Having dinner in a Coppa Club Igloo is amazing! I’m a sucker for anything novelty (hello, afternoon tea on a red London bus!), so as soon as I spied the London igloos on my Instagram feed I knew that I had to go.
How to Bag a Table
The trouble is there are only a handful of them on the Coppa Club terrace and each one sits a max of eight people, so as you can imagine they get booked up really quickly. If you want to visit, keep an eye on their IG feed and when they announce bookings have opened for the next few months make sure you get in there. I’m told that breakfast and lunch slots are easier to come by than dinner ones too.
That said, I messed up our booking. I thought I’d booked us a Coppa Club Igloo for dinner on a Saturday night, but when we got there they didn’t have our reservation. I was mortified! I was on a parent escape to the city with my girlfriends and one was not only pregnant, but had flown in especially from the Netherlands. I’m also an Executive Assistant so I’m super, super organised and not used to things like that. My camera also died hence the shortage of photos. I was on a roll. Anyway, the point of telling you this is that within thirty minutes they had a whole igloo for us. Yup, on a Saturday night at peak time.
We actually found that throughout the few hours that we were there a lot of igloos available. I’m not sure if it was down to a quick turnaround service, cancellations or just a fluke night but I’d definitely recommend just turning up on the night if you live in London and are really keen to go for dinner.
The Reading branch has igloos too, but part of the appeal for me is that killer London backdrop. The Coppa Club igloos in London are right by Tower Bridge, so while you sit cosied up in the twinkly igloos you get to enjoy views of The Shard, Tower Bridge and all the other skyscrapers on the water’s edge.
You’ll also get to watch tourists posing in front of the igloos, pretending that they’ve eaten there. It’s quite entertaining!
So what’s it like? Is it worth the hype?
Yeah! Dinner on the Thames in an igloo is fun, unique and feels special. The food isn’t amazing, but I quite like that it’s not pretentious and that you’re not forced to pick from a restricted, overpriced menu. I had a pizza and a fair few Aperol Spritz.
The dessert menu is pretty epic. In the run up to our booking we were all trying to decide how we’d only each have one pudding! Sadly the mini butterscotch pot was not as good as we hoped, but the pecan pie made up for it.
Our waitress was so lovely and really down to earth. It was absolutely freezing when we went in early January, but she was happy to take photos for us, to recommend drinks and chat to us. She was a star – no way could I survive a shift in those temperatures!
The Coppa Club igloos in London were a perfect setting for our girly catch up. We booked a really nice, super cheap apartment that was within walking distance (sadly no longer taking bookings) and basically had the best time together. I especially enjoyed the perk of being able to sleep all the way through the night – perks of a parent escape, eh?!
Have you been? Is it somewhere you’d like to go? X
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