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A Date to the Icebar, London
Well hey, new Burberry Trench, you beauty you…
I did it. I took the plunge and bought the item I have dreamed of buying for as long as I have adored fashion. It graces the backs of the majority of my favourite models and celebs, and lets be honest, they always look super cool wearing one. So a few weeks ago, I decided that this was the month I purchase; so I went for it. This is the Kensington Mid-Length Trench in Stone. Believe me, I tried on every colour, every length and the Sandringham and Kensington styles, and this is the one I finally chose, after about 90 minutes. And I know I made the right choice. It goes with pretty much everything I own and in the light-weight fabric, is great as a summer jacket to throw on, on those cooler days. I made a good choice that day.
I paired with a few of the usual suspects, plus this semi-opaque shimmery knit from Whistles, that I bought in the sale. We were on our way to the Icebar London, just off Regent Street for a date night. We’re making Wednesdays our date nights from now on, as it gets both of us ‘at home workers’ out of the house and experiencing some quality time.
Honestly, it wasn’t the tastiest date night we have ever had. Yet, it was up against some incredible competition. If you’ve been keeping up with our recent date nights, date outfits and restaurant reviews, you may have read about some wonderful London places to eat and drink. Yet, if I’m being totally honest with you here, this wouldn’t be on the list of places to visit soon. Whilst the bar upstairs is quite cool, with a somewhat Turkish Moroccan vibe, downstairs looks like an after thought. Almost as if the owners wanted to create the Icebar, and afterwards decided that in fact they needed a restaurant too.It was tucked in a downstairs room, which I’m pretty sure must be a club room, with no windows, no atmosphere and not much interior design. I hate to be so brutal, but it’s something both me and Alex agreed on. Alex was uncomfortable throughout the meal, whilst I was trying my best to enjoy it, but the food wasn’t much to write home about either, so we both left feeling rather disappointed. The food was okay, just not presented amazingly (I think it was the plates), with a fairly standard London menu and was also missing ingredients from the plate.
But then it was onto the Icebar…
We headed into the small Icebar, covered in thermal jackets and gloves. It is maybe 10 metres by 10 metres. I don’t know why I was expecting it to be larger. It costs £10 to enter the Icebar, and we couldn’t have stayed in there longer than 10 minutes. We left after five, as my hands had gone blue and we felt really uncomfortable in such temperatures. Again, not sure why I hadn’t expected it to be that cold. I’d had these visions of being able to sit in there, huddled together with tasty cocktails, all romantic and cute. When in fact, there were no seats and the cocktails were pretty awful. I’m not sure the last time I was poured a pre-mixed cocktail. It’s just not what I expected and again we felt rather let down.I think a visit to the Icebar could be a cute way to start off a date night, as something really unusual, but it’s somewhere you’d visit once and wouldn’t return to I think. There’s nothing enticing me back there. Perhaps if the cocktails had been astounding, it would have been another story. We enjoyed heading in there, but honestly, we wouldn’t revisit. Its one of those places that you see, as its quite a cool experience, but youd never really return to.
I hate to have been so honest and brutal with this, but there would be no point in me loving everywhere we went to, falsely, as you’ll only visit yourself and wonder why I had given it such a raving review. I also don’t want to sugarcoat everywhere we visit, or there would be no differentiation between what was phenomenal and what was great.
Have you visited? And would you go again? Did you have a different experience to us? I’d be interested to hear what you guys think!
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