After reading about Ice bar in a travel magazine and having a close encounter in Sweden (we didn't have enough time to find the place and also got lazy), we decided to visit the one at Heddon Street in London! We invited Nav along because he was visiting from Oxford, that guy never fails to be great company :')
We arrived slightly early, admittedly I was beyond enthused to get in even though sub zero temperatures ain't really my thing. Tucked away in a cosy corner of Regent Street, Ice Bar (as the name speaks for itself) is a quirky bar designed out of entirely ice. It is kept at -5 degree celsius everyday, and they alternate the design experience regularly. The ice is specially shipped over from Sweden (supposedly Tome River's purest ice) and carved out in sculptures. I must say that it was quite a unique experience!
A £14 ticket gets you for about an hour and a free drink, visitors are also provided with a dark blue thermal cape and gloves to keep warm. It was frosty alright, but the unique setting was quite a distraction. The cocktail menu was limited (some were really aptly named: Arctic Freeze), I barely even remember what I had - probably something tropical since it was yellow.
Loved how even the cups were made of ice, no more warm beer worries!
Hands on Ice table challenge.
Red noses and tearing up because of the cold.
"The Ice is pure!"
Although it was a unique sensory experience (oh come on, I come from the tropics and we don't have winter here), the ambience was definitely not the best. It was a pretty small room, and there were many patrons. We had fun but perhaps it was just novelty at its best (or just great company) - I'm actually quite curious to whether the Sweden one would have been different, as the concept originated from the Swedes.
London Ice Bar
31-33 Heddon St, London W1B 4BN, United Kingdom