London’s Cosiest Winter Terraces

When you think about it, London's dedication to outdoor drinking is really quite impressive. From sweltering summer days to dark winter nights, there's no weather that will stop this city from embracing a rooftop bar - not even needing to don thermals under those sparkly party dresses. Luckily, there are plenty of bars willing to cater for our need to breathe smog-filled air while we sip mulled wine, so don your layers and head for these warm London winter terraces and pop-up spots.

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Queen of Hoxton

London, United Kingdom

This Shoreditch bar's seasonal makeovers are looked forward to with an anticipation level almost equal to that of Christmas itself. This year, the rooftop hideaway has been transformed into a Moroccan medina worthy of wanderlust, complete with colourful rugs, fire pits and Middle Eastern bar bites. Find yourself a cushioned corner to settle into and spend the night sipping spicy hot buttered rum.

Address

1 Curtain Road EC2A 3JX

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Dalloway Terrace

London, United Kingdom

Snow covered foliage? Check. Fluffy sheepskin rugs? Check. Boozy hot chocolate? We’re in. Not just worthwhile visiting for the ‘grams, Dalloway Terrace has been turned into a Narnia-esque wonderland where you can sip on winter warmers like The Bourbon Brittle, made with peanut butter, Maker’s Mark and hazelnut and dark-chocolate liqueurs.

Address

16-22 Great Russell Street Fitzrovia WC1B 3NN

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Skylight

London, United Kingdom

Can’t decide between hitting an ice skating rink or cosying up with a warm cider and cheese fondue? No need – at Skylight, you can do both. After a sizzling summer season, one of London’s newest rooftop bars is ready to take your winter drinking to new heights, with a rooftop rink overlooking the city skyline. Once your toes are frozen from your efforts on the ice, warm them back up with seasonal cocktails and bar bites in the fur-lined bar below.

Address

Tobacco Dock Pennington Street entrance St Katharine's & Wapping E1W 2SF

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Coq d’Argent

London, United Kingdom

It might be the haunt of well-to-do bankers for most of the year, but from November to February, Coq d'Argent transforms into Lodge d'Argent, a frosty winter retreat bedecked with snug white blankets, igloo tents and even simulated Northern Lights at the entrance. Nab a seat by one of the heaters and settle in for long, dark night.

Address

1 Poultry London EC2R 8EJ

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Coppa Club

London, United Kingdom

Coppa Club’s ever so photogenic igloos are now a permanent fixture after taking everyone's Instagram by storm. Perfectly located to capture the views of Tower Bridge, these fully enclosed igloos are kitted out with heating, blankets and speakers, making them the perfect spot to tuck into brunch, lunch, dinner or cocktails. Bookings might have already been snapped up, but there are a limited number of walk-ins available, so get in early.

Address

3 Three Quays Walk Lower Thames Street EC3R 6AH

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German Gymnasium

London, United Kingdom

For anyone seeking an enchanted evening, this King’s Cross spot is channeling the Brothers Grimm with wooden huts, fairy lights and throw rugs taking over their terrace. This is no children’s bedtime story though – the fairy-tale themed cocktail menu is definitely for grown ups only.

Address

King's Blvd Kings Cross N1C 4BU

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The Churchill Bar

London, United Kingdom

No need to take a hot water bottle to this hidden Marylebone rooftop, The Churchill Bar has their own for you to snuggle up with, along with fur-lined seats, plenty of blankets and toasty heaters. Pair a mulled wine with their infamous fondue for ultimate winter vibes.

Address

Hyatt Regency 30 Portman Square Marylebone W1H 7BH

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Madison

London, United Kingdom

Apple pie hot toddies and baked camembert overlooking the iconic domes of St Paul’s Cathedral? Count us in, especially if we can wrap up in a fur blanket. The whole rooftop bar has been turned into a magical white forest, complete with twinkling lights and softly falling (faux) snow.

Address

1 New Change London EC4M 9AF