Looking for a date spot with style, or somewhere to relax after hitting the shops for Christmas? We have lined up some of the prettiest winter terraces around for festive cocktails, so kick back and raise a glass.
Number One Park Lane
The Intercontinental Park Lane is channelling Swiss ski resort vibes this year with faux fur throws, blankets, fondues and schnitzels alongside festive cocktails such as White Snow with cinnamon-infused vodka, cocoa curaçao, Graciano liqueur, pistachio syrup and plant-based cream; and a Gingerbread Old Fashioned with bourbon, ginger and lemongrass honey, Jerry Thomas bitters and fat-washed gingerbread.
The Hari is partnering with Ruinart champagne this year, adding festive fizz to your leisurely lunches or get-togethers with friends.
As the first established champagne maison in existence, Ruinart is synonymous with French art de vivre and elegance and Hari's beautiful terrace has all of the magical winter garden vibes: glittering golden foliage and Christmas tree, scattered lanterns - plus heaters and a retractable glass roof, so you stay warm, dry and cosy under the stars.
The Lucky Club, Camden
The Lucky Club's rustic, wood-panelled apres-ski lodge is decorated with snowy foliage, glittering silver baubles and twinkling lights under a glass roof.
This year the drinks offering is in collaboration with ADRIATICO Amaretto, so cosy up under the faux furs and enjoy innovative sweet cocktails such as The Winter Club, ADRIATICO Bianco Amaretto, Vanilla Vodka, Pistachio Syrup & White Chocolate, or a Toblerone Martini, ADRIATICO Roasted Amaretto, Vodka, Frangelico & Chocolate Cookie Syrup.
Skylight Peckham's heated, covered terrace has fabulous views over London, plus snow forecast every evening at 7pm (and 2pm at weekends), so get ready for that Instagram snap!
Christmassy cocktails include The Nutcracker – Havana Especial Rum with Frangelico Liqueur, cranberry juice, apple juice, gomme, black walnut bitters and foaming bitters, topped with a festive candy cane. There's also 2-for-1 drinks such as the Peach Perfect, Winter Mule, Rum & Raisin Old Fashioned, or a classic Mojito, every Friday from 3pm-7:30pm and events such as music nights and drag brunches planned. All together now: 'Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!'
If you want more of the spectacular views and less of the snuggling up under blankets then the winter version of the Sky Pod Bar, thirty-five stories up, may be the one for you.
Run in partnership with Moët & Chandon, you can admire the city with a glass of bubbles or go for one of the bespoke cocktails: try Velvet Elixir, with Cointreau, Beefeater Gin, vanilla syrup and Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut; theBerry Sour featuring Waqhar Pisco, Chambord and Fair Kumquat or the Fireside Royale, comprising of Hennessey V.S., Antica Formula and Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut. Tickets for music nights with ALR Music and DJs include a glass of champagne on arrival.
Florattica's rooftop bar extends out onto a fabulous terrace with views of iconic London landmarks from St Pauls to Canary Wharf and the Thames.
This winter the bar has introduced a new cocktail menu, which includes Crimson, made with Campari bitter, lactofermented plum and citrus, and Cachai, an infusion of blue pisco, La Yuzu liqueur, kiwi syrup and lime soda.
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