It’s not all about the 25th… If you’re beside yourself with excitement about the run up to the big day, craving something seasonally spiced, or simply a sucker for a fairy light, we’ve got just the spots for you to get suitably festive in 2018.
1. Secret Winter Garden Book Secret Winter Garden
The igloo-vogue is showing no signs of abating across London restaurants this winter, and the Secret Winter Garden in Kensington is a perfectly fitting protective pod in which to enjoy either boozy cocktails and canapés, or a high-end, seated pan-Asian experience.
2. M Victoria Street Book M Victoria Street
A super-slick grill and bar in a glitzy new development in Victoria, M is the brainchild of acclaimed restaurateur, Martin Williams. Santa’s debauched following will be found sipping on an array of house cocktails and fizz, and feasting on the likes of fried chicken, and steak and eggs. We’re already pretty bored of mice pies anyway.
3. inamo Book inamo Camden
‘Tis the season to eat in an igloo. inamo Camden have added their signature flair to the season’s must-visit dining destination, with a tasting menu of creative Asian dishes.
4. Angler Book Angler
If there was ever a time to treat yourself to a Michelin-starred meal, Christmas is it. Serving starred fish and seafood with a 7th floor view, Angler’s dining room has been given a fittingly sophisticated festive makeover.
5. Coq d’Argent Book Coq D’Argent
The definition of alpine glamour, Coq d’Argent’s annual rooftop lodges are back for another year. Chalet-style huts will play host to comforting lodge drinks and bar snacks, all surrounded by festive furs and snow decorations. While ascending to this rooftop hideaway, guests can also view a reel of ski clips from yesteryear.
6. Corinthia Hotel Book afternoon tea at Corinthia Hotel
This beautifully elegant afternoon tea has been given a swirl of festive magic for the season: enjoy delicious sweet and savoury delicacies, served on bone china with token hues of red, white and gold.
7. The Montague on The Gardens Book The Montague on The Gardens
Complete with pine trees, falling snow, reindeer, snowmen, ski racks, piste maps and strings of fairy lights and lanterns, The Montague Ski Lodge knows how to do festive. Guests can enjoy delicious candied pecans, mulled wine, winter Pimm’s and hot spiced cider, with wooly rugs to keep snug as well as sofas with blankets beside the tree.
8. Dalloway Terrace Book Dalloway Terrace
One of London’s most Instagrammed spots, Dalloway Terrace really ups its game come winter. The menu is also giving a seasonal update: the winter afternoon tea served with champagne on the terrace is the stuff of #NoFilter legend.
9. Coppa Club
As seen on almost every Instagram feed, Coppa Club’s famous igloos take pride of place on their Thameside terrace. Be warned though, a booking here is about as elusive as the man in red himself…
10. Bluebird Book Bluebird
This magical hideaway smacks of C.S Lewis’s Narnia: this much-loved celeb haunt is sure to be even mote popular this season with the arrival of these charming winter lodges, all adorned with suitably frosty decor.