Out Out – July
Words: Liam Barker
Culpeper Roof Garden
The Culpeper always has a stellar summer schedule planned for its rooftop. This year the focus is on food growing and preserving. Fancy learning how to cultivate cucumbers or courgettes – and then turn them into fresh pickled veg? In honour of its namesake, the controversial botanist, astrologist and herbalist Nicholas Culpeper, it is set to host guided astrology nights too. Get to grips with professional telescopic equipment on an evening tour of the night sky fuelled with delicious hot drinks.
40 Commercial Street, E1 6LP
Thanks to a recent makeover, Roof East is now basically an adventure playground for grown-ups. The new look includes Birdies mini-golf, De La Bowls and Rooftop Film Club. Be sure to book in advance; spots will sell out fast. Sunsets over the Olympic Park while you hit a home run and gorge on street food – what could actually be better?
Level 8 Car Park, Great Eastern Way, E15 1XE;
Dalston Roof Park
If the mercury touches 20 and you’re in Dalston, you can bet the queues you see are for Dalston Roof Park. And because it’s Britain and you can never predict when the rain will catch you out, there’s a state-of-the-art retractable roofing system here too. The faux turf has been graced by the likes of Rudimental and Jessie Ware so keep your eyes peeled for their legendary rooftop parties this summer. Or just head over to chill on a huge beanbag.
18 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL
As its name suggests, Netil 360 boasts some pretty impressive panoramic views across the city. And at just a stone’s throw from Broadway Market and London Fields, it is perennially packed and popular throughout the day. Make like its legion of freelance regulars and set up office up in its tranquil workspace; after all, it’s free to use. Meanwhile, Hackney Pizza rustles up pizzas in the kitchen to keep you going, and post the working day, there’s draught beer from Truman’s Brewery and spirits from East London Liquor Company. Doesn’t get more East End than that.
1 Westgate Street, E8 3RL