What is it
A Nordic-themed ‘winter’ version of this deservedly popular rooftop restaurant, at the top of what was once the BBC staff car park. Tables may be communal but you can book (with a fifth held back for walk-ins). This is west London, remember, where things are civilised.
Almost everything. Those pretty white stones have been swapped for bark; the whimsical Mediterranean flowers replaced by holly and ivy (no singing!); they’ve brought whole birch trees in. And, get this: they’ve covered the whole lot with some sort of (heated) giant dome. That’s the kind of space age thinking we need more of in this town.
What to eat
All the restaurant stalls (three of which are new to Pergola) are Time Out faves, so the line-up gets a big tick from us. There’s Snaps & Rye (a Danish café by day, supper-club by night, where the clean-flavoured dishes are always stunning); Gunpowder, one of London’s most exciting and innovative new Indian restaurants; and Le Bab, which serves gourmet ‘open’ kebabs (plus terrific little sides, which are my top tip). And not forgetting an encore for the Patty & Bun crew, who’ve grown and grown since we fell in love with their 2012 launch. With six branches across town, they’re now the ‘Goliath’ of the bunch, so it’s nice to see them coming back to their small-fries roots.
Find more details on Pergola on the Roof.
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