A Cinematic Christmas: Holiday favourites on the rooftop of The Berkeley in London

Can’t stop, won’t stop, with the Christmas content. When it comes to Christmas in London, I’m spoiled for choice. But, what I’m about to share will forever bring a teary smile to my face. Last night I had one of the most memorable moments to date in my London history. For two hours, I sat under the stars, with a heated blanket over my legs and a hot water bottle in my lap as The Holiday played on a giant screen in front of me. The Berkeley has taken holiday to the next level, not just by playing The Holiday, but by creating the most romantic way ever to watch it. Four mini chalets sit atop the roof of the hotel, for an intimate viewing of a timeless holiday rom com. From the moment you step onto the rooftop, you are no longer in London. You’re in the Swiss Alps, where Christmas trees are covered in snow, the air is scented with pine and your footpath is lit by large burning wax candles protected against the elements in hurricane lamps.

The moment we sit down we are offered a choice of mulled wine or hot chocolate. As I’m still a ten-year-old at heart, I went for the hot chocolate. Out came a concoction that my inner child would absolutely drool over. A holiday mug is presented with the sweet sugary drink, topped with a large helping of whipped cream, marshmallows and flakes of milk chocolate. How is this real? A mere moments later, the movie starts. We are an all female audience, on this evening, all eight of us. So, every moment that one would want to cheer, cry, swoon or all of the above, is welcome out in the open here. That, I absolutely loved. 

Seconds after my last sip of hot chocolate is taken, champagne arrives on the scene, followed quickly by a large plate of comfort foods. What comfort foods you asked? Well, imagine truffle mac and cheese, a larger than life hot dog covered in cheese and chicken wings. There are three menus to choose from, when you book, and this is the one I was drawn to immediately. Are you at all surprised?

Just when you finish your food, you’re onto the scene in The Holiday when they are all having hot chocolate together and naturally The Berkeley don’t want you to feel left out, so another round of hot chocolates arrive just in time to join in the fun. This constant arrival of treats seems to be a theme on the rooftop.

I don’t want to ruin anything for you, so I’ll just say there are a few more surprises in store. Apparently, there are even more if you book in for a viewing of Home Alone earlier in the day. Bottom line is this – you can’t beat this for a more festive experience, whether you prefer it to happen with your girlfriends or your partner in romantic crime. Just make it happen!

All the details for booking can be found here – https://www.the-berkeley.co.uk/rooftop-cinema/


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