Another day, another rooftop – but with London in the midst of a heatwave, there’s really no excuse but to explore the bars in the skies one by one is there?
This time The Date Night Review took the overground (I know – shock, HORROR!) the lesser known area of Wapping, which is home to Grade I listed warehouse, Tobacco Dock. As well as being a very popular event space, this warehouse recently opened a brand new rooftop bar set over 3 levels of an old car park called…
What: Rooftop Bar
Where: 7-minute walk from Wapping, 15-min walk from Shadwell
When: Thursday – Sunday / 5 pm – 11 pm weekdays / noon – 11 pm weekends
How much: Free entry, £5+ food and drink
While this particular rooftop terrace is slightly out of the comfort zone of central Londoners (i.e. it’s not in zone 1), it certainly doesn’t lack anything because of it. In fact, from its size and layout to its decor and social activity, Skylight showcases a combination of all the best bits you’d expect to see at more central competitors.
For instance, entertainment. It seems like England’s capital has cottoned onto the fact that alcohol is complimented by good weather and a team sport. You’ve seen the likes of the Ping Pong-ers (e.g. Bounce), Social Dart-ers (e.g. Flight Club), Sluggers (e.g. Roof East), Swingers (no, not that kind) and crazy golf-ers (e.g. Plonk), but have you come across anywhere with a mini croquet court?
Cue Skylight. You can book out their astroturfed croquet and pétanque courts for only £15 per session, helping you feel wonderfully British as you sip away your jug of Pimms on a balmy summer eve.
The astroturf actually expands out across the whole roof, with giant lazy-boy bean bags scattered around the perimeter helping you to feel relaxed and much like you’re lounging in the garden with your friends.
In terms of the decor, the whole venue is extremely colourful and summery as you’d expect, however sensibly there are some undercover areas in the form of pergolas (!) for the inevitable showers that might crash the party. Yes, that’s right, they exist outside of the Instagram King that is Pergola on The Roof (although watch this space…. it’s on the list).
As for quenching your thirst and eating your fill, you’ll find not one, not two but three bars on the top floor of this venue serving pints at a reasonable £5.50 and cocktails/pitchers for slightly more. On the lower level sits the food court which I admittedly didn’t sample (classic eating is cheating situ), but serves a range of pop-up street food that you can enjoy anywhere in the venue.
On top of all of this, ultimately this vibrant oasis atop Tobacco Dock is a very romantic spot to watch the sun go down over the city. Perfect date if you ask me!