This might be the hottest trend to come out of this year: a host of London pubs and bars are serving warming cups of mulled wine as part of their takeaway service. So while their doors remain shut, you can still show support to your local – and fuel any bracing walks around the capital. C’mon! It’s daily exercise.
As the days get colder, this solution – a trend that first emerged in Lockdown 2 but has thankfully persevered throughout the colder months and ALL THE TIERS – means you can get stuck into safe outdoor socialising with one other outside your household bubble without feeling the chill. Or maybe use the service to treat your cohabiters to a very steamy round at yours – without having to faff around with cinnamon sticks and end up with a kitchen that smells like the inside of a gingerbread house.
The one catch? Under Tier 4 rules, all takeaway alcohol from hospitality venues must be pre-ordered (more on that rule here). So get as organised as your folks with their to-do list this Christmas, and get in a warming round of the mulled wines from this list of London venues.
Clissold Park Tavern, Stoke Newington
Plus hot toddies and mulled cider, too
The Dove, Broadway Market
The Grapes, Limehouse
The Lauriston, Victoria Park
Also serving mulled cider and hot toddies
Red Lion and Sun, Highgate
And Frozen Margaritas, if a thing like the cold doesn’t bother you
Renegade Urban Winery, Bethnal Green
Making its own wine in its east London HQ – and mixing up three shades of the mulled stuff. Pay for a glass or get it for free with every wine bottle purchase!
Sun Tavern, Bethnal Green
Also serving hot punch
Plus boozy hot chocolates or your standard takeaway pints
The Vault 1894, Tower Bridge
Also serving Baileys coffees – oh, boy!
Diogenes the Dog, Walworth
The neighbourhood wine specialist is serving red, white and rosé wines spiked with spiced brandy
Colour Factory, Hackney Wick
The Three Stags, Kennington
Plus hot spiced cider
Fugitive Motel, Bethnal Green
The Great Exhibition, East Dulwich
Please note, situations are changing on a daily basis, so please check with your local before heading along for a mulled wine.