If you’re going to ‘ding dong merrily’ from the rooftops this Christmas, then better make sure you’re on the right rooftop. We’re obsessed with roofy fun, which is handy when it comes to putting together rooftop lists. And so here’s an advance glance at the rooftops coming to town.
Got a winter date coming up? Then you need to book Madison. First of all, you’ve got the views of St Paul’s Cathedral and the London skyline and secondly, they’ve transformed their rooftop terrace with a series of chalets. Decked out with timber-clad walls, twinkling lights, faux fur cushions, throws and tartan blankets they’re the perfect spot to cosy up with a boozy hot chocolate and a ‘Currywurst’ bacon frankfurter or mac and cheese with leeks and truffle. A second date is bound to be on the cards.
Where: Rooftop Terrace, 1 New Change, St Pauls, London, EC4M 9AF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Mansion House (0.2 miles)
Where else can you buy a new set of face-flannels and indulge in a spot of rooftop iceskating? (Hint, the answer is definitely nowhere!). While their competitors fall like flies, the department store equivalent of Jack and Dani, Oxford Street John Lewis, is proving that by constantly innovating it’s staying one step ahead of the pack. And in this instance that looks like a rooftop winter hideaway complete with huts, cocktails and skating. The venture, in partnership with gin brand Sipsmith, takes its inspiration from the ‘frost fairs’ of 17th century London when the Thames would freeze over.
Where: 300 Oxford Street, Marylebone, W1C 1DX
Head out east to Wapping’s Tobacco Dock for rooftop skating, activities, hot toddies; the works at Skylight. The venue is currently in its ‘autumnal’ phase (think hay bales, harvest festival etc), but come the start of November Skylight will transform into a wintery wonderland atop a multi-storey in the East End.
Where: Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street entrance, St Katharine's and Wapping, E1W 2SF
The Berkeley somehow manages to top the scale of luxury hotels even while being located slap in the middle of Knightsbridge, the most luxurious square half-mile in the entire world. And now the experience extends out onto the roof as their winter rooftop reopens. The Berkeley’s Health Club will transform into a festive forest and complement views across Hyde Park with views of their big screen. Settle into classics like Miracle on 34th Street and The Nutcracker while snuggled under a velvet and fleece blanket.
Screening reservations open this Friday, 19th October and there will be two screenings every night in December.
Where: Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RL, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.3 miles)
Brr. How’s about a Narnia Terrace? We all love a bit of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, so we’re sure you’ll enjoy Savage Gardens Christmas offering of a sky-high Narnia extravaganza. In collab with Absolut Elyx Vodka, guests will escape the bustle of London streets to a wardrobe full of Narnia-esque libations including a Magical Martini made with fig liqueur, ‘miracle foam’ and sprinkled with raspberry dust; Absolutely Aslan with Antica Formula, Amaro Angostura, sherry, cinnamon syrup and chilli bitters; and The Long Winter with pineapple liqueur, orgeat syrup, pineapple juice, ginger and vanilla bitters. It’s all faun and games…
Where: 7 Pepys Street, Tower Hill EC3N 4AF
Nearest station: London Fenchurch Street (0 miles)
The Silver Chicken, A.K.A.’d as Coq d’Argent has one of the best rooftops in The City. With far-reaching views, it’s the perfect alternative to its brash neighbours over at The Ned and there’s nothing brash about their winter rooftop. Head up to Lodge d’Argent from 20th November when the magical terrace opens and transports guests to Courchevel in collaboration with Hennessy. The lodge will be up until the end of February.
Where: No 1 Poultry, Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Cannon Street (0.1 miles)
Website: Book chalets here...
#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
You might not be able to literally escape to the Scottish Highlands, but you can figuratively go, with The Churchill Bar & Terrace’s Highlands Hideaway, launching next month! The terrace will feature all things synonyms to good ol’ Scotland; faux fur throws, pine trees, woodland features and, of course, tartan!
Accompanying the cosy atmosphere will be a selection of sumptuous drinks led by Head Bartender Daniele Bresciani, including classics made from Scotch whisky concoctions that’ll have you saying Sláinte all night long!
Where: Hyatt Regency, 30 Portman Square, Marylebone, W1H 7BH
FEST your eyes on this one; a winter rooftop in quirky ol’ Camden, that will see FEST’s Roof Gardens turned into somewhat of a Winter Chalet. The setting will feature an x-massy menu and drinks selection (as well of festive entertainment a’plenty!). Guests can get snuggly under fleece blankets with mini hot water bottles, whilst having a water around crackling fire pints, bevs in hand. From the 1st of November
Where: Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8AH
Curling on the top of a multi storey carpark? There’s a rooftop for that. As if that wasn’t enough (wait for it…) the whole thing is COOL RUNNINGS THEMED! Yes, feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it’s Rooft East time! The Stratford venue has been transformed for the winter thanks to SFG Club with curling, skating, food and drink (obviously Jamaican).
Opens on 1st November
Where: Floors 7 & 8, Stratford Multi Storey Car Park Great Eastern Way, E15 1XE