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London’s best winter bars with views


duck and waffle 2012 - Duck_Waffle_view.jpgEven in unseasonal weather, a great view of London can take your breath away. Whether you want to watch the sun rise or stargaze, make time to see the capital from a different perspective. Try our pick of the best London bars-with-views that are perfect for any time of year.

by Nicole Fougère

Coq d’Argent, City

Stay warm and cosy on Coq d’Argent’s lavish heated terrace. Sip a glass of wine from the restaurant’s 600-strong list and take in the City’s landmarks, from The Royal Exchange and the Bank of England to The Gherkin and the London Eye. With this much choice, there’s something to please all palates.

Duck & Waffle, City (pictured, top right)

Duck & Waffle soars above the City, offering stunning London-wide views from its perch on the top floor of the Heron Tower. Funky lights and decor add to the restaurant’s striking style, while the bar serves classic cocktails with a twist – try the julep, a blend of whiskey, fig liqueur, peach, mint and Champagne. For a sky-high celebration, choose from the extensive wine and Champagne lists.

Galvin at Windows, Mayfair

Take in a 360-degree view of the capital’s sights and lights at Galvin at Windows, situated on the 28th floor of the London Hilton. Try the cool as cucumber, a blend of vodka, fresh cucumber, peach schnapps, melon liqueur and pineapple juice.

OXO Tower exterior - OXO_Tower_exteriorX.jpgX.jpgOxo Tower Bar, Southbank (pictured, left)

Who needs the London Eye when this smart bar further down the South Bank overlooks the Thames? Dive into one of the bar’s many crafty concoctions, such as some like it hot: Stoli Hot vodka and lychee shaken with Aperol, lemon juice, sugar and rhubarb bitters.

Paramount, Covent Garden

With a panoramic view of the capital, the views at this bar make for a truly amazing evening. Watch the sun set over the city while sipping one of the menu’s many premium cocktails: try a roseberry fizz Champagne cocktail, made with lychee liqueur, rose syrup, lemon juice, raspberries, and a splash of Champagne.

Plateau, Docklands

This City beauty tempts with its vast windows, two outdoor terraces and stunning vistas of Canary Wharf. Pop in for the plateau temptation – vanilla-infused vodka, orgeat syrup and fresh apple and lemon juice.

sushisamba terrace 2012 - Sushisamba-terrace_2012.jpgSushisamba, City (pictured, right)

Enjoy breathtaking views of the capital as you’ve never seen it before from Sushisamba’s two funky bars – the outdoor ‘tree bar’ and the colourful indoor bar on the 39th floor that’s ideal for the cooler months. Choose from intriguing cocktails such as the Inca swizzle – a blend of Tequila, dry-chocolate liqueur, freshly squeezed lemon juice and bitters.

Vertigo 42, City

Located atop the City’s Tower 42, this Champagne bar is a great place to watch the sun set or feast your eyes on the changing seasons. The panoramic view is the perfect backdrop with which to indulge in a bottle of fine Champagne.

Vista, Covent Garden

This Trafalgar Square hotel bar knows how to do glamour. Sit back and enjoy a wholly different view of London’s rooftop skyline . The sophisticated yet fashionable decor and trendy cocktails make for a memorable evening.

This feature was written in November 2012.

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