Where to escape the freezing cold in London

Katie Strick

It’s set to be the coldest week in five years and temperatures are forecast to plummet to one degree in the capital this weekend. You need a hotspot: here are London’s best pubs and bars for keeping toasty.

Chiltern Firehouse

This celebrity haunt is still Marylebone’s hottest establishment, and it has both a fire and a beautiful heated courtyard with blankets.

1 Chiltern Street, W1, chilternfirehouse.com

The Gunmakers

Tucked away in Clerkenwell, this 19th-century pub offers hearty dishes from crispy pig’s ears to roasted pumpkin pastries, plus thick blankets in the heated winter garden outside.

13 Eyre Street Hill, EC1, thegunmakers.co.uk

Hammer & Tongs

Escape to sunny South Africa at this award-winning spot in Farringdon, where almost the entire menu is cooked over a three-metre-long wooden braai grill.

171 Farringdon Road, EC1, hammertongs.co.uk

The Lord Palmerston

Sink into one of the inviting red Chesterfields in front of the main show-stopping wood burner in The Dairy Room if you can. It’s a good place to recover after a stomp around Hampstead Heath.

33 Dartmouth Park Hill, NW5, thelordpalmerston.co.uk

Imperial Durbar

Warm up with a fiery cocktail next to the wood-burning fireplace at this Tooting Indian watering hole.

14 Trinity Road, SW17, theimperialdurbar.com