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Valhalla Winter Viking Bar at Skylounge

November 26, 2014

EventsHotels & SpasLifestyleRestaurants & Bars | by Vicky Ilankovan

Skylounge-Nordic-terrace-01Flame cooked meat, Snow Queen Vodka, and the London skyline: how could you go wrong?

Skylounge, the rooftop bar at DoubleTree Hilton, has just launched a Valhalla Winter Viking Bar pop-up. The outside space has been transformed into a weather-proof wooden long house, complete with sheepskin throws, antlers, and even its own bear (Note: this may not be a suitable destination for vegans).

Drinks on offer range from hot drinks including a slightly bitter and warming mulled wine and the comforting honey flavours of heated Rekorderlig cider, to bespoke winter cocktails with authentic Viking names such as ‘Draugadrottin’ (translation, Lord of Death), a hot shot of honey, ginger, lemongrass tea, orange peel, nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, cloves or vanilla. Other alcoholic cocktails all contain Snow Queen Vodka alongside various fruit concoctions and come either as glasses or jugs; we recommend the ‘Glapside Queen’ (translation, Seducer) with her Aperol, sugar syrup and apple juice.

The food on offer is utterly fantastic, again with hot and cold offerings. The menu embraces the ‘hunter gatherer’ spirit of the Vikings with its beautifully marinated hunks of meat, ranging from supple, slow-cooked lamb to huge ribs, both of which you can’t help forsaking your cutlery for, opting instead to tear them apart with your bare hands.

For those less inclined to fully embrace the carnivore, in them, salmon and trout are also on offer, as well as cheese and cured meat platters, beetroot and curd, and mixed salads.

All this makes Valhalla a great space to drive away the winter blues in (especially with the amount of patio heaters and blankets dotted about the place). However, what makes it stand out and truly takes it to the level of its namesake is the view. There are few things better in life that swigging premium alcohol in a rustic barn atop a high building in London overlooking Tower Bridge, The Shard, The Gherkin, and all manner of buildings in between. We wholeheartedly recommend you take a visit to the Norse gods in their new home in Tower Hill.

Valhalla Vodka Bar is now open to the public Wednesday to Sunday 4pm-late


Vicky Ilankovan – Lifestyle Editor