A fireplace in a home can be seen as the pinnacle of winter luxury. The knowledge of being welcomed by a roaring fire at home replaces fears of getting back after a long day to a cold home and instead allows ideas and plans of curling up by the fireplace (ideally with a mulled wine or hot chocolate in hand). Just thinking about the heat from the comforting flames and the smell of gently glowing wood sends us into a warm dizzy mood. If you have a fireplace in your home, stock up on kindling and make use of it all winter long. If you don’t own a fireplace, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the warmth of its flames. Simply opt for these cosy London pubs that feature fireplaces that’ll keep you warm and relaxed whilst you sip and sup on some good old fashioned pub grub.
Cubitt House’s The Orange Public House & Hotel
Cubitt House is an independent collection of hotels and public houses spanning areas of London such as Belgravia, Knightsbridge, Marylebone and Pimlico. One of their homely venues situated on the popular Pimlico Road is The Orange Public House & Hotel, sitting within a restored building and boasting an unbeatable cosy atmosphere, headed up of course by an open log fire. In terms of food and drink, The Orange offers a generous selection of cocktails and ales, and if the seasonal and fresh European menu sends you into a wintry slumber, simply retreat to one of their four bedrooms which are both comfortable and stylish.
The White Haus
Set over three floors and with an instantly recognisable ski theme, The White Haus in Farringdon is a must-visit this winter. The theme of ‘bringing The Alps to London’ is denoted through The White Haus’ interior design such as the timber-clad chalet-style bar and dining room, the food (or Haus Bites) which includes schnitzels, sauerkraut, sharing boards, fish and chips and so much more Alpine-country-inspired food, and the drinks which totally encompass the apres-ski vibe with Swiss lagers, craft beers and a curated wine list by John Clevely. There are DJs every Friday from 7 pm, sporting events screened live and a library-style lounge where the beautifully roaring fireplace resides, accompanied by a TV showing old ski movies.
A Hampstead institution, The Wells is the perfect example of a low-key, cosy London pub. Order a bloody mary which will be concocted to perfection by the friendly bar staff, and trust us on this – order the bangers and mash, a taste sensation and completely warming. All to be enjoyed on a table by the modern fireplace where you’ll make the most of the comfortable surroundings and chilled vibe.
Ealing Park Tavern
Ealing Park Tavern is a gastropub in South Ealing, whose interiors are a chic blend of modern and traditional. Whether you’re lounging with a drink in one of the plump brown armchairs or heading there for a mouth-watering Sunday roast, you can’t miss the glorious fireplace surrounded by the intriguing taxidermy animal heads that give this pub more than a hint of countryside chic.
The Bunch of Grapes
This snug pub situated between Harrods, the V&A, and the Science and History Museums attracts tourists and locals alike. Reside outside on the covered patio or inside where there are grand windows stretching from the panelled floors to the ceilings, and where you’ll also find the real fireplace. Their menu boasts a strong selection of sparkling wines and healthy soft drinks, and the small bites offering is simply delectable, such as the classic scotch egg order, spicy fried halloumi, and sweet potato wedges.
The Southampton Arms
Local Kentish Town ‘boozer’ The Southampton Arms champions small independent breweries and has a menu that focusses on the freshest and highest quality meat you could ask for, specifically pork. We dare you to venture anywhere else but the Victorian-tiled fireplace that opens the venue up to warmth and welcoming vibes. The Southampton Arms exudes understated comfort and promises relaxation whilst you enjoy a tipple or two. NB: they only take cash, no cards, and you can’t make a reservation, so simply turn up!
The Crooked Billet
The Crooked Billet is an easy favourite. It’s cosy, warm and utterly inviting. Tucked away in Wimbledon Common, The Crooked Billet has seats by their two fireplaces where you can lounge all afternoon, choosing from their menu (if you can stand to choose from all the deliciously hearty options) and enjoying the friendly family atmosphere. Plus, it’s dog-friendly, so bring your pooch along for a post-winter-walk pint and homemade dog biscuits!
Duke On The Green
A local Fulham haunt, Duke on the Green offers fine food and quality beverages with a lively and snug atmosphere. The menus aren’t snobby or overpriced, they are very much seasonal and each dish is presented with pristine craft and the drinks offering is much the same. Check this pub out if you’re wondering around Parsons Green, you’ll be welcomed by a h fireplace and cosy furniture. Duke On The Green also has a fun ‘What’s On’ programme, with happenings including pub quizzes and rugby screenings.
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