Friday, 25 May 2012

Blue Sky Drinking - London's Best Rooftops

As temperatures soar and the flesh comes out, I think it very well might be approaching Pimms o'clock and with that the eternal search for a spot at a sun soaked bar begins.

With funds as low as they are, this Summer looks set to be more staycation than holiday-nation. But with this line up of rooftop recommendations from friends, I'm embracing Summer in the City good and proper. Long may it last...

The Boundary Rooftop Bar & Restaurant

I've been wanting to go to the rooftop bit of The Boundary for ages, ideally cosied up to some nice chap by the wood burner as the night turns chill. Follow their Twitter for opening hour updates depending on the weather.

Dalston Roof Park

Dalston Roof Park has re-opened for another year and is set to host several fun and exciting events throughout the summer, from film screenings to hot yoga. I'm going to see my dreamboats Alpines perform on 13th June for the launch of their single Empire. As part of The See Hear Club, they'll be screening Baz Luhrman's Romeo & Juliet as their film of choice - all in the open air enjoyed over a drink or three. 

Queen of Hoxton

An obvious al fresco choice, but unfrequented by me as of yet is the Queen of Hoxton. With a new frozen cocktail menu and one of the larger rooftops in town, it's about bloody time I paid them a visit. 

The Rooftop Kitchen at Alfie's on Marylebone's Church Street

More café than bar, the Rooftop Kitchen at Alfie's seems a decent way to while away a Saturday - top tanning on the impressive sun terrace over scrambled eggs and smoked salmon.  Once revived by a Monmouth cappuccino and in search of shade, there's Alfie's Antique Market just below which certainly looks worth a browse.

Tamesis Dock

When sad not to be beside the seaside, riverside will just have to do, and Tamesis Dock between Lambeth and Vauxhall Bridge looks just the ticket. A live music venue and good val pub run off a converted Dutch barge, I really like the sound of this place. Get yourself a bottle of fizz, close your eyes and pretend you're at your boat party in Beefa. Sort of.

Frank's Cafe - snap from here

Last but not least, Peckham's infamous multistory carpark roof top bar, Frank's Cafe, re-opens for it's fourth year running on 30th June. I can't believe I've still not been. Grilled squid with chilli and garlic, a Moscow Mule and a view like that - could this be heaven?

Roll on 5.30pm...

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