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.
For winter 2019, the Coppa Club igloos take on a woodland theme, with candles and cosy blankets, evergreen trees, cruelty-free sheepskin rugs, recycled wool blankets and those riverside views. Book yourself a igloo, either for drinks or dining, and cosy up in one of London's most Instagrammable winter spots.
Coppa Club Tower Bridge. Until 31 January 2020.
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, a rooftop ice rink and winter bar. Among the drinking and dining options are a group of igloos, available for private hire.
Book ahead for an igloo for up to 10 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 25 January 2020.
Rooftop igloos at Aviary, Finsbury Square
Aviary's rooftop igloos, with views over Finsbury Square, are back with a Scottish twist. The bar has teamed up with Talisker Whisky to create Skye-line Igloos, inspired by the natural and the nautical of the Isle of Skye.
Wild whisky cocktails are the order of the day, with masterclasses due to take place on selected dates during the igloo season. Food packages available in the igloos include mac and cheese croquettes, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, and sticky toffee pudding. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it.
Aviary, 22-25 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1DX. Until April 2020.
Igloos at Jimmy's Lodge, South Bank
Jimmy's Lodge, a pop-up by chef Jimmy Garcia and his team, brings its igloo dining pods back to the riverside. There are four igloos in total, each available for private hire and seating up to 10 people for dinner or drinks.
Jimmy's Lodge, Queen's Walk, South Bank. 6 November 2019-5 January 2020.
Igloos at Winterland, Fulham
Hot tubs are the headliners at riverside shindig Winterland this year, but igloo fans are catered for too. Hire your posse of up to eight a private igloo in a 'forest' next to the Thames, and enjoy drinks service.
Winterland, Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY. Open 7 November 2019- early 2020. Entry from £5.