FRANK’S CAFE, PECKHAM
The rooftop bar that first put Peckham on the map: here young Peckhamites (and now, cool types from across the city too) sip Campari in various forms: Negronis, Americanos and Campari Spritz among them, all while overlooking a slightly grubbier view of the London skyline than some of the slicker bars on this list. Not that has its own charms: this gritty bar is on most summer must-visit lists for a reason.
Address: Frank’s Café and Campari Bar, 10th floor Peckham multistorey car park, 95a Rye Lane, Peckham, London SE15
Open: Tues–Fri 5pm–11pm; Sat–Sun 11am–11pm
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The view from this Dalston institution includes less sparkly skyscrapers and more of the surrounding Victorian buildings, with their iron-cast fire escapes and faded paint jobs. But while the vibe is gritty, and the crowd is full of east London hipsters rather than slick City types, there’s something joyful about a London rooftop that doesn’t try too hard. With lurid astro-turf, fake palm trees and colourful, tropical murals, it’s all a bit kitsch. Plus, it’s a community space with local green-fingered folk able to help out with the allotment. DJs are a common feature, playing a chilled-out soundtrack until the early hours, drinks are strong and if the weather’s good, you can happily settle in for the day.
Address: Dalston Roof Park, The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL
Open: Tues–Thur 5–11pm; Fri 5pm–12am; Sat 3pm–12am; Sun 3–10pm