Pergola on the Roof - CLOSED

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Please note, Pergola on the Roof has now closed. Time Out Food editors, May 2018.  

Back for the second year in a row, Pergola on the Roof will be open from May 3 to October 1 2017, following a successful Winter on the Roof session last year.

This time around the set-up – on a rooftop in White City – is Hamptons themed, so sit back, pretend you’ve got a whitewashed beach house on Long Island beside the sea, and be momentarily transported from a concrete roof.

This year's pop-up eatery will feature food offerings from 8 Hoxton Square, Salt ’n’ Sauce from Bonnie Gull, Breddos Tacos and old faithfuls Patty & Bun. Two bars and 600 seats make this a great place to hang out, and if that wasn’t enough, Pergola on the Roof also have a second venue opening this summer in Paddington.

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Venue name: Pergola on the Roof - CLOSED
Address: Television Centre - Multi-storey Car Park
Wood Lane
London
W12 7RJ
Transport: Tube: Wood Lane/White City
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tastemaker

I wanted to visit Pergola when it first opened last year and tried and failed as you couldn't book for less than 8 people. This year was better and I bagged a booking way in advance for my party.

On arrival you still have to queue, even with a booking, but the queue moves really quick so it's not an issue.

I booked for 8 people but as we ended up being a party of 5, we had to share our table which was a bit annoying. The tables were also pretty packed in so had to keep asking people to move to get up and get food.

The decoration is very pretty and looks even better as the sun starts to set.

The drinks weren't super expensive for a rooftop, but I thought the food was a bit of a let down. There was a good choice and we all tried different things, but no one was super excited about what they were eating.

Overall we had a lovely evening, but I have been to a lot better rooftop bars which are easier to get to. Definitely worth a trip for the insta pics though!

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tastemaker

The first year I went to pergola it was okay...bit ropey design wise but they've dramatically improved its look now and it's actually really beautifully done. All trellis with flowers weaved throughout making it look almost like a wedding on a car park roof. This is essentially a bar atop a car park roof by the way in case you didn't know.

Drinks aren't cheap but when are they ever cheap in London. There is food available too but to be honest I didn't think the choice on offer was that good.

The worst thing about this venue is that it's really popular so it's actually really hard to secure a table reservation without looking a long way ahead which is a bit frustrating. People queue hours ahead of its opening time to secure entrance and although it's a lovely looking venue I'm not sure it's worth the hour waiting time that now seems to be standard.

The biggest let down is that it makes out that you'll get a good view from the top but trust me all you can see is the Westfield centre and the destruction of the BBC building that used to utilise this car park base. A depressing view all in all so focus on the trellis flowers.

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well what can I say. It is a glorified carpark. If you want to ruin nice shoes with  dusty white chalky gravel, go there. If you want to look at boring painted white boarding with no view, go there. If you want to not hear yourself speak under the plastic corrugated pergola, go there. If you want to spend  £25 for wine that tastes like arm pit ,go there. If you want to queue for over an hour before climbing 14 flights of stairs, then find you can't find a seat when you're  in ,go there. The sofa's get booked up but are half empty and you can't use them ...'cause you haven't booked the seats? Eh? Does this make sense. You can go to a bar, but not sit on an empty comfy seat!. I'm sure the fairy lights look nice in the dark, but ambience it doesn't have. Don't waste you're time there are loads more fab places in London....even the shopping centre seemed to have more buzz. Sorry but I just can't see what the attraction is.

tastemaker

The perfect location to book a group event, the venue takes bookings for 8+ people. As you enter the location is unassuming, if you're unfamiliar with the area (as I am), you may feel as though you have made a mistake. Once you reach the top it is a pleasant surprise. Drink prices are reasonable, and blankets provided. It's outside and you will get cold. Worth a visit. 

tastemaker

An ok experience - nearly an hour wait in the queue to get in (you can't book unless there are more than 8 of you - grrr) and no views from the top. But the space itself is decorated nicely and the food stalls are awesome (Breddos Tacos were amazing!). I'd return again but maybe a bit later in the evening when the queues are smaller.

tastemaker

There is a sort Emperor's New Clothes feel to this place as it's reputation would lead you to believe it's the next level of rooftop venues. It's aesthetically pleasing (and the Hamptons vibe definitely appeals to a certain clientele) and the food options are really good. I will admit to bias in reviewing their music choices as they played a lot of Fleetwood Mac when I was there. However, the bathrooms are notably poor, the stones leave a mess on your footwear and the views are not great, which is ultimatelyrelatively key for a rooftop venue

tastemaker

It was always going to take a feat of imagination to transport yourself from New York to West London. There are several shortcomings. The toilets don't amount much more than portaloos and a trough. The gravel can ruin suede shoes. The day beds need to be booked well in advance. Chips and rose are expensive. The views are terrible despite the elevation unless you desperately view upon Loftus. This place does not entirely fail and children will enjoy the white gravel and day beds. There is no minimum spend and there's a free drink voucher that they'll be happy to redeem.

tastemaker

I enquired about booking a table at Pergola on the 23rd of March for the 27th of May ( I know I’m on it! )and was emailed back straight away with a very friendly and accommodating email. I was booking it for my boyfriends birthday and was originally looking to book an area for around 30 people, ‘no problem’ I was told. Closer to the time I got a call from a lovely lady asking me to let her know if I wanted any drinks on the table for when we arrived and if there was anything I needed to let her know. Two days before the day I emailed them to let them know that there would actually only be 20 of us instead of 30, I got an email back saying ‘That is no problem and your booking has been amended for you’. #winning


What a delight, a place that realises that it’s hard to organise big groups, that doesn’t ask you to leave after a certain time and doesn't have a spending minimum, what a find! and to make things better? there’s food!


When we arrived unfortunately we had to wait in a reservation queue which we found quite odd but it moved very quickly and wasn’t an issue for us. Walking out onto the roof was fabulous, great atmosphere and buzz about the place not to mention the beautiful set up. One of our tables was ready for us and there were four people sitting at the second table we had reserved but they were moved straight away which was very much appreciated. As everyone started to arrive they were all seriously impressed with the surroundings, music was at a perfect level so everyone could still chat to each other and we were in the covered area which was perfect because the sun had gone behind the clouds and it became very breezy out on the ‘day bed’ open area, but if it gets too cold for you there is a hand full of blankets at every table for you to cosy on up to that special person beside you. 


The food was delicious, many of my friends had the burgers and chicken wings from ‘Patty & Bun’ and a lot of us also had the Tacos at ‘Breddos Tacos’, ‘8 Hoxton Square’ was also a popular choice, really great selection! Although a few of us with a sweet tooth were looking for some donuts or crepes #cheeky.


The staff were also wonderful and very friendly, the barman gave me the run down of what is good at each food stall, and the lovely girl behind the Taco stall let me charge my phone behind the counter so that I could use my train ticket later on. ( My battery had wasted so quickly because I was taking so many photos! ) #rookie


The night was coming to a close around 10.30pm which was too early for all of us who were having such a good time of course. The bouncers were quite quick to throw us out at around 10.45pm when the bar had only just finished serving drinks, which didn't really make sense so we had to down our drinks before leaving. 


But over all Pergola was a stunning place to have a evening surrounded by friends, food, sun and music, not to mention THEE MOST INSTAGRAM WORTHY PLACE EVER! and I will definitely be back next year. Booking is highly recommended and just to be safe a table in the covered area incase the weather decides to change. 


This place run out of alcohol by 3pm. No vodka, no beer, no pimms and no cider. We got there at 1pm and there wasn't many people there so not sure how that even happened!! Downstairs was like a green house! Unbearably hot and its soo packed you cant even get your table moved. Then there was the leaky roof. Dripping in 5 places so the massive greenhouse roof to protect you from the rain was erm pointless.

I thought drink prices were okay £7 glass prosecco £5.50 for cider and vodka and nicer between £7-8.

It's ticked off my list of places to go but i wont go again!

tastemaker

If you're flicking through your diary wondering what cool and interesting place you can take your mates for a night out/ birthday/ general great time...this is it! If you're lucky enough to have a big bunch of lovely people come with you definitely book a table as it gets so busy early evening. We turned up at 7 in time for sunset drinks and immediately loved everything from the decor (all white hamptons chic), the communal style seating and rooftop vibes.

This place is cool, in a good way, with the opportunity to get some fish and chips or patty and bun burgers alongside the prosecco you'll be sloshing all night. It gets chilly so try and nab a free blanket to keep you cosy.

Not so great are the port-a-loo toilets, west London trek and fire alarm (we had to leave our drinks!) but hey ho. 5 hefty stars from me.

Tastemaker

In terms of the way Pergola on the Roof has been decorated, it's beautiful, with lovely greenery snaking its way around the while trellises and roofing and pretty lighting. On a hot summers day I can imagine it will be glorious, like a wonderful wedding venue. Unfortunately I went last night - a freezing May night with rain and wind and blanket misery, and Pergola seem to have forgotten that this is England and we get approximately 4 days of Summer, and they ain't now! Not a single patio heater in sight (they say they didn't need them last year which I find hard to believe) and while they did provide blankets (2 per table of about 10) it just meant that our extremities had seized within an hour and we had no choice but to leave in search of a warm pub around the corner. My hands actually went blue. For me it just seemed as though they had lacked all forms of forsight, especially when you think how cold it was been the last few weeks. I know it's a bit uncharacteristic for this time of year to reach lows of 2 degrees, but planning for every eventuality just seems like the smarter thing to do. I won't bother going back unless the weather is absolutely glorious, and even then booking ahead will have to be a necessity as it was already packed by 6.30!


The food selection is cracking though, it must be said - Patty & Bun once again proving they're bloody amazing. It was nice to have a warm burger to clutch for warmth!

tastemaker

First things first - I had the misfortune to go to pergola on an extremely cold and rainy May Day. I think in the height of summer this place is probably the perfect place to while away an afternoon. It's absolutely beautiful - it almost feels like you're at a wedding. There's a great selection of food and there's plenty of bars so minimal queuing. I think the pergola staff do need to consider that this is England and it is cold most of the year - there are no heaters so it pays to wrap up warm! However we booked an outside table and they were very accommodating at finding us an inside space which was great.

Tastemaker

AmaIng outdoor venue come rain or shine! It's so pretty in the day time and at night! Great place to hand out with friends or if you want a romantic evening with your other half! Great to hear it's coming back this year and also a new location as well in Paddington. Top tip Try the sweet potato fries, best I've ever eaten


love this place, delighted to hear its back for the summer, somewhere that serves excellent food at a reasonable cost!



Without a doubt the best summer hangout in London - nothing like it anywhere else! Love that you can keep your table all evening and that you can book for large groups without leaving a deposit 


This place is brilliant, great combination of an outdoor bar, restaurant and bar. Beautiful setting and great for a birthday party!


Don't waste your time coming here. We were unable to make a reservation and left standing outside queueing for an hour and s half. They don't tell you this on their website. Wasted an evening out on this. Stay away


Great venue, even if we were resigned to sitting on a log to eat as we were unable to make a reservation, and amazing food at Le Bab - great friendly service, but unfortunately security on the door are some of the rudest, and most arrogant I have ever encountered - anywhere. Reality check, guys - it's a pop up bar / restaurant on a roof, not a Ritzy club in Birmingham. Would have given more stars if it wasn't for these guys. They let the whole experience down,


Tastemaker

I went for post-work drinks at this pop up venue at The Television Centre in Shepherds Bush. It made a nice change from the bars around Westfield but the website makes it looks more glamorous than it actually is. There wasn't really a view to speak of. Also, as others have commented, it was a gravel floor - industrial chic springs to mind. 

tastemaker

I was feeling pretty confident about my first visit to Pergola. I checked location on google maps prior to going there, I was there 5 minutes before the place was about to open, so I thought I was pretty much winning. However, when friend and I were approaching the place we were greeted by long cue. The view was pretty discouraging, because it looked like at least an hour wait and you could be turned away at the door if the places reaches its full capacity. We were committed though, so we did manage to go upstairs and see what all the fuss was about.

The place is admittedly quite cool and very nicely decorated. It offers few food stands you can choose from, including Patty and Bun. It is definitely best suited to the groups, so suggest this place next time you don’t know for after work drinks!


no ambience, annoying dust from the gravel, drinks in plastic glasses, bar woman used her hands to put lime etc in drinks, patty & bun chef used his bare hands to make burgers, no view, huge queue..... why would you want to go there? classic pretentious 'in' place in London without real quality in service or anything else.


Tried to give this place one star but doesn't seem to allow it. Unnecessary long wait outside with the car fumes, eventually got upstairs. It was ok but not special but so much table space not used with people still waiting outside when we went down

Not worth the wait

tastemaker

On top of the television centre car park which was easy to find. We were a little late for the booking on a Sunday afternoon and thankfully the girl who was organising the booking was delightfully accommodating. Prices not too bad but some problems when ordering the free drink at the bar, which we had been given by registering on the website. We were then given the concentrated fruit juice which didn't even taste alcoholic... Very disappointing. Otherwise nice setting on a sunny day but missing tunes.


Despite the queuing, which is unavoidable unless you book (for 6 people or more only), Pergola is a great place for after work or weekend drinks. It takes you right out of West London and into an oasis of flowers, foliage and pretty fairy lights... Ideal for a summer evening. The food offering is great as there are four options to choose from, Salt Yard, Rabbit, Patty & Bun and Lecoq... all London favourites! Drinks are a little dear but the barman are quite generous with the booze. Only problem I found was that the staff were quite uptight when it came to the end of the night and they were closing, the bouncers were quite rude and it seemed they couldn't get us out fast enough. 

tastemaker

I love this place! My friends and I got lucky and the sun came out when we arrived. We arrived early around 6ish which I would recommend if you don’t have a reservation.

There are lots of tables resembling park benches and the floral décor and lights makes you feel like you’re in a summer garden on holiday, not in West London.

We enjoyed Patty & Bun burgers and fries. The Portobello mushroom burger was messy but worth it. Delicious!

Overall a great place for drinks, food and a catch up. Reservations can be made for groups of 6 or more. It's a shame you can't book for smaller groups because it is quite difficult to get a table if its busy (usually is very busy). 


Very unpleasant treatment after 10:30 to get people out. Very aggressive. Felt like I was being kicked out of a nightclub well after they'd closed and that I was behaving like some kind of drunk teenager (I'm 41 and not an aggressive sort, and wasn't being drunk and anti-social - just wanted to finish my wine and leave before 11pm). This is supposed to be a foodie-type roof-top summer experience... No. It isn't I'm afraid. It's a car park experience in West London overlooking a building site with innadequate toilet facilities and very aggressive bouncers.

I'm sad that the Salt Yard is here. They should not be tainted by this as I've been treated to great food and service at their 'actual' restuarants. It was disappointing anyway, before we were talked to like petulant teenagers in such an aggressive way. And so that just ruined what would have been a mediocre experience and made it one to definitely forget.


After being quite disappointed with Storeys last year, Pergola on the Roof has restored all my faith in a rooftop in West London. The place is charmingly beautiful and idyllic and if you are after a proper before and after the sunset experience ( I mean imagine that you are in a place somewhere in the Mediterranean) this is the place to go. There is enough space for anyone to move around although it took us a while to find a place to seat (probably because it was after 8pm and with no reservation); the music was there but not loud as I expected enabling us to have a proper conversation and relax after after a busy week. As we only drank the free drink ( a mix of vodka, prosecco and strawberries, not bad!) no issues with the bar service. When it comes to food, I admit that we could have been more adventurous and I tried some dishes from the amazing restaurants there. However, we optioned for a old and safe Patty & Bun burger - it never disappoints - my veggie burger and my rosemary chips were utterly delicious and my tummy couldn't have been more pleased with the choice. Although I have queued for about 45 minutes, I easily forgot it as me and my friend watched the sun going down and the pretty lights going on. Just perfect.

Tastemaker

Pergola on the roof, as the name suggests, is an upscale type of gazebo that’s covered in an array of climbing plants and flowers on the roof of The Television Centre in West London. It’s an ideal summer pop-up (if summer decides to turn- up anytime soon…) serving drinks and food from four popular London restaurants, Rabbit, Salt Yard, Patty & Bun and Lecoq. The white stones, mosaic bar and pastel benches honestly make you feel abroad in some Mediterranean heaven, a perfect place to eat, play some boules and watch the sun set on a clear evening!


Having already eaten at Patty & Bun and Rabbit before, I chose from Salt Yard:


-Charcoal Grilled Dry Aged Beef Bocadillo with Aged Manchego, Charred Gem, Alioli and Onion Marmalade (£10)


-Grilled Spicy Chorizo and Piquillo Pepper Roll with Wild Rocket and Alioli (£8)


And from Lecoq (over separate visits!):


-Pork Belly Brioche served with Crackling, Pickles & Apple Puree (£8)


-Coq-Fat Chips with Scratchings (£4)


The pork belly brioche and chips came in very generous portions and were assembled with real precision by the Lecoq chefs. It was juicy and delicious, but as expected from pork belly, noticeably fatty! If you fancy something a bit leaner, I would highly recommend the beef bocadillo, which was smoky and full of flavour from the alioli and onion marmalade.


While, I enjoyed the smell of barbecued beef and rotisserie chicken around the pergola, I noticed that only Salt Yard and Rabbit had a selection of vegetarian dishes as Patty & Bun’s Portobello mushroom burger had sold out by the time we arrived around 7.30pm! This was a little disappointing for my vegetarian friend as the options left felt mainly salad based. Additionally, I don’t believe there was one fish dish at any of the restaurants, which is quite surprising!


The pergola is a real beauty, but sadly, I can only give it 3 out of 5 because it was completely let down by the bar service. I cannot speak for those with table service, but the queues for the bar were unrelenting and absolutely ridiculous…I didn't quite expect to spend most of my Saturday evening queuing for drinks!! With a relatively small drinks menu, the cocktail offerings were definitely causing the delay, so why oh why do they not have a bottle bar? We queued for around an hour for drinks, which just dampened the whole experience! Maybe go on a work night and make sure you book table service!



Awful staff, awful service, awful venue. Long wait times, half the drinks were unavailable as they were out of stock, the staff treat you like dirt and they refused to go noir their signup promotion. AVOID

Tastemaker

Pergola on the Roof is a slightly different tack on what was Storeys last summer on the same roof on top of the old BBC car park on Wood Lane. It has a Mediterranean vibe serving beers, wine and spirits from a central bar, and also has food offering from a number of different vendors including Patty & Bun and Rabbit. When emerging from the lift you'll be confronted by a gravely area with a few day beds, then up the stairs is the bar and tables. Make sure you make a reservation as everything seems to be reserved, meaning you'll be perching and being moved about all evening if you decide to just come here on a whim. When we got there, the door staff also seemed to be a tad over-eager to not let people in who had reservations, causing some confusion for those in the ever-growing queue. Toilets, as you'd expect, are makeshift with a trough behind a wooden screen for the gents and portaloos for the ladies on the car park floor below the roof. Despite some teething issues which may be ironed out as the weeks go by, this is a lovely place to hang out if the sun is shining. It genuinely feels like you are on holiday, and not on a roof in White City (just don't look at the cranes in the construction site next door where they're knocking down television centre)!


Lovely setting in what is otherwise a bit of a West London wasteland. Curiously, the organisers have built walls just high enough around the main bar to block any views of the city around. My friend and I went in the first week so perhaps these were only initial teething problems but our views were decidedly of the ‘mixed’ variety... We came without a reservation as it was only the two of us (reservations start from groups of six) and the website promised "plenty of spaces to sit". This is a bit of a lie when only two picnic tables (out of 40? 50?) are unreserved for walk-ins. We ended up having to shuffle about all evening which is not what you want, especially when you are planning to eat. Waiting times at the bar were painfully long at times, prompting us to buy two rounds at a time at least to avoid spending the whole night in a queue, and the bar also ran out of IPA about two hours into the night – not ideal. "Affordability plays a strong part" the website says once more... and I'm going to say 'yes but'. I chose to eat at LeCoq, an Islington staple, and asked what the 'coquelette' was (a baby rotisserie chicken), only to find myself being served half said chicken... more of a snack than anything resembling dinner, and at £7 that’s an expensive snack. Last but not least, while the chalky white gravel throughout looks rather summery and fabulous, it ruins shoes. They don’t warn you about this on the website. Only wear wipe-clean footwear, or something that can go in the washing machine. Any kind of nubuck or suede will have its last day here. All in all a lovely idea, rather beautifully executed, but with definite room for improvement!

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