There’s nowhere better in south-east London to take in the summer sun than Frank’s. Opened exclusively during the warmer months, it attracts a large and all-encompassing crowd (one table often sits hipsters and breastfeeding mums and seniors and puppies all at the same time) eager for the great view, the fantastic space, and the tempting menu.
Frank’s is a Campari bar, so let yourself be tempted by a Negroni, to sip perched on a wooden stool overlooking all of London. If there are many of you, try the Pimm’s only mini-bar; it’s mostly free of queues and jugs will go down nicely any day. The food offering is worth a try, with flavours sourced round the world. Try the Peckham pastrami for a taste of NYC, or the succulent jerk chicken – it’s got a welcome kick.
You’ll have to make your way round the multiplex, up questionably-smelling stairs and through several levels of car parking to get up there – not the most easily accessible of bars, but so worth it once you’re sipping on the roof terrace.
Best Bars tip: Frank’s is the flagship venue of local art project Bold Tendencies, so look out for visual and performing arts, and make sure to experience the beauty of rooftop concertos at nightfall.
— Gaëlle Laforest, @gaellelaforest