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Food & Drink

Step Into The Newest Rooftop Bar In East London To Catch The Last Of The Summer Rays • PocketSquare

Jack Saddler Jack Saddler - Staff Writer

Exterior view of new rooftop bar PocketSquare

Soak in the views at PocketSquare.

Think you’ve tried just about every rooftop bar in search for the perfect view in London? Think again, my friend. A new arrival is with us in east London in the form of PocketSquare. Sat atop of the 9th floor of the new Hyatt Place London City East hotel, the all-new rooftop bar soars over the city; providing views of the Gherkin, Canary Wharf, the O2 and much more. The interior is nothing to be sniffed at either, with the outdoor spot incorporating work by mural artist Jay Kaes.

Image: Viktor Kery

Sat among prime locations like Brick Lane and Shoreditich, PocketSquare is the bar for lovers of a good old G&T (i.e. everybody). Specialising in all things gin, you’ll also find some of the most inventive cocktails, inspired by the city’s diverse history and culture with an east London twist.

Every concoction you sip has been carefully crafted in their own cocktail laboratory to create the perfect (and new) flavour profile. Putting pineapple leaves in bitters? That’s what you’ll find here, and we’ll wager it won’t be nearly as divisive as the pineapple on pizza debate.

Image: Jodi Hinds

Each drink carries a unique tale. Take the Aqua Vita, which finds its roots in the seminal Oscar Wilde novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray; or perhaps you’ll opt for Taiyo, meaning “big ocean” in Japanese, with an influence from navigator and first known Western Samurai Samuel Adams, whose London office of the East India Company sat just blocks away from PocketSquare bar.

And, if that wasn’t enough, every cocktail is paired with a particular bite-sized dish. Pepys gold, for instance, combines with the Lincolnshire Poacher smoked cheese and tequila-infused chutney; whereas the Royal Navy inspired Sedition is paired with a tempura oyster with ponzu dressing.

PocketSquare is open Tuesday-Friday from 5pm to midnight, and Saturdays from 3pm to midnight. Regular DJs will appear at the spot, and you can find booking information here.

Find PocketSquare at 9th floor, Hyatt Place London City East, 45 Whitechapel Road, E1 1DU (nearest station is Aldgate East).