The alpine-themed all-day eating, drinking and entertainment venue will showcase donated vintage ski memorabilia from the Ski Club of Great Britain whose former headquarters give the new venue its name.
The three-storey site features a ground-floor bar with fresh tank 1936 Biere – a lager brewed on the Swiss Alps – as well as a 40-cover mezzanine level complete with a retro cable car doubling up as a private booth.
On the lower ground level, a wooden-clad chalet offers two flexible private dining rooms for up to 60 covers, while a small outside terrace can accommodate a further 12 diners.
Hippo Inns founder Rupert Clevely explained: “The White Haus combines a passion for pubs and the thrill of the mountains.
“We’ve been incredibly lucky to have the support of the Ski Club of Great Britain – its range of memorabilia gives the pub a unique ambience, transporting drinkers and diners to the slopes without leaving the capital – we’ve even got genuine Austrian cable cars and a TV playing classic ski movies for a vibe that creates the conviviality and fun associated with aprés ski.”
Ski Club of Great Britain chief executive Darren Neylon added: “We are delighted to be partnering with Hippo Inns on this exciting project.
“We are planning to host a whole series of social activities to ensure the White Haus resonates with our members and all those with a passion for snow sports.”
Open six days a week, the all-day menu from executive chef Jamie Polito, formerly of Geronimo Inns and head chef Dan Davies offers pub favourites with a European twist, as well as lighter dishes.
Along with the house tank beer, drinks will include craft cocktails and a wine list curated by Hippo Inns master of wine John Clevely.
Ei Group managed investments operations director Nathan Wall commented: “We are delighted that Hippo Inns continues to grow and develop, and that the exciting features and design will bring something new to the city.”