London’s best heated terraces
The cold doesn’t mean having to be holed up in a dark bar for drinks this Christmas. Take advantage of the outdoor heating on these winter terraces. Gabriel Samuels reports from the festive front line.
The queues die down in the winter but the rooftop at the Boundary is as good in the winter (better even) when you can cosy up outside next to the “designer” heaters.
2-4 Boundary Street, E2, theboundary.co.uk
Hearty al fresco dining on a small but toasty timber roof deck. There’s even panettone on offer to get you in the Christmas mood Italian-style, or try out one of their Amaretto hot chocolates to warm your cockles.
57 Upper Street, N1, vivotaste.com
Right under the new rail bridge, Wheatsheaf has a trader’s-eye view of Borough Market, but in the winter it’s the heated winter garden you want. There’s a designated camper-van bar out back so you don’t need to stumble far to get served.
6 Stoney Street, SE1, wheatsheafborough.co.uk
Queen of Hoxton
The reknowned heated wigwam is back for another year, offering a Nordic-themed winter experience. Settle back against the heated canvas with a flagon of hot buttered rum or mulled cider as night closes in
1-5 Curtain Road, EC2, queenofhoxton.com
The Water Poet
The Water Poet’s vast beer garden is the stuff of legend: there’s usually a hog roast or two on the go, plenty of wooden seating and another, sheltered and heated area pitched specially for winter
9-11 Folgate Street, E1, waterpoet.co.uk