Just as The Drifters sang, everything is all right up on the roof. More than all right: London now boasts an impressive array of high-rise venues offering the height of good drinking. From City skyscrapers and Shoreditch DJ bars to riverside terraces and top-floor gardens.
I had to look up “pergola” in the dictionary to remind myself what it means: “An arched structure in a garden or park consisting of a framework covered with climbing or trailing plants”, according to the OED. This pergola is seven days into a 14-week residency on the roof of the old BBC Television Centre in Shepherd’s Bush and one can only hope that the trailing plants are the remains of the Blue Peter garden. Food comes courtesy of such London luminaries as Spanish/Italian Salt Yard, rotisserie specialist Le Coq and British food purveyors Rabbit, while the centre of the 500-capacity site is taken up with a bar serving summery drinks. Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, W12 7RJ; pergolaontheroof.co.uk