Winter is coming. And that means we can indulge in a range of festive, body warming activities: drinking mulled wine, eating cheese fondue, wearing bobble hats, and trying our hand at ice skating. Ice skating rinks are so popular in London, the actual time on the ice is similar to being in grid lock on the M25 rather than feeling like Torvil and Dean. Well, there’s a new ice skating rink opening in Central London. And it’s on a rooftop. Here’s the juicy deets:

John Lewis x Sipsmith: The Lowdown

John Lewis & Partners has launched the ultimate winter hideaway in collaboration with Sipsmith Gin. The winter rooftop draws inspiration from the hedonistic frost fairs that took place on the frozen River Thames during the cold months of the 17th Century, when shop owners would set up stalls selling hot gin to hundreds of delighted Londoners. And while they’ll be hot gin on tap, for the first time ever, the rooftop will host its own skating rink (launching 20th October).

John Lewis x Sipsmith: Drink

As the passionate pioneers of the gin renaissance, Sipsmith will be sharing their love of all things gin by transporting you back to Christmases of winters past, as they serve up hot gin tipples at the rooftop bar. Cosy up at two bookable ‘Hideaways’ to enjoy a selection of spiced serves including Hot Gin and Ginger, Mulled Sloe Gin and Hot G&Ts, while feasting on a hearty offering from MYPIE.

John Lewis x Sipsmith: Food

Providing proper good, skating fuel, MYPIE will be keeping bellies warm with trusty pies, savoury bakes and mouth-watering desserts. Taking residency in their first out-of-truck kitchen, the award-winning MYPIE will be serving Scotch eggs, freshly baked sausage rolls, and a rotating menu of mouthwatering pies including venison, juniper and chestnut mushroom, creamy chicken and smoked ham, and roasted pumpkin, green chilli and feta, all served with buttery mash and lashings of homemade gravy.

All skating sessions can be booked online here.

300 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1C 1DX

Photo Credit: James Bryne