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Frank’s Cafe

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  • Peckham
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
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    © Tricia de Courcy Ling

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Bold Tendencies art space, rooftop bar and café

Please note, Frank’s Cafe reopens on Thursday May 30 2019. Time Out Editors.

Londoners continue to make the annual pilgrimage to this Peckham multi-storey car park for a Campari at Frank’s. Open until late September, the summer pop–up plays host to hundreds who mob a bar that, after a few years of notably festival-like service, seems to have upped its game this year. 

For 2015, artist Richard Wentworth has covered Frank’s tarmac floor with wiggly aluminium paint akin to a glittering snail trail. The bar’s striking red tarpaulin cover and those sunset views (showcasing a London panorama) are plastered across social media as soon as temperatures soar. The crowd remains largely the same (you’ll spy plenty of denim cut-offs), although all walks of life make the trip to tick Frank’s off their London bucket list.

Even when the capital hit record temperatures we were able to gain early entry with minimal fuss. Much later than 7pm though and we’d have faced a one-in-one-out door policy. While the bar  seems speedier than before, there’s no easy way to get a meal or snacks on warm days as the small kitchen strains under the pressure. It's a shame, since the new menu of enticing kebabs, grilled fish and side dishes wouldn’t go amiss in a Shoreditch small plates restaurant.  

Italian cocktails are at the height of trendy too, ideal when cooling off in the heat. Rather than knocking back a sloppily-made negroni (£6), stick with drinks that are easy to mix in a hurry – a dark and stomzy (£6.50) is really refreshing, and the Aperol spritz is deservedly popular. 

Written by Laura Richards


Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park, 95a Rye Lane
SE15 4ST
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Rail: Peckham Rye
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