The trouble with après-ski is that it usually requires a trip to the Alps. And a day of arduous skiing beforehand. Well, not anymore. London’s good-time virtuosos have introduced après-ski to the capital – check out these cool alpine-inspired pop-ups
1 Balham Peaks, The Devonshire
Ski season has arrived at The Devonshire in Balham, or at least the boozy après-ski bit has. With five covered and heated chalets, the season of hot toddies and fondue is on! Tuck into a Swiss Alps Burger or Balham Wurst with sides of sweet potato fries and a melted gruyere cheese topping and lubricate with mulled wine or cider, a winter Negroni or The Nutcracker Espresso Martini. Packages for 10 begin at just £4.45 per person and include a round of apres-ski-inspired shots with a choice of Jäger or toffee vodka. Upgrade your package with cheese or chocolate fondue, and urns of mulled wine or rum punch, as well as gin tastings, cocktail masterclasses and even a silent disco.
39 Balham High Road SW12 9AN; thedevonshirebalham.co.uk
2 Bar Hütte Debut at Hyde Park
Bar Hütte debut’s at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland this year and they’re inviting you in for a Christmas Party. Winter Wonderland’s unique take on Alpine Après Ski offers pre-bookable hüttes with festive lights, rustic wooden décor and karaoke machines in each hut, as well as cocktails and a waiter to serve hot and cold refreshments. Rent out your personal Bar Hütte for a private celebration with up to 10 or 20 people. Every hütte comes complete with festive lights and rustic wooden décor. Upgrades are available to include alpine blankets, fancy dress and champagne. £14-£18pp per hour for adults and £7-£9pp per hour for kids. Upgrade options start from £20 (the champagne upgrade is £50 per bottle). Open till 1 January 2018.
Hyde Park W2 2UH; hydeparkwinterwonderland.com
3 #AprèsWithAView at Radio Rooftop
Experience an Alpine atmosphere in central London in one of Radio Rooftop Bar’s private cable cars. Radio Rooftop has panoramic views of iconic landmarks like Somerset House, The Shard and St Paul’s Cathedral. Guests booking #AprèsWithAView will be handed their lift pass on arrival at ME London, before being led to a luxuriously furnished cable car to enjoy winter cocktails such as spiced rum eggnog served in chocolate cups, champagne and truffle cheese fondue. DJs, candles, faux fur throws and table service mean you’ll be fully immersed in the cosy winter experience. Available to book for groups of up to 10 for a total price of £650. Open until 30 March 2018.
336-337 Strand WC2R 1HA; melondonhotel.com/alpine
4 Chalet Bordel at Joyeux Bordel
Chalet Bordel is back! The group behind Experimental Cocktail Club has once again transformed its celebrated Shoreditch basement bar Joyeux Bordel into Chalet Bordel, an après-ski residence. Decked out with skis, sledges and snow – with a few surprises in store – Chalet Brodel showcases classic après-ski drinks (think Buttered Old Fashioned and whiskies with beer chasers), paired with mountain delights like Androuet three cheeses, saucisse seche and burrata. Open till Tues-Thurs from 6pm-2am and Friday-Saturday from 6pm-3am. Open from 18-31 December.
147 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3QE; joyeuxbordel.com
5 PISTE at Archer Street Cocktail Bar
PISTE returns to Archer Street Cocktail Bar in Soho for a lengthy winter season, open from November until early May 2018. The luxurious ski lodge with fur-lined seats and antlers bedecking the walls offers the ideal après-ski environment with an array of winter cocktails like Santa Claus is Coming to Town (vodka, gingerbread syrup, orange juice and dark cocoa) and Last Christmas (gin, Cointreau, cherry and cinnamon purée, apple juice and lemon). PISTE will also play host to Archer Street’s talented singers who will sing the greatest all-time hits of Christmas.
3-4 Archer Street, Soho W1D 7AP; archerstreet.co.uk
6 Belgo Centraal’s Secret Ski Lodge
London’s much-loved Belgium-inspired restaurant, Belgo, has transformed a disused service lift into a ski lodge brimming with social media activity at its Centraal site in Covent Garden. Teaming up with Belgium beer brand Vedett, Belgo is taking guests on a journey beyond towering burgers and bubble waffles with personalised Christmas presents. Head down with friends on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm-10pm during the month of December and collect a personalised beer bottle with your very own image on. Outside of those times, guests are welcome to stay warm in the space and take a wintery GIF with their friends to commemorate the experience. The Secret Ski Lodge will be running at Belgo Centraal for the month of December.
50 Earlham Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9LJ; belgo.com