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Hello sunshine! Get high at these six summer rooftop pop-ups

By Hayley Spencer

Hoorah the sun is finally here! Make the most of it at one of this summer's coolest rooftop pop-ups. 

Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch

For the months of May to September, Queen of Hoxton's year-round rooftop has been transformed into the Cuban themed 'Smokin' Graciela's', named after the 80-year-old cigar-smoking diva. Sip on a cocktail menu that includes iced daiquiris or get your caffeine fix with a Cuban iced coffee. For fuel there's tasty – you guessed it – Cuban sandwiches. Try the venue's themed nights, including a cigar and rum pairing and domino nights. If the weather holds, you could almost convince yourself you're in a colourful corner of Havana.

1 Curtain Rd, EC2A 3JX

Bold Tendencies and Frank's Café, Peckham


Frank's Café is back at its multi-storey car park location for another summer, this time with a new art installation in the shape of Bold Tendencies. There are new commissions from Richard Wentworth, Airbnb Pavilion and Metahaven, plus a new amphitheatre for performances. And along with Frank’s, you’ll now find an all-new Ali Baba Snack Bar from Peckham’s resident smoothie savants.

Level 10, Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park, 95a Rye Lane, SE15 4ST 

Skylounge's Nantucket Beach Club Pop Up, City

Skylounge Nantucket Beach Club Pop up

Want a slice of island life in the city? Then hot-foot it to SkyLounge's Nantucket Beach Club pop-up. The New England-themed faux-seaside has bowling and shuffle board to keep you entertained, plus classic American seafood fare, including lobster mac 'n' cheese, or lobster rolls served with Boston cream pie. To keep you refreshed, there's Snow Queen vodka slushies and summery cocktails.

3pm–10pm Tue–Sat, until Sep 30. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London, EC3N 4AF

Brooksby's Bar and Restaurant, Homerton

Brooksby's Walk

Fancy trying a rooftop venue with a difference? A refurbished public loo near Chatsworth Road has been transformed into a bar and restaurant complete with rooftop terrace. It'll serve up seasonal Northern Italian sharing plates, great wine, seasonal cocktails and end each week with a barbecue. It's also open for brunch on Saturdays, so you can enjoy your first feed with some epic views over London.

Opens Jul 2 (currently open for drinks). Brooksby's Walk, Homerton, E9 6DA

 The Magic Roundabout, Old Street

Burger Bear

Old Street is getting another awesome street food venue to satisfy our craving for alfresco fast food. The Magic Roundabout is an all-day food market and disco venue masterminded by patty pros Burger Bear and housed in the central roof of Old Street roundabout.

As well as Burger Bear Tom’s delectable burgers, there’ll also be stalls from new seafood concept the Prawnographer (from the guy who brought you Fry Hard), and Relax, which will serve coffee by morning and beer, wine and mixed drinks from cocktail connoisseur White Lyan by night. The space has been designed by the folks behind Night Tales with capacity for 500 hungry folks to enjoy burgers, booze and beats around a DJ booth centrepiece. Tom will be calling on his favourite techno, house and disco mixers to bring the dancing vibes.

7am–11pm. Old Street station

Vintage Salt, Oxford Street

Vintage Salt rooftop bar, Selfridges

The latest venue to pop up on the roof terrace of Selfridge's is Cornish-themed bar and restaurant Vintage Salt, which has seen the venue get a seaside makeover with driftwood details, decking, colourful beach huts and deck chairs. Riffing off its sea theme, it's serving up a seafood menu with a British twist, with dishes like Earl Grey smoked salmon.

Open for late breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner every day until late Sep at Selfridge's, 400 Oxford St, W1A 1AB

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