Sunday, July 04, 2010

FRANKLY...


Franks Cafe and Campari Bar is BACK and about 80 times more packed than it was last year. This could be because last summer, lolling about on the top floor of a multi-storey carpark in Peckham involved wearing multiple woollen layers and trying to find the least wind battered spot. Or it might just be because more people have heard about it this year. In any case, the weather forecast continues to predict *SCORCHIO* temperatures for London, so going there every day might be a good plan. It's open from 11am - 10pm Thurs - Sun. As a connoisseur of bitters based drinks I advise forgoing the Negroni or Aperol Spritz and just sticking with Campari & soda. The bar gets insanely busy so buy at least 3 rounds at a time. And the food is great, as you'd expect from Anchor & Hope alumni. Oh, and stay behind the line. Also there are various random bits of wood and iron girders on the floor which may be sculpture, or may just be general debris. If you don't look down you might trip over something and look really stupid in front of about 800 people.

And p.s. The lift only goes up to Level 5 and it's really creaky and scary, so you may as well just walk up and up/down and down the ramps as if you were in a car. It says on Franks' website that you can park your car on level 6, but when my friend did this he got a parking ticket so who the hell knows.

6 comments:

If Jane said...

heheh.

oh i would have loved to go...love campari & soda.
yeah well we are expected to have a "scorcher" as the weather guy keeps saying, here as well...

la di da! ;)

ephemerette said...

Aghh it's back! I spend all of last summer trying to drag my frinds down here and failed. Determined to drop in soon.

Claire * Lola Is Beauty said...

ephemerette - it's so worth it. I know lots of people get lost or get to the carpark and then get lost trying to get up to the top, but that's half the fun, no? Well my friend who got lost for about 3 hours, then eventually found it just as the bar closed, then came back to his car to find a parking ticket might not agree. But once you've been there and figured all the logistics out and if there's a good sunset there's nowhere better on a warm evening!

Bombay Beauty said...

Brilliant concept -- the only pity seems to be the 10 pm closing time -- bb

Claire * Lola Is Beauty said...

BB - the bar closes at 10pm, but if you've just got three or four rounds in you can stay longer. I guess there's a restriction because it's a pop up type thing in a disused carpark. (Or maybe it's to stop people having to walk through Peckham too late at night!)

Rose said...

summer in a glass there