Judging by the gloves and hats that have come out around the capital, it’s just gotten that bit colder. With the winter season now well and truly here, it’s time to wrap up warm, grab a glass of mulled wine and get festive, but where’s best to do this? Well, there are plenty of winter terraces and pop ups around London, so check out our list below for some of the best.
Why: Bluebird has gone all out with this winter special, recreating its own miniature version of Narnia. The courtyard plays host to three heated chalets, furnished in velvet and faux-fur cushions, as well as festive wreaths and twinkling lights. Make your way through the Christmas trees and enter the wardrobe, before reaching the White Witch and Narnia inside the restaurant.
Where: 350 Kings Road, SW3 5UU
Chucs, Notting Hill
Why: Stylish Italian restaurant Chucs has gone for a particular cosy option this winter with sofas covered in luxurious fur throws and plenty of stomach-warming hot chocolate. Most importantly, the fairy light strewn grotto enjoys visits from Father Christmas himself on the weekends. The restaurant’s impressive Christmas menu includes the likes of pumpkin, chestnut and truffle gnocchi, and veal risotto.
Where: 226 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RH
Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury
Why: Dalloway Terrace continues its tradition of a flower heavy winter wonderland. Crystallised white, pink and silver petals adorn this hideaway creating a Champagne coloured foliage of leather leaf, gogo, eucalyptus and magnolia. When you finally put away your phone and stop snapping for Insta, you can enjoy the surroundings with fondue or a warming cocktail.
Where: The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russel Street, WC1B 3NN
Why: Techy Inamo has gone for an igloo based winter terrace, complete with fairy lights and flowers. The igloos are perfect for private occasions as each igloo features heaters and a speaker, whilst being located in an enclosed private garden. Guests will dine from the tasting menu which includes sushi, sashimi and sharing dishes like the sizzling black pepper fillet of beef.
Where: 265 Hampstead, NW1 7QX
Le Pont de le Tour, South Bank
Why: One for romantic getaways, Le Pont de la Tour’s Le Lodge D’hiver offers a dining space for just two. Guests will be treated to their own private waiter whilst they sip on Moët & Chandon Champagne and take in views of the Thames and Tower Bridge. A five-course menu, with highlights such as lobster tortellino and braised ox cheek, awaits any couple who visits this hideaway.
Where: Butlers Wharf, 36d Shad Thames, SE1 2YE
The Listing, City
Why: Ever fancied après ski but could never be bothered to go to the Alps, or well, ski? Well The Listing might solve your problem here with room for four in its Veuve Clicquot Gondola. Decked out with faux fur, London based non-skiers can get cosy and tuck into some charcuterie, all while sipping on Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Oh, and naturally there’s fondue.
Where: 27 Bush Lane, EC4R 0AA
The Montague on the Gardens, Fitzrovia
Why: If you want more skiing based pop ups, then the Montague on the Gardens has you covered with its magical ski lodge. There’s pine trees, snowmen, ski racks, falling snow, reindeer, piste maps and of course, fairy lights. Chilly guests can wrap up in big woolly rugs, while grabbing candied pecans, mulled wine, spiced cider and hot chocolate cocktails.
Where: The Montague, 15 Montague Street, WC1B 5BJ
Oblix, London Bridge
Why: For a wonderland with a view, look no further than Oblix at the Shard. Oblix East has been transformed into a woodland of glowing white branches and twinkling fairy lights. Oblix has also collaborated with Hendrick’s Gin to crate six cocktails for the occasion: the Tini Martini of gin, saké and coconut water sounds good to us.
Where: Level 32, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
Why: Get a slice of winter in the Alps at Orrery, where the terrace perched above the restaurant has been converted into an alpine hideaway. Inspired by the chalets of the French Alps, visitors can expect fir trees, pine cones, lanterns and sparkling baubles. Candles will also be lit at night, scented with the smells of an alpine forest. To eat, there’s quail’s egg with winter truffle and sirloin steak with fondue sauce.
Where: 55 Marylebone High Street, W1U 5RB
Savage Garden, City
Why: Don’t let this bar’s name fool you, this winter terrace has no barbaric theme. Instead, Savage Garden aims to transport you to Narnia. This is another sky-high white forest of silver birch and willow trees, featuring the novel’s iconic lamp post and the White Witch’s throne. The whole terrace can be booked out for 120 guests if you’re looking to host a rather swanky winter-do.
Where: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel London- Tower of London, 7 Pepys Street, EC3N 4AF
Uli, Notting Hill
Why: Asian restaurant Uli has gone for a classy and simple, yet impressively pretty look for its winter terrace. They have decked out the decking with a ceiling of fresh foliage and hundreds of hanging baubles. Groups of seven or more can opt into a set party menu which includes prosecco to drink, and dishes such as spicy scallops, or Pacific five-spice pork ribs and Thai chicken with basil and chillies.
Where: 5 Ladbroke Road, W11 3PA
Looking for somewhere to eat on Christmas day itself? Why not take a look at our list of restaurants open on the big day