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Brewer Guinness constructed a full-sized pub in London's Broadgate Centre made of handcarved ice last month. The building took three months to make and boasted crystal-clear ice walls 3m high by 10m long. A frosty barmaid dispensed samples of its drink behind its 20ft bar before the pub called last orders (and melted). At a cost of £250,000 it is not quite as impressive as the annually constructed 'Ice Hotel' in Swedish Lapland!

Each year, in the village of Jukkasjarvi, a hotel is built from 10,000 tonnes of crystal-clear ice and 30,000 tonnes of snow. Construction of the 3,500m 2structure starts in December. This modern igloo sleeps up to 100 guests, houses an ice chapel, cinema, ice-art gallery and the everso-hip 'Absolut Ice Bar'. Guests are accommodated in individually-designed ice suites on carved ice beds covered in reindeer skins. They sleep in arctic sleeping bags to cope with temperatures in the hotel as low as -9degreesC. Top Scandinavian ice sculptors come together each year to recreate this ephemeral structure, which lasts until the following spring when the temperatures rise and the hotel slowly melts away back into the River Torne, where it all began.

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