The Best Winter Bars & Festive Pop-ups in London 

Discover winter hideaways across London, from alpine chalets to twinkling rooftop retreats

Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury 

Since opening in 2017, Dalloway Terrace's seasonally changing terrace has become an Instagram staple, adjoined to The Bloomsbury hotel. The restaurant, which is so-called after Virginia Woolf’s best-known character, has been transformed by master florist Nikki Tibbles into a sparkling winter wonderland, inspired by the slopes of Gstaad. Alpine fare includes a cheese fondue for two or try the Swiss Afternoon Tea, made up of picture-perfect chocolate pine trees and a Mont Blanc tart, inspired by the shape of the towering alpine mountain.

Address: 16-22 Great Russell Street, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NN Closest Station: Holborn Website: dallowayterrace.com

34 Mayfair 

For maximalist merriment, visit 34 Mayfair on Grosvenor Square. Every inch of the glossy, art deco-inspired restaurant is adorned with festive decor, including no less than 8,000 Christmas baubles. Pop by for exclusive Moët & Chandon Champagne sparkling cocktails or book the renowned weekend brunch, where Father Christmas himself is rumoured to be making a guest appearance. 

Address: 34 Grosvenor Square, S Audley Street, Mayfair, London W1K 2HD Closest Station: Green Park Website: 34-restaurant.co.uk

Angler Rooftop Terrace, Moorgate

For Champagne and City vistas, visit Angler, the Michelin-starred seafood restaurant atop the South Place Hotel. Created in partnership with Laurent-Perrier, the heated rooftop retreat is elegantly hung with gleaming baubles and crystal icicles, while offering unrivalled views of the capital's landmarks. Drinks are served with a spread of winter bites: think venison bolognese croquettes, chestnut hummus and raclette.  

Address: 3 South Place, Finsbury, London EC2M 2AF Closest Station: Moorgate Website: southplacehotel.com

Rosewood London, Bloomsbury

The Rosewood's perennial pop-up takes the guise of a winter chalet this season, bringing an unlikely slice of Nordic charm to High Holborn. Frosty branches and twinkling fairy lights frame the space, where you can sip on hot and cold cocktails created in collaboration with Absolut Elyx vodka. The bountiful menu spans oysters and charcuterie boards, as well as British comfort classics including fish and chips and chicken and wild mushroom pie. 

Address: 252 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 7EN Closest Station: Holborn Website: rosewoodhotels.com/en/london

The Rooftop St. James at The Trafalgar 

Crowning The Trafalgar hotel, this rooftop idyll in St James's boasts Veuve Clicquot and stunning views. Go all-out and try the indulgent bottomless brunch, where dishes including rabbit rillette, Croque Monsieur and butternut squash risotto are served with free-flowing champagne (£45 per person). Raise a glass to the winter season while watching the flurry of London in full flight below.

Address: 2 Spring Gardens Trafalgar Square, London SW1A 2TS Closest Station: Piccadilly Website: trafalgarstjames.com/the-rooftop

The Chelsea Courtyard, Chelsea

The Chelsea Courtyard on Sydney Street has undergone a festive makeover, replete with crisp foliage, twinkling lights and toasty heaters. Menu highlights include a boozy hot chocolate with a rum and chilli kick; creamy pumpkin ravioli and Moroccan slow-cooked lamb shank. All of the decor on display can also be purchased at the neighbouring Chelsea Gardener shop, which is a cornucopia of festive delights. Think ornamental decorations, glittering tree toppers and theatrical wreaths.

Address: 125 Sydney Street, Chelsea, London SW3 6NR Closest Station: Sloane Square Website: chelseagardener.com

Boundary Rooftop Winter Terrace, Shoreditch

Gather around a roaring fire pit at the Boundary London's rooftop restaurant, which crowns Sir Terence Conran's boutique hotel. Alpine fare (melting raclette, chocolate fondue) is served with Veuve Clicquot Champagne cocktails and vistas across London. Revellers can also hunker down in the weatherproof Orangerie, decked out for winter with baubles and glistening branches. 

Address: 2-4 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DD Closest Station: Shoreditch High Street / Old Street Website: boundary.london

Sky Garden, The City 

Moët and Chandon has partnered with Sky Garden to bring you a cloud-skimming alpine extravaganza. Frosted wreath archways and twinkling fairy lights trim the space, which is London's highest public garden. Enjoy an array of warming cocktails, including the indulgent Sweet Temptation, stirred with cognac, hot chocolate and toffee nut whipped cream.

Address: Sky Pod Bar, Sky Garden, 1 Sky Garden Walk, London EC3M 8AF Closest Station: Monument Website: skygarden.london

Wright Brothers, Soho

London’s oyster king, Wright Brothers, has unveiled a new festive terrace in Soho’s Kingly Court, created in partnership with Sipsmith gin. The perfect pitstop whilst Christmas shopping, unwind with hot gin cocktails, amid twinkling lights and copper lanterns. Our favourite tipple is the decadent chocolate orange espresso martini.   

Address: Kingly Court, London W1B 5PW Closest Station: Oxford Circus / Piccadilly