London’s Rooftop Winter Forest Is Back With 200 Real Christmas Trees

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London’s Rooftop Winter Forest Is Back With 200 Real Christmas Trees

Pergola Paddington are back to brighten up your dreary winter evenings.

Paddington isn’t renowned for its forests, but that has all changed with the launch of Pergola Paddington’s winter season. The festive makeover has seen the rooftop hangout become a cosy winter forest, with alpine lodges and log fires dotted amongst the 200 real Christmas trees. Known as the ‘Miracle on Kingdom Street’, this winter haven is filled with street food, seasonal cocktails, and toasty welcomes, and it’s seriously dreamy!

First things first, you can rest assured that Pergola Paddington is fully protected from the vagaries of the winter weather by a roof – and they’ve also got a brand-new heating system in place for winter 2020 to ward off any cold spells, along with those roaring log fires. Miracle on Kingdom Street is home to two equally glorious spaces, each with their own charms and treats.

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On the upper level, you’ll find the Winter Wonderland Forest: an Alpine paradise that mimics the feeling of being amongst the snow-draped mountains (that’s where those 200 Christmas trees come into play). Downstairs, meanwhile, is home to the Alpine Winter Hall, a place that draws inspiration from the Bavarian beer halls of southern Germany. It’s home to no fewer than eight cosy winter lodges, which have been kitted out by Moet & Chandon with blankets, cheese fondue kits, and your own private bar for the creation and consumption of winter cocktails.

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It’s enough to warm the cockles of your heart, and that’s before you get to four pop-up food joints serving everything from bratwurst, currywurst, and raclette, to roasted chestnuts, mince pies, smores, and mouth-stretching Christmas burgers. We’ve also heard the words “boozy cheese fondue” mentioned enough times to know that we’ll be making a beeline for it, thank you very much! Naturally, warming winter tipples will be on offer, so you can bounce merrily from mulled wine and cider to naughty hot chocolates and back, all night long.

Now the Christmas lights are up, Pergola Paddington will welcome winter brunches, Christmas film screenings, wreath-making classes, a puppy Christmas party (get me there now!), and visits from Santa Claus. Before that, though, it’s looking like a wonderfully cosy hangout for you and your pals – and they’ve got all the necessary Covid safety measures in place too, with social distancing, one-way systems, contactless ordering, and reservations capped at groups of six. Really, this place is the perfect excuse to throw the bumper Christmas season we all thoroughly deserve…

Practical information

Opens December 3, and opening hours are 12-11pm Wednesday to Sunday.

Also published on Medium.

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