The Cosiest Winter Rooftop Bars To Visit This Month

Food & Drink
16th November 2023
winter rooftop bars london

The nights are darker and the air is colder, but that doesn’t mean London closes all its rooftops. Quite the opposite actually, as the festive season sees the city undergo a complete transformation – complete with some of London’s finest winter rooftop bars, cinemas, ice-skating and igloos.

This winter, you’ll find us high above the city, feasting on mince pies and fondue, and sipping on mulled wine and hot chocolate. If you’re looking for a cosy winter’s night under the stars, these are the best winter rooftop bars in London to book for 2023.

14 Winter Rooftop Bars In London

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Florattica

Take your festive celebrations to new heights at Florattica, the enchanting winter rooftop bar on the 11th floor of Canopy London City. With a brand new festive makeover, the floral ceiling now sparkles with baubles and fairy lights, creating the most magical of atmospheres.

Only a two-minute stroll from Aldgate station, visit to try their new weekend winter brunch and cocktail menu with incredible views of the city.

Where: 11-15 Minories, London EC3N 1AX
Website: www.floratticalondon.co.uk

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Willows On The Roof

High above the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, Willows on the Roof offers a moment of respite from its perch on top of John Lewis. It features chalet-style cabins and igloo pods, as well as heated terrace seating and a number of private areas available for hire.

Had here to refuel during your Christmas shopping spree with a range of delicious sharing plates, alongside a festive cocktail or two.

Where: 300 Oxford St, London W1C 1DX
Website: www.willowsontheroof.co.uk

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Sky Garden

This festive season, Sky Garden has transformed into a sky-high winter wonderland, in partnership with Moët & Chandon. 35 levels above The City, Sky Pod Bar will be decked out with snowy frosted trees, twinkling lights, Moët & Chandon baubles, as well as blankets and cushions to get cosy.

Must-try cocktails include Velvet Elixir, made with Cointreau, Beefeater Gin and vanilla syrup, topped by Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut.

Where: 1, Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF
Website: www.skygarden.london

Pantechnicon

Embrace the chilly winter evenings at Pantechnicon’s Highland Park Hideaway, in partnership with the award-winning Scottish whisky. This hidden gem is brand new to the Roof Garden, where you can snuggle up under the glistening lights and sip on wintery whisky cocktails – from a classic Auld Manhattan to a Heather Old Fashioned.

For a winter warmer, explore their exclusive whisky flights, each showcasing the spirit’s maturation over the years. It’s the perfect spot for a cosy, elevated winter evening in Belgravia.

Where: 19 Motcomb St, London SW1X 8LB
Website: www.pantechnicon.com

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Angler

Head to Angler’s rooftop for the ultimate indulgent hot chocolate pop-up in partnership with Valrhona chocolate and Woodford Reserve. The heated rooftop is covered with blankets, cushions, and furs to keep you cosy while you indulge in a classic (or boozy) hot chocolate.

For a touch more luxury, choose from a selection of seasonal syrups like gingerbread and salted caramel as well as delicious petit fours including popcorn marshmallows, chocolate madeleines, and Woodford whiskey canelés. After a day of Christmas shopping, this Michelin-starred chocolate experience is the perfect way to recharge.

Where: South Place Hotel, 3 South Pl, London EC2M 2AF
Website: www.anglerrestaurant.com

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Aviary

Back for another winter of rooftop festive fun, the skyline igloos are returning to Aviary in Finsbury Square, offering guests panoramic views of the city, specially curated cocktails and delicious food platters to be shared.

These igloos might be the most luxurious of igloo offerings for the months ahead, equipped with plush blankets, heaters, and soft seating to ensure you stay warm while you enjoy frosty décor and light projections reminiscent of the Northern Lights. There’s Nordic-inspired food on the menu, as well as Grey Goose cocktails like the Merry Dancer, a mix of Grey Goose vodka, LBV port, blackberry liqueur, lemon juice, and Joseph Perrier Champagne.

Where: Royal London House, 10th Floor Montcalm, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1DX
Website: www.aviarylondon.com

A cosy winter’s night under the stars.

The Roof Terrace at The Sloane Club

Wrap up warm with sheepskin blankets and enjoy the Winter Terrace at The Sloane Club, where hearty winter dishes from the delicious European/Javanese menu can be indulged in alongside a seasonal cocktail menu from the innovative mixology team.

Where: 52 Lower Sloane St, London SW1W 8BS
Website: www.sloaneplace.com

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The Rooftop at Trafalgar Square St. James London 

For the ultimate winter hideout, look to The Rooftop at Trafalgar Square St. James London, where you can expect to find soaring views over Trafalgar Square and beyond waiting for you.

Enjoy an evening of cocktails and tuck into European-inspired dishes to really make the most of this special spot.

WherE: 7th Floor, 2 Spring Gardens, St. James’s, SW1A 2TS

WebsitE: www.trafalgarstjames.com

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Market Halls Victoria

Market Halls Victoria has undergone a magical winter transformation, becoming one of the hottest rooftop destinations for escaping the cold in London. Get cosy underneath their two fully covered and heated winter garden terraces, covered in twinkly lights and equipped with heaters and snug blankets.

Expect mouthwatering street food options, seasonal sips, and winter specials, from ‘Sweet Baby Cheesus’ fried buttermilk chicken burgers with deep-fried brie, to DF Tacos’ ‘Beef Brisket Tacos’ filled with slow cooked beef and winter spices. A seasonal cocktail menu is also available – think Mulled Wine Spritzes and Chocolate Orange Espresso Martinis – with a portion of sales going to The Felix Project.

Where: 191 Victoria St, London SW1E 5NE
Website: www.markethalls.co.uk

Tattu

A beautiful space all year round, Tattu London’s rooftop restaurant is undergoing a wintery makeover this festive season with The Great Snow, where guests can enjoy exclusive dishes and creative cocktails from the comfort of the twinkling restaurant or cosy winter terrace. The outdoor space is complete with heaters, plush furs, and festive foliage against the backdrop of London’s iconic skyline – the perfect place to try exclusive cocktails like Zhansi (perfectly balanced), and The Great Snow (dangerously delicious).

Inside the restaurant, the Cherry Blossom trees have been given a frosty update with glittering icy blue branches, and can’t miss desserts include the Frozen Cherry Blossom and Snow Leopard, from which £1 will be donated to support the protection of endangered species in their natural habitats, including the Snow Leopard.

Where: The Now Building Rooftop, Outernet, Denmark St, London WC2H 0LA
Website: www.tattu.co.uk

Skylight Tobacco Dock

Skylight at Tobacco Dock dramatically changes personality from season to season – going from summer rooftop sipping to a frosty winter wonderland, complete with igloos and wintery activities like ice-skating and curling.

The cosy heated igloos take up the top two tiers of rooftop space, guaranteeing fantastic views across East London and the city skyscrapers, and they come with table service, mulled wine, street food snacking and platters.

Where: Tobacco Dock, London E1W 2SF
Website: www.skylightbars.com

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Holmes Hotel

With champagne, winter cocktails, and even a special popcorn menu, Holmes Hotel’s Winter Movie Terrace is unlike any other. Throughout November and December, there’ll be screenings of festive films like The Holiday, Love Actually, A Miracle on 34th Street and Scrooged, and you’ll have your own little cabin to enjoy the film from amongst fairy lights, Christmas trees, and fur throws.

Before being invited to the outdoor terrace, you’ll be treated to a delicious seasonal winter tasting menu at Kitchen At Holmes with a glass of Perrier Jouët Grand Brut.

Where: 83 Chiltern St, London W1U 6NF
Website: www.holmeshotel.com

Wagtail

Wagtail has transformed their terrace into an enchanted winter wonderland, featuring incredible luxury igloos and Nordic-inspired decor, topped off with light projections to resemble the Northern Lights. that can be hired out for private dining or canapé receptions. The heated igloos are perfect for an intimate dinner of up to 12 people, whether it’s a romantic date night, Christmas party, or catch up with friends.

Enjoy a delicious Nordic-inspired food menu and expertly crafted Grey Goose cocktails as you take in twinkling night-time views of The Shard, Monument and Tower Bridge from your cosy heated igloo.

Where: 68 King William St, London EC4N 7HR
Website: www.wagtaillondon.com

The festive season sees London's rooftops undergo a complete transformation.

 

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Seabird

The Hoxton, Southwark’s popular rooftop restaurant Seabird, has transformed into ‘Snowbird’ this winter. Expect sprawling city views, cosy Mediterranean sharing plates and festive tipples from Grey Goose Vodka.

We’ve got our eyes on their Smoked Oxtail Croquettes to start, followed by the baked Lobster and Crab Pumpkin Pie topped with caviar, rounding off with an ‘Artic Espresso’, their mini Espresso Martini served in shot glasses made from ice and served in a giant shell.

WHERE: 14th Floor, South Bank, 40 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NY
WEBSITE: www.seabirdlondon.com

14 Hills

A destination in its own right, the Cocktail Bar at 14 Hills is the perfect place to enjoy pre-dinner drinks or party the night away with after-work cocktails, 14 floors high above Fenchurch Street. In the heart of the City, 14 Hills boasts incredible views and stunning surroundings, including a Private Dining Room (22 seated, 35 standing reception).

With floor to ceiling glass windows, exquisite design by Robert Angell and the best of modern British cuisine, 14 Hills promises to become a city favourite. For those aiming high on New Year’s Eve, the venue will be complemented by the beats of guest DJ Shaqdi.

where: 4th floor, 120 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 5AL

website: 14hills.co.uk

In the heart of the City, 14 Hills boasts incredible views and stunning surroundings, including a Private Dining Room

 

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