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No need people! Follow BarChick’s guide and you’ll be a VIP wherever you turn up. PLAN A Little heads up before you hit the town: plan it out, military style. And then have a backup for when it goes wrong. If you’re going somewhere that runs a guest list, call ahead, email, send a stripper/flowers, whatever. Just let them know you’re coming so you’re not standing around scratching your plums in the freezing North Easterly. BULL SH*T Obviously you’re going to forget the last bit, so you’ll just have to blag your way in. Perhaps you’re an up and coming DJ? Hotshot blogger? New model for Elite? You could even make out you’re hot enough to work for BarChick (this happens all the time). BRIBE So when plan A or B don’t work you might need to drop some dollar. Cash goes a long way for those nighthawks with the clipboards. Stop being pikey and tip like you’re Berlusconi at a brothel. THE LONG GAME Schmooze the door girl, start swinging by your venue of choice on days you don’t even plan to go there – just to say hi. Don’t do anything too grand, you don’t want to creep her out but just make sure she starts to recognise your face, that way when it comes to d-day she’ll either feel like she knows you or feel sorry for you, either way... you’re in. ARM CANDY Everyone knows that the girl to guy ratio on the tiles can easily get lopsided. Work this to your advantage, tote some hot totty on your arm or better still get a posse of pretties and pitch up looking like a p.i.m.p, you’ll be irresistible to promoters. Try your luck at these places: Experimental Cocktail Club The French aren’t renowned for their tact, bless them. The guys on the door here genuinely believe they’re doing you a favor when they tell you that ECC isn’t for you tonight. What they mean is that it’s either too busy, your vibe is too full-on or your mates seem like they’re on more of a WKD thing. Take it however you want, but don't take offence. The way to sneak past the door here is to arrive in pairs, if you’re rocking up with your crew then email in advance and if your mates want to order Mojitos… well this ain't the one for you anyway. 13a Gerrard Street, London, W1D 5PS El Camion This sort-of members bar is more about being in the know than forking out cash. An underground haunt with some serious boogie potential. If you find yourself out on a wobbly limb in Soho you’ll want to make sure someone in your crew has a Pink Chihuahua card or knows how to get one. Either send off for one here or chat about how much you love Dick Bradsell. Google him, it’s his bar. 25 – 27 Brewer Street, London, W1F 0RR The Nightjar These guys have smashed it; even on a Monday you’d be lucky to get in without a table reservation, no seriously. Thursday – Saturday queues stretch halfway round Old Street roundabout and the only way you’re getting in is if you’ve booked. It’s old school, unadventurous and requires the kind of planning usually reserved for birthdays, weddings and bar mitzvahs, but if you wanna party with the suits then you'd better get a PA. 129 City Road, London, EC1V 1JB The Box Turned up wasted wearing sequins, feathers, c*ck rings and whatever else you can find in your fancy dress box. If you don’t look like a rockstar then you’re not coming in. 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But we love it. From rooftops and al fresco frolicking to hiding away in dive bars here’s a v. versatile, sun and storm appropriate hitlist of sick bars to go booze at this month. Barchick’ll see you there. Showdown When have you ever heard the words ‘all-American’ and not been pleased? This U.S. transplant underneath The Lockhart (banging food from America’s Deep South) is a residency brought to you by none other than ‘The Talented Mr. Fox’ and he’s got it all figured out. You keen on drinking copious amounts of rye and bourbon like they do in the South? Excellent. The cocktail list is comprised of categories like ‘Sour’, ‘Long, ‘Strong’, ‘Tap and Bottle’, ‘Weird’ and ‘Shooters’ so there’s basically zero chance of you not being sated in some hazardously American way. This is the kind of place that’s got iced tea cocktails on tap...Oh, and bar snacks include Devilled Eggs and Catfish Goujons. YES. 24 Seymour Place, London W1H 7NL Showdown Storeys East comes West, people. Ever thought about what debaucherous activities you could do on top of the former BBC Car Park at Television Centre? Probably not... but here’s your opportunity to hit up another glorious car park before our 60 second summer is kaput. Equipped with epic panoramic views of London, a rotating line-up of dynamic street food traders (we’re talking everything from crab burgers to buffalo wings) and killer cocktails, Storeys in White City is where it’s happening. Television Centre, Wood Lane, London W12 7RJ Storeys.Ceviche.jpg.large (1) The Nines Find out what ‘Peckham and proud’ really means at this Copeland Yard warehouse-cum-bar. If your Cuban uncle moved to Miami and transformed his garage into a booze shanty, this is what it would look like. Perch outside on one of the picnic tables with a fag and a Tommy’s Margarita, perv out on the CrossFit participants and challenge your mates to a boozy ping pong duel. And if you happen to be there for happy hour (6-7pm), you’ll get 3 pints of Meantime for 9 quid. Absolute bargain & everyone walks away winning. 133 Copeland Road, London SE15 3SN The.Nines (2) Relax, It’s Only Coffee What in the world could possibly trump alcohol? Coffee, almost... Coffee is your best mate and if you marry it with alcohol, one could only hope that the fusion will solve all of our problems. The cocktail maestros from White Lyan and coffee guru Alex Macintyre know what’s up and their latest venture at Old Street Roundabout is testament to that. People who are coffee-deprived have, like, no chill, so thanks guys for making the world a better place. Now we can get buzzed at work. No one’ll suspect a damn thing. Middle of Old Street Roundabout, London EC1Y 1BE Relax.It.s.Only.Coffee (1) The Culpeper It’s a gastropub with a greenhouse bar on a rooftop that houses a custom built woodfired grill and offers lodging for the night on Commercial Street. Told you this would be good. All hail the multi-functional space of the 21st century. This one’s crafted with a green thumb so we’re talking picking those herbs that are in your cocktail for some countryside sipping. Cocktail names run the puntastic gamut from ‘Dill With It’ to ‘Garden Julep’ and it doesn’t get fresher than the ingredients grown up on this rooftop. This is an eco affair and we’re all over it. Wanna get your hands dirty? Throw some overalls in your rucksack and sign up for one of their roof garden workshops whilst semi-inebriated, of course. 40 Commercial Street, London E1 6LP The.Culpeper.2 (1) Hotel Chantelle In a walk-up bar/restaurant hovering above Orchard Street is a hotel that doesn’t come stocked with beds or haute Parisian prostitutes, but it’s tarted up with everything else you need for a wicked night out: Edison bulbs, plush red velvet, vistas of teeming central London and bloody brilliant cocktails. The guys in bow ties behind the bar aren’t keen on lovingly shaving nutmeg over one of those 10 minute cocktails, but who the hell cares? They’re swift and they know their spirits, so overtime really isn’t required. We opt for Wanderlusts and Cloud Riders 'cos we like to keep things dreamy in this part of town. 23 Orchard Street, London W1H 6HL hotel.chantelle.lavender (2) Smith & Wollensky Bar For the hedonist who likes the finer things in life, even when cash-strapped and living in a garret. It’s a posh Art Deco-inspired steakhouse in a grade 2 listed historic building, so maybe try dressing to the nines. The Porterhouse Steak’ll set you back £110, but never mind that for now; there are bar nibbles and liquid assets to sort you out just fine. With Ernest Reid behind the bar, nothing could possibly go wrong on either front. Curl up on a green leather bar stool, order a Kirsch Cosmo or Barrel Aged Negroni and don’t you dare leave without having dived into the jumbo lump crab cake and yellowfin tuna tartare. The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HT Smith..Wollensky Frank’s Obviously, you have to hit up Frank’s before he f*cks off again. This is just a friendly, yet slightly aggressive, nudge to remind you that Frank’s is a seasonal affair. And whilst we’re not sure where he goes when he’s not on top of Peckham Rye’s premium car park, we know that he leaves for a long winter-blanketed time and you will miss him.. So get your fix of smoked aubergine, Negronis and interactive art before he packs his giant red tarpaulin rucksack and doesn’t open it again 'til next year. 10th Floor, Peckham Multi Storey Car Park, 95A Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST UK.Franks The Mayflower For those lethargic 16th century evenings and hardcore pub enthusiasts, this nautical gem is pretty much a national treasure. 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That’s right people: the Summer of Love’s come to London. Leave your skinnies at home cos this hit list is rife with button-openers. ROK Nordic-themed everything in Shoreditch this August apparently and we sure as hell aren’t bitching about it. They’ve nailed the crayfish feast, they’ve killed the ‘I rolled out of bed this way’ look & now they’re smoking sh*t up. It’s all happening at Curtain Road this August, so after you’ve crayfished out on Brick Lane, get smoked at Rok: chefs will be drawing upon techniques such as brining, pickling and smoking and applying them to British ingredients, so you get the best of both worlds without having to deal with the catastrophe that is Stansted Airport. Dishes will include beauts such as beef shin croquettes with horseradish and parsley as well as smoked short rib with birch syrup. Epic twice-over and they’ve even got a late license till 1 am. 26 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NZ // From 10th August 2015 SHUCK The boys behind Wright Brothers’ve got a new naughty little brother under the arches of Borough Market and he won’t be around forever so get on it. They’re keen on demystifying the oyster and re-establishing it as a fare that anyone can enjoy: so leave your frills and reservations at London Bridge station. And with a tidy (and sexy) menu concept that consists of ‘Naked, Dressed or Blown,’ how could you refuse? Get blown and opt for a Mediterranean anchovy, butter, lemon, olives & sundried tomatoes sea critter. What to pair it with? Mediterranean hero Gin Mare, of course. 7 Stoney Street, Borough Market, London SE1 9AD shuck MOLE TACO BAR Mexico’s gifted the rest of the world with ‘out of your box’ alcohol, brilliant swear words and mega holidays but that’s just the beginning of it. They NAIL nosh. All you gotta do is top up your Oyster card & head to Marlyebone to partake. This one’s for all who don’t give a sh*t about calories as this boutique taco bar’ll stuff you with champion guacamole, braised oxtail with crema, octopus with pico de gallo or cod cheeks with a squid ink foam. Seriously. Sip on a Guava Pisco Sour and please don’t come here with your sombrero. Not even on Cinco de Mayo 'cos this is not the 90’s. 16 Picton Place, London W1U WBP Baja.Fish.Taco.2 MARMITE LOVE Lover or hater? BarChick loves Marmite like you love your nan: it’s hardwired into you and you’ve got no choice otherwise. We put it on crumpets, toast, cakes; we’d consider using it as lube if we could. There’s even a sculpture of a Marmite jar in Burton-on-Trent called Monumite. Which is why we’re giving massive props to Soho Grind and their Marmite Love Cafe pop-up. They’ll check your social media and if you’re a lover you’re getting it free whilst haters pay, so don’t be dense and get on it. Go on, show your big love on social media and give all your mates FOMO. Soho Grind, 19 Bleak Street, Soho, London, W1F 9RP // 4th - 5th August Marmite.Love.Cafe FIKA This Nordic enclave on Brick Lane is keen to crayfish you up for a few weeks this August & they’re not f*cking around. Imagine a terrace with fairy lights and bottles of schnapps: it’s a lush Swedish dream and we haven’t even started talking food. Not only will there be bottomless crayfish, but chicken liver pate, pickled herring, cured salmon and traditional Swedish party hats. Sail across the North Sea in Shoreditch, don that crayfish hat and do say yes to snap songs. 161 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB // 30th July-16th August crayfish YEAH! BURGER Burgers are a culinary cornerstone. And whilst there have been some questionable permutations of it, this one’s the real deal. You’re about to get double-meated in the face 'cos Yeah! Burger’s Scotch Egg Burger Menu is in effect from the 7th to the 22nd August at Strongroom Bar & Kitchen and The Star of Kings. We’re talking about Scotch Ness Monsters (aged beef, pickled onions, cheddar, Yeah! Sauce, white pepper and sage scotch egg) but if being double-meated sounds traumatizing, they’ve got a vegetarian-friendly option. Strongroom Bar & Kitchen, 120-124 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3SQ // 7th - 22nd August  yeahburger LUZON Head to Bloomsbury, follow the flip-flop wearing Aussies and spend the night at Generator Hostel. We can’t promise blagging a bunk with travellers, but for a few weeks in August you’ll get v. sleekly-plated Filipino fare & Red Horse beer (8%ABV, so clutch). You also, consequently, may get absolutely munted and incapable of ordering an Uber, so do bring an extra pair of pants and a toothbrush just in case. Chef Rex de Guzman will keep you grounded with Vegetable Laing (taro leaves stewed in spiced coconut sauce, taro fondant & crisps, pan fried tofu & achuete oil) and some proper Leche Flan; forget everything you’ve heard about hostel horror tales and dive in. 37 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SE // From 6th August  luzon LOBOS MEAT & TAPAS In Borough Market but not keen on oysters? We got you. If you don’t want buttery handsome sea critters, you must fancy Iberico pig, Castillan lamb & beef from The Ginger Pig? Lobos does mean wolves in Spanish, so get carnivorous. It’s also got all appropriate tapas restaurant kit: oxblood leather booths, tall wooden tables & black wire mesh cages for wine storage. But keep your eyes wide and protruded for this absolute life alternator: The Lobo Bun (marinated pork patty, onion, peppers & candy bacon topped with a fried egg). 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Rooftop raving is the dizziest way to soak up the heady heights of London’s skyline. Come rain or shine there ain’t nobody who doesn’t love a penthouse style p*ss up.

Now that winter’s out of the way nothing’s stopping you - you’ll never want to go ground floor again. See you at the top! EAST Sushisamba The one that's got it all A high glamour affair smack bang in the center of the business district. You’d be silly to expect anything other than chinos, spray tans and Ralph - no judgement from us, any friend of the bartenders at Sushisamba are a friend of ours. Situated on the 39th floor an uplit tree marks the spot. Eat Sushi, schmooze and try not to puke in the lift on the way down. Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY Sushisamba  Coq D’Argent Credit cards at the ready This is the perfect place to drag out a lunch meeting. Expect awesome views and be warned, it’s easy to do some damage to your credit card and your liver here. Get into the spirit of it and drink The Millionaire;  Plantation original dark rum, apricot brandy, Lillet Rouge, lime juice and touch of grenadine. If you go midweek you’ll be mingling with cigar drinking business people on Dom P - but everyone’s in a good mood on a roof terrace, so just enjoy. 16 Kirby Street, London, EC1N 8TS  coq Shoreditch House Rooftop pool baby Pack your trunks and kiss a member to get in. This is converted East London warehouse is the ultimate daytime party place, but if you’re not a member you’ll need to play it cool (if in doubt, wear your sunglasses and keep them on). We drink the Dillionaire, because we like saying it, and like to eat at the outdoor BBQ. See you by the heated pool. Ebor Street, London, E1 6AY shoreditch.house_2 The Boundary Start drinking at breakfast  Now this place is really, really cool. Bag yourself a sofa beneath the fairy lights and take in the ridiculous 360 degree views of London. Eat if you wanna, or just get hammered on Martini’s. The only, and we mean only, thing wrong with this place is that it shuts early (11pm) but the roof terrace is open all year round so it only serves as an excuse to start drinking at breakfast - that’s when you’ll find BarChick here. Spend the day getting your tan on and saunter off to another bar in Shoreditch come nightfall. Redchurch Street 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DD  Boundary rooftop - Long Table The Fox Craft beer pub on a roof An easy spot to pass by, The Fox has had a bit of a touch up and is worth a drop-in on your way up to the trendier lights of Dalston-Kingsland. Red checkered table cloths, fairy lights, picnic tables, decking and a well worked bunch of pot plants makes this place a bright and breezy hangout. They open at 4pm, perfect for an after work sunbathing sesh. 372 Kingsland Road, E8 4DA Dalston Roof Park The one that always has something going on BarChick went to a kick ass rave up here once...there’s always something going on at Dalston Roof Park, whether it’s a party, free film night or a pop-up restaurant. This year it’s doors reopen on 1st May, so get the date in your diary and head over for the relaunch party. Tip: sign up for summer long membership for £5 on the website -  it’ll be the best fiver you’ve ever spent. Print House, 8 Ashwin St, E8 3DL dalston.roof.park Netil 360 This roof knows how to throw a party This rooftop is all about banging events and parties, so fill up your diary in advance and remember to buy a ticket first. It’s open from 10am, too, and in true East  London style the building also has ‘office and social space’, which translates to us as an opportunity to work our way through a pile of magazines, spritzer in hand. Opens 1st May - and for the first time this venue’s got a permanent licence, so let’s celebrate. Netil House, London, E8 3RL  Netil-360 (1) Queen of Hoxton The one with all the pop ups Last year this place was transformed with lots of greenery, vibrant colours and beach front stripes like the good old British summers. Sun lotion dispenser, shady umbrellas and of course great booze slushies, BBQs and WIFI; we know where our meetings will be! 1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX  QoH South Place Hotel – Angler Rooftop Terrace Chic City sun trap Hidden away in Moorgate’s South Place Hotel is the city’s secret sun trap. Order a No.69 cocktail - tequila, lime, agave and avocado straight up, then grab some terrace food bar snacks like the devilled whitebait and calamari. It’s attached to the Michelin star Angler restaurant but no worries, everyone’s welcome here. 3 South Place, London EC2M 2AF  southplace-hotel-terrace   Golden Bee Smack bang in Shoreditch The bar itself ain't our really style but you can't argue with a rooftop in the middle of Shoreditch that has a fire pit.

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Aqua Killer cocktails and two terraces Ok, so the entrance to the Aqua building is shiny, but if Picklebacks taught us anything it’s that we should never judge a book by its cover. Keep your eye on the prize and catch the lift straight up to the fifth floor, where you’ll find the only roof terrace in the West End. Marios Schwab (fashion babes) has added some of his S/S15 inspiration to the one at kyoto... So if you’re looking for seats head through to doors and turn left past the black bull statue. Order a Pina Colada (can you taste the green tea?) and chill in the heaven above the hectic buzz of Regent Street. 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street, London, Entrance on 30 Argyll Street, London, W1B 3BR aqua The Roof Gardens The one with the flamingos This place is genuinely ah-may-zing. The dress code here is ‘no effort, no entry’, so fix up if you want a shot at getting in (it’s a private members club, but you know we’ve never let a silly thing like guestlists hold us back). It’s located 100 feet above Kensington High Street, where even the Cafe Nero plays classical music, and if you want to up the fancy factor even more book yourself a table at the restaurant Babylon. 99 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SA RoofGardensExternal018 Vista at the Trafalgar Date spot  This terrace is open all year round (British weather permitting) which makes it perfect for a date, because everyone knows two tipsy people plus a blanket equals a good time. Order a bunch of cocktails from the rooftop bar, watch tourists fail to climb on the lions (actually hilarious) and remember, this place is a suntrap so wear as little as possible on sunny days. Best of all? It’s rarely as busy as it should be. 2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, London, SW1A 2TS vista.view.new Radio Glam vibes and a 180 degree view Make sure you wear something sparkly here - not only will you fit in with the glam crowd, but it’ll distract from the uncontrollable “OMFG!” reaction you’ll involuntarily experience when you see the 180 degree view. Be warned; there is a laser show most evenings (some light artist from Barcelona is in charge) but fingers crossed you’ll be too busy getting chatted up on the plush white sofas to care. 336-337 Strand, London, WC2R 0EZ  ME.London.Radio.View.v2.low Vintage Salt The one on top of Selfridges Inspired by the British seaside, this summer pop up is less about the views and more about the prestige. Here’s how to get there; call the reservation line in advance, then turn left through the main Selfridges entrance on Oxford Street. You’ll be met on your right with a person holding a clipboard (BarChick’s equivalent of an angel at the gates of heaven) who’ll take you up. Order a 'G&Tea In  The Afternoon' - a cold earl grey tea spiked with gin, complete with earl grey sorbet. Awesome. Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1AB Terrace_April_2015.06 Lyric The enchanted garden This place is covered in greenery, so it feels like you’re getting fresh air in an enchanted garden when infact you’re above a theatre in Hammersmith. Get lost between trees and find a hidden table in a romantically lit corner. It’s all very charming until you find the pizzeria, then there’s no going back. Kings Mall, Lyric Square (just off King Street), London W6 0QL  110428_091041_lyriczip__cafe_jpg_510x340_crop_upscale_q85 El Cantara Shisha in Soho  Get yourself up to the top floor of El Cantara and you’ll be drinking at Soho’s only shisha terrace. In reality this one’s a little cramped, and there’s a good chance you’ll be sitting under a hot air vent, but wear plenty of deodorant and plan it towards the end of your night rather than the beginning and you could end up having a laugh. In short - good for shisha times, and if you’re not a member of Soho House, but maybe don’t hit this one up if you plan on impressing your date. 45 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4SD  el.cantara.roof Le Meridien, Piccadilly The one with all the gin It isn’t exactly blessed with space, but The Terrace Bar & Grill at Meridien Hotel is the perfect spot to grab something to eat before chilling with a cocktail. It’s smack-bang in the middle of Piccadilly, so the view at this place  is like a tourist’s wet dream. Don’t leave without venturing to the gin bar upstairs. 21 Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BH  le meridien piccadilly terrace and grill Broadway House Cocktails on a cigar terrace This place has two roof terraces, a rooftop bar, cocktail bar, outdoor cinema, BBQ, restaurant AND cigar terrace. Get obsessed with Toffee Champagne, work your way down the cigar menu and find a member to give you a guided tour of the place - seriously, if they let us live here we would. 474 – 476 Fulham Road, London, SW6 1BY  broadway_house_bar_roof_terrace_fulham_london_01.485x272

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Frank’s Cafe The really f*cking cool one We’re yet to hear what’s in store for this unique multi-storey carpark bar, but judging by our experience last year it’s safe to say we’re pretty excited about heading back to Frank’s this summer. See ya’ll there. 95A Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST Franks-Campari-Bar   The Bussey Building The one with the cinema Didn't get in to Frank's? Don't sweat it, this place is just round the corner. You'll have to climb what feels like a thousand flights of stairs but it's worth it for the view. When you get in grab a table to your left - that's where the sights north of the river are at, and the skyline's beautiful. Sink some wine and try all the Pilgrim's Pizza while eyeing up the fit musicians they've got playing that night. Fancy a quieter one? Head across the decking to Rooftop Film Club. 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, London, SE15 4ST Rumpus Room Where the sexy people hang A rooftop bar with a terrace and a kick-ass view of the river? You had us at hello. OK the terrace is teeny but it’s ON The Thames so well worth squeezing on to.  This sky high joint at The Mondrian is giving us another reason to hit Southbank for a drink (Dandelyan had already stolen our hearts) - expect London’s sexiest crowd and drinking 1920s style. 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD  Rumpus.Rooms.View No32 The Old Town The daytime hangout  They love a long table on the terrace at this place, so take your time and make sure you squeeze in next to a hottie. It’s in Clapham, so your cocktails will probably arrive with a side of toddler screams, but the staff have put effort into their drinks menu which features house syrups, sherberts and craft beer. Try everything and the daycare vibe won’t bother you. 32 The Pavement, SW4 0JE The Prince of Wales The party on a roof The POW is a local Brixton classic - you’ll get great tunes (Gilles Peterson and Norman Jay DJ here at the weekends), good people and you won’t have to queue long for a drink because this place has all the bars - the terrace alone has three.  This one’s also special because it’s a two storey situ, so you can have fun running up and down the place like it’s a playground for p*ssheads. There are different rooms blasting the bass - get lost all night and dress casual, you won’t stop dancing from the minute you get there. Get your tickets early, people. 469 Brixton Rd, London,  SW9 8HH  POW Queen Elizabeth Roof Gardens The riverside one It’s easy to miss this gem of a terrace among the street performers and crowds of tourists that congregate along the Southbank, but once it’s on your radar you’re guna feel really smug. This place is mainly about grabbing a few bottles of wine at the outdoor bar and arranging chairs in a semicircle with your mates so you can enjoy that riverside view, but they’ve got Pimms if you’re feeling patriotic. Expect to see couples snogging behind fruit trees and big groups of people taking to the floor when the chairs run out in the evenings. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX Oxo Tower Brasserie The one you can take your Mum to The South Bank is having its moment.  Hit the Oxo Tower early to bag a seat on the terrace - we’re talking all the epic food served in the restaurant, killer cocktails and views straight out at that river.  Come at night - we all know London’s at its best when lit up. OXO Tower Wharf, Bargehouse St, London, SE1 9PH  OXO Tower

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Vivo The secret italian one Drink award winning Italian cocktails and eat super fresh pastries, lasagne and mega salads galore while sitting on a hidden roof terrace just off the high street in Angel. Expect a vibrant, italian atmosphere with super stylish people. Pep up on some fresh coffee if the sun gets a bit much. 57/58 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0NY Alfie's Rooftop Kitchen The tapas terrace  This hidden roof terrace lurks above London’s largest indoor market. Get spendy downstairs before heading up the Art Deco building for a bottle of wine in the sun. Foodwise, expect everything at this contemporary cafe from a full English to a selection of tapas. A seriously cool daytime hangout. Alfies Antiques Market, 13-25 Church Street, London NW8 8DT Alfies.Rooftop.Kitchen.400x300 The Driver All day hanging out on top of a pub This huge 5-storey pub is a great place to take a bunch of mates, although the terrace itself is a little on the cosy side. Cocktails at the boutique bar will make you feel classy and if you’re getting peckish you can head downstairs to the basement’s gastro kitchen, or stay upstairs and get fed by the resident BBQ chef. You can smoke on the roof, too, so everyone’s guna be happy. 2-4 Wharfdale Road, Kings Cross, London, N1 9RY  the-driver_london_13802 The Red Lion Roof The pub garden on a roof If you thought this was just a pokey corner pub you were wrong. Take it all up to the third floor rooftop and hope to high heaven that the rest of Hoxton haven’t discovered the same staircase as you. It’s little on the small side but look, we’re in London, and if you can handle the tube during summer then this’ll be a breeze (literally, the air’s great up there). 41 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6NH red lion roof The Big Chill House The one with beers, burgers and beats You don’t have to dress up for The Big Chill because, as far as terraces go, it’s kind of a dive, but hey who cares when all you’re after is some beers, a burger and chilled out times? Sit back on the brightly coloured garden furniture and enjoy the beats. 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As much as we’re down with these food revolutions, the Kebab is hardly anything new; it's been around for like, ever. From the greasy doner to Giles Coren's beloved Kentish Town local, BarChick asked London where the best kebabs were at, got trashed, visited them all and this is our guide to everything you need to know about kebabs. Hells yes! WHAT'S WHAT?  Doner kebab, shish kebab, shawarma, kofta, gyro, adana—the many names & preparations of meat from The Middle East, South Asia & The Eastern Mediterranean can leave even the most worldly of eaters feeling totally clueless. But not to worry kebab compadres, we’re here to rub your temples & get you revved up for what is one of the nation's favourite cuisines. Forget whatever nightmarish experiences you’ve had at 4am on a stag do in Cardiff & let’s wade into it. Centuries ago,Turkic tribe soldiers in Anatolia used their swords to grill meat over open field fires. Now, these savage men have been replaced by suits, raging pissheads & stiletto strapped flailing their arms over tarnished steel counters. But it’s all a part of the modern charm. And we think it’s pretty ace that with all the sh*t going down in our crises-ridden world, we can all at least unite over a very serious & profoundly deep love of food. Be picky, but not uncompromising. Knowledgeable, but not annoying & you’ll get the mega meat hit you’ve always wanted. There are a helluva lot of dodgy doners out there, so let’s go over the jargon first so you don’t sound like a tw*t. THE CHAT Kebab: This means to roast. Americans obviously do it differently so you’ll get meat & veg on a skewer if you ask for a kebab. If you’re on the right side of the pond, you’ll be feasting on sliced meat in pita. The former is shish & the latter is doner. Shish: Chunks of meat, and sometimes veg, strung on a skewer & roasted over a grill. Doner: Typically, lamb, beef, or chicken (horse if you're unlucky) cooked on a vertical rotating spit, shaved off & most popularly served in pita bread. Shawarma: The Arabic incarnation of the doner. Kofta: Minced or ground meat (usually beef or lamb) mixed with spices & onion. Kinda like mini oval burgers. Adana: Long, hand-minced meat kebab mounted on an iron skewer & grilled over an open mangal. Mangal: Not a family’s surname, but a Middle Eastern name for barbecue which refers to the grilling apparatus as well as the event. Ocakbasi: The Turkish word for a grill restaurant with an open fire pit. Gyro: In greek, this means ‘to turn’. Similar to the derivation of the doner, which comes from the Turkish word don-mek & refers to the act of spinning. In Greece, the gyro is prepared on a vertical rotating spit & shaved off accordingly. Nazar: The blue eye-shaped amulet showcased at Turkish restaurants that wards off evil. Better to be safe than sorry. Sensing a theme here? During one of the most brutal and powerful eras in history, there was high interaction between Greek, Turkish & Arabic cultures. This interaction inevitably effected cuisine & so regional incarnations of this all-mighty meat started to develop. Big up the Ottoman Empire for gifting us with the ultimate antidote to ‘the spins’. Hungry? Good. Cos these are the most legendary legendary kebab hangouts in London: THE TOP SPOTS Fez Mangal They’ve got shish, doner & adana at this West London institution. It’s all exposed brick, copper & ocakbasi. Oh, and it’s BYOB without any of the corking fees. Brilliant. 104 Ladbroke Grove, London W11 1PY fezmangal Kebab Kid Cash only fluorescently-lit hole in the wall using grade-A meat from Smithfield Market. It's one of the premier late night snacking station for cabbies & Sloanes alike. 90 New Kings Road, Fulham, London SW6 4LU kebabkid Bosphorus Kebab No artificial additives, they boast. And everyone comes knockin’: rubbish collectors, Sultans, museum-goers etc. Hoggets delivered fresh each dawn, but if you’re not a carnivore they have a whole array of banging veg options. We opt for an XL doner kebab topped with yogurt salad. 59 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3JS bosphorus2 E Mono Giles Coren gave it his accolades and it’s status as a historic ‘kebabstitution’ was sealed. The men behind this Kentish Town joint are determined to take the kebab out of the mire of disrepute. All kebabs are made on sight & all chicken is free-range. Keep your eyes peeled for the Victorian signage & roll those sleeves up for a monstrous 500 g chicken shawarma. 287 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2JS emono Chifafa They’re intent on remodeling the scarred image of the kebab. It’s like elevated fast food. Greasy spoon kebabs are always ace, but if you’re time-poor and meat-desperate, do Chifafa. You can get high-welfare English veal shoulder marinated in lemon, oregano & garlic, grilled & served with a mint/dill tzatziki & salad for under a tenner. 45-47 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5RS chifafa Mangal 2 Vast selection of grilled mains from kebab to kofta cooked on the ocakbasi grill & ample amounts of yogurts/sauces to cool you down. It’s marginally more pricey than your dirty doner shop down the road, but it’s a bucket list cert if you’re in London Town. 4 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BH mangal2 Damascu Bite For when you’re shitfaced in Shoreditch & you can’t bear going to Polo Club. No frills Syrian-style shawarma. We elect the chicken shawarma packed with white/red cabbage, white onion, lettuce & copious amounts of garlic sauce. Eat it al fresco & never ever on a night bus. 21 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6PG damascubite Tad Ocakbasi Meze Bar with eat-in & take away options. Rolled vine leaves, spinach yoghurt dip, lamachun & most importantly…KEBABS. They’ll serve you “Mediterranean peasant food in the heart of hackney” & send you off sated. Vermilion walls, laminated wood & neon…Welcome to one of London’s most delicious Turkish transplants. 261 Mare Street, London E8 3NS tadmarest FM Mangal This Turkish family run joint’s got it all. Out back we’re talking a restaurant that’s packed with regs and is as ‘posh’ as kebabs get with an open grill, winding stairways and the chargrilled onion that’s served up as a pre starter that’s the total show stealer. Swinging by? There’s late-night kebab counter out front dishing out all the classics done to perfection. Ask nicely and they’ll chuck in an onion too. 54 Camberwell Church Street, London SE5 8QZ fmmangalcam Super Kebab & it’s sibling site Super Ocakbasi Cos it won best take away kebab in London & there’s no way we can contest that. The former is exceedingly bright whilst the latter is easier on the eyes, but both grill & roast like absolute champs. Take some mates, order the mixed kebab & sprinkle your world with sumac. The take away caters to the well-inebriated, but it’s still a family joint. 54 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7XB//111 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BX superkebablondon.co.uk.1 Cyprus Mangal If you’re between Pimlico & London Victoria & you’re dr*nk/horny/hungry/tired/ kebab daydreaming (a common affliction amongst Britons), then follow the yellow brick road, which is actually a fleet of black taxis. Efes beer, Turkish wine & succulent lamb’ll send you to the land of nod with the fullest of bellies & hearts. 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No need people! Follow BarChick’s guide and you’ll be a VIP wherever you turn up. PLAN A Little heads up before you hit the town: plan it out, military style. And then have a backup for when it goes wrong. If you’re going somewhere that runs a guest list, call ahead, email, send a stripper/flowers, whatever. Just let them know you’re coming so you’re not standing around scratching your plums in the freezing North Easterly. BULL SH*T Obviously you’re going to forget the last bit, so you’ll just have to blag your way in. Perhaps you’re an up and coming DJ? Hotshot blogger? New model for Elite? You could even make out you’re hot enough to work for BarChick (this happens all the time). BRIBE So when plan A or B don’t work you might need to drop some dollar. Cash goes a long way for those nighthawks with the clipboards. Stop being pikey and tip like you’re Berlusconi at a brothel. THE LONG GAME Schmooze the door girl, start swinging by your venue of choice on days you don’t even plan to go there – just to say hi. Don’t do anything too grand, you don’t want to creep her out but just make sure she starts to recognise your face, that way when it comes to d-day she’ll either feel like she knows you or feel sorry for you, either way... you’re in. ARM CANDY Everyone knows that the girl to guy ratio on the tiles can easily get lopsided. Work this to your advantage, tote some hot totty on your arm or better still get a posse of pretties and pitch up looking like a p.i.m.p, you’ll be irresistible to promoters. Try your luck at these places: Experimental Cocktail Club The French aren’t renowned for their tact, bless them. The guys on the door here genuinely believe they’re doing you a favor when they tell you that ECC isn’t for you tonight. What they mean is that it’s either too busy, your vibe is too full-on or your mates seem like they’re on more of a WKD thing. Take it however you want, but don't take offence. The way to sneak past the door here is to arrive in pairs, if you’re rocking up with your crew then email in advance and if your mates want to order Mojitos… well this ain't the one for you anyway. 13a Gerrard Street, London, W1D 5PS El Camion This sort-of members bar is more about being in the know than forking out cash. An underground haunt with some serious boogie potential. If you find yourself out on a wobbly limb in Soho you’ll want to make sure someone in your crew has a Pink Chihuahua card or knows how to get one. Either send off for one here or chat about how much you love Dick Bradsell. Google him, it’s his bar. 25 – 27 Brewer Street, London, W1F 0RR The Nightjar These guys have smashed it; even on a Monday you’d be lucky to get in without a table reservation, no seriously. Thursday – Saturday queues stretch halfway round Old Street roundabout and the only way you’re getting in is if you’ve booked. It’s old school, unadventurous and requires the kind of planning usually reserved for birthdays, weddings and bar mitzvahs, but if you wanna party with the suits then you'd better get a PA. 129 City Road, London, EC1V 1JB The Box Turned up wasted wearing sequins, feathers, c*ck rings and whatever else you can find in your fancy dress box. If you don’t look like a rockstar then you’re not coming in. 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Frank's Cafe

2$$

10th Floor, Peckham multistory car park, 95a Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST

Tel: +44 20 7928 3850

Peckham Rye (Overground)

Opening hours

Weds - Sun: 11am - 11pm

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Barchick Says

Date Updated: 22/06/2015

The people of Peckham just love getting high.  Lucky for them Frank’s is FINALLY back baby, meaning summer has hit the south.

Gawp at incredible views of London over seriously cheap cocktails, carafes of Prosecco and decent wines. This space is huge and necessarily so as it gets packed up here and the queue for the bar can snake the whole way back down the car park slope. Get 2 rounds in.

On the food front this year they’ve roped in Mike (Camberwell Arms fame) and he’s firing up a killer BBQ kitchen; smoked aubergine, burnt onions and daily kebabs are all on the menu.

Check out their site for the weather forecast as it’s best when the sun’s out, but get it wrong and the red lorry tarpaulins and timber shelter will suffice if the heavens open.

This is THE sunset spot in South London, on top of a car park that serves cocktails… need we say more? BarChick will race you up there.


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Take a date, Take your mates, Take your mum, Awesome views, Big groups, Food, Killer cocktails, People watching, Roof terrace, Smoking, Daytime, Evening