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Forza Wine

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  • Peckham
  • price 2 of 4
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

A cleverly named rooftop bar from the people behind Peckham Italian Forza Win.

Peckham is hardly short on rooftop bars. It basically invented the modern model with Frank’s. But most of the neighbourhood’s sky-high watering holes lose their edge in winter when exposed to the elements. For views in any season, head to Forza Wine, a bar with the best of both worlds: an outdoor, bench-filled terrace and an indoor area with tall tables and glass doors revealing that skyline. We visited the fifth floor (above Rye Lane’s latest development, co-working space Market Peckham) on a dreary Saturday and were still captivated by The Shard and co-stars behind a grey veil.

Indoors, it’s compact. Like, seriously so. One flustered American vented to staff, ‘How do I get to my table?’ after another guest shuffled his chair to enjoy the views, turning the room into a one-way system. Staff managed it with precision, chicaning between tables.

The bar is a spin-off from Peckham’s much-loved Italian restaurant Forza Win (see what they did there?), and the drinks and snacks fly il Tricolore. A Garibaldi (Campari, orange, sugar syrup) suited lunchtime imbibing, while my friend delighted in a tangy Amaretto Sour (both £8), before we both moved onto a cracking glass of Verdicchio. True to its name, this bar takes the grape stuff seriously. And snacks are substantial enough to build a meal from – including meatballs made extra succulent by a red wine jus.

Forza Wine has just scrapped its online booking system, so anticipate queues similar to those at Frank’s as soon as spring comes round.

Written by
Laura Richards


5th Floor, Market Peckham
133 Rye Lane
SE15 4ST
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