Step Nineteen: all-day drinking at rooftop bar, Frank’s Cafe

18 Jul


The legendary Frank’s Cafe is back for summer, and it isn’t just any old rooftop bar.

Six levels up a disused multi-storey car park you’ll find Peckham’s famous watering hole which offers some of the best panoramic views of London.

The surrounding area may not be pretty to look at, but the city’s skyline with iconic landmarks like the Shard, the Eye, the Gherkin and more, looking romantically dusky at sunset, make the trek to Peckham worthwhile.


Given the nature of the space, there’s room for hundreds of people to stand, sit and drink comfortably without getting all hot and bothered.

The bar area does get busy though – you’ll probably have to wait around half an hour for drinks as we did, and the beer did temporarily run out at one point, but be patient.

Wooden tables and benches line the bar where you can have snacks like olives, hummus, barbecued plantain, or for the more adventurous, ox heart kebabs.


If you want a comfortable seat, arrive early, but if you’re happy to sit on the ground as most people do, there’s a lot of space to choose from.

The decoration is minimal – a random car parked in the middle and a colourful sunglasses display in another area, but you’re really going for the 360 degree view of London.

Frank’s Cafe is open all day (day drinking, yes please), and I’d suggest arriving before 6pm to avoid the queue to get in, especially on these roasty weekends.


The details:

Location: 95a Rye Lane, Peckham Rye overground.

Opening times: Wed-Sun, 11am-11pm.

Prices: average £4 a beer/cider/glass of wine. Food from £3.

Just opened and here to stay until the end of summer.

For the menu, click here.





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