Skylight

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(11user reviews)
Skylighht Bar. The Dock.  Photo by Steve Dunlop steve@stevedunlop.com www.stevedunlop.com
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The Dock. Tobacco Dock Wapping London.
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Have some (legal) fun in a former carpark at Skylight, a rooftop playground in Tobacco Dock, which is back for some summer fun. The Wapping rooftop will be home to three floors of bars, street food, croquet and pétanque with some unparalleled panoramas of the city skyline to boot. There'll also be screens to watch the Word Cup and Wimbledon unfold and don't miss the one-off parties throughout tehe summer featuring DJ collectives including Gold Teeth and Coastal Haze. Find out more here.

Price for a 45 minute croquet game is £25-£35. Price for a Pétanque game is £15. Group tables start from £10. Book here

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I went to the first night last night and absolutely loved it! They've totally transformed the top of a car park into a really cool venue, with different levels and several bars. The street food stalls served delicious food, and we had a lot of fun playing the croquet and petanque. The views were superb - great place to enjoy a hot summer's evening.

Tastemaker

Skylight is another venue to go on your list of top rooftop bars in London.


Residing on top of a disused car park in Tobacco Dock, Wapping, Skylight is where the very cool kids hang out. 


You'll enjoy your favourite cocktails and summer tipples from the well-stocked bar (I counted 4 of them) and you can enjoy an unobstructed view of London skyline. 


As night falls. and for those more inclined to partake in an activity or two, why not enjoy a game of boules, virtual penalty football and even croquet? For those who appreciate a more chilled evening why not sink into the many beanbags laid out around the venue?


There are 3 floors in total. The upper deck is more suited for those who'll welcome conversations over drinks (and views) while the basement is where you'll find the sustenance you need to go with your refreshing watermelon mojito.


Talking about food, this is my only gripe about Skylight. It could be stronger. There are only 2 food stalls open on my visit. But I visited on opening day so who knows, many might have joined the party.


As mentioned skylight is where all the really cool kids hang out. If you do go (and I suggest you do) then grab a drink, impress your mates with your croquet skills and then sink back in your bean bag as you watch for sun disappear behind London's incredible city skyline. Not a bad way to spend a sunny day in London at all.

tastemaker

Had a lovely evening on this beautiful rooftop. I feel like it’s less busy than some others in London because of its location so it’s worth checking out on a hot day. Lovely food and drinks - perfect for those few summer days we get.

Tastemaker

It had been on my Winter to-do list for ages and I finally went just before the Xmas weekend. 

I'm not going to lie, this is one hard place to get to. Right off Tobacco Docks, you need to walk through deserted streets to get to the 'entrance': a terrifying dead-silent parking lot where two dudes are there to let you in. We strongly considered not to go in as it looked way too much like the beginning of a horror film but, seizing all our courage, we walked in.

Turns out there is not much to do after all. All there is is an ice rink, two or three bars and two food places. There's a nice view but it's not quite enough the make the trip worthwhile. In the main, warm room, there are loads of tables, seats and soft blankets - very risky as I was super close to falling asleep.

After going to Skylight, I'd suggested visiting beautiful Saint Katherine's Dock and its great boats and cool pubs.


Tastemaker

Situated right next to Tobacco Docks, this is a pretty great events and venue space that has a huge amount going for it. In summer it's got fantastic views of the city and a great breeze, and in winter they threw in a skating rink and turned the lower bar into a huge snug, with fondue and drinks aplenty! 


staff are great and friendly, and possibly only thing I'd say is that they're a bit light on numbers especially when it's busy! But still, great to see such an interesting use of the space, and has had me coming back a few times already! 

tastemaker

Interesting place - I came for a round of iceskating, which was alright except of the fact that the plastic shoes were extremely uncomfortable and quite painful to wear. The view from the ice rink was just stunning so I quickly forgot about the pain and enjoyed myself.

I treated myself with some mulled wine after skating, which was tasty but unfortunately not warm enough. The venue is quirky, colourful and very spacious, the staff was friendly and helpful which results in 4 stars for Skylight. I will be back in summer!

tastemaker

Was looking for somewhere different to have a drink & some food with friends, and fancied getting into the christmas spirit. After seeing Skylight pop up a lot on Instagram, decided to pay it a visit. As it is a rooftop bar on top of a multi-storey car park, the entrance and walkway up to the bar isn't the most glamorous. Once at the top though, the fairy lights, the ice rink and not to mention the view - stunning! It was a cold evening, but we sat under the pagoda which has outdoor heating so felt quite warm. The mulled wine was fairly priced, and felt you get a decent amount compared to a lot of places where it can be expensive for not a lot. Unfortunately, during our visit the generator was repeatedly cutting out, meaning that the lights kept going off for several minutes at a time. During this time the bar could only accept cash, as there was no electric. For food, we went into the food court section underneath. Thoroughly recommend the cheese fondue from Melt Fondue, absolutely delicious! Again due to the generator cutting out, there was a half hour wait for a portion of chips (which we decided not to go for) and the other food vendor Yiro had to close early. So it was a good job that we all wanted the fondue! 

Skylight was fun, and offered some amazing views over the city. The electric being down did spoil our experience, so probably won't venture back any time soon - maybe in the Summer when it's a bit warmer!

tastemaker

Dressed for winter this rooftop bar has everything you need for a christmassy evening. From mulled wine to ice skating there is something for everyone including amazing views of London's skyline, cheese fondue and really friendly bar staff. This was a great way to kick start the Christmas season and might have to become somewhere I go regularly. I love roof tops, I love Christmas and I love London so having all of this incorporated into one on a roof top at Tobacco Doc was wicked. 

tastemaker

I decided to go up to the Skylight for a quick late summer’s day drink last week and was genuinely surprised by this place being pretty awesome without being too trendy.


Theres a lot of stairs to climb and its not serviced by the lifts so i dont think its wheelchair friendly however when you get to the top theres a games area and also a few food stalls. I headed to the bar which was a disused container and I bought a large round which was WAY cheaper than I thought it would be. Very good very good!


The staff came round offering blankets to all of us and theres also very clean toilets that have been set up. All in all I think this is an awesome place to visit IF its near you. I wouldn’t go out of my way to get here but for those nearer East London than me, go for it. Very nice and managed to get a seat with no problem. For me it was the right side of busy.

tastemaker

Lovely chilled out spot in the Tobacco Dock. We didn't play any Boules or Croquet as you had to book in advance, but I'll definitely be returning with a group of friends (It's £25 for croquet, £15 for petanque for 30-45 mins for up to six people). Perfect spot for watching the sun go down over London landmark buildings. My only gripe was that I asked for a strawberry and lime rekorderlig cider and they had run out, but rather than letting me know this, the bar man just poured me a wild berries one and hoped that I wouldn't notice (I did).