Londoners looking for winter terraces in the city this winter have a fairy light draped wonderland of options available to them. We've picked London's best alfresco options offering Alpine treats and seasonal cheer to ward off the cold.
Wilton Pl, London SW1X 7RL
Out on the terrace at The Berkeley, the beach huts have become winter cabins for the season. The Alpine-inspired menu features rostis and fondues and you can order a raclette grill for your group of eight to share. There’s a minimum spend (£500 per cabin) plus countertop dining for walk-ins.
Wilton Pl, London SW1X 7RL
Follow them on Instagram: @the_berkeley
4 Kingdom St, London W2 6PY
For six weeks this alfresco space will become a festive winter hideaway complete with gospel choir singalongs, Christmas movie screenings and more. There are 10 chalets to book with fondue kits and their own private bars while the main room is now an Alpine hall serving everything from bratwurst to festive tipples.
Follow them on Instagram: @pergolalondon
5th Floor 240 Regent Street Entrance 30 Argyll St, W1F 7EB, London W1B 3BR
Aqua’s winter terrace features a wall of silk maple leaves and a terrace festooned with twinkly lights. The covered and heated spot has a new whisky cocktail menu to celebrate its wintry transformation with sushi pairings suggested to go alongside them.
Follow them on Instagram: @aquakyotolondon
36D Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE
It’s all about the finer things in life at this riverside terrace with a seasonal menu of chilled Laurent Perrier Champagne and caviar served with fresh warm blinis. Watch the boats go by, wrapped in blankets while you toast the long nights with a magnum or two.
Follow them on Instagram: @lepontdelatourldn
1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ
Coq d’Argent’s winter popup is back, partnering with Hennessy for an apres-ski themed terrace this season. There’s Coq Toddies and Hennessy Hot Chocolates along with tartiflette and baked Mont d’Or cheese. For a more intimate gathering, book one of their private chalets which require a minimum spend.
Follow them on Instagram: @coqdargent
Coal Drops Yard, Stable St, London N1C 4AB
This alfresco spot in Coal Drops Yard has been wintrified with glass sides erected and heaters added to keep off the winter chill. The area has been garlanded with fir boughs and the menu changed to keep the cold at bay. Of course, the tabletop parillas also help keep everyone snug.
Follow them on Instagram: @parrillanlondon
15 Montague St, London WC1B 5BJ
Every year the garden at this Bloomsbury hotel is transformed into one of London’s longest-standing alpine terraces. There’s a schnapps bar, hot chocolate cocktails and even falling snow to make you feel like you’re up in the mountains rather than central London. Ski passes include drinks and a food platter.
Follow them on Instagram: @montague_hotel
151 Sydney St, London SW3 6NT
The popular Chelsea spot has opted for an Autumnal English country garden feel to its terrace this season. The menu has seen warming treats like charred sweetcorn porridge and baked Camembert added and the sheepskin chair warmers should make things nice and cosy.
Follow them on Instagram: @stanleys_chelsea_
72-82 St Thomas St, London SE1 3QX
If you're after an igloo with a skylight view over the City then head to Vinegar Yard by London Bridge. This winter they have six new heated domes where you can enjoy Misteltoe Martinis alongside festive treats from the street food traders. They're located up on the mezzanine with great views across to The Shard.
Follow them on Instagram: @vinegaryardldn
Whitehall Pl, London SW1A 2BD
The Winter Lounge at The Corinthia London Nestled in the heart of the hotel this alfresco spot has had a wintry makeover. The fireplaces have been lit, there's sheep's wool and alpaca blankets everywhere and executive chef André Garret has put together an Alpine menu strong on dumplings and tartiflette.
Follow them on Instagram: @corinthialondon
- Yautcha’s Ice City has two covered and heated floors with fur rugs, hanging chandeliers and fairy lights with champagne supplied by Moët & Chandon.
- Bluebird Chelsea’s terrace is becoming Blue Starry Night for the season with Nyetimber by the glass and magnum and winter huts for booking.
- The Four Seasons on Park Lane has outdoor heated pergolas on its winter terrace with wagyu on the grill and a Dom Pérignon pairing menu.
- 144 on the Hill in Richmond is opening its Winter WonderLounge with both savoury and sweet fondues and maple glazed chipolatas plus all the heaters and blankets you’d need.
- Kitchen at Holmes in Marylebone is screening festive movies up on its winter roof terrace with special popcorn for movie snacking along with Champagne.
- The Refinery Bankside has teamed up with Casamigos Tequila for its Apres Ski terrace. There’s a gondola bookable for four people along with hot and cold cocktails to enjoy.
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