Sunday, 17 April 2016

ICEBAR LONDON || MY EXPERIENCE

Whilst the UK may get a little bit chilly in the Winter, there is one place in particular, in the UK Capital where it is downright freezing all year round...Welcome to ICEBAR London!
Kept at a steady temperature of -5°C, it is definitely not for those who are sensitive to the cold climate, but being the only bar that is completely made of ice in the UK, it certainly is a unique and innovative experience that everybody should encounter once. 

IceBar London has been modelled after the original IceBar in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden and everything inside, including the walls, the tables, the bar and even your own personal drinking glass is made out of crystal clear ice, harvested especially from the frozen Torne River in Jukkasjärvi..Pretty cool, right? (I knew I would get a pun in somewhere!). Ever since I heard about the IceBar three years ago I have been intrigued to visit, and finally a couple of weeks ago, I booked myself in to go there one evening during my four day trip to London! Situated in the Heddon Street Food Quarter, (just off regent Street) it is only a short walking distance from both Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus underground stations, making it a great location when visiting London.

When you make your booking for the IceBar London, you can choose your preferred visiting time, and entrance into the bar is operated in forty minute time slots. It is recommended that you arrive at the venue thirty minutes before your booking time, and by doing this you are able to relax in the Warm Bar area first, to enjoy a drink before heading into the extremely cold conditions. Unfortunately due to getting stuck in London traffic, I was running a little late to my allocated time slot, so upon arrival I had to skip the warm bar and I headed straight into the cold! Before I went into the IceBar, I was handed my admission ticket and I was provided with a thermal cape, which had a hood and gloves attached to keep me warm throughout my visit. Even with the extra thermal layer I was given, the cold still hit me pretty hard the second I walked through the door..however, believe it or not, it is easy to adapt to the temperature after a few minutes (..and maybe one or two drinks!).

Of course I did not waste any time when I got in there, and I headed straight to bar, where I was able to exchange my admission ticket for one free cocktail. The bartender showed me the specially themed drinks menu, which was full of an assortment of all different spirit based cocktails that each sounded amazing..At a quick glance I was immediately drawn to the Gin cocktails section, (My fave!) and I decided to order the 'Comfortably Numb' cocktail for my complimentary drink. This one is a concoction of Beefeater gin, tonic water, lemon juice and cucumber syrup, and it tasted absolutely delicious. Following that one, I opted to try the 'Bad To The Bone' next, which is a tequila based cocktail that is mixed with elderflower cordial, pineapple juice, strawberry syrup and lemon juice..Again, this one went down a treat too! With the first cocktail you order, you get it served in a quirky cubed 'glass' of pure ice..You then keep this with you during your time inside the IceBar incase you decide to have a refill, to try out a variety of the drinks which they offer (refills do incur a small fee). While the Ice Cube is extremely cold to drink out of, it certainly adds to the novelty of the venue..Just don't get your mouth stuck to the ice!  
After I got my drink I took the time to look around the room and take in and enjoy the chilled out (Sorry I couldn't help myself!) atmosphere. 
Before my visit, I did not know what to expect upon entering the IceBar, (except that I would be freezing cold) and honestly, the place is just unimaginable. From looking at pictures of the IceBar previously online I assumed the room was going to be fairly big, however I was surprised when I walked in to find that it was a lot smaller that I imagined..However, regardless of that it was still utterly breathtaking. The attention to detail that has quite clearly gone into every aspect of creating the space is indescribable. The sculptors are obviously beyond talented at what they do, and I applaud them and their craftsmanship immensely. 

As you can see from the pictures, there is definitely some kind of a theme within the venue that is consistent throughout. Every year the IceBar change the chosen theme, and the entire bar is completely transformed with a new design layout and an exciting new topic in mind. Taking new ice from the Torne River, the team of highly skilled ice designers and sculptors put their creativity to work and they produce something incredible! With each new design, the designers build on the tradition of groundbreaking innovation and style, which IceBar London has become famous for over the years. For 2016, the theme they have gone for is 'IceBar London Rocks' and everything from the sculptures inside, to the music playing relates perfectly to that. The bar features various skulls which are big enough to stand in, a sassy rock chic on the wall, the chance to pretend to be in a two-piece rock band with the drum kit and electric guitar, and there is even a throne of rock to sit on. Every one of the sculptures and carvings that have been constructed are absolutely mesmerising, so within your 40 minute time slot there is plenty to look at, plenty to admire and of course, plenty of photo opportunities! 
I am so happy that I finally took the opportunity to go to IceBar London..I enjoyed every second that I spent there, and I would highly recommend it to any of you who have not visited before. If you are around London and you are interested in spending part of your evening doing something completely out of the ordinary, that is different to anything you have ever experienced before, then this is one hundred percent the place to go! 
Have you visited ICEBAR London before? Is it somewhere you would like to go?

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Lots of Love,
ALICIA
XO

*Disclaimer || The first three photo's above are not mine and have been used from Ice Bar London's official website. 
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