Last week I had the pleasure of doing something I’ve wanted to do since I very first moved to London but never seemed to get round to. Thanks to the lovely ladies at LDN Meetup I was able to visit London’s IceBar on Heddon Street and let me tell you, it was super cool. Pun totally intended.
We started our evening in the bar downstairs which was very cosy and chalet-like drinking extremely delicious prosecco based cocktails which went down far too easily. Once everyone had arrived we were given a welcome speech by Tom, head of marketing for the ice bar. It was clear from how passionate he was speaking to us that he both loves his job and realises how working with bloggers. He’d also invited along Molly, his editor from Phoenix magazine who was also very keen to get some input from us all.
Upon arrival everyone had been given a colour coded wristband which determined which time we would enter the actual ice bar room. The room is quite small but really well laid out and you can also only stay for a maximum of 45 minutes due to the fact that it’s -5 degrees in there! Don’t worry though, you’re given a cosy cape and gloves before you enter to keep you warm.
Every year the IceBar closes for a week for a revamp when several tonnes of Swedish ice is flown in and carved by an expert team. This year’s theme is IceBar rocks.
The first thing that caught my eye was the giant skulls adorning the room.
But every wall was carved with some of the most intricate of designs my favourite being the tattooed rock chick whose sleeve housed many famous rock stars within it.
I overheard Tom laugh as he said it was the first time he had entered the IceBar with a group who had all started taking pictures and videos as soon as they entered rather than heading straight to the bar!
Speaking of which the bar was one of my favourite things about the whole experience. Not just the fact that they sold epic cocktails (you all know my soft spot for cocktails and the list is quite impressive here, it took me a while to decide) but the fact that all of the drinks are sold in glasses made from actual ice. Your first cocktail is even included in the cost of your ticket which makes the cost (standard tickets start from £13.50 per person) great value given the novelty value and central location in my opinion.