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Best Outdoor Winter Terraces in London

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With London emerging from lockdown in Tier 2, those looking to meet friends from other households for drinks will have to brave the cold. But, luckily, the capital is filled with lovely winter outdoor terraces – many with heaters, sheepskin rugs and warming drinks menus to keep things cosy.

Best Outdoor Winter Terraces in London

Crazy Pizza, Marylebone

Christmas at Crazy Pizza

Celebrate Christmas at Crazy Pizza Marylebone with their heated outdoor winter terrace featuring a façade of festive red bougainvillea twinkled with dazzling lights, Christmas trees and shining baubles. Guests can also book a ‘Crazy Christmas Time’ bottomless brunch to get spirits high and celebrate in true Crazy Pizza style. Indulge in delicious starters, iconic pizza and yummy desserts, all washed down with unlimited glasses of prosecco. Exclusive this December is the ‘Merry MEDATINI’, a crazy take on the classic espresso martini with less than half the sugar or calories, infused with 10mg of CBD and a sparkling of glitter for the finishing touch. crazypizza.co

A Frosted Christmas at Scott’s

Scott's A Frosted Christmas

Mayfair restaurant Scott’s wins the award for glitziest winter terrace, which is a partnership with Bvlgari and Dom Pérignon. The brands have worked together to create a diamond-inspired installation on the Mount Street façade, with a glittering cascade of faceted crystals embellishing the restaurant’s entrance and illuminated crystal trees with serpents coiled around them. Alongside this guests can enjoy a suitably luxurious seafood and champagne menu. scotts-restaurant.com

The Hawk’s Nest

Hawk's Nest

The Hawk’s Nest has transformed their outdoor restaurant and bar into a festive woodland with heated seating, dazzling Christmas lights and wintery plants designed by local florist Lucy Vail. Launching their first ever Christmas Market every Sunday in the lead up to Christmas, guests are invited to warm their cockles and get merry on mince pies and mulled gin or cider. Soak in the festive cheer while indulging in the wide range of delicious gourmet sourdough pizzas including the spicy nduja & chilli pizza, white-based funghi pizza or the classic napolitana. the-hawks-nest.co.uk

Bluebird Café, White City

Bluebird Cafe White City

The younger sister of Chelsea institution Bluebird, found in up-and-coming White City, has partnered with Cambridge Distillery for its lovely winter terrace. Decked out with twinkling lights and equipped with heaters and blankets to keep diners toasty, Winter in the West offers a suitably festive cocktail menu featuring a Truffle Negroni, made with Cambridge truffle gin, Campari and Cassis. Big truffle fan? Pair with the black truffle arancini and the truffle carbonara, made with smoked pancetta and aged parmesan. Those who prefer fresher tastes, meanwhile, will love the Cambridge Julep, mixed with peppermint and angostura bitter. Located right next to Westfield, this spot is perfectly placed for a post-shopping treat. bluebirdcafe.co.uk

Le Pont de la Tour

Le Pont De La Tour Winter Terrace

Thanks to its prime location right beside the River Thames, Le Pont De La Tour offers picture-perfect views year-round – but the French restaurant is looking even more magical this month thanks to its newly decorated winter terrace. Think festive decorations, twinkling lights, sheepskin blankets and heaters, with a set menu featuring Cornish plaice goujonettes and plum crème brûlée. lepontdelatour.co.uk

Madison Winter Terrace

Madison

Enjoy sweeping views of the capital from one of the new Little Lodges at rooftop bar Madison, available to book for two to four guests. A selection of hot cocktails have been created especially for the terrace, including a Hot Mulled Negroni and a boozy Eggnog, with platters of nibbles also available for devouring. madisonlondon.net

The Montagu Winter Terrace

The Montagu Winter Terrace

Dreaming of being on the slopes? Head to The Montagu Winter Terrace for a taste of Alpine life in Marylebone. Part of five-star hotel Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, the heated outdoor pop-up serves up Après Ski style fondues, toasties and mulled wine. It’s located just minutes from Oxford Street and Marylebone Village too, making it the perfect post-shopping pitstop. themontagurestaurant.com

Hansel & Gretel Woodland Winter Terrace at German Gymnasium

German Gymnasium Winter Terrace

The new winter terrace at King’s Cross hotspot German Gymnasium draws inspiration from the Hansel & Gretel fairytale, complete with traditional wooden huts, festoon lighting and festive garlands. Running in partnership with Jack Daniel’s, the outside space will serve a mixture of hot and cold drinks including Spiced Mulled Apfel, Twisted Apple Mule and a boozy Winter Berry Lemonade. germangymnasium.com

The Macallan Manor House at Rosewood London

Rosewood London Macallan Terrace

Rosewood London is renowned for its eye-catching design, and its new winter terrace certainly lives up to expectations. A partnership with whisky brand The Macallan, the pop-up will see the hotel’s Edwardian courtyard transformed into a Scottish highland manor. Enter through blue heather, purple thistles and pine trees, before being greeted by tweed-clad staff and Speyside-inspired scents from O by Olfacto. Amid this cosy space you’ll be able to feast on comforting dishes from Holborn Dining Room, including two specially created dishes: a Scottish scallop dish, and a candied nut concoction. The drinks selection, meanwhile, includes a wide selection of single malt whiskies, warming Old Fashioned cocktails, wines, beers and non-alcoholic tipples. rosewoodhotels.com

Skylight

Skylight

Skylight’s popular rooftop bar will be transformed from a sunny haven into a magical igloo forest this Winter with heated igloo-bubbles, cosy blankets and spectacular views. Households and support bubbles can enjoy keeping the cold out (and maintaining social distancing) in one of Skylight’s 18 igloo-bubbles, with plenty of heated outdoor options for groups of six, and welcome drinks on arrival. Food and drink options include delicious cocktails, sharing platters and yummy street food. tobaccodocklondon.com

Dalloway Terrace

Dalloway Terrace

Named after the eponymous character created by Virginia Woolf, forever a Bloomsbury association, Dalloway Terrace is similarly elegant, poetic and quintessentially English. Its flower-covered outdoor space makes it one of the city’s most sought-after al fresco drinking spots across all seasons. Diners can enjoy lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and cocktails amid the Instagram-friendly setting, which recently underwent an winter makeover courtesy of McQueens Flowers and Belvedere Vodka: think white birch trees, dried Amaranthus icicles and snow-dusted foliage. dallowayterrace.com

 

The Standard

The Standard

Complete with a crackling fire pit, festoon lighting and sheepskin furs, it doesn’t get much cosier than The Standard’s heated winter terrace – particularly when cheese toasties are thrown into the mix. Check out Lucy Cleland’s full hotel review here. standardhotels.com

Coppa Club

Coppa Club

Coppa Club’s Instagram-friendly riverside winter igloos are back, set against the backdrop of Tower Bridge, The Shard and the city beyond. Whatever the weather these make an idyllic al fresco dining spot, with candles and sheepskin rugs to keep things cosy – just be sure to book ahead, as they’re hugely popular. Food options include everything from pizzas to vegan burgers to small sharing plates, all very reasonably priced, which you can enjoy alongside some of the tasty cocktails on offer. coppaclub.co.uk

The Winter Lounge at Home House

Home House

Private members’ club Home House has transformed its Summer Garden Raj Tent into an Arabian-inspired winter terrace, with interiors reflecting the historical glamour of the venue. The highlight here is the unique drinks offering: think mulled wine served from its very own antique Amovar, pigs in blankets-infused cocktails, boozy oat milk rocky road hot chocolate and a dedicated Moët & Chandon Champagne Bar. homehouse.co.uk

Lodge d’Argent

Coq d’Argent

We can’t think of a better way to spend a wintry evening than cosied up in an après ski chalet, sipping on Hennessy cocktails and indulging in an array of delicious artisan cheeses. French rooftop restaurant Coq d’Argent is providing the ultimate night in – inside a hideaway hut, that is – complete with festive fairy lights, snuggly faux-fur blankets, and luxurious Courchevel-inspired interiors. Enjoy an evening delighting in charcuterie platters, whole baked Vacherin cheese, waffles, fondant and chestnut macaroons, or go the extra mile and book the cheese lover’s experience – tis’ the season after all. coqdargent.co.uk

Aviary London

Aviary Igloo

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 Talisker cocktails – try the citrusy ‘Scotch Mist’ and the ‘Talisker Campfire Hot Chocolate’ – and an array of delicious food platters to be shared. aviarylondon.com

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