Coppa Club Igloos: are they worth it?

Coppa Club Igloos: are they worth it?

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,

Jas xx

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53 Comments

  1. January 3, 2019 / 8:24 am

    I love the photographs you took with your friends. You guys look amazing! I went to Coppa Club last year with my family and I really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. But I must admit that my expectations were much higher than what I experienced😅 Coppa Club’s location is amazing and I loved watching Tower Bridge while eating delicious food!

    Thank you for this lovely and helpful post Jas!
    Kisses,
    Sima xx | http://www.styleglint.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 3, 2019 / 9:45 am

      The location really does add to the experience! Sorry it didn’t quite meet your expectations though!

      Jas xx

  2. Greatness Reinvented
    January 3, 2019 / 12:35 pm

    There are loads of Coppa Clubs around and most have outdoor seating areas and even some have Igloo type things. It is best to check their website for all their locations as you may find more availability and better deals outside of central London.

    GR | https://www.thegreat.uk

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 3, 2019 / 12:46 pm

      I know there are other Coppa Clubs, and I’m sure others have better availability than the Tower Bridge one – I expected the high demand because of the location – but I live in London so this was most convenient for me. I was mainly reviewing the igloo experience as a whole though 🙂

      Jas xx

      • Greatness Reinvented
        January 3, 2019 / 1:12 pm

        That’s cool. I do like them have used a few in the past. Bit over hyped though but I guess that is the appeal.

  3. eviebraithwaite
    January 3, 2019 / 2:53 pm

    Oh I hadn’t heard of these! It sounds like fun though, despite the nightmare booking experience. The food sounds incredible too! I’d love to visit London this year and go in December ✨

    Evie x | https://eviejayne.co.uk

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 3, 2019 / 8:20 pm

      It was so much fun! You should definitely try and visit, but make sure to book in advance!

      Jas xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 3, 2019 / 8:20 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading it! Thank you!

      Jas xx

  4. January 3, 2019 / 8:38 pm

    This is a wonderful and thorough review. Your writing is well polished and your photos are beautiful and well laid out. Honestly this page is a hidden gem and your talent is clear. You’ve definitely sold me the experience! Keep up the awesome work!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 3, 2019 / 8:44 pm

      This is such a lovely comment omg thank you so much <3

      Jas xx

  5. lolitambonita
    January 3, 2019 / 8:52 pm

    I saw them through Summer covered in flowers etc. I was always worried they would steam up and be gross. It’s fab you saw the transition between day and night.

    Lola Mia x

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 3, 2019 / 8:53 pm

      Luckily they didn’t steam up at all! Although, I can’t speak for the summer heat!

      Jas xx | https://thoughtsfromjasmine.co.uk

  6. January 3, 2019 / 9:17 pm

    I’ve seen these all over Instagram and am so jealous that you’ve visited! The booking process sounds like an absolute nightmare but its so glad to hear that the experience overall was worth it! I thought that it would be a lot more expensive too!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 3, 2019 / 9:20 pm

      Yeah, I was so surprised at the pricing when I got there!

      Jas xx

  7. aimsysantics
    January 3, 2019 / 9:31 pm

    Wow these look great, and perfect for a catch up with the girls! I am surprised at the price of the food, I think that is quite reasonable, and what you would pay in any decent restaurant.
    What a nightmare trying to book…hope it is easier for you the next time!

    I went to something similar in Manchester in the summer, be warned the pods get really hot if it is a hot sunny day!

    Lovely post with lovely pics!

    Aimsy xoxo

    https://www.aimsysantics.co.uk

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 3, 2019 / 9:37 pm

      Oooo I didn’t even think about how the pods might react in the summer – I’ll keep that in mind! Thanks so much for the lovely comment!

      Jas xx

  8. January 3, 2019 / 9:48 pm

    Amazing that your booking actually went through. I hate the stress of trying to get concert tickets so I think this whole process might have pushed me over the edge. It looks amazing and I’m so glad it didn’t disappoint. I don’t think I would have had high hopes for the food so I’m glad that was also really good. Sounds like an amazing afternoon, I wish you could book them for longer! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 3, 2019 / 9:52 pm

      Ahhh Soph it was so much stress, if it had been purely just for me I definitely would have given up! I wish you could book them for longer, that’s my one big improvement.

      Jas xx

  9. January 3, 2019 / 9:58 pm

    Looks like a cool club! Your photography is absolutely beautiful girl! Very interesting post and really enjoyed reading x

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 7, 2019 / 5:14 pm

      Awwww thank you so much!

      Jas xx

  10. Ashley Firth
    January 3, 2019 / 11:52 pm

    I’ve never heard of these! They look amazing! Your photos are stunning by the way too xxx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 8:30 pm

      Thanks so much!

      Jas xx

  11. January 4, 2019 / 12:29 am

    these look absolutely adorable.I love the lighting and everything.I would love to visit this place someday!Lovely post, you go jasmine!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 8:30 pm

      Thank you so much!

      Jas xx

  12. January 4, 2019 / 4:34 am

    Great post. Never heard of them before, seems like you guys enjoyed yourselves after the booking nightmare. Girl, your outfit deserves an award!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 8:31 pm

      Awwww thank you so much – it was only £10 from New Look! It sheds glitter EVERYWHERE though.

      Jas xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 8:31 pm

      Thank you – happy new year to you too!

      Jas xx

  13. voguefauxreal
    January 4, 2019 / 4:06 pm

    This sounds wonderful! I’ve never heard of such a thing. Here, they put clear plastic curtains around patios and patio heaters, which does the trick but rarely has much charm. Thanks for sharing!

    Ruth
    http://www.voguefauxreal.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 8:32 pm

      No problem, thanks for reading!

      Jas xx

  14. January 4, 2019 / 8:15 pm

    It’s a shame the booking process was so annoying but it still sounds so worth it! The Pods look so cute and cosy and perfect for a winter evening with friends! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the food too and that it wasn’t too pricey! xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 8:32 pm

      Thanks so much! Honestly, the prices really shocked me!

      Jas xx

  15. January 4, 2019 / 8:18 pm

    This sounds like so much fun, I’ve had that issue before when booking for restaurants in London it just takes forever. I think calling them snow globes would be so much better, gland you had a great time. Lovely review xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 8:43 pm

      Thank you so much!

      Jas xx

  16. January 4, 2019 / 8:18 pm

    Oh my gosh that sounds so stressful! It did look super cosy on the inside and I’m actually really surprised by the prices too! I’d have expected tehm to be much higher!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 8:53 pm

      Yes, I was so impressed!

      Jas xx

  17. January 4, 2019 / 8:24 pm

    I totally agree that they should be called snowglobes instead of igloos! And paradise pods?! Those are definitely be on my bucket list.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 8:56 pm

      You should totally give them a try if you’re able to!

      Jas xx

  18. January 4, 2019 / 8:40 pm

    Ever since I read about this online I have always wanted to go! It looks like the most instagrmmable spot and also seems so affordable! Definetely a place on my bucket list xx

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 9:03 pm

      It honestly was! You should definitely check it out if you can!

      Jas xx

  19. Michelle Blackadar
    January 4, 2019 / 8:46 pm

    seeing as how i’m from America, i’ve never heard of these but oh my goodness they sound like so much fun! for such a unique atmosphere i’m surprised that the food was so affordable, because they could have totally spiked the prices with knowing how many people were trying to get a spot! i’m so glad you were able to get one even though it was a very stressful task! i was stressed just reading it so i can’t imagine how you felt! lovely post jas xxx

    mich / simplymich.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 9:07 pm

      Yeah, honestly I feel like the prices surprised me the most, as I thought that they’d really capitalise on their popularity! And thank you so much haha glad you could empathise!

      Jas xx

  20. January 4, 2019 / 8:58 pm

    Coppa Club has been on my radar for a long time now but living in Merseyside, it isn’t exactly easy for me to visit 😂 I definitely want to try it next time I have a visit to London planned. It’s a shame you had such a stressful time with your booking but glad to hear that it was worth all the trouble! Your photos are lovely ❤

    http://www.missblogsabit.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 9:08 pm

      You should definitely try and book a spot if you have a visit to London planned!

      Jas xx

  21. January 4, 2019 / 9:21 pm

    I’ve not heard of these before but (apart from you booking experience) they sound AMAZING! 🖤

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 9:25 pm

      They truly were!

      Jas xx

  22. educatinghayley
    January 4, 2019 / 10:55 pm

    I hadn’t heard of these, they look incredible and reasonably priced too! Just such a shame the booking process was a nightmare!
    Take care,
    Hayley x
    educatinghayley.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 10:59 pm

      Yeah, hopefully they improve the process for next time!

      Jas xx

  23. January 4, 2019 / 11:17 pm

    I stumbled across the igloos when I was doing a photo shoot at Southbank and wondered what they were. They’re perfect for dinner dates and glad to know they’re worth a Londoner’s money. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to check them out in the summer and book one before you and your friends grab last dibs :p

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures
    https://johnnystraventures.com

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      January 4, 2019 / 11:18 pm

      Hahahaha good luck, I’ll try not to beat you to it 😉

      Jas xx

      • January 4, 2019 / 11:23 pm

        Thanks, and I’ll try not to make the site crash this time for you 😉

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