The Rooftop Playground For Grown-Ups Has Bowls, Baseball And Open-Air Cinema

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Roll up! Roll up! Roof East’s rooftop bar is back – and they’re taking you to the circus.

Roof East and its Social Fun and Games club has thrown open its doors for another summer season. Feeding London’s enduring love affair with rooftop pop-ups, the Roof East gang have run away to the circus for 2018, turning this east London multi-storey car park into a big top.

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Yes, it is a car park –but not as you know it. With the likes of Peckham Levels and Skylight also representing, multi-storey car parks have become The Next Big Thing in event hosting, so we’ll have less of that scepticism, please. Roof East’s offering is a homage to the circus, as it’s 250 years since the first one was held in London. No lions or elephants here, but expect other Barnum & Bailey-inspired offerings.

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The fun begins with circus-themed crazy golf from Birdies, where it’s a case of putt up or shut up. (Grab your tickets here). You can also swing for the fences at Sluggers‘ batting cages, by nabbing yourself a ticket here. Finally, hip-hop inspired lawn bowls, fantastically dubbed De La Bowl, are the best way to exhibit your sporting prowess – get your tickets here. Because what’s a little light competition amongst friends, eh? Oh, and best of all, when you buy tickets through Fever, each person in your party gets a free shot. Some Dutch courage, to help you through the gladiatorial sporting contest you’re about to undertake.

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Roof East also boasts a sustainable greenhouse and morning yoga classes. Perfect for those who’d prefer something more chilled/can’t stand the devastating fallout from an overly competitive bowls match. Roof East aren’t the only rooftop-loving team to open here either. Open-air cinephiles Rooftop Cinema Club have joined forces with Roof East to offer outdoor cinema screenings pretty much every day. They’ll be showing classics such as Casablanca, Moulin Rouge, and Dirty Dancing, as well as newer releases, including the likes of It, Baby Driver, and The Death of Stalin.

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Finally, street food will be on hand from The Beach BBQ Club. Which means flame-grilled classics like steak and chips, surf and turf, and burgers, as well as that holiest of foods, halloumi fries. There’s also a top selection of bars, throwing out punches, throwback cocktails, and even some flaming offerings. It’s a hard life up on the roof, it really is.

Location: Stratford Multi Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, E15 1BB. Nearest station is Stratford. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: 5-11pm (Tuesday to Friday), 12-11pm (Saturdays and Sundays). Roof East is closed on Mondays.
Entry: free to get up on the roof. Golf, bowls, batting cages, and Rooftop Film Club are booked separately and prices vary.
More information: from their website.

Featured image: @roofeast

Alex Landon

Alex Landon

Although Alex spent most of his life in Somerset and Durham, London is (almost) in his name, so he relocated to the capital and fell in love with it. Now going by the moniker 'Secret Landon', you'll find him eating all of London's street food, lost in a bookshop, or shouting at his beloved ice hockey team, the Minnesota Wild.