Ice, Ice, Baby

10 Dec

I feel like I have been living in the capital long enough now to not consider myself a tourist. I tut when people come off the tube and stop on the platform right in front of me, and I have a serious sense of urgency when someone is standing on the wrong side of the escalator. It’s totally ridiculous and unquantified, but just like black bogeys, London changes a person.

Every now and then however, I like to jump on the tourist bandwagon, grab my camera, and go loco. Especially this time of year when the twinkly lights sparkle above the streets and the smell of winter is in the air. I develop a sense of camaraderie unseen through the rest of the year, and happily bump shoulder to shoulder with the ten million other people in Covent Garden wanting to experience the Christmas cheer.

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Me hooded up and defended against the ice

The IceBar recently generated that kind of touristy wonder for me. I have heard people talking about it and visiting, but I have never made the time to go for a visit myself. After the skiing incident, I don’t particularly like the cold, but with London coming over all Christmassy I felt I should join in.

And what better way to do something you want to do than by buying it for someone else? (I joke, the boy did want to go, but I also had a vested interest myself :) ) So I booked tickets.

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Team Ice Bar

Below Zero, London is fun, I’m not going to lie. The experience of queuing to get hooded up in a midnight blue hood with fur round the edge and mittens makes you very excited about the prospect, although the space is a bit small for the amount of people they try to cram in. The entire bar is made of ice, including the glass you get your cocktail in, which is included in the price. As I am super clumsy I had to be very careful about frisbee-ing my ice glass off the bar and losing my drink (I paid for that, goddamnit!) but on the whole its a one-off experience which would be great if you had visitors in town.

Have you been to an IceBar?

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2 Responses to “Ice, Ice, Baby”

  1. Holly December 18, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    I’ve never been to one but would love to! Looks fun!

  2. 1stpeaksteve December 18, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    Never been to an “Ice Bar” but our holiday Christmas party was at a hotel that has an exhibit called “Ice!”.

    The exhibit was nice…if you could enjoy the sub-zero temperature. They had an ice slide and it seemed that many were going slow due to their clothes or the blue robe they made us wear. If I am going to sit on ice – I want to go like fast as possible!! So I said nada on that idea!

    The other thing that gave me a sour face was the wall. On one side came the jackets from the people who just left their ice grave. The jackets went through the hole and into the bin. Attendent grabs the jackets and on you they go…over and over and over.

    At least I knew no one was sweating in them.

    I would rate the ice bar higher for a touristy experience.

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