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West End’s winter cocktail guide

Top tipples to toast the season

Laughing together and creating memories with friends and family are what the festive season is all about. Whether it's a special date night, reunion with friends or post-work drinks, we've got you covered.

Aqua Kyoto

Sit surrounded by autumn leaves, overlooking Regent Street's Christmas lights on Aqua Kyoto's new Fuyu rooftop terrace. The Wild & Free, a bold mix of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, truffle honey, bitters and an aromatic cherry wood smoke is a real mood enhancer. If there's such a thing as too much celebrating, reach for Penicillin – a soothing whisky cocktail with lemon, honey water and ginger. Cheers to your health.

Hagen

Be enticed away from Christmas shopping on Regent Street by the sweet scent of cinnamon and cloves wafting through the air on neighbouring Swallow Street. Slow down with a glass of Hagen Gløgg, the smooth northern cousin to traditional mulled wine. Made in-store with raisins soaked in dark rum and spices, warm your hands on a fresh cup, or bring a little Danish hygge home as a gift.

Piccolino

Sip a restorative glass of wine after a busy day and relax with friends over a Christmas meal at Piccolino. From the moment you spot the bauble covered exterior, your festive experience begins. Add a dash of pine syrup to a classic drink and you’ve got its 'Xmas Tree Bramble'. Or try 'Gettin' Figgy With It' and see where the night takes you.

Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill

Champagne and oysters are what Bentley's is famous for, but its cocktail menu is truly something special. Start with a 'A Deer Classic': whiskey muddled with cranberries, mulled wine syrup and orange bitters. Teetotalers aren’t forgotten in its collection of mocktails like the 'Lady of the Lake' with flavours of pear, cardamom and lime.

Gaucho

Treat yourself to a dessert cocktail with Gaucho's 'Butterscotch Bonbon' or feel good after a glass of English sparkling wine from artisan winemakers, Coates & Seely. A portion of every bottle sold is donated to Not for Sale, dedicated to combating deforestation and modern-day slavery.

Sarap Filipino Bistro

As pretty as they are punchy, newcomer to the neighbourhood, Sarap is serving up a choice range of cocktails which celebrate Filipino flavours. Swing over to happening Heddon Street and try something new this Christmas.

Bindas Eatery

The kaleidoscope of colour in its festive menu extends to Bindas Eatery's aromatic cocktail range. You're spoilt for choice with options like a lychee mojito; sloe gin, rhubarb and berry special; and pomegranate 'Ruby Bellini'. Warm up after shopping on nearby Oxford Street with a twist on a classic, chai with a hug of salted caramel.

Yoshino

Drink to good health with antioxidant-rich fresh matcha cocktails at Yoshino on Piccadilly. Chilly coming in from the cold? Warm up in no time with an authentic hot sake. Kanpai.

The Leicester Arms

Planning a Friendmas outing? Book ahead at the buzzy Leicester Arms on Glasshouse Street and order a Christmas Tanqueray gin tree – choose from the classic London Dry, zesty Sevilla and other favourites to build yours.

With immersive winter terraces and authentic aquavit, explore more of the West End and discover the best Christmas cocktails and dining in nearby St James's.

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