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Bars and pubs, Mezcalerias Hackney
3 out of 5 stars
 (© Mihail Jershov)
© Mihail Jershov
 (© Mihail Jershov)
© Mihail Jershov
 (© Mihail Jershov)
© Mihail Jershov
 (© Mihail Jershov)
© Mihail Jershov

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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London Fields rooftop bar which partners with a street food market below to form Playground and Proof

Reaching dizzy new heights of hipsterdom is Playground and Proof, a combination of street food market down below and rooftop bar up high, just off Martello Street in London Fields. Nearby Italian joint Lardo still runs a section of this roof for summer pop-up Coppa, a pretty space kitted out with fairy-light-strewn beach huts. Even though Coppa is only active for private events, it does seem a shame that Proof doesn't occupy its own space. This new bar looks fairly minimal by comparison, but at least it's in keeping with the Hackney aesthetic.

What is fresh for Proof is the presence of a bar manager from Quiquiriqui, the former mezcal spot on Hackney Road – yes, the hipster factor is actually through the roof on this rooftop. Find the smokey tipple in the bar’s slant on a frozen margarita (a great shout on warm days) or – for the brave – a mezcal and tonic (£7). The rest of the bar menu is short but focused. Bar staff treat a negroni with the respect it deserves and champion more curious menu options such as the batanga (tequila, cola, lime). Local pale ale also comes from Five Points brewery.

Perch on high stools overlooking London Fields if cosying up in a hut is not for you. Or make a beeline for the sofa in a small indoor alcove when the weather turns – especially if you find yourself in a food coma after all that Playground street food grazing (the Proof is in the eating, after all).

Read our listing for Playground.

By: Laura Richards



Address: The Hothouse Building
Martello Street
E8 3QW
Transport: Rail: London Fields
Opening hours: Thu-Fri 6pm-11pm; Sat-Sun 12pm-11pm
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