Nestled suggestively within the bosom of London’s Peckham Rye, above a disused multi-storey car park, you will find the insanely red canopy of Frank’s Café and Campari barand the wildly urban concrete playground that has become the Hannah Barry art gallery.
If you like outlandishly witty art installations, great food, excellent beer, and incredible panoramic views of London, get yourself down to Frank’s where you can get your fill of amazing fine art and such treats as grilled lamb and crab on toast. And at £4.50 a pop, the cocktails are just within a safe enough price range to keep you going back for more.
So what is so special about this place? Well, as us Londoners are often too aware of east London’s pop-up studio spaces and throwaway bars, it is amazing when a treat like this pops up slap bang in the middle of the South East. So get down to a cash machine, put on your coolest pair of sunglasses and brave your way through the dodgy lifts and dark concrete labyrinth – believe me, what you find on the other side will be every bit worth the twelve seconds you spent wondering if the lift was going to break down leaving you stuck between the floors of the most ghetto car park in London.
I’m a little ashamed to say I have lived in South East London all my life (bar a three-year stint in Leeds I’d prefer not to remember) and have never bothered to notice what delights lay just beyond my doorstep.
With its super chilled staff and clientele, a bottle of cold beer and a mate or two at Frank’s is the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Featuring the challenging and intellectual art of young, upcoming artists like Matt Holroyd and Molly Smyth, the Hannah Barry side of this rooftop wonder will have your brain working over time trying to make sense of it all.
This is a temporary installation though, and those of you wondering who the elusive Frank actually is may never get to find out. Frank’s café may not be around for long. Following the ever transient trend of cool little pop up bars and arty hideaways, this roof top relish may only be around until September 30th (2009); so get in there fast before it disappears – you’ll only spend the rest of your life looking for the next one!