Icebar London

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Peter Kindersley

This long-standing Mayfair spot pretty much does what it says on the tin: it's an icy bar. It's kept at -5C, with visitors given thermal boots and jackets to keep the cold at bay. Each session lasts 40 minutes, and should be booked in advance. 

Drinks – served in tumblers made of ice – include a stairway to heaven (Pommery Champagne, Aperol and grapefruit bitters) and a living on a prayer (Absolut Citron, pink grapefruit liqueur, cranberry juice, lemon juice and orange bitters).

There's an upstairs restaurant and lounge, too. The food menu here features dishes such as ham hock ballotine, rabbit pie, a house burger, flat iron steak and a chicken, red wine and bacon casserole with a bourguignon garnish and garlic mash. Desserts include an orange panna cotta with meringue, orange candy and hazelnuts, as well as carrot cake served with edible soil and mascarpone cream. 

Venue name: Icebar London
Address: 31-33 Heddon Street
Opening hours: Open 3.30-11pm Mon-Thu, Sun; 2.45pm-1.15am Fri; 12.30pm-1.15am Sat.
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus tube
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Corina B

I've been meaning to go the ice bar for a over a year now and I it's almost just how i've imagined. I didn't have a problem with the 15 pound entrance fee, but my session was extremely overbooked, which didn't really help the small size of the venue. Nevertheless I really enjoyed the innovating idea, a nice change from the everyday bar. It is fairly cold despite the gear they give you, but it's part of the experience and I would really recommend it. 

Livvi AT

I decided to head to the Icebar to break the ice (literally) on a date. I am a sucker for any kind of novelty and the thought of a bar, COMPLETELY MADE OF ICE, seemed like the closest I was going to get to being Elsa from Frozen, so off we went. 

Overall, it is a fun experience and for £16 for entry, a 40min session in the bar, and a free cocktail, it is great value. In Mayfair, you would pay that much for a cocktail in most places, but here, your cocktail is in an ice tumbler and you are wearing cool fur lined capes. The cocktails did taste a bit watery;not very strong, very sugary and over sweet, but there is a wide selection so maybe there are better ones out there on the menu. 

The bar is a lot smaller than I imagined and once you have looked at all the ice sculptures, you do find yourself just standing, drinking in the cold. I am originally from the north, so this is my regular Saturday night out, but I can imagine the novelty might turn cold for others. That said, the Icebar is definitely worth a visit for trying something a bit different and great for a date venue, as if you run out of topics to talk about, you can always marvel at the large ice pineapple in the corner.... 

Richard G

Visited last night.  It's not just the ice that's cold at the ice's the frosty service from the waiting and bar staff; it's the 'hot' meal that you ordered over an hour ago; it's the size of the cocktails which are frankly a joke. A really disappointing evening and we will not be visiting again.  AVOID. 


Loved it, friendly staff, reasonable prices and I'm a sucker for any sort of gimmick!

Dominique L

A cool place to start the night Small space with some seating areas. Great music and lighting effects, would be nice if they had a special sculpture of the month/ year giving all the tourists another paparazzi corner. For 14 pounds a 40 minutes session with a free cocktail served in a cup made out of ice isn't bad at all. Great place as an icebreaker for a first date or an event. Awesome bartenders. Helps you overcome the london weather - definitely doesn't seem so bad as you step outside with a frozen nose.