Ig-loose yourself in the sort of magic that only a Perspex pod can provide this winter as London’s famous igloos open for business. As the mercury plunges, the capital’s igloos look increasingly appealing, laden with sheepskin, candles and fairy lights, they’re the perfect place to enjoy drinks or dinner with friends and family. Here are some of London’s best, we’ll add to the list as more arrive…
Jimmy Garcia were the first out of the gate with the announcement that they were re-opening Jimmy’s Lodge for 2019. Worried that the Southbank igloos are a tad unprivate? Well that’s the point, surely you wouldn’t want the luxury of dining in a riverside greenhouse without inviting hordes of touristy selfies? Either way, you’ll be happy to boast because the food on your plate will be straight from the Refuge Restaurant, the nearby Alpine pop-up serving steaks cooked on hot stones, fondue pots and cheese and charcuterie boards that’ll whisk you away from the riverside to fireside in the chalet.
Jimmy’s Lodge launches on Sunday 9th November
Fulham’s riverside ‘Winterland’ is back with a genre-defying Alpine, Canadian, Scandinavian, crossover that makes an unmissable stop-off on the igloo trail. Despite the Thameside hot tub stealing the show, the igloos promise to be an integral part of the offering. Perfect for drinks or a dinner, which comes courtesy of The Lodge, serving the sort of apres ski food that you’ll love, from ‘flameless cheesy fondue’ to gourmet burgers, spicy chicken wings, macaroni cheese and sourdough wood-fired pizzas.
Winterland launches on Friday 7th November
At risk of courting controversy, a topic The Handbook arguably knows a little about, we think these are more like pods than igloos, but don’t get us wrong because we absolutely love them. This year they’ve teamed up with Talisker Whiskey under the tagling ‘Skye-line igloos’ (geddit?). The tenth-storey igloos look out across The City from high above Finsbury Square and strike the right balance between comfort and winter, with nods toward the plummeting temperatures in the form of the obligatory sheep pelts, but their sturdy build is referenced in the fact that these can afford to be some of London’s least flimsy and most professional igloos.
Opened 17th October
Where: 10th Floor Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1DX
Nearest station: Moorgate (Great Northern) (0.2 miles)
Forget penguins, igloos are attractive to Canaries too. At least we can only assume they are because Canary Wharf is going crazy for the things. The Sipping Room, the financial district’s popular drinking spot from posh-pubbers Drake & Morgan, has relaunched its village of igloos in Docklands.
And the big (operative word) difference will be this year’s B’igloos, mega igloos capable of holding up to 40 Pingus and ideal for a party. Aiming to transport guests away from East London, The Sipping Room have teamed up with Martin Miller’s Gin and inspired by a seasonal theme of ‘Wanderlust’ you’ll be in Canary Wharf but you’ll simultaneously be taken to Iceland.
When is it officially winter? When the clocks change? When Slade comes on the radio? When Coca Cola’s ghastly ‘holidays are coming’ ads air? No, we measure the season of goodwill to the moment that Coppa Club open their infamous igloos.
Thames-side Coppa Club launched the igloos three years ago and they’ve already become an institution. They might not be the original, or even the best, but they’ve captured Londoner’s imaginations with their beautifully half-timbered igloos overlooking Tower Bridge and The Shard. Enjoy table service from Coppa Club and all the excellent food and drink options you’d expect.
What do you need to build an igloo? Ice! And where will you find enough ice to fashion the original north American tiny house? Skylight, because the wintery ice and curling rinks will be joined by igloos. Tobacco Dock’s East London converted carpark continues to herald the start of winter official by unveiling the igloos (not made from real ice, but in now time honoured fashion, fabricated from Perspex.