COSY OUTDOOR TERRACES AT COAL DROPS YARD
From 2 December, London is back in Tier 2, which means that if you want to catch up with friends, you’ll need to sit outdoors. Thankfully, many of the eateries in Coal Drops Yard have beautiful terraces and outdoor spaces for you to eat alfresco, many with heaters and blankets to ward off the winter chill.
Charming Vermuteria is home to a delicious European menu and a head-spinning variety of vermouths. The well-spaced outdoor tables spill into Coal Drops Yard, and the whole area is covered and dotted with heaters. Fat barrels, strings of twinkling lights and lots of potted trees help to create a delightfully cosy atmosphere.
For laidback fun and good vibes, Plaza Pastor is hard to beat. It’s a permanent outdoor venue, so it is totally covered – which could make all the difference on a rainy night. The heated space is a riot of fun Mexicana colours, the food is authentic heritage corn tortillas, tacos, and tostadas, and drinks are heavy on the tequila.
The lovely team at hicce are providing guests with blankets and hot water bottles while you dine. The large outdoor terrace is a handsome space, with big heated umbrellas and rust-coloured planters. While the vibe is very cool and relaxed, the food here is truly special, with ultra-modern takes on sharing style dishes influenced by Japanese and Nordic cooking.
Bookings are already being taken for this terrace bar and grill from the team behind Barrafina. Waiting for you at their winter garden are heaters, sheepskins, heated blankets and plenty of warm food and even hot cocktails for these winter evenings.
Coal Drops Yard’s elegant wine bar is nestled under the red brick arches of the old Victorian coal store. The outdoor space is covered and warmed with heaters, so it’s pleasant to sit out even on a chilly day. The wine list is unsurprisingly one of the best around, and the food is simple but carefully-sourced, with meats, fine cheeses, breads and fresh oysters served straight from the cart.