Another summer, another rooftop pop-up bar in Hackney. This one proved very popular when it opened for the first time in 2013. Decked out again with colourful garden sheds, plastic lemons and checked tablecloths, the look hasn’t changed for 2014, but the vibe has. Almost every shed, bench and deckchair was pre-booked on an early evening visit, meaning this is not longer the place to go for a spontaneous drink on a sunny weekend.
A summer pop-up by the people behind Italian restaurant Lardo round the corner, the menu at Coppa ranges from salads and cured meats to roast chicken flavoured with spicy ’nduja sausage. There’s also a blackboard list of regularly changing specials such as prawns wrapped in guanciale (cured pig cheek), which is char-grilled and served with a shaved fennel and orange salad – a decent summery snack.
To drink there are Italian-inspired cocktails, including a slushie version of a classic negroni with a touch of added prosecco.
Shedloads of fun on a Hackney roof? Maybe not, but if you can find a pew, this spot above London Fields still makes a pleasant space for an Italian-inspired snack or cocktail.