Indulge with one of London’s most stylish winter terraces for a sip in suave alfresco surroundings.
1 Be merry at Rosewood London’s Monkey 47 Winter Lodge
Rosewood London has partnered with artisanal German gin brand Monkey 47 to transform the hotel’s iconic courtyard into an enchanting winter forest inspired by the verdant trees and mystical charm of the famous Black Forest. Nestled within, visitors will find the Monkey 47 Winter Lodge, serving warming winter fare and providing respite from Christmas crowds and Jack Frost’s wintry grasp.
Tucked away in the heart of central London, The Monkey 47 Winter Lodge takes inspiration from British Commander Montgomery “Monty” Collins, and his Schwarzwald dry gin brand, ‘Max the Monkey’ Gin, which he named after a monkey that he sponsored in the Berlin Zoo.
The menu will comprise a selection of hot and cold gin cocktails inspired by German desserts and, in some cases, paired with British ones. Monty’s Strudel cocktail, available either hot or cold, will be paired with homemade apple pie.
When: November 2017 – February 2018.
Where: 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
2 Pay a visit to Aquavit’s Nordic winter garden
From 13th November, Aquavit will be transformed into a Nordic winter wonderland by iconic London florist McQueens, bringing the beauty of Scandinavian Christmas traditions to St. James’s Market.
Outfitted with wintery silver birch trees and lichen covered birch branches, Aquavit’s interior will be adorned with hanging moss and large clear glass globe terrariums depicting festive scenes. Suspended from branches, the terrariums will fill the giant front windows creating a dramatic and eye-catching installation for passersby and patrons in the restaurant.
Guests can also enjoy Aquavit afternoon tea, served in an exclusive silver tea set designed by Danish luxury brand, Georg Jensen. Featuring Danish smørrebrød with classic Nordic toppings such as gravlax, shrimp skagen and beef tartare, all are served on house-made rye bread. Afternoon tea also includes sweet treats such as Swedish cakes and tarts served from the Fika trolley, as well as freshly baked cinnamon and cardamom rolls.
As a special offering exclusively for the festive season, the Aquavit afternoon tea will include the famous Danish cake, gåsebryst, as a celebration of Queen Margaret, the Queen of Denmark.
When: 13 November through the New Year.
Where: St James’s Market 1 Carlton Street, London SW1Y 4QQ
3 Try The Gardening Society at John Lewis
The Gardening Society at John Lewis is open for the winter season and has welcomed its final restaurant residency of the year: The Ethicurean from Bristol, to the roof of John Lewis Oxford Street. Background Bars will be offering a range of seasonal serves during the winter residency crafted to complement The Ethicurean’s hearty food menu.
Visitors to The Gardening Society will be transported to a setting reminiscent of a yuletide village green. A grandiose 12ft Christmas tree, adorned with twinkly lights and vintage baubles, leads the way towards resident rooftop pub, The Gardener’s Arms, where Londoners are invited to sing along to their favourite festive songs whilst enjoying a delicious warming tipple.
Where: 300 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1C 1DX
4 Relax at Lodge d’Argent
Following the success of last year’s Lodge d’Argent winter pop up, City restaurant Coq d’Argent will once again be creating a magical winter wonderland on its rooftop for the festive season, this time with an Arctic theme.
A brand new cocktail list has been created by Bar Manager Filippo Testa to reflect the colours of the Northern Lights in hues of green, blue and purple with such examples as Green Sky with Hennessy fine de Cognac, Jasmine, and Chandon; Star Walk with Hennessy fine de Cognac, Finca Malbec, creme de figue, vanilla, lemon, glitter jam and raspberries; and for something extra warming Arctic Wilderness, a unique hot cocktail combining Hennessy Cognac, grape tea, moscat sweet wine and ginger candy syrup.
A winter warmer menu by Head Chef Damien Rigollet focuses on hearty dishes including Venison meatballs with a red berries sauce; classic Tartiflette; and Whole baked Vacherin cheese & croutons while desserts include Chestnut macarons and Warm waffles with hot chocolate and chantilly cream.
Where: Coq d’Argent, No.1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ
When: 21st November 2017 until end of February 2018
5 Enjoy the skyline at Babylon’s Winter Terrace at The Roof Gardens
If you consider The Roof Gardens, with its famous pink flamingos and beautiful themed Spanish, English Woodland and Tudor gardens, just a summer hotspot, think again.
Babylon Restaurant transforms during the winter months with a fully heated terrace, blankets and warming cocktails, so that you can admire the city skyline safe from the winter chill. What’s more, indulge with a special baked cheese menu from Tuesday 21 November until Christmas.
Where: 99 Kensington High Street W8 5SA
6 Climb inside a Coppa Club Igloo
Following last year’s smash success, Coppa Club’s igloos are back! The insta-famous igloos have been re-designed with frames and Perspex sliding doors, and come complete with heating, blankets and speakers.
The chic igloos are available to book for a maximum of 8 people (bookings under 6 people will be sharing with other guests) for up to two hours.
Where: 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street EC3R 6AH
7 Explore The Winter Forest at Broadgate’s Exchange Square
The Winter Forest pop-up at Broadgate’s Exchange Square is ideal for an evening of fun alfresco entertainment. Surrounded by an enchanting snow-covered forest in the heart of London, visitors to Exchange Square can watch films in the Tipi Cinema, enjoy mulled wine and prosecco under the stars at the Bar & Grill or book private-dining booths in The Hideaway.
The Winter Forest, made up of majestic pine trees is set to be a must-visit destination this winter. Surrounded by the smell of pine, twinkling reactive lights and biodegradable snow, visitors will be transported to a Nordic-inspired festive wonderland.
When: Until 12th January 2018
Where: London EC2M 3WA
Relax at The Hampshire Lounge Bar’s Winter Lodge
Nestled in the corner of Leicester Square, Winter Lodge at The Hampshire Lounge Bar transports you to a hidden mountain retreat in the heart of the alps. Feast on a number of signature wintery dishes and enjoy a throughly festive experience.
Where: 21 Irving Street, Leicester Square, London Wc2H 7Lh