Rooftops aren’t just a thing of summer anymore just because the days are getting shorter and the nights colder it doesn’t mean we should ignore those beautiful views over London from a rooftop. With the Christmas lights, one every street the city looks magical from above. To help you make the most of the upcoming season we have scouted around for some exciting new winter rooftops around London.
The Berkeley’s rooftop winter cinema is re-opening this year with daily screenings during December. Showing the classic ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ or ‘Elf’, on the big open-air screen. There is nothing quite like getting cosy in winter and watching a Christmas film and even better if it is overlooking the twinkling lights of the city at a secret rooftop garden. it is an intimate affair with just 8 seats.
You will find fluffy cushions, Moncler fur wraps, fleecy snug rugs, hot water bottles and heating lamps to keep you warm. Adding to the festival feel there’s mulled wine on offer and delicious mince pies … oh don’t forget there’s Champagne too!
Londoners love a bit of ice skating during the festive season. This year Skylight has taken ice skating up a notch and is hosting London’s first ever rooftop ice skating. Whether you are a pro or a beginner enjoy London’s skyline while you take a spin on the ice rink.
If the city’s winter gets too much for you, head to Level 9 which is transferred into a toasty neon-lit haven with full indoor heating to keep you warm. There’s also delicious fondue, seasonal cocktails and mulled wine on offer to get you in the festive spirit.
London has got the igloo fever! they are popping up everywhere and now even on rooftops. Roof East is out to impress this winter with igloos on rooftops. Perched on the 8th floor overlooking the twinkling skyline of London.
These igloos are not just exciting to look at you can also have an apres-ski feast in these dining dens with sharing boards, hot toddies and ice cool concoctions on offer, courtesy of Jimmy’s Lodge. It doesn’t end there … there are sliders curling and even an 80’s neon retro-chic ski lodge bar.
Escape the cold weather in London at Queen of Hoxton’s Moroccan themed rooftop. This hideaway in Shoreditch has been inspired by the far-flung desert realms and romantic splendour of Marrakesh. It is full of bright colours, ceramic tiles, twinkling lanterns, cushions and drapes.
As soon as you enter the large traditional wigman on the rooftop you will feel like you have escaped the city and entered the souks of Morocco. Delicious Middle-Eastern feast is also on offer including halloumi fries, tagines and mezze. Be sure to try their unique mix of cocktails like the Kasbah Coffee Martini and Spiced Hot Buttered Rum. There’s also a replica of Jardin Majorelle outside with green cacti set against the iconic cobalt Blue.
One of London’s most well-known rooftop bars, Radio rooftop bar renowned for its views over London gets a makeover for the winter season. Offering an alpine experience in the heart of London with private cable cars, alpine inspired menu and seasonal cocktails like spiced rum eggnog served in chocolate cups and truffled three-cheese fondue and charcuterie. Your alpine experience begins as soon as you enter ME London and are given your lift pass.
Hidden behind a secret entrance on Oxford Street. Woody bear is a festive hideaway inspired by an abandoned urban fairground. The booths are created from old tea-cup fairground rides – how cool! Expect hot gin punch, boozy eggnogs, raclette wheels and all things cheesy with a Cheese Melt-Shack by Madame & Monsieur on offer.
BY TIA SEJAL