Al fresco dining but make it winter.
When offering outdoor dining at a London restaurant opening in November, there best be a game plan. Thankfully, at the new Coppa Club site, there is — and, even more thankfully, that plan involves igloos.
Fear not, these aren’t in place due to literal Antarctic conditions aside the Thames (we hope, anyway). Instead of an icy surrounding, diners will have a transparent view of the river while tucking into a hearty meal and, crucially, keep warm inside.
Come November 2, diners will have the chance to enjoy a meal in one of their three igloos, or in Coppa Club’s equally striking interior. The café bar is opening its second London location in Putney, where you can head for anything from a quick breakfast to an afternoon coffee to weekend drinks.
When it comes to location, this one has it spot on. Looking out across the river, a fine terrace will come into its own over the summer, but a quick mulled wine out there as the stars appear in winter doesn’t sound too shabby either…
Then, there’s the igloos that allow you hang on to the thrill of outdoor dining, which has boomed in popularity post-lockdown. Plus, the interior mixes café culture with a touch of high-end dining. A library area also awaits for you to curl up with a coffee and paperback, or hold a relaxed Friday afternoon work catch-up.
Most importantly, they deliver stand-up grub all throughout the day. Buckwheat pancakes or parmesan croquettes will hit the spot, as will a portion of the popular smoked haddock and salmon fish cake. Plus, there’s a hearty selection of sourdough pizzas and fresh pasta to top the menu off with crowd-pleasers. Wash those down with a bespoke cocktail and you’ll be doing things as right as you possibly can.
And lastly, at the risk of banging on about those igloos too much, we’ll tell you that if you do manage to get a spot in one, an exclusive menu awaits you. Think truffled wagyu burgers and a warm chocolate fondants with caramelised white chocolate and salted caramel ice cream.
If this sounds like your idea of icy heaven, then you can book your table here. Find Coppa Club Putney from November 2 over at 28 Brewhouse Lane, SW15 2JX (nearest stations are Putney and Putney Bridge).