Trust Absolut Elyx to go Extra at Xmas. They've popped up at Rosewood London with a sexy Swedish chalet - and not a sauna in sight. Cocktails also have a naughtily Nordic twist. We're nuts about this Taiga Old Fashion which comes garnished with Douglas Fir. It's damn delicious.
252 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
Champagne tastes even better at Christmas. Fact. Mostly cos you're allowed to drink it for breakfast.
The St Pancras Champagne Bar by Searcys is killing it with their Christmas cocktail special. It's in partnership with makeup brand Lancôme and their 2019 ‘La Vie Est Belle’ Christmas tree. Marmalade Chase Vodka, Champagne and sprays of orange blossom water from Lancôme: we don't know whether to wear it or drink it.
Grand Terrace, St Pancras International Station, Kings Cross, London N1C 4QL
It's Christmas and we're here for the kitsch. Head to Miracle for the twinkliest, most outrageous festive pop up in town. This Santa-hat wearing T-Rex is filled with a fruity blend of rye whiskey, Oloroso sherry, spiced apple, hard cider and baked apple bitters. All the cocktails have been designed by Experimental Cocktail Club alumni so you know they're gonna be Dino-mite. BOOM!
14-15 Henrietta St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8Q
London does Christmas lights pretty damn well. And it does sky-scraping bars even better. As the eye of the city, Iris Bar at the top of the most recognisable high-rise gives you 360 degrees of twinkly views. Check out the frost over London with this blend of Laphroaig whisky, Frangelico, condensed milk and orange bitters. Toasty.
30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8BF
Wanna make something festive? Just add booze. That's what the crew at Sons + Daughters in Coal Drops Yard have done. They've taken their MisoMilk (think cereal milk with a hint of salt) and chucked in some Bulleit bourbon and Christmas spices. Voilà - MisoMilkNog. Love your style, guys.
Unit 119a Coal Drops Yard, London N1C 4DQ
Christmas at Homeboy is all about Kerrygold, Frankincense and myrrh. The lads at this neighbourhood Irish boozer are more about the Christmas Craic over crackers, and they're getting the party started with their kickass Corpus Christmas. Bombay Sapphire, St Germain, Blue Curacao & tonic.
If this is the Blue Christmas Elvis was singing about, he was onto something.
108 Essex Rd, London N1 8LX
All BarChick wants to find under her Xmas tree is Idris Elba in nothing but a Santa hat... and a bottle of this killer spice-infused Christmas in a Bottle. The guys at Catford's Bottle Bar + Shop have seeped a festive combo of spices in vodka and bitters for 8 weeks to create this cocktail. Drink it in one of the bar's cosy corners or take it home, get the wood burner going, call on your Christmas crew and get sipping.
2 Catford Broadway, London SE6 4SP
Cocktails at Swift signal the end of the day and the beginning of the night. And when nights start at 4 you know we're gonna take advantage. Escape the cold, bunk down in the basement and thaw out with their bourbon-based twist on mulled wine. A steamy mix of bourbon, Malbec, clementine sherbet, chestnut & spices. Festive as f*ck.
12 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 4TQ
The Lyaness crew are reinvention royalty. Some bars create epic drinks with classic ingredients. Not this pride. On the menu you'll find their own inventions. Onyx. Peach Emoji. Infinite banana. They've created them all. They've even formulated an epic Vegan Honey which they've added to their festive Tattie Milk Punch. This bad-ass reinvention of eggnog comes with a cleaner, animal-free twist. Compass Box Artist’s Blend, vegan honey, potato ‘cream’ and aged vanilla. Ho-Ho-Holy sh*t that's good.
20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD
If you can't indulge at Christmas, when can you? Bring on the feasting, we say. Those Pigs In Blankets ain't gonna eat themselves. Avoid the post-feast slump with the potent Velvette Fog at Dishoom. Creamy Black Cow Vodka and smooth Dishoom coffee liqueur is poured over chai ice cream. This sexy creation is half cocktail, half pud. You afforgatto try this one.
4 Derry St, Kensington, London W8 5SE
No-one actually likes hosting mates at their flat over Christmas. Who wants to wake up with hang-xiety, a trashed pad, 20 people's worth of washing up and pissed neighbours cos you were hollering Fairytale Of New York at 3am? Better to hit up The Flatmates of The Little Yellow Door who'll welcome you into their well-decked gaff for festive frivolities. Their cosy Notting Hill living room is serving up Turkey Tacos and plenty of Mince Pie Rum Sour cocktails, so the pressure's off.
6-8 All Saints Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 1HH
Need a sugar hit? Fentimans have your back. They've gone full Hansel & Gretel and created a lifesize Pink Gingerbread House. Icing, candy canes, the works. Gather a crew of up to 8 and make it your digs for the evening. Curl up beside the roaring fire with Pink Pear Mule, a blend of Grey Goose Le Poir, lime, Amaretto and ginger. Awesome with the treats the gingerbread house has to offer. We reckon this one's pretty sweet.
Skylight, Pennington St. Car Park Entrance Wapping, London E1W 2SF
Grey Goose vodka is getting Christmas turnt up with an outrageous festive brunch series alongside supper club duo Mam Sham. Kitsch Christmas décor, Mariah Carey inspired drag queens & a kick-ass festive cocktail menu = the best start to your December bender. Sure, you could get stuck into the sparkling slushy ‘Tinsel-tinis’ & ‘Naughty List Negronis’. But we only have p̶i̶e̶s̶ eyes for this: The mince pie infused Grey Goose martini served in an actual mince pie case. Hot damn!
4 Mercer Walk, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9FA
Christmas is for going BIG on the sparkles. Shimmer, glitter & a sh*t loada Champagne - that's how we do festive. Ditto for the Angler Restaurant on top of the South Place Hotel. They've partnered with Laurent Perrier & created a menu of the sparkly stuff. Get under the blankets on their chic Michelin-starred heated rooftop terrace and forget about all those gifts you have to buy. This is a way more fun way to splash your cash. The LP Winter is made with Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée, honey, sloe gin, clove, rosemary & berries. Ding dong.
3 South Pl, Finsbury, London EC2M 2AF