5 cosy hangouts to visit this winter
Brrr, it's chilly out there. Time to head to London's cosiest hangouts to warm up and wind down
161 Wardour Street, W1F 8WJ
It doesn't get much more kitsch than St Moritz, the Swiss-themed Soho stalwart that's been serving up bubbling fondues in an alpine-inspired dining room since 1974, and that's exactly why we love it. Take a seat under the beamed ceiling and tuck in to a winter feast that'll make you grateful you're months away from the need to consider a 'summer body'.
The Sipping Room's igloos
6 Hertsmere Road, E14 4AX
You're not anyone in London this winter if you're not drinking in a pop-up igloo. Among our favourites are those at the Sipping Room, which are surrounded by the dazzling lights of Canary Wharf. While 'igloo' may not scream cosy, you'll be kept warm by sheepskin throws, hot water bottles and jumpers (as well as a few rounds of cocktails).
Gordon's Wine Bar
47 Villiers Street, WC2N 6NE
If you haven't ever been to London's oldest wine bar before, make the arrival of winter your excuse – this candlelit subterranean enclave off the Strand is full of cosy corners where you can while away an afternoon at a rickety table with a bottle of red picked from an extensive list. Second only to the wine selection is a huge array of cheeses. Oof.
York & Albany's Winter Cabin
127-129 Parkway, NW1 7PS
Haggis sausage rolls and hot buttered Bacardi are the order of the day at this British-themed pop-up in the courtyard of Gordon Ramsay's smart Camden pub. Decked out with blankets and vintage decor, it's the ultimate winter hideaway, and available to book for parties of up to ten until 16 February for everything from elevenses to late dinner.
5 Kingdom Street, W2 6PY
Back for the winter season and fully prepped for cold conditions with a roof, sides, heating and blankets, this rooftop garden combines some of London's favourite food traders – think Patty & Bun, DF/Mexico and Tonkotsu – with a intimate, convivial atmosphere. It's open until 23 December, then re-opens on
1 February. Booking recommended.