7 Of The Best Ski Lodge Bars

By Phil Clarke |
28th January 2019

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.

Chel-Ski

Chel-Ski

Proving you don’t need to go to the mountain-region of Milton Keynes to engage in fake skiing, Chel-Ski gives you the chance to do it here in London without even leaving Fulham. What’s more, they’ve got the official largest print ever made of Mont Blanc, covering an entire wall. Once you’ve brushed up on your snowplough, hit the après ski at Chel-Ski’s St. Moritz Alpine bar. Open seven days a week, it’s the perfect place to sip a glass of wine, a post-work Aperol Spritz or alpine themed bar snacks, which can be pre-booked so that guests can be ‘transported into the mountains and feel like they are in the Swiss Alps’. Which will be confusing given the giant Mont Blanc picture which is definitely in France. Or Italy. Not Switzerland.

Where: 4 Sotheron Place, Michael Road, Fulham, SW6 2EJ
Website: www.chel-ski.uk

The White Haus

The White Haus

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
Website: www.thewhitehaus.co.uk

Coq d'Argent

Coq d'Argent

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)
Website: www.coqdargent.co.uk

Archer Street

Archer Street

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
Website: www.archerstreet.co.uk

Skylight

Skylight

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
Website: www.skylightlondon.com

Le Pont de la Tour

Le Pont de la Tour

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)
Website: www.lepontdelatour.co.uk

The Boundary Project

The Boundary Project

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
Website: www.boundary.london/

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