Corinthia London’s al-fresco restaurant, The Garden, has been transformed. Following the success of the Mediterranean-inspired offering over the summer months, the ‘late-autumn-into-winter’ evolution of the hotel’s semi-covered courtyard features elegant seasonal planting, festive lights, warm blankets and hot water bottles, two cosy fireplaces, and a charming traditional cuckoo clock. The new menu from Executive Chef André Garrett includes small plates (such as an Alpine charcuterie selection & tarte flambée with Alsace bacon) and hearty Alpine main courses (including tartiflette with grilled rib eye steak & braised venison ragoût with red wine & dumplings), all served with a winter mixed salad. Desserts include the return of the much-loved Kaiserschmarrn - a classic Austrian dish of lightly sweetened shredded pancake with a fruit compote. There’s also a seasonal cocktail selection with a Hot Negroni, as well as a luxurious hot chocolate with a choice of Green Chartreuse, Amaretto, or Frangelico.
This festive season, Duck & Waffle celebrates the joy and magic of the Christmas season with its very own Polar Express in the sky. Taking inspiration from the beloved childhood story, the restaurant transforms into an imaginative train station with old-fashioned fixtures and charming interior displays. Whisking guests through time and space, ‘passengers’ will arrive at the Duck & Waffle Station complete with train platforms, ticket kiosk and handsome waiting room. As the journey begins, take your seat in the main dining room designed as a cozy wood-paneled cabin car - dressed up with old-fashioned travel chests and twinkling lights.
This winter, Scott’s Mayfair has collaborated with Perrier-Jouët to celebrate the festive season in a truly magical way. ‘Starstruck’ Christmas features a show-stopping shooting star installation created by Event Imagineer Tony Marklew, Perrier-Jouët cocktails and seasonal desserts, all available until the end of January 2022. The installation features a glistening star that spans across the restaurant’s façade and terrace - with an eye capturing, vintage moon and cloudscape adorned with shooting stars. ‘Starstruck’ Christmas also presents a special Champagne pairing menu alongside themed cocktails and two limited-edition desserts including the Twinkle Sorbet dessert - a lemon, elderflower and vodka sorbet served with a lemon crisp and topped with gold leaf and Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne.
Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane has unveiled its popular Winter Terrace, reimagined for the season with a showstopping Christmas tree. This picturesque wonderland, perfect for cosying-up in on a crisp winter’s evening, comes complete with outdoor heated pergolas and luxurious blankets, so you can sit under the stars and twinling lights - whilst indulging in seasonal delights of baked Vacherin Mont d’Or and French cassoulet, or ‘From the Grill’ favourites of waygu beef fillet, lobster and jumbo prawns. For the ultimate Christmas celebration, go all out with a Dom Pérignon pairing menu or one (or more) of the new winter cocktails with festive flavours.
The beautiful indoor-outdoor space at the Bloomsbury Hotel, boasting stunning floral installations and year-round al fresco dining - has transformed into an immersive hideaway with a vibrant and cosy installation by award-winning floral designers, Early Hours. The Terrace’s new look exudes a seasonal atmosphere and evolves from an autumn hideaway to a winter oasis as the seasons transition. Tables are set underneath a beautifully elegant floral canopy, with outside heaters and a roaring fire to keep you cosy on those chillier evenings. There’s also a series of cocktails in collaboration with Champagne Telmont and celebrated perfumier Miller Harris and a multi-sensory botanical afternoon tea.
The hotel’s spectacular courtyard has been transformed into a Scottish-inspired retreat. Following the success of last year’s terrace collaboration with renowned whisky brand The Macallan, the winter edition of The Macallan Manor House returns for a second year to Rosewood London. The hotel’s beautiful courtyard terrace has been transformed into a luxurious Scottish manor house, inspired by the rolling Scottish hills and The Macallan Estate. Taking inspiration from the abundance of trees that grow in the grounds of The Macallan distillery, pass through a grove of autumnal trees rich with copper before stepping inside the opulent country manor adorned with natural foliage and decked out with highland hues, coppers, driftwood, and deep red tones. Wrap up in a woven blanket and bask in the soothing spiced aromas filled air, whilst savouring the taste of The Macallan single malt scotch whisky and a menu of comforting dishes from Holborn Dining Room.
Following the success of their summer terrace pop-up, The Berkeley Winter Cabins brings après-ski to Belgravia with cosy cabins and raclette grills. The Berkeley Beach Huts have been reimagined for the winter, and their elegant terrace spot now hosts five cosy wooden cabins - each seating up to eight diners – in addition to counter-top dining. Abundant with lanterns and flickering candles, the cabins have been decked with wreaths, and surrounded by fir trees and fairy lights. Blankets and heaters are on hand, while a menu of alpine specialties and mountain-inspired comfort food - built around fondue and a showstopping raclette grill.
Sky Garden, which has incredible panoramic views of the city, have opened a winter bar. Take the escalator 35 levels up to the Sky Pod to walk through an impressive display of frosted-wreath archways, fir trees, twinkling lights, and huge garlands lined with lanterns. Guests can expect dance-worthy DJ nights running every Monday to Saturday - tickets cost from £12pp including access to the gardens, winter bars, and a choice of one glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne, mulled wine or cider and mince pies, or a special cocktail, dependent on the day.
Bringing a touch of the Alps après-ski atmosphere to the City, Coq D’Argent have transformed their famed roof garden into a Arctic-inspired terrace. Following the success of previous year’s Lodge d’Argent, Cog D'Argent have once again created a magical winter wonderland on their rooftop.The two Lodge d’Argent chalets (for up to six friends) have been transformed into cosy festive hideaways - bedecked in luxurious faux-fur blankets, Courchevel themed ski décor and romantic fairy lights. Tuck into a special indulgent festive menu featuring well-loved, hearty French classics alongside winter warmer cocktails in collaboration with Hennessy Cognac. Minimum spend required.
Sea Containers hotel has just opened its new Northern Lights Terrace. Take the elevator up to the rooftop to explore the Nordic-themed space, filled with colourful Christmas trees, mini Norwegian cabins and a light installation which mimics the Northern Lights. Vodka Rekya have created a selection of vodka-based cocktails, including the ‘Björk Martini’ made with Rekya, wild nettle, and Riesling liqueur; and the ‘Fire & Ice’ – an indulgent mix of Rekya, Kahlua, Amaro and spiced oat milk. Take pictures in the cabin photobooth before settling down on the terrace under faux fur throws and sheepskin blankets and while away a winter evening.
An Alpine-themed restaurant and bar serving casual Mittel-European cuisine. This D&D London opening occupies a purpose built sustainably constructed three-floor landmark within the Olympic Park. It has a sizeable 550 covers in all and comprises a ground floor deli plus large restaurant and ‘winter garden’; a first floor dining room, also with terrace; and a rooftop bar with views of Stratford and the Queen Elizabeth Stadium. Think chalet-style interiors with plenty of faux fur throes and fireplaces for the interiors. Named after unsung Olympic skier Anders Haugen, the menus take inspiration from Alpine dining, with dishes like mountain fondue served with sourdough & new potatoes, tartiflette, raceltte, Vienna schnitzel warm potato salad & lingonberries and Schwarzwälder cherry vinegar sorbet with Kirsch cream & chocolate mousse.
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