This is one igloo where you won’t have to fend off polar bears or go ice fishing if you want to eat. Instead a friendly waiter will pop over and take your order and penguin definitely isn’t on the menu.
Coppa Club, between London and Tower Bridges, launched the famous PVC igloos last year and in what is the sincerest form of flattery, they’ve since been copied by dozens of restaurants across the world. The concept is simple, if you’re strapped for space but blessed with an outdoor area and a stunning view of the Thames and City then erect a series of timber framed, fully furnished and heated plastic pods for diners. They’ve even got speakers and sliding doors so you can best enjoy the atmosphere.
The effect is impressive, fun and surprisingly comfortable; sit back, protected from the elements and watch the world go by from the truly beautiful pods as you sample from the European menu that range from small plates and snacks through to sourdough pizzas and grilled mains.
And you don’t need to be in a pod to enjoy Coppa Club. Most of the action is indoors anyway, taking place in the 250-cover restaurant that’s built up a name for itself as a stylish dining spot on the North bank of the Thames.
The brass-topped bar dominating the centre of the restaurant serves a wide selection of carefully-selected wines, beers and classic cocktails to be enjoyed at the bar or in the raised lounge.
But if you’re after a unique dining experience this winter then it’s got to be all about the perspex cocoons outside. So popular are the igloos that bookings for the iconic dining experieces have fully booked up. However, despair not, they are keeping some aside for walk-ins.
The Igloos will be Iglooing their stuff at Coppa Club throughout winter.