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Warming winter cocktails on a cold London evening.

by Rajul on December 2, 2016

trafalgar square

With Christmas on its way, it has started to get colder in London. But the chilly weather is a great excuse to get out of the cold and enjoy some warming winter cocktails, which is just what I did the other night.

A friend and I began the evening at the National Gallery, warming up with some art after being out in the cold. We were soon bracing against the chilly air again, though, as we walked around Trafalgar Square. It was shaping up to be a beautiful evening but a cold one, nevertheless, so we took shelter in the rooftop Vista bar of the Trafalgar Hotel. Their hot winter cocktails were just what we needed to warm up after our stroll.

The bars Warm Me Up cocktail menu offers a selection of steaming hot drinks, ideal to warm you right through.

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winter cocktails

My friend had the Mulled Sangria, while I enjoyed the rum and cider punch, with apples, oranges, cinnamon and pumpkin. Other options on the menu include a concoction with a Greek-style grappa, a chocolate drink with Baileys and banana liquor, and a classic hot toddy. Our drinks were delicious and kept us warm from our vantage point on the rooftop.

Having warmed up again, next stop was the Quarter Bar & Lounge at the London Bridge Hotel.  One of my favourite places for a drink in London, they never fail to make you feel welcome. In fact, they went above and beyond to make us special pina coladas, which is no longer on their usual menu.

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pina coladas

The Quarter Bar has a philosophy of making just about any drink that’s asked of them. They always deliver exceptional service and you can watch them make your drink in front of you. In our case, that meant watching the bartender cut into a fresh pineapple!

london bridge pineapple

They were the perfect cocktails to whet our appetite for our forthcoming meal at La Constancia, an Argentinian restaurant just a short walk away from the hotel. Our meal was the perfect way to finish off the night.

I enjoyed a succulent Argentinian steak with spinach and chips, accompanied by a lovely glass of Malbec. Below is my photo on Instagram.

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Both our winter cocktails were fantastic choices for a winter warmer.

The Trafalgar Hotel’s hot cocktails warm you up literally, while the creamy and fruity pina coladas at the London Bridge Hotel are ideal for pretending you’re in a hammock on a beach somewhere.

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Photo credits: LHI blogger Rajul.

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