I remember only 20-30 years ago it was difficult to find somewhere in London to drink al fresco during the summer and now we are not only spoilt for choice during the warmer months, but even in winter it is possible to sip your cocktails outside in style.
We recently went along to the openings of two winter pop-ups, one in the City and one in Chelsea. So, whether you are in the Kings Road doing your Christmas shopping or in the Square Mile on business, here are a couple of options for you to take the weight of your feet and relax for a while.
The Lodge D’Argent in collaboration with Hennessey at perennial favourite Coq d’Argent boasts not only igloos, furry blankets, candle light, snow décor, a menu which includes raclettes and fondues, French charcuterie and cheeses, venison and Alpine ham; but also the Aurora Borealis Cube, where you can sit in a rocking chair and for a few minutes dream that you are sitting right beneath the Northern Lights. The colours of the wonderful cold and warm Hennessey cocktails, like the Glacier lagoon, Green Sky and Star Walk mirror the colours of this natural phenomenon. Lovely.
Across town, at the Bluebird Café on Kings Road, you find a winter terrace inspired by The Nutcracker. Warming drinks and excellent food await you. How about a Hot Espresso Martini? And why not combine it with doing your Christmas shopping at The Shop at Bluebird or at the Food Store?
No. 1 Poultry, London EC2 8EJ
020 7395 5000
350 King’s Road, London SW3 5UU
020 7559 1000