December Guide: 7 London Winter Terraces to Visit This MonthBy Alicia Grimshaw
Discover London’s winter terraces, a collection of seven urban sanctuaries designed for cold-weather enjoyment. Equipped with heaters, snug blankets, and faux fur details, these terraces redefine outdoor comfort in the city. Go on, have a scroll:
The Lowdown: Dalston live-fire restaurant Acme Fire Cult is ideal for cosy feasting, both indoors and outdoors. Its heated, sheltered terrace is the ultimate spot for winter al fresco dining, warmed by the restaurant’s unique outdoor grill and laden with blankets and sheepskin rugs.
Don’t Miss: The restaurant runs in collaboration with neighbouring 40FT Brewery, and as such has 10 taps pouring fresh, contemporary beers produced on-site, including the Eccles Cake Stout, a winter collaboration with St. JOHN, infused with dry fruit and spices. Cocktails
Where: Abbot St, London E8 3DP
The Lowdown: The Beaumont’s chic, sheltered al fresco terrace overlooks Mayfair’s tranquil Brown Hart Gardens. With 1920s-style rattan armchairs, blankets, heaters and café tables enfolded by lush greenery, the Terrace serves drinks from the hotel’s bar, Le Magritte, alongside a Terrace Lunch and Dinner menu comprising transatlantic-inspired dishes.
Don’t Miss: The all-new Toast Your Own S’mores winter special from Head Chef Ben Boeynaems.
Where: 8 Balderton St, Brown Hart Gardens, London W1K 6TF
The Lowdown: From LUCA’s secluded, foliage-filled, weather-proof terrace, diners can enjoy an idyllic Italian escape all year long, feasting on plates such as Luca’s renowned parmesan fries, monkfish crudo, and mezzi paccheri of ragu bianco, brussels sprouts, chestnut and parmesan while surrounded by olive trees and jasmine.
Where: 88 St John St, London EC1M 4EH
The Lowdown: Adorned with fairy lights, festoon lighting, Christmas trees, candles and rugs, guests can get together beneath the cosy heated garden and enjoy steaming hot mulled wine and other Christmas specials from the wood-fired pizza and cocktail menus.
Don’t Miss: The casual sister bar Skylarking, complete with winter specials and local DJs playing every Friday and Saturday night.
Where: Unit 4-5 Dovedale Trading Estate, LLondon SE15 4QN
The Lowdown: Those looking for an al fresco option south of the river need look no further than The Laundry, Brixton’s favourite neighbourhood restaurant and wine shop. Here, the Parisian-inspired terrace is fit with rattan chairs and bistro tables, with snug blankets and overhead heaters available to keep guests warm.
Don’t Miss: The Sunday roasts. Featuring premium cuts of meat, delectable and bountiful sides… and even a vegan Wellington.
Where: 374 Coldharbour Ln, London SW9 8PL
The Lowdown: The Winter Terrace will offer an escape escape from the cold weather, complete with heaters, plush furs, glittering lights and festive foliage, all against a backdrop of the iconic London skyline.
Don’t Miss: Tattu has partnered with David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF), donating £1 for the sale of every Snow Leopard dessert (featuring honeycomb, white chocolate and meringue), to the charity to help protect endangered species in their natural habitat, including the Snow Leopard.
Where: The Now Building Rooftop, Outernet, Denmark St, London WC2H 0LA
The Lowdown: With cosy blankets, faux fur throws and heated throughout, Number One Park Lane’s winter terrace is inspired by the slopes – think alpine-inspired dishes, from fondue to schnitzel, paired with cocktail specials and mulled wine.
Don’t Miss: The Gingerbread Old Fashioned with bourbon, ginger and lemongrass honey, Jerry Thomas bitter and fat-washed gingerbread.
Where: One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London W1J 7QY