With only a few weeks of the christmas season left it’s time to discover London’s best wintery rooftop hangouts and festive (lofty) pop-ups.
Once Upon A WigWam
Once Upon A WigWam is set to cast its spell over the skies of East London. Inspired by the the Grimms’ brothers Fairy Tales, look out for interpretations of well-known stories like Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel as you get lost in its fantastical forest and magical menu, bringing U a unique drinking and dining experience….
Wander up the vine-covered winding stairs and spot hundreds of books leading you to the giant keyhole entrance of Queen of Hoxton’s magical land. Inside, a new tree house (with a raised mezzanine) elevates you even higher-up East London’s iconic rooftop. Expect ornate mirrors, silhouettes of gnarly branches, and look out for watchful faces amongst the golden trees.
Meander through hanging clocks and apples, branches laced with ivy and meadow flowers where you’ll find a gingerbread house-inspired bar. You can even gorge on the real gingerbread panels – from time to time! Open Monday to Saturday from 4pm to 10pm.
Something a little different…
The Festive Winter Roof-Top Cinema
Adding a stylish sprinkle of rustic chic are three handmade wooden chalet-inspired cabins custom made to fit two people. With a hot chocolate in hand and wrapped up in a Moncler warm down feather blanket, guests will be protected from the cold while watching festive winter classics including ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ and ‘The Polar Express’. Towering high above bustling Knightsbridge and overlooking Hyde Park, this pine-lined outdoor theatre is London’s only rooftop private cinema exclusively featuring just six seats.
A special Winter Cinema package for Londoners is available at £65 per person and includes full access to the movie theatre at 5:00pm and 7.00pm seatings, with copious amounts of hot chocolate and home-made mince pies. A Luxury Winter Cinema package is available at £85 per person and includes a glass of Champagne and canapés.
Hot chocolate lovers, mulled wine drinkers, festive films…
Forest Restaurant & Cabin Bar on Selfridges Rooftop
Inspired by an autumnal woodland, Forest Restaurant & Cabin Bar offers sophisticated comfort food and seasonal cocktails beneath a starry sky.
Throughout the autumn and winter Forest Restaurant & Bar (on Selfridges rooftop) evokes the beautiful autumnal forest and woodlands of England. Inspired by foraging trips to Britain’s lush forests, the ‘foraging and foresting to fork’ menu includes hearty hot pots, grilled meats and fish and seasonal vegetable dishes and inspired by the wealth of produce found in Britain’s vibrant woodland.
The Cabin Bar with outdoor lodges (complete with blankets and a bespoke photo-booth lodge), situated on the terrace is be the perfect spot to escape and indulge in the roof’s renowned ‘Choctails’, seasonal ales and warming mulled wine and cider.
Winter warmers, seasonal treats
The Soho Ski Terrace at the Courthouse Hotel
The Courthouse Hotel on Carnaby Street has transformed its rooftop space, Soho Sky Terrace, into the Soho Ski Terrace – a cosy outdoor haven looking down over central London.
Complete with soft lighting and a welcoming design inspired by the iconic retro ski chalets of the 1950s, the terrace will be awash with plush, soft furnishings, candle-lit lanterns and retro ski posters.
With a capacity for up to 80 people standing and 60 sitting, the Soho Ski Terrace is available for corporate events and seasonal private parties; a unique way to celebrate during the colder months, in an opulent backdrop set against the central London skyline.
A cosy outdoor haven
Tree House at Skylounge
Skylounge, the stylish rooftop bar atop the DoubleTree Hilton at Tower Hill, has launched its new winter terrace, ‘The Tree House at Skylounge’ – a mystical, enchanted woodland, set amongst the rooftops of the City, where rum cocktails and champagne flow freely.
Situated on the 12th floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London, the pop-up Tree House at Skylounge offers a unique experience to escape from the rush of the City to a cosy, winter wonderland. Modelled on a ‘mystical, enchanted woodland’ and embellished with stunning fibre optics lights to create an intimate, sheltered space. Enjoy winter cocktails like their Hot & Cold Spiced Toddy and warming winter food like Truffle Mac & Cheese.
Open Wednesday to Saturday, 5:00pm until late.
The height of winter…