At this time of year it’s all fairy lights, frosty nights and celebrating the festive season with your nearest and dearest. Here are some of the best places to enjoy a hot cocktail and soak up some good cheer.
Netil 360, Hackney London
On a rooftop in the East End of London, a temporary village of tents has appeared. Every Saturday until the end of December, you can enjoy some of the nicest views of London and live sets from djs and musicians, while sipping on a hot cocktail or 3. If hanging out on a rooftop in the depths of a London winter seems like madness, fear not: (faux) fur coats are available to hire to keep you extra toasty. Follow Netil House on Facebook for news, tickets and guest list information.
The Well’s Swedish Ski Lodge, Clerkenwell London
Go underground at the The Well, Clerkenwell and discover a winter wonderland as the downstairs bar plays host to a pop-up Swedish Ski Lodge. Replete with glittery reindeer, moose antlers and a playlist of the best Swedish pop, there’s no better place in London to enjoy a glass of Aquavit, a smörgåsbord of Swedish delicacies and celebrate Christmas in true Scandi style.
The Polar Bar, Liverpool & The North Pole, Manchester
If you’re looking for a little bit of pop-up chalet chic in the north of England, The Polar Bar in Liverpool and The North Pole in Manchester have got you covered, right up until Christmas. Enjoy comfort food, Christmas cocktails on comfy chesterfields in front of a roaring fire until the wee hours. Check the Facebook pages for the latest news and events: The Polar Bar, The North Pole.
The Sky Lodge, London Bridge
Under the glint of the ever-growing Shard building in South London, Platterform have transformed an already stunning loft into a ski lodge in the sky. This is Après Ski, with all of the off piste shenanigans and none of the skiing inflicted injuries. With entertainment provided by performance collective, Where the Wild Things Were? and festive cocktails served up by The Firewater Society, The Sky Lodge looks like one of London’s most exciting places to celebrate the silly season.
Ice Bar, Mayfair London
Featuring a freshly designed bar, cut from ice specially sourced from Torne River in northern Sweden, Icebar in Mayfair is a literal slice of the Nordics right in central London. This is the UK’s only permanent bar made of ice and it’s kept to a chilly minus 5 degrees all year round. Tickets are allocated for 40 minute sessions and include thermal gloves and cape to keep you warm. After your session amongst the ice and sculptures, you can keep the festivities going in the belowzero restaurant and lounge.