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?


Fancy go­ing for a warm­ing after work drink?


Good, it might loosen your tongue


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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