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Après-Ski in the Heart of London, Minus the Whole Skiing Bit

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  Site Where: 15 Montague Street, London, United Kingdom, WC1B 5BJ
October 14, 2011 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Us Hotel Chatter-ers on the ground in London were recently unnerved at the site of boxed minced pies in our local Marks & Spencer. Holiday season: it has begun. Shudder.

Local hotels are gearing up in kind, crafting robust packages to spread a little Christmas cheer to their winter patrons (and cheer to those handling the profit-raking side of things). The Montague on the Gardens has gone over the top in conceiving of yule tide offerings, cobbling together a—wait for it—"magical winter wonderland" on their Wood Deck. And yes, there will be reindeer.

The gorge of seasonal merriment will also include falling snow, snowmen, and ski racks, a bizarre pastiche of sights intended to warm even the most Scrooge-like guests. If none of the aforementioned seems appealing, you can always knock back one or more of the 12 flavored vodkas (one for each of the 12 days of Christmas, natch) to lift your spirits. We bet that Santa and crew will look a lot more charming if you can find some Grey Goose in that pear tree.

Staging an après-ski environment may seem slightly bizarre, but no more so than the vomitus of fairy lights and fake pine trees you're sure to find on any high street. So, if you're up for roasted chestnuts and the like this winter, you can book a room at the Montague and get a Guest Pass that includes access to the space (rates start at £205 for two nights), or purchase a Personal Pass for a mere £20, which will get you three flavored vodkas and a food tasting platter. The Christmas Party Pass is priced slightly higher at £83, but this includes an X-Mas barbecue buffet, DJ entertainment, half a bottle of wine, and canapés. Get your Rudolph on by clicking here.

[Photo: Montague on the Gardens]

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