Arrivals & Departures Winter wonderland: London's only rooftop ice-skating rink opens

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Heading to London over the winter? Get into the festive spirit with mulled wine, fondue and rooftop ice skating in the East End.

Ice skating has become a favourite for visitors heading to London over the wintertime, whether it's at the Tower of London, Somerset House, the Natural History Museum, Hyde Park or one of the many other outdoor rinks that pop up around the British capital over the cooler months.

But London being London, there's always room for novelty — and in this case it's the city's only rooftop ice-skating rink, which has opened atop a previously disused carpark at historic Tobacco Dock in the East End. 

The venue, called Skylight, launched during the summer, offering lawn games and cocktails. For winter, it's been transformed into a neon-lit winter playground with seasonal drinks, fondue and street food alongside the ice rink, DJs, ice-hockey shooting and more.

Touted by organisers as having "the best views in the city", Skylight's winter incarnation has indoor and outdoor heated seating areas including a cosy enclosed bar. Seasonal drinks such as mulled wine and mulled cider are served, plus food including cheese or chocolate fondue. 

The rooftop ice rink will be open until January 14. 

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