Opening hours
  • Thursday and Friday15:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday and Sunday12:00 - 22:00
  • Monday 21 December15:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 22 December15:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 23 December12:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 24 December12:00 - 17:00
  • Christmas DayClosed
  • Boxing DayClosed
  • Sunday 27 DecemberClosed
  • Monday 28 December12:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 29 December12:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 30 December12:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 31 December12:00 - 22:00*
  • New Years DayClosed
  • Saturday 02 January12:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 03 January12:00 - 22:00
Show Christmas Hours

*we will open to issued government guidelines

Tobacco Dock, Wapping, London E1W 2SF

3rd December - 3rd January

The news of a new lockdown hasn't dampened our Skylight festive spirit. We will come back as soon as we can and adjust our schedule accordingly - our book with confidence policies are in full effect. This Christmas, Skylight is expanding beyond the rooftop and taking over Tobacco Dock. We’re bringing our award-winning service, famous igloos and ice rink to the iconic Quayside - with full Covid-secure protocols in place. Leave 2020 outside the gates and enter a cosy, twinkly world of wintery festive fun.

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What will you find this Christmas at Skylight?

Celebrate the season in your very own ice palace (well, igloo). With 360° vistas of the distinctive city skyline, award-winning mixology and an alpine-inspired street food menu, Skylight Rooftop is a perfect spot for a festive get-together. Our snuggly igloos, complete with blankets and mounds of cushions give you the best seat in the house to catch our famous sunset, wherever you’re sitting. Hunker down with your friends (up to 5 of them for the time being!), get involved with a mountain of Tartiflette, discover the joy of Poutine and oil the party wheels with a steaming jug of mulled wine.

  • Wapping ln. entrance
  • Rec. 2-4 hours
  • 2-6 people

Party in a luxury chalet this festive season. Get convivial and raise a glass (or three) to toast the season; our award-winning cocktails are guaranteed to keep those festive vibes a-buzzing. Meanwhile our Beechwood Smoked Bratwurst (vegan alternative available) or moreish Poutine serve as trusty stomach-liners! If you need something more sustaining, get stuck into some of our heartier options, with dishes including Chicken Schnitzel, Tartiflette and Slow Cooked Beef or Bean Cassoulet. Plus the best après party tracks from our resident DJ to round off the evenings in style.

  • Wapping ln. entrance
  • 75 min - 2.5 hour sittings
  • Max. 6 people

Tucked away in the Vaults, join us for some clandestine cocktail fun at our exclusive Speakeasy, an under-the-radar luxe festive experience. With a maximum capacity of just 22, the Speakeasy is an intimate space for those of you who want to avoid too much hub bub and bustle and to concentrate on the serious business of cocktails! Our pre-set experiences will take you on a cocktail tasting journey. Table service only with tantalising concoctions dreamt up by our award-winning mixologist Sebastian and premium bar snacks, if you take having fun seriously, this is the place to be.

  • Wapping ln. entrance
  • 3 hours

Forget the usual cinema fare of sticky carpets and endless trailers, we’re bringing you festive cocktails, luxurious seating and gourmet snacks. We figured you might have had enough of watching films in your living room this year, so we’ve created a fun movie experience for you to share with your friends. Catch up over a drink (or two!) before the film begins, then snuggle up under your blankets for one of your Christmas favourites. We’ll break for an interval halfway, so you can top up your popcorn and enjoy another cocktail. We’ll be showing a range of movies over the season.

Skylight rooftop

Booze, views and igloos

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Après ­ski lodge

Cosy sheepskin rugs, warm timbers – get your hygge on

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Off-Piste

Speakeasy Cocktail Bar

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Christmas Cocktail Cinema

It wouldn’t be Christmas without those yuletide classics

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More to do on the day

Try an exclusive on-the-day experience

  • Ice Skating

    Sadly, the most recent lockdown announcement from the UK government has meant our iconic ice rink will not be joining us for 2020. We fully expect it to be back with us in the sky in 2021.

  • Christmas market

    Our mini-Christmas market is filled with seasonal treats to keep up your energy reserves. Warm yourself up with steaming mugs of mulled wine and sugar-dusted churros and soak up the atmosphere of Skylight Christmas.

  • Open Air Café

    Want to enjoy the magic of Skylight Christmas but haven’t booked ahead? Grab a seat at our Open Air Café where you can enjoy food and drinks from the Christmas Market and watch the world go by.

Ice skating, the Christmas mini-market and open air café cannot be booked in advance and are first-come-first-served on the day. Ask a member of our concierge team when you arrive for details.

special events

Throughout the season, there will be some very special events including New Year’s Eve parties, guest DJs and comedy nights.

What changes have we made at Skylight this festive season?

  • Safety
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  • Safety

We take safety seriously

We can’t wait to celebrate the festive season with you! In order to keep you and our team safe, we’ve worked alongside government advice and trade bodies to create the safest experience possible for everyone.

Tobacco Dock have achieved both AIM Secure and Good To Go Industry Standard accreditation, demonstrating our preparedness for hosting COVID safe events and we are working within those guidelines.

COVID-19 Safety Info
A dedicated concierge team

A dedicated concierge team

Our on-site concierge service means that there’s always someone on hand to help you get the most out of your day. Having too much fun and don’t want to go? We can help you add on another experience. How about an extra hour in an igloo, a table in the Ski Lodge or a trip to the cinema (subject to availability of course)?

How to find Skylight

Skylight is located in the heart of East London’s thriving enterprise zone, within striking distance of central London, and super easy to reach by public transport.

  • Shadwell Station

    5 mins

  • canary wharf dlr

    15 mins

  • shoreditch overground

    2 stops

  • Wapping Overground

    6 mins

  • bank dlr

    1 stop

  • tower hill station

    15 mins

Want something more bespoke?

Let us plan your day

It’s the season of plenty and we want you to get the most out of your Skylight Christmas visit. Our concierge team can help you book a combination of activities for a perfect day. How about drinks in the Après Ski Lodge followed by a spin on the ice and some churros at the market? Or perhaps you’d like to kick off proceedings with a VIP cocktail experience in our hidden Speakeasy then venture through the enchanted woods for a romantic Feast in the Forest?

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FAQs
  • General
  • Bookings
  • Covid-19
What forms of payment do you accept?

We’re a cashless venue and accept card and contactless payments only.

Can I order at the bar?

Coming to Skylight is the perfect opportunity to relax so take advantage of our full table service offering! You cannot order from the bar only from your waiter.

Can I pre-order food and drink?

Yes, you can! Why not have your first round of drinks ready and waiting on your table when you arrive? Make the most of your visit by selecting a delicious food and drinks package when making your booking.

Can I bring my children?

You can bring children (under 18) along during the day until 6pm in all locations other than our speakeasy cocktail bar. Under 18s are only welcome after 6pm in our igloos.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs and their well-behaved owners are welcome up at Skylight Rooftop until 6pm. Guide dogs are always welcome.

I left something behind. Who do I get in touch with?

Any lost property will be held for 4 weeks, after which time it will be donated to charity. If you’ve left any of your possessions behind, get in touch with the team by emailing info@skylightlondon.com.

Can I bring a birthday cake?

Sorry, we don’t allow any outdoor food or drink items into Skylight. This is to ensure our food protocols are adhered to and to avoid allergy exposure to our guests. You can pre order a cake with your table / igloo booking and we also have sweet treats on our food menus which can be ordered with your waiter.

Can I bring balloons or decorations?

Unfortunately, due to health and safety, we cannot have balloons or decorations at Skylight.

It’s raining! Is there shelter?

While we are an outdoor venue the majority of our spaces are covered and heated to keep you dry and cosy. If you have booked an uncovered area and it starts raining, please see our concierge team to move to an alternative area.

I’ve got loads of stuff with me. Do you have anywhere I can put my luggage?

Unfortunately we do not have cloakroom facilities and are unable to store bulky items.

How much is skating?

We charge £12 for a 40-minute session, including skate hire. You’re welcome to bring your own skates, but the £12 charge will still apply. Access to the rink is strictly controlled and we allow a maximum of 50 skaters on the ice at any one time.

Can I drink and skate?

We want everyone to have fun, but we also want you to stay safe. We reserve the right to the refuse access to the ice to anyone who may have been hitting the mulled wine a little too hard.

Can I smoke?

Smoking is allowed in our specified outdoor areas.

Can I come to Skylight Christmas without a booking?

Bookings are highly recommended. We have a small number of unbookable tables in the Open Air Café at which you will be able to enjoy takeaway food and drink items from the Christmas market and the ice rink is run on a first come first served basis. If you would like to take part in any of our activities, or would like a table, we recommend you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

What is your cancellation policy?

We want you to be able to book with confidence, and we understand that (particularly at the moment) even the best laid plans can go awry. All cancellations made at least 7 days before your booking was meant to take place will be refunded in full – no questions asked. If you need to cancel your booking due to self-isolation, please get in touch with the team. If at any stage Skylight is unable to open due to newly announced government advice, please contact info@skylightlondon.com and we will either move your booking to a new date or issue a refund. Refunds will take up to 10 days to be returned to your account.

Is my table reservation fee redeemable against food or drinks?

The price you pay to book a table or Igloo is the table reservation fee and is not redeemable against food or drinks. Some of the packages you can book e.g. Quayside Igloos include 6 welcome drinks with the booking, this is stated on the booking page.

Which entrance am I meant to use?

For bookings at Skylight Rooftop, head to our Pennington Street entrance, for the rest of the Skylight Christmas experience, join us at the main Tobacco Dock gates on Wapping Lane.

We’re running late! Will you hold our booking?

If you’re delayed, please email info@skylightlondon.com and we will do our best to accommodate late-comers.

Can I reserve a time for skating?

You can’t book skating ahead of your visit. Ice skating is available on a first-come-first-served basis and our concierge team will be able to help you with a timing.

We’re here and having too much fun to leave. Can we extend our booking to stay longer?

Yes of course! Our friendly concierge team will be able to check on availability and help you extend your visit subject to availability.

What are you doing to be covid-safe?

Visit this page to find out more.

Do I have to wear my mask on the ice rink?

Not while you’re skating. We ask that all our visitors wear their masks at all times except when they are seated at their tables or when on the ice.

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