How to get the most of Coppa Club Tower Bridge Restaurant in London
Introduction to Coppa Club Tower Bridge Restaurant, London
Coppa Club Tower Bridge restaurant serves general European/Italian dishes including pizza, pasta, salad, wines, and cocktails. It’s also an Instagram worthy restaurant. On the website it says they provide an undisturbed working environment but during dinner it was super busy. Maybe during the afternoon, it’s quieter. Better check it out during the day.
This post will cover reviews on the igloos, the atmosphere, the price, the location, the service, the bar and of course, the food.
Opened in 2015 in London, Coppa Club has many restaurants situated in Henley-on-Thames, Sonning-on-Thames, Maidenhead, Brighton, and Cobham Village. Depending on where you go, you’re either near the beach, in an English village, in an English countryside or a bustling city in London. Either way, all the Coppa Club restaurants are vibrant, busy, and popular. Coppa Club has been a popular visit for locals and tourists, and it’s been a top recommendation from travel articles around London.
How do you get to Tower Bridge from Coppa Club Restaurant?
The nearest tube station is Tower Hill on the Circle and District Line (Green and Yellow Line) and once you see the Tower of London (you can’t miss it), cross the road, walk until you reach the River Thames, and Coppa Club Restaurant is to your right.
There are also major hotels such as Doubletree by Hilton near Tower Hill tube station and The Tower Hotel nestled by the River Thames and Tower Bridge. If you’re staying in any hotels near this area, a few minutes’ walk will take you to the restaurant. the restaurant will be right next to it. The location is 10 out of 10.
The Coppa Club Tower Bridge igloos
The best thing about the Tower Bridge restaurant is its several igloos overlooking the River Thames and it’s situated next to the Tower of London. You’ll also be able to see a great view of Tower Bridge and the Shard. The Shard looks far away, but you’ll be able to see in on the other side of the River Thames. Where it’s located, it’s not far from the Southbank where you’ll find all the major attractions like the London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and many others.
The igloos are what attracts visitors to come to the restaurant. I had a chance to take pictures in the igloo before the next set of people arrived for their booking. Inside the igloo, you can see the view of Tower Bridge and the River Thames but was quite blurred. I thought they were made of glass. It was more of plastic than anything else. It’s still nice sitting and looking over the River Thames and Tower Bridge though.
Although it may look more intimate than the restaurant, the restaurant had a better atmosphere. In several of the igloos, you’d be sharing seats with two other sets of strangers so I feel you won’t get any privacy and they’d eavesdrop on your conversations. For private dining in the igloo, the minimum head is a table of 8 people, otherwise, bookings you’d have to share igloos for 2 or 3 people.
How do you book a Coppa Club Igloo?
Booking online for an igloo is nearly close to impossible. There were spaces available during the week, but weekends were all fully booked. It’s very disappointing since it takes more than 3 months to find available space in the igloo, evening or weekend. The only alternative is to book a table in the restaurant or by phone if you’re lucky.
Are Coppa Club igloos heated?
Heating and blankets were also provided inside the igloos. Some people have said the heating wasn’t that strong, some have said it felt warm and cosy, so it’s mixed reviews on heating. I’ve noticed a few people still wearing jackets when they had heaters on, so I wanted to feel it for myself. I took photos inside the plastic igloo right after the previous party left. Considering they had just left; I felt a little cold. I wanted to see what Tower Bridge looked like and found the view of Tower Bridge blurry. The view was better outside than inside and it’s also worth taking pictures and strolling around the River Thames in the dark before or after your meal.
I opted for the Coppa Club Hot pizza and sweet rose with grapefruit aromas. This is great with seafood and tapas.
The view of Tower Bridge inside the igloo
How to make the most of the areas near Coppa Club Tower Bridge Restaurant
If you happen to walk from London Bridge, you can enjoy the cool night breeze admiring the major attractions illuminate at night 20 minutes before dinner time at the restaurant.
Twinkling lights sparkled in the water from office buildings by the River Thames and the tallest building in Europe, The Shard. The smell of fresh air in the middle of winter fills the air in a clear beautiful night. Coppa Club Tower Bridge Restaurant is located by the River Thames, opposite The Shard. 5 clear igloos, surrounded by green plants, sits overlooking the River Thames and they looked even better and larger in the naked eye.
It seems people are still walking up and down the busy Tower Bridge in the dark. The giant iconic blue Tower Bridge and the 954-year-old Tower of London illuminates at night. You can feel the ghost of Anne Boleyn sweeping around on the grounds of the castle. The Tower of London and Tower Bridge are beautiful at night. Coppa Club Tower Bridge Restaurant is exactly opposite the bright Tower of London.
Walking down a pitched dark path on the outskirts of Tower of London, garden lamps could be found on both sides of the pathway. It is the only thing that guided you to the strip of the River Thames which leads to the restaurant. You could walk on the pavement connecting to Tower Bridge but walking down a dark pathway on the outskirts of Tower of London is much more interesting.
My experience at the Coppa Club Tower Bridge
After so much hype, great reviews, and the new kid on the block, not to mention it’s been promoted across the internet and London travel magazines, Coppa Club Restaurant Tower Bridge seems overrated. The igloos are the most popular thing and it’s difficult to get a reservation. You’d have to wait months for it, especially Christmas.
The igloos are great to take for Social Media and Instagrammers, but Coppa Club Restaurant is just like any other restaurant in London. It’s nothing special. I feel it will wear down in a few years’ time until another restaurant on the block is introduced. Don’t get me wrong, the service was second to none and organised, but I feel Coppa Club Tower Bridge is just like any other restaurants around Central London.
Seating areas could be found inside the igloos and blankets are provided when the weather gets a little cold. It feels more cosy and warmer in the restaurant although the atmosphere can be loud.
The atmosphere of Coppa Club Tower Bridge
There were waiters and security officers dashing around to make sure everyone was seated. It’s a sign the restaurant busy. Around 10 people stood at the door by the reception waiting to be escorted, and I saw that the receptionist looked worn out and tired.
The dark surrounding areas of the restaurant and bar were already crammed with people, a contrast to the many intimate restaurants you would find around London. People spoke loudly, and the background music boomed around the restaurant. The sounds of the crowds and music felt like people cheering at a concert. That was how busy it was. I, on the other hand, had to shout to my friend while we had our meal.
You could see the chefs cooking in the kitchen at the back. Hearing the sizzling of the frying pan made my mouth water already. I couldn’t smell any food being cooked from the entrance, but I could imagine that when people walk past, they could smell the aroma of food.
The service at Coppa Club Tower Bridge
Arriving late, the waitresses were still able to accommodate us despite the busy atmosphere. I didn’t mind sitting in the restaurant, it was just as nice, probably even better. We were given a table next to the door and I was a little bit worried it might get cold when the doors open and close, but I didn’t feel anything. We were satisfied with the table.
As we sat down, they asked us if we had any food allergies. I’m allergic to prawns and she stated several dishes to avoid. It was thoughtful and professional of her to ask. The table service is 10 out of 10 and the food came on time despite the fact it was busy. It was already on the table in 20 minutes.
On the right side of the restaurant was the lobby area, and that area was where you can socialise, relax, drink and work on your laptop. The lobby area, like the restaurant is always crowded in the evening, but the great thing about it is you don’t have to book this area. It’s on a first come first serve basis, and you’ll be lucky to get a table in the evening. The service is 10 out of 10 for me.
I can see the bar light up in the middle of a dark lit restaurant. Silhouettes of people sat on the bar stools and the queue to order drinks can be long. I didn’t go to the bar and pointless to order drinks from the bar, it was better to order them with your meals. From looking at the menu, they had a great selection of drinks.
The food and the wine
The large 12-inch thin-crust pizza, The Coppa Club Hot consisted of spicy salami, nduja, tomato, and mozzarella. Nduja is a salami spread made from Italy which gives it that hot flavour. However, having been to many Italian restaurants around London, the taste and smell were just like any other pizzas in town. If you’ve eaten pizza before, the Coppa Club Hot is nothing different. It’s still delicious though!
The Monte Vista Sauvignon Blanc Rose from Chile gave it that citrus fruit aroma. My love for fruity Rose drew me to opt for Sauvignon Blanc Rose. Compared to the Roses I’ve tasted in the past; I can taste the ripe and strong fruity flavour in the blend. It’s 10 out of 10 for the Rose.
The price for two people was £50 including a bottle of sweet Rose for £22. It was worth the money for the quality of the dishes served to us. I wouldn’t visit regularly but I would come again for the service and the igloo next time. The price here is standard London prices in restaurants like Coppa Club Tower Bridge, so if you find something cheaper, it would only be £2 – £3 less.
Coppa Club Tower Bridge is in the middle-class scale considering its location. The service was outstanding, and we got what we paid for since £50 – £60 is an average London price.
I saw this place from Time Out magazine where you can find a few things to do during the week. Check out Time Out magazine for the latest recommendations on attractions and other things to do around London.
The restaurant advertised itself very well in several major London articles. However, because it’s so popular, you’d have to book the igloo several months in advanced, so if you’re planning to eat in the igloos, make sure you check back at least 3 months before your trip for the igloo seating areas. The best thing about it is that it’s located near the River Thames, Tower of London, The Shard and Tower Bridge. It’s also not far from the strip of the Southbank area.
The environment in the restaurant is just as good as the environment in the igloos. The atmosphere in the restaurant is 9 out of 10 as you would have to shout when having a conversation, but then you’d have to share with 2 other sets of strangers sitting in the igloos.
For a large thin crust pizza and a bottle of Rose, it did fill me up, regardless of the price, I enjoyed my time at Coppa Club Tower Bridge. I would not visit regularly though but if you like a loud, busy, and vibrant evening, then Coppa Club Tower Bridge is for you.
So, out of all the restaurants mentioned, if you want to go for the high-end choice with a view of several major tourist attractions, I recommend Coppa Club Tower Bridge. The service and atmosphere in the restaurant were as it’s promised on the website, and the price was worth the money.
There aren’t many restaurants near Coppa Club Tower Bridge, but there are many high-end restaurants by Tower Bridge, like Coppa Club. Check out The Ivy Tower Bridge, Gaucho Tower Bridge, and Vapiano’s Tower Bridge. The gigantic view of the blue Tower Bridge is spectacular, especially at night. All the restaurants can be loud and busy, but it’s an alternative to Coppa Club Tower Bridge (without the igloos 😊). All services in each restaurant are second to none.