As crazy as it may seem they really do have apres ski bars in London. In the heart of our capital city without a real mountain or ski slope in sight you can drink your favourite Alpine tipple in an authentically designed ski bar. It is easy to believe that you are just below the slopes of St. Moritz or Gstaad when you are propping in the bar in one of London’s atmospheric apres ski bars.
Adapting back to the flat urban and ‘snowless’ metropolis of London following a skiing holiday in the likes of the Swiss Alps or Spanish sierras is bound to take a bit of getting used to. To help skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts get over their post-holiday blues are the London apres ski bars.
Whilst London is certainly void of an Eiger, Matterhorn or Jungfrau, it does offer a night time escape to help the rosy-cheeked skiers and snowboarders feel more ‘at home’.
Take a look at three great apres ski bars in London.
Lodge D’Argent, Liverpool Street
Lodge D’Argent is a winter terrace at the famous Coq d’Argent restaurant. With its antlers, blankets and ski jacket-wearing waiters, this faux winter wonderland terrace provides an atmospheric environment to drink ‘hot toddies’ and claim pole position skiing bragging rights over your friends with your holiday memoirs. Lodge D’Argent is particularly proud of its well-kept Havana cigars which can be sampled on the terrace.
St. Moritz, Soho
If you’re looking for a Swiss-inspired venue to wine and dine on traditional Swiss cuisine in order to create an authentic ski-holiday feeling, then head down to St. Moritz in Soho. The St. Moritz restaurant serves up a traditional Swiss cheese fondue amongst cow bells and Swiss themed decoration. You almost have to pinch yourself to remind you that you’re sat in the heart of London at St. Moritz.
Bodos Schloss, Kensignton
Situated in the ultra-trendy Kensington, this chic, glamorous and authentic pine wood farmhouse provides pure escapism from the bussle of London life. Cited on its website as being “your palace – enjoy laid back Alpine fun, think apres ski and good times,” this Austrian-orientated restaurant recreates a winter holiday venture without having to leave the English capital. Traditional Austrian cuisine is served at Bodos Schloss alongside specially formulated cocktails served in Austrian-style drinking vessels.
If you don’t have the time or financial means to head off to the snow-capped mountain ranges of Europe this year, fear not as in London you could be closer to an Alpine-inspired adventure than you think.