From heated terraces to snowy pines and gallons of Glühwein, the rooftops of London come alive in the festive reason. Many of your favourite summery terraces and rooftop bars are transformed into winter wonderlands and with so many to choose from, we thought we’d let you know about some of the best to get you started. These wintery rooftops offer something special and are bound to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Forest on the Roof, Selfridges
Look out across the iconic London skyline as you enjoy a festive treat at Forest on the Roof, on the fifth floor of Selfridges department store. Be welcomed into a picture perfect wintery woodland which incorporates glittering fairy lights and an archway of snowy trees. Follow the archway through into the restaurant and be immersed in a winter woodland atmosphere, even audio is included.
Snuggly warm the Forest on the Roof restaurant itself features a retractable roof so you enjoy the warmth of being inside and the feeling of being outside at the same time. Comfort food is available in abundance with hot pots and succulent steaks alongside aromatic risotto and fresh wintery vegetables. Christmas tipples include everyone’s favourite mulled wine and the occasional festive cocktail, such as Glitterball Punch and Candy Cane.
Queen of Hoxton – Skye Halla
Bringing the ice cold cool of Scandinavian winter to the heart of London, Skye Halle at Queen of Hoxton is a Nordic Viking Feasting and Drinking Hall, way up in the clouds. The now famous Queen of Hoxton Winter Wigwam has a distinctly woodland feel with that quirky Nordic twist. Shield-Maiden Skye is at the heart of the action and in her own words we are all invited to ‘escape modern life and join her band of noble savages’ in a celebration of fantastic winter food and drink. Flowing mead runs all night, as well as unique foraged cocktails, burning log fires and decadent feasts. Imaginatively named cocktails include Blood of Loki and Skye’s Hot Buttered Rum. Food includes rich goulash pie, fresh salmon rosti and wintry hotpots and stews.
Clos Maggiore, Covent Garden
Voted one of the world’s most romantic restaurants and just a short walk from our Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley, Clos Maggiore has a refined and elegant atmosphere, throughout the winter months. A fully retractable roof allows for an al fresco dining experience in elegant, contemporary French style and the wintery atmosphere comes alive when the roaring log fire is hit and the tables are decorated with candles. The finest modern French food is served alongside warming rare brandies and cognacs, perfect for a decadent winter evening.
The Parlour, Canary Wharf
Conveniently located for many city workers in the Park Pavilion on Canada Square, The Parlour is popular throughout the whole year but in winter the outdoor bar is a hub of imagination and festive-themed creativity. Some of the best winter cocktails around can be enjoyed at The Parlour, with updated classics like ginger mulled wine and hot spiced cider, as well as more imaginative offerings, updated regularly. Former favourites include hot butter and lavender rum punch and winter cobbler inspired tipples.
Netil 360, Hackney
A unique and original winter experience, Hackney’s Netil 360 is one of the city’s coolest rooftop bars and its back for the winter, with a carnival of seasonal flavours, Caribbean-inspired classics and classic mulled wine. Describing themselves as a ‘secret pub in the sky’ Netil 360 is hosting Winter Warm Ups every Friday and Saturday between now and Christmas, so there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy their fantastic fusion flavours and cool atmosphere.