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...Open Fires

Date: 14.01.11 Category:

“Whether you're indulging in a lazy afternoon, or celebrating a special occasion, nothing completes a cosy winter setting better than a roaring fire.”

From cosy pubs to elegant hotel tea rooms, London has a wonderful and varied array of roaring open fires by which to warm the cockles.

Far from dwelling on the cold, The Goring is celebrating the season with their Winter Tea (£35 per person) which features a selection of cheerful and warming afternoon tea delicacies, all to be enjoyed in front of the crackling fire. Also serving a Traditional Afternoon Tea (£38 per person), The English Tea Room at Brown’s Hotel offers a mix of traditional and contemporary style, combining original wood paneling and open fireplaces with fashionable fabrics and original artworks.

The dark gothic interiors at 190 at The Gore are suitably complemented by a smouldering fire, creating a sophisticated setting for a private drink. And for somewhere more relaxed but still refined, settle into a sofa around the beautiful central fireplace in The Withdrawing Room at The Lanesborough.

For those yearning for a breath of cold crisp air, take a stroll on Hampstead Heath followed by a well-deserved drink around one of the two coal-burning fires at the quaint Holly Bush. And further along in Kentish Town, the Sunday menu at The Bull and Last will sate the appetites of the hungriest of amblers.

Leaving the house needn't mean braving the cold; the welcoming open fires at neighbourhood pubs, The Duke of Clarence and The Abbeville, keep Kensington and Clapham locals respectively happy (and warm). Playing host to notoriously raucous weekends, be sure to arrive early at The Old Queens Head in Islington to nab a spot fireside. If rowdy crowds don't appeal, The Drapers Arms is close by and serves comforting pub food around their cosy fire. Fireside sofas at the grungy First Floor on Portobello Road are highly sought after amongst the hip Notting Hill crowd, and if it's a gastropub that you're after, The Thomas Cubitt offers a delicious menu with three working fireplaces to boot.

For an alternative take on the traditional log fire, Roka offers a unique dining experience with guests seated around the smoking robata grill. Also serving excellent Japanese-fusion cuisine, Sushinho on the Kings Road offer  a contemporary and striking fire as a central feature, and lastly, the blazing fires at Bam-Bou provide an opulent backdrop to a romantic date spot – a surefire that sparks will fly…

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The Goring

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The Goring

Hotel

"The Goring, with emphasis on style and service, offers a sophisticated experience all through the day. "

Beeston Place, London SW1W 0JW

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Brown's Hotel

Brown's Hotel

Hotel

"With a bar, spa, restaurant and a delicious traditional Afternoon Tea, Brown's is a home-from-home... though sadly, it is nothing..."

Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BP

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190 at The Gore

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190 at The Gore

Bar

"A seductive Bar and cosy Drawing Room make this a hotel to remember."

190 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5EX

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The Lanesborough

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The Lanesborough

Hotel

"From Afternoon Tea by the fire or a sophisticated lunch, to a cocktail in the bar or a cigar in the Garden Room, The Lanesborough..."

Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA

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The Bull and Last

The Bull and Last

Pub

"A relaxed pub serving quality food right next to Hampstead Heath."

168 Highgate Road, London NW5 1QS

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The Duke of Clarence

The Duke of Clarence

Pub

"With good food, an open fire, booth seating and sport on TVs, this pub attracts the relaxed division of the 'Smart Set'."

148 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 0BE

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The Abbeville

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The Abbeville

Pub

"Charming and cherished by locals, The Abbeville serves great food and is suitable for almost any occasion."

67-69 Abbeville Road, London SW4 9JW

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The Old Queen's Head

The Old Queen's Head

Pub

"Don your Converse and dance to DJs on the decks."

44 Essex Road, London N1 8LN

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The Drapers Arms

The Drapers Arms

Pub

"With a roaring fire inside and a lovely garden outside, this Islington pub is great whatever the weather."

44 Barnsbury Street, London N1 1ER

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First Floor

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First Floor

Restaurant

"The First Floor exudes shabby-chic - a character that's cherished in Notting Hill, making it a local favourite for informal..."

186 Portobello Road, London W11 1LA

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The Thomas Cubitt

The Thomas Cubitt

Pub

"The Thomas Cubitt is a charming, atmospheric pub that pulls a local, sociable crowd."

44 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9PA

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Roka

Roka

Restaurant with bar

"Counter-dine at the central Robata grill for the full experience. Great food and a great atmosphere with a buzzing bar downstairs."

37 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RR

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Sushinho

Sushinho

Restaurant

"A fusion of Pan-Asian and Brazilian, Sushinho offers an interesting and intriguing menu of unique dishes and flavours."

312-314 Kings Road, London SW3 5UH

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Bam-Bou

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Bam-Bou

Restaurant

"Very different from the other Caprice Holdings restaurants but still brimming with character."

1 Percy Street, London W1T 1DB

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