Frank's Cafe

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

Newly reopened 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 food counter this year is serving a vegan platter, mackerel pate on rye bread, buffalo chicken wings,  paprika and pamesan corn, jerk chicken with potato salad, barbecue pork bulgogi, Peckham pastrami and house slaw – in other words, a decent selection of modish fast food, most of these dishes costing in the £4-£9 range.

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

4.6 / 5

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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.