Where to eat, drink and be merry in igloos, globes, domes and other such transparent structures in London this winter — ideal for Christmas parties, meeting friends, and date nights.
Igloos next to the Thames at Coppa Club, Tower Bridge
We hold Coppa Club entirely responsible for starting this igloo trend — but with results this pretty, we forgive them. The winter igloos have popped up alongside the Thames for the last few winters, and have even taking to hanging around for summer, albeit with different themes.
The Coppa Club igloos are back, and this year they're looking extra sparkly thanks to a partnership with Piper-Heidsieck. Enjoy cocktails, an exclusive champagne menu and spectacular views from the comfort of these candlelit domes, which overlook Tower Bridge. Mark Wednesday 21 October in your diary — that's when Coppa Club starts taking reservations.
Coppa Club Tower Bridge. Until 31 January 2021.
Rooftop igloos at Skylight, Tobacco Dock
Sure, views of Tower Bridge are all well and good, but what about views of the entire London skyline? Tobacco Dock once again hosts Skylight, and this year its got more igloos available for private hire than ever before. There's also new heated outdoor seating, and it looks like Skylight's popular ice rink is set to return, too.
Book ahead for an igloo for up to six people, with heating and blankets provided, and a festive drinks menu to drink your way through as London twinkles below.
Skylight at Tobacco Dock. Until 31 January 2021.
Rooftop igloos at Aviary, Finsbury Square
Aviary's rooftop igloos, with views over Finsbury Square, are back too — and once again the venue is offering some cracking food packages. Warm up with chilli mac and cheese, get festive with turkey bon bons, and wash it all down with seasonal cocktails. Four of Aviary's eight igloos are currently taking bookings, but if you just want to pop in for drinks and snacks, you'll have to wait until November to book.
Aviary, 22-25 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1DX.
Igloos at Jimmy's Lodge, South Bank
Jimmy's Lodge, a pop-up by chef Jimmy Garcia and his team, is opening earlier than ever this year, serving up a veritable feast of alpine delights including spiked hot chocolate and traditional fondue insides its riverside snow globes. You'll need to fork out for a £200 deposit in order to book, though.
Jimmy's Lodge, Queen's Walk, South Bank. Until 30 December 2020.
Igloos at Winterland, Fulham
Hire a private igloo in a 'forest' next to the Thames, and enjoy drinks service this year at Winterland. There are also cabins, chalet, and even a ski lift bubble up for grabs.
Winterland, Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY. From 30 November- 31 December 2020.