Rooftop Café

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Admittedly, just getting here is half the fun – there’s a sense of achievement once you’ve successfully navigated entry-phone, lift and winding stairs and corridors. But what you find at the end of the journey is also pretty special. The café of a co-working enterprise that happens to be open to the public, the Rooftop has exceptional views over the City, along with a neck-cricking, vertiginous proximity to the Shard next door.

In summer, the enormous deck terrace planted with herbs and vegetables is a wonderful treat, while the small inner café with its wooden floor and colourful furniture is a pretty eyrie on cooler days. We relished the breakfast – excellent, generous bread and scrambled eggs with thick-cut smoked salmon or luscious bacon, flanked by sparky bloody marys – but the kitchen also runs to lunch and tea during the week, and dinner Wednesday to Saturday, when a cut-above menu features the likes of ‘rabbit, prosciutto, mango, almond, watercress’ or ‘flourless chocolate cake, blackberries’; a winter’s day was brightened by crunchy potato cake topped with a portobello mushroom and poached duck egg.

Wines are well chosen and sensibly priced; the bread is also excellent.

 

Venue name: Rooftop Café
Contact:
Address: The Exchange
London
SE1 9SG
Cross street: 28 London Bridge Street
Opening hours: Breakfast served Mon-Fri 8am-11.30am. Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri. Brunch served Sat 10am-4pm. Dinner served Wed-Sat 6pm-10pm.
Transport: Tube: London Bridge
Price: Main courses £12-£19

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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Martin

A last minute booking to kick start the Bank Holiday weekend with a different feel to the usual Borough Market staples (lovely as they are...). We took the TimeOut advice to heart but finding the restaurant was ultimately fine once you know the doorway is found between FitnessFirst and AllBarOne. Although not a welcoming doorway (even compared to the two neighbours) the staff were extremely friendly and surfed the line between efficient and relaxing which is often not evident in London. The bespoke menu was short, but interesting and with only 4 starter and 4 main to choose from decisions still went to the wire. The portions felt generous and the food was of interesting, unusual and extremely tasty. With some very good wines on offer, this will definitely be on our list of places to revisit.

Frances

I really like this restaurant, I've already been twice on a Friday evening. The food is good and reasonably priced, the staff are lovely and there's a great atmosphere. Really like that the music is just the right level to have a proper conversation. And they do an argentinian red that I've been trying to track down in wine shops to enjoy at home but can't find it anywhere so I'll have to keep going back!

Wayne Wwhitwell

I have been here twice now with my boss, the food is really good and locally sourced, the staff are freindly and welcoming. Magnus is happy to chat about the food and makes it feel personal. Im looking forward to the opening of the Roof terrace in a few weeks

Chloe Hewitt

I went to a great pop-up that Magnus Reid did last year so was excited to see what he produced in this new permanent location. He didn't disappoint, food just the way I like it; great flavours with a focus on seasonal quality produce, not fuss for the sake of it. Excellent value for money and with a great view it's the new hidden gem for London Bridge.