Another one of London’s loved rooftop bars. And don’t be fooled by the ‘café’ part – Frank’s is an easy-going, though a bit hard to find, bar in Peckham perfectly suitable for spending your night out over drinks. If you are looking for a spot to make your regular or just a bar where you can break the routine tonight and don’t mind walking around artist – keep reading.
It seems that if you are a Londoner, you have most likely already seen what’s happening in this bar as at least one of your facebook friends must have posted a photo from a sunset view over London shot from Frank’s café but this does not mean you are acquainted with everything there is to know. Opening its doors to a fully renovated picture, Frank’s Café, a part of the Bold Tendencies Art Project, is now officially improved and manages to allure more visitors with its brand new feature – the redecoration executed by artist Richard Wentworth.
We cannot deny that the view this venue provides is a must see and it makes the place what it is – most of its visitors go there mainly because of the fact that it is up high. Another thing about Frank’s Café is that its staff seems strangely local – as if all of them are owners of the place and stick to the idea of making it feel like home to the customers.
But unfortunately there are some downsides to it too. First off, you might go out with the idea of climbing up at a warm afternoon to enjoy the weather in your spare time, but if Frank’s Café is your goal and this is your first time visiting it – it might turn into a real adventure…As it is situated in an abandoned the car park with not such a visible door, it is advisable to ask someone for directions at some point. But on the bright side – this is probably one of the reasons why entrance is never troubled in Frank’s Café: reservation or not, a big or a small group, early afternoon or later than 7pm, you can be most certain you will have no trouble finding a table inside.
After you are seated (don’t worry, it’s not empty as in a real abandoned car park, the crowd is enough to make the needed atmosphere) comes the menu. As of this summer, Frank’s Café has engaged two chefs to work on a new and larger menu. You could find a wide choice of cocktails and a long enough list of snacks or meals. But keep in mind that the tiny kitchen is often too busy and if you order something to eat – you will have to go through some delay even though the staff seem to do what they can. And as far as the drinks are concerned – I should state that the range of beers and wines offered could indeed be a bit longer and what is more, I advise against ordering too complicated drinks; to be sure you will get a well-executed mix better bet on a safe card and order something plain and classic. For example a Campari cocktail – the signature of Frank’s Café.
Have a look at the bar’s menu here: Menu
I expect you have managed to make up your mind about Frank’s Café from what you have read so far – yes, the size of the menu and the kitchen could benefit from some alterations. But after all what more do you need than a clear view over the Gherkin, The London Eye and the Shard in a sunny day with a tasty Campari in your hand?