Christmas Cocktails in London

From mince pie martinis to Baileys-filled chocolate reindeer, winter sees London's best cocktail bars get more creative than ever before. Whether you're planning a festive date-night, a pre-Winter Wonderland tipple or a party for all your office pals, these festive libations will ensure everyone is feeling merry and bright all night long. Get your jingle on with our guide to the best Christmas cocktails in London.

Last updated on 14th November 2019




Bread Street Kitchen

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Part of the Gordon Ramsay family, Bread Street Kitchen's Christmas concoction this year is the Porthos Verre. A short sip with St Germain Liqueur and Grey Goose at its heart, you'll be feeling merry and bright in no time at all. Head here on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday and enjoy the electric atmosphere of one of the Street Lates sessions, complete with live DJs and mouth-watering bar snacks.

If spending the festive season stuck behind bars sounds like an awful idea, you clearly haven't been to Alcotraz. Don an orange jumpsuit and head to Covent Garden or Shoreditch for bespoke cocktails and seasonal sips made from a bottle of your own favourite booze.

Cosy up in one of Skylight's heated igloos and enjoy a selection of wintertime treats, from sharing raclettes to mulled wine and cider. Boasting its very own ice-rink as well as panoramic views of the city, this is the perfect festive spot to enjoy a tipple - we recommend the Jalisco Sky; a marshmallow-infused tequila concoction.

@ Sky Garden Bars on Various dates from Tuesday 19th November 2019

Get stuck into the festive season in style as this slick Sky Garden pop-up brings you one of the prettiest winter activities in London this year. Alongside chilled Champagne from Moët & Chandon, you'll be able to sip on some creative Christmas cocktails to boot.

Purl

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The team behind Purl are known for creating some of the most unique and exciting libations around. An underground speakeasy, the cocktails here are a theatrical affair - and Christmas time is by no means any different. Last year's menu included 'naughty and nice' sips, complete with homemade charcoal bread and orange-infused cream cheese (we'll take that over a lump of coal any day).

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London Cocktail Club's seasonal sips? Think a reworked version of everyone's favourite childhood cereal, complete with Absolut Vanilla, Baileys and actual coco pops. Head to this Oxford Street venue for amazing happy hour deals and a party atmosphere like no other.

The Bloomsbury Club Bar

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The Bloomsbury Club Bar has oft been cited as one of London's most beautiful spots, and it's not hard to see why. A cosy cave adorned with botanicals and fairy lights, this is the perfect spot for a festive-themed date night. The cocktail menu regularly changes and is at present inspired by Tarot cards, with unique concoctions on offer to suit your mood, be that 'blissful', 'secretive' or 'fearless'.

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We've had figgy pudding-inspired The Fig Poppa, festive brunch dishes, stonking seasonal set menus... and now? Dirty Bones is back with the same mouthwatering chow and a few themed cocktails to wash it all down. Our pick has got to be this cranberry-fuelled Vixen.

@ York and Albany on Various dates from Monday 18th November 2019

Straight out of a Brothers Grimm fairytale, the York & Albany gingerbread cabin pop-up is the ultimate winter retreat. Located in the courtyard of the hotel and restaurant, this place is decked out with huge candy canes and its very own fireplace. Expect sweet and savoury gingerbread bites, twists on the classic espresso martini and a gin-based Slim Santa. 

@ The Chocolate Cocktail Club Pop Up on Various dates from Thursday 21st November 2019

The perfect spot for any chocoholic, this Farringdon-based pop up is serving up sweet twists on classic cocktails. Open Thursday to Sunday up until the 21st of December, the mouth-watering menu will be inspired by your favourite Christmas chocolates - be sure to try their signature drink, the Chocotini. 

Aviary

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Already one of the City's most picturesque rooftops, Aviary is a spot that truly comes alive at Christmas. Boasting tasty cocktails and funky igloos to cosy down in, whether its a couple of after-work drinks or the big office do, your own private igloo and a few festive bevvies will hit the spot.

@ Moonshine Saloon on Various dates from Wednesday 20th November 2019

Not only is this immersive cocktail experience bringing you quirky performances and a Western theme, but Moonshine Saloon has gone one step further to shake up a frosty seasonal selection that you won't be able to resist.

Homeboy

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Winner of Design My Night's Best Cocktail Bar in North London award, Islington's Homeboy is known for its Irish warmth and devilish drinks. Their Corpus Christmas cocktail is made from Bombay Sapphire, St-Germain, Blue Curacao and topped with tonic water and citric acid - a chilly concoction that looks to be straight out of Lapland.

Drake and Morgan have created a handful of creative tipples for your pleasure this December. Try their signature Bailey's Reindeer that pairs the classic liqueur with Bulleit Bourbon, cream and chocolate bitters for an indulgent sweet sip that will have you reminiscing on advent calendars and selection boxes of years gone by.