You’ve probably seen them on Instagram or some sort of “Most Instagrammable Winter Locations” posts. You’ve maybe walked past them whilst by the Thames and wondered what they were. Perhaps you tried to get one when they opened for bookings, failed and have been salty ever since. All I know is that the Coppa Club Igloos were wildly spoken about and photographed this year.
What are the Coppa Club Igloos?
If you haven’t heard about them at all, the Coppa Club Igloos are temporary plastic “pods” that are set up outside ot the Coppa Club restaurant by Tower Bridge in London. Equipped with a dinner table, speaker, blankets, fairylights, heating, and even a sofa in some cases, they seem like the ultimate cosy dining experience. As well as this, they are praised for being unbelievably Instagrammable, making them the ideal millenial dinner spot.
As a Uni student, my group of friends from home and I are separated for large periods of time. Therefore, whenever we come home for Christmas/Easter we plan a bunch of cool hangouts in advance. This winter, I saw an article about the Coppa Club Igloos and knew that this had to be one of them. Therefore, I sent a picture to our group chat, found out when the majority were free and noted the date that bookings opened. I thought it would be simple – like booking any other restaurant. Oh how wrong I was.
So you had trouble booking?
In short, the booking process was a nightmare. I was on the website from 10am, only to find out that they weren’t available to be booked yet. The Coppa Club kept tweeting that they would be available “soon” but refused to give an actual time and it drove me crazy. Turns out that “soon” ended up meaning 3 hours later, to which I reluctantly got ready to book, only to find that the site had crashed. It’s safe to say I was more than a little frustrated at this point.
Long story short, The site started working again at 4pm. I booked a table (After the website took over 10 minutes to load) and it crashed after my card details were registered and told me that my table had failed and it was now sold out. After feeling defeated and checking Twitter, I found out that so many people had the same issue as me, and yet Coppa Club were replying to them saying that the booking went through. So I rang them, checked, and I fortunately managed to nab a table before they sold out!
It was more stressful than buying concert tickets. I hope they’ve fixed that by next year.
That sounds intense. It better have been worth it.
Honestly, I thought the same thing once I’d finished booking it. It was such a hassle and I wasn’t going through all of that for a painstakingly average experience. However, on sitting down in our lovely little Igloo, I realised that it most certainly was.
They have a rule that if you have less than 6 people, you have to share. However, we’re a large group so we filled their capacity of 8 people with ease. From entering the pod we were immediately encountered by its cuteness. Our seats were fluffy, the table was set beautifully, the heater warmed it perfectly and the endless fairylights made it incredibly cosy. Atmospherically, it was the perfect place for a big, often loud, group like us. We were able to gossip and laugh and be all-round goofballs without having to worry about disturbing those around us. We were left to hang out just the 8 of us, with the waiters popping in from time to time to take orders/bring us food.
You get 2 hours in the Coppa Club Igloos, so we had ours from 2-4. Due to winter daylight hours, this meant that we got to watch it transition from day to night, seeing the Igloo in both capacities. In the daylight, they have gorgeous lighting for selfies and pictures. However, I have to say that they really pop in the night time, and look truly magical.
How was the food then?
Good question. I don’t know what I was expecting when it came to food. If I’m being entirely honest, I didn’t really think much past the Igloos. However, a quick glance at the menu and I realised I had a lot of options. They had burgers, chicken, pasta, pizza… the list goes on. However, all of us got either a pasta or a pizza because we’re students and they were the cheaper options.
We split 3 of the nibbles (Warm sourdough bread with oil and balsamic vinegar, garlic bread and truffle gnocci) between 7 of us, which was a nice small starter, working out to £1.50 each. I loved that you could order the pastas as a large plate or a small plate. This way, you could stick to just having a bowl of pasta as a main, or getting a small plate and mixing it up with something else as well. A couple of my friends chose to go for small plates of pasta with some buttermilk fried chicken/prawns as an accompliment. However, I stuck to a large plate of Pappardelle beef ragu and honestly, I have no regrets. The pasta was a bit too al dente for my tastes (I like really soft pasta), but the meal was gorgeous as a whole.
We decided to skip on desserts, mainly because there was nothing that really popped out to any of us. However, we made up for this in drinks. I strongly recommend their Passion and Elderflower spritz cocktail as it was fruity and refreshing. A few of us split a pitcher of it between us, which gave us about 4 glasses in total.
This looks expensive…
I thought the same thing, and I was kind of worried. But honestly, it’s your average restaurant price. Like I said, we split our three (£3.50 nibbles) between 7 of us, which came to a lovely £1.50 each, and my large plate of pasta was £10.95, which is a standard restaurant price and less than I expected for such a fancy looking place. I splurged a bit, splitting a large pitcher with only one other friend, and my total came to £28, which is far less than I was expecting.
Interesting… Would you go back?
Yes. The “Igloos” (I personally think that snowglobes are a better name) are only hear until January, and are completely booked up. However, my friends and I are already planning our next visit for when they return as “Paradise Pods” in the summer. As a restaurant, the Coppa Club is good food! However, it’s probably not something I would travel all the way to central London for. But when the pods are there and you manage to get them, it makes for a breath of fresh air, and something a little different.
Have you ever been to the Coppa Club? Would you want to?
Lots of love,