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Roof East

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Roof East

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Think at-altitude gaming, mini-golf, batting cages and hip-hop bowls. Feed and water yourselves at The BBQ Club and Roof East’s Bar or catch a film under the stars, (make sure to pick the bottomless popcorn option). So, cool games, yummy food and great drinks? We’re in.

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Address: Floors 7-8, Stratford multi-storey car park, Great Eastern Way

London
E15 1XE
Transport: Stratford DLR.
Price: Free-£54
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Opening hours: Open from May 3 to Sep 30. Tue-Fri 5pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-11pm
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4 out of 5 stars

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AVOID AT ALL COSTS! Visited for my birthday and had terrible experience. Staff were rude and inconsiderate. Venue ended up closing early with less than 30 mins notice and as a result some of my guests were refused entry. It was a total mess, so save yourself the trouble.

tastemaker

The perfect spot to embrace the sunshine with cocktails and classic games. A selection of snacks and cocktails are available to purchase, as well as mini-golf, batting cages and boules for entertainment. An ideal summer hangout.

tastemaker

This is somewhere I have been meaning to go to for a while and I'm glad I picked a nice Summer evening to do it. We didn't stay here too long as we had a couple of drinks before going to the Escape room in Stratford but it was a nice atmosphere with lots going on. The drinks were quite expensive but there was quite a good selection, it's definitely a nice place to catch up with friends and I would go back as I think there is more to experience here. The only odd thing was that we had our bag searched and a friend of mine had her satsuma confiscated and another friend had his banana taken from him. Not sure what they have against fruit! 

tastemaker

Based in Stratford East London this rooftop little universe has a combination of Crazy golf, Rooftop Cinema, Some Street food stalls and some great seating.I must say when I heard it was on top on Stratford Broadway carpark, I was a little worried.

Regardless I went with a friend to play crazy golf. Although I think it was slightly overpriced for what it was at £9 per person. The whole experience lasted around 20 minutes and was fairly enjoyable. Although the crazy golf area was fairly limited I think it may be more fun to watch a movie and have a few drinks on a summers day.  

Tastemaker

A brilliant addition to Stratford, perfect for summer evenings, drinks with friends and to add to that plenty of activities so ideal for birthdays or work outings. The venue has jenga dotted around which is free to dabble as well as baseball, crazy golf and skittles all of which come with a bit of a price tag. During the summer months plenty of films are also shown. The one improvement I'm hoping to see is an increase in street food as currently the choice is limited and average quality.

Tastemaker

Roof East is fantastic for the pure versatility. I went for the Rooftop cinema screening of Beauty and the Beast (amazing btw...) The venue is perfect for surprises (my boyfriend thought I was about to drag him shopping for his birthday!) 


The bars are fun and stay open as late as you do, well priced and serve good levels of cocktails. Staff are fun and very helpful. The smell of food in the air is enough to make a full stomach hungry again! 


The fun basketball, bowls and golf likes things to do would make it ideal for a day out with friends/date night/staff parties. Very cool.

tastemaker

It's really not as good as all the Instagrammed pictures make out. I've been a couple of times now - once to watch a film and once to see what it was all about. The mini golf is incredibly mini and not really worth the price. There's a small batting cage which ideally should be longer in order to allow batters to actually hit the ball. There's only two huts to buy food and sometimes one is closed. The pizza hut serves bland pizza which isn't really worth paying for. The cinema is nice - you get a blanket and headphones, but you can't take any snacks with you - they are confiscated before you enter the rooftop. No sweets. Nothing. You may as well just go to a different rooftop, or the actual cinema. It has such potential to be amazing but the space is not used very well and the convenience just isn't there - various things being closed unpredictably... you can't use card in some parts, and you can't use cash in others.
There are however, games of big jenga... and a good supply of sangria... so if you're looking for just a drunken night with a good view, then do it.

tastemaker

After taking ages to find, I really fell in love with this rooftop. If you travel using public transport - there's a huge Roof East sign as you cross the bridge and walk towards the multi-storey building making it really easy and visible. If you are planning to drive, it's slightly more hidden - and took me a few rounds before I saw the car park sign. To my surprise, once inside the car park - parking is only £1 for evenings, which I thought was a great find given that the car park is located right under Roof East.


I thought the selection of bars, food and activities was great. There's even a rooftop cinema and giant board games :) we all had a great time, managed to find deck chairs and seats on a hot summer's evening, so I would just try your luck - as it could vary depending on busy it is.

tastemaker

Nice chill rooftop location in East London. Very close to Westfield Stratford and station. However very hidden away and hard to find. Big open space, perfect for chilling with friends and family! Great atmosphere and there's deck chairs and Jenga! Not many places or options for food at all but a few bars, these could do with some more cocktails and pitchers! Only Pizza Shack available, so if you don't like Pizza, you are pretty much screwed, sadly. Wait times for Pizza Shack were ridiculous, (no other food available, so bound to happen) I was told there was a 30 minutes wait for a Pizza because they had a large order before myself. I didn't even bother ordering one in the end but they sounded tasty.


If you are hungry and okay with sacrificing the amazing view, you are better off leaving and walking across the road to Westfield and getting either Pizza Hut or treating yourself to one of the fantastic restaurants in Westfield which all stay open late. There is also a rooftop cinema, crazy golf and De La Bowl on the rooftop. They also have London’s first urban farm, so lots to see and do! Frequent Yoga workshops, if you like that sort of thing. Not great for food and okay for drinks. Great scenery, great on a sunny day and not so good on a rainy one! Go early if you want a deck chair otherwise you will be standing! Better rooftop locations in London but Rooftop East has a variety of activities.

Tastemaker

This is a very cool spot in East London, that I've found thanks to my rollerskating passion! The bar is set at the top floor of the parking, you can access to it via the little shopping centre in front of Westfield.


As soon as you get to the eighth floor, the atmosphere is buzzy and happy. There are a few bars where you can get a drink and plenty of seats to enjoy a nice summer evening, while playing giant Jenga with your friends (so cool)!


There are also many activities to do, including outdoor cinema, crazy golf and the one I tried: roller disco!


I was a bit disappointed with the size of the disco, as it is very small...however I had 40 good minutes of fun! It's a bit expensive (£8 with your own skates/£10 if you need skates for 40 minutes) but it was good fun.

tastemaker

This rooftop bar in Stratford is so much more than just a rooftop bar with great views! It has something for everyone; a batting cage, roller disco, lawn bowls, crazy golf and an outdoor cinema! You have no time to be bored! There are two bars and plenty of deckchairs if you just want to relax and have a few drinks in the sun! There's great music creating a fun chilled out atmosphere. There's also giant Jenga dotted around if you want to play with friends. The location is fab too; on the doorstep of Stratford station, making it really easy to get to. My top tip would be to try visit at sunset to catch the most beautiful views (you can spot the shard from up there too!). The food is also yummy; there's an oven baked pizza shack and a BBQ shack. It could do with a few more food stalls but the current two shacks are certainly tasty so you won't be disappointed. Enjoy and worth a visit this summer! :)

Tastemaker

Roof east is a rooftop bar in Stratford with lots of space, great vibes, some good selection of street food stalls and drink places and of course the renowned rooftop film club. It is the perfect place for a summer evening in Stratford area when the weather is good and the days are long. Of course, it also offers great views overlooking London Town! Do pay a visit if you are around.

Tastemaker

Great rooftop bar in the East. There is tonnes of space which is nice, and an array of things to do. An outdoor cinema, a mini golf course, four bowls pitches and a batting cage. 


I like the design choice of having cars filled with plants along the roof. Obviously bars and food also there.

tastemaker

Stratford Roof East is the next summer destination with an array of bars, a couple of decent food vendors, lots of seating and space to relax as well as activities galore. I enjoyed a sunny game of mini golf while sipping on a gin and tonic, an extremely pleasant way to spend my Sunday. If you are heading there to play a game or two, I suggest booking in advance as slots get booked fast! Make sure the clouds are hanging as shelter is limited!

Tastemaker

Roof East is the Ultimate playground worth checking out this summer. There is so much to keep you occupied with Sluggers (Batting cages experience) Birdie’s crazy golf, A roller disco, De La Bowl (hip hop inspired lawn bowls) and Rooftop Film Club. Get acquainted at the several bars on offer and have a bite to eat at Jimmy’s Tapas bar serving burgers, chorizo hot dogs or grab a pizza from the Pizza Shack. 


As the weather in London is still a little bit nippy (wear layers) on your visit. 

tastemaker

I recently checked out Roof East (granted it wasn't the warmest of summers day being may), but the potential was there. The space is massive, and over looks the Olympic Park and Arscor Mittal. They have inline roller skate rink, giant jenga and so much more. The vibe was cool, with a number of bars the wait time was minimal. I recommend visiting Stratfield for an afternoon session in the sun!  


Good views, handy location, no pretention, plenty of space. Enjoy the summer sun up here while it lasts!


What a fantastic idea for a venue which boasts crazy golf and an outdoor cinema. Such a cool idea with crackin views of London and the Olympic park. Drinks and food are great and music is very eclectic and easy listening. Great experience will be back for more


This place is amazing!! So many different things to do such as crazy golf, table tennis, jenga, basketball and connect 4. Oh, and don't forget the bar which offers draught beer and cocktails at a reasonable price.

Cant wait to go back!!!

tastemaker

What a surprise this place is, I can't be alone in questioning how good a bar on the roof of the Stratford Centre car park could be.. I was wrong. It's spacious, it has amazing views and is never overcrowded (door staff were turning people away to avoid this). 


I went to the Rooftop Film Club here, would definitely recommend getting there early to secure seats and blankets, can then roam around the rest of the rooftop. Would also recommend bringing some extra clothing, regardless of how warm you might think it is. It's a great experience and with the sun setting as your film starts, its a pretty neat place to watch a film

Tastemaker

The East London rendition of Rooftop Film Club is located in one of Stratford’s lesser known gems, Roof East. Perched on top of the Stratford City Shopping Centre- now dwarfed by the Westfield behemoth and mostly occupied by discount grocery stores and market stalls- it’s not much crowed about. Those locals in the know smugly exchange glances as they hop on the lift towards the cloistered oasis.


Aside from the cinema, Birdie’s Crazy Golf is good for a round of fun and ample sitting space is available. There’s a well-stocked cocktail bar and RockaDollar Dogs- juicy pimped beasts purveyed by a former Hawksmoor chef- are on offer. The space is kitted out with various decorative touches including abandoned cars transformed into gnarly urban gardens and a variety of fauna throughout.


The cinema is situated at the far end of Roof East, comprising rows of deck chairs and a semi-permanent screen. There’s a small box office on hand, where popcorn, sweets and drinks are sold and attendees are offered cosy blankets for the inevitable temperature drop. The space is perfect- aside from the occasional din of sirens, but this is East London- and the seats are surprisingly comfy for a two hour stint. Shows start around 8:45pm and seating is on a first come, first served basis, so it’s advised to arrive early to secure your place.


Food is not technically permitted inside (although we managed contraband treats on our visit), but hot dogs from RockaDollar Dogs are permitted, as are alcoholic beverages from the bar. There’s lots of space and our show wasn’t too busy, meaning that viewers could space themselves out and cuddle up as the sun set over Stratford.


Tickets aren’t cheap, however, costing £15 each- giving that this doesn’t include any extras such as popcorn, I wouldn’t necessary be happy to pay £30 for a pair of tickets unless it was a film that I wouldn’t necessary see elsewhere for a fraction of the price. 

Tastemaker

Friday nights for most of us often involves finding the closest bog standard bar. I was no different. But not anymore as my time at Roof East was the best Friday night I’ve spent this far in 2016.


Located in the heart of Stratford, Roof East is perched right on top of a disused multi-storey car park on floor 8 overlooking Stratford and beyond. It’s a rooftop bar/an event space complete with food stalls and crazy golf and more including an open-air cinema,


Lively, energetic, casual, chilled, Roof East absolutely nails it with the food, the vibe and entertainment. Despite being lively and busy, there’s still plenty of benches to seat your arse down and hanker down on the incredible street food provided by Flamin' Liberty Burger (the fist-full-of-pig burger was absolutely phenomenal) and a bar to purchase your favourite poison.


As mentioned already, it’s not just the food that’s awesome but the activities  to keep you entertained.  If you want to show your friends who’s boss, nearby basketball court is open for anyone who dares to take you on, or if you want to humiliate your friends using a more gentle approach, Crazy Golf makes an appearance courtesy of Birdies, the very same group that bought subterranean revellers the same excitement in the Underground Vaults in Waterloo last Christmas.


If that wasn’t enough,  cosy up under the stars at the Open Air cinema for a film with popcorn available and enough deck chairs for you and your chums. Might want to bring your own blanket though as it can get a little chilly as the stars begin to shine.


It’s a vast space that’s managed to put in so much. As for the view, it is breathtaking as you’d expect from a rooftop space that high up, and enough cosy corners and benches to see the sun go down.


if you manage to go on a warm summer’s day, there’s not many places that can better Roof East. If you’re looking for somewhere to hang out with mates on a Friday night to welcome the weekend, then this is the place to be. Certainly beats that bar down the street.

tastemaker

If you happen to be in Stratford on a nice sunny day (admittedly both are pretty rare and both at the same time almost unheard of) then Roof East is certainly worth a visit, if you can find it! It is at the top of a car park near to Westfield but it is very poorly signposted and we tried a few different entrances before finding the right place.


London has an abundance of rooftop bars in summer and although I can't say that Roof East is better than any of these, given the location it is less busy so you should be able to find a spot to sit down and laze around in the sun.


If you get bored of sitting around there is plenty to do here. You could have a round of Birdies crazy golf, and whilst I would call this mini golf because they really toned down the crazy, it is still a lot of fun and has some great views (probably what distracted them from creating imaginative holes). If golf isn't your thing then you can buy tickets for the rooftop cinema. They give you a blanket (we're still in England) to snuggle up in your deckchair whilst watching a classic film at sunset. But if you feel like being more active there's even a ping pong table and basketball.


The food and drink choices are limited to one stall each here but the fried chicken burger is so good that there's really no need for choice. A portion of chips is so generous that you can easily share it with another person. The drinks bar has some imaginative cocktails, cheeky staff and a few wine and beer options.


A word of caution - this rooftop has nowhere to hide from the elements if it does start to rain. However, the views of the Olympic park and the city in the distance at sunset make it worth the risk. Besides, Westfield is only down the road if the weather turns. 

Tastemaker

Strolling through the unassuming shopping centre and up the lift to the 8th floor rooftop car park, it's hard to believe that there can be anything appealing that's worth the schlep. However, wade your way out of the grotty lift and transport yourself into a little haven. Hanger right for a cheeky cocktail, turn left to practice your putting on the crazy golf course, or head straight on to stuff your face with a posh dog complete with buttermilk fried chicken (bloody delicious). After all that, make your way down to the far end of the car park, nestle into a deck chair with a blanket at the rooftop cinema. Our visit marked the 20th anniversary of Spice World the movie and we were lucky enough to commemorate this beautiful example of crap acting at Roof East, complete with popcorn and espresso martini in tow, how decadent! I like what they've done here, it's fun, the staff are super friendly and there's a good holiday vibe as you watch the sun set over the Olympic park. There is room for improvement, a second bar would really help cut the queues. There's also a lot of scope to expand across the fill roof, which would add to its appeal as a destination place, particularly as there aren't any other places to go nearby when it closes at 11pm. Defo worth a trip, but load up on the pennies before you go as its not a cheap night out.

tastemaker

Roof East exceeds all expectation. The surrounding area alone is enough to put a lot of people off, but make sure you give it a go nonetheless! The view is gorgeous and looks even better if you catch it when the sun is setting. The activities on offer are great, from Birdies crazy golf to pop up cinema screenings – we saw Spiceworld! Make sure you check out the photo booth towards the back of the cinema area too!

Food and drink offerings are great, the hot dogs at Rockadollar are EPIC! Expect a queue at the bar, but it’s worth it to check out the impressive tricks bartender Matt has to offer.  Staff are friendly and it has a very relaxed vibe, unlike some rooftops which are a lot more try hard. Certainly worth checking out this summer! 

Tastemaker

I had wanted to go to a rooftop cinema screening for a few years but, London weather being what it is, I was always scared to book an for the whole thing to be a bit too damp for my liking. However, when the lovely Time Out team offered me a couple of Tastemaker tickets to go to Roof East to see Purple Rain, I jumped on the occasion!

It was amazing. Here's the full range of services you can find on a cinema night on this awesome Startford rooftop: delicious Rockndolla dogs, great cocktails, crazy golf and, of course, cinema. My friend and I had an awesome night. The staff was super friendly, the food and drink tasty as hell, the mini golf game simple enough that it was enjoyable and the cinema was warmed up by comfy blankets. Definitely a 5 star eve!


A lot of potential, but not quite nailed. Very cool space with great views over London, especially as the sun is setting. Extensive comfortable seating areas so great for big groups. Currently only one bar with slightly slow service - would struggle when busy. Cocktails slightly pricey given they are served in plastic glasses and pretty basic, but very friendly service. Only one food outlet serving some tasty but indulgent grub- certainly no healthy options here!

Tastemaker

Despite the shopping haven that is Westfield, Stratford is a bit of a barren area for must-sees and must-gos.However, if you dare enter the mayhem that is the Stratford Centre, you can ascend to a venue which leaves the chaos behind, providing a superb view, delicious food and super cool vibes; Roof East is Stratford’s hidden treasure.

Climb the parking lot stairs to emerge on the roof, which boasts an impressive view of the Olympic Park, and the Shard and Gherkin in the distance. On a summer’s evening, there is nothing better than to tuck into the delicious, fresh cocktails on offer, mixed by renowned London bar heroes, Spirited Mixers; the elderflower fizz is perfect for a hot, sunny afternoon. This year, Hawksmoor’s Head Chef has brought his insane hotdogs to the fray. Rockadollar Dogs are incredibly tasty, with a variety of inventive toppings, from beef and marrow chilli to ginger, black sesame and kewpie mayo. A far cry from the rubbery mush you may find at your local cinema, these hotdogs are serious stuff.

If you feel a little bit of exercise may help with the copious consumption of food and drink, don’t fear! Birdies, London’s coolest crazy golf, has taken residency at Roof East for the summer. Prepare for pesky half pipes, loop the loops and trick shots. At £9 per ticket, this is a must-do activity. If that sounds too tiring, take a look at the outdoor cinema screenings they have on offer over the season. With snuggly blankets and deck chairs, this might be one of the best spots to catch a film this summer.

With friendly staff, great music and a chilled atmosphere, Roof East is one of the biggest surprises of the year for me. Head there now to get a whole new perspective on Stratford, both figuratively and literally!

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