This winter, the Alps will be only a stone’s throw from Holborn thanks to the Montague Ski Lodge.
We’ll level with you: there are loads of cosy ski lodges which will be popping up in London this winter. When it comes to mountain-top wonderlands, you are very much spoiled for choice. However! There is one that looks set to rise above the rest. It’s so cosy, so fancy, so Christmassy, that it might just have the others beaten. This winter, top Bloomsbury hotel The Montague on the Gardens are once again opening up their Montague Ski Lodge, and it looks like an alpine dreamland.
They may as well just put luxury in the name. The Montague has definitely earned each of its four stars – we’re talking about such delights as a safari-inspired Leopard Bar, or a private Cigar Terrace. Nice if you can get it! But as this is Christmas (almost), we’ll stop turning green with envy and instead fill ourselves with festive cheer. On November 16th, the Wood Deck will reopen as a stunning ski palace, bedecked in snow, ski gear, and pine trees. Looks utterly divine, right?
For those of you who think après-skiing is much more preferable to sliding down a mountain, this place will be right up your street. Falling snow provides the illusion of being in the mountains, whilst the ski racks and piste maps will give you at least some ski cred. Meanwhile, reindeer, snowmen, and ornate lanterns will complete the Christmas aesthetic, and that’s before we even mention the food. Oh yes, there’s always food.
From delicious nibbles to a filling Alpine platter, there’s plenty of grub to keep you warm and full. Since there are no actual pistes, you can’t burn if off by skiing, so you’ll need an excuse. Hmmm, how about… Christmas? Yeah, that’ll do! Wash that down with mulled cider, hot chocolate cocktails, Schnapps and flavoured vodka, and you’ll be happy as a pig in a blanket. Speaking of which, the adjacent Log Cabin has mountains of blankets, as well as comfy armchairs and a decorative fireplace. It’s a quieter spot, just perfect to sit and digest that intoxicating mix of deep-fried Camembert and mulled wine. And really, isn’t that what winter nights are all about?
The Montague Ski Lodge will be open from November 16th 2017 to January 20th 2018, and you can enquire about visiting here.
The Montague on the Gardens is at 15 Montague Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 5BJ. Nearest station is Russell Square.