Maria Carey might be 23 years into singing all she wants for Christmas is you but all I want is for it to snow at Christmas…and also the lion’s share of the £401 million jackpot waiting to be claimed tomorrow.

While the chances of me winning the lottery are uncertain…and according to statistics fairly unlikely too (a 21st century injustice) what is certain is having a white Christmas, as long as we’re a little vague about the definition. The ever-trendy hotel, Sanderson, has turned its Long Bar into a wintery haven complete with real (synthetic) snow!

Temporarily renamed to the Let it Snow bar over Christmas, guests will now find themselves in a winter alpine forest, complete with dangling birches and leaf covered floors. Follow the fairy light path to the bar which will be decorated with in crystal blues and shimmering icy whites. The drinks behind the bar have also been given a festive going over thanks to official drinks sponsor Bombay Sapphire Gin and Star of Bombay Gin; four new cocktails will be on the menu including the signature French 75, a mix of Star of Bombay Gin, Champagne, lemon juice and a sweet sugar syrup and citrus garnish.

A selection of warming bar snacks will be on offer such as a Turkey Mushroom Fritter with Candy Chestnut and Red Currant Hash, and Maple Roasted Brussel Sprout Skewers with Turmeric Bacon and Hazelnuts.

So with the white Christmas dilemma sorted I just need to work out how to make sure I win the MegaMillions…

‘Let it Snow’ will be at the Long Bar from Monday 11 December until Christmas Eve.