London’s Riverside Igloos Are Back For Cosy Gin-Fuelled Fun This Winter

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Riverside igloos by Thames in London

Last year, Coppa Club’s snuggly Thames-side globes were the hottest tables in town…

…so NATURALLY, they’ll be making a comeback for 2018 – and sooner than you think! While rivals might be wrapping rickety poles in polythene and declaring it ‘festive’, Coppa Club’s beautiful perspex capsules offer crystal clear views of Tower Bridge and the Shard, while keeping your squad satisfyingly snug.

The igloos may have transformed into partly-al-fresco ‘paradise pods’ for the summer, but now they’re once again welcoming sheepskin rugs, fluffy blankets and twinkling lights for colder months – oh, and closing their doors all the way, too! Some igloos contain dining tables for dinner dates, while others are more laidback with sofas and armchairs. And on the bar menu, Sipsmith will be laying on special winter gin offerings that promise to add a dash of additional merriment. (It’s the ideal end-point for any autumn or winter stroll through the city, we reckon.)

Coppa Club igloos
Photo: @ay_kay85

The igloos are officially set to open on October 9, when booking opens online. (The igloos are free to dine in as long as you show up, but they get booked up very quickly!) But there IS a sneak preview: the venue is hosting a celebration of these dashing domes on Saturday, October 6, which they’re calling Ig-fest. You can get a glimpse of the new ‘gloos (as well as try them for yourself, if you get a chance) and enjoy live music and DJs. There are even rumours of complimentary hot G&Ts and gin-gerbread men for the first 200 guests…

But we’ve got one more trick up our sleeve! Believe it: we’ve got one two-hour igloo sesh to give away for you and up to seven friends, right in the heart of Ig-fest. Amid the revelry, in an igloo of your very own, you’ll each enjoy a superb two-course dinner from the Coppa Club kitchens, plus three bottles of prosecco to share amongst you. Now that’s good times!

To enter, just answer the question below…

Closing date is October 4. Terms and conditions apply.

Location: 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6AH. Nearest station: Tower Hill.
Opening hours: seven days a week. From 7.30am weekdays, from 9am weekends; unti 11pm Mon-Thu, until midnight Fri-Sat, until 10.30pm Sun.
Price: reserving an igloo is free, but no-shows are charged at £10/person. The menu is reasonably priced; mains around £15, cocktails £8 and up.
Igloo law: only large groups are guaranteed an igloo of their own; smaller groups may be asked to share. Booking in advance is strongly advised, although walk-ups are available if you’re lucky. Booking opens Oct 9.
More details and reservations: on their website.

Georgie Hoole

Georgie Hoole

Georgie is Deputy Editor at Secret London. She loves a trendy café and is all too familiar with the extortionate price of a coffee in the capital. She enjoys the finer things in life (like red wine on a school night and eating Ben and Jerry's straight from the tub) and hasn't quite grasped the concept of adulthood yet.