Stepping off the overground into Peckham Rye you are met with a myriad of people looking bewildered into their iPhones. Searching the maps they point left and take flight towards the trendy place to hangout in Peckham. It’s easy to find just follow the crowds. As you twist past the market stalls towards the independent Peckham cinema your met with your classic 80s multi-storey car park. And it’s here that you find Franks Café on the roof top.
The entrance is an unassuming black door followed by a staircase up to level 5. Follow the Ramps upwards to the top and you come across a doorman, who checks your bags for weapons. With the only dangerous item in our possession being a lunch box left over from a picnic in the park, we were allowed in.
Wondering through the art installations you reach the roof and are greeted by an amazing view of London. From St. Paul’s Cathedral to the towering blocks of Canary Wharf the view is second to none (see below).
The bar itself is average. There is a quick serve section offering cans but for cocktails and wine your better off joining the queue. Beer is £4.50 and an Aperol spritz is £7.50. Rather expensive when a bar round the corner offers a much more expensive cocktail menu at £6 and 2 for 1. But your paying for the view.
The toilets are completely dire. Festival toilets are cleaner. So either wait till you find somewhere better or take a mask and your own loo roll and hand sanitiser. Franks Cafe is only open in the summer and when we left, the queue to enter was two floors. So it’s best to get there early.
Great view but lacking any soul. The new hipster hangout is a multi-storey car park in Peckham.
Visit Franks Cafe at 10th Floor, Peckham Multi-Storey Carpark, 95A Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST.
Vikki Rutter is a North West review writer, working in the glamorous world of TV. Lover of travel and cats, although travelling cats not so much.