Can’t afford a skiing holiday? Don’t worry about it…
Heavy Alpine food is all about replacing energy spent out on the piste. Though it’s equally important to refuel after a long trip on the Northern line. Don’t leave Balham, then, without coming here to sup mulled cider and dip bread into a fondue of melted Neal’s Yard cheeses, in what looks for all the world like a cosy wooden ski chalet. 9 Hildreth St, SW12 9RQ.
Selfridges has spruced up its roof, fir real. At Le Chalet, nestle among the pines with a blanket and a ‘choctail’ (boozy hot chocolate) while sampling such Alpine treats as raclette (a Swiss meltedcheese dish), strudel and deep-fried frog’s legs. 400 Oxford St, W1A 1AB.
You need a few bob to go ski-ing, which may explain the name of this chalet pop-up (‘The Money Lodge’). It’s part of swanky restaurant Coq d’Argent (‘The Money Cock’? It is close to Bank). And it’s serving up the cheesy trinity of raclette, tartiflette and fondue. Coq d’Argent, 1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ.
Soho’s answer to the Alpine après-ski scene offers an authentic experience, which means you’re encouraged to behave as incorrigibly as any other Brit abroad: ordering in garbled Franglais; dancing on tables; belting out ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham! etc. Let things go downhill – in a good way. Archer Street, 3-4 Archer St, W1D 7AP.
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