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Sharing the joy of cooking, eating and living in London. From Ireland, now living and loving it in South London with a food loving French man Mr.Moustache.You can read about our fun on I hope you enjoy it.
Published July 8th 2012
In the words of a former Peckham resident, 'He who dares wins'. So get your Oyster on and get down to Peckham, stat.

You know the summer is here when Frank's back. From July - September, Frank's Cafe's doors are open for business. Em, scrap that 'doors', it has none.

So what's the USP? Well, this may be the only time in your life you'll be drinking on the top floor of a multi-storey car park. Yes, a car park. And make sure you leave your car at home and enjoy yourself. Add panoramic views, Camparis and food to the mix and you've got yourself a perfect Sunday afternoon down South.

Frank's originally started as a pop-up in 2007 as part of the Bold Tendencies sculpture exhibition and is now a regular fixture. And it's pretty trendy too. Rumour has it that its opening night this year stopped traffic in Peckham with all the taxis en route. We visited the day after, and while not as busy, there was something in the air alright. With views like this what else do you need?

The menu is a short one of grilled treats which changes daily, but we stuck to the Camparis and Bloody Marys. When in Peckham and all that. Wine and beer is also available.

If you're planning an evening here remember it's only open until 10pm. Take the Overground from London Victoria or London Bridge to Peckham Rye station. Or bus it on numbers 12, 78, 343 12, 78, 343, 436, 63, 36, 171. Then look for the Multiplex Cinema on Rye Lane and find the car park. The lift wasn't working when we visited so we wandered up to the 10th floor visiting the unusual sculpture exhibition on the way. We even thought of opening our own competing bar on the 5th floor.

Seems like rooftop action in Peckham is where it's at these days. While we were there the music was pumping at Secret Sundaze on top of the Bussey Building across the way. But we preferred the more chilled atmosphere of Frank's.

So we'll definitely be coming back to Frank's - until September anyway.

Do wrap up extra warm. There is a canopy and yes it's summer, but it's still London. And don't expect too much from the loos - think sawdust and airy instead.

Go on, I dare you, you'll definitely win.
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Why? The most fun you'll have in a multi-storey car park. Cocktails and panoramic views of London. Prices are reasonable too.
When: Thursday - Sunday, 11am - 10pm. Food served 12 - 2.30pm 6 -10pm.
Phone: 0752 860 0924
Where: Peckham, South East London
Cost: Campari 4, cocktails 5, food 4 - 10 (approximately).
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