Whereas Pimms is the drink of choice in the summer when beer gardens are filled with jugs of cucumber, strawberries and orange slices, come the winter it's warming, comforting mulled wine that's the preferred tipple. A warm red wine served with a selection of spices and sugar, it's enough to melt even the frostiest of hearts. Merry Christmas!
Bavarian Beerhouse A German theme bar that specialises in beer may not be the first place that pops into your mind when thinking of places to go to enjoy a glass of festive mulled wine, but German Christmas markets are always filled with Apfelwein and Gluhwein – that's warm German cider and mulled wine to you and me. Their winter menu includes both of these specialties to ensure you feel the warming glow of Christmas. Actually, that's probably just the alcohol taking effect.
It may be chilly out but sitting by the river in Richmond has an all-year-round appeal. Just be sure to wear an extra pair of socks and a big scarf. To help stave off the chill, the White Cross – and many Youngs Pubs – will be offering hot mulled wine to add some colour to your cheeks, especially important now the summer tan has worn off.
Fika Fika is a Swedish bar and grill on Brick Lane serving a range of traditional Swedish delicacies. It gets cold in Sweden. Very cold. So it's common for Swedish bars to sell Glogg - a traditional hot mulled wine. Not ones to go against such a warming, Christmassy tradition, Fika are offering Glogg as the drink of choice on their Christmas menu.
Lost Society One of the most popular bars in Clapham, Lost Society is famed for its fairytale-like features, Art Deco in design. To make sure that everyone gets lost in the magic of Christmas (or something like that!) they're offering a selection of warm rum punch, spiced cider and mulled wine on their winter menu. That should be enough to keep off the chill whilst enjoying their 'secret' garden.
Nordic Bar Nordic Bar is as close to Lapland as you can get without hopping on Santa's sleigh – or a plane. Reindeer heads, Christmassy lights all year round and a general snowy theme mean this bar comes into its own every winter. Keeping up with tradition, they'll be serving a traditional Finnish mulled wine called Glögi.