‘Tis the season to drink and be merry, and what better place than London! With plenty of pop-up bars, themed terraces and cosy hideouts, there is somewhere for everyone to share Christmas Spirits. Here are our Top 5 picks for the season.
16-22 Great Russell St
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Coined as the “most Instagrammable” restaurant and bar in London, Dalloway Terrace steps up during the festive season to provide the cosiest, candle-lit, most Christmassy place to unwind over seasonal cocktails and hot water bottles.
Enjoy a Black Forest cocktail (gin, vermouth and cherry heering) and white chocolate fondue whilst wrapped in blankets. Get your second chocolate fix from the renowned hot chocolate cocktail. Could it get any better? Probably not… So make sure you don’t miss out and book here!
Lost Rivers Elephant
Nearest Tube: Elephant & Castle
Lost Rivers, built of recycled shipping containers and an equally eclectic vibe, is a bar and venue seated in the heart of Elephant and Castle. Hosting a huge variety of live bands, DJs, art, comedy and urban theatre, there is never a wrong time to visit. In the spirit of festivity, Lost Rivers is hosting Christmas Film Nights.
On the 17th December, come along for a screening of Love Actually coupled with, free mince pies, mulled wine and a talk on the Psychology of Love! What is love, actually? Find out more and book your tickets here.
20 Fenchurch St
Nearest Tube: Monument
What’s better than drinks and live music in an urban roof-top garden and 35-floor-high panoramic views of the city? The same as that, but with added Christmas decorations! Sky Pod Bar has an exclusive winter pop-up teamed with Moët & Chandon and will be providing the ultimate Christmas haven at 160m in the air.
Hot cocktails, mulled wine, alpine-toasties, faux-furs and champagne are here to stay until March 2018! Book your spot here, and look forward to that Sweet Temptation cocktail (vanilla infused rum, chocolate star anise, cinnamon, cloves & a giant marshmallow), cosied up in a blanket, watching over London and listening to live music.
Wandsworth Bridge Road
Nearest Tube: Parsons Green, Wandsworth Town
Situated next to the Thames, Winterland London provides the perfect shelter from the dreary British winter days. Escape to a (fully heated) enchanted forest, with neon-lit curling lanes, alpine mini golf, cosy igloos & lodges, fur-lined sofas, fondue & feasting tables. Book areas and activities here!
The best bit? BYOB (bring your own booze) on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays! An alcoholic bar is available all week too. Bailey’s hot chocolate and mulled cider are particular festive hits at Winterland, perfect to be enjoyed in a heated igloo overlooking the Thames.
The German Gymnasium
Opening hours: (Meister Bar)
Nearest Tube: King’s Cross
Built in 1864, the German Gymnasium once hosted the indoors events of the first Olympics in London. However, D&D London has utilised its vintage architecture to take on the Enchanted Winter Terrace Theme inspired by the Grimm brother German fairy tales. Much of the interior teases childhood tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel and Rumpelstiltskin, including a fairy tale themed menu.
The Meister Bar serves plenty of German beers and nibbles, mulled wine and seasonal cocktails. For more information on this traditional German Christmas gold-mine in the middle of Kings Cross, visit the website.
Where will you be making the most of all the different London Christmas Spirits? Let us know below in the comments!