London is in Tier Two lockdown preventing us from mixing indoors with people from different households… for now. But we can meet friends (in groups of up to six) outside meaning we can still enjoy the city’s alfresco bars. Here we round-up the best winter rooftops and terraces in London for festive drinks, fire pits and fondue…
Prettiest winter rooftop bars and terraces in London
Pergola Paddington’s festive transformation will see the popular rooftop hangout turned into a winter forest. It will be decked out with an alpine lodge, log fires and 200 Christmas trees. Four pop-up street restaurants will serve everything from bratwurst to boozy cheese fondue. The drinks menu includes hot toddies and naughty hot chocolates.
Book into an ‘igloo bubble’ with your household or grab a spot under a heated pergola at East London’s Skylight. The rooftop venue, located in Tobacco Dock, is spread across three floors with plenty of bars and street food vendors. But the real selling point? The 360-degree views that allow you to see the capital from every angle.
The apres-ski inspired pop-up is back at Coq d’Argent for another winter season. The restaurant, located in the heart of the City, turns its terrace into a stylish alpine retreat where you can cosy up in faux-fur blankets. There will be a bespoke whiskey cocktail list in collaboration with Hennessy and alpine food pairings.
The Standard Hotel
The terrace at notorious party hotel The Standard in King’s Cross is geared up for those dark and chilly winter evenings. Think twinkling fairy lights, a crackling fire and snuggly sheepskin blankets. The food menu is inspired by New York dive bar grub and the hearty burgers are legendary.
Dalloway Terrace is one of London’s most Instagrammed alfresco venues thanks to its seasonally evolving decor. The restaurant is part of The Bloomsbury Hotel and serves breakfast, brunch and an all-day favourites menu. It recently received an autumn makeover and in the coming weeks will be turned into a magical winter wonderland.
Main image: Dalloway Terrace
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