Climbing the world’s tallest mountain can take its toll both physically and emotionally.
Sometimes it can be hard to see the point.
Which is why the hill stations dotted along the way to the summit are so very important. And paying homage to this is The Hill Station Bar – a tiny wooden refuge hidden in the midst of Tooting Broadway Market, offering weary travellers a refreshing pit stop on the way to – well, just about anywhere else in London.
As you meander down the market aisles, you’ll spot an incongruous but authentic-looking wooden mountain shack – one that will no doubt strike you as identical to one found in the Annapurna mountain range in Nepal.
God, you’re good.
Inside, there’s more reclaimed wood lining the walls, tables that seat just 12 made out of hammered silver tea trays, and a bar crafted out of the front of an Indian truck.
…And this is the summit of your particular journey. Because it’s here that you’ll receive your refreshment in the form of Himalayan-inspired, exotically fragranced cocktails. Cocktails like Yeti Sweat, a spiced rum number with velvet falernum shaken with fresh lime and a dash of overproof rum; Yak’s Milk, with Yunnan tea, whiskey, tamarind paste and, thankfully, no actual yak milk, and the Tenzing Julep, which combines mint with rum, bitters and nutmeg.
And if that’s not enough to satisfy your appetite, you can also order a flat-iron steak burger or mountain cheese platter, laden with sourdough and home-made saffron and pear chutney, by picking up their old-school telephone – direct to the chef – whenever you want.
Poor guy. He doesn’t Everest.
NOTE: The Hill Station Bar is now open Wed-Sun, 5pm-12am. You can find out more and book on their website HERE.
The Hill Station Bar, Unit 14 Broadway Market, 29 Tooting High Street, SW17 0RJ