It’s not just our stores that our stocked with seasonal goodies to enjoy. Oxford Street is also home to some of London’s most fabulous festive rooftops and terraces – making it the go to destination if you’re looking for somewhere new to try out tasty tipples and soak up the festive atmosphere in some of the Capitals cosiest settings. Make sure to visit these winter pop-ups for some merry moments with your nearest and dearest.
The Gardening Society at John Lewis, 300 Oxford Street W1C 1DX
Now an annual favourite for both Londoners and visitors alike, John Lewis has reopened its rooftop garden for the winter and this time round its restaurant residency is Ethicurean which will be serving up a hearty food menu. The Gardening Society is open until 24 December and will also be host to a series of pop up bars that complement the wholesome cuisine.
Vibes: A festive village decked out in twinkling fairy lights, a giant Christmas tree and plenty of garden furniture complete with rugs to keep you warm.
Top tip: Book one of the private lodges for an extra special dining experience where you can choose your own cabin music and ring the bell to place your order.
Woody Bear, 535 Oxford Street W1C 2QW
Hidden behind a secret exit next to Primark on Marble Arch, this rooftop retreat is worth the stairs climb it takes to get you there. From the makers that brought you summertime favourites Notch and Sisu, this holiday hideaway is inspired by an abandoned urban fairground and puts a tasty twist on classic winter drinks with hot gin punch and boozy eggnog on the menu.
Vibes: An alternative festive scene that’s seriously cool – hang out in booths created from old tea-cup fairground rides, with warm blankets hot gin punch.
Top tip: Order the Cheese Melt-Shack by Madame & Monsieur, serving up grilled cheese sandwiches, baked cheese, charcuteire and Bermondsey Raclette from Kappacasein.
Il Tetto, Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London W1A
A traditional Italian trattoria tucked away on roof of London’s iconic Selfridges building. Renowned restaurateur Des Mc Donald and his team have taken up a year-long residency with a delicious menu of authentic Italian dishes, luxury pizzas, contemporary twists on classics and a must-try ‘hot-tails’ drinks list
Vibes: Sophisticated and stylish – rural Italy meets central London
Top tip: Snap a selfie with the Rustic flower ceiling of the rooftop corridor
The Churchill Bar’s Vintage London Winter Terrace, Hyatt Regency, 30 Portman Square, W1H
Travel back in time at the Churchill’s Vintage London Winter Terrace equipped with blankets and hot water bottles to keep the chill at bay. The Churchill Bar team has crafted nine winter cocktails that Sir Winston Churchill would have approved of, including the Darkest Hour, which celebrates his golden years as Prime Minister, and the Charleston Punch, which remembers Churchill as a ‘bon vivant’.
Vibes: A blast from the past, adorned with iconic British posters and classic London memorabilia.
Top tip: Accompany the cocktails with winter dishes like White Truffle Croque Monsieur and Homemade Braised Lamb & Potato Croquettes, as well as the bar’s famous Green & Black’s Chocolate and Cheese fondues.
Courtyard Garden at Sanderson, 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG
An all year rounder – the Courtyard Garden at Sanderson is an architecturally classified Heritage Garden with a blissfully heated outdoor terrace. Guests can drink, dine or simply chill in this private sanctuary. For the festive season guests can indulge in the Mad Hatters Tipsy Evening Tea menu which boasts an impressive cocktail selection of Pear & Choc Martini with Grey Goose vodka, chocolate bitters and Noilly Prat, or a warming Hot Bouquet cocktail.
Vibes: A lush outdoor oasis immersed in giant plants and grasses, the marble tables give its that stylish finish
Top tip: Book a table for your favourite peeps and delve into its Mad Hatters Tipsy Evening Tea experience
Aqua Rooftop, 30 Argyll Street, W1B 3BR
A glitzy, sky-high, swanky drinking and dining emporium with two restaurants: Aqua Kyoto, which serves sophisticated Japanese cuisine and Aqua Nueva, which specialises in Spanish fare.
Vibes: Contemporary, sleek interiors with exhilarating views over London
Top tip: Get there early as its one of the most popular rooftop bars in London and for good reason