London's best alpine pop-ups and apres ski bars

Published December 5th, 2015

Think there's no apres without ski? Think again. With the ski season already upon the Northern Hemisphere and Christmas just around the corner, England's capital is a-flood with winter-themed pop-ups and bars.

Although you won't find any blue, green or black runs around the city, these bars provide a great place to unwind and soak up a bit of faux snow bunny atmosphere. Here's where you can get your apres on in London.

Jimmy's pop-up at The Lodge, Clapham

Jimmy Garcia’s alpine pop-up at The Lodge is back by popular demand this winter after a successful first year in 2014.

Hot toddies and genepi are on offer and, while the menu changes daily, fondue is a permanent fixture. Expect wooden, chalet-style furnishings, vintage ski posters and all manner of mountain paraphernalia adorning the walls.

Piste Bar, Archer Street, Soho

For the winter months, Piste Bar is decked out with all the luxuries of an Alpine lodge – think log fires, fur-lined loungers, and stools and snowshoes adorning the walls. The mountain vibe is bolstered by the range of cocktails, each of which is named after a ski resort.

Choose from Lech (tequila, vermouth and fresh lime juice), Aspen (gin, kumquat marmalade and nettle tea) or Chamonix (rum, apricot liqueur and pineapple juice), or go off piste, literally, with an Off-Piste shooter (Ciroc berry vodka, lemon juice and pistachio syrup).

Rekorderlig Cider Lodge, Southbank Centre, Southbank

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The Swedish Cider Lodge has returned to Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival, from Friday November 20 2015 to Sunday January 17 2016.

Offering Scandinavian style, culture, food and drink, the seasonal Swedish wonderland is complete with traditional fire pits, classic Swedish furniture, authentic Swedish food and, of course, Rekorderlig cider, served hot or cold.

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Lodge d’Argent, Coq d’Argent, Bank

This apres-ski pop-up bar and terrace runs till the end of February 2016, offering the rustic charm and chilled atmosphere of a traditional French chalet. There are vintage ski props, furry blankets and snow globe-style jars with miniature polar bears inside.

A selection of cognac-based, Alpine-themed cocktails is available, including ones named Downhill, Ski Warmer and Alpine Sour. Food is typical Savoyard fare, such as charcuterie, tartiflette, raclette and fondue.

Bodo's Schloss, Kensington

No list of apres hangouts in this fair city would be complete without Bodo's, an Alpine restaurant, bar and disco all in one.

Inspired by the wild apres the Austrians are famous for, it has a menu that includes mountain classics like schnitzel and strudel, and a choice of Alpine-inspired cocktails, schnapps and steins of European beer.

Oh, and the staff are cruelly made to wear lederhosen and dirndls for a more 'authentic' atmosphere. Poor things. Open all year round. If you're feeling flush, the Wishing Well sharing cocktail, serving eight to 10, is a steal. Gulp.

CNTNR, Canary Wharf

Craft beers, gluhwein, cocktails and reindeer heads on the wall are brought together for this new pop-up aprees bar in Canary Wharf.

Icebar London, Mayfair

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What could be more evocative of the mountains than drinking inside a bar made of ice? Ice walls, ice sculptures, ice cocktails – it really is one big frozen party.

Don't worry about hypothermia though; sessions are limited to 40 minutes, and gloves and thermal capes are provided to keep visitors from turning blue.

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