Frank's Cafe

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© Tricia de courcy ling
© Tricia de courcy ling
© Tricia de Courcy Ling

Bold Tendencies art space, rooftop bar and café

Newly reopened on 28 May 2015 for another summer, Frank’s Café (actually a bar that also does food) is the sort of open-air venue that a competitive, cosmopolitan city as London should aspire to.

However, it comes with some caveats. The already notorious queues seemed to be worse than ever, even on hot midweek nights - if you time it wrong you might wait fifteen minutes just to buy a drink; ten minutes to hover for a table, and then another ten minutes queuing at the separate food queue.

The bar has a choice of Meantime beers on tap, and there's a separate cocktail bar too. The snack bar this year is a popup called Ali Baba.

But for those that like a lively scene, there’s a sea of sweaty twentysomethings to hang out with. The clientele seems much younger, more homogenous and consequently less interesting than in previous years – though the panoramic rooftop view is still worth the journey around the back of the cinema multiplex and up all those smelly stairs.

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Venue name: Frank's Cafe
Address: Level 10
Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park
95a Rye Lane
SE15 4ST
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 5pm-11pm; Sat, Sun 11am-11pm
Transport: Overground/Rail: Peckham Rye

Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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The queues and seating this year seem much much better.

Food is via table service and when we visited on a Sunday evening had tables immediately and food served within 15 minutes (if I'm being fussy, shockingly quick!). the food was absolutely delicious (Pork chop- which was huge and a selection of the salads and charred veg, which change daily)

The view is the best you'll get in London, fresh air and big skies (that none of the big-gun-buildings can offer you) is unbeatable for this buildings roof. The commissions this year are well worth a nose around- the Air B&B Pavillion lightboxed images are great as you descend through the dark level of the carpark from a bright roof and the Richard Wentworth roof commission is beautiful to watch change with the light.

I've been a regular here since the opening and I'm so pleased to say the bar was raised this year considerably. Go, or go back, its a delightful way to spend the summer (even if you have to queue for a beer).


The view is truly break taking and the underground feeling entrance to the carpark is cool. We had negronis and watched the sunset as a steel drum band played David Bowie covers.

Chantelle Asante

Absolutely amazing!! The view is beautiful...showing the changing skyline of London!! I went with family from Germany and they were awed from the view and vibe!! Defo going back with my girlies!! If you want a low-key, chilled vibe with friends, good prices and great drinks...stop by!!! And security are mad cool too!!


I went here on a rainy day, loads to see and good atmosphere. Food a little pricey but did look delicious.


Been there in the rain and the wind and seen rainbows and storm clouds - whatever the weather the buzz is great, the food not bad and just an insane night out. You have to walk through the multi-storey car park, but on the way you're treated to an avant garde art exhibition! Mad but marvellous! And the views are unique.