It’s one of those places that does exactly what it says on the tin. I mean, it’s a bar, made of ice, so the title couldn’t be anymore accurate. And it couldn’t be much cooler…
However, there’s more to this venue than freezing temperatures and novelty value. Alongside the infamous Ice Bar, there is a cocktail lounge and downstairs, a fabulous restaurant serving up some delicious food at incredibly reasonable prices for central London.
The Ice Bar itself is a treasure, made from the purest ice flown in from Northern Sweden, and kept at a constant temperature of -5 degrees. You won’t freeze your bits off though, the lovely staff will wrap you up in a funky thermal cape with a hood to keep you warm(ish). You book a 40 minute time slot, during which time you drink gorgeous cocktails straight from glasses made of ice…and get to experience the ever changing iced interior; to keep it fresh the owners completely redesign the place every 6 months so you get to see something new & impressive if you return.
Once your 40 minute time slot is up, you can either move into the (non-frozen) main cocktail area, or head downstairs for a top notch dinner. One thing is imperitive though – you cannot leave without trying the apple and blackberry crumble cocktail. Divine.
Personally I love this place, and it’s always one of my first choices when I’m organising a party or having friends from outside London come to visit. No-ones ever been disappointed yet!