Five of the best London winter terraces

From secret garden cinema to warming whisky cocktails in a scene inspired by a Scottish glade and dinner in a magical Narnia-esque forest – here are London’s finest alfresco wonderlands

The rooftop winter cinema at The Berkeley will be screening festive films
The rooftop winter cinema at The Berkeley will be screening festive films

Rooftop Winter Cinema at The Berkeley

The Berkeley’s winter rooftop cinema returns for the holiday season, from December 1 to December 31, and it’s a haven of hygge happiness. Picture twinkling trees and lanterns in a secret garden as guests snuggle under heated velvet blanketssipping hot chocolate and mulled wine, and sampling mince pies and gingerbread men while watching a Christmas classic like Miracle on 34th Street from the comfort of wooden chalet-style cabins. There will be two screenings for a maximum of eight people daily at 5.15pm and 7.30pm, priced £75 per adult and £55 per child. Wilton Place, London SW1 (020-7235 6000; the-berkeley.co.uk). For reservations, call 020-72011654 or email wintercinema@the-berkeley.co.uk. For more information, visit the-berkeley.co.uk/rooftop-cinema; from December 1 to December 31.

Fondues and champagne will be served at the Moët & Chandon winter terrace at The Hari
Fondues and champagne will be served at the Moët & Chandon winter terrace at The Hari
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Moët & Chandon Winter Terrace at The Hari

The Belgravia hotel’s alfresco terrace is surrounded by verdant greenery year-round but will be dressed in festive finery to welcome guests as they sip champagne and feast on fondue. From November 12 to January 6, executive chef Claudio Covino’s savoury fontina cheese fondue will be on the menu, served with homemade bread and a selection of charcuterie, followed by a decadent sweet version of the dish made with Italian dark chocolate and doughnut balls, marshmallows and berries. Fondue (for two) is priced from £16 and, to raise the festive spirits, can be enjoyed with traditional eggnog or Santa’s Midnight Tipple (from £16 each). 20 Chesham Place, London SW1 (020-7858 0100; thehari.com); from November 12 to January 6.

The Dalloway Terrace at The Bloomsbury is decked out with ice-fringed fir trees and twinkling lights
The Dalloway Terrace at The Bloomsbury is decked out with ice-fringed fir trees and twinkling lights
Cocktails and the chef’s signature fare will be offered at the The Portico at The Kensington London
Cocktails and the chef’s signature fare will be offered at the The Portico at The Kensington London

The Dalloway Terrace at The Bloomsbury

Come winter, the Dalloway Terrace is transformed into an urban wonderland and this year master florist Wild at Heart returns to bring Narnia-esque magic to the alfresco venue with ice-fringed fir trees and twinkling lights that set the scene for dining under the stars. Wrap up in sheepskin blankets and, from November 7, indulge in warming winter favourites from a menu featuring delicious cheese or black truffle fondues, as well as milk chocolate cocktails. 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1 (020-7347 1221; dallowayterrace.com). For reservations, email reservations@dallowayterrace.com; from November 7 until January 31.

Warming whisky cocktails will be on the menu at the Glenlivet Glade at Rosewood London
Warming whisky cocktails will be on the menu at the Glenlivet Glade at Rosewood London | Image: Addie Chinn
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The Portico at The Kensington London

Prepare to be dazzled by The Portico – an intimate, heated terrace designed for four guests adorned with festive foliage and fairy lights, which creates an enchanting atmosphere for a dinner party, prepared by the hotel’s Town House restaurant. The chef’s signature fare is hearty and includes braised lamb shank (£24) and Gressingham duck breast with puy lentils (£23), which can be enjoyed with a celebratory cocktail, including the Queen’s Gate Orient (£12.50) – a zesty mix of Ume No Yada sake, Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, yuzu juice and sugar. 109-113 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 (020-7589 6300; doylecollection.com/hotels/the-kensington-hotel).

The Glenlivet Glade at Rosewood London

Few do festive glamour like the Rosewood Terrace, and this year guests will be whisked away to a starry sylvan sanctuary reminiscent of a Highland glade. An evening of warming whisky cocktails (£18 each) awaits, including the classic George “Fashioned Three Ways” – your choice of fruity, smoky or sweet flavours – or the Flying Scotsman, a blend of The Glenlivet 18 Year Old, pine-infused Belsazar dry vermouth and Campari. The menu, served by the Holborn Dining Room, includes Dover sole with brown butter (£44); hefty shrimp burgers (£19) with truffle Parmesan fries (£5); and Jersey rock oysters (£18 for six). 252 High Holborn, London WC1 (020-7781 8888); rosewoodhotels.com/londonopen now to March 2. 

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