16th September 2013
I probably shouldn’t say things like this (as it’s a bit embarrassing for me), but I do think that some places make you feel cooler than others. When there’s an atmosphere, a location, a buzz that’s exactly right and appears effortless.
Frank’s Cafe is one of those places. Before I continue, just get a look at this view.
A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine called some last minute birthday drinks and so a group of us met at Frank’s on a Thursday night. This was before autumn set in, and the evening was clear and warm.
To get there, you make your way to Peckham multi-storey carpark, and then climb all the way to the Level 6 rooftop. It feels a little strange pacing through the concrete slopes and stairs on foot, but as soon as you come out into the open air it all makes sense.
Frank’s Cafe is open from July through to September and is part of the Bold Tendencies Sculpture Project. This means that there are some interesting pieces of art to have a look at if you go and visit.
The sunset and city skyline were stunning, and the wide open space was full of Londoners enjoying the late summer weather.
There is a bar under tarpaulin which efficiently churns out drinks (I am reliably informed that you can now download an app to place your drinks order before going to pick it up) and an open grill. The food is specials that change daily along with an assortment of finger food – sardines, olives, smoky nuts and so on.
We sipped on Campari cocktails and snacked on hummus with hunks of bread.
And then settled in to watch the night arrive.
You can find the Frank’s website here. They’re closing for the year on September 29th, so you’ve still got time to go.
If the chill has already got into your bones and you don’t fancy wrapping up, then make sure it’s on your list for next summer!