The winter cold has officially started to make mulled wine a regular part of our diet for the next few weeks …
It’s hot, it’s spicy, it’s alcoholic (but not so alcoholic that it makes one at lunchtime too risky …) and therefore it’s our new best friend and will definitely bring Christmas cheer. Meet our eight favorite mulled wine places in London below. Trust us … they’re pretty good.
This legendary East London establishment is famous for its dance floor downstairs, but it is also famous for its roof terrace, which is currently decorated in all its Alice in Wonderland-theme glory. However, the magic does not stop there … they also have hot buttered rum with Hennessy or Sirens Call and mulled wine – a silky soft blend of mulled wine mixed with Plymouth sloe gin or Beefeater pink gin. Trust us – after a few of these, you will find yourself in ‘Wonderland’ in no time at all.
You will find it at 1 Curtain Rd, London, EC2A 3JX. The nearest station is Shoreditch High Street.
Skylight London is known for its legendary igloos by the canal and they are back with a bang this winter season. If you’re looking for a new and exciting way to wine and eat with mulled wine (see what we made there?), These space-saving domes may well be the answer. Inside your igloo, groups of up to ten people can enjoy delicious cocktails, share dishes and street food from an alpine-inspired food menu. They also have igloos on the roof and a screening room adorned in all the usual festive attire where you can watch Christmas classics with a free glass of warming mulled wine. Now this is what we call Christmas in a nutshell.
You can find it at Tobacco Dock, Wapping, London, E1W 2SF. The nearest stations are Wapping and Shadwell.
This former railway arch, located inside Shepherd’s Bush Market, was recently transformed into a heated winter forest garden – what better setting for a warming glass of mulled wine or cider we say. Their mulled wine comes with orange, cinnamon, cloves, star anise and demerara sugar, and they also make a mulled wine sloe gin – perfect for warming the heart mussels on a cold winter evening. If you feel sad while you are here, they also make some of London’s best Italian food – think gourmet sourdough pizzas, antipasti, calamari and all the gelato you can eat. Winner winner, chicken dinner.
You can find it at Shepherd’s Bush Market, Goldhawk Road, London, W12 8DF. The nearest station is Goldhawk Road.
This beloved place just opposite London Bridge station is truly the gift that keeps on giving. To keep you warm like a bug in a blanket on cool winter evenings, there are heated tables, hot toddies and buckets of mulled wine as well as Christmas trees, DJs, flashing fairy lights, ‘Ginger Pig’ burgers and ‘Moving Mountains’ vegan burgers. They also have some of the best views of the London skyline up here – what better place to enjoy a warming mug of mulled wine, so hey ?!
You can find it at Colechurch House, Bridge Walk, London, SE1 2SX. The nearest station is London Bridge.
This 16th-century wood-paneled beverage overlooks the rolling green hills of beautiful Hampstead Heath and is famous for being the place where Byron, Keats and even Charles Dickens used to hang out. It also gained fame as the presumed birthplace and favorite haunt of highwayman Dick Turpin, and rumor has it that it is believed to have been haunted by more than a few ghosts, ghosts and ghosts. Can it be more A Christmas song? They also make a mean mulled wine and a wide range of festive food to start – so take a chair by the roaring fire and sit down in the afternoon.
You can find it at Spaniards Road, London, NW3 7JJ. The nearest stations are Hampstead and Golders Green.
Built on the site of the Old George Inn in 1837 – the year Queen Victoria ascended to the throne – this beautiful place is full of history and offers some of the best views of the Thames anywhere in London. It was used by politicians in the old days as the location for their famous’ whitebait dinners’ and was also the setting for the wedding breakfast in Charles Dickens’ (yep, him again) novel Our mutual friend. In addition to all the naval history and panoramic views, they also make a fantastic mulled wine, a hot toddy and a ‘Grog’ – Royal Navy’s one-time favorite drink. Cheers!
You can find it at Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NW. The nearest stations are Maze Hill and Cutty Sark DLR.
Located right in the heart of ‘Theatreland’ on the corner of St Martin’s Lane and New Row, this eccentric place is inspired by the story of Phileas Fogg – the protagonist of the Jules Verne novel Around the world in eighty days. With its wood paneling, traditional décor and abundance of artifacts and antiques adorning the walls, it oozes a Victorian atmosphere and can not help but transport you back to the 1870s. When it comes to Christmas time, it is adorned with all sorts of decorations and flashing lights, and the combined scent of mulled wine and pine hits you as soon as you step through the pub’s double doors. Speaking of mulled wine, the one served here uses a combination of classic cloves and cassia bark – there is also a gin bar downstairs if you want to try some ‘Mother’s Ruin’-inspired cocktails.
You’ll find it at 58 St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4EA. The nearest stations are Leicester Square and Covent Garden.
With the theme of an enchanted alpine forest, this Christmas crunch in the depths of SW6 is bursting with forest igloos and huts, a bubble with a ski lift theme, alpine brunch and glorious festive cocktails. It also has a roaring fire pit and sofas with faux fur – what better place to eat fragrant mulled wine, hey? Speaking of alcoholic beverages, they also have mulled wine toffee apple cider and a hot toddy consisting of Johnnie Walker Scotch whiskey, ginger, lemon and honey. It will definitely warm you up – chin, chin.
You can find it at Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, London, SW6 2TY. The nearest station is Wandsworth Town.