Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here, crocuses are not peeping through the frost, swallows, or indeed Theresa May, are not to be seen swooping over fields of wheat, and although Cadbury’s Creme Egg have launched their Easter egg hunt, it’s all a marketing ploy. No, it’s firmly winter time, and that means that along with duffle coats, January sales and Jack & Dani’s new reality show the winter terrace is still with us. But as all the above, it’s days are seriously numbered.
So before they’re replaced by terraces new, here are our favourite terraces you can still catch.
Ooo, storytelling in a cosy wigwam? That sounds like a treat. The Queen of Hoxton sure do know how to do snuggly, creating a coveted space on their roof where master storyteller Giles Abbott will transport you to a land of all things magical. It’ll be a chance to escape the shenanigans of everyday life, sinking you into surroundings of “wit, wisdom and a voice like melted hot chocolate,” as Honor, Word Of Mouth so rightly sum it up!
30th Jan 7-8pm
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.
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.
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)
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)
Mews of Mayfair’s Winter Courtyard is opening – hurrah! And boy does it look festive. The space always oozes comfort and cosiness, but especially now there’s (faux) fur adorning seats and Hot Apple Crumble made with 12-year-old Eldorado and topped with champers and whipped cream being sipped from glasses. The 18th century courtyard is, undeniably, a London staple just a pitter-patter from Bond Street, and in partnership with Veuve Clicquot this year, we have high hopes that the venue will be popping.
And so to the South Place Hotel and the 3BAR Terrace which received a big old autumnal makeover and teamed 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.
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.
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)
#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.
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!
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)