Voted one of the best cocktail bars in the world, Coupette is the perfect place for a romantic date night, or elegant Christmas party. We've seen bubbly sips, classic numbers and a unique twist on the nostalgic Snowball, made with Vin Jaune, Champagne sorbet, eggs and nutmeg - the stuff of 70s dreams.
Christmas Cocktails in London
From mince pie martinis to Baileys-filled chocolate reindeer, winter sees London's finest watering holes get more creative than ever before. Whether you're planning a festive date night or secret Santa after party with friends, these festive libations will ensure everyone is feeling merry Get your jingle on with our guide to the best Christmas cocktails in London.
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.
One of the prettiest Christmas restaurants in London this year, The Exhibit is the Balham bolthole bringing the magic of the festive season to life. Head over for a gorgeous selection of yuletide tipples, best enjoyed on their enchanted winter terrace.
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.
Watch narrowboats float past with a piping hot glass of G&T in hand at gorgeous Kings Cross restaurant The Lighterman. Alternatively, opt for a glass of sparkling crémant - the perfect sip to get the party season well and truly started.
Located in the heart of Soho, Archer Street Cocktail Lounge is the perfect place for some post-shopping tipples. Their festive menu last year was themed around après ski, bringing a taste of the Alps to central London with sips such as the Dry Slope and Ski Archery.
West London's cosiest flat, The Little Yellow Door will be getting a giant yuletide makeover this December, complete with Christmas trees and tinsel galore. But the festivities don't stop there; the menu will also be gaining a few new additions, including the mince pie rum sour - a zesty sip served alongside a teeny-tiny mince pie - a drink worthy of the big guy himself.
Always ready to make the most of a new season, Queen of Hoxton are back with their latest winter pop-up, and this time they're going alpine. Indulging in all things après ski, they'll be keeping it simple and cosy with heated seats, blankets lights and hot cocktails.
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.
Cosy up in one of Skylight's heated igloos and enjoy a selection of wintertime treats, from sharing raclette 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.
Winner of DesignMyNight'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.
A sleek cocktail spot down Brixton way, Cattivo is renowned for its remarkable feats of mixology and delicious food. From their rhubarb bellini to the customary shot of homemade limoncello, it's the perfect spot to raise a few festive glasses with friends and family.
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.
An alpine-style lodge nestled under the Hungerford Bridge on Southbank, this cosy spot is the perfect place to get into the festive spirit. Decked out with heated chalet booths, board games and, of course, yuletide tipples, head here for warming rum-based concoctions.
Madison's iconic terrace will be transformed into an enchanted wood this winter, complete with faux fur blankets, heater and plenty of warming cocktails. Expect unique twists on their classic sips, along with jugs of vin brulé - an Italian mulled wine.
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.
The team behind Purl are known for creating some of the most unique and exciting libations around. At the underground speakeasy, cocktails here are a theatrical affair - and Christmas time is no different. Previous menus included 'naughty and nice' sips, with homemade charcoal bread and orange-infused cream cheese (we'll take that over a lump of coal any day).
Located in the heart of Soho, Old Compton Brasserie is the perfect place to refuel after a day of Christmas shopping. Last December, their cocktail menu drew inspiration from three familiar festive faces; Bing Crosby, Ebenezer Scrooge and the big man himself, St. Nicholas.
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.
Offering fabulously festive mixes such as the Santa Baby - made with vodka, Pimento Dram, blood orange and egg white - alongside the cognac and gingerbread-based Christmas Fairytale, Dirty Martini have mastered the art of bringing delicious Christmassy cocktails to the masses.
The expert mixologists at Maison Bab have teamed up with Grey Goose vodka this festive season to create a mince pie inspired sip. A punchy concoction of vodka, mince pie infusion (made with apple, cloves, orange, honey and cinnamon) and prosecco, this gorgeous cocktail will have you feeling merry and bright in no time at all.