Are we bitter that we can’t picnic or eat and drink on rooftops al fresco forevermore? Yes. But have we given up? No, we just got creative.
The Best Winter Terraces 2018
Worth a visit purely for the Instagram opportunities, this beautiful terrace is currently in its Autumnal iteration, but soon will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the festive period by Nikki Tibbles at Wild at Heart. Enjoy a menu filled with cheese fondue, cosy cauliflower cheese, mulled cocktails and Pierre Marcolini boozy hot chocolates, for a festive tipple or two. You’ll need to get in there quick, as they are booking up fast… Book here. 16-22 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NN.
For a taste of the Scottish Highlands in the capital this festive season, head down to The Churchill Bar & Terrace’s Winter Terrace. Experience the Scottish themed winter wonderland, where you can cosy down by a roaring fire, wrap up in faux fur throws and take in the woodland features. The bar team have created a range of classic and creative Scottish cocktails to fight off the chill. thechurchillbar.co.uk/terrace
Located on the 10thfloor, accessible via a dedicated express lift, Radio is the only rooftop bar, lounge & terrace in the Strand & Aldwych area to be open throughout the day until late. Radio serves Tapas Con Vistas and has recently introduced its weekend brunch menu served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11.00am to 3.00pm. With cloud skimming views spanning the heights of the City, Tower Bridge, The Shard London Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern, Somerset House, Southbank, London Eye, Houses of Parliament and the theatre district of Covent Garden, the rooftop bar at ME London brings lounging and social indulgence to a new level. In the colder winter months awning is installed over the outdoor terrace, enabling guests to enjoy the stunning views all year round. 336-337 Strand, London WC2R 1HA
Atop 20 Fenchurch Street, Sky Garden stands 155 metres high, yet is one of London’s best-kept secrets. It’s a naturally-ventilated space, so guests are encouraged to wear appropriately warm clothing when visiting the landscaped three levels. A little extra layering might be worth it for the view from one of London’s highest rooftop gardens. Entry is free (though you should book) and the brunch is great. Open 7 days a week; 1 Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF.
Glide above the crowds of Oxford Street shoppers at John Lewis’ skyline skating rooftop. Replace your G&T in the hot sun with a hot G&T and enjoy warming pies from MYPIE, who have conjured up a range of festive pies for the occasion. If it gets chilly up there, retreat to one of the roof’s bookable hideaways and snuggle under a fluffy blanket. 300 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1C 1DX
Step back in time to 20th century surrealist Paris at Shoreditch hotspot Queen of Hoxton. Their cosy rooftop wigwam has been transformed into a decadent Lady Celeste themed bar, complete with velvet drapes, cabaret tables and a stage. Sip on Parisian spiked hot chocolate and toast marshmallows on open fire pits or head inside the Absinthe Bar for raclette-style dishes like the ‘Moulin Ooze’ (a posh croque monsieur). A series of immersive events will be taking place there too, including surrealist life drawing and cocktails with London’s real-life cabaret stars. 1 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3JX
Perched on the penthouse spot of One New Change, rooftop bar and restaurant Madison takes inspiration from Manhattan’s glamorous social scene. This winter, guests are invited to soak up the views of St Paul’s Cathedral from a series of chalets decked out with timber-clad walls, twinkling lights and faux fur cushions. With a ski-inspired menu of boozy hot chocolate, baked camembert and Currywurst bacon frankfurters, festive feelings are guaranteed. 7 November – 28th February 2019. 1 New Change, St Paul’s, London EC4M 9AF
Choose between Pergola’s two lively rooftop hangouts: Pergola Paddington, and the newly opened Pergola Olympia, both up and running for the winter season. Don’t worry about getting cold, both venues are prepared with heating and thick blankets. With big, bookable tables, Pergola is perfect for groups, and there are a number of street food stalls dotted around including burger spot Patty & Bun, Mexican specialists Yucatan and duck connisseurs Canard.
Skylight has transformed into the perfect winter oasis. Have a go on the roof-top ice rink while looking out over the skyline. If you aren’t a fan of the cold, there will be delicious cocktails, mulled wine, cheese and chocolate fondue available – reason enough to brace it. Skylight will also be playing host to some of the best DJs in London for one-off parties and events. Free entry. 12pm-11pm. Pennington St. Car Park entrance, Wapping, London E1W 2SF. skylightlondon.com
Swap the Northern Lights for the star-lit City skyline this winter and migrate east to Aviary’s Arctic Rooftop Escape for a high-altitude pop-up. Venture 10 storeys up, on the restaurant’s expansive terrace to find some of the most stylish, Nordic-inspired igloos in town. Accommodating up to 10, the igloos will provide a nod to traditional Icelandic-style, with rustic natural wood decor, hints of stone, hanging winter foliage and pine, alongside flashes of copper, plush faux fur and warm lighting. Sustenance comes in the form of sharing, festive platters featuring the likes of rare roast beef and Yorkshire pudding canapés with creamy horseradish. Whether it be cocktail sipping at the opulent bar, dining from the restaurants expertly crafted Christmas menu or simply taking in the view from the warmth of an igloo, elevate your festive celebrations this winter at Aviary. Packages start from £200* (maximum of 10 people) which includes arrival cocktails, a selection of snacks/ bar bites and a mimimum bar tab of £130. 8 November – 16 March 2019. aviarylondon.com
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