The final instalment of our London Date Weekend – a review of ICEBAR LONDON.
I’ve been to this venue a few times in the past but it was Ben’s first time and I was really excited for him to see it. It’s such a fun place to be, really quirky and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone in there that didn’t have a smile on their face.
For those of you that don’t know, ICEBAR LONDON is so called because it is a bar made of ice. The walls are covered in ice, the bar is made of ice, there are ice sculptures dotted around the room (which are changed annually) and even the glasses you drink out of are made of ice!
Situated in Heddon Street, just off of Regents Street, it’s location is really nice, being in a pedestrian mews-type side road dotted with other bars and restaurants (we made a note to ourselves that we have to go back some time and sample some of the other delights down there!)
Because it’s so cold, access to the bar is time limited and arranged in time slots, so you’re best to book beforehand as it is a popular place to go and you’re not guaranteed to get in if you just turn up at the door (although if you’re in the area I’d say it was worth a shot!)
After queuing up, the doors open and customers are allowed in, but not before they pop a padded warm cape with attached gloves over your head. The room itself is below freezing (-4 degrees!) so you need these capes otherwise you wouldn’t be able to stay in there for too long; all visits are limited to 40-minutes for health and safety reasons but towards the end of that time, even with the cape and gloves on, you can definitely feel the chill!
When we went the ice sculptures were sweet themed, with the ice bar being carved into the shape of an ice cream van, plus a pineapple and cupcake placed elsewhere in the room.
There were also a couple of tables carved out of ice which we sat at for a couple of photos before moving to allow others an opportunity to try them out.
You can see the glasses made of ice in these photos – they were very cold and slippery so you definitely needed to wear your gloves to drink out of them!
The drinks were really nice; we both had two each and they were a lot of stronger than I thought they would be. For some reason I anticipated them being a bit on the weak side, but there was definitely no scrimping and they were really tasty. I’m a sucker for a cocktail so definite brownie points to ICEBAR LONDON on this one!
One thing I found really amazing was the ice itself – it is natural ice carved from a river in Northern Sweden which is renowned for it’s high purity. The outcome of this is that the ice in the bar is really clear and bright, and you can see the ripples from the movement of the water as it has frozen whilst moving along the river. It’s stunning to look at and isn’t something that can be recreated with manmade ice that has been created artificially.
As always, I had a brilliant time and it was great to see Ben seeing it all for the first time. It really is a special place to visit and one that can be returned to time and time again.
Thanks for having us ICEBAR LONDON; I have no doubt we will be back!
* This visit was provided free of charge for review purposes but, as always, all opinions are my own (and Ben’s!) *