Icebar London is somewhere that I have been dying to visit for ages but always thought was way out of my student price range. When Alice told me she was coming up to London for the day from Southampton, I decided I had to make the most of the short time that she was visiting and braced myself for the prices when I looked online. I was so pleasantly surprised! If booking in advance and going during on of the off-peak times (anytime Sunday-Wednesday or up until 5.45pm on Thursdays), you can buy entry to the Icebar including a thermal cap and gloves and a spirit based cocktail for £13!
The staff were so friendly and after giving us a little insight into the history of Icebar and what we should expect, we kept our coats on, had a cloak thrown over our heads, and stepped inside.
Our first port of call was the bar, obviously, where Alice went for a Li’l Tart (you are what you eat) and I decided on a Tropical Sensation. When we saw the size of the cocktails, we were a bit disappointed, but they were so strong and as the ice glass melted, it watered them down making them last for such a long time!
The room was much smaller than we thought it would be but instead of feeling cramped, it was intimate and cosy (for a room made out of ice).
After 40 minutes, our session was over, and it’s probably for the best as some people were beginning to go a little crazy.
We stepped out into what suddenly felt like warm London air and had to restrain ourselves from taking our coats off. By this point, we were getting the munchies and suddenly remembered that Central London on a Thursday night without a table reservation is very different from anywhere else, so after making a call to a certain shrimp restaurant and finding out they only took walk ins, we hurried off towards Leicester Square with our thawed out fingers crossed.
I am a big seafood fan and also a big Forrest Gump fan but when I first found out about Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., I was a bit apprehensive about giving it a go. I shouldn’t have worried though!
We only had to wait for about 10 minutes in the gift shop downstairs until a table was available upstairs.
They have the best system of getting service where if you’re fine and still having a look at the menu, you set the sign to ‘Run Forrest Run’ but once you’ve decided on your meal or if you just need something from one of the waiting staff, you flip it over to ‘Stop Forrest Stop’. It was such a good way of getting their attention quickly without stopping your conversation and leaning awkwardly out of the booth in order to catch someone’s attention. It also meant that you weren’t bothered while you were eating which can happen in some restaurants.
We had a great big booth which could have sat 8 people all to ourselves which is very rare to find in London as most restaurants try to squeeze as many people in as possible!
They also have these awesome little ping-pong bats with all of the cocktails listed!
We went for the ‘Run Across America Sampler’ platter to share as we couldn’t really decide what we wanted which came with Bubba’s Far Out Dip and Chips, Chilled Peel ‘n’ Eat Shrimp, spicy Chicken Strips, Hush Pups, and Mama Blue’s Fried Shrimp. To be honest, we didn’t really know what we were ordering but were happy when it came! The spicy chicken strips were amazing but I wasn’t keen on ‘Bubba’s Far Out Dip’.
For our mains, we both ordered the ‘All-American Burgers & Fries’ with all the toppings as we were a bit fished out! The meat was cooked to perfection and the fries were good but nothing special.
At the beginning of the meal, I was looking forward to dessert and had my heart set on the chocolate chip cookie sundae but when it came to it, neither of us had any room left so I will definitely be going back to get it!
The service was amazing and the staff so helpful, we were even treated to a Forrest Gump quiz while settling the bill at the end which Alice aced!