'New Year, New You', the headlines read and everybody is keen to start checking off their 2016 to-do list. From culture to exciting new openings, London has it all covered with plenty of cosy, wintery places to see and exciting things to do far into the New Year. Part 1 of our ‘Winter in London’ covers our favorite bars in London to visit this January.
Bars to warm your heart…
London is full of long-established bars and a host of pop-ups to keep things exciting this January. We have our very own Reform Social & Grill with a special TeaTox menu, a perfect combination of healthy detoxing and great taste, as this January they'll be serving up healthy concoctions blended to perfection by their master mixologists. Options range from innocently healthy 'mocktails' to alcoholic delights, but the message remains the same – healthy doesn't have to mean boring in 2016. There are five delicious choices in Reform's new menu: the non-alcoholic Almightea and Zestea mocktails for the perfect juice-cleanse and the slightly more fun, alcoholic options of the GreenTea Gimlet, the Sweetea and the Chamomile –Tea-quila sour – each as delicious as the last.
One of our favourite pop-ups this season is The Selfridges’ Forest on the Roof. Take the private elevator up into the beautifully converted FoodHall and make your way through the Narnia-esque, fairylight and lamp-strewn corridor into the shimmering, roof-high restaurant itself with its unbeatable views. And don’t think that Selfridges won’t be utilising it’s spectacular rooftop terrace, even in spite of the weather, as outside you’ll find inviting seating with cosy blankets and even beach-hut-style winter cabins with electric heaters pumping out all the heat that you’ll need whilst you sip on a glass of wine.
Even more magical still is the Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop pop-up bar experience, ‘Once upon a Wigwam’, which is guaranteed to leave you feeling snug as a bug both inside and out. This indie winter-wonderland is inspired by Grimms’ dark and fascinating fairytales and feels more like a personal labyrinthine quest than a bar at first, as you climb up the vine-covered winding stairs past lashings of books into the mirrored, branch-filled treehouse. this pop-up continues up until the end of March 2016, so there’s plenty of time to try the cocktails and weekly workshops and events.
Finally, if you’re a Gordon Ramsey fan, we love his cosy Winter Chalet bolthole which can be hired exclusively for 2-12 people. This Alpine Chalet is decorated like a wintry mountain retreat with fairy lights, scattered pinecones and spiced candles. Wrap up in blankets and get treated to head chef Will Stanyer’s festive fayre along with a choice of seasonal cocktails - the winter-spiced old fashioned is a must-try. Open until 28th February.