Dalston Roof Park

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Spacious rooftop bar in Dalston.

You can’t get high quickly enough in Dalston; sadly there’s no express lift to the area’s prime roof space. But the few flights up to Dalston Roof Park (a bar from Bootstrap Company that reboots its look every year) set the creative scene with wicked graffiti on the walls. The £3 entry fee is worth it for the lurid AstroTurf, real-life flora in hanging baskets and makeshift planters, and bunting flapping in the breeze. Or in the storm, on our visit – there’s no guaranteeing that the Great British summer will actually make an appearance.

With that in mind, the venue offers the shelter of a covered bar and a roofed area in front of the decks, so you can dance whatever the weather. Colour comes from bright beanbags (hang on, we thought we’d left those in the ’80s), allowing relaxed drinkers to carpet the floor as heavily as that AstroTurf.

If that heatwave ever hits, there’s ample uncovered sunshine spots and plenty of deck chairs to lounge with a cocktail – mojitos and caipirinhas do a grand trade, but I tested out the Dalston Sunset, a cheerful blend of cranberry, lychee liqueur and gin that practically screams ‘summer’.

Throughout the season, pop-up food traders will be setting up shop for monthly residencies (Le Bao are currently cooking up a storm on the roof), sunrise yoga sessions will crop up on the regs and those DJs keep coming, so get on up. If the beanbag is in for a revival, perhaps summer will be making a comeback too.

Venue name: Dalston Roof Park
Contact:
Address: Print House
18 Ashwin St
London
E8 3DL
Opening hours: Open 5-11pm, Tue-Fri; 3-11pm Sat; 3-10pm Sun; closed Mon.
Transport: Dalston Junction Overground
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Caroline M

This small no-frills space is so much more fun than the swankier, wankier rooftop bars. Great music, great cocktails, great dirty urban nighttime views. Best to arrive early and not to have any issues with your personal space being invaded.


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Staff Writertastemaker

I love this rooftop bar, really nicely kept and they seem to manage the number of people going in well. Theres always a good selection of cocktails and interesting events scheduled throughout summer.

My top tips would be sign up online (you'll need to be a member to enter), leave work early and get your whole crew down- it is often one in one out quite early and its a pain if only half of you make it up!

LoveLondon
Tastemaker

This place is great from April to mid October. There are many events and gigs throughout the weekends in the sun. Amazing DJs that play into early hours. Film screenings and many many other events. £5 membership charge is definitely worth it. Just make sure to arrive early, before 5pm on weekdays and 2pm weekends. 

Victoria B

Great views, but you have to pay £5 entry (for "membership" - I paid this the year before but told that I was no longer a member and needed to pay again) and its generally very very busy and quite a small space. Visit on a weekday evening if you want to enjoy this.

Sarah V
Tastemaker

This is by far one of my favourite rooftops in the city. Very cosy and quirky with lots of fun events, it is a great place to enjoy a drink or two (or ten! - it is very difficult to leave the rooftop once you've finally managed to get on it) when the sun is out. The only negative thing about it is its popularity. Arrive early to avoid queuing for over an hour! 

Natalia F

I went myself yesterday and we were asked by a young hipster on the door to pay £5 to get some membership, which he did not say what allow you to, if we wanted to join the roof. Just another way to make an "all hipster" space in Dalston. Go to the park instead!

Anna Vakaet

This is awesome! I am preparing a trip for London fans and want to show things items "they do not know" and I will certainly go and pay a visit to the roof park! Thanks!!! .

Elizeane

My work colleagues and I use the roof at lunch time and it is a very pleasant place during the summer, always interesting people there. It will be interesting to see how it works during the evening with drinks and music, I will definitely go!!

nadine

its fantastic, the only problem was the weather but when it gets warm , it will be on of the most loved places to have your drink.. (ps expand the cellar ,meaning more options on the drinks)