji mushrooms, which will be followed by heritage mushrooms, ceps ketchup & consommé. For mains, tuck into the Tournedos Rossini, foie gras escalope and truffle potato puree, and round things off with spiced chocolate mousse, mandarin macaroons and sesame tuile.
Opens 5th November
Where: 36d Shad Thames, Butlers Wharf, London, SE1 2YE, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.5 miles)
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Drake & Morgan have been inspired by their adventures around the world to create a series of winter wonderlands they’ve got igloos at The Sipping Room in West India Quay, The Rekorderlig Hus at The Refinery Bankside, the Blue Moon Cabin at The Allegory and over at The Listing they are taking you on a trip to the French Alps in an exclusive Veuve Clicquot gondola. Snuggle up to their (faux) furs, get dunking the bread in the fondue, snack on charcuterie and, of course, knock back the Veuve Clicquot.
Where: 27 Bush Lane, Cannon Street, EC4R 0AA
The Montague on the Gardens are back with their Ski Lodge for another year. The Bloomsbury hotel will become London’s hottest après ski escape, with pine trees, snowmen, 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 (including candy cane, butterscotch and toffee), or stick to tradition and knock back mulled wine and spiced cider. Our personal fave sounds like it’ll be the ‘hot choctails’. Food-wise try a selection of seasonal bits, like turkey schnitzel, bratwurst and deep fried camembert.
Opens on 14th November
Where: 15 Montague Street, London WC1B 5BJ
Nearest station: Russell Square (0.3 miles)
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 (we were refreshing our screens too, and missed out – sad face), but you can still sit in the actual Coppa Club, which is lovely, and observe the terrace from the warmth within. Or you can book any number of alternative igloos (as long as the number is 6).
Where: 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6AH
You should never step into a wardrobe lest it shut behind you. Unless you’re walking into a wardrobe that’s actually a lift, in which case that’s fine. Especially if it leads into Savage Garden’s Narnia terrace. The White Forest is in collaboration with Absolut Elyx Vodka and will see you travel 12 storeys up in the lift (anyone else feel a Lion, The Witch and the Great Glass Elevator mashup coming along?) before stepping out into a magical world with enchanting views, complete with lamp post, fairy lights and copper lanterns. See quotes from C.S. Lewis’s allegory, or just grab a selfie on the White Witch’s throne, Edmund style.
Where: 7 Pepys Street, Tower Hill EC3N 4AF
Nearest station: London Fenchurch Street (0 miles)
It’s a rooftop, but it’s a terrace too. Les Alpes (French for- well you know what it’s French for) have come to London with an alpine winter terrace. Not only that, there’s a menu of mountain classics from chef patron Igor Tymchyshyn. Inspired by the rustic chalets that dot France’s mountain slopes and an abundance of frosted fir trees and planters, a magical feel is guaranteed.
Where: 55 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5RB, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Regent's Park (0.4 miles)
And so to the South Place Hotel and the 3BAR Terrace which will not only be getting an autumnal makeover, but will also be teaming up with Cointreau to create a series of seasonal cocktails. Sit under the orange and red-filled arches and surrounded by the terrace’s golden glow.
Where: 3 South Place, London, EC2M 2AF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Moorgate (Great Northern) (0.2 miles)
Rather like a war-ry Father Christmas, Sir Winston Churchill really is the character who keeps on giving. Or so think the Hyatt Regency London – the Churchill, who have a new iteration for both great man, this time as the inspiration for their winter terrace, based on the former PM’s highlands hideaway. Look forward to Scottishy cocktails and food, a roaring fire, (faux!) fur throws and woodland features.
Opens Wednesday 7th November
Where: 30 Portman Square, London, W1H 7BH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Marble Arch (0.2 miles)
Bluebird are proving that Savage Garden don’t have the monopoly on Narnia terraces, unveiling their own Narnia wonderland. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe comes to Chelsea as they swap sofas for heated wooden alpine chalets, serve fondue, apple pie and alcoholic hot chocolates. Littered with references to the great book, you enter through a wardrobe (standard) and step into a winter wonderland of delight and delights.
Where: 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Imperial Wharf (0.8 miles)
Belgravia really is the place for doing things right, so don’t act suprised when you hear that The Hari, in the heart of London’s smartest neighbourhood, has come up with a cracker in their winter terrace. Don a fur rug (it’s not real fur, rightly or sadly) and a cosy blanket and immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit thanks to Moët and Chandon Brut, the official sponsors of the terrace. Enjoy fondue paired with Champagne and served with charcuterie, winter veg or a selection of breads.
Where: 20 Chesham Place, Belgravia, SW1X 8HQ
#RadioRooftopFireandIce sounds pretty Game of Thrones-y, and we’ll take that (seeing as we have to wait so much longer for the finale!) Situated at ME London’s Radio Rooftop, the terraces are in partnership with Grey Goose Vodka and Patrón Tequila and will see guests enjoying all of the xmassy skyline London has to offer. There will be snuggly fur throws and Icelandic-cool playlists to accompany you whilst you sip Grey Goose based cocktails (trust us, you’ll need a little light refreshment after the smorgasbords on offer)! So, seeing as winter is coming and all that, get cosy at Me London.
But what about the fire part you ask? Well, there’s also the South-facing terrace, looking to Mexico with oodles of Patrón tequila on offer. You’ll dance the night away to Latina beats and to warm you up when you’re not getting your groove on there’s Anejo Patrón hot chocolate.
Where: RADIO Rooftop at ME London, 336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA
The London Shuffle Club are in on the terrace action with their Winter in S’moreditch terrace. The London Shuffle Club was already the place to come to shuffleboard with the best of them, but now the fully-covered winter terrace means that you have literally no reason to get your bag and head to Shoreditch right this moment (unless you’re reading this in the middle of the night or you’re overseas or whatever). As well as the obligatory shuffle boarding, the terrace will be covered with specially designed winter parasols, designed to keep the elements out and the warmth in. Each cosy seating area will have its own open fire pit, with faux fur rugs (more faux fur), throws and alpine comforts. And of course with the open fire, comes the opportunity for s’mores, ingredients for which will be provided!
Where: 4 Ebor Street, Shoreditch, E1 6AW
Champagne house Moet and Chandon are partnering with Angler this year to create a winter terrace that should put a sparkle into the festive season. The 7th floor terrace has some decent views of the city to enjoy, but far more importantly it’s what’s in your glass (Moët & Chandon’s Brut Impérial NV, Rosé Impérial, or there’s the 2009 vintage, both available by the glass or but the bottle. Not to mention what’s on your plate, with a special winter terrace menu designed by Executive Chef, Gary Foulkes, and including pigs-in-blanket croquettes with cranberry ketchup, baked Baron Bigod from Suffolk with sourdough bread and Borettane onions.
Where: South Place Hotel, 3 South Place, EC2M 2AF
The Bloomsbury Hotel is a place you’d naturally expect to find beauty, and of course Dalloway Terrace has always been the piece de resistance on this count. And the terrace has just undergone its annual make-over as the season changes and the terrace sets course for winter. Roll on the fur rugs, the warming cocktails and the truffle cheese fondue. Roll on the winter.
Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road (0.1 miles)
Take a look at all of the festive cocktails you can indugle across the city here