The 4 best festive restaurants in the City

Have the flurry of Christmas adverts got you craving the holidays? Read our definitive list of the trendiest new openings this festive season.

  1. Forest on the Roof

Glittering disco balls, silver and gold forestry and an abundance of fairy lights decorate new pop up Forest on the Roof. Situated on the top floor of the Selfridges on Oxford Street, the restaurant has a chalet-themed menu including warming dishes like wild mushroom spelt risotto with raclette and rocket and highland venison fillet with bashed neeps and sour cherry sauce. The rooftop boasts a cabin bar perfect for curling up under blankets to cocktails with a view. Try the Candy Cane, made with koko kanu and pumpkin puree, or the Winter Wish, a crisp mix of diplomatico, creme de myrtille, and rosemary.

Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB

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Forest on the Roof’s roasted butternut squash, spicy lentils, pesto and rocket.

2. Igloos at Coppa Club

Yes, you read that right. Coppa Club have opened eight magical igloos on the South side of the Thames. Kitted out with sheepskin blankets, candles and heaters, you can enjoy a surprisingly reasonably priced Christmas menu- three courses and nibbles for £29.95- and a few festive drink delights with a spectacular view of the Thames. The menu includes truffled creamy celeriac soup with crispy shallots, and roasted sea bass with parsley and fennel. Cocktail specials include the Maple Old Fashioned or Spiced Berry Caiprissima. Walk ins are still available until the New Year.

3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6AH

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The Coppa Club Igoos. Photo credit: Coppa Club

3. Skye Halla at the Queen of Hoxton

Think crackling fires, foraged cocktails and decadent feasting as the Queen of Hoxton brings Nordic nights to London with their rooftop wigwam. Experience a Nordic Viking transportation back through history, with the pop up decorated with long boat tables, fire pits and driftwood sculptures. Their themed menu offers a number of hearty Nordic inspired dishes, including Hodhr’s hotpot – pork belly hotpot with apples, potatoes, herb, wild and smoked garlic – and Solveig’s stew – root vegetables, golden beets, horseradish & barley stew. Their cocktail menu is also fabulous, with Skye’s hot buttered rum, made with a secret hot buttered mixture, driving tourists and locals alike mad.

1 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3JX

Skye Halla. Photo credit: Cath Marmendoza

4. The Gingerbread Cabin

Gordon Ramsey’s York & Albany hotel brings back it’s renowned Gingerbread Cabin this Christmas, offering a true fairytale setting for friends and family alike. The cookie-decorated cabin is available for private hire and serves up a selection of gingerbread inspired canapés and cocktails.Try the butternut squash soup with gingerbread man croutons, or the I Am Hot and Ginger, So What? cocktail to warm the cockles. The cabin is the perfect holiday treat for the sweet toothed among you.

127-129 Parkway, London NW1 7PS

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