13 August 2009

Up on the Roof

The Boundary rooftop: a great city escape
Photography: Paul Raeside & Lisa Linder

In the summer rooftop bars are one my favourite places to relax and enjoy an alfresco drink, and last week one of my friends took me to an effortlessly chic new rooftop bar in East London called the Boundary rooftop. Located at the top of a converted warehouse, just a stone's throw away from Shoreditch House, this is where I now like to escape to when the sun is shining.

The chic new skyview bar from Terence Conran, has a Miami South Beach vibe about it. Think dark brown hardwood floors, cream furniture and green shrubbery. It's divided into a seated bar area with wicker cushioned sofas and director-style chairs and a restaurant. There's also a log fire, and lovely little touches like wool blankets, aptly placed on the back of seats, and down lighting so guests can snuggle up and enjoy their drinks well after the sun sets.

The Boundary Rooftop doesn't have a pool like its more glamorous neighbour, but who cares? It's an oasis for Londoners, who just want to relax with a drink in the sun, without feeling like they are being crammed into a tin like sardines like most pubs with beer gardens in the summer. Quite the contrary. It's all very civilised because everyone gets a seat. 

The best thing about the Boundary Rooftop bar is unlike Shoreditch House you don't need membership to get in, the worst is they don't take bookings. You just turn up and hope it's not full to capacity, because at busy times they have an one in and one out policy. Other rooftop bars worth visiting in the summer are the East Room also in Shoreditch for their BBQ lunches, and the Kensington Roof Gardens for the beautifully landscaped garden complete with resident flamingos.

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