‘Tis the season to get together with friends and loved ones over a glass or two...
Plan your Christmas catch up with our guide to St James’s best bars and festive cocktails.
The Rooftop at the Trafalgar
Winter has arrived at The Rooftop at the Trafalgar St James. Step into an immersive alpine experience as you step out onto the terrace. Dip into fondue and take in their beautiful Northern Lights-inspired light display, cast over London’s city skies. Sip warming spiced apple and cranberry juice or select a cocktail from its new menu. Bourbon lovers should try the ‘Spiced Twilight’ or if you prefer creamy Baileys, enjoy a ‘Nightcap’ with lashings of shaved chocolate.
The Beau Brummel
After-work favourite, The Beau Brummel has the ideal atmosphere for a Christmas gathering. Choose from carefully selected beers, ales and cider as well as over 100 different wines and seasonal cocktails. Whether there are two of you or 20, stage your festive drinks at this St James’s Market gastropub and get into the spirit underneath Norris Street’s glittering Christmas lights.
Sofitel London St James
Invite your nearest and dearest for an intimate drink in the St James Bar at Sofitel London St James. From art movements to Marvel characters, explore their imaginative cocktail menu and extensive drinks list. Looking for something a little extra? Try a tipple from their collaboration with Creed Fragrances for a total sensory experience. We recommend the ‘Alpine Silver’, inspired by Creed’s Silver Mountain Water scent. Think refreshing citrus with notes of white chocolate and green tea – simply stunning.
Unwind and catch up with old friends in Dukes’ legendary Cognac and Cigar Garden, in partnership with Rémy Martin. Or treat your inner James Bond or someone special to an original Martini and unforgettable evening at Dukes bar.
Berry Bros & Rudd
Don’t know wine? Need to bring a bottle to a Christmas party or choose a gift for a discerning relative? Head just across charming Pickering Place courtyard to Berry Bros & Rudd, a 17th century wine and spirit merchant and the oldest of its kind in Britain. Trust recommendations from their Masters of Wine or take your time and explore the curated collection as you enjoy mince pies and King’s Ginger samples, on offer daily throughout December.
Nourish your spirit with a nip at Aquavit in bustling St James’s Market – perfect for a long lunch, post-work drink or festive date night. Are you team Loki or enthralled by Thor? Revisit Nordic mythology through its house cocktails. Look out for ‘Ragnarök: Doom of the Gods’.
The American Bar at The Stafford
Uncover old world glamour at The American Bar at the Stafford; there’s nothing old fashioned about this cocktail menu though. Alongside new twists to classic drinks, you’ll find a complex flavours and original drinks like the ‘Moriarty’ and its American Dream specials. For seasonal cheers’ing, we’ve got our eye on the ‘Spitfire’, an opulent blend of Snow Queen vanilla vodka, champagne, and passion fruit.