Coppa Club London | Tower Bridge Restaurant
Last Updated: 9th May 2019
Ah, the Coppa Club.
You don’t need to be a policeman to hang out there…
… but you do need to have an appreciation of smoked haddock arancini and trout grilled on a plancha; carefully chosen wine-lists; and elegant, all-day bistros with sprawling riverside terraces overlooking London’s most picturesque bridge and dotted with private, flower-laden dining booths set up like little glass igloos.
Something tells us you’re going to fit in.
One of two London branches, Coppa Club Tower Bridge is set right by the river next to the Tower of London and the old Wharfinger’s Cottage (which sounds like the lair of a terrible Bond villain). You’ll enter to spot the more casual café and bar areas first, with bentwood chairs scattered across a marble herringbone-tiled floor, while surrounding the central bar are the more formal dining areas, with teal leather booths and sweeping banquettes.
The all-day menu is served throughout the restaurant, and takes its inspiration from across Europe. It’s all been designed for you to pop in at any time of day, so depending on hunger levels you can opt from bar snacks like sticky chorizo sausages and crispy fried truffled gnocchi to sharing plates of fava bean hummus with charred flatbread and labneh; sherry-infused chicken liver pâté; or buttermilk fried chicken with chilli mayo… all the way up to hand-stretched pizzas, fresh pasta, grilled meat and fish and ‘Kale Caesars’ with coppa. And to wash it all down? There’s cocktail pitchers of sangria and elderflower spritzes, a well-priced wine list and cocktails like the Stroppy Cow, which combines Black Cow vodka (made, naturally, from milk) with kahlua, double cream, salted caramel and honeycomb.
Outside, meanwhile, are the famous private ‘igloos’ that started a London-wide trend. The originals (and the best), the pods here are of the deluxe variety with glass windows and raw timber frames festooned with foliage and fairylights. Inside you’ll find banquette seating, candlelit hurricane lanterns and cosy rattan rugs (or fur throws, depending on the time of year). Currently, the terrace is decked out as a ‘Surfers’ Paradise’, with a pop up bar inside a converted VW camper van, a surfboard swing overlooking Tower Bridge, and plenty of al fresco tables and chairs by the riverside.
It’s the perfect spot for a little surf ‘n’ turf.
NOTE: Coppa Club Tower Bridge is open weekdays from 7.30am and weekends from 9am-late. While the igloos tend to book up a few months in advance, they keep a couple back for walk-ins every day. You can find out more, and a book a table HERE.
Coppa Club Tower Bridge | 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, London, EC3R 6AH
Looking for restaurants with a terrace? Check out our guide to Al Fresco Dining in London