Hanging around in a multistory car park in South London with a beer and some chicken wings may not sound like a particularly appealing proposition, but Frank’s Café in Peckham manages to transform exactly that into a fresh and enjoyable experience.
Located on the tenth and top floor of a multistory car park in Peckham, Frank’s is a rooftop bar and café that pops-up during summer to entertain and inspire locals and in-the-know tourists.
The first five floors of the car park do little to dispel the stereotypical image of such places: grey, unwelcoming and smelly. However, once you reach the sixth floor everything starts to make a little more sense. The parking spaces are no longer filled with row upon row of dirty red Ford Focus’ and stained silver Volkswagen Polo’s; rather they play host to a range of sparsely positioned art exhibits and large-scale sculptures.
Fast-forward 15 minutes – yes the queues are quite long – and you will be in a position to really appreciate the magic of Frank’s Café. By this point you should be sitting on a wooden picnic table with an ice-cold pint of beer, or a sharp Negroni (the house cocktail), looking out over the city with goose pimples rippling down your spine.
I don’t live as close to Frank’s as I used to, but I can’t wait to head down there this summer now that it has reopened for 2014.