Farewell Pingu, it’s 2019 and igloos are so passé (although, ahem, watch out for our updated igloo guide later this week – we’re obsessed!), so what you’re really going to want this winter is a riverside hot tub. Because bubbling and boiling in the semi-nude as industrial barges chug their way into the next-door concrete works is what the Christmas season’s all about. That and fondue.
Welcome to Neverland (no, not that Neverland, this is the good one, in Fulham) where it’s fine to strip down to your smalls and jump in the hot tub with friends (again, not that Neverland) to celebrate the coming of winter. The famed Fulham beach is back in the form of The Nordic Woodland Hot Tub, a geography defying addition to their ‘Alpine Club’ this November (did someone confuse their Swedens and Switzerlands?).
When it comes to the hot tubs themselves, the so-called Nordic Woodland Hot Tub will be bubbling away for you and up to six mates. Waiters will be on-hand to wait on you wrinkly hand-and-foot with a steady flow of alcohol (mulled wine, beers and more) while you enjoy the Thamesside scenery. And the hot tubs are just one part of the Alpine Club’s hygge (isn’t that Scandi too?) makeover, creating a true ‘Nordic Alpine’ experience. Mooses (meese?) have somehow migrated from North America to the Alps to set up the ‘Moose Bar’, DJs and live bands are already lining up across Wandsworth Bridge for a winter of brilliant music and, yes, there’ll be more than enough igloos to go round too as the transparent domes open for business serving drinks and dinner all night long.
Once you’re at the beachside Alpine venue, head to The Lodge, home of the sort of apres ski food you crave after an adrenaline pumping, carb burning day on the slopes (or behind your desk in London). Dishes including ‘flameless cheesy fondue’ (too long have we endured flaming fondues), gourmet burgers, spicy chicken wings, macaroni cheese and sourdough wood-fired pizzas.
If you’re more of a man/woman-of-action then guests are invited to enjoy shuffleboard, beer pong, table tennis and arcade games, all found within the snowy confines of Neverland. If you’re a little less gladatorial, then take shelter in a fur-lined cabin or book out an igloo and just spend the evening relaxing and knocking back fondue.
Opening on Friday 7th November, make beach-side Alpine Club’s Nordic Woodland at Winterland London at Neverland (wow, that’s a mouthful) your base for the winter season.