The August bank holiday is here and despite a few bursts of rain Londoners have been enjoying some high temperatures for the long weekend. Making the most of the heat, I decided to spend the weekend exploring a few of the City’s best roof-top bars before many of them close at the end of the summer.
The first place I headed was Pergola on the Roof. This little hidden gem is on the top of the BBC television centre multi-storey car park behind Westfield shopping centre in Shepherds Bush. It spreads over the entire top floor of the car park and has a bar serving beers, wine and cocktails, as well as 4 pop-up restaurants; Rabbit, LeCoq, Patty & Bun and Salt Yard. It is named Pergola on the Roof due to the beautiful wooden open air structure wrapped in evergreen ivy, wisteria and bougainvillea covering the bar and eateries.
There are plenty of places to sit, which are available to reserve or for walk-ins. We turned up on a Saturday at 4:30 and hadn’t booked a table but luckily were able to sit at reserved one until the group it belonged to arrived at 6:30. If you’re going to go at peak time and want to sit it’s probably advisable to book ahead.
One of the main reasons we chose this roof-top experience was for our favourite burger in London – Patty & Bun. The Ari Gold cheeseburger, chicken wings and chips with rosemary salt (my favourites) are all available at their roof-top pop-up.
As well as the tables, there are day beds away from the Pergola which can be reserved for larger groups to enjoy. We didn’t get to see it in the dark but I can imagine it looks beautiful at night with the rows of twinkling fairy lights.
UPDATE: For summer 2017 the food traders have changed to Patty&Bun, 8 Hoxton Square, Salt’n’Sauce and Breddos Tacos. If you haven’t had the chance to visit Pergola on the Roof yet don’t worry, it’s still open every Wednesday to Sunday until October 1st 2017!
Find out more here: http://www.pergolaontheroof.co.uk