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Hide from the snow in these cosy London spots

Alexandra Sims

Snow’s coming down thick and fast all over town, but don’t get left out in the cold. Here’s our pick of the best cosy places in London to warm your cockles and dream of sunnier climes. 

The Moroccan Medina 

It might be minus three outside, but things are pretty toasty up on the Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop, which has been transformed into a North African paradise inspired by the Majorelle Garden in Marrakech. Sip on Casablanca mint tea surrounded by giant cacti, lanterns and fire pits. 
Queen of Hoxton. Shoreditch High St Overground. Until Mar 31. Free entry. 

Après London


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Get seriously cosy at Flat Iron Square’s pop-up ski chalet Après London, an outdoor lodge settling into SE1 for the winter months. Find eggnog, turtleneck sweaters and a roster of festive events to keep your toes toasty. 
Flat Iron Square. London Bridge tube. Until Mar 31. Free entry. 


Winterland London


Get ruddy cheeks in one of Winterland’s snug igloos, which are all decked out in cherry blossom, so you can think of warmer spring days despite the snow. The Thameside joint will be serving up hot, sticky fondue and raclette and warming mulled wine to keep you feeling flushed. Or, warm yourself up with a turn on one of the curling lanes. 
Winterland London. Imperial Wharf Overground. Until Mar 3. Entry from £5. 

Orchid Festival

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Forget Siberian air flows, you’ll be feeling positively tropical once you’ve stepped inside the steamy Princess of Wales Conservatory at Kew Gardens, which is filled to the brim with orchids for its annual Orchid Festival. The flower fest is in 23rd year and this time around it has a Thai theme. Don’t miss the botanical tunnel bursting with vibrant vanda orchids, floating Thai umbrellas and the orchid palace inspired by the Bang Pa-In district.
Kew Gardens. Kew Gardens tube. Until Mar 11. Included in entry price. 

Hating the snow? Get some ‘chromotherapy’ at this eye-popping new exhibition at NOW Gallery.

Admire the cold from a distance. Here are 36 pictures of London looking peaceful in the snow.

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