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Best Outdoor Winter Terraces in London

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With Tier 2 rules meaning indoor socialising with other households is now banned in London, those looking to meet friends 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

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.



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.

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 autumnal makeover courtesy of McQueens Flowers and Johnnie Walker Black Label.

Bluebird Café, White City

Bluebird White City

White City’s gentrification was assured when Soho House opened the doors to its West London outpost in 2018 and the old BBC building was converted to designer flats. Then when Westfield added to its footprint with the opening of a whole new wing (including John Lewis), this little urban enclave of Shepherds Bush now had global appeal. And the restaurants followed, including Bluebird Café, little sister to its grand Chelsea outpost that has dominated the western end of King’s Road for nearly 25 years. An all-day dining buzzy brasserie with great lighting, cosy booths and a bar area is the perfect foil to the rather anodyne offerings in Westfield just across the road (it’s never that fun eating in a shopping mall). You can sweep in (with your bubble) for breakfast (served all day) – and feast on waffles, eggs Benedict or bacon and eggs; stay for elevenses with bloody Marys and cappuccinos and then crack on with lunch with upmarket brasserie-style fare: think burgers, crab linguine, grassfed sirloin, lambshank  or chicken Milanese. If you want something lighter, the duck salad or tuna poke bowl are both winners. Children are more than welcomed with their own menu (£7.95 for starter, mains, pud and a drink) and, most importantly, the outdoor winter terrace with its heaters is a perfect to pitch up in a group of six for some post-shopping espresso martinis and Puglian antipasto. By Lucy Cleland,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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