sky­light re­view skate over

The Wharf - - Focus - Florence Der­rick

Sky­light has re­opened its rooftop rink, with drinks, street food and ice skat­ing get­ting To­bacco Dock into the Christ­mas spirit early.

I went down to check it out, start­ing the night off with an Ap­ple Crum­ble cock­tail that mixed spiced and white rum with caramel syrup and ap­ple juice – so sweet you could al­most taste the cus­tard but al­le­vi­ated with lemon juice.

My com­pan­ion and I hud­dled up un­der a blan­ket in one of four igloos, with plas­tic walls to block the wind. These can be hired out with mulled wine and blan­kets, at £150 to re­serve all four for three hours.

We soon got peck­ish and went down to the shel­tered food level, where I couldn’t re­sist a Yiro Greek-in­spired beef burger smoth­ered in tzatziki and topped with a slice of hal­loumi.

You’ll need to dress ap­pro­pri­ately to deal with the el­e­ments on an ex­posed rooftop in win­ter – don’t try ice skat­ing with­out mit­tens and a hat on.

But if you come pre­pared, the lit­tle ice rink makes a cute date spot with ro­man­tic views of The Shard and the City twin­kling in the back­ground. It claims to be the only rooftop ice rinks in Europe, yet it’s not even the only one in Lon­don since John Lewis opened its own in Oc­to­ber.

Nev­er­the­less, it’s a cutesy cor­ner of sea­sonal cel­e­bra­tion in Wap­ping and the free en­try makes it def­i­nitely worth an evening of your win­ter. Go to sky­light­lon­don.com

The ice rink at Sky­light

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