On Monday evening, after attempting to sleep off a night shift, I hopped on the train and headed to London for the most recent LDN Meet Up event – #BloggersBelowZero. The event was held at ICEBAR London, and organised by their Head of Sales and Marketing, Tom and the lovely Lauren from Blonde Vision. It was an evening of cocktails, networking and experiencing the uniqueness of the ICEBAR London.
At around 6PM a large bunch of bloggers including myself arrived at the ICEBAR, which is only a short walk away from Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus Underground stations making it a great location when visiting London. Upon arrival we were given a coloured wristband which represented the time that we would enter the actual ICEBAR, and a slip of paper that would help us with networking later on. We were then treated to cocktails and canapés in the ICEBAR’s warm dining and bar area, which has a lovely vibe to it, and felt almost like a chalet you’d get when skiing. I had a few of their special ‘Suicide Blonde’ cocktails which contained Absolut Vodka, Prosecco, fresh lime and elderflower cordial – it wasn’t a drink I would normally opt for but they were absolutely delicious!
After having a bit to drink, a few canapés, meeting and talking to other bloggers, Tom from the IceBar gave a quick yet interesting speech about the venue, and also expressed his support and recognition for us bloggers, which was lovely to hear. In our allotted time slots, we then headed upstairs to the ICEBAR itself, and were provided with the warmest thermal capes, with attached gloves and a hood as well as a drink token for the bar.
Each year the ICEBAR change the theme of the venue, which means you can visit more than once and see something new – a great idea in my opinion. This year the theme is ‘ICEBAR London Rocks’ and features various guitars, drum sets, skulls and stars along with a throne – which makes for perfect pictures! Everything within the actual ICEBAR itself is made out of crystal clear ice harvested especially from a frozen river in Sweden. It’s the only permanent bar made of ice in the UK and is kept at a rather chilly -5°C all year round. Each slot in the actual ICEBAR is for forty minutes, which I thought may be too long in the cold, but it’s actually not at all, and went so quickly! The sculptures and carvings inside are incredible, so there’s plenty to look at and a lot of great photo opportunities! Included within the booking price of the ICEBAR is a spirit based cocktail, inside an ice glass that you can pick from their specially themed menu. I opted for the ‘We Will Rock You’ which contained Absolut Vodka, Passoa, Passion Fruit Purée, Lychee Juice, Lemon Juice and again was absolutely delicious – I’d definitely recommend this one if you’re going to make a visit!
I didn’t think that I would be able to do the ICEBAR justice with words alone so I took loads of photos throughout the night to show you guys what it properly looks like. I finally whittled it down to the ones below – hopefully you’ll be able to get a taste of how amazing the evening was, and how incredible the ICEBAR really is…
Overall, I had an amazing evening at the ICEBAR London – I’d definitely recommend popping down if you’re in/around or visiting London. It’s a completely unique experience, and unlike anything that I’ve ever been to before. I’m really glad I was able go along as it’s been on my bucket list for a while and I’ve finally been able to tick it off – although I’m sure to be paying another visit again soon as I enjoyed it so much! A HUGE thank you to ICEBAR London for having us, and to Lauren for organising a wonderful event – it was such a fun evening!
Have you visited an ICEBAR before? Is it something you’d be interested in doing? Doesn’t it look like fun?! As always, I’d love to have a read of your thoughts in the comments, and thank you so much for reading!
* The ICEBAR experience was complimentary, although as always, all opinions and thoughts remain my own. For more information, see my Disclaimer *