A luxury treehouse opens on the Thames in London

Virgin Holidays has opened a Thames-side South African-style lodge
Virgin Holidays has opened a Thames-side South African-style lodge (Photo: Virgin Holidays)

Much like NYC, London is an architectural hodgepodge. It’s part of what makes the city so unique and visually exciting. But even in London, a 35-foot high luxury treehouse lodge is likely to turn heads.

 Petrus Madutlela
Petrus Madutlela

Virgin Holidays has opened a Thames-side South African-style lodge, complete with tribal prints, a four-poster plush bed and interior design by London-based South African designer Hubert Zandberg, according to the Telegraph.

“Africa has such a rich heritage with beautiful patterns, textures and materials – they translate really well when placed in a contemporary design environment,” Zandberg said.

The high-end treehouse, inspired by the Lion Sands Game Reserve treehouse accommodation in South Africa, is open to the public and visitors can enter a competition for the chance to stay the night and enjoy a meal with a private chef.

However, the six-course private “degustation menu,” isn’t for the faint of heart. The menu includes tempura meal worms with induja mayo, shaved ostrich biltong, braised terrine of crocodile and smoked goat fillet with chakalaka sauce.

“Although a lot of these ingredients are seen as a bit wild and eccentric, they are actually exceptionally tasty and good for you,” Petrus Madutlela told the Telegraph. “I cook a lot with Bughu, a lemony herb native to South Africa, and it’s perfect for this time of year with a valuable source of vitamins A, B, C, E and a whole bunch of antioxidants.”

Photo: Virgin Holidays
Photo: Virgin Holidays
Photo: Virgin Holidays
Photo: Virgin Holidays
Photo: Virgin Holidays
Photo: Virgin Holidays