Here we go again, back in Tier 2. At least, we’re a bit more clued-up on what that means – kind of.
With regions entering different tiers as lockdown restrictions ease – London being Tier 2 – we’re all following different rules.
Pubs and bars, under the new laws, can only operate if they can offer substantial meals and must take last orders at 10pm, but can stay open till 11.
Restaurants are also opening up, provided they follow the rule of six – you can meet up to six people outside of your household in an outdoor setting (and inside only if you’re from the same household).
Naturally, we want to know which restaurants and pubs that offer us some grub that we should be booking.
So we have very handily picked a few of the establishments meeting your socialising needs.
These are the pubs and restaurants in London offering outdoor and heated seating:
Skylight Christmas at Tobacco Dock will be offering exciting outdoor and socially distanced festive eating and drinking experiences situated on the rooftop venue and at ground level across the Grade-1 listed warehouses and cobbled lanes of Tobacco Dock.
The venue will host a rooftop igloo village, spacious Après Ski Lodge bar, an off-piste speakeasy bar, and a Christmas cocktail cinema experience.
This year guests can treat themselves to a magical winter rooftop experience with exclusive gin cocktails in an igloo setting adorned with foliage, sofas, chaise lounges, heaters, and dangling lights.
Pergola Paddington’s ‘Miracle on Kingdom Street’ – a seasonal escape featuring a Winter Wonderland Forest – has outdoor seating. It will also have a Chalet Moët timber lodge, created in partnership with Moët & Chandon. The lodge will be kitted out with sheepskin rugs, faux-fur cushions, and heaters to create a cosy refuge.
Perched on the roof, Chalet Moët will be available for private hire and bookable for mixed groups, with tables for groups of six to maintain social distancing.
In preparation for the colder months, Truman’s Social Club has installed a huge tent over their beer garden to provide cover from the rain and heaters to keep the cold at bay. With space for 130 people, the warm and cozy beer tent is ideal for those hoping to mix with people outside their household.
This winter, Bluebird Chelsea will be undergoing a transformation and turning into a ‘white wonderland’, launching on December 3rd. It will feature sparkly decorations, chalets available for private hire, a festive menu, Christmas events, and a menu of champagne and bubbly cocktail specials in partnership with Taittinger.
The outdoor terrace will be completely transformed into a festive wonderland and there will be heaters on hand to keep guests warm and cosy as the temperature drops as well as three cosy chalets available for exclusive bookings.
German Gymnasium, King’s Cross
German Gymnasium will be transforming its popular outside space into a Hansel & Gretel-inspired woodland winter terrace in partnership with Jack Daniel’s. The terrace will be decorated in the style of the woodcutter’s house from Hansel & Gretel, complete with traditional wooden huts, festoon lighting, blankets, lanterns, and natural festive garlands to create a winter retreat in the heart of King’s Cross.
Michelin-starred Angler has a fancy outdoor terrace that has a retractable roof, meaning you can dine with people outside your household. However, they are not taking bookings so you’ll have to walk in and see if seats are available.
Barrafina is offering Spanish tapas but with a limited (paper) menu and will have several safety measures in place, including their own health questionnaire.
Temperatures will also be taken and there are several sanitising stations. Bathrooms are also located outside for those dining al fresco.
Pubs in London with outdoor heating:
If you’re in London and want to find yourself a lovely beer garden or roof terrace to nurse a pint, we’ve got a selection for you.
Thankfully, someone has created a map of all the pubs in London, arranged by area, that have outdoor heating.
Bear in mind that not all on the list may offer ‘substantial meals’ and may not be open.
Here are a few pubs that will be operating again with food available:
Prince Albert, Battersea
Hicce London, King’s Cross
Garlic & Shots, Soho
The Lighterman, Kings Cross
The Argyle, Holborn
Crate Brewery, Hackney
People’s Park Tavern, Victoria
The Prince, West Brompton
The Lamb, Chiswick
Boro Bistro, Borough
Ladywell Tavern, Lewisham
Eat and drink to your heart’s content!
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