From millennial pink to fuchsia, celebrate the return of Frank's Cafe and its fabulous stairwell with a tour of the rosiest spots in London
1. ‘hi boo i love you’ at Frank’s Cafe
Frank’s caff has reopened for summer! The renowned rooftop joint at Bold Tendencies is home to what may be the pinkest place in London: Simon Whybray’s artwork ‘hi boo i love you’. The stairwell of your millennial dreams has had a fresh lick of paint and is ready for thorough social media coverage. 95a Rye Lane. Peckham Rye Overground.
If you like to get your pink fix from all-natural colourings and flavourings, pay a visit to Roka’s Shochu Lounge before June 7. The Japanese restaurant has installed a cherry tree in the bar, providing a canopy of blossoms to bask and booze under. 37 Charlotte St. Tottenham Court Rd.
Forget what your mum told you about eating too much sugar and take a trip to Peggy Porschen in Belgravia. The high-end cake shop looks as sweet as the treats it serves up, thanks to its candy-floss coloured exterior. 30 Elizabeth St. Sloane Square.
If Cher Horowitz from ‘Clueless’ were to design a restaurant, it would probably look like Sketch's Gallery. The Mayfair bar is a pastel paradise – with blush-coloured retro sofas shaped like blancmange moulds – but trendy. Go there for afternoon tea or to re-enact a teen movie makeover sequence. 9 Conduit St. Oxford Circus.
There’s no messing around with chalky pastels at Rasa; the Keralan restaurant chain has gone straight for knockout hot pink since opening its first restaurant in 1997. Head to the veggie branch in N16 to see that original pink facade in all its ‘your face after a 10K run’ glory. 55 Stoke Newington Church St. Stoke Newington Overground.
6. Simmons Soho
Stepping into this bar is like taking a dip in that pink pool Harry Styles is having a bath in on his new album cover. The Soho basement is flooded with rose light. Simmons also serves pink sherbert cocktails made of Chambord and Amaretto. 2 Bateman St. Tottenham Court Rd.
7. Palm Vaults
Come over all ‘Real Housewives of Malibu’ at this tropical Hackney café. A feast for the eyes of foliage and pink furniture, the decor alone is pretty Pinterest IRL. If that’s not millennial enough for you, why not indulge in a pastel beetroot latte? 411 Mare St. Hackney Central Overground.
8. The Schiaparelli Suite at the Mayfair Hotel
This real-life Barbie Dreamhouse is actually a suite at the swanky Mayfair Hotel. The room’s so pink it was named after the designer who first unleashed fuchsia on the fashion world – Elsa Schiaparelli. It’s even got a fuchsia chaise lounge. Stratton St. Green Park.
Hello, would you like to pretend to be Paris Hilton making a guest appearance at an LA club in 2003? If yes, go straight to the Mondrian hotel’s swish cocktail joint Dandelyan. Its baby pink banquette seats are the definition of ‘That’s Hot!’. Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground. Southwark.
Want more colourful stuff? Check out these lovely rainbow streets.