The cold weather can tempt you to stay indoors and hibernate until March. My one word of advice is: don't! There are so many great nights out in London this winter that make it worth wrapping up warm and leaving the house to explore the wonderful wintery city.
Whether your looking for tasty dinner with friends, drinks with a fun date, evening events or some wholesome activities for all the family, we've found all the ingredients for the best nights out in London this winter. Stick on your coat and step outside...!
The latest contender on the burger scene, Stokey Bears is busy making its mark and has already been hailed as the best burger in London. Hot dogs and wings are also on the menu, along with a catchy disco soundtrack. Make sure you pop downstairs for a drink at new bar Happiness Forgets too!Address: 129 Stoke Newington High Street, London, N16 0PHPhone: 07805 903779
Tuck into an alpine feast straight from the Alps at The Lodge in Balham, the latest venture from pop-up king Jimmy. The menu is full of cheesy fondues and warming game dishes, and you don't even have to spend a day on the slopes to enjoy it.Address: The Lodge, 9 Hildreth Street, London SW12 9RQPhone: 020 8675 9889
Soho's favourite American restaurant has opened a new branch in Richmond, and the menu is stuffed with winter comfort food classics such as buttermilk fried chicken, steak from the grill and a very moreish mac n' cheese. Plus, you can take a stroll along the riverside afterwards to help walk it off!Address: 1 Heron Square, London, Richmond, Greater London TW9 1EJPhone: 020 8948 6951
There are plenty of pop-up chalets at this time of year in London, but Le Chalet at Selfridges is by far the most exclusive. Along with an alpine barbecue menu, there's a crab and shellfish bar, a hot chocolate bar and even a log cabin on the terrace. With candle lighting and lots of cosy corners, it's the perfect spot for a winter date.Address: Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1ABPhone: 0800 123 400
Who would have thought you could find a winter forest in the heart of bustling Shoreditch? Climb the steps to the roof of The Queen of Hoxton and you'll find yourself in Lapland with a giant teepee, fire pits, and tree stumps seats. Tuck into some eggnog and a jacket potato from the BBQ as you enjoy views over the city.
The original London ski-style pop-up, this wintery lodge at Montague on the Gardens hotel is ideal for getting into the Christmas spirit. Decorated with pine trees, falling snow, ski racks, and reindeer, you'll feel like you just stepped into Narnia as you enjoy mulled wine and cocktails from the bar.Address: 15 Montague St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 5BJPhone: 020 7637 1001
Urban food fest are hosting a Christmas themed (of course), street food night market every saturday evening until December the 20th. It runs from 5pm to midnight and it's free entry. 15 street food trucks change each week to bring you the tastiest gourmet street food, orchard pig ciders, craft beers, wine, champagne, specialist urban cocktails and entertainment! Wowza!For reserved seating at Shoreditch Urban Food Fest Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 020 7563 3021 Address: Euro Car Parks, 162-167 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6HU
We keep harping on about Night Tales in our blog posts, but that's only because it's so good! You can easily while away a whole evening here enjoying delicious burgers from Patty & Bun and mulled Negronis from the cocktail bar, followed by throwing some shapes on the dance floor to keep you warm.
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The latest arrival on the East London night market scene, Turn Tables is located on the canal side at Hackney Wick and features street food from KERB favourites Bill or Beak, White Men Can't Jerk and Pop Dogs, a great cocktail bar and some very talented underground DJ's.Address: 117 Wallis Rd, London, E9 5LN
Head north of the border without leaving London at this Scottish-themed pop up, which includes a five course tasting menu of venison wellington, smoked bacon & blue cheese porridge and haggis bonbons, along with a welcome cocktail and some lovely Monkey Shoulder whisky.Address: 2-3 Black Swan Yard, London, SE1 3XW
For Entertainment and Activity
Ice Skating is the ultimate festive activity, and Somerset House have recently opened their famous rink for another year so you can perfect your pirouettes in a beautiful setting followed by a warming hot chocolate. If you can't get a booking at Somerset House, the Tower of London, Natural History Museum and Hampton Court Palace are also offering ice skating this year, so you've no excuse not to give it a whirl!Address: Somerset House, The Strand, London WC2R 1LAPhone: 020 7845 4600
When the weather's rotten, why not relax in a warm theatre with a family-friendly West End favourite? Elf: The Musical, The Snowman and The Nutcracker are all running at the moment along with hundreds of other shows.
Hyde Park has been transformed into an enormous grotto for another year, with everything from roller coaster rides and circus performers to a magical ice palace in the Winter Wonderland.Address: Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London, W2 4RUPhone: 020 7298 2100