Our guide on 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 cosy date nights.
Igloos next to the Thames at Coppa Club, Tower Bridge
We hold Coppa Club entirely responsible for starting the 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.
The Coppa Club igloos are back for 2021, and this year they've got a pink and green theme, thanks to a partnership with Champagne Laurent-Perrier. Igloos are for dining reservations this year — if you're only having drinks, you'll need to reserve a spot in the bar itself. You can squeeze up to eight in your private igloo, though do take note of the minimum spends — £150 per igloo in peak times, and £25 per person in off-peak times. Enjoy your meal with spectacular views from the comfort of these candlelit domes, overlooking Tower Bridge.
Coppa Club Tower Bridge. Until 23 January 2022.
Igloos at Coppa Club Putney
That's right, Coppa Club is opening another riverside venue in London, this time in Putney — and yes, there are three igloos. It opens in November, so we don't have full details yet, but booking is now open, and these igloos won't stay secret for long — go, go, go!
Coppa Club Putney, open from 2 November 2021.
Rooftop and canalside igloos at Skylight, Tobacco Dock
Views of Tower Bridge are all well and good, but what about the entire London skyline? Tobacco Dock once again hosts Skylight, with 18 private rooftop igloos and four huts available to hire.
Book ahead for a heated igloo, with table service offering a festive drinks menu and street food, as the London cityscape twinkles in the distance.
Alternatively, book one of Skylight's new Canalside Christmas igloos, available for groups of up to 10, with drinks packages and Alpine-inspired food available.
Skylight Tobacco Dock. Rooftop igloos available from 2 October 2021. Canalside Christmas igloos available 2-23 December 2021.
Rooftop igloos at Aviary, Finsbury Square
Aviary's rooftop igloos, with views over Finsbury Square, are also back, and offer a distinction between dining igloos and drink and snack igloos. For the former, that's a three-course set winter menu throughout December, with a la carte available other months. The drink and snack igloos offer the bar, terrace and wine menu, and have more casual, lounge-style seating. Book in up to six people for drinks, or eight for dining.
Aviary, 22-25 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1DX. Igloos available October 2021-3 April 2022.
Snow globes at Jimmy's Winter Lodge, South Bank
Jimmy's Lodge, a pop-up by chef Jimmy Garcia and his team, is back at its usual South Bank spot this winter, with its five private dining 'snow globes' taking up residence by the Thames. Book for 6-10 people and tuck into a feast of Alpine-inspired food, including traditional fondue, spiked hot chocolate, or a steak sharer — new for this year.
Jimmy's Lodge, Queen's Walk, South Bank. October-December 2021.
Forest igloos at Winterland Alpine Club, Fulham
Riverside venue Winterland has a frankly dizzying choice of seating and table options (Forest cabin? Moose mezzanine? Bavarian tent?) but we spy the return of its forest igloos. It'll cost you £100 per igloo, but that includes entry into the venue for 6-8 people. Once you're in, food options include sharing platters, wood-fired pizzas, burgers and fondues, while the drinks menu features warm cocktails and special hot chocolates.
Winterland, Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY. From 3 November 2021-January 2022
Rooftop party pods at Bar Elba
Waterloo rooftop venue Bar Elba hires out its party pods — heated, transparent igloos — for up to 12 guests, offering views over the London skyline among a sea of fairy lights. Even better, each pod comes with its own speaker so you can control your party playlist. Order food and drink direct to your igloo, including griddled burgers, halloumi fries, and an impressive cocktail menu, of which we can personally vouch for a significant selection.
Party pods at Bar Elba, 109-117 Waterloo Road, SE1 8UL. Until 30 December 2021.
Christmas igloo at The Waterway, Little Venice
Fancy Maida Vale gastropub The Waterway isn't an obvious location for the latest dining trend, but you'll find a solitary festive igloo in its canalside garden. It seats up to seven, and has a heater and speaker system, with a minimum spend starting at £75 per session. The food is typical gastropub fare — think burgers, steaks, mezze platters, with an impressive wine list and classic and signature cocktails.
Christmas igloo at The Waterway, 54 Formosa Street, W9 2JU. 13 November-30 December 2021.