The run-up to Christmas 2021 has officially begun and let’s be honest, our appetite for festive fun feels bigger than ever. How better to celebrate than by grabbing your nearest and dearest and flocking to one of the capital’s wonderful venues, serving up a healthy dose of Christmas cheer. Luckily for us, London is sprinkled with plenty of sparkling spots to enjoy seasonal cocktails. From Gingerbread Espresso Martinis to Hot Buttered Rum with Havana Club 7 there’s a whole lotta Christmas cocktails to choose from this holiday season!
And because we’re feeling merry, we’ve pulled together an incredible guide of our top festive picks. So you can get your jingle on at some of London’s most iconic venues, at their twinkling best!
Tempted? Read on to find out where you can scout out some seriously Christmassy cocktails!
For elegant cocktails and chic interiors, pop over to Dirty Martini. This venue will be dishing up Christmas drinks from their Merry & Bright Xmas menu. Enjoy a fiercely pink Christmas Martini with Absolut, a cinnamon-flavoured Winter Fizz with Beefeater. Or try The Sleigh Bell made with Absolut Citron. And there are many more festive drinks to try too. For those of you hoping to celebrate Christmas in style, treat yourself to a Martini Wings Tree sharer. This Angel Wings Martini tree is adorned with 8 Martinis and a glowing neon angel, perfect for any Insta moment!
Multiple locations in London
With winter well and truly here, this stunning outdoor terrace is set up to welcome you whatever the weather. Soak up the festive atmosphere as you kick back and relax in their fabulous Christmas Absolut terrace. They’ve got everything from Absolut blankets to a bespoke seasonal menu. And for those of you hoping to step your Christmas game up a notch, why not get involved with a go on the Shuffleboard as you tuck into a menu of Espresso and Passionfruit Martinis, all adorned on a spectacular Christmas Martini tree!
4 Ebor St, London E1 6AW
Be At One is about to get the Christmas party in full swing, with a flavourful roster of holiday specials. Their amazing festive menu includes two cracking Absolut cocktails. First, on your list, there’s a fruity Jingle Juice served with the tropical Absolut Mandarin. Or why not indulge in a Rhubarb Crumble whipped up with the mouth-watering Absolut Pear Vodka. We’re certain that these tasty serves will brighten up your holiday.
17 Greek St, London W1D 4DR
Dive headfirst into the festive season as you spend an evening sipping on a tasty tipple, surrounded by loved ones at All Bar One. This lively spot is the ideal place to delve into an assortment of festive-flavoured Christmas cocktails. We can’t get enough of the North Star Martini, featuring Absolut Vanilia. It’s a delicious Christmasy spin on the UK’s Number one cocktail, the Porrnstar Martini!
48 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7LT
While away a winter’s day at Giraffe Southbank’s beautiful Rum terrace, whilst feasting your eyes on the stunning River Thames. Soak up the festive cheer of central London as you delight in an assortment of Havana Club specials. We’re talking, a warming Hot Buttered Rum with Havana Club 7 and a Cubano Caliente with Havana Club Cuban Spiced. Or why not grab a hot drink to takeaway as you stroll down to one of the twinkling Christmas markets sprinkled down the Southbank.
Level 1, Behind the Royal Festival Hall Riverside, London SE1 8XX
Fancy yourself a gin-thusiast? Then head on down to Carluccio’s and discover a range of Malfy Gin & Tonics this Christmas. Tuck into a feast of excellently crafted Italian comfort food to complement your drink, from the likes of Seafood Linguine to Spaghetti Carbonara. You’ll even be able to purchase an elegant tower of treats with the incredible Malfy & Italicus hamper’s on offer. The perfect pressie to spoil your loved ones with this festive season!
Covent Garden, 2a Garrick St, London WC2E 9BH
Our favourite Bombay Cafe is whipping up a mouth-watering array of Monkey 47 tipples. If the House Black Daal and Okra Fries aren’t tempting enough already, the tasty stream of Monkey 47 G&Ts being dished will definitely get you hooked.
22 Kingly St, Carnaby, London W1B 5QP
Listen up gin lovers – this one’s for you! The incredible Monkey 47 gin pop-up situated in the stunning Waldorf Astoria will be serving up a series of Monkey 47 cocktail specials this winter. Our top pick has to be the Simia Sour, a refreshing twist of fresh lime and cranberry juice, shaken over ice, served in a Martini Glass. The pop-up also has tonnes of brilliantly botanical Monkey 47 masterclasses, perfect to keep you and all your mates entertained this Christmas.
22 Aldwych, London WC2B 4DD
London’s sky-high destination, Savage Garden, brings you decadent décor, jaw-dropping views and now delicious Monkey 47 cocktail specials. Spend a winter’s evening atop the DoubleTree by Hilton, sipping on wonderfully Christmas cocktails as you indulge in a menu of treats like Crispy Skin Sea Bream and fillet Charred Rump. Cheers to that!
Doubletree by Hilton, Floor 12, 7 Pepys St, London EC3N 4AF
Soak up the festive surroundings and a hotlist of Christmas anthems at Revolution this winter. This late-night venue will be dishing up a lip-smacking array of Naughty List Christmas specials, featuring a wintry Absolut Vanilia Mistletoe Martini and Havana Club Cuban Spiced, Naughty or Spice! Well, isn’t that just the perfect Christmas duo? Boogie the night away as Mariah Carey gets blasted out on the decks and you sip on some seriously festive serves.
Clapham High Street, Putney, Leadenhall
This brand new bar already serves out some of the greatest drinks on the London cocktail scene. This holiday season they’re painting the town red with an exciting line-up of festive treats which you can enjoy out on the Nest Terrace. Begin your day with a bang with a new Immersive Experiential Brunch from November 27. The brunching bonanza will feature food by executive Chef Max Holba, a stream of bottomless cocktails and a host of entertainment from top DJs and entertainers. From fire breathers to Christmas showgirls and smooth sax players, Nest is putting on a spectacular show for the festivities. Enjoy bottomless bevvies from their festive menu, we’re talking 90 mins of Absolut Passionfruit Martinis and Espresso Martinis. And make sure to bag yourself one of their signature serves, a ‘Flying High’ with Beefeater Peach and Raspberry.
Take refuge in one of the cosy pubs dishing out top-notch tipples this festive season. Aragon House, The KPH, The Phene and Roundhouse will all be stocked to the brim with amazing Christmas cocktails like Shimmering Espresso and Passionfruit Martinis. What are you waiting for? Come in out of the cold, warm your cockles and bag a fire-side seat as you pick your favourite inviting cocktail!
Overlooking the pretty docks of East London, The Sipping Room is the perfect spot to admire Christmassy views on a crisp winters day. And it’s having a complete Monkey 47 makeover, decked out with a magnificent jungle entranceway, a cosy outside bar, and a long list of Monkey 47 cocktails. Make some unforgettable merry memories this holiday season as you unwind in a stunning destination with a delicious Monkey 47 drink.
West India Quay, 16 Hertsmere Rd, London E14 4AX
Enjoy impressive London views at Aviary Rooftop Restaurant & Terrace Bar. This incredible sky-high spot will be twinkling with a stunning Monkey 47 takeover, featuring picturesque igloos adorned with plenty of pretty foliage. Stare out at the stunning view of the London skyline in beautiful jungle-like settings as you sip on Monkey 47 cocktails and feast on seasonal dishes.
Royal London House, 10th Floor Montcalm, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1DX
This iconic landmark is pulling out all the stops this festive season with an Absolut Christmas takeover of their VIP experience room and the Pub Pod. Start your festivities with a Gingerbread Espresso Martini, a Cinnamon Passion Fruit Martini or a Watermelon and Passionfruit and Mixer. How delicious! This epic sightseeing experience will even feature a Christmas-themed installation with plenty of presents and a sprinkle of snow. Book now to spend a delightful day enjoying a Christmas cocktail a whopping 135 metres off the ground!
Riverside Building, County Hall, London SE1 7PB
Antic pubs will be going all out this festive season with a great selection of Christmas cocktails. From a Jamesons Orange to a Ginger Ale and Lime, a Havana Club Cuban Spiced and an F-T White Grape and Apricot Soda. Lounge around on cosy sofas, bask in the glow of a burning fire and grab your friends and family for the ultimate tasty tipple.
Head to Nordic Bar this holiday season to indulge in refreshing cocktails mixed by the masters. This unique party hot spot pays homage to indulgent Scandinavian fare. To get fully into the festive spirit they’ll be whipping up a stream of Cubano Caliente’s with Havana Club Cuban Spiced, which you can enjoy in a cute Christmas mug.
25 Newman St, London W1T
Try a marvellous menu of all-American style cuisine as you tuck into an array of mouth-watering festive specials. From a Gin’gle Bells cocktail made with Beefeater to a Purple Rain with Havana Club. Or perhaps you’d prefer a delicious Strawberry Daiquiri with Havana Club or an Irish Mule with Jamesons? Either way, you’ll be spoiled for choice!
30 Leicester Square, London, WC2H 7LA