If you had to put money on where to find the best view in London, not many people would guess the top of a multi-storey car park in Peckham. But that’s the beauty of Frank’s Café. This South London summertime institution is loved by locals for its panoramic views of the city skyline, punchy cocktails and incredible atmosphere.
Admittedly, the venue – only open from May until September – is highly weather-dependent (to the point where the website has a link to the BBC weather forecast for SE15), but if you venture here on a good day then there’s no better place to while away the hours. Find yourself a spot on one of the many picnic-style benches, or perch against the railings looking out at Central London, and soak it all in. The menu at Frank’s Cafe varies, but expect dishes as craving-sating as pizza and as tastebud-tantalising as ox heart kebab, as well as bar snacks like olives, hummus and hot wings.
There are a few beers, ciders and wine on offer, but you’d be remiss to visit and not have a cocktail. Campari makes a bold appearance (on the bar itself, as well as the menu) in everything from a classic Negroni to a spritz. But for a chance to choose anything from the bar menu, you need to get there early as the queue has a tendency to snake halfway to Brixton and back again.