London Gets Cozy

London, England is transforming into a one-stop-shop for travelers this winter. In addition to the usual magnificent stores and sales, abundance of restaurants, theater, and museums, now visitors and locals can cozy up by the fire and enjoy four cheese fondue at The Clubhouse Shoreditch, London’s first roof-top Alpine Lodge.

Grab your woolly mittens and scarf and head over to London, England this winter. While the city is typically known for its dreary and rainy weather, you’ll soon forget you have your umbrella stored in your purse when you head into the city’s first roof-top Alpine lodge, The Clubhouse Shoreditch.

From December through February, Jonathan Downey, owner of New York’s Milk & Honey, is offering guests the chance to cozy up around a toasty open fire and dine on wintery delights. The Clubhouse Shoreditch is offering dishes such as hot plates of Tartifelette, four cheese fondue, Pot au Feu, and of course, traditional desserts such as Bramley Apple Crumble topped with winter spices and clotted cream.

The lodge also serves a house recipe Vin Chaud (warm wine), ice cold Eristoffee vodka shots, and specialty Alpine cocktails served in tin camping mugs for a true après-ski feel. If you’re really in the mood for some drinking to take the edge off of the fact that you’re not actually skiing, the lodge serves Grey Goose Glaciers, 4.5 liters of vodka encased in a block of ice that will set you back approximately $975, or for those amongst us that prefer beer, they also serve an 88 pint barrel of beer with a hand pump so you can keep it flowing all night. Bottoms up!

If you’re not too busy trying to get the vodka out of the block of ice, or pumping 88 beers for your friends, take a minute to admire your surroundings. The entire lodge has been transformed into an alpine wonderland with an installation of the Mont Blanc Massif, fake snow, lights, and a vintage helicopter.

The Clubhouse Shoreditch is located above The East Room, which is a wine room, dining room, terrace and roof garden that has been open for a year. Typically it’s a members-only location; however, the Clubhouse Shoreditch up on the roof terrace is open to everyone during the day from Monday to Friday (from noon until 5pm) and all day Sunday from 11am until closing. If you want to rent out the space for a private party, they also do that for groups of 20-40 people.