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Pergola on the Roof – White City

There’s a distinct lack of pop-up roof terraces in West London. Pergola on the Roof is one of the first and it’s proving to be very popular with a month-long waiting list for table and sofa reservations. Thankfully this doesn’t mean it’s all over for you, walk-ins are accepted but you might have to queue.

One of the reasons behind the roof’s great popularity is, undeniably, the location. Taking over the old BBC television centre’s car park, the concrete wasteland has been transformed into a vision of the med with tanned people lounging around on large white day beds, drinking rosé and playing french boules.

Under the ivy–adorned pergola itself, groups sit along communal tables eating food from one of the four restaurant stands. Impressively, Rabbit, Salt Yard, Patty & Bun and LeCoq have all taken residency up here so, rather unsurprisingly, the food is really very good. Big and dirty, LeCoq’s pork belly roll with crackling and Salt Yard’s chorizo and piquillo pepper roll with alioli and rocket are both delicious. While the courgette flower is too heavy with honey, all other food is spot on so this is definitely more than just a cool space with style.

Buzzing with the celebratory spirit Londoners in the sun, Pergola on the Roof has some serious vacation vibes so head up here when you wish you weren’t in the city – you’ll feel so much better.

Wood Lane, W12; pergolaontheroof.co.uk

paul ross