ADDRESSPergola Paddington, 4 Kingdom St, London W2 6PY
Paddington is on the up, gang. What used to be a sad corner of Central London only good for trains to the West Country and a rendezvous with a lady of the night has become a slick food and drink destination for chilled after-work socialising, and the leafy alfresco vibes of Pergola Paddington, tucked away near the canal, are what we dig the most.
With a mix of perspex roof covered areas and open-air spots, they've got you covered. Literally. Kick back to the weekend DJ sets on one of the bookable daybeds with your group, or if you're celebrating en masse, commandeer one of the long tables for some feast-style dining from any of the four self-service restaurants and two plentifully stocked bars, and get the party started.
350 Christmas Trees, a million twinkling lights, and five new pop-up restaurants serving Alpine inspired dishes in situ for six weeks... Even if you were the dunce of your maths class at school, it's pretty easy to work out that all of this equals a wicked festive extravaganza that only the crew at Pergola Paddington could dream up (not just cos they're the only place in London with the space for it all). They're spreading the Christmas cheer over two floors. The upper deck is taking the shape of a winter forest set to the backdrop of snow-covered hills, while downstairs, the makeover takes the look of an expansive Alpine Hall, complete with ten cosy 8 person chalets, each decked out with blankets, fondue kits and their own private bars serving a host of cocktails and hot toddies.
Deck the Halls at Pergola Paddington will launch on November 11th and run until the end of December, opening 7 days 12 - late.