It's Friday and time for another guest post to get you in the mood for a fun weekend ahead! Today's post comes from the lovely Carolin from the fashion and lifestyle blog Style Lingua.
With an M.A in Linguistics and a Literature Researcher by day, Carolin is an incredibly smart and stylish blogger who always captures my imagination with her enthusiasm and drive. Sharing regular style posts, writing about her own adventures and divulging her passion for film and literature, you're always guaranteed an open-hearted and honest read over at Style Lingua.
Today she is going to share the details of her recent escapade to the Ice Bar in London. So if this is somewhere you've been intrigued to visit and haven't yet had the chance to go, check out today's post for an insight and more info on exactly what to expect on a chilly visit to this popular London hot spot. Over to Carolin ...
Whenever I’m in London I’m fascinated all over again by the constant hustling and bustling of the city. There’s always so much to see and to do especially in the summer when you’ll often come across the occasional pop-up store or exciting experience. One of these special experiences for me involved my recent visit to the Ice Bar in Heddon Street. Just off of busy Regents Street far from the shoppers and tourists, Heddon Street takes you into its own little world, a quiet zone of restaurants, cafes - and the Ice Bar!
You may have heard of the famous Ice Hotel in Sweden and it's the same company that runs the Ice Bar in London. The concept of a bar completely made of ice changes a few times throughout the year for refurbishment so each design is only available to see for a limited period of time. The next design will be revealed later this September.
With this in mind I booked my tickets online for a visit earlier in August. The prices vary depending on the time you’d like to visit the bar and there’s a small discount on online purchases. I got two and paid £13.50 per ticket which included a 40 minute stay at the venue and a free drink. However, you can’t shake off the weird feeling of having to pay for entrance to a bar, but I've never been to a place like this before, so my curiosity and expectations were high.
On arrival, my friend and I were greeted by a receptionist who handed out capes to keep us warm during our stay. Together with 15 other people, we started our time slot and made our way into the venue. The place itself is rather small and apart from the floor, everything is made out of ice: the walls, the cupcake and pineapple sculpture, tables, a seating area and the counter. Touching the impressive constructs felt surreal as the ice wouldn’t melt under my fingertips. It felt dry and more like thick glass. Though the place is kept at cold temperatures, at no point did I feel uncomfortable or freezing.
However, the initial excitement flattened down very quickly once we had taken pictures, sat in the ice car and joked around touching everything. We made our way over to the counter and ordered our drinks. My friend opted for a fruity beery cocktail and I picked a non-alcoholic orange, apple and pineapple juice. The drinks were served in ice glasses and sparked the excitement once again - especially given the fact that the glasses melted in an instant once touched. My drink tried to slip off a few times so I kept my gloves on in the end to avoid a mess! Though the presentation was everything, there wasn’t much liquid in the glass and another drink would have cost £6 which I found slightly overpriced.
The 40 minutes flew by and we were the last ones to leave as we wanted to enjoy every second of our visit. Overall we enjoyed our time and I would describe the visit as a unique experience rather than an ordinary cocktail bar. The Ice Bar is a unique place and definitely special. I mean where else can you enjoy drinks in an icy environment? It’s a venue for entertainment and fun. Perfect to hang out with colleagues after work or if you’re after a special party venue. The allocated time was just enough to appreciate the artistic work that went into the sculptures and to catch up with a friend over refreshments.