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Create a vodka for a free stay at The Montague!
We’ve already revealed how the outdoor Wood Deck at The Montague on the Gardens will be transformed into a central London Alpine ski lodge throughout December – a sort of apres-ski bar without the ski.
Now we’ve even had a sneak preview of the festive atmosphere thanks to a party attended by London Hotels Insight and other bloggers recently. As you can see from the pictures, the hotel’s staff certainly didn’t hold back in providing us with an early dose of the Christmas spirit!
The “winter wonderland” we saw with our own eyes was decorated with snow, pine trees and twinkling Christmas fairy lights – in fact, throughout the evening, it was hard to imagine that we were in the heart of Bloomsbury and just a stone’s throw from the British Museum!
When it opens to the public in December, the Montague ski lodge will be centred around a vodka bar. The expert mixologists at the boutique London hotel beavered away during the party, blending festive flavours such as cranberry, cinnamon and spiced apple to serve up a real treat.
A group of party guests even spontaneously invented the “Jaffa Cake” - a combo of the chocolate and orange vodkas which were two of the most popular choices during the evening (created simply by following-up a swig of one with a gulp of the other!). It was utterly delicious!
If, after all that vodka, you need a little something to soak it up, the hotel’s outdoor BBQ - usually so popular in the summer months - will also be alight. It will serve up seasonal nibbles like bratwurst, mini turkey burgers and roasted chestnuts, a selection of which we tasted during the party.
And if you think you’ll need a little more than a BBQ to keep you warm outdoors in London’s chilliest month, never fear. There’ll be big woolly rugs to keep guests snug, and you can combat the cold with mulled wine and mugs of steaming hot chocolate. Absolute heaven.
Win a night’s stay at the Montague on the Gardens Hotel
The 12 Vodkas of Christmas currently only feature 10 flavoured vodkas. So the hotel needs your help to suggest two more to complete the dozen…
Submit your idea of a festive flavour on the Red Carnation Hotels blog and if it’s picked as one of the two winners, you’ll win a one-night stay in a luxury room for 2 people, including breakfast and a festive afternoon tea. Plus you’ll snare a bottle of your winning flavoured vodka to take home and have bragging rights when you take your friends to the bar to try it!
But hurry and get your entries in soon – the competition closes on 11th November. Get the full details on the Red Carnation Hotels blog - where you’ll find there are already a number of very enticing festive entries like “Merry Berry Christmas” (cranberry & cherry) and “Gløgg-ka” (mulled wine flavour) – they all sound totally scrumptious to us!
Photo credits: The Montague on the Gardens, LondonisCool.com blog.