We can’t ignore the cold any longer. If you’re not feeling the temperature drop yet, we seriously admire your thick skin! It’s definitely time to grab your biggest scarf and head to one of these spots for a warming glass of red wine.
1. The Boundary Rooftop
Open all year round and fully protected from the weather, the popular rooftop of The Boundary is an elevated hot spot the streets of East London. As well as having ideal coverage and heating in the winter, they also adapt the food menu to warm the cockles of your chilly heart. We’re talking hot, gooey fondue and raclette.
2-4 Boundary St, London E2 7DD
2. Grand Union, Brixton
Out the back of Grand Union Brixton, you’ll find the Pleasure Garden. This unassuming space is full of vibrancy and, although a prime spot for Pimm’s in the summer, also transforms into a glorious covered, heated and fair-lit den come the winter. The garden has plenty of seating and is bordered with colourful huts perfect for big groups, which you can hire for a reasonable amount of money. Food is also served until late(ish). On weekend nights, when the temperature gets a little too cold and the garden closes, you can take the fun inside for some late night dancing!
123 Acre Ln, London SW2 5UA
3. Pergola On the Roof
We were thrilled to tell you that Pergola on the Roof was returning for winter, after having such a successful summer. From 3rd November the rooftop on the Television Centre will re-open, complete with a new weather-proof and heated dome, a new line up of food vendors – Le Bab, Patty and Bun, Gunpowder and Snaps and Rye – and magical wintry vibes. Alongside the self-service pop-up restaurants there are also 2 bars. The idea is that everyone in your group gets the food and drink they fancy, before they all reconvene in the central space. The rooftop itself is free to attend and it’s also free to book tables in advance for groups (more than 4 people).
Television Centre, Wood Lane, W12 7RJ
The Leather Bottle Earlsfield
Rolling with the wintry resort theme, the garden of The Leather Bottle is complete with fully heated sheds designed to look like ski chalet-style lodges. The team behind this pub seriously go all out for winter… A few years ago, they even had their very own ice rink in the beer garden, complete with a snow machine! We can’t even imagine the dangerous combination of booze and skates though..
538 Garratt Ln, London SW17 0NY
5. People’s Park Tavern
An East London favourite in the edge of Victoria Park, the People’s Park Tavern is well and truly ‘for the people’. Throughout the year, its garden is ever-popular and for very good reason. It’s spacious, covered in fairy lights (always a winner), the atmosphere is laid back and fun and the drinks aren’t going to leave you broke.
360 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7BT
6. Vivo Roof Terrace
This Italian cafe-come-wine and cocktail bar in Islington has a cosy, walled rooftop hideaway, perfect for laid back, winter al fresco munching. There’s room up there for 35 people sitting, so there’s no stopping you and the gang grabbing the fizz and lounging underneath the heaters. Make your visit to Vivo even cosier with a warming bowl of homemade soup or a pizza to share (most of which are under £10).
57-58 Upper St, London N1 0NY