May 11, 2018
We will try and complete this review without resorting to puns about how chilled or cool this venue is but it will be a struggle. The Icebar London is exactly what you think, a bar constructed entirely out of ice. The only permanent ice bar in the UK, it’s kept at a constant minus 5 degrees. The ice is imported from Sweden and has been turned into bar form in a hidden spot behind Regent’s Street where visitors are required to wear silver capes and gloves to keep warm. Ice stools circle ice tables in front of ice art while ski suited barmen make vodka cocktails which are served in ice cube glasses. There’s a cover charge but that includes your first drink. The ice bar phenomenon may no longer seem as unique as it once did – the idea has been reproduced at a number of locations around the world – but it’s still a potent experience, a memorable night out and something you’ll be telling your friends about for days, if not weeks, to come.