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LONDON UNDERCOVER:

the best places to drink outside this winter

Our London Undercover series begins with pubs and bars, not a bad place to start. Despite its concrete jungle first impressions, London has some of the best rooftop spaces and beer gardens in the world; an escape from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. Some, thankfully, embrace the elements all year round. An open air pint in the middle of November may sound cold and unappealing, but hear us out.

Given the fragility and short-lived nature of the great British summer, drinking establishments have stepped up their weather-proofing game; adding designer heaters, winter wigwams and sheltered seating. There are a few more we could add to our shortlist, but we didn’t want to give you repetitive strain from thumb scrolling and link-clicking. So, if you’re heading in to the city for a drink or two this winter, here are a few places to consider.


BOUNDARY RESTAURANT, ROOMS AND ROOFTOP


Nearest tube stop: Liverpool Street
Nearest train station: Shoreditch high street

We kick off with The Boundary in East London, a converted Victorian warehouse that’s open all year. The rooftop bar and grill has a weatherproof pergola for when it’s raining, as well as extensive outside seating. Keep warm by sitting next to one of the designer heaters. Whatever the weather, you’ll have great views to go with your drink.


WHEATSHEAF, BOROUGH MARKET


Nearest tube stop: London Bridge
Nearest train station: London Bridge

A few minutes walk from the river, at the heart of London’s Borough Market is the Wheatsheaf; a traditional little pub with a great buzz. The heated winter garden has a campervan bar, so you’re never too far from your next drink. Award winning ales, craft beers and good food; it’s simple but what more do you need?


THE WATER POET, SPITALFIELDS


Nearest tube stop: Liverpool Street
Nearest train station: Shoreditch high street

The Water Poet boasts a large, lively beer garden with a good amount of seating; crucially it’s heated and sheltered from the elements. As well as the occasional hog roast, it also offers high quality pub grub made with locally sourced, seasonal produce. Like any discerning East London boozer these days, the craft ale options are great.


QUEEN OF HOXTON WINTER WIGWAM, SHOREDITCH


Nearest tube stop: Liverpool Street
Nearest train station: Shoreditch high street

LONDON UNDERCOVER: the best places to drink outside this winter Our London Undercover series begins with pubs and bars, not a bad place to start. Despite its concrete jungle first impressions, London has some of the best rooftop spaces and beer gardens in the world; an escape from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. Some, thankfully, embrace the elements all year round. An open air pint in the middle of November may sound cold and unappealing, but hear us out. Given the fragility and short-lived nature of the great British summer, drinking establishments have stepped up their weather-proofing game; adding designer heaters, winter wigwams and sheltered seating. There are a few more we could add to our shortlist, but we didn’t want to give you repetitive strain from thumb scrolling and link-clicking. So, if you’re heading in to the city for a drink or two this winter, here are a few places to consider. BOUNDARY RESTAURANT, ROOMS AND ROOFTOP Nearest tube stop: Liverpool Street Nearest train station: Shoreditch high street We kick off with The Boundary in East London, a converted Victorian warehouse that’s open all year. The rooftop bar and grill has a weatherproof pergola for when it’s raining, as well as extensive outside seating. Keep warm by sitting next to one of the designer heaters. Whatever the weather, you’ll have great views to go with your drink. WHEATSHEAF, BOROUGH MARKET Nearest tube stop: London Bridge Nearest train station: London Bridge A few minutes walk from the river, at the heart of London’s Borough Market is the Wheatsheaf; a traditional little pub with a great buzz. The heated winter garden has a campervan bar, so you’re never too far from your next drink. Award winning ales, craft beers and good food; it’s simple but what more do you need? THE WATER POET, SPITALFIELDS Nearest tube stop: Liverpool Street Nearest train station: Shoreditch high street The Water Poet boasts a large, lively beer garden with a good amount of seating; crucially it’s heated and sheltered from the elements. As well as the occasional hog roast, it also offers high quality pub grub made with locally sourced, seasonal produce. Like any discerning East London boozer these days, the craft ale options are great. QUEEN OF HOXTON WINTER WIGWAM, SHOREDITCH Nearest tube stop: Liverpool Street Nearest train station: Shoreditch high street Queen of Hoxton rooftop bar is already a well-known hang out, a little obvious you might think. However, every winter sees this iconic spot transformed for the worsening weather. Inspired by The Brothers Grimm fairy tale, their winter wigwam offers hot cocktails, amazing food and a gingerbread house-inspired bar.

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