Where to Escape Winter in London: 8 Places to enjoy the Winter in London

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If there’s one thing I will never forget about winters in London it is the face burning, finger freezing, cold winter days that feel more like nights with the often gloomy grey skies. But fortunately in London it isn’t all doom and gloom over the colder months as the best of London is often found indoors. Here are my top picks for the best places to escape winter in London!

The Winter Garden

Undeniably one of my favourite hidden spots in London year-round, the winter garden inside the Landmark Hotel is one of the most glorious indoor-outdoor settings you will find. Although completely enclosed, the space is covered with greenery and constantly lit with a huge sky light that brightens the mood, even in winter! You don’t have to stay at the hotel to visit and they host lovely afternoon teas, giving you more than enough reasons to visit!

222 Marylebone Road, Marylebone | London

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Peggy Porschen

Escaping winter in London is a pink, pastel lovers’ dream in the form of this popular cake store in Belgravia. Peggy Porschen is renowned for her wedding cake creations, however cake lovers will be delighted to pop in store for a cupcake, coffee, slice of cake or all of the above! The shop is covered in flowers and pink decor, making it the perfect escape from the cold air outside.

116 Ebury Street, Belgravia | London

The Milestone Hotel

One of my all time favourite hotels in London is filled with cosy rooms like this one and their numerous afternoon tea rooms. With endless greenery and a constant flow of daylight, this is another great place to pass time indoors, away from the hustle and bustle outside.

1 Kensington Court, Kensington | London

Leadenhall Market

If you’re a Harry Potter fan like me you’ll already have Leadenhall Market on your radar no matter what the season! Leadenhall is of course home to many exterior shots of Diagon Alley. The market area was built in 1881, giving it an incredibly old world feel and still to this day you will find nice little boutiques in an indoor setting!

Gracechurch Street | London


Finding good coffee in London used to be a rarity, but fortunately for all of us there are oodles of great cafes popping up around London, many of them owned and operated by Aussies! Kaffeine is a great little spot to pass time – cosy, quaint and with some of the best coffee you’ll find in all of London.

66 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia | London



There is perhaps no club in all of London known as well as Mahiki – an island themed club with summery cocktails and interior. If you’re looking for a fun night out this is one of the most frequented spots in town – so be sure to arrive early!

1 Dover Street, Mayfair | London

Sketch London

One of the most picturesque eateries in all of London is an institution in itself, known to locals as Sketch. The plush pink interior is just a start to the Sketch experience and if you’re really keen on a memorable experience, make sure you book the afternoon tea here (in advance!) The fun colour pop is a great way to escape the London winter.

9 Conduit Street, Mayfair | London

Pantry at 108

Another great afternoon tea spot to escape the cold is to stop in to Pantry 108. Quite literally treated as a pantry, this is one of my all time favourite afternoon teas in London (and a great find if you – like me – eat with your eyes!)

108 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone | London

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    youlish | Exotic Travel Destinations
    December 29, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    I love Leadenhall Market! Leadenhall is also an awesome Market to visit in London!
    I really miss London <3

    December 28, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    ooh some good ideas here, not sure i’d recommend mahiki tho haha. have you heard of Livia’s Kitchen? had a great afternoon tea with her recently

    December 28, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Really love this list – and not just for winter. Definitely need to bookmark it and head to these spots when I am in London next – esp. The Winter Garden and Sketch London!

    Rae |

    December 26, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Nice places to bookmark. Enjoy the holidays!

    Rachel Reynolds
    December 25, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Pantry at 108 is an amazing spot! Definitely worth stopping in for afternoon tea!

    the adventurer
    December 24, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Sketch London is a place I would spend winter days in =o) I love the pink shade

    Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi
    December 23, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    There are so many lovely places in London to escape the grey days!

    December 23, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    I looooove Sketch for their Tea Time and always go to Leadenhall Market after a visit at the Sky Garden bar 🙂

    Kenza from

    December 23, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Sketch is one of my favorite restaurants in the world!

    December 23, 2016 at 10:05 am

    These places look amazing, I literally want to try them all!! Especially the winter garden and Sketch, they both look awesome and I can’t believe I haven’t been to either of them 🙁 Thanks for an informative and exciting blog post!

    Patience xx

    December 23, 2016 at 6:39 am

    I too am a fan of the Winter Garden. I highly recommend the Sunday Brunch… Well worth every penny.
    Looks like I’m adding sketch to my list of places to visit in 2017 now!

    Lisa // Fjords & Beaches
    December 22, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    I love Mahiki, and the Leadenhall Market! I’ve never heard of Sketch, but it looks like it would be right down my alley! Thank you for sharing these 🙂

    Alexandra Brosens-Doy
    December 22, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    I love London so so much! Would you say that Sketch is a little bit overrated? Everyone seems to go there and I can’t tell if it’s for the food or just for the pink sofas and instagram-friendly toilets. Help! x

    December 22, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Hey Brooke, all your posts are absolutely lovely! The pictures are stunning. I’m a big follower. 🙂

    Angie Silver (@SilverSpoonLDN)
    December 22, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    I love it when you write about my home city!! Great choices, I’d also recommend a beautiful place called The Dalloway Terrace which looks like Narnia at the moment for Christmas

    December 22, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Kaffeine is my favourite coffee shop in London and I am luck enough to have one right by the office 🙂 Never been to Peggy Porschen though and it looks lovely! Will have to check it out.

    Holly x

    December 22, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Peggy Porschen looks so adorable! What a cute place. I need try check it out 🙂

    Michael | First Class
    December 22, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Mahiki is also famous for attracting celebrities like Princes William and Harry, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Kelly Rowland, Paris Hilton and Madonna.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    December 22, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    I loved Leadenhall Market and Kaffeine when I visited London in the summer, and I only imagine how awesome they’d be in the winter! I really wanted to go to Peggy Porschen too and Sketch too – I’m a sucker for anything pink – but I didn’t have the time for the first and the latter was too expensive. That said, great guide though! Will be keeping these places in mind.

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    December 22, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    These places are adorable! Definitely putting some of these on my list for my summer trip to Great Britain! <3