Just because “winter is coming”, doesn’t mean Londoners are ready to call it quits on sipping outside. It just means we have to get a bit more creative in how we do alfresco. And turns out, we do it very well.
1. The Boundary Rooftop Bar
An alfresco leafy haven in the heart of Shoreditch with some of the comfiest seats in town. And since there is an atmospheric, weatherproofed pergola — come rain or shine, you can still sit up on the roof and overlook east London’s skyline.
2. Wigwambam at the Queen of Hoxton
This toasty little pop-up bar is an east London treasure in the colder months, situated atop the Queen of Hoxton. Can’t find it? Look up and you’ll spot this rooftop teepee from around the block. It’s wonderful, unusual, and most importantly, it’s a welcome respite from the winter chill.
3. B & H Buildings
For a pseudo-alfresco experience, head in and straight back to the greenhouse room. With a glass ceiling, floral prints and lots of foliage … you’ll feel like you’re right out in the countryside — no matter the weather.
4. Le Chalet at Selfridges
Can’t afford a ski holiday? Not a problem. Selfridges has its own candlelit alpine chalet right in the heart of London, where you can nip in for some après-shop nosh and drinks. From rotisserie meats to mulled wine, this place has the winter classics covered.
5. Carom Soho
When London chucks down its less than desirable weather (as it so often does), instead of feeling miserable – get yourself down here. With a sunny glass-covered terrace, you can kick back in a swinging chair and laugh off the rain while throwing back a few drinks. Plus the south Indian fare is flavourful, filling, well executed and well priced.
6. Forza Win(ter)
Because winter dining outside can be fun. Expect communal tables, winter warmers, live music and seriously indulgent fonduta. Think fondue, but Italian — with heaps of meat and veg to dip into it. For a glimpse of last year’s event, check out the video above. Warning: it will make you hungry AND happy.
Thurs-Sat, 30 Oct — 20 December. Tickets are £30 and include a hot aperitivo.
7. Vivo Winter Rooftop
Vivo was racking up punters during London’s lengthy summer season, but just in time for the winter weather — the bar will be transformed into a fully-heated, marquee sheltering during the colder months. Perfect for work parties or afternoon catch-ups, you can feast down on hearty Italian food outside in the height of winter.
— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips