With the manic hustle and bustle that precedes Christmas Day, it can be difficult to make time for everything on our festive to-do lists. From the quaint markets of Vienna to New York’s Rockefeller Centre, there are so many wonderfully wintry experiences, but how to fit them all before the rapidly approaching day of the 25th? Not to forget that whether we like it or not, we may need to prioritize visits to our in-laws or relatives in our hometowns. However, if you’re desperately trying to fit a trip to the French Alps with not a date nor flight to spare, fear not.
While you may not technically be hitting the slopes, you can experience what is arguably the best part of a skiing holiday in the first place. We’re talking about après-ski of course! Take a trip to Gaucho’s Sloane Ski Lodge in conveniently close proximity to London’s city centre and get ready to throw yourself into the true festive spirit.
As soon as the working day is finished, head on down to the heart of Chelsea to discover Gaucho Sloane Avenue Ski Lodge. Putting the usual post-work drinks to shame, this brand-new, idyllic chalet is open from 5pm on a daily basis throughout the festive season, and is the perfect location to unwind in style.
To enter the hideout decked out in sparkling lights, Christmas trees, and chalet-decor, simply purchase a Ski Pass for £16. What’s included? A glass of Piaff champagne or two cocktails from the alpine-inspired menu as well as an evening filled with laughs, live music, and an escape from the corporate city into an oasis of festivity. What’s more, this pass can be used again and again for your regular dose of midweek cheer in the lead-up to Christmas.
If you’ve opted for the cocktail option, you’ll be most-pleased with the eclectic menu of tasty concoctions. Choose between the Back Flip, a delicious combination of El Jimador Reposado tequila, butterscotch schnapps, lemon and cinnamon; the Freestyle, a blend of El Jimador Reposado tequila, Aperol, pineapple, lime and mint; or opt for our personal favourite, the Après-Ski, made with El Jimador Blanco tequila, Green Chartreuse, Moose Alpine spirit, elderflower and Honey and Apple Espum.
If some fizz tickles your fancy instead, delight yourself with a glass of the elegant Piaff Champagne, the rosé blend or the original. As you sip on your refreshment of choice, allow yourself to be immersed into the bubble of festive cheer that surrounds you. Not to mention the live bands that take to the stage on Wednesdays, and DJs hitting the decks on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. What better place for a source of midweek merriment and a luxurious libation?
However, that’s not to say that this embellished lodge is destined for after-work beverages or a night out with friends. In fact, this is arguably one of London’s hottest spots for a festive date, with a mouth-watering menu offering après-ski indulgences such as the classic Swiss raclette with chorizo, cuadril, shrimps, vegetables and, of course, piles of melted cheese as well as cheese and Suffolk charcuterie boards.
What’s more, you can also order from the Gaucho à la carte menu and enjoy one of the restaurant’s signature, infamous carbon-neutral steaks. Cosy up beneath one of the woollen throws or capture a special moment together at the ski lift. Either way, this date-night allows you to experience the magic of the mountains together, without leaving the confines of The Square Mile. While it may not have been intentional, it’s also the perfect solution for early-stage couples who aren’t ready for their first trip away just yet!
In conclusion, before jumping to book your flights and hotels, take a look at the experiences on offer outside your front door first. When you can have aprés-ski in a sophisticated city steakhouse, who knows what else awaits? It’s the most wonderful time of year – experience it in the heart of London and look no further than Gaucho Sloane Ski Lodge for a frosty festive fix.
Location: 89 Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, London