Skylight rooftop pop-up returns to Tobacco Dock


Skylight may not have its famous rooftop ice rink this year, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t pumped to pay them a visit soon, as they makeover the entire space for Christmas.

Christmas at Tobacco Dock is a collection of outdoor and socially distanced festive eating and drinking experiences situated on the rooftop venue and at ground level across the Grade-1 listed warehouses and cobbled lanes of Tobacco Dock.

The iconic venue and event space is now home to a rooftop igloo village, spacious Après Ski Lodge bar, Off-Piste Speakeasy bar and Christmas Cocktail Cinema Experience.

A Bavarian-inspired menu is also available – and essential these days as Tier 2 restrictions force anyone who is drinking to have a substantial meal as well. So don’t fill up on snacks before heading here. Get all the food and booze together. We’ve got to be tactical (sand safe) this festive period.

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The igloo village is located up at Skylight Rooftop, providing wicked views across the city’s skyline. Warmed with mini-heaters, these igloo-bubbles come with warming welcome drinks and alpine-inspired decor, featuring faux-fur rugs and thick blankets for extra cosiness. Guests can also take advantage of full table service and dedicated food and drink offering – of course, you still have to be from one household.

For those looking for some festive escapism, they even have a Christmas Cocktail Cinema. It’s showing back-to-back classic Christmas movies throughout the run, from Love Actually to Die Hard. The cinema will be an adults-only experience and will serve themed cocktails and gourmet snacks.

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The Christmas cinema is even up and running already! Images by Haydon Perrior.

There are 2 new bars at Skylight too. Off-Piste – a secret speakeasy themed drinking den with exposed-brick walls and burnished copper wall fittings is an intimate space for those in search of a high-end cocktail hideaway.

And the mighty Après Ski Lodge on Skylight Rooftop’s level 9, which has undergone a chalet makeover – with generously spaced low-lit benched seating, Christmas trees and snug sheepskins.

Under Tier 2 restrictions, indoor bookings (including igloos) are available for same-household groups and support bubbles of up to 6 people. Outdoor bookings are available for mixed household groups of up to 6 people. This is one of the few Christmas pop ups we’ll be lucky enough to try this year – so get booking ASAP.

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