Yes, it’s getting cold, yes it’s getting dark at 6pm and yes, there’s a set of igloos-cum-dining rooms on the Southbank making the whole ordeal seem a little more pleasant.
For the next couple of months, Jimmy’s pop-ups, the acclaimed nomadic catering company, will be setting up ‘the ultimate Alpine foodie retreat’, snatching the fondue, hot-toddies and fire pits from the mountains and snow and plonking them on the fair-lit riverside walk.
As a centrepiece, there’ll be a two-storey wooden cabin up top, a ticketed dining-room serving mulled wine cured gravlax salmon and game terrine on brioche to start, followed by fondue served with dunkable chunks of charcuterie, potatoes and salad.Below this, the cabin hosts a chilled streetfood grill – think raclette burgers, wild boar and apple hot dogs, and fries dusted in parmesan and truffle oil.
Too cool for the public restaurant? Handy that they’ve set a squadron of private dining snowglobes, igloo-esque pods dotted along the Thames with room for up to ten people. Foodie offerings include a trio of canapés, fondue (naturally), plus the option of a Côte de Boeuf with charred broccoli and salted almonds to share.
Not peckish? You will be. But in the meantime there’s a heated riverside bar, fire-pits, a canopy roof and an array of winter warmers – hot toddies and seasonal cocktails – to heat those frosty fingers as winter gets into its stride.