Skylight is back after two incredible seasons of fun that saw over 60,000 people enjoy stunning views, tasty cocktails, wine, beer and fun. If you’ve not heard of it, where have you been hiding? Skylight is back on the roof top of Tobacco Dock, just a short walk from Shadwell Overground and Shadwell DLR stations.
As we’re well into September and October will soon be upon us there will be a slight shift in Skylight’s focus from summer fun to the harvest with a focus on world beer, ciders, bratwurst, pumpkins and more making it a great place to celebrate Oktoberfest and Halloween!
Then as the year slips away towards November, December and even into January, Skylight will see the return of their massively popular rooftop ice rink -which happens to be the only one of it’s kind in Europe so sign me right up!
We visited just as the hot weather decided to take a break and the heavens opened with what felt like a month’s supply of rain in a few hours, but we didn’t let that dampen our fun. We grabbed a cocktail, sat inside and chatted the evening away.
Our first round of summery cocktails, to drag ourselves away from the rain, consisted of The Skylight Sangrita, which is a delighful, fruity mix of Patron Silver, Yellow Chartreuse, Triple Sec, Peach Purée, Riesling and Peach Bitters with a hint of Mint. This went down a little too easy which is always a good sign!
My drinking partner for the evening, Ella, went even more summery with a Watermelon Mojito made with Bacardi Carta Blanca, Lime Juice, Sugar Syrup, Watermelon, and, of course, Mint Leaves. This smelt so good and she literally drunk every last drop so good work guys, you achieved summer in a cup right there!
Our second round of cocktails brought us slightly clearer skies so we perched outside whilst we could. I ordered the Blue Spritz which is a twist on the classic Aperol Sprirtz made with Prosecco, Aperol, Soda, and the addition of Crème De Violette. This made the drink ever so slightly blue, which the photo didn’t pick up sadly, but the best bit was that it tasted of Palma Violet sweets!
Ella went a little more traditional with an Orange Espresso Martini, made rather traditionally with Kahlua, Espresso, and Cointreau but with a hint of Grey Goose L’Orange to give it an extra kick.
By this point we were rather peckish so we ventured over to the food stalls where I grabbed myself a Vegetarian Halloumi wrap with plenty of salad and just a little spice from Yiro.
Ella tried out the Vegan Spiced caulifower which is their newest vegan option consisting of deep fried caulifower; spiced with cumin, pepper and turmeric, topped with almond flakes and tahini. Both were served with Salted Fries which made this a great size for dinner and for lining our stomachs from those cocktails we had been consuming!
There’s also a burger stand called Flip Side offering meaty goodness should these meatless options not tickle your fancy!
Skylight is the perfect place for catching up with friends or for hosting events as there were plenty of office outings happening around us. It’s such a popular option as entry to Skylight is free and gives you plenty of entertainment for the evening. I will most certainly be back to try out the Ice Rink during winter time with mates!