Best Christmas cocktails in London

Make your Christmas a merry one with mulled wine, hot toddies and other festive cocktails in London.
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.

Uncover magical winter terraces

Aviary

Looking out from one of the Aviary igloos, with rugs, lanterns and a table with two bottles and glasses of whisky.
Aviary igloo. Image courtesy of Publicasity.

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. From 17 Oct

Lodge d'Argent at Coq d'Argent

The inside of a wooden chalet at Lodge d'Argent, with fur-covered chairs, cocktails, drinks and small plates of food on a table, and lit fairy lights.
Lodge d'Argent at Coq d'Argent. Image courtesy of Mance & Co.

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. 5 Nov-29 Feb

The White Winter Terrace at Orrery

A red cocktail in a tumbler with a slide of dried lemon sits on some fir leaves, surrounded by candles and pine cones.
Wintry cocktail at The White Winter Terrace at Orrery. Image courtesy of Fraser Communications.
Settle down among the bauble-clad olive trees and take in the fragrant wafts from The White Company candles at Orrery’s Winter Terrace. Pick from four Moët & Chandon festive cocktails that are inspired by the homeware brand: Vin Epicé mixes vermouth rosso with cloves, cinnamon, orange and chestnuts; while Coupe Forêt features champagne, vermouth and pine syrup. From 15 Nov

The Enchanted Woods at Madison

A view of Madison's Enchanted Woods winter terrace, with illuminated fairy lights around trees and a table with a bottle and glasses of champagne.
Enchanted Woods at Madison. Image courtesy of D&D London.

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. 6 Nov-31 Dec

The Elyx Chalet at Rosewood London

A wide-angle view of the inside of The Elyx Chalet, with a table and two chairs in the centre and illuminated tree branches with baubles lining the wooden walls.
The Elyx Chalet at Holborn Dining Room © John Carey.

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. 7 Nov-29 Feb

Snuggle up in Christmas pop-ups in London

Miracle at Henrietta Hotel

A ruby-red-coloured cocktail topped with a slice of lemon stands next to mug with a winking Santa face.
Miracle at Henrietta Hotel. Image courtesy of Covent Garden / Capco.
Sip on fun takes on classic tipples – including a Snowball Old Fashioned, Christmapolitan, Run Run Rudolph and Gingerbread Flip – at Henrietta Hotel’s seasonal pop-up bar, Miracle. Themed on a 1970s Christmas home, it’s great pit stop between Christmas shopping in Covent Garden's many beauty stores, fashion boutiques and market stalls. 12 Nov-23 Dec

Jimmy's Lodge at Winter at Southbank

A night-time panoramic view of clear plastic domes "snow globes", with tables and chairs inside, along the South Bank.
Snow globes at Jimmy's Lodge, Winter at Southbank © India Roper Evans. Image courtesy of Southbank Centre.

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. 8 Nov-5 Jan

Winter Lawn at The Tower Hotel

Sip on a seasonal spirit or two in the shadow of Tower Bridge, as The Tower Hotel’s Winter Lawn serves up wintry treats. Warm up with a classic hot toddy, mulled wine and mulled cider, or sip on unique creations such as White Christmas Mojito, which adds coconut milk, coconut rum and pomegranate to the classic mojito recipe. 22 Oct-Mar

Check out cosy Christmas bars in London

The Cavendish London

An orange-coloured Christmas Kiss cocktail, featuring cranberries and a smoking sprig of rosemary as garnish.
Christmas Kiss cocktail at Petrichor Bar & Lounge, The Cavendish London. Image courtesy of Davies Tanner.
Whether there’s mistletoe in sight or not, you can still enjoy a Christmas Kiss at The Cavendish London’s Petrichor Bar & Lounge this winter. Its romantically-named cocktail mixes Amaretto, Grand Marnier and lemon juice, and has a very festive garnish of cranberries and rosemary. 11 Nov-5 Jan

Shades of Winston Churchill at Churchill Bar & Terrace

A white-coloured cocktail with a balanced garnish on top, with three small canapes by the side, all presented on a frying pan.
The Traveller cocktail at Churchill Bar & Terrace. Image courtesy of 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. From 14 Nov

Belvedere + Ice at May Fair Bar

A cocktail glass is filled with the yellowish Belevedere + Ice cocktail, with a gold leaf ball balanced on top, and a bottle of Belvedere vodka in the background.
Belvedere + Ice cocktail at May Fair Bar. Image courtesy of Edwardian Hotels London.

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. 12 Nov-31 Dec

St James Bar at Sofitel London St James

Two tall cocktail glasses, filled with the light-brown-coloured St James Bar's Milky Cat cocktail, against a dark background with lights.
St James Bar's Milky Cat cocktail. Image courtesy of 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

Christmas is for sharing and partying, so spread the festive cheer and relax long into the evening with supersized cocktails at London Cocktail Club Monument. Sip from a skull containing rum, maraschino, absinthe and more with the Zombie that’s large enough for four; or be transported to the high seas with five others as you share the Black Pearl, mixing rum, limoncello and tropical Red Bull. 

The Prince

A red cocktail in a tumbler glass with decorative orange peel on top, sits on a table, with a Christmas tree in the background.
A festive cocktail at The Prince London. Image courtesy of Mance & Co.
Looking for Christmas party venues in London for you and your friends? Knock your socks (or Christmas stockings) off with a bracing cocktail from The Prince’s winter cocktail menu, including a Sloe Gin Fizz, Elderflower Spritz and Espresso Martini. Then, recline on a winter day bed with tempting food from on-site vendors Wildcard, Homeslice, Patty & Bun and Honi Poké. From 25 Oct

Snap a 'grammable Christmas cocktail in London

Aqua Shard

Partnering with fashion designer Holly Fulton, Aqua Shard provides a seasonal smack on the lips with its DecoFizz cocktail. Sherry, Veuve Clicquot champagne, Advocaat reduction and pine essence create a fragrant concoction that’s served alongside a dessert of white chocolate mousse, with champagne jelly and spiced wine sorbet. From 14 Nov

Coppa Club Tower Bridge

Take in views of Tower Bridge from your private dome at Coppa Club, which has been given a seasonal makeover this winter. Between snaps of the uber-grammable interiors, tuck into a three-course meal and select from its cocktail list featuring the likes of Toasted Nut Sour (amaretto, frangelico, lemon, egg white and cherry syrup), or a Corsican Negroni (Tanqueray gin, Pampelle and rosé vermouth). Until 31 Jan

Dalloway Terrace

Snow-frosted pine treed line a terrace of tables and chairs, which have fur throws draped over them.
Dalloway Terrace. Image courtesy of Dalloway Terrace.

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. 14 Nov-29 Feb

Scoff & Banter Kensington

One pink and one cream cocktail, plus three small plates of food on a table, with a Christmas tree in the background.
Christmas cocktails at Scoff & Banter Kensington. Image courtesy of Edwardian Hotels London.
Get your skates on for Scoff & Banter Kensington’s cocktail package this winter. Enjoy skating at the Natural History Museum ice rink before two cocktails, including an apple and cinnamon gin martini featuring Bombay Sapphire gin, apple, cinnamon syrup and lemon; plus two small plates. 17 Oct-23 Feb

More Christmas in London inspiration

For more festive tipples this Christmas in London, check out our guides to luxury cocktail bars, cosy pubs and rooftop bars in London.

Or head to one of London's Christmas markets, where you'll often find plenty more seasonal treats. You can also tuck into seasonal creations with the capital's top Christmas afternoon teas.

Make a day or weekend of it with our guides to a festive day out, seasonal shopping-themed itinerary or a fun-filled Christmas weekend in London.