London’s Rooftop Winter Forest Is Back With 200 Real Christmas Trees Next Month

Pergola Paddington are back to brighten up your dreary winter evenings.

Paddington isn’t renowned for its forests, but that’s all set to change with the launch of Pergola Paddington’s winter season on November 12. The festive makeover will see the rooftop hangout become a cosy winter forest, with alpine lodges and log fires dotted amongst the 200 real Christmas trees that Pergola have got on order. Known as the ‘Miracle on Kingdom Street’, this winter haven will be filled with street food, seasonal cocktails, and toasty welcomes, and we can’t bloody wait!

First things first, you can rest assured that Pergola Paddington will be fully protected from the vagaries of the winter weather by a roof – and they’ve also got a brand-new heating system in place for winter 2020 to ward off any cold spells, along with those roaring log fires. Miracle on Kingdom Street will be home to two equally glorious spaces, each with their own charms and treats.

On the upper level, you’ll find the Winter Wonderland Forest: an Alpine paradise that mimics the feeling of being amongst the snow-draped mountains (that’s where those 200 Christmas trees come into play). Downstairs, meanwhile, is home to the Alpine Winter Hall, a place that draws inspiration from the Bavarian beer halls of southern Germany. It’ll be home to no fewer than eight cosy winter lodges, which have been kitted out by Moet & Chandon with blankets, cheese fondue kits, and your own private bar for the creation and consumption of winter cocktails.

It’s enough to warm the cockles of your heart, and that’s before you get to four pop-up food joints serving everything from bratwurst, currywurst, and raclette, to roasted chestnuts, mince pies, smores, and mouth-stretching Christmas burgers. We’ve also heard the words “boozy cheese fondue” mentioned enough times to know that we’ll be making a beeline for it, thank you very much! Naturally, warming winter tipples will be on offer, so you can bounce merrily from mulled wine and cider to naughty hot chocolates and back, all night long.

When the Christmas lights go up and the carols begin, Pergola Paddington will welcome winter brunches, Christmas film screenings, wreath-making classes, a puppy Christmas party (get me there now!), and visits from Santa Claus. Before that, though, it’s looking like a wonderfully cosy hangout for you and your pals – and they’ve got all the necessary Covid safety measures in place too, with social distancing, one-way systems, contactless ordering, and reservations capped at groups of six. Best of all, it’ll be open seven days a week from November 12 right through to February, which is the perfect excuse to throw the bumper extended Christmas season we all thoroughly deserve…

Find Pergola Paddington at 5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, W2 6PY from November 12 – it’ll be open 12-10pm every day. Bookings are open now, and you can make reservations on their website.

Also published on Medium.

Secret London