Bold Tendencies art space, rooftop bar and café
Please note, Frank's Café re-opens on Friday May 18, 2018, with a brand-new look for the summer. 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.
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Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park, 95a Rye Lane
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Average User Rating
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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!
Busy place but very lots of space and an amazing view, I bring every visitor here and it's always been a hit
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!!!!!
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).
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
Solution: go to one of the Supper Clubs being hosted at Franks on Tuesdays throughout August and September: http://eatpeckham.com/supper%20clubs/eatpeckhamfrank'.html Great views, no crowds.
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.