There’s nothing like a hot winter drink in a warm, cosy bar this winter time. London is known for its pub culture. No other city in the world serves a variety of delicious hot winter drinks than London pubs. In fact, there are travellers heading to the UK with a specific goal of experiencing the country’s pub culture. Just make sure you have taken out travel insurance before you go to have this kind of fun.
If you’re looking for a place to relax and chat with your mates after a hard day’s work, or want to have a list of places to stop and warm up during your dream trip in London, we have rounded out the 9 best places to have a hot winter drink in London:
- Roadtrip & The Workshop
Down by Old Street, London is a juke hangout that hearkens back to the birth of rock ‘n’ roll with its laid-back atmosphere. The Roadtrip is a late night bar with a great juke box, and down in the basement is The Workshop, which is a space for more intimate live gigs. They have introduced a killer Christmas drink menu, with English gin and ginger combo Ginger Bell, mulled wines and Christmas cocktails.
Although Hakkasan has become an international chain, their Mayfair branch continues to serve superb hot winter drinks which go well with their bar food and snacks. The dim sum platter and the grilled Shanghai dumpling, along with your favorite warm drink, will keep you warm all winter long.
- Merchant’s Tavern
This restaurant and bar housed in a former Victorian warehouse serves cocktails like the Spiced Route Martini, Gnarled Pear, and Gentleman’s Reserve XO. All these hot drinks are best serves with their hearty small plates. Perennial favorites are the sourdough and focaccia bread board, pork sausage roll with brown sauce, and salt cod beignets with parmesan.
- Bonnie Gull
This seaside restaurant with two branches, the Bonnie Gull Café in Exmouth and the Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack in Fitzrovia will once again serve the Hot Bonnie Toddy, as they do every winter. The Hot Bonnie Toddy is a beautiful combination of VSOP cognac, lemon juice, orange liqueur, and bergamot syrup.
- Queen of Hoxton’s Skye Halle Winter Rooftop
This Viking-themed drinking hall is open all winter long. Some of their best hot cocktails are the Blood of Loki, Gullveig’s Grog, Skye’s Hot Buttered Rum, and Bjork’s Wild Brambled Wine.
- Rosewood London
This Edwardian-styled hotel a few minutes’ walk from Covent Garden will be having a winter special, a Hot Gin terrace, to be held in their courtyard. In coordination with Sipsmith Gin, they will serve several hot toddies like Hot Winter Julep with peppermint tea and the Hot Mulled Sloe.
- Forest Restaurant & Bar on the Roof at Selfridges
The Rooftop at Selfridges on Oxford Street will have be open all winter long, serving some of the best hot drinks the city has to offer at The Terrace Bar. Try their hot Winter cocktails After Dinner Mint, Spiced Diamond, Winter Wish, and Hot Pear.
- The Gingerbread Cabin at York & Albany
In the courtyard of York & Albany in Camden, a Gingerbread Winter Cabin will emerge; Offering winter food and drinks, The Winter Cabin will be open until the end of February.
- The Dalloway Terrace
The snow-covered foliage at the Dalloway Terrace is the perfect setting for their hot-chocolate themed cocktails. The Pierre Marcolini Hot Chocolate drinks are Rasin the Bar, Black Forest, Bourbon Brittle, and Gingerbread Choc.