Just because winter is nigh, doesn’t mean you can no longer enjoy an al fresco drinkie. Here’s a roundup of our favourite outdoor and rooftop pop-up bars (complete with heaters and fire pits) to warm your cockles at in the winter months.
Once Upon A Wigwam:
The Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop provides a fairy tale rooftop experience complete with blazing fire pits, mushroom stools and a wigwam with its own tree house. Sip on hot cocktails and punch and tuck into a menu of winter warmers as well as candy apples and even marshmallows to roast by the fire. Not only will the rooftop be serving these treats, it will also be hosting a variety of unique workshops such as gingerbread house decorating, butterfly preservation and Christmas wreath-making. Each event takes on the theme of a different fairy tale. Check the website for the full menu and listing of events. Monday-Saturday, 4-10pm, until the end of March 2016
The Midnight Apothecary is held on a secret rooftop garden above Brunel’s Thames Tunnel in Rotherhithe. Stay warm by the fire pit whilst enjoying the fragrant cocktails on offer which are infused with herbs and flowers from the garden. Open once a month through the winter, next open 31 October, £5, 5.30pm-11pm
Forest Restaurant and Bar On The Roof:
Selfridges’s forest on the roof is inspired by an autumnal woodland and serves seasonal, hearty food to warm you up on a nippy eve. The Cabin Bar on the terrace will serve choctails, seasonal ales and mulled wine and cider. Monday-Tuesday: 11am-9pm, Wednesday-Saturday: 11am-11pm, Sunday: 12pm-6pm
Rooftop Winter Cinema at The Berkeley:
The Berkeley Health Club & Spa transforms its roof-top terrace into a cinema this December, where you can watch Miracle on 34th Street and Polar Express on the big(ish) screen, whilst nestling between feather blankets and hot water bottles. This one doesn’t come cheap: it’s £65pp, which includes mince pies and hot chocolate, or £85pp including wine and canapés. Screenings take place for the duration of December and there will be two screenings per night on weekadays at 5pm and 7pm ,and 7pm on weekends.
The Roof Gardens:
The lavish Roof Gardens, complete with impressive views over Kensington, are hosting late night events throughout winter, including a Halloween special, Guy Fawkes’ night and an Alice in Wonderland themed party.
Rekorderlig Cider Lodge:
Rekorderlig’s Cider Lodge returns to Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival, where guests can immerse themselves in Scandinavian style culture, food and drink. The lodge will be complete with traditional fire pits and classic Swedish furniture, authentic Swedish food as well as cider, both hot and cold. 20 November 2015-17 January 2016, entry is free, 10am-10pm
The Montague Ski Lodge:
This winter, The Garden Grill at The Montague is transformed into a magical ski lodge with pine trees, falling snow, reindeer, snowmen, ski racks, piste maps and strings of fairy lights and lanterns. The bar will serve a variety of warming drinks including schnapps, flavoured vodkas, mulled wine and hot chocolate cocktails. £25, includes three drinks, a festive platter and a chance to win a Swiss ski weekend. Monday-Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 12 noon-10pm, mid November until mid January
Gordon Ramsay’s Winter Chalet:
York & Albany’s Winter Chalet in north London is decorated like a wintry mountain retreat, with fairy lights adorning the walls, pine cones scattered below, and lanterns aglow with lightly spiced candles. Guests are invited to wrap themselves in luxurious blankets as they enjoy toasty tipples and canapés. Two cocktails and canapés costs £30 per person. Open from 30 October 2015-28 February 2016 excluding 25 December and 14 February. The cabin can be booked daily between 1pm-10pm
The Tasting Room:
The Tasting Room bar and artisan kitchen at the ice rink at Canary Wharf is offering artisan tasting and sharing menus, including charcuterie boards, deli style sandwiches and cheese fondue, accompanied by winter cocktails such as hot buttered rum, mulled wine and cider. The venue also has a large heated outdoor viewing terrace from which to watch the icy action from a safe distance. Sunday-Wednesday 11am – 11pm, Thursday-Saturday 11am-11.30pm