Visit London Blog » cheese fondue Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:54:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Where to Enjoy Apres-Ski in London Fri, 22 Nov 2013 08:36:55 +0000

Whether or not you’re hitting the slopes this winter, you can enjoy the best part – the après-ski – right here in London. Sip a vin chaud, or indulge in a fondue, without a ski lift in sight at one of these Alpine-themed venues:

Montague Ski Lodge
With falling snow, pine trees, reindeer and piste-maps, the only thing that’s missing from the Montague on the Gardens’ Ski Lodge is a snow-clad mountain! As at any ski resort, entry is only possible with a lift pass. In this case, the £20 pass gets you three flavoured vodkas or cream liquers, and a cheese or chocolate fondue. Until end of Jan

Lodge d’Argent
City venue Coq d’Argent has turned its outdoor terrace into a sparkling winter wonderland, decorated with fairy lights, antlers, and snow globe-style jars. To ensure you won’t feel the cold, the terrace has been covered and heated. Get into the winter holiday spirit with hot toddies, mulled wine, fondue and cocktails. Until Feb

St Moritz Restaurant
Love cheese? Then head to St Moritz restaurant for a bubbling cheese fondue with a side of Swiss hospitality. The restaurant might be in Soho, but you’ll feel like you’re in the Alps as you dine among the cow bells and Swiss-chalet style décor. Other hearty fare on the menu includes steak, rosti and raclette – perfect after a full day on the slopes (or sightseeing).

Freeze Festival
This year, Freeze Festival has a new home on Clapham Common and will be treating boarders and skiers to four, yes four, themed après ski bars (Bavarian Haus, Metro Lodge, Ibiza Rocks The Snow Bar, Krazy Kangaroo). Other entertainment includes live music; ski and snowboard movies; and gnarly ski and snowboarding competitions, featuring some of the world’s best. 27 Nov-1 Dec. 

York & Albany’s Winter Cabin
As the cold weather sets in, get cosy at York & Albany’s Winter Cabin in Camden. Winter warmers include buttered rum hot chocolate, chestnut-infused bourbon cocktails, venison and red current sausage rolls and spiced Bloody Marys. Don’t miss the heated outdoor terrace, where you can wrap up in a blanket and toast marshmallows. Until 4 Jan (bookable for two hour periods from £30 per hour, suitable for groups of four to 12)

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Switzerland in London: Swissotel The Howard Tue, 05 Oct 2010 09:00:08 +0000

Last year Visit London enjoyed a taste of Switzerland at Swissôtel The Howard. So it seemed the perfect place to feature for Switzerland in our World in London series. Not only is the hotel celebrating its 30th year in London, but it has also just re-launched its wonderful Swiss chalet.

We asked Swissôtel‘s Marketing and Communications Executive, Anna Nuecken, what makes the hotel a little piece of Switzerland in London:

“You find Swiss elements throughout the hotel: Our award-winning Swiss circles [traditional papercut silhouettes] on the main entrance and projected in the lobby represent Switzerland’s diversity and tradition of fine craftsmanship.

Also, the prominent Swiss fashion designer Ida Gut has created an original doorman’s uniform for Swissôtel. She worked in collaboration with the well-known Appenzell-based goldsmith and traditional Alpine craftsman Sebastian Fässler. Fässler produces bell straps, belts and buckles using techniques learned from his father. For the new tailor-made porters’ uniforms, he brought his characteristic style to the silver-ornamented shoe buckles and the silver buttons.

Guests enjoying breakfast at the hotel will profit from the Swiss breakfast corner which includes specialties from Switzerland such as dried beef and Bircher muesli. Our 12 Temple Place Restaurant also serves Swiss dishes, such as veal zurichoise with potato roesti.”

Even the Swiss chalet, temporarily located in the hotel’s Garden Courtyard, has plenty of authentic Swiss touches:

“The Swiss chalet resembles its sisters in the Alps as Swissôtel imported handcrafted and traditional interiors (some up to 250 years old) all the way from Switzerland to ensure the same cosy atmosphere guests would find in an Alpine Chalet. Examples are the antique wooden chair with marquetry from the Swiss town Brienz and the Swiss wooden trunk that dates from 1780.”

In the chalet, guests can gorge themselves on cheese fondue served with bread and charcuterie. But what makes the perfect Swiss fondue?

“The perfect Swiss fondue is “moitié-moitié” which means “half-half”. Half of the fondue cheese is Gruyère and the other half Vacherin cheese from Fribourg. You add some garlic and drops of Kirsch schnapps, stir and heat it up. Very easy and cheesy!”

Swiss Nights in the Swiss chalet every Tuesday and Saturday from 6pm. £29 per person including starter, fondue, dessert and glass of schnapps. Until 11 Mar 2011

Where else can you experience Switzerland in London? Let us know in the comments below.

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A Cheesy Evening at Swissôtel The Howard’s Swiss Chalet Fri, 05 Mar 2010 11:51:52 +0000 Chalet at Swissotel The Howard Fireplace Cuckoo clock Antler lamp Table in the chalet View from the Swissotel

Last night I enjoyed my first ever cheese fondue at Swissôtel The Howard’s Swiss chalet. The chalet offers all the fun of the après-ski without a gnarly snowboarder in sight!

We enjoyed a carbolicious meal of bread, melted cheese, cold cuts of meat, salad and a delicious apple strudel. The fondue was made with three different cheeses and a generous amount of white wine and kirsch, which gave it a lovely boozy taste.

The cute wooden chalet is filled with authentic Swiss touches – from the antler lampshade to the roaring fire. (Actually it’s not a real fire, or real antlers, but they still look good!) Even the music is Swiss.

I’d highly recommend a trip to Swissôtel‘s chalet – all that dipping and swirling the bread in the gooey cheese definitely makes it more fun than your average restaurant meal and being in the chalet made me feel like I was on holiday.

And if your tummy’s too full of cheese to stagger home, book a room with a river view – the panoramic view across London is stunning and includes the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Canary Wharf and Tower Bridge. It’s no wonder they’ve based their afternoon tea on London landmarks!

The Swiss chalet is open every Tuesday and Thursday, 6pm-10pm until 30 April 2010. £23 per person, minimum two people.

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