Lodge d’Argent at Coq d’Argent The Northern Lights lend a magical air to this city haunt. Step inside its Aurora Borealis Cube for a simulation of the skyline spectacle, before taking a seat inside one of the terrace Snow Globes – a pair of igloo-style tents – amid a magical wonderland of sparkling lights and decorations. The cocktails (£13) come courtesy of Hennessy: try Star Walk (with Hennessy Fine de Cognac, Finca Malbec, crème de figue, vanilla, lemon, glitter jam and raspberries) or Arctic Wilderness (a hot cocktail combining Hennessy Fine de Cognac, grape tea, moscat sweet wine and ginger candy syrup). Snack on Venison meatballs with a red berry sauce (£6.50), classic tartiflette (£13) or whole baked Vacherin cheese and croutons (£15). No.1 Poultry, London EC2 (020-7395 5000; coqdargent.co.uk).
Winter at Dalloway, Bloomsbury Florist Nikki Tibbles’ Narnia-esque reverie transforms Dalloway Terrace into a frosted folly adorned with ice-fringed ferns and pinecones. Sheepskin rugs and hot water bottles elevate the cosy ambience, while the menu, which includes savoury and sweet fondues devised with London cheese specialist La Fromagerie, has a distinctly Alpine flavour – think sourdough and pickled root vegetables with Swiss cheese (£14) or charcuterie (from £10), or milk chocolate fondue with clementines, strawberries and banana. The drinks pack a punch: from Maison Pierre Marcolini’s Bourbon Brittle (£14), made with peanut butter to the Spiced Pear & Rum Flip (£12), a festive blend of spiced rum, Xante pear cognac, whole egg, maple syrup, cinnamon, poached pear and vanilla. 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1 (020-7347 1221; dallowayterrace.com).
Ritorno Campari Winter Terrace, Chelsea Four Campari- and Aperol-inspired cocktails (£10-£15) fuel the festive spirit at this chic King’s Road retreat – where the heated wraparound terrace is transformed by shimmering foliage and a silver birch arch created by Toby Roberts of TBR Floral Design. 442 King’s Road, London SW10 (020-3301 6333; ritorno.co.uk).
The Monkey 47 Winter Lodge at Rosewood, London German artisanal gin brand Monkey 47 has helped to transform the hotel’s courtyard into a winter oasis where Alpine-style luxury awaits in its Black Forest-inspired lodge. Drink warm mulled sloe gin or the spirit-rousing fruit and strudel cocktail, and sample culinary delicacies by Holborn Dining Room’s executive chef, Calum Franklin, including his speciality pies (£9), Christmas paté en croute and beetroot and gin-cured salmon (£15). 252 High Holborn, London WC1V (020-3747 8633; rosewoodhotels.com).
J Sheekey, Covent Garden A roaring log fire and blankets aplenty create a warm welcome on this smart terrace. Hungry guests are sated with fine seasonal fare that includes fish stew with rouille or warm squid salad with slow roasted tomatoes and violet artichoke. Fancy cocktails? Try a Somerset Sour, made with cider brandy, apple juice and maple syrup. 28-32 St Martin’s Court, London WC2N (020-7240 2565; j-sheekey.co.uk).
Blakes, Kensington Surrounded by the palms of its winter garden, this is the place to sip Laurent-Perrier. The champagne is served with light bites such as sashimi with pickled ginger and soy (£26), Maldon rock oysters (£4 each) and Osietra caviar (£70). Florist Laura Kuy adds a flourish of seasonal blooms. 33 Roland Gardens, London SW7 (020-7370 6701; blakeshotels.com).