With Christmas coming, it’s time to snuggle up with a festive drink in one of London’s cosy bars.
Quaff Swedish cider Rekorderlig and feast on yummy Scandinavian street food in this cosy pop-up bar in the Hungerford car park in the Southbank Centre.
Resembling a Scandinavian house, this pretty two-floored lodge has been furnished with fire pits and Swedish furniture. Revellers are encouraged to try both hot and cold winter cider, sharing their favourites on social media using the hashtag #HotOrCold.
Also on offer is a bevy of winter cocktails. Swedish DJs will be providing the uplifting soundtrack on Thursday and Friday nights.
Open until 11 January 2015
Decked out with traditional tartans, rugs, animal skins and taxidermy, this candlelit cabin is tucked away in Camden on the edge of Regent’s Park in the garden of Gordon Ramsay’s York & Albany.
Warm up with buttered rum hot chocolate with marshmallows or with a spiced Bloody Mary. Hearty snacks include wild boar sausages, black pudding scotch eggs and venison sausage rolls.
Open until end of February 2015
Be transported to an Austrian ski resort by enjoying a winter cocktail in this Alpine lodge in the heart of London’s Kensington.
If you’ve got cash to flash, you can get with a group of friends and sip rum punch from a ski boot sharing vessel, costing a cool £150.
More affordable festive options include the Snow Ball Martini, which combines Mahiki coconut rum, pine Schnapps, coconut cream and egg white, and Avalanche which blends Pampero Especial & Woods rums with apricot Schnapps and absinth, passion fruit syrup, fresh lime, pineapple juice and Angostura bitters. Phew!
DJs provide the late-night entertainment if you’re after a genuine après-ski experience.
Hyde Park’s spectacular yearly winter festival is the perfect place to get into the spirit of the festive season.
There are plenty of convivial bars serving up warming mulled wine, such as the Fire Pit, the Carousel Bar and the Mirror Bar.
Booze aside, the festival is abuzz with fairground rides and sparkly attractions, like the 60m-high Giant Observation Wheel and the Magical Ice Kingdom, which is full of magical ice sculptures: think fairies and wizards.
Open until 4 January 2015
This gloriously eccentric bar is chock-full of stuffed tigers and crocodiles, annotated maps and clocks.
Situated in London’s Mayfair, the bar boasts a timetable of ridiculously festive fun: think can-can dancers every Wednesday, a Christmassy lucky dip every Thursday, and Christmas carol singers on Fridays, complete with mince pies and mulled wine!
Treat yourself to a Phileas’ Pudding, which serves four and combines Tanqueray export gin, apple and lime juices mixed with fresh blackberries, Briska pomegranate cider and mulled wine.