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Coppa Club

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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

The first London-based branch of this all-day restaurant.

With chains such as GBK and Zizzi for company, you might expect a restaurant next to the Tower of London to be brimming with selfie stick-wielding tourists. Thankfully, that’s not the case at Coppa Club. Having originally made its home next to the Thames in Berkshire, this all-day restaurant has taken the plunge into London with a second riverside restaurant, which comes with quite a view. Positioned next to Tower Bridge and opposite the Shard it boasts what must be one of the largest riverside terraces in London, but the big glass windows mean you can soak up the sights even when it’s too chilly to go al fresco. 

A relaxed menu combines small plates, dishes from the grill, pizzas and pasta, as well as nibbles if you’re just in it for the views. An unlikely snack of deep-fried truffled gnocchi was seriously moreish, while light, crisp calamari had an extra kick from sriracha mayo on the side.

Rib-eye steak was juicy, tender and cooked to order, although the supplementary truffle cream didn’t really add anything to the dish. Better still was a delicate whole roasted sea bream, stuffed with rosemary and slices of courgette, served with a fresh tomato and fennel salad. A rich chocolate and almond cake with citrusy crème fraîche rounded things off nicely.

The only slight hiccup was a clunky ordering system that meant waiters had to painstakingly search for each dish or drink on a smartphone, resulting in a mix-up with our drinks. But if they can iron out the kinks in the technology (or ditch it altogether), it should soon be smooth sailing for this riverside dining spot.

Details

Address: 3 Three Quays Walk
Lower Thames Street
London
EC3R 6AH
Transport: Tube: Tower Hill
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £65.
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Users say (10)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.2 / 5

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tastemaker

Back in October I spent a whole day online desperately trying to book one of Coppa Club's infamous igloos for December.  Was it worth the stress?  Hell yeah!


Overlooking Tower Bridge and The Shard, the setting is perfect for a festive meal and since there were six of us we had the igloo to ourselves.  It was a drizzly evening but we were cosy inside with our furry blankets and little heater.  The food was good - not outstanding but what you would expect from a chain like Coppa Club.  The only downside (which of course can't be helped!) is that every time a course was delivered to the table it meant opening the igloo and letting all the cold air in! Minor draw for an otherwise fabulous dining experience. 


My boyfriend recently booked for us to go here and I loved it. On the night it was pouring with rain and there were lots of train troubles.It didn't take away my enjoyment of the night. I was super excited to dine in one of the festive igloos. The views of Tower bridge and the river Thames are beautiful. I would say the food is just your average food but the experience and atmosphere are worth going for. The staff were really friendly and helpful.

Tastemaker

Loud and busy, with an excellent location overlooking the Thames. It's difficult to snag one of the coveted outdoor cabanas/igloos. And the portions are meagre; you're likely to leave hungry.

tastemaker

I was excited when I managed to book dinner in a cabana as I had also wanted to visit the igloos over winter. They are pretty and would offer great views along the Thames, so I was a bit disappointed to see that they had a plastic type sheeting around the windowed areas of the cabanas which meant that you couldn't see out, I was also a little disappointed that we were sharing the cabana with two other people on a smaller table, I think this should be stated when booking. 

That aside the service was good and the food was really reasonably priced, not a huge amount of choice on the menu but enough that I didn't struggle with finding something to eat. I went with the fennel sausage pizza, which was ok, a little bland but ok. Overall it was a great place to go with friends, in one of my favourite parts of London so it's worth a visit! 

tastemaker

After missing out on a booking in the igloos over winter, I couldn't chance missing the cabanas! Now this is the epitome of al fresco dining...a romantic riverside spot complete with sunset views and fairy lights. Menu is overloaded with choice, although the service is extremely slow. We unfortunately had the cabana in the corner and waited over 30 minutes for the main course and drinks. I went for a healthy summer salad which was both filling and flavoursome

Tastemaker

Coppa Club is a fantastic find just ten minutes walk from Bank or 3 minutes from Tower Hill. You'll love the outdoor undercover pergolas which mean on a sunny day, you can brunch or dine in the sun but with a bit of protection from the weather. Alas, when we went it was torrential rain so we experienced the indoor setting instead which is light, bright and incredibly noisy. I could barely hear the person next to me at the table but with that aside, you're in for a treat. The service is excellent - friendly, smiley and helpful without being overbearing. The food is ok, I was disappointed by the starters (they were tiny so no good for sharing) but I enjoyed my spicy pizza main course. 


Igloo- great idea and good experience. Looked great at night time. Menu was limited & service could be improved as it was quite slow

tastemaker

Everyone went crazy for the igloos by the Tower of London, courtesy of Coppa Club. Big congratulations to the person who thought of the idea, as they have been booked out since November.


On a Sunday at 11am, I hoped that there would be room for me in one of the igloos Coppa Club keep as a walk in. I was a happy girl when they said I could have a table for 1.5 hours.


The igloos are all heated, some have three tables (1 x 2 and 2 x 4), others have sofas and some have just one table for larger parties. It was a quirky little experience and I am glad I went.


We went for the brunch which is averagely priced but fairly average served. The staff (bar one) were rather abrupt, which was a shame. My pancakes and bacon were quite nice but nothing to shout about and my friend had the smashed avocado with poached egg, which she said was good but slightly stingy only having one slice of toast.


The interior of Coppa Club is actually rather lovely – modern and spacious so don’t get too sad if there are no igloos left.


Overall message: Service needs improving. 


I recently had a Christmas dinner here and it was wonderful Christmas experience. We had reservations inside, and immediately signed up for the wait list for igloos outside. The staff were really fun, friendly and attentive – and constantly kept us updated on our expected waiting times for the igloo. We were luckily able to push our dinner reservation back by 30 minutes to coincide with the next available igloo – and our party of 8 comfortably fitted inside one igloo. It was really festive and warm (this was definitely appreciated, as it was a freezing cold December night). The internal speakers did not work at first, but came on half way through our meal. There was slight confusion over our pre-ordered Christmas meal but this was quickly sorted out. The only slight complaint would be that they only gave us one small plate / bowl per side to share between the entire table of 8. As we were an igloo, and not in the main restaurant – the wait staff were not able to serve us as regularly / timely as would be possible in the main restaurant, and if we wanted their attention one of us would have to leave the igloo, walk through the cold and then back into the restaurant to find them. However overall dinner was excellent. Most of the group opted for the Turkey main. I had the orange polenta cake for dessert which was amazing – and we had loads of mini mince pies to finish. We were able to stay in the igloo for as long as we liked. I would highly recommend this as a date night or special occasion meal. The views from the igloo were spectacular, as they are located on the riverside – with stunning views of Tower Bridge.

Tastemaker

When we first arrived for our reservation on a Saturday night, we were confronted by the maitre d who insisted on seeing my email confirmation, as it seemed my name wasn't on the list. When we actually got into the restaurant just after 9pm it was only half full so I don't understand the urgency for our reservation to be verified so forcefully. There was a group of 9 of us and as we all went into the restaurant the maitre d kept asking everyone if they had a reservation. Overall it was not a very warm first impression. The restaurant location is great, tucked away with a view of tower bridge and city hall but not easily found by all the tourists at the Tower of London. The restaurant was bright and comfortable although there seemed to be a lot of tables that hadn't yet been cleared up, making things feel a bit messy. The prices were very reasonable for central London - about £11 for a main. The cocktails only cost £7 or £8, but my strawberry spritz had a synthetic taste to it. Overall the meal came to £30 each including drinks, some starters, mains and a few desserts. My vegetarian smoked mozzarella and mushroom pastry was delicious and apparently the steak and trout were also very nice. Funny enough the vegetarian ravioli was more expensive than the steak, which didn't really make sense. For dessert I had the rhubarb panna cotta which was a good portion but the rhubarb in the compote was quite tough. Unfortunately the unwelcome feeling continued in the restaurant - plates were taken away before two of us were finished eating. Then when I asked at 11:00 if it would be possible for us to have a drink in one of the empty igloos the person I asked gleefully said "absolutely not". It's a shame the service was so poor because the food was quite good overall and the location is lovely.

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