By Emily Gray
London is home to many wonderful rooftops and terraces which are embracing winter and outdoor dining so that we can continue to meet with our friends whilst in Tier 2. From winter forests to manors inspired by Scottish whisky and a whole lot of cocktails and Champagne, here are 9 winter terraces and rooftops to visit this year.
On The Terrace at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane
Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane has recently unveiled a new winter concept for their wonderful, On The Terrace. This year they have partnered with Dom Pérignon for a festive partnership, which includes a Dom Pérignon pairing menu which will see you sipping Champagne whilst eating Oscietra Caviar and Carlingford Rock Oysters. Elsewhere you’ll find their specially curated menu by Executive Chef, Henry Brosi that includes a truffle menu, Taleggio Cheese Croquettes with Spiced Cranberry Compote, Scottish Lobster and two new cocktails. We’ll be going for the Naughty & Nice made with cognac and served with marshmallows and dipping chocolate.
This year, South Place Hotel’s, rooftop terrace, Angler has taken its winter inspiration from Queen’s song, It’s a Kinda Magic. And that means, Champagne and plenty of it! They’ve partnered with Champagne Taittinger and will be offering cocktails including Liquid Gold made with Taittinger Brut Reserve, vodka infused with saffron, cinnamon liqueur and vanilla extract. So get cosy under their blankets and get ready to celebrate Christmas and getting that little bit closer to saying goodbye to 2020!
Overlooking Regent Street, a table on Aqua Kyoto’s rooftop terrace will have you right amongst the twinkling ‘The Spirit of Christmas’ lights - start planning your Instas now. This year Aqua Kyoto is serving up a Festive Menu and a Festive Free-Flowing Brunch with dishes such as Rock Shrimp Tempura with chilli and garlic mayonnaise, Sushi platters and Soy Panna Cotta with a chocolate dome and sorbets and of course, plenty of Prosecco and Festive Bellinis.
Hush’s courtyard in Mayfair is one of the best outdoor dining spots in town. This year they are taking inspiration from Scotland’s luxurious hunting lodges. Step through the twinkling tartan arch into Hush’s own log cabin complete with oversized Christmas decorations and a wooden stag lit by fairy lights. To drink you’ll find a whole host of cocktails showcasing Glenfiddich’s award-winning Scottish malt. We’ve got our eye on the Tartan Old Fashioned, made from Glenfiddich 15y, fig liqueur, Angostura bitters, chocolate bitters and sugar syrup and thePerk of Perth with Glenfiddich 12y, caramel syrup, Americano coffee and a double cream top - in fact let’s be honest, we’ll be trying one of each. To eat you’ll find the likes of Duck Confit Shepherd’s Pie and Slow Roast Pork Belly with celeriac puree, quince chutney and crackling.
A favourite of Londoners, Dalloway Terrace has been transformed this year by McQueens Flowers into a Narnia-esque, natural winter forest filled with white birch trees, snow dusted foliage, sprays of silver bracken and dried Amaranthus ‘icicles. Joining forces with Belvedere Vodka the team has created new cocktails inspired by the wintery weather such as Keeping Cosy, made from Belvedere Vodka, Amer Picon, Velvet Salted Caramel and Thomas Henry Coffee Tonic, complete with an exploding bubble on top. To eat you’ll find Le Gruyere Premier Cru Fondue, Roast Loin of Venison and a White Russian Tiramisu with Belvedere Vodka. You might not be able to get away this Christmas, but Dalloway Terrace is providing so much needed festive escapism.
Situated on the 10th Floor of ME London, from Radio Rooftop you can take in views stretching from the Shard down to Big Ben. It’s an ideal date spot, especially now with the introduction of their 3 heated bubbles, so you can dine under the night sky whilst staying snug. Join them for a Festive Brunch which includes a l0bster sandwich, a festive roast and grilled ribeye. And winter themed cocktails, like By The Fire Place made with Woodford Reserve, Winter Spices, Frangelico and egg white.
The Macallan Manor House at Rosewood London
Rosewood London has transformed its courtyard into a snug al fresco dining spot, The Macallan Manor House, so-called because they have partnered with renowned whisky brand, The Macallan. Taking inspiration from the Scottish hills and The Macallan Estate, the new Manor House will be adorned with blue heather, purple thistles and elegant pine trees. In a nod to the copper stills used in the whiskey making process you’ll see copper hanging lights and maps of Speyside. To drink, there are cocktails and to eat you’ll find rare breed pork & white pudding scotch eggs, gin cured salmon, potato, comte and caramelised onion pie and sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream. Sign us up.
Describing itself as London’s wildest sky-high destination, Savage Garden is located 12 floors above Tower Hill and features not one but two terraces with 360-degree views of the London skyline. Join them for their twisted afternoon tea and ‘savagely substantial’ food to accompany your cocktails!
They might be taking inspiration from A Christmas Carol this year but there is little Bah, Humbug about J Sheekey’s Christmas offering this year. Their terrace is suitably dressed in it’s festive finery and they’re serving up a festive set menu with truffle baked Roscoff onion and goat’s cheese tart, traditional roasted Devonshire chicken breast and Mrs Cratchit plum pudding with brandy cream and Clementine coupe with hot chocolate sauce.