By Lauren Harmes
The winter months can be icy here in London, and the perfect remedy is cosying up with friends, family or partners in front of a toasty fire with a few winter warmer beverages.
The capital isn’t short of cosy, traditional pubs as well as hipster bars. Here we have picked out the top 7 venues to cuddle up in front of some warming fires while enjoying a drink or two!
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This Notting Hill celeb hot spot isn’t your quintessential cosy fire pub, but that doesn’t make it any less inviting. It’s outlandish and over-the-top décor is housed inside an old Georgian Mansion and is the perfect place for a winter cuddle if you’re after something a little more decadent.
Where: 45 Ledbury Road, W11 2AA
From A-list Insta-worthy bars to a famous traditional West London pub. The Angelsea Arms in Hammersmith enjoys moderate fame due to its roaring fires, cosy sofas and a top-class restaurant. Not only is it the perfect place to warm your tootsies after a long day, the food is renowned in the area.
Where: 35 Wingate Rd, W6 0UR
Voted the world’s most romantic restaurant, it’s no surprise that this Covent Garden gem is the perfect place to get up close and cuddly with a lover this winter. Influenced by country inns in Provence and Tuscany, the restaurant is blessed with burning log fires in both the dining room and conservatory – get booking now.
Where: 33 King Street, WC2E 8JD
Back to traditional pubs, and this one has craft beers in abundance. With 10 real ales, 5 real ciders and 20 keg beers, this beer heaven also boasts an inviting fireplace – the perfect choice to down a beer or five.
Where: 45 Fairfield Rd, KT1 2PY
Taking our fireplace tour east to hipster-ville, this pub dates as far back as the 18th century – a true traditional pub. The venue has had many identities over the years, but Clapton Hart looks like it’s here to stay. With three wood fires, a modest-sized bar and a kitchen serving classic British food – this is a fire-pit-stop not to be missed.
Where: 231 Lower Clapton Rd, E5 8EG
This next pub on our list requires a little trek out of the centre to the north bank of the Thames. Situated in Limehouse, boasts a lovely fire to warm your cockles after a trip along the riverbank, but you can also enjoy the view from its water-facing veranda in the summer months and soak up Docklands life.
Where: 76 Narrow St, E14 8BP
Last but not least, this famous pub - fondly known as ‘The Brickie’ - is the oldest pub in Putney and has won several ‘Pub of the Year’ awards. They proclaim on their website that they “don’t do food and don’t serve coffee”, but why would they when it offers such a welcoming atmosphere and roaring fire?
Where: 32 Waterman St, SW15 1DD