Swoosh, swoosh, not the sound of me as I carve my way down a freshly snowed-upon alp, but the sound of the wonky wheel on my Boris Bike as I glide toward one of London’s many apres ski bars. Yes, you’re quite demonstrably not in Cour Cheval, braying with the smart set, but you’re also not several £k down or being heli-lifted from a mountainside with a fractured femur and dislocated shoulder. On balance, let’s hit the raclette in Chelsea.
Where: 4 Sotheron Place, Michael Road, Fulham, SW6 2EJ
The White Haus in Farringdon is an all-year-round perpetual ski chalet (no off-season mountain biking here), and they take it all very seriously. So seriously that the Ski Club Of Great Britain support it and use it as a base for their events. Which is a pretty ringing endorsement. The timber-clad chalet-style bar is strewn with sheepskin throws, cuckoo clocks and bits of old ski equipment. You can even book a vintage cable car, just to feel at home. The menu of Germanic staples like schnitzel, pickles and sauerkraut as well as a an extensive bier list.
Where: 17 Farringdon Street, Farringdon, EC4A 4AB
No, it’s not a garden shed with a novelty car horn sellotaped to the wall, it’s a ski lodge. Honest, guv. Coq D’Argent have devised Lodge d’Argent (not l’Odge Dargent), an apres ski experience in the heart of the city. Head to the terrace for a taste of the mountains, with winter-warming cocktails and a bar menu including alpine favourites that’ll make you feel like you’re thousands of feet up a mountain, not hundreds of feet about Cheapside!
Where: No 1 Poultry, Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Cannon Street (0.1 miles)
There’s a lot going on in Antigua and Barbuda, snorkelling, jet-skiing, sipping pina colada by the beach, but skiing – not so much. So what do you do if you’ve a Caribbean-themed bar in central London? Totally flip themes and embrace the alpine, that’s what. And so to Archer Street where they’ve about-turned into a full-on Alpine shrine. Gone are the palms and coconuts, and in with the antlers, the sheepskins and winter cocktails.
Where: 3-4 Archer Street, Soho, W1D 7AP
The whole alpine thing isn’t just about skiing, there’s skating too. At least, there is at Skylight. Apparently the only rooftop ice rink in Europe (we think this might need fact-checking), you can skate with the city rising behind you before hitting up the most skiing-y food of them all, raclette thanks to a Raclette Brothers’ popup.
Where: Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street entrance, St Katharine's and Wapping, E1W 2SF
Le Pont de la Tour have just upped their terrace game, with their own selection of cheese cabins, each with its very own private fondue waiter. The huts serve a delectable-sounding three course cheese-fest of a meal, with Champagne of course, all against the stunning backdrop of one of London’s best known views. Away from the huts, head to the terrace and snuggle under a rug while enjoying terrace life.
Where: 36d Shad Thames, Butlers Wharf, London, SE1 2YE, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.5 miles)
Does alpine fever know no boundaries? Presumably it does now because it’s just avalanched all over The actual Boundary Project. The menu at the alpy rooftop looks incredible (and at far more reasonable rates than any ski lodge!), with a Rose D’assemblage 1818 limited edition Veuve Clicquot cocktail, made by mixing the champagne with Hennesy V.S. damson liqueur and walnut bitters and perfect to accompany food including Alpine-inspired Cote Du Boeuf, Fondue Savoyard and, of course, Raclette!
Where: Entrance In Redchurch Street, 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DD