Fabulous view and fantastic menu – what more could one ask for?
Nestled in the heart of Peckham and just a stone’s throw from the bus station is the real gem for all London foodies: The Skylight. Overlooking London’s skyline (and a bunch of tower cranes), it conjures images of romantic sunsets shared over a dinner consisting of roast beef on sourdough toast and marmite mayo or Indian five-spiced roasted butternut squash.
The locally-sourced food served on small and big platters is accompanied by a fabulous selection of drinks and cocktails created by the in-house mixologist, Sebastian Hollingworth.
The dining area inside feels comfortable, but it’s the terrace that’s a real star of the venue. During the spring, summer and early autumn this is a perfect spot for a brunch, social meet up with old friends, or even a business networking event, granted the staff turns the music down a little bit.
While perusing the menu, we enjoyed some elegant cocktails (bellini and breakfast martini, to be precise). They are beautifully – yet simply – served and taste fantastic.
Charred asparagus with hot smoked trout sounded delicious so that is what my companion and I settled on. It was soft and fresh, and pretty well seasoned – a perfect early Saturday brunch, really. Skylight’s brunch menu looks overall very impressive: from burrata with Tropea onions and smoked aubergine to cinnamon-spiced banana French toast, it boasts crisp and smooth tastes and stylish looks.
As we still had a bit of space for a treat, we went for pastries. And what a good decision it was! Slightly warm, the cinnamon roll was perfectly fluffy with crisp sugar crystals, and the chocolate pastry literally melted in my mouth.
The service was truly excellent, – friendly, warm and professional, though admittedly we waited for our order a tad long, which was perhaps the only blip of the otherwise amazing afternoon. Skylight has a fantastic ambience too – modern and hip, yet tranquil and relaxing I can imagine all sorts of pleasant social activities to take place there, from birthday and hen parties to romantic dinner dates.