Socially distanced, in bubbles and often set outside, the city’s winter igloos and terraces are just the ticket for post-lockdown festivities:
The Macallan Manor House at Rosewood London
At different times of the year, the courtyard of Rosewood London is the setting for a seasonally themed terrace. Winter’s arrival sees the launch of The Macallan Manor House.
By partnering with The Macallan whisky brand, Rosewood has brought inspiration from the distillery and Scottish landscape to London. Expect to be met with an entrance adorned with heather, pine trees and purple thistles before settling into a space inspired by The Macallan’s newly opened distillery.
The terrace offers plates inspired by the distillery’s partnership with the famous Roca brothers. These dishes are complemented by an exclusive single cask, while cocktails include The Macallan Old Fashioned and Speyside Coffee.
Coppa Winter Terrace
Home to London’s original igloo concept, Coppa Club is again transforming its riverside pods for winter — this year, in partnership with Piper-Heidsieck Champagne.
With Tower Bridge as a backdrop, individual speakers and underground heating, each candlelit igloo is the cosy six-person setting for a specially curated menu of plates including sashimi-grade tuna tartare with yuzu-spiked caper dressing and grilled flatbreads, porterhouse steak for two with Café de Paris butter and desserts like baked Alaska.
To drink, you can choose between winter cocktails, such as the Classic Champagne Cocktail with cognac and Kir Royale and Igloo Fizz with gin and maraschino, which are all topped up with Piper-Heidsieck.
This rooftop restaurant and terrace in Finsbury Square is bringing its rooftop igloos back for the month of December. Each accommodating up to six people, and commanding impressive views over London, these pods are the ideal solution to socially distancing.
The seasonally styled igloos here serve dishes from the Aviary menu, which range from oysters to roast pumpkin and wild rice Wellington, along with winter igloo packages encompassing a variety of canapés and larger bites like Brixham crab sliders. Running in partnership with Tanqueray, this year’s terrace comes with premium gin cocktails garnished with citrus fruits and botanicals. Try the Tanqueray Spiced Cranberry and Clementine Punch.
Each year, London’s rooftop restaurant and bar Coq d’Argent launches a new edition of its seasonal lodge. From December, the winter pop-up will allow you to hire your own chalet reminiscent of the French Alps in its design, with a new menu of food and drink.
Each accommodating up to six, these chalets are available to book for daytime or evening slots for which food and drink is pre-ordered. The bar has created a cocktail list in collaboration with Hennessy. Winter warming drinks from this list can be paired with a series of alpine bar snacks including raclette cheese with new potatoes and dry cured ham gratin, sharing plates such as a Savoyard charcuterie plate and sweet treats like chestnut macarons.
The Montague on the Gardens
Bloomsbury hotel The Montague on the Gardens is getting into the festive spirit this year with the return of the Montague Ski Lodge. The cosy outdoor lodge, which is available for groups of six, comes with pine trees, falling snow, ski racks and piste maps, strings of lights and a centre-piece bar serving a selection of après-ski themed drinks.
Choose between 12 different flavours of schnapps, spiced cider, mulled wine and hot chocolate cocktails. An individual ‘ski pass’ gives you access to the lodge for an hour and a half, three drinks of your choice and a platter of Alps-inspired treats including deep-fried Camembert. A log cabin with armchairs and blankets keep the outdoor space cosy.
In keeping with tradition, Dalloway Terrace has taken on a festive new look ahead of the holidays. This year, McQueens Flowers has transformed the Bloomsbury space into a forest of white birch trees, dried flower icicles, thistles and snow-dusted foliage. In this wintery setting, guests are able to enjoy an array of cocktails created in partnership with Belvedere Vodka including the winter-warming Keeping Cosy, blending Belvedere Vodka with Amer Picon, velvet salted caramel, Thomas Henry Coffee Tonic and white cotton candy, and the Snowman combining Belvedere Vodka with Mancino Rosso/Chinotto, blackberry Guinness and a frozen winter berries garnish. Festive additions to the culinary offering range from Chateaubriand fillet to Le Gruyere Premier Cru Fondue.
The Lodge by creative chef Jimmy Garcia is back this winter, bringing a taste of the Alps to London’s Southbank with the Snowglobes private dining experience, Refuge Restaurant log cabin, Alpine Bar and Chalet Snack Bar. The specially curated menus here include hot cocktails along with dishes designed to transport you to the Alps, like French onion soup with confit garlic and gruyere crouton, the popular Lodge Raclette Burger, and spiced hot churros lathered in melted chocolate. Adding to the festive experience, The Refuge is hosting a series of interactive sessions such as ice sculpting, cocktail master-classes and canapé-making classes with Jimmy’s team of chefs.