All work and no play make Laura a very dull girl, which I feel I may be slowly turning into due to the mountain of dissertation papers I currently reside under. This post is a little cheeky as it was actually sitting in my drafts from over 4 months ago! Typical me! However I feel I should share to prove to you all that I was once quite social, and do not make habit of living in a papery existence.
I’d heard of ICE BAR for years- the UK’s only bar made purely of ice at a chilly -5°C. It’s by the people who designed ICE HOTEL in Sweden. Everything is made of ice including the walls, the bar, the tables and the glasses which is all sources from the Torne River ice in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. Every year the bar changes theme, as new ice is brought in, as well, the old one eventually wears and melts. This year is Glacial Frontiers.
You have to book, as you are given a 40 minute time slot to spend in the bar. The bar is hugely popular so I would recommend booking in advance. When we arrived we still had to queue for a while as they were clearing up after the previous slot. When we did get in, we were given a thermal cape and gloves to keep us warm.
Although it was still cold!
We were then shown down to the bar which is underground. I will admit, I was rather... underwhelmed. The bar is really small, more of a room than a bar. The floor is obviously not made of ice to prevent accidents, and while the walls are ice and so is the bar, it just lacked the wow factor I was expecting.
On closer inspection the overall design is incredible, as to think people have carved this by hand is amazing. The walls are illuminated by colour changing lights which do show off the pristine quality of the ice.
For the price of the ticket includes a cocktail from a limited menu, and while sounding nice, they were nothing special, and already pre-mixed. They were all served in a glass made of ice which was cool [pun intended] but with (small) refills costing £6.50 upwards, I didn’t bother.
We chatted to the guests about the uniqueness of the bar and of course larked around with the ice sculpture.
Overall I did enjoy ICEBAR and as it describes it is an EXPERIENCE, however it is not a bar you would go purposely for drinks, more to experience the novelty they have created. Its somewhere to go to tick of the to do list and say you have been. The fact that it does cost £16 pounds to get in is ridiculous really as it isn’t a club, or a bar you actually would go for a night out. I’m glad I went but now I’ve done it, it isn’t something I would go back to, however I think it is good to go once.
If you fancy going it’s located in Heddon Street, which is just off Regent Street.
31-33 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4BN
+44 (0)20 7478 8910