To finish Time Out’s 12 Days of Christmas giveaway with a bang, we have a very special prize for one lucky reader. You and a friend could experience a winter break with a difference with a three-night stay at the world famous Icehotel in Swedish Lapland.
Flying direct from London Heathrow on Discover the World’s exclusive direct flight, you’ll be in this pristine winter wonderland in just over three hours. From the dazzling ice Art Suites to a wealth of thrilling winter activities, including husky safaris and snowmobile adventures, the Icehotel never fails to impress. Built to a unique design each year, it’s an incredible place to spend the night and this winter promises to be an extra special time to visit as the Icehotel celebrates its 25th anniversary. To mark the occasion, there will be a programme of special events in the aurora hall. And fingers crossed, the northern lights might even add to this already incredible winter break.
Clapham High Street’s a great place to meet up for a drink, with a couple of dozen bars and pubs vying for your attention like plaintive puppies in a dog’s home. But what many of them lack is ambition in the kitchen. They often start out well, but within months they become weekend drinking holes, with the food as mere ballast. Mommi is different. Although its large corner site superficially seems like a dozen others in the street – outdoor tables, sturdy-looking doorman, prominent bar counter – the grill and ‘raw bar’ have been set up to attract all-week custom, drinkers or not. Most passers-by will, like us, be drawn in by curiosity, and a drinks list that offers something a little different. There’s a Japanese-style (but Belgian-brewed) white ale called Kagua, with a distinctive citrus aroma; wines by the glass that are all South American, including a tannat from Uruguay; and pretty cocktails, all helpfully pegged at £8.50. Then you notice the open kitchen, with its dozen or so international staff wearing Japanese-style chef headbands. There’s a charcoal grill and sushi counter, preparing Japanese-Peruvian dishes (not an improbable fusion, as many of Peru’s best restaurants reflect the strong Japanese influence there). The small plates are beautiful to behold, Japanese tableware with artistic ingredient assembly. Raw tuna is seared (tataki), leaving the inside ruby-red, and featured the non-Japanese truffle oil along with toppings of perfectly crisp fried garlic sliver
Venue says: “Fancy 40% off your food bill? Book in for Sunday or Monday night from 5.30pm.”