Winter Warmers: London’s Pop-up Winter Bars
Just because it’s sock and sweater weather doesn’t mean you can’t get outdoors to enjoy a drink with friends or a cuppa hot chocolate with your family. London has many spots designed to keep you warm and entertained this winter.
The Fire Pit at Winter Wonderland
It’s hard not to fall in love with the festive season when you’re standing underneath miles of sparkling lights as the smells of mulled cider and roasted marshmallows surround you.
Cue The Fire Pit bar at the glorious Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park – it’s the perfect place to enjoy crackling fires with a side of sticky, roasted marshmallows and live music that will have you singing along to golden oldies with your friends. It’s only a matter of time before this spot becomes your favorite festive hangout. See you there.
The Refuge at Jimmy’s Lodge
Two words: Glass igloos. Overlooking the Thames River and Central London, is an annual pop-up restaurant called The Refuge. It’s a two-in-one, really – a chic upstairs dining room, and four intimate glass igloos down on the river bank.
The winter weather is no match for the warm hospitality and even warmer cocktails inside the cozy wood and glass designed igloos. Both the igloos and the dining room give you unbeatable views of the river while eating deliciously gooey fondue or cooking your own hot stone steaks.
Jimmy, the mastermind behind Jimmy’s Lodge and the lovely Refuge restaurant, also created a heated bar area (how great does that sound?) with hot apple Mojitos and hot toddies – ideal winter warmers.
SFG Club at Roof East
Just a stone’s throw from the London Stadium and the winding River Lea, you’ll find Sliders, a rooftop bar equipped with curling lanes. With Apple Strudel Mojitos and velvety hot chocolate, SFG Club at Roof East is the ultimate winter warmer experience.
You’d better start practicing your good arm, because The Slider’s Club has moved back into Roof East for yet another winter pop-up curling experience – with six, neon-lit curling lanes, this year’s rooftop playground is inspired by the 90s classic film, Cool Runnings. Warming up before you play is always advised, so call a cocktail caddie over to your lane and sip on some hot buttered rum before your forty-minute game starts. Excited? Then it’s probably best to book online as soon as you can to make sure you get a spot before it closes on December 22.
The Churchill Arms
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at The Churchill Arms in Kensington.
Whereas most people struggle to put up one Christmas tree each year, this famous watering hole has outdone itself with a stunning display of 93 Christmas trees. And that’s just the exterior – there’s four more waiting inside to greet winter-weary guests who stop in for a taste of real ale.
Built in 1750, the pub is chocablock with Winston Churchill memorabilia. But don’t come expecting a traditional English Sunday roast – instead, you can warm your cockles with the spices from authentic Thai cuisine.
Tucked away in the streets of Fitzrovia, you’ll find a private winter wonderland that’s known for being one of London’s most instagrammable restaurants. Situated next to The Bloomsbury Hotel, Dalloway Terrace proves that relaxing in the garden isn’t just reserved for the sunnier seasons.
This holiday hideaway is fully heated in the winter, and guests can even enjoy the home comfort of a cozy blanket. And once you’re wrapped up warm, you can warm your insides with their special winter cocktail menu. “Hug in a Mug”, anyone?
Thanks to a few pop-up geniuses, winter might just be a little bit warmer this year. Crackling fires, cozy igloos and thick hot chocolate are just a few things that are heating up London’s streets (and roofs) this year.
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