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Autumnal vibes at Dalloway Terrace

Sure, we love necking spritzes and wearing shorts as much as the next person, but autumn’s outdoor drinking season isn’t short of charms either. Cosying up under a blanket and sipping on a steaming toddy is peak hygge – and if it’s set to a pretty view, even better. Here’s where to drink in the UK when the temperature drops.

1. The grape one, London

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Forza WIne is the sister venue to super-popular Forza Win, and the added ‘e’ means one thing – this place in Peckham is all about everything alcoholic. Between Italian-leaning cocktails (try the cherry negroni) and the tidy menu of natural wines from the Boot, you’re never in danger of going thirsty here. Order a selection of delicious snacks to sop up the booze and drink in the impressive views of London’s skyline from the well-heated rooftop terrace – just don’t forget to book a space on the website first.

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2. The cool one, Edinburgh

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When it comes to cosiness, Edinburgh has it down to an art, and Cold Town House's après ski-themed rooftop terrace epitomises the city’s snug savoir-faire. Given its location right under Edinburgh Castle, the view is outstanding, especially when the trees at the base of Castle Rock turn burnished autumn shades. Snuggle into one of the Gondola-themed booths with a dram in hand and a fresh pizza from the oven downstairs.

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3. The wooded one, Belfast

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Just above the quirky city centre AMPM restaurant – known for its draping greenery and head-scratching art – you’ll find The Treehouse, an intimate rooftop bar with a similarly higgledy-piggledy vibe. High romance is achieved through its verdant decor and glinting fairy lights, making it an ideal spot for a tête-à-tête. Bring your date to one of the seasonal movie nights, whether a romcom classic in autumn or a Christmas fave in December. And though you may be itching to recreate a cinematic kiss with your honey, your parade will never get rained on here: a retractable roof and super-powered heaters beat the elements.

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4. The watery one, Manchester

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The cavernous Wharf pub has a plum canalside location and the best terrace in Manchester. It’s a relatively standard boozer on the inside, so we recommend making a beeline for that dreamy outdoor space and snagging a table right by the water, where you can watch houseboats chug by and admire the redbrick buildings that line the canal. If you’re feeling semi-athletic you can challenge your drinking buddies to a game of boules on the court just by the terrace – gear provided free of charge at the bar. 

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5. The panoramic one, Bristol

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The recently refurbished White Lion claims to have one of the biggest terraces in the southwest of England, and we’re inclined to agree – the outdoor seating area is positively massive, and boasts sweeping views of Bristol’s famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. Formerly a hotel, the pub has been licensed since 1806, and you can spy some of its storied history in its architecture: the back wall of the bar includes a bit of an old wall that once marked the city’s medieval bounds. It’s a favourite with locals, so come early, and bring your pooch too – dogs are welcome.

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6. The twinkly one, Glasgow

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Snuggle under the fairy light-studded awning over the rooftop of the much-loved Ubiquitous Chip and avail yourself of some of the best vegetarian food in the city, including a meat-free tasting menu that features fancied-up pub grub like salt baked celeriac with black truffle and, gloriously, veggie haggis. Or if you're just after some bevs, dip into their sweeping drinks menu, including a solid list of Scottish whiskys to keep you warm if the tasty heaters aren't already doing the job. 

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7. The genteel one, Oxford

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The terrace next to the rambling Trout Inn country pub couldn’t be more ideal, as it borders a bubbling river that’s fed by a rushing mini-waterfall. As if that weren’t dreamy enough, alfresco drinkers are often visited by the curious peacock who likes to have a poke about the garden. No wonder discerning scribes like Lewis Carroll and CS Lewis were fans – it’s impossible not to fall in love with this colourful boozer. Come on a Sunday to line your belly with delicious roasts and pints from Oxfordshire’s most prized breweries.

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8. The good-looking one, London

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One for the Instagram crowd: this camera-ready terrace is catnip for image obsessives. Dalloway Terrace – the enchanting outdoor space at the historic Bloomsbury Hotel has – been transformed into an autumnal woodland especially for the season, and it's all entirely weather-proof thanks to a retractable ceiling and powerful heaters. Sip cockle-warming whisky cocktails from heritage brand Johnnie Walker, set to a background of burnished leaves, gold-painted bark, and glinting fairy lights.

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