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.

Queen of Hoxton

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.

Dalloway Terrace

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.

  • 020 7347 1221
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  • 16-22 Great Russell Street
    Fitzrovia
    WC1B 3NN

Skylight

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.

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

Coq d’Argent

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.

Coppa Club

They took your Instagram feed by storm last year, and now Coppa Club’s ever so photogenic igloos are back for another winter season. 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.

  • 020 7993 3827
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  • 3 Three Quays Walk
    Lower Thames Street
    EC3R 6AH

German Gymnasium

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.

The Churchill Bar

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.

  • 020 7299 2035
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  • Hyatt Regency
    30 Portman Square
    Marylebone
    W1H 7BH

Madison

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.

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