On 27 September, the unique Frank’s Cafe prepares to say goodbye to summer and shut up shop for the autumn / winter season. Here’s why you should whizz up the 10 flights of stairs of this landmark carpark and check out this incredible rooftop eatery. Hurry, before they call their last orders…
1. On the way up, you can get your fill of Art
Don’t be put off by your first impressions of the Peckham Multi Storey Carpark. On arrival, this place looks a little shabby around the edges and you may think you’ve got the wrong place when you climb up what seems like an endless number of (rather dingy looking) stairs (we didn’t risk the lift, I think it’s long been kaput).
Once you’ve made it up a few flights, you’ll start to see posters for rooftop yoga, cool orchestra events and the like. You’ll then exit at Level 8 or 9 to find Bold Tendancies – a not-for-profit arts project who display some rather unusual visual art installations. When we visited we stumbled upon these screen displays, formed in collaboration with Airbnb, as well as some really striking light installations.
2. You can get the most instagrammable cloud pictures you’ve ever taken
Let’s hope it’s going to be bright and sunny with plenty of fluffy clouds for those who visit Frank’s Cafe this weekend. Because with all that open sky, it means you can get the most incredible cloud photos. Which means – if you’re an instagram fiend like me – you can snap and share to your heart’s content.
3. You will get a sense of perspective with the ‘Agora’ squiggly lines
You’re not quite yet at Frank’s Cafe, you have a small set of steps to climb and you stumble across ‘Agora’ the other installation by Bold Tendancies. This one is a piece of abstract artwork by Richard Wentworth and is basically a series of squiggly lines drawn across the expanse of the carpark ground. It’s aim is to give a sense of perspective and to bring the space to life. More instaclouds and arty photography is of course, required. Plus, it really lifts the spirit being this high up from the hectic city.
4. It’s perfect for getting the last of the summer rays
This weekend is set to be fine with highs of 18 or 19 degrees and Frank’s Cafe is as open as it gets in London. Which means it’s your perfect chance to cling onto summer (as I am) and get the last of those summer rays. Then if it does turn a bit chilly, head under the cover and hope that by then, your beer jacket is going to do the job.
5. They do a mean glass of fruity Pimm’s.
It’s rather steep at £6 but it’s in a pint and it’s packed with fruit. Enough said. I’m there.
6. The menu is rather quirky
I didn’t eat, but while peering over the shoulder of the diners next to me, I spotted a plate of radish, buttermilk and Nigella (cumin, not the chef), some tasty looking olives and a plate of smoked aubergine, yoghurt and pomegranate. If you’re looking for something more substantial, they also cook up various meat, fish and kebabs – check their dishes of the day.
7. The views of London are worth the hike
If like me, you’re a sucker for a stunning cityscape, you’ll love the incredible vista from the heights of Frank’s Cafe. I never tire of those views of the Shard, The Gherkin, The Walkie Talkie and other iconic London landmarks. And from this SE15 neighbourhood, you get another slightly different perspective over the city. If you’re lucky enough to grab one of the stools by the wall, you’ll can snap and sip at the same time.
Until next time x
For more information on Frank’s Cafe visit FranksCafe.org.uk. Want to visit? You’ll find it at 10th Floor, Peckham Multi-Storey Carpark, 95A Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST. Frank’s is open Tues-Fri 5pm-11pm and Saturday-Sunday 11am-11pm. It closes for the autumn winter season after Sunday 27th September.