Venture into one of the many top cocktail bars London has to offer, and you're sure to find some special concoctions for the festive season. So, sit back, soak up the seasonal spirit (pun intended) and enjoy memorable Christmas parties, drinks with friends or Christmas shopping pit stops at our pick of London's top wintry hangouts.
Check back nearer the time for confirmed Christmas cocktails for 2020. In the meantime, discover some of the fabulous festive mixes from 2019 below.
Uncover magical winter terraces
Find a winter wonderland in London inspired by the wild Scottish Isle of Skye, on the rooftop of Aviary. Settle down in one of the snug igloos under twinkling lights and warm up with whisky-based cocktails such as Talisker Campfire Hot Chocolate or the smoky Northern Lights.
Lodge d'Argent at Coq d'Argent
If you want a cosy spot for you and your friends, après-ski-themed bar Lodge d’Argent at Coq d’Argent fits the bill. Book a private chalet, snuggle up in a sheepskin throw and sip on cocktails crafted by Hennessy cognac: Snowstorm combines Angoustora, lemon juice and strawberry; while Off-Piste mixes mezcal, cynar and cognac.
The White Winter Terrace at Orrery
The Enchanted Woods at Madison
Wrap up in faux-fur blankets and gaze at spectacular views of St Paul’s Cathedral, while sitting under a canopy of twinkling lights in The Enchanted Woods at Madison. Pick from creative cocktails in this City of London spot, including Drop it like it's Hot, made from cognac, chamomile, italicus and lemon; or hot buttered rum.
The Elyx Chalet at Rosewood London
Venture to Southern Sweden with Rosewood London's winter terrace, which is decked out in fairy lights, fir trees and a dusting of snow. Turn up early to bag a table or book ahead for eight or more in the cosy chalet. Enjoy wintry bites and Absolut Elyx-based cocktails, including Tomte’s Nectar containing apricot brandy, blackberry sherbet and ginger ale, or The Nutcracker with spices and peanut butter.
Snuggle up in Christmas pop-ups in London
Miracle at Henrietta Hotel
Jimmy's Lodge at Winter at Southbank
Pop-up extraordinaire Jimmy Garcia returns to Winter at Southbank in 2019 with picture-pretty snow domes. Grab at least five of your friends, stroll around one of the top Christmas markets in London, and settle down in your own private spot with hot apple mojitos, hot toddies and Alpine-themed street food.
Winter Lawn at The Tower Hotel
Check out cosy Christmas bars in London
The Cavendish London
Shades of Winston Churchill at Churchill Bar & Terrace
Find weird and wonderful matches with the Churchill Bar & Terrace's Shades of Winston Churchill cocktail menu. Ever thought of an egg-and-cress-inspired tipple? The Prime Minister pairs Johnnie Walker black with watercress and jasmine cordial, absinthe and white vermouth tonic. Other drinks are inspired by Winston Churchill himself, including a cigar-inspired tipple.
Belvedere + Ice at May Fair Bar
Explore a wintry world at the May Fair Bar in London, as the elegant space serves up bespoke cocktails and pan-Asian small plates. Splash out with the £300 (yes, you read that right) gold-leaf topped Belvedere + Ice cocktail, mixing vanilla-infused Belvedere vodka with cognac and Dom Perignon vintage champagne; or opt for something more budget friendly with an aromatic Jasmine and Fig Sour or fruity The Socialite.
St James Bar at Sofitel London St James
Treat your tastebuds to a warming hug of a cocktail at Sofitel London St James’ St James Bar. Its festive Milky Cat features calvados, Dubonnet, cream, egg yolk and cinnamon syrup. It's the perfect way to reward yourself after picking up special gifts and upscale stocking fillers from luxury stores and pretty arcades in St James’s.
Find fun Christmas party London spots
London Cocktail Club
Snap a 'grammable Christmas cocktail in London
Coppa Club Tower Bridge
Discover a Swiss wonderland tucked away at Dalloway Terrace this winter. Be transported to the luxury resort of Gstaad, as cow bells and snowy foliage fill the heated terrace, which boasts a festive menu of Alpine classics. But don't miss its warming cocktails, from traditional glühwein to the creative Chocolat Chaud mixing flavours of pear, white chocolate and mint.
More Christmas in London inspiration
Make a day of it with our guide to a festive day out in London.