An Icebar London experience review
When it comes to date nights, we are always looking for something unique, an experience that goes beyond the traditional dinner or cinema venture – something that leaves a lasting impression.
Icebar London satisfies the most difficult to please, a venue offering a plush ‘warm’ bar with delectable cocktails, a restaurant with a charming interior and decor and a sensory experience like no other, a bar crafted from 40 tonnes of Swedish ice from the Torne River.
Start your evening in the restaurant downstairs, where you will discover a warm and rustic interior. Surrounded by low lit lights with zig-zag filimants, red-brick ceilings and cosy leather seats tucked beneath hardwood tables. The perfect start to date night in London.
Add in Autumnal tones and a relaxed mood, alongside television screens evoking warmth with open log cabin fire videos playing on loop, and you have a beautiful setting and ambience for a romantic evening meal. Serious thought went into the décor, which is complimented by smooth jazz music.
So, what did I think of the Icebar London resturant?
The menu is concise but varied, with European cuisine to suit all tastes and three courses available if desired. The best bit? Vegetarian options are also readily available too.
Starters presented crispy tofu, cooked in breadcrumbs and garnished with pickled cucumber, toasted peanuts and spiced honey. A delicious tangy affair. Although, the tofu was delicious in its own right, its soft interior delicately coated made for something special.
For the main, stuffed peppers brimming with ricotta and a touch of spice (I somehow managed), alongside pistachio pesto and lightly fried quinoa. A variety of sides were also on offer to compliment, and I opted for the corn grilled in husks, a medley of sweetcorn, sour cream and spice once more.
To finish, an indulgent triple chocolate brownie, decorated with toasted marshmallow, salted caramel and ice cream with a crunchy twist. It is safe to say, we were very full and satisfied.
Top this spectacular dining with a variety of premium cocktails and you are on to a winner. My own Crumble was a delicious fruit medley, embellished with crumble detailing. My partner, opting for the Rum Blazer and was also drawn in by his fruity concoction, served warm with a rum kick to finish.
The restaurant is truly exquisite in its own right, a warm and luxurious environment that should be recognised in addition to the physical Icebar experience. The food is a varied affair, with lots of quirky touches.
So, what did I think of the Icebar London?
Warm and full, we prepared ourselves for the Icebar, sitting in the warm bar upstairs and unwinding beforehand. Once our allocated time came, we were ushered towards the room, faux-fur lined capes placed over heads and our gloves swinging to and fro as we shuffled like Arctic penguins into the bar.
Walking in, I must admit, I was very impressed. The latest instillation presents a Wild in the City theme with an abundance of safari and aquatic animals embracing the walls, sculptures and screens around the room, all brought to life as part of an exciting light show – it is a wonderful spectacle.
Although a little smaller than expected, this intimate venue was fabulous. It was fun, different and exciting. Making our way to the actual ice bar, we were presented with champagne cocktails in glasses made of ice. There is nothing quite like drinking bubbles from an ice glass and the colourful cocktails on offer make for some very pretty pictures indeed.
This sensory experience is simply incredible, thrusting you into a -5°C bar that is brought to life by artistic prowess. There is something quite extraordinary about sitting in a room of solid ice, bopping along to good music and a fabulous light show.
I would thoroughly recommend the entire experience for a date night or special occasion. You can take a peek at some more images from the night here.
What do you think of the Icebar London? Where is your favourite place for date night?
This experience was exchanged for an honest review