Adding a pop of colour to the upcoming London summer, Roof East are once again opening their doors for another raucous runaround. Feeding London’s enduring love affair with rooftop pop-ups, the Roof East gang will once again weave the magic of turning an east London multi-storey car park into a free-spirited playground, with this year’s season set to begin as soon as government restrictions allow on April 12. [Featured image: @roofeast]
Sitting alongside Peckham Levels and Skylight in the “multi-storey car parks turned event space” category, Roof East is a firm favourite amongst the Secret London team. This year, they’ll hopefully benefit from a longer summer of sun-soaked goodness (under last year’s lockdown rules, they were unable to open until July), which sounds about perfect for this fun-starved writer. Better yet, they’ll open for the full week beginning April 12, before reverting to their usual Thursday to Sunday hours from April 22 – all to make the most of what could be a very exciting week for the capital.
There are several safety measures in place to start: staff will be wearing PPE and washing their hands frequently, sports equipment and tables will be thoroughly wiped down after use, and hand sanitiser will be freely available. Guests will need to book a table or games in advance to get onto the rooftop, and party members who haven’t booked will need to register for the government’s Track and Trace initiative. Additionally, anyone visiting Roof East will need to wear a face mask when not seated at a table, and they’ll only be welcoming groups of six initially until the lockdown eases further.
Right, with all that out of the way, here’s what’s on the roster at London’s largest outdoor playground! Bringing the fun to the dizzying heights of Stratford’s rooftop are crazy golf comrades Birdies, who run an Insta-friendly course that’s designed to challenge your short game. Joining them on the roof are Sluggers, the ever-popular rooftop batting cages, where you can swing for the fences and work a little of that lockdown-induced frustration out. Last summer’s curling rink (which was so popular at their winter pop-ups that Roof East just rolled it into summer too) won’t be returning, but has been replaced by the lawn bowls of the East London Bowls Club. Roof East are also promising more games to come in May, so keep your eyes peeled for those.Advertisement
The ever-popular Rooftop Film Club are scheduled to make their grand return to Roof East in May, after taking summer 2020 off due to the pandemic. You can expect a full programme of events to join the exciting line-up soon enough, with rooftop yoga sessions just one such happening last year.
Last, but by no means least, there’s a plethora of street food available here. Cheeky Burger will be slinging their mouthwatering handmade burgers, and East Side Pizza will be on hand to provide the slices – for a real treat, opt for a table with a tabletop pizza oven and create an unlimited conveyor belt of pizza for you to scoff. Indian kati roll legends Kolkati are also pitching up in May, if pizza and burgers aren’t enough to tempt you. To toast those glorious sunsets, the bars will be serving beer, wine, bubbles, and some glorious cocktails; fingers crossed for the return of last year’s rum and raspberry Knickerbocker Royale, and the downright dangerous Electric Boogaloo, made with blue tequila. Get a round of sundowners in, and life on the roof will be just peachy!
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