The Best Winter Terraces

You can be miserable about the cold nights or you can get over it by visiting one of these decked out whatever-the-weather bars…

WigWamBam, Hoxton


Ever been to Woodlandia? Didn’t think so. Woodlandia is the place to find WigWamBam, which is also conveniently located on the Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop.

Inside the giant wig wam huddle around cosy tree stump tables and dine on barbecued venison burgers and flame-finished jacket potatoes from £5.50, all ordered from the Schwenkgrill.

The drinks list will also take some careful planning. An Egg Snog (the classic festive eggnog with a whiskey twist) is well worth a try. Stay late and you can toast marshmallows over the fire, that’s if you haven’t had too many Egg Snogs…

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Rekorderlig Cider Lodge, South Bank


Popping up as part of the Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival, the Rekorderlig Cider Lodge is a must-do at this time of year.

Set amongst an extravagant snowy landscape is the Scandi-style bar area complete with fire pits and hot or cold cider on tap. Not content with that? Pick a dish from the Swedish menu and wash it down with a winter cocktail.

If you’re visiting on a Thursday or Friday, follow it with music from the best Swedish DJs around. A tötes fab night guaranteed.

11 Nov – 4 Jan 

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Babylon, Kensington


The infamous roof gardens aren’t letting the winter chill get in the way of their fun. Those who wish to brave the cold (and those wanting to impress a potential partner) can create their own winter picnic on Babylon restaurant’s heated terrace.

Potent hot cocktails can be whipped up at a moment’s notice; a Foggy Grog is made with rum, lime, sugar and is served in a dramatic fashion with its own applewood smoked ‘fog’. However, Mulling It Over really is the Babylon’s best – it’s hot apple juice with spice infused vodka, both £11, are perfect for cold nights.

And the best is yet to come… Babylon will provide you with a baked cheese menu and then serve your choice with a selection of artisan breads, from £9. Hazelnut and apricot bread + Stinking Bishop cheese = Heaven. 

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Netil360 hot tubs, Hackney


Panoramic view of London? Check. Heated roof top? Check. Hot tubs? CHECK. For a completely unique view of the city from your very own heated tub, from £250, head to Netil360.

The tubs hold 2-4 people but you can bring up to 20 and have your very own party. They’ll start the night with two bottles of prosecco on arrival, you provide the rest and they’ll just charge you corkage fee for the wine, £6, beer, £1 or fizz, £6, plus they will keep it chilled.

Don’t forget your swimwear, obviously.

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The Berkeley Winter Cinema, Knightsbridge


This the most exclusive of venues for the most privileged clientele. While Christmas shoppers bustle below, the rooftop at The Berkeley Hotel is calm and serene.

For the cold months they have transformed their cosy terrace with a big screen and a winter wonderland theme. The intimate venue can only host six people at a time, but those pairs can keep warm in individual handmade wooden chalet-inspired love seats while watching classic films like Miracle On 34th Street. Hot chocolate, mince pies and posh Moncler blankets are included, from £55pp.

For VIP treatment, splash out on the luxury version, from £70pp, which includes champers and canapés.

24 Nov – 31 Dec 

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