West In­dia Quay gets ready for the war of the igloos

The Wharf - - Details - Email info@the­sip­pin­groom.co.uk or call 020 3907 0320. Laura En­field

Br­rrr it’s pretty nippy isn’t it?

Yes.

Fancy go­ing for a warm­ing after work drink?

OK.

Good, it might loosen your tongue

Un­doubt­edly.

Any trendy new places to go?

Yes, those igloos look pretty cool.

Cool? They’re made of snow..

Not real igloos, we’re not Eski­mos. The plas­tic pop-up ones that are at The Sip­ping Room.

On West In­dia Quay? I thought that was a Coppa Club thing?

It was. But now ev­ery­one has re­alised what a great idea they are. It’s the war of the igloos.

So what has The Sip­ping Room got?

Six igloos on the ter­race over­look­ing North Dock and the sparkling lights of Ca­nary Wharf.

Should I get my coat?

Yes. But you might not need it. They’re clear plas­tic pods that let you see the views while stay­ing warm. Up to 10 peo­ple can snug­gle up in each one with elec­tric heaters, sheep­skin throws, hot wa­ter bot­tles and Aran jumpers.

So things could get pretty heated. What about that drink to help me cool down?

You’ll be able to get fes­tive tip­ples, such as the Mistle­toe Spritz and Down The Chim­ney.

Any special grub?

Nat­u­rally. Canapés and shar­ing plates. Come De­cem­ber, there will be fes­tive clas­sics.

I love win­ter. Any­thing else?

Yes ac­tu­ally. Two of the igloos will be cu­rated by the mak­ers of Scotch whiskey Cop­per Dog. They’ll have ex­clu­sive drinks such as the Bakewell Punch and the Sun­downer Chai. Food will in­clude small plates such as seared sir­loin and BBQ pork slid­ers.

I’m not very good at mak­ing de­ci­sions. I get brain freeze..

Chill out. They’re of­fer­ing the “ul­ti­mate Cop­per Dog ex­pe­ri­ence” for £35pp. There’s even a bit of his­tory.

So just head on over?

Yes, you’ve got un­til Jan­uary 31, when the igloos will dis­ap­pear like a burst bub­ble. But you’d bet­ter move faster than a hun­gry po­lar bear to en­sure a book­ing. Do say Eskimo kisses all round. Don’t say Let’s carve our names in the wall.

The igloos are in place on West In­dia Quay

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