Frank's Cafe

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Bold Tendencies art space, rooftop bar and café

Please note, this review was written in July 2015. A similar iteration of Frank's Café opens in the same location every summer. Time Out Eating & Drinking Editors, Feb 2016.

Londoners continue to make the annual pilgrimage to this Peckham multi-storey car park for a Campari at Frank’s. Open until late September in 2015, 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. 

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By: Laura Richards


Venue name: Frank's Cafe
Address: Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park, 95a Rye Lane
SE15 4ST
Transport: Rail: Peckham Rye
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The queues and seating this year seem much much better.

Food is via table service and when we visited on a Sunday evening had tables immediately and food served within 15 minutes (if I'm being fussy, shockingly quick!). the food was absolutely delicious (Pork chop- which was huge and a selection of the salads and charred veg, which change daily)

The view is the best you'll get in London, fresh air and big skies (that none of the big-gun-buildings can offer you) is unbeatable for this buildings roof. The commissions this year are well worth a nose around- the Air B&B Pavillion lightboxed images are great as you descend through the dark level of the carpark from a bright roof and the Richard Wentworth roof commission is beautiful to watch change with the light.

I've been a regular here since the opening and I'm so pleased to say the bar was raised this year considerably. Go, or go back, its a delightful way to spend the summer (even if you have to queue for a beer).

Yasmin B

A must visit. Cool crowd, good drinks, fab views & instagram opportunities galore - what more could you ask for? The ideal place to go on a bright London day, grab a group of friends and head down for a really fun relaxed day and watch the sun go down. A London institution.  

Karolina Muczacza

My favorite rooftop bar in London! I am sure everyone who likes quirky, pretentious, cool locations would share this opinion. Stunning views, tasty food, reasonable prices - be prepared for some serious queuing. 

It is always packed on sunny days so my advise is to take blanket with you and order two drinks at a time.

and the pink stairways is extremely instagram-able - just saying:)

Liron S

Best views in London! The food is great too. Best part? You can spend hours enjoying the view without even ordering anything. What a treat!

Jasmine G

Busy place but very lots of space and an amazing view, I bring every visitor here and it's always been a hit

Lauren P

Always a winner. The cocktails are great and the atmosphere one sunny days is so much fun!

Satu W

The best views over London and a chilled atmosphere makes Frank's a firm Peckham favourite! Recently, I read a feature in Easy Jet's inflight magazine praising Frank's - hopefully, this does not mean one can't get up there anymore as it's too packed!!!!!

Matilda Egere-Cooper

I swung by a few weeks ago - needed that pink stairwell selfie! - and I can get why people flock here, on a wonderfully hot day, no less. The views of London are brilliant. But queuing for the bar? Not so much. And the day we went, we were hard pushed to find seats too. That's not to take anything away from the space though, especially if you can  just about look past the busy crowds (and the 'special' loos). 

Dianne H

Dear Old Frank, I'm so glad you have returned.  Quite possibly my favourite Summer spot looking out over the London skyline with a slinky negroni in my hand.  I've missed you.  This year there is a fancy and very pink new entrance at the side of Peckham Plex which I unknowingly realised after climbing the original ten million flights of stairs through the car park of the original entrance...I didn't expect to feel as nostalgic as I did!

You can't spend a summer in London without visiting the best roof top South of the river.  They have a great selection of fairly priced cocktails, a better queue system than before and a delightful snack menu (which I am yet to try but I have heard good reviews).

Franks is one of my favourite places to wile away a long afternoon in the sun or rain and with so many Peckham places opening up nearby there are endless options to continue the night come the stroke of 11pm, when you and Cinderella will be turfed out.  Try combining it with a trip to the Rooftop Cinema on the roof parallel for a really fun evening with magical views all night long.


I love Frank's! It's a really great, large space so no matter if you are looking to have some food or just to enjoy the sunset with a drink and a date, it is the ideal place. It can get pretty busy, so sometimes queuing for ages can be annoying.

The food I have had has always been good. It's got a really relaxed atmosphere and there are lots of friendly locals as well as people like me, from north of the river, still exploring the area and excited to see more. The skyline of the city is just amazing - such a unique view!

Nicole S

Food was OK

Drinks were good 

Happy but may try and venture elsewhere in the future 

Ioanna La

Probably my favourite place in London and definitely the best rooftop in London and best London skyline view! I am definitely missing summer at the moment so I got to write this review. If you haven't been there (what is your excuse?) then definitely plan a visit when the weather gets better (winter just started, I know, but don't you want to have something to expect for when it gets warm again and keep you through winter? :) ). Just follow the stairs of this multi storey car park and you won't regret it. Occasionally they have pop-up galleries. Drinks are reasonably priced, food is nothing exceptional but Frank's cafe is just the best place you can be when you're stuck in London in a warm day/night. And when it gets darker and chilly, there are some wonderful bars around if you don't want to go home. 

Sham M

Simply great view and relaxed atmosphere! Just a nice place to soak up the sun and enjoy London!


Went to Frank's for the third time a couple of weeks ago. The place wasn't as busy as I have seen it in the past. It was pretty empty (probably due to the weather) so we managed to get a table to ourselves straight away.

The view of London from here is probably the best you'll see, apart from maybe a drunken night in Venue in New Cross! Instagram fellows were in full force, snapping away and the beautiful London sky line.

The only thing I would say is the drink selection behind the bar isn't the greatest, they've only got 1 type of rum, and not many varieties of beer or cider, but apart from that I would definitely recommend this gaff!

simona c

It is the best rooftop in London, it offers an amazing view on the city, great vibes, nice people. Situated on top of the car park in Peckham, you can enjoy your drinks (and now also food!) in a spectacular summer sunset! a must-try for the next summer!

Javier M

From the roof of Frank's Cafe you can see an amazing view of the London skyline, what it's specially beautiful at night. The space is really big, and tables are shared with other people, what makes easier to meet some people there.

It's a pity it's just opened during summer time!

Chelsey C

Probably the coolest place to grab a cocktail and check out the magnificent views of London Town.

Previous years I have been taunted with horror stories of 2 hour queues but they seem to have eradicated this issue.

Friday night and straight in! I advise using the longer route of the car ramps rather than the stairs. Not only do you get to see the art on show thoughtout the upper floors, but you also avoid the overpowering stench of piss in the stairwells.

Quick service at the bar and also a lot easier to find a space to plot this year.

Unfortunately I didn't get to sample the food this year but it's never disappointed me previously.

The only thing I think could make this already amazing place better is the instillation of heaters, considering the British 'summer' we tend to have!

Adam G

Where else can you find a bar at the top of car park?

Some of the best views of London, both day and night. Its a bit of a trek up the stairs to the top but well worth it, make sure you check out the various pieces of art and sculptures on the way up.Once at the top there is plenty of room, spanning the whole of the car parks top level, Franks is packed with lots of tables around the bar and plenty of wooden blocks for extra seating.

Haven't tried the food so can't comment but the cocktails are really good. Heard from a lot of people that there can be a wait but I have been 6 times this summer and never had to wait so can't complain. The only downside is there is no music (guessing it isn't possible to get a licence at the top of a car park) but on a friday/saturday night there are enough people to still create a buzzing atmosphere.

Christie A

Great place for an evening drink. Crowd was casual and relaxed with plenty of space in this unusual space. The menu was limited however and we ended up leaving at 9 on a Friday night to find a good meal. Shame, as we'd otherwise have stayed and enjoyed the views. Slightly tricky to find but definitely worth it for a different experience. 

Sarah V

Great venue with an amazing view! The perfect place for a relaxed saturday or sunday afternoon drink with friends or to see the sun set on a weekday evening. I would choose Frank's cafe over any London park any time. Better selection of alcohol, a cooler vista and I just cannot get enough of the concrete ugliness of it all. Also definitely worth checking out the Bold Tendencies art project on the floor below. 

Danny Z

This is really great venue. Most of the contributors have already said that the views are pretty special. It's true. Really impressive city scapes that are difficult to rival.

Bold tendencies host an impressive programme of arts, music and film which really adds to the vibrancy and entertainment choice on offer throughout South East London.

Unfortunately, some of the service provided falls well below average. There is no place for staff with a superiority complex when people are being polite and paying good money to relax and enjoy the facility. They are part of something special but the owners should point out that this does not make them in any way exclusive or immune from the basic standards of service expected in an establishment which relies on a good reputation to flourish. Even though many of the staff are clearly interested in the arts that does not necessarily qualify them to be aloof and rude to the people who pay their wages. If this is a concept lost to their faux bohemian sensibilities then I am afraid they should be taught a valuable life lesson and shown the door.

It is possible to get it right in terms of service in places with a lot to shout about by the way. The Rooftop cinema and bar at the neighbouring Bussey Building seem to invest in friendly, helpful staff with the same degree of "cool credentials" but without the burgeoning narcissistic character traits. Perhaps Franks should take a leaf out of their book and ditch the kids who think that the job they do is somehow beneath them.

Samantha H

Totally worth the queues!  Have been each year since it has opened and it continues with the same high level of service and quality no matter how popular it gets!  Amazing views across London.  Just wish it opened a little earlier in the year! 

Staff Writer

Fantastic views over the city. We went in it's first week and there was only a handful of people, no queues at all! It can get a bit chilly 10 storeys up so recommend a hoodie or scarf if you're staying out late. Excellent location too south of the river for meeting friends.

James O

I'm writing this review from table at 6:30pm on the sunniest and hottest Saturday of the year so far.... and it's brilliant here.

There was a queue to get in, but when a venue is full, it's full. Once I got in, 10 mins later, there were no tables, but it look less than 5 minutes to get served at the bar, only 1 person deep rather than the 6 or more I've seen in previous years.

We got a table before or 2nd round and had waitress service, on iPads, and the quite wonderful food arrived about 20mins later. I have the lamb kebab with carrot and cabbage and it was great.

I don't know how the night will end as there are a few hours left yet, but this is such a step up from previous years I really don't want to leave, and will certainly be coming back!


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.