‘Tis the season of doing little aside from eating, drinking and generally being merry. Check out our top picks for toasty hideaways where you can conjure festive cheer and banish winter chills (whether that be with a blanket, beside a cosy fire pit, or sipping on a hot toddie).
1. Cedar & Spruce Book Cedar & Spruce
Nothing feels more like Christmas than seeing Hyde Park transform into a magical Winter Wonderland. This year, the festive destination welcomes a cosy bookable restaurant, Cedar & Spruce, serving seasonal classics curated by chef Ani Arora. Diners get to snuggle up inside rustic tepees while seated at lengthy communal tables dotted around roaring fire pits.
2. Dalloway Terrace Book Dalloway Terrace
Found in artsy Bloomsbury, Dalloway Terrace is a snowy Alpine-style hideaway serving up afternoon teas, cocktails, and modern British comfort food. Find the picturesque foliage-frosted terrace filled with Swiss cow bells and snow-dusted pinecones, while under the soft glow of suspended lanterns, wrap up warm in a faux fur throw while dunking crusty bread into cheese fondue.
3. inamo Book inamo Camden
Get cosy in one of our favourite London winter traditions: an igloo-like pod, popped up in the Winter Garden rooftop terrace of inamo Camden. Inside these heated festive domes draped in fairy lights, keep warm with sheepskin rugs while dining on sharing platters, tasting menus or Asian tapas, and explore the futuristic interactive table surfaces to order your meal.
4. Lodge d’Argent Book Coq d’Argent
Bringing more of the Alps charm is Lodge d’Argent, back this year on the roof of the acclaimed Coq d’Argent. Inside the quaint wooden chalets, find the scene set with Alpine knickknacks, decked out with wintry trinkets, fairy lights and plenty of thick woollen blankets. Sample from their whiskey cocktail list to pair with Alpine bites or their festive menu, also available on their winter-themed terrace.
5. Bluebird’s Swan Lake Winter Chalets Book Bluebird Chelsea
A chic dining emporium on the Kings Road, Bluebird presents a twinkling woodlands courtyard adorned for the festive season. Get toasty in 3 heated, snow-topped chalets inspired by Swan Lake, and sip on vodka-spiked winter warmer cocktails from their CÎROC sponsor, scoop up oozy fondue cheese or choose from a seasonal menu in the glitzy setting.
6. The Curtain’s 12 Days of Christmas Book Green Room at The Curtain
The Curtain Hotel is joining in on the festive fun with their 12 Days of Christmas celebrations. After enjoying a fragrance-inspired festive afternoon tea at the Green Room, head to the hotel’s rooftop LIDO for a magical wintry escape. From screening our favourite classic Christmas movies to festive workshops and cosy cocktails, wrap faux fur around your shoulders and huddle at the fireplace.
7. Le Lodge d’Hiver at Le Pont de la Tour Book Le Pont de la Tour
With exquisite views over Tower Bridge, Le Pont de la Tour serves up the perfect winter retreat. Now trimmed with mistletoe, holly and ever-green Christmas trees, the autumn truffle hut has been given a merry makeover and serves a festive 5-course tasting menu. For those dining on the winter terrace, find it furnished with furs, festive foliage and sparkly lights while gazing across the Thames.
8. Enchanted Woods at Madison Restaurant Book Madison Restaurant
With close-up views of St Paul’s from Madison Restaurant’s rooftop terrace, get transported to a festive getaway with the Enchanted Woods. Embellished with twinkling fairy lights and glowing trees, the terrace now sports Christmastime’s Little Lodges. Curl up under heaters with a hot water bottle and champagne in hand before choosing a winter warmer to nibble on from the menu.
9. Sky Garden’s Moët & Chandon Winter Bar Book Fenchurch Restaurant at Sky Garden
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Whether visiting to ring in the New Year, dining at Michelin-awarded Fenchurch Restaurant, or exploring Sky Garden’s pop-up winter bar, get comfy with faux fur cushions and throws while taking in some of the best views of London. At the Moët & Chandon’s Winter Bar in the Sky Pod Bar, find a ski lodge-style setting finished with snow-dusted foliage and wintry treats while a DJ plays festive tunes in the background.
10. Radio Rooftop’s Alpine lodges Book Radio Rooftop
Following suit with the season, Radio Rooftop has transformed their rooftop into an Alpine-inspired retreat, featuring cosy cabins with striking skyline vistas from the 10th floor of ME London. Bedecked with vintage bulbs, faux furs, candlelit lanterns and plenty of cushions, the lodges match the cosy rooftop terrace, themed for winter.
11. London Secret Garden Book London Secret Garden
Because we love igloo escapes, we couldn’t help but include another, with this one hidden in amongst the bustle of Kensington. At London Secret Garden, curl up under tartan blankets inside of one their suave heated pods that are scattered around the garden and dine on a festive Pan-Asian menu or a Christmassy afternoon tea. Each pod is bedazzled with seasonal charm while also themed around music icons of yesteryear.
12. York & Albany’s Gingerbread Cabin Book York & Albany
A stone’s throw from Regent’s Park, York & Albany is offering a touch of fairy tale charm this Christmas at its Hansel & Gretal-style Gingerbread Cabin. Head to the gingerbread house that looks good enough to eat for ginger-themed canapes, winter cocktails, and steamy mulled wine, all while admiring the candy cane and piped frosting décor from homely armchairs around a snugly fireplace. The budding artists in attendance can even order a giant gingerbread man to decorate on-site.