IceBar London is somewhere that’s always been on my bucket list of places to go but never quite got around to. In case you’ve never heard of it – imagine a bar where pretty much everything (walls, bar, glasses) is made out of pure ice.
Seeing snaps of friends curled up in huge ponchos with smiles and drinks was definitely giving me some FOMO on something that seemed incredibly unique. Thankfully, I somehow managed to get invited down to their press evening for the launch of their new design. And it’s AMAZING.
The Ice Bar changes its theme every year in September, and for 15/16’s look, the bar is embracing London’s diverse musical legacy by dubbing it ‘IceBar London Rocks’. Definitely a style I can get behind. Designed by scupltor Jens Thoms Ivarrson (known for Chanel’s ice catwalk, FYI), it celebrates the bar’s 10th year as the UK’s only permanent ice bar. Pretty cool, right? (It took me a whole two paragraphs to drop a pun. Actually quite proud.)
Arriving at the event (late, I totally blame my lovely other half, obviously), we sheepishly snuck into the back and managed to not miss an ice carving demonstration by the artist himself, followed by wine and canapes – including the most incredible chorizo roll. Seriously amazing – and they do have a full restaurant too!
Obviously, the big draw of the evening was the Ice Bar area itself – and it totally didn’t disappoint. The first thing I noticed entering the bar was the HUGE skull scuplture next to the bar area itself – and you can actually climb inside and peer out from the eyes!At the bar, we were served champagne in glasses actually made from ice (which is where the gloves attached to the poncho definitely make sense) – you can also order yourself a drink from a range of tasty rock-inspired cocktails.
I was so impressed with the level of detail that went into the designs – from the tattooed ‘rock chick’ on the wall to the bar decorated with punky studs – and one of the feature pieces and a total photo opportunity was the Throne of Rock. The blue and purple lighting was wonderfully atmospheric and really emphasised the ice as the light caught and reflected around the room.I did have to pop out for a little bit during the visit to warm up (I’m a ridiculously temperature-sensitive person!), but the temperature in IceBar London is definitely easily manageable for the 40 minute time slot you get and you warm up super quickly afterwards (especially if you pop on a ‘wine jacket’).