* I was invited to Roof East for free drinks, food & activities through Love Pop Ups – London, but rest assured, all words and opinions are my own 🙂
Now that the sun is making a more frequent appearance here in London, you’re going to want to make the most of it, and I’ve just the place.
I’ve already shown you Roof East’s winter offerings, but it’s had a bit of a colourful revamp for summer. It’s got something for everyone. Whether you’re just looking for some after-work rooftop drinks, date night nibbles, or a full-on evening of fun & games, you’ll find it all atop this Stratford shopping mall & car park. There are 3 fully functioning bars serving beers, wines, spirits, & cocktails. I, Cocktail Charley, made sure to try them all, and out on top came the Electric Boogaloo (£8.50), featuring 2 different tequilas, chambord & mandarin juice. Sweet & fruity, just how I like them! We didn’t get to try much food, but you can take your pick from vegan Vietnamese at Eat Chay, North Indian delights at Kolkati, or indulge in burgers at The Burger Project.
Roof East has made it their mission to be #TheUltimatePlayground and there’s plenty of fun to be had. We started & ended with The Lanes. Here, we played a couple of rounds of Sliders Curling and Puck Buddies shuffleboards. The curling doesn’t use real ice unfortunately. Instead, the stones roll on little wheels underneath. Not having to use brooms to sweep the stones along the lanes means that it’s a friendly game for 2 people. Perfect for date night! I was excited to finally get a chance at playing shuffleboard. You use big, long cues to push disks down the lane into the numbered areas to win the highest score
Next it was off to Birdies for some crazy golf. My favourite! It’s not as easy as it looks. There was one particular hole that had Mike struggling, but gave me victory. It’s cute and kitschy with plenty of photo opportunities, from the flowered wall, to the neon pink buggie. It was then off to Sluggers Batting cages. A tip for you, make sure you keep both your hands down the end of the bat. I stupidly had one hand a little too high and kept getting hit on my fingers by the ball! Mike was a lot better at this than me, with him hitting a majority of his shots, and me, well I don’t thinking I hit any, haha! Lastly we had a go at House of Foos virtual reality foosball. It’s basically foosball with VR headsets that transform the table into a football pitch with moving players. The graphics were amazing. Neither of us are really into VR games but this was actually really cool!
I can see me spending a lot of summer nights up here. The place is decked out with recycled pallets & scaffold boards, and even parts of the Olympic Park footbridge. They’ve also got the return of Rooftop Film Club and Flow East Yoga classes. It’s completely free to enter, but each activity is priced differently, and it’s worth booking beforehand. I’m off to book a curling rematch!