By Karen Heath
The Coppa Club igloos are a familiar sight alongside Tower Bridge, and now a second restaurant has opened in the capital.
Coppa Club Putney overlooks Putney Bridge, famous as the start of the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.
Complete with Coppa Club’s iconic igloos, it’s the perfect place to snuggle up outside under a blanket or while away a hot summers day, cocktail in hand.
After opening the first Coppa Club in the Berkshire village of Sonning-on-Thames in 2015, a series of clubs across the UK have followed. All are in amazing locations, usually by the river.
There are restaurants in Henley-on-Thames, Streatley-on-Thames, Maidenhead, Brighton, Bristol, Cobham in Surrey, and now Coppa Club Putney in south west London.
Coppa Club’s unique concept is to recreate a ‘members club’ atmosphere but without the hefty price tag. This means there is no pompous dress code or rules, so you get to enjoy the food, drinks and atmosphere with none of the snobbery.
With super fast Wi-Fi and plug sockets, it also welcomes people working there during the day, which is rare for a restaurant.
When we visited, we found Coppa Club Putney to be an all-day kind of hang-out.
Vibrant and busy, inside it has an inviting area with colourful sofas and chairs, plus a dining room and cosy nooks if you want a bit more privacy, or simply want to relax with a drink by the fire.
Outside you can book one of the igloos, which seat up to eight people and offer an exclusive menu only available to igloo diners. This includes dishes such as Halibut Kiev and Truffled Wagyu Burger.
Food is served throughout the club and is best described as European. The menu features a selection of snacks and sharing plates as well as more substantial mains. Although the vegan and vegetarian dishes are limited.
Choose from steaks, burgers, sourdough pizzas, salads and pasta dishes. Brunch is served between 10am-3pm on weekends.
I ordered the Crispy Fried Squid to start which is served with Sriracha Mayo and a slice of lemon to tickle the tastebuds. While my friend had the Seared King Prawns, served on toast to soak up the garlicky lemon and chilli juices.
Next up came the Coppa Burger for me, served rare and in a toasted seeded bun, with mature cheddar, tomato and lettuce. The crispy chips on the side were pure delight.
My friend opted for a sourdough pizza which tasted authentically Italian. All this deliciousness was washed down with carefully chosen wines. Service for both drinks and food was excellent, well timed and we were not hurried at all.
Finding tummy-room for pudding we thought would be challenging, until we saw the dessert menu. All our favourites from Flourless Chocolate Cake and Apple and Pear Crumble were there, but they had me at Warm Pecan Pie.
Overall, we found Coppa Club Putney to be a great day to night venue and I can’t wait to go back and work there during the day, followed by after work cocktails.
For a really special experience reserve a spot in one of their heated, Instagram-worthy glass igloos – but make sure you book early as these get snapped up quick.
Best for: Igloo dining, working away from home, all day food
Coppa Club Putney, at 29 Brewhouse Lane, Putney, south west London, is open every day from 9am-11pm Sunday to Thursday and until 11.30pm Fridays and Saturdays
Prices start at £7 for a starter and £14 for a main. Igloos are a minimum spend of £25pp
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