It’s warming, it’s spicy, it’s alcoholic (but not so alcoholic that makes one at lunchtime too risky…) and therefore, it’s our new best friend and is certain to bring the Christmas cheer. Meet our eight favourite mulled wine spots in London below. Trust us…they’re kinda great.
1. Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch
This legendary East London establishment is famous for its downstairs dancefloor, but it’s also famous for its rooftop, which is currently decked out in all of its Alice in Wonderland-themed glory. The magic doesn’t stop there though…they’ve also got hot buttered rum with Hennessy or Sirens Call and bramble mulled wine – a silky-smooth concoction of mulled wine mixed with Plymouth sloe gin or Beefeater pink gin. Trust us – after a couple of these, you’ll find yourself in ‘Wonderland’ in no time at all.
You’ll find it at 1 Curtain Rd, London, EC2A 3JX. The nearest station is Shoreditch High Street.
2. Skylight, Wapping
Skylight London is known for its legendary canalside igloos and they are back with a bang this winter season. If you’re after a new and exciting way to wine and dine with mulled wine (see what we did there?), these space-aged domes may well just be the answer. Inside your igloo, groups of up to ten people can enjoy delicious cocktails, sharing platters and street food from an Alpine-inspired food menu. They’ve also got rooftop igloos, and a screening room decked out in all the usual festive garb where you can watch Christmas classics with a complimentary glass of warming mulled wine. Now that’s what we call Christmas in a nutshell.
You’ll find it at Tobacco Dock, Wapping, London, E1W 2SF. The nearest stations are Wapping and Shadwell.
3. The Hawk’s Nest, Shepherd’s Bush
This former railway arch nestled inside Shepherd’s Bush Market was recently converted into a heated wintery woodland garden – what better setting for a warming glass of mulled wine or cider we say. Their mulled wine comes with orange, cinnamon, cloves, star anise and demerara sugar, and they also do a mulled sloe gin – perfect for warming the cockles on a cold winter’s evening. If you’re feeling peckish while you’re here, they also do some of London’s best Italian food – think gourmet sourdough pizzas, antipasti, calamari and all the gelato you can consume. Winner winner, chicken dinner.
You’ll find it at Shepherd’s Bush Market, Goldhawk Road, London, W12 8DF. The nearest station is Goldhawk Road.
4. London Bridge Rooftop, London Bridge
This beloved spot just across from London Bridge station is truly the gift that keeps on giving. To keep you snug as a bug in a rug on those chilly winter evenings, there are heated tables, hot toddies and buckets of mulled wine as well as Christmas trees, DJs, twinkling fairy lights, ‘Ginger Pig’ burgers and ‘Moving Mountains’ vegan burgers. They’ve also got some of the best views of the London skyline from up here – what better place to enjoy a warming mug of mulled wine then hey?!
You’ll find it at Colechurch House, Bridge Walk, London, SE1 2SX. The nearest station is London Bridge.
5. The Spaniard’s Inn, Hampstead
This 16th-century, wood-panelled boozer overlooks the rolling green hills of the beautiful Hampstead Heath, and is famous for being the spot where Byron, Keats and even Charles Dickens used to hang out. It also achieved notoriety as the supposed birthplace and favoured haunt of highwayman Dick Turpin and, rumour has it, it is supposed to be haunted by more than a few ghosts, ghouls and spectres. Could it get any more A Christmas Carol? They also do a mean mulled cab sav wine and a whole host of festive food to boot – so take a pew by the roaring fire and settle down for the afternoon.
You’ll find it on Spaniards Road, London, NW3 7JJ. The nearest stations are Hampstead and Golders Green.
6. Trafalgar Tavern, Greenwich
Constructed on the site of the Old George Inn in 1837 – the year that Queen Victoria ascended to the throne – this beautiful spot is packed full of history and offers some of the best views of the Thames anywhere in London. It was used by politicians in days gone by as the location for their famous ‘whitebait dinners’, and was also the setting for the wedding breakfast in Charles Dickens’ (yep, him again) novel Our Mutual Friend. Aside from all that naval history and those panoramic views, they also do a great mulled wine, a hot toddy and a ‘Grog’ – the one-time favourite drink of the Royal Navy. Cheers!
You’ll find it on Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NW. The nearest stations are Maze Hill and the Cutty Sark DLR.
7. Mr Fogg’s Tavern, Covent Garden
Situated right in the heart of ‘Theatreland’ on the corner of St Martin’s Lane and New Row, this eccentric spot is inspired by the story of Phileas Fogg – the protagonist in the Jules Verne novel Around the World in Eighty Days. With its wood panelling, traditional decor and plethora of artefacts and antiquities dotting the walls, it oozes a Victorian ambience and can’t help but transport you back to the 1870s. Come Christmas time, it’s decked out in all manner of decorations and twinkling lights, and the combined aroma of mulled wine and pine hits you as soon as you step through the pub’s double doors. Speaking of mulled wine, the one served here uses a combination of classic cloves and cassia bark – there’s also a gin bar downstairs if you’re looking to try some ‘Mother’s Ruin’-inspired cocktails.
You’ll find it at 58 St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4EA. The nearest stations are Leicester Square and Covent Garden.
8. Winterland Alpine Club, Fulham
Taking the theme of an enchanted Alpine forest, this Christmas cracker in the depths of SW6 is bursting with forest igloos and cabins, a ski lift-themed bubble, Alpine brunches and brilliantly-festive cocktails. It’s also got a roaring fire pit and faux-fur covered sofas – what better spot in which to glug on some fragrant mulled wine hey? Speaking of mulled alcoholic drinks, they’ve also got mulled toffee apple cider and a hot toddy consisting of Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky, ginger, lemon and honey. That’ll most certainly warm you up – chin, chin.
You’ll find it on Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, London, SW6 2TY. The nearest station is Wandsworth Town.