It’s that time again. The most wonderful time of the year. And with it, comes an abundance of winter terraces. Yes, they may be outside, but sheepskin blankets, hot cocktails and heaters are aplenty, so don’t worry. Here are some of London’s best festive winter terraces to get you all, even all you Grinches, into the spirit.
What: An Italian Christmas
Why: Having teamed up with Campari, Ritorno have transformed their terrace which overlooks Chelsea’s Kings Road into a wintry wonderland, the perfect place to enjoy either their festive cocktails or the more classic Aperol spritz or negroni. You might be tempted by the Ritorno Brulé, an Italian take on mulled wine, or perhaps the T’is the Aperol, a sharing cocktail which combines Aperol with warming bourbon. Enjoy roasted chestnuts and other festive cicchetti as you snuggle into the sheepskin blankets on Ritorno’s heated terrace.
Now until 28th February 2018
Where: 442 King's Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0LQ
What: Festive Fondues
Why: Year after year, Dalloway Terrace transform their terrace into a beautifully frosty floral hideaway, and they never disappoint. This winter, as well as the cheese and chocolate fondues, hot cocktails, hearty wintry menu, and lululemon yoga classes, Dalloway Terrace will be offering a new festive afternoon tea. The afternoon tea has been thought up by GBBO 2016 winner Candice Brown, so you can imagine it’ll be pretty special. To drink Maison Pierre Marcolini will be bringing back his acclaimed chocolate cocktail, the Bourbon Brittle, but you may also want to try the Dalloway Glögg, Spiced Pear & Rum Flip or Hot G&T. Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart are responsible for the festive foliage which provides the perfect setting to settle in with a drink and hot water bottle.
Now until early 2018
Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN
What: All Things Gin
Why: The Charlotte Group’s newest restaurant Charlotte W5 will be helping you enjoy the festive season with their winter terrace for which they’ve teamed up with Sipsmith. Fir trees line the terrace as the smell of roasting chestnuts fills the air…can you get more festive than that?! With Sipsmith on hand to mix up the drinks, you can expect a whole range of winter warming cocktails. Try the Winter Sloe Gin, which features sloe gin, star anise, cinnamon and apple; the Winter Negroni, which adds rooibos tea into the classic recipe; or the Hot Espresso Martini.
Now until January 2018
Where: The Old Stable Block, Dickens Yard, Longfield Avenue, Ealing, W5 2UQ
Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill
What: A Vintage Christmas
Why: The Churchill Bar aims to evoke nostalgia, what with the iconic British posters, the classic London memorabilia, and old railway station clock and this festive season, the bar will be taking the nostalgia to the next level. Head bartender Daniele Bresciani and his team have crafted 9 wintry cocktails, each inspired by some of Churchill’s most iconic moments, favourite places and passions. Take the Darkest Hour, for example, which celebrates Churchill’s years as Prime Minister during the lead up to WW1, The Journalist, which celebrates his love for writing, and The Charleston Punch, which celebrates his penchant for fancy hotels. Churchill’s Cookbook, written by his beloved personal Chef Georgina Landemare, serves as inspiration for the new winter menu, which features dishes such as white truffle croque monsieur; homemade braised lamb and potato croquettes; and apple and hazelnut crumble.
Now until May 2018
Where: 30 Portman Square, London, W1H 7BH
Rotunda Bar and Restaurant
What: Hearty Festive Fun
Why: Rotunda’s riverside terrace is a must visit this winter. Grab your hot cocktail from the cabin bar and enjoy hearty food such as the Northumberland beef burger, Wookey Hole cheddar and potato pie and Spiced Texel lamb sausages. Rotunda’s sweeter festive offerings include the vanilla bean cheesecake served with sloe gin plum and gingerbread; and frozen lemon curd roulade served with almond brittle. Diets definitely do not apply during the festive period.
Now until 22nd December
Where: Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1 9AG
What: Dreaming of a White Christmas
Why: Madison’s rooftop terrace has been transformed into The White Forest this winter, complete with fire braziers, wearable blankets and twinkling lights. The bar team have collaborated with Cîroc to create a warming winter menu featuring drinks like spiced hot buttered rum, warm apple pie hot toddies, mulled cider and spiked hot chocolates. To eat? Baked Vacherin Mont d’Or cheese sharing boards, gourmet hot dogs and of course Christmas pudding.
Now until 28th February 2018
Where: Rooftop Terrace, 1 New Change, St Pauls, London, EC4M 9AF
What: A Cognac Christmas
Why: Plateau have teamed up with French cognac house Rémy Martin this Christmas to bring you a series of tasting events. Head chef Jeremy Trehout has created 3 different menus all to be paired with cognac cocktails. Perhaps you’ll try the Remy Grand Tonic, paired with a croque monsieur; or the Sidecar, paired with a prosciutto and raclette cheese tartine. Maybe you prefer your cognac neat, in which case you’ll be enjoying it with aged parmesan, grapes, dried figs and chocolate. If you’re partial to a cigar, head to Plateau on Wednesdays, when they’ll be hosting cigar and cognac pairings. All this will be taking place on the restaurants rooftop winter terrace.
Now until February 2018
Where: 4th Floor, Canada Place London, E14
The Stafford London
What: A Classic Christmas
Why: Take a break from the stress that is Christmas shopping at The Stafford. Nestled away in the cobbled streets of St. James’, The Stafford’s winter terrace is the perfect place to relax with a cocktail or a mulled wine, while feasting on dishes from The American Bar. Of course, the terrace has been adorned with classic winter decor to really get you into the spirit.
Now and throughout winter
Where: 16-18 St James's Place, Mayfair, London, SW1A 1NJ
What: Fairytale of New York
Why: Hush have partnered with The Pogues Irish Whiskey to turn their courtyard into their Fairytale of New York. The beloved Christmas jingle will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year so it’s only right to celebrate this way. The courtyard will be decorated with Manhattan snow globes, monochrome baubles, a snow covered carpet, as well as a 9 foot Statue of Liberty. The menu will be given a New York twist too, with dishes such as copper pot mac n cheese, homemade New York cheesecake and Lobster Delmonico while all drinks will feature The Pogues’ Irish Whiskey. Festive film screenings too haven’t escaped the New York touch, with films such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Miracle on 34th Street and Elf bringing New York festive cheer to London.
Now until January 2018
Where: 8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street, London, W1S 1EY
The Roof Gardens and Babylon
What: Warming Your Cockles
Why: Babylon at The Roof Gardens are bringing back their Winter Terrace with a delectable menu of gooey baked cheeses and hot cocktails. Indulge in baked Cornish Camembert for two (or if you’re like us, for one) with honey, walnuts and smoked apple chutney or the French Comte fondue melted with shallots, white wine and garlic. Sip on your hot cocktail of choice as you warm those cockles with hot water bottles, blankets and heaters.
Now until February 2018
Where: 6th and 7th Floor, 99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 5SA
What: Boutique Elegance
Why: South Kensington’s iconic boutique hotel have transformed their beautiful Matthew Williamson designed courtyard into a winter garden, collaborating with Laurent Perrier to bring you only the finest of champagnes for the festive season. Luscious trees, oversized umbrellas and sparkly lights will decorate the garden, while local florist Laura Kuy has created a seasonal flower display to make for an elegant festive garden. If you happen to be looking for somewhere to spend Christmas Day, the hotel’s restaurant will be serving up a 5 course Christmas Day dinner and they’ll be transforming their bar into a festive cinema and games room, so you’ll feel right at home.
From the 20th November until the end of December 2017
Where: 33 Roland Gardens, Kensington, SW7 3PF
What: Something a Little Different
Why: Break away from tradition this year and head to Eclipse on Old Brompton Road this Christmas. Their shisha and cocktail terrace will be the perfect place to spend a winters evening. Sheepskin adorned seating and heaters will keep you warm as you sip on Eclipses infamous cocktails and enjoy shisha flavours such as earl grey and ice coconut.
From now until the end of winter
Where: 158 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0BA
What: Bernardi's Winter Terrace
Why: Bernardi’s, the Italian Restaurant in Marylebone has just revealed its new winter terrace. Inspired by the Italian Alps, the terrace will be adorned with twinkling lights, fur throws, and snow tipped trees. A magical little getaway where you can sip on the signature mulled “Spicy Hot Negroni”. It’s certain to get you in the festive spirit. The new terrace will also play host to DJ Alex Gromadzki, so sit back and nod along, happy in the knowledge that there is bottomless prosecco and 2 for 1 cocktails every Sunday from 2pm.
Open now until mid January 2018
Where: 62 Seymour St, Marylebone, W1H 5BN
What: Borough's Apres London
Why: Transport yourself from the twinkly lights of London’s south bank to the snowy peaks of the Southern Alps. Nestled just a snowball’s throw away from Borough Market. There is a variety of Djs playing your favourite beats all through the day and well into the night. What’s more, this pop-up is not set to disappear as soon as the Christmas lights do. The team is working on curating exciting events such as karaoke, stand up comedy, and film screenings up until the spring.
Open now until spring 2018
Where: Flat Iron Square, 53 Southwark Street, SE1