Experience atmospheric heights, festive fare and mulled drinks with our pick of London’s best winter rooftops and terraces
Words Jada De Cinque
Coq d’Argent Rooftop Terrace
Baby, it’s cold outside! Escape the chill and warm up on the heated terrace of Lodge d’Argent. They’ve transformed the restaurant into a winter wonderland inspired by the alpine glamour of the Courchevel slopes. Expect vintage ski props, snowy forest backdrops, an apres-ski themed bar and scrumptious snacks.
From 21st November – February 2019
A White Christmas at Angler Terrace
For the festive season, Angler Terrace has teamed up with Moët Vintage Champagne to bring a festive sparkle to its rooftop bar and terrace. This Michelin-starred D&D London fish and seafood restaurant has created a white Christmas on the seventh-floor rooftop bar by serving a range of Moët Vintage Champagnes, specially created cocktails and hearty small plates against refined, all-white interiors.
Savage Garden Sky-High Narnia Terrace
Escape the city to the White Forest at Savage Garden. Working with Absolut Elyx Vodka, they’ve transformed their terrace into an enchanting, sky-high Narnia. Take a stroll through a winter forest of silver birch and willow trees illuminated by a wreath of twinkling fairy lights and copper lanterns. On offer are Narnia-inspired cocktails, the most popular – a Magical Martini made with fig liqueur, ‘miracle foam’ and sprinkled with raspberry dust. Or, keep toasty with Tumnus’s Tea – a hot toddy of Absolut Elyx, poppy tea, saffron, condensed milk and star anise.
Dalloway Winter Terrace
Dalloway Terrace has had another gorgeous makeover, this time with all the magic and sparkle of the festive season. Discover a beautiful winter magical garden with leather leaf, eucalyptus, magnolia and a touch of pink.
The Berkeley Rooftop Winter Cinema
Christmas doesn’t get cosier than it does at The Berkeley rooftop winter cinema. Settle in for a series of Christmas classics while you tuck into a festive menu. Sip on mulled wine and slip into the extraordinary world of Santa and sugar plum fairies. Highlights from the scrumptious seasonal menu include hot dogs, beef sliders, Champagne and of course the ultimate movie treat – popcorn!
Two screenings each night of December at 5.15pm and 7.30pm
York & Albany The Gingerbread Cabin
Inspired by one of the greatest fairy tales of all time, York & Albany has built a decadent Gingerbread House in its backyard. Gather your nearest and dearest and nestle into a whimsical setting circled by Christmas trees, snow and Candy canes. Enjoy festive cocktails like the Gingerbread Latte-tini and a Bourbon-laced Tipsy Snowman.
Alpine Themed Ski Lodge
For the ultimate Alpine experience, abandon the hassle of travelling abroad and head into the heart of London. Discover a well-stocked Christmas cocktail menu at the Alpine Bar of the Montague Hotel and satisfy your sweet tooth with a Choctail – a steaming mug of hot chocolate infused with Baileys Irish Cream, rum or Tia Maria.
Queen of Hoxton Winter Rooftop
Step back in time to 1900s surrealist Paris as the Queen of Hoxton gets its bi-annual transformation. With the help of festival production maestros Fables Creative, the cosy rooftop wigwam will be transformed into a music hall hidden amongst the back alley Bohemia of Montmartre. Sip on Tarte Tatin Rum in the den of debauchery, warm up with Parisian spiked hot chocolate, a sharing fountain of Absinthe, or mulled port. To keep you steady on your feet, the little Paris kitchen will be serving up a feast. Highlights include a classic raclette and “The Moulin Ooze,” a mustard toasted sandwich with gruyere cheese, raclette, lady marmalade onions and dijon mustard.
Churchill Bar and Terrace
Visit the ultimate winter bolthole in the heart of London as the terrace of The Churchill Bar becomes a Highland hideaway. Think, roaring fire, faux fur throws, pine trees and woodland features. The terrace will be serving Churchill-themed cocktails and an abundance of traditional Scottish food – steak pie and homemade Scotch eggs.
Orrery’s Alpine Winter Terrace
This winter, Orrery, the gorgeous French restaurant in the heart of Marylebone will be bringing a taste of Les Alpes to London as they launch their alpine winter terrace. On the menu you will find a tantalising array of mountain classics from chef patron Igor Tymchyshyn. Taking inspiration from the rustic chalets peppered over France’s mountain slopes, the terrace is bedecked with frosted fir trees and fragrant pine cones. Guests can cosy up with sheepskin rugs while enjoying Diptyque’s winter candles which will fill the air with the fragrance of an alpine forest.