In Pictures: Skybar, A Pop-Up Rooftop Pavilion

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 86 months ago
In Pictures: Skybar, A Pop-Up Rooftop Pavilion
The Skyroom. Photo / Will Pryce.
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The view west along Tooley Street, with the Shard.
The cantilevered balcony that hangs over the street.
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View of the Skybar from street level.

A rooftop bar with wonderful views of the Shard and south London, the Skybar is open for just a few more days. Get in while you still can.

The pavilion opened in September as the Skyroom, part of the London Design Festival, on the roof of the Architecture Foundation on Tooley Street, SE1. Since then, it has hosted a number of public and private events. For the final few days of 2010, the managers convinced Southwark council to award them a liquor licence, and last week it opened as a clandestine cocktail bar.

The bar itself is nearly invisble from street level, save for the cantilevered balcony that hangs from the edge. Taking the lift up to the top, a welcoming (though in this weather not particularly warm) rooftop hideaway presents itself. Comfortable furnishings and space heaters are on hand to keep spirits high. The menu is compact, but the Christingle cocktail and the whiskey toddy were a particularly good choice given the time of year, while the staff are a friendly bunch, happy to talk about anything, be it the most appropriate beverage for the season, or their hopes for the pavilion next year.

Skybar is open 5pm - 10am on Friday December 17th, and Monday December 20th till Wednesday December 22nd. It is on the fifth floor of Magdalen House, at 148 Tooley Street. Nearest station: London Bridge. The bar is cash only.

Last Updated 16 December 2010