London’s igloos are back! Sure, they’re not really igloos, given the distinct lack of ice and Eskimos, but the capital’s love of a cosy domed structure knows no bounds, and they get better every year. The Resident picks out its faves for 2019…
1 Coppa Club Tower Bridge
This Instagram favourite is a tough one to wrestle from the top spot. Many have tried, but Coppa Club Tower Bridge’s riverside location, with idyllic views of London’s most famous bridge and the sparkling glass towers of the South Bank, give these igloos a romantic edge that see them pretty much book out every winter. This year the the igloos have been cosied up for the winter season with a woodland theme, sporting candles, recycled wool blankets, cruelty-free sheepskin rugs and evergreen trees. Booking until 31 January 2020 (but if you don’t manage to get a reservation, Coppa Club always keeps a few igloos open for walk-ins).
3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street EC3R 6AH; coppaclub.co.uk
2 Aviary, the City
Aviary has one of the top rooftop drinking spots in the City, and when the igloos arrive, well, things get even better. This year, Aviary has partnered with Talisker Whisky to create its Skye-line Igloos, offering some warming whisky cocktails (including the Talisker Campfire Hot Chocolate) to get us all through the chillier months. Talisker’s homeland is the Isle of Skye, so you’ll find cosy igloos trussed up with natural and nautical elements, reflective of the wild, storm-lashed island off the west coast of Scotland. A specially curated food menu with a range of platters is also available, and a host of Talisker Wild Cocktail masterclasses will take place in the igloos throughout the winter.
10th Floor Montcalm, 22-25 Finsbury Square EC2A 1DX; aviarylondon.com
3 Jimmy’s Lodge, South Bank
Jimmy Garcia’s South Bank pop-up has an alfresco bar and terrace, a cosy Alpine-style lodge and private dining snow globes. In partnership with Martin Miller’s Gin, the snow globes – or igloos – will take on a Northern Lights theme with Icelandic textures and themed cocktails. Jimmy’s Lodge will once again be made up of four elements: the snow globes, which each accommodate up to 10 guests for a private dining experience (minimum spend £600); the Refuge Restaurant a twinkly-lit dining room in a cosy wooden lodge serving fondue and steak sharer options (£45pp); the Alpine Bar, serving winter warmers from partner Martin Miller’s Gin; and the downstairs Chalet Snack Bar with festive street food such as the legendary Lodge Raclette Burger, Venison Hot Dog and Aspen Fries with Truffle Oil. There will also be festive craft sessions such as ice sculpting, wreath making and cocktail masterclasses.
78 Waterloo Bridge, South Bank SE1 9PX; jimmyspopup.com
4 The Alpine Club at Winterland Fulham
Fulham Beach Club has had a hygge ski chalet makeover for winter with cosy igloos, log cabins and hunting lodges. The Alpine Club, as its now known, will offer fun winter games (shuffle board, beer pong, table tennis and arcade games), warming street food, drinks from the Moose Bar and DJs and live bands every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. There will also be a bubbling Nordic Woodland hot tub with a magical view of the Thames and waiter service. Cosy up with friends and enjoy a mulled wine, hot gin or boozy hot chocolate, alongside cheesy fondue, gourmet burgers, spicy chicken wings, macaroni cheese and sourdough woodfired pizzas. Open from Friday 7 November until early 2020. Entry to Winterland starts at £5pp.
Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham SW6 2TY; winterlandlondon.com
5 Inamo, Camden
North London had a distinct lack of igloos, until inamo Camden – the newest and most aesthetically striking of the innovative sushi restaurants – came along. The heated pop-up pods have been furnished with sheepskin rugs, dressed with floral decorations and fairy lights, and even feature their own speaker system. Situated in the Winter Garden and on the roof terrace, the igloos offer an à la carte menu, Tasting Menu and Sharing Menu with chef’s selection of dishes – think dragon rolls, sea bass ceviche, pork and kimchee gyoza, yakitori, sizzling mushroom toban yaki and plenty more. A fixed minimum spend is required for exclusive use of each igloo (prices vary depending on day and time requested), but if you can’t fill a whole igloo on your own, you can share with other guests.
265 Hampstead Road, Camden NW1 7QX; inamo-restaurant.com
6 The Sipping Room, West India Quay
The Sipping Room is boosting the size of its winter igloos to create B’igloos (geddit?!), holding up to 40 people each. The igloos will be Wanderlust themed, offering a magical Icelandic landscape courtesy of Martin Miller’s Gin, juxtaposed with Jules Verne’s gateway to the centre of the earth to create a land of fire and ice. Indigenous flowers, native moss, birch and other wild textures will help recreate the wonder of the Northern Lights, while toasty touches including electric heaters, sheepskin throws and Drake & Morgan’s signature hot water bottles heat things up a bit. Inspired by the wild Icelandic winter, Martin Miller’s winter gin cocktails are the perfect accompaniments to your igloo adventure, from the signature Northern Lights to the delicious Hot Gin Toddy.
16 Hertsmere Road, West India Quay E14 4AX; drakeandmorgan.co.uk
7 Skylight at Tobacco Dock, Wapping
Skylight Rooftop, which has London’s only real-ice rooftop ice rink, has installed a number of cosy igloos and log cabins for winter. Themed around an urban après skate bar, the three-story east London venue is serving seasonal cocktails, mulled wine, street food from Yiro and Flip Side, ice hockey shooting and some of the best views in the city. The heated igloos and hits seat up to 10 and are bookable for £90-£180 per group (you can also add a sharing raclette or street food tokens to your booking, as well as drinks packages). Skylight has three bars, including a heated après skate bar with twinkling fairy lights, if you want to experience the rooftop without committing to a booking. There will also be a programme of DJ nights, events and parties, including a tree decorating evening, Festive Singalongs, Burns Night, Australia Day and New Year’s Eve celebrations. The winter rooftop is in play till 25 January 2020.
Pennington Street Car Park Entrance, Wapping E1W 2SF; skylightlondon.com