Still not making it up the slopes this year? If you're piste off at your lack of skiing this season, you'll be glad to know that the world of après is still very much within reach this winter. From cosy Alpine-themed bars to Champagne chalets and oozing fondues, these snowy spots are channelling major Val Thoren vibes in the heart of the capital. Strap on your goggles and check out our guide on where to après ski in London. After all, the snow must go on.
Found in the heart of Fulham, Neverland has once again undergone its annual transformation into the snow-topped Winterland. Decked out with cosy chalets and twinkling lights, this pop-up is one of the best places to après ski in London. Head here for hot mulled wine around a fire pit or an epic fondue experience, which will see you gorging on sourdough pizzas, gourmet burgers and lashings of the cheesy stuff.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Shoreditch's busy streets at Queen Of Hoxton's rooftop bar, which this year has taken on a gorgeous après-ski theme. Named Queen Of The Slopes, it's a wonderland of gingham and cowhide, not to mention fire pits and ski boots. And to keep yourself toasty, you can make s'mores and drink warming signature cocktails.
You'll find a full winter forest and hall split over two sprawling floors for Pergola On The Piste. Waltz your way through snow-topped Christmas trees or hunker down in a range of private chalets and comfy seating. Enjoy DJs and Alpine-themed food specials, and if you're feeling bold, grab your friends for a boozy shot-ski at the bar.
Returning on the 6th of November, Montague on the Gardens Ski Lodge is just about as close as you'll get to the Alps without boarding an EasyJet flight (and there's no excess fare to store your snow gear either). Offering pine trees, piste maps and actual falling snow, this gorgeous Holborn spot is a truly immersive affair. Ski lodge packages include everything from a festive floating buffet to glasses of mulled wine and much more.
The king of pop-ups is back, bringing winter-themed fun to the heart of Southbank. Offering a slightly more classy affair to the usually debaucherous après ski proceedings, Jimmy's Snow Globes are serving up oozing pots of cheese fondue, steak sharers and boozy hot chocolates. A wonderland of wooden cladding, faux fur throws and quaint ski memorabilia, the winter pods are the perfect spot to relax.
Skylight has long been a mainstay on London's winter bar scene and it's coming in hot this season with ice skating. Resident DJs will spin tracks 'til close, while guests gather around lantern-lit tables and hunker down in private igloos to dig into a selection of hearty dishes. There'll also be a menu of themed drinks, from a spiced mulled wine to a delicious hot chocolate.
One of the best venues for an après ski party in London, Aviary is back with iconic dining domes. In partnership with Monkey 47, their heated igloos are ideal for cosy evenings with pals and a few gin-tastic cocktails. Cuddle up and admire the gorgeous city views all while chowing down on your choice between an ooey gooey swiss cheese or chocolate fondue. Decisions, decisions.
A year-round celebration of all things Alpine, The White Haus is a quirky Farringdon pub that promises to transport you to the snow-capped mountains. Open from 12pm 'til late, it's the ideal place for a daytime bash, with warming fondues, aged sirloin steaks and bubble and squeak keeping you fuelled throughout. Perfect for romantic date nights alike, there's a choice of private spaces, from a snug winter lounge to a suspended gondola lift.
Haugen in Stratford brings Alpine antics to London all year round and we couldn't be happier. This date night dining den at The Pavillion boasts stunning Bauhaus-inspired architecture, for chalet vibes with a modern twist. The brasserie also offers up chicken schnitzel and steak tartare. Plus, there's a set brunch backed by beats from the slope and an après ski happy hour, where you can nab cocktails for just £7. Ski you at the bar.
Make your way to Coq D'Argent's rooftop and you'll be treated to a festive affair. This winter terrace is showcasing a wonderland of heated wooden cabins, decked out with plush blankets and pretty foliage. At Lodge D'Argent, you can cuddle up with lip-smacking Rémy Martin cocktails and alpine-themed canapes while admiring the beautiful London views.
Number One Park Lane
Situated in Mayfair, Number One Park Lane is flaunting a gorgeous winter terrace, Alpine Chalet. In partnership with Moët & Chandon, the venue is transforming their restaurant into a wintry dream, complete with heaters, Christmas trees, plush blankets, scrumptious alfresco eats, and signature Champagne sips. The ooey-gooey raclette and truffled macaroni and cheese are both must-haves.