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Ski lodge bars in London

You don't need to venture to the Alps for the après-ski experience with these cosy winter bars with a ski lodge theme

By Laura Richards
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While skiing might be fun, the best part about gallivanting off to the Alps or the Pyrenees is that wintery indulgence, après ski. It's not always the case that you can pack up your passport and hit the slopes. Thankfully, there are more than a few fabulous spots in London for a glass of vin chaud and a plate of raclette.

So grab your thermals and venture to one of these rooftops, terraces, chalets and basement bars that are fully geared up for that hit of après ski (without the cost of renting skis – result!). You can gather around a pot of fondue for Swiss-style calorie loading, or stick with mulled wine, hot cocktails and shots galore at our pick of the best ski lodge bars in London.

Ski bars in London

Après London

Things to do Southwark

Back for its third year, this large-scale lodge near London Bridge still manages to feel cosy, thanks to twinkling lights and sprigs of holly. Get its timber frame shaking when you take to the dance floor after a hot toddy or cider. Or explore a whole ‘Alpine Village’ that’s set up in the sqaure outside.

Dick's Magic T Bar

Restaurants Street food

You’ll find Dick’s Magic T-Bar nestled away at the winter revamp of Dinerama, Street Feast’s Shoreditch street food mecca. The savvy team there have seen the need for a cosy rest beside the fire after all that grazing at stalls from the likes of Club Mexicana, Fundi and Yum Bun. So at Dick’s you’ll find roaring open fires, furry cushions, frozen toffee vodka and even a mountainous backdrop. It may be merely wallpaper, but it sure beats views of the 149 to Edmonton Green rolling by.

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Hotels Tower Hill

This seasonal ski lodge is taking over a Tower Hill rooftop bar, should you want to scale its heights for a bit of downtime. Take a gondola-themed lift up to the twelfth floor before breaking a sweat with virtual reality skiing then cooling off with schnapps and steins of beer. Then get steamy all over again when you move onto glugging glühwein and boozy hot chocs to a Europop soundtrack.    

The White Haus

Bars and pubs Gastropubs Farringdon and Smithfield

Hippo Inns has a whole pub dedicated to the slopes. Find cuckoo clocks, cable cars, biere and beyond across the pub’s three floors, as well as memorabilia from the Ski Club of Great Britain. It’s perhaps not the right theme for summer, but if you’re pining for that Alpine life right now, get down there faster than a pro on a black run.

Venue says Why not purchase one of our £50, £25 or £10 gift vouchers and pay us a visit when this has all passed? Available via the website

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Lodge d'Argent

Restaurants French Bank

Taking inspiration from the slopes of Courchevel, this year sees the Coq d'Argent transformed again into a wintery spectacular. Along with festive decorative touches, two Chalet-style huts available for private hire have been installed on the roof, and there are tables for guests wanting to sip on winter warmers and Hennessy cocktails. The food menu packs in some real wintery treats, too, including raclette. Brrrr-ing it on.

 

St Moritz

Restaurants Swiss Soho

Get an authentic slice of Switzerland slap-bang in the centre of Soho. St Moritz has had fans of après-ski cosying up in its wintry lodge of a restaurant for years. Its wooden shack frontage, Swiss flags and adorable window boxes set the tone as you enter, and skis are mounted on the walls indoors in case there was any doubting the St Moritz theme. Diners gather round the fondue pot like it’s the '80s, washing it down with a warming bottle of Swiss red.

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Laax baby!

Restaurants Mayfair

Swiss roll your way out of this bar after a banging sesh on the cheese and vin chaud. Laax baby! is a pop-up inside swanky Mews of Mayfair bar bringing a touch of Switzerland’s #slopelife to the posh London ’burb. Shots of frozen apple and sage gin should get the party started before you submurge yourself into fondue like it’s a bubbling, slope-top hottub. Ah, relaax!

Alpine Lodge at 100 Wardour Street
Alpine Lodge at 100 Wardour Street
Photograph: 100 Wardour Street

The Alpine Lodge at 100 Wardour St

Restaurants Global Soho

Stepping into 100 Wardour Street’s atrium this winter is the IRL equivalent of entering a snow globe, as the glass-ceilinged space has been given a seriously frosty makeover. Park yourself down on a fur-lined sofa and push the boat out with a champagne cocktail or two. The Ice Ice Baby is a wintery twist on a Negroni that should help help produce some fresh-off-the-slopes rosy cheeks.

Venue says Join us Sunday 27th Sept for Rewind Brunch with guest DJ Ras Kwame (Capital Xtra)! Enjoy old-school tunes brunch dishes & bottomless bubbles

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Piste at Archer Street

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Soho

Can't make it to the Alps this winter for a spot of skiing? Fear not, as Archer Street is here to make up for any après ski missing from your life. Festive cocktails and relaxing fur loungers will make up for the lack of a winter break, while banquette booths and alcoves will provide that all-important chalet warmth. 

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