‘Tis the season to sip mulled wine. It’s warm and fruity, it’s full of fragrant spices, and it’s the perfect holiday drink to enjoy with your friends. Now, you could buy your own red wine, mulling spices, and raisins, and make a batch at home, but it’s much more fun to gather the girls and go out somewhere festive and fun to enjoy a mug or two. To that end, here are the four best places in London to drink mulled wine during the holidays.
Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel
Make a pit stop during your West End Christmas shopping in this luxurious townhouse hotel. Shrug off your coats, drop the shopping bags, and sit in the airy conservatory that carries a quintessentially British feel. You’ll soon forget the chilly temperatures outside when you pair your mulled wine with a festive afternoon tea. After you’ve whetted your appetites with the dark berry flavours, chatter over turkey and cranberry sandwiches and savour those heady notes once again with gorgeous mulled wine macarons. Who knew you could get this festive treat in meringue form?
Feel like you’re part of the Made In Chelsea cast by dropping into Goat, a New York-Italian style restaurant on the Fulham Road. Head upstairs to the opulent, vintage cocktail lounge known as DRINK and cozy up in a periwinkle-blue banquette. Mixologist Steve Manktelow infuses his version of mulled wine with honey and agave syrup, as well as heady notes of cinnamon and vanilla. It’ll make you feel so festive, you might just start singing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Mind those high notes, now.
Need a day-long respite from the holiday hustle and bustle? Take the girls to Vinopolis – London’s interactive wine museum – and sharpen up your sommelier skills while you sip their seasonal wine. The ‘How to Taste Wine’ talk is bound to inspire you to swirl, sip, and slurp your way around the self-guided tour. As a fun bonus, here you use tokens to buy samples of various wines throughout the interactive tour. Of course, you’ll want to save one or two to buy a glass of their mulled wine. Afterward, peruse the rows upon rows of incredible bottles in the charming shop for some last-minute gift ideas. Or just buy yourself a mulled wine gift box: It contains a lovely bottle of red, along with four muslin bundles of cloves, star anise, and other merry spices.
The terrace of this world-renowned department store is the perfect place for you and the girls to enjoy steaming cups of fragrant and delicious mulled wine. And if the shopping can wait, you might even like to try the seasonal hot cocktails. Will it be a sweet and smooth buttered rum hot chocolate or a hot Georgian rum treacle? With the impressive views across Knightsbridge, you might want to stay and sip all night.