Visit London Blog » coq d’argent Enjoy the very best of London Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:00:10 +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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Five Rooftop Gardens in London Fri, 05 Jul 2013 15:07:08 +0000

When the sun is out in London, the city comes alive – and the last place you want to be is indoors. As well as rooftop cinemas, London is home to some amazing rooftop gardens. And with amazing views over the capital, it still counts as sightseeing – even if you are sipping a cocktail at the same time!

The Roof Gardens
The Roof Gardens are located 100 feet above Kensington High Street and are in a word: incredible. There are three lush gardens in total spreading over 1.5 acres: the Spanish Garden, based on the Alhambra in Granada; Tudor Garden, with sweet-smelling roses, lilies and lavender; and English Woodland, home to four flamingos. The gardens are free to enter – but call in advance to check there’s no private event booked in. Alternatively, reserve a table in the award-winning Babylon restaurant, which looks over the English Woodland Garden, for a feast of fresh, seasonal British cuisine.

Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden Cafe/Bar
Many people walk along London’s Southbank in search of a café without realising there’s one above their heads: the Roof Garden Cafe/Bar perched on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Designed by the Eden Project, it boasts amazing views over the river Thames, plus a café/bar, allotment, fruit trees and wild flowers. Pop in for a lunchtime sandwich, afternoon sweet treat or evening cocktail.

Coq d’Argent
Amid the hubbub of London’s historic financial district sits the oasis that is Coq d’Argent. Far from the madding crowds below, you can enjoy classic French cuisine al fresco on the restaurant’s outdoor terraces. There is also additional seating in its landscaped garden, with fantastic views over the old and new architecture of the City of London.

Dalston Roof Park
With a café, bar, public barbecue, volunteer-managed garden and solar panels (which power the building), Dalston Roof Park is an eco-friendly haven in this hip and happening corner of east London. Before you go, check the events calendar and sign up for membership on the Dalston Park website. It’s only £3 and the money goes towards the charity behind the park, Bootstrap Company.

Japanese-style garden at SOAS
SOAS is London’s renowned School of Oriental and African Studies, so it’s not surprising its rooftop garden (atop the Brunei Gallery) nods to Japanese culture. While you’ll find few plants beyond creeping wisteria and lemon thyme, the bespoke design and stone arrangements make it a calm, peaceful spot – perfect for meditation or some thinking time. Look out for the Kanji character, meaning forgiveness, engraved on the garden’s granite water basin.

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