When confronted with the frosty temperatures that come with British winters, London certainly knows how to make the most of them.
Festive food markets, romantic ice rinks, and lavish pop-up bars crop up to embrace all the charms of the chilly season. It’s time to bundle up in your snuggliest winter woollies, check into one of the welcoming 4-star hotels in London, then cradle a hot cocktail in a sky-high winter wonderland!
We’ve rounded up the 7 best winter pop-up rooftop bars on London this season. During your stay at the Park Grand Hotel Paddington this winter, pay a visit to at least one of the following.
1) Gingerbread Cabin at York & Albany
This Camden-based bar have made all your Fairy-tale wishes come true this year, by building a life-size gingerbread house to cosy up in on a chilly winter evening. The cabin is available for private hire only and accommodates up to 8 people. The hire package includes a Chambord mulled wine on arrival and a delicious platter of sweet and savoury snacks to share. Pigs in blankets, cranberry and brie tarts, and sugary donuts will surely deter you from taking a bite out of the roof! Delectable cocktails present a wintery twist on your favourites; try a Gingerbread Espresso Martini or Cinnamon Old Fashioned. Based near Regent’s Park, this is handy option from your accommodation in Paddington London.
York & Albany 127 – 129 Parkway, NW1 7PS; until mid-February 2020
2) Lodge d’Argent
This City based bar have channelled the full might of ski resort glamour in their rooftop winter pop-up. Rustic wooden walls, faux fur blankets and winter foliage will whisk you away to the slopes as you sip your festive cocktail from inside your own private chalet. Partnered with Hennessy, many of the libations on the menu feature the cognac. Choose between an Almond Après, a Coq Toddy or an Off Piste, if you dare. When you get peckish, you can choose from alpine delights including a charcuterie platter, raclette cheese and sausages in red wine sauce. Each chalet accommodates a maximum of 8 guests, and they impose a minimum spend of £250.
Coq d’Argent, No. 1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ; until 29 February 2020
3) Winterland at Fulham
Not technically a rooftop, but regardless of this, Winterland is a must-visit winter pop-up in London. Previously a riverside beach hang-out during the summer months, Fulham’s Neverland has been revamped for winter as a magical alpine forest. The sand has been swept away to make room for snow dusted fir trees and pine cones, the paddling pool has been upgraded with a hot tub and there are plenty of fire pits to keep you feeling toasty. They have a variety of areas including igloos, cabins, lodges and comfy sofas draped in faux fur. Food includes wood-fired, sourdough pizzas, gourmet burgers, triple-cheesy mac and cheese and alpine platters such as baked camembert.
Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY; until 29 February 2020
4) Winter is Coming at Radio Rooftop
One of London’s most popular rooftop bars has been transformed into an après-ski, alpine hideaway that would make Chamonix a little bit envious. This 10th floor bar is currently scattered with lodges available for private hire. Adorned with faux-fur throws, cosy blankets and flickering lanterns, no luxury has been spared. Sip a Grey Goose Vodka blended bespoke cocktail whilst snuggled up against the winter wonderland backdrop. Try an Apres Ski Martini or warm up over a Winter Warmer as an aperitif before dinner at the Park Grand Restaurant. You need a minimum of 6 or 8 people to book, depending on the lodge, and a minimum spend of £50 per person applies.
336 – 337 Strand, WC2R 1HA; until late February 2020
5) Shades of Winston Churchill
This classy drinking establishment have creative one of the most innovative cocktail pop-ups of all time. Shades of Winston Churchill presents a menu of 10 cocktails that pay homage to iconic, former Prime Minister of the UK. Flavours are very experimental; the ‘Prime Minister’ is inspired by the combination of egg and cress. ‘The Traveller’ nods to Churchill’s globetrotting and presents a unique twist on the British meal of jacket potatoes and baked beans. A thoroughly sensory experience, to be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace snuggled beneath a faux fur rug.
The Churchill Bar & Terrace, 30 Portman Square, W1H 7BH; until May 2020
6) Pergola Paddington
This rooftop bar and botanical garden has been remerged as a winter wonderland with festive foliage and all the trimmings. An extensive drinks menu provides a lengthy list of international wines, craft beers and warming bespoke cocktails. You can nurse a mulled wine or cider, or experiment with their expertly curated libations, fashioned with artisanal liquor brands. Their New Fashioned is a mouth-watering, heart-warming blend of whiskey, cinnamon and black walnut bitters. Pergola is convenient for those staying at accommodation in Paddington, you can savour the buoyant atmosphere with a mixture of London’s visitors and its residents who come here for a post-work cocktail.
5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, W2 6PY
7) Big Chill Winter Terrace
If you want to go somewhere more ‘chill’ to sip a cocktail or a cold beer, the Big Chill bar at King’s Cross is a lively, laid-back roof terrace open year-round. At the moment they have a special winter theme, with leafy firs, fairy lights and a bespoke cocktail menu. The Grinch will give you a bit of a boost on a gloomy night; this bold blend of rum, tequila, gin and vodka is mixed with lots of flu-busting goodness including Matcha green tea. Alternatively, enjoy a Gingerbread Sour dressed with a biscuit! The Big Chill are legendary for their craft beer, so if you’re looking for somewhere to dabble in London’s most innovative brews – this might be the winter terrace for you.
257 – 259 Pentonville Road, N1 9NL; until further notice