Despite the fact that Halloween has just passed, I’m already in the Christmas spirit thanks to my visit to Roof East Stratford on Thursday.
I was lucky enough to be invited down (or should I say up?!) to the iconic rooftop for their winter makeover with Social Fun & Games Club. I was invited alongside some of the girls and boys of Love Pop Ups – London and I have to say, it was one of my favourite blogger events/events with Love Pop Ups – London yet. I’d last visited Roof East Stratford
for Rooftop Film Club last summer, so I was definitely intrigued to find out what it was like during winter.
Upon arriving, we headed through a tent area donned with Christmas decorations such as a Christmas tree, twinkling lights and a mannequin in a ski suit – to keep in line with the theme of the Slider’s curling, of course!
We were then shown to one of many inflatable snow globes which offered one, singular round lamp in the centre of the table and twinkling blue fairy lights above us, complete with a few snowflake and bauble decorations. The seats were covered in a soft and warm fur also, giving the igloo the perfect winter touch.
Being the press/preview/launch night, we were lucky enough to have a waitress on hand who was more than helpful when it came to recommending and bringing us our drinks and food. There are two bars on site with a large array of both winter themed and classic drinks to choose from. Some of the seasonal drinks included Boozy Hot Chocolate, Jager Ski Shot (four shots of Jager served on a ski!), Gin Fizz and Proper Snowball.
The boozy hot chocolate went down a treat and was filled with tons of flavour, whereas the Gin Fizz (gin, pomegranate and cranberries, served with sparkling water and garnished with fresh rosemary) was entirely Instagram-worthy and gave me a warm/tipsy buzz too which was good!
For food, we had the choice between two vendors: Jimmy’s Lodge and Crazy Pig. Both offered a lot of yummy canapes and traditional winter food (such as hog roast), and we chose to sample a few tasters from each. The mini burgers really hit the spot (the veggie one was particularly tasty!) and the hot dogs were piled high with yummy toppings. We also sampled some nachos and a cheese/meat board; we were spoilt for choice but not one thing disappointed.
We ate until we were full and drank until we were merry inside our snow dome which was actually so warm that we had to remove our coats. Chatting amongst each other, drinking warm seasonal cocktails and listening to a great soundtrack – overlooking the beautiful view of London at night too – was really nice and definitely put me in the Christmas spirit.
Once we left the comfort of our personal dome, we headed over to the retro neon curling lanes where we attempted to crown a champion between us. Playing in pairs against each other, we soon got the hang of the game and it wasn’t long before we realised how addictive it was. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be too, despite having never played before!
All in all, it was a really lovely evening that I don’t think I’ll forget in a hurry. It was so nice to go as a group and just relax in such a great atmosphere. We were looked after so well and I can’t believe how Christmassy I felt so soon after Halloween. It really did give me that excited feeling in my tummy!
Whilst exploring, we also found a talented gentlemen playing piano in one of the covered seating areas which also hosted a bar. I noticed the benches had blankets on them for guests to use when it got chilly too which was a lovely touch!
If you’re looking for something to do in the run up to Christmas: this is it. It’s so much fun with a group of friends because you can get merry and try and beat each other at curling, but it was also kind of romantic too with many twinkling lights and the transparent warm snow globes providing views of the capital. It would be perfect for date night too and the best part about it is that you can spend a whole evening there because it has everything you need: delicious hot and cold food, seasonal and classic drinks, entertainment, fun and games and just a genuine great feel to it all.
I’d like to thank Love Pop Ups – London for the opportunity and the team at Roof East Stratford for inviting us and looking after us so well. I’ll no doubt be visiting again this winter and believe me when I say you’ll be kicking yourself if you don’t pop down yourselves before Christmas 😉