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Mulled wine in London

The best places to drink mulled wine in London

Get seriously cosy this winter with a glass of mulled wine in the best bars and pubs to serve the spicy stuff

By Laura Richards
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Sure, strolling through the winter markets with a mulled wine in your hand is the optimum way to warm up. But pub mulled wine can be a bit hit and miss. So we’ve sought out the best cosy London pubs pouring mulled wine that’s a cut above the rest. Find yourself a nook and wrap your mitts around one of these steaming, spicy bevvies.  

Where to drink mulled wine in London

merry mulled wine, mr fogg's tavern
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Mr Fogg's Tavern

Bars and pubs Pubs Covent Garden

This cosy Covent Garden pub flogs ten litres of its mulled wine a day. Why is it so damn addictive? They’ve updated a historic recipe from the Savoy. It’s kept carefully at temperature and a variety of spices – from classic cloves to cassia bark – provide more depth than in the kind of stewed toddy you get served down the market.

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Photograph: Queen of Hoxton

Queen of Hoxton

Clubs Shoreditch

Each year, the Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop space gets a wintry facelift – and this time the theme is a random homage to the Wizard of Oz. What does make sense, though, is the mulled berry wine that’s being served. Sloe berries add a juicy edge to the drink, and the altitude helps the steamy drink go to your head even quicker.

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Drink Shop & Do

Bars and pubs Café bars Caledonian Road

This all-in-one bar/shop/café/craft area serves a spice-packed mulled wine (£5). But the festivities don’t stop there. They are also serving a Winter Sun Sangria for groups to glug while taking part in Christmas card making or neon life drawing. 

Lord Palmerston

Restaurants Gastropubs Tufnell Park

This Dartmouth Park local makes a traditional, cosy setting for drinks with friends. The’ve had the mulled wine on the go since November and it’s best enjoyed by the fire after a bracing walk around the Heath. Get ready for the glow.  

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Spaniards Inn

Bars and pubs Gastropubs Hampstead Heath

This characterful sixteenth-century inn was immortalised in Dickens’s ‘The Pickwick Papers’ and is also said to be the place where Keats wrote ‘Ode to a Nightingale’. Where better than here to sample the chef’s mulled wine next to a roaring fire.

King Edward VII

Bars and pubs Gastropubs Stratford

Enjoyed best by the fireplace, the mulled wine here is £4.90 a glass and is sweet relief after trawling the shops of Stratford for pressies. Go on, you’ve earned this one.

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Antelope

Bars and pubs Gastropubs Tooting

This spacious pub has been a Tooting stalwart since the nineteenth century. Wash down your pub grub with a mulled wine or two. A glass will set you back a fiver on a festive menu that includes a bowl of pigs in blankets, aka the ultimate bar snack. 

Cutty Sark Tavern

Bars and pubs Pubs Greenwich

This Georgian riverside pub has some of the best views of any pub in London. Enjoy them while savouring their take on the mulled stuff: mulled wine, mulled cider and even mulled gin.

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Old Red Lion

Bars and pubs Pubs Kennington

The Old Red Lion has plenty of cosy nooks and crannies for enjoying mulled wine (£5). Neck it during Thursday night’s pub quiz and feel like a champion regardless of your team’s outcome.  

Tamesis Dock

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Fancy sipping your mulled wine on a boat? You can do it on the Tamesis, a floating pub. Over the Christmas period, they will be serving mulled wine – a perfect winter warmer to be enjoyed out on deck, admiring the views of Westminster and the Houses of Parliament.

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