Who knew that there could be something so pretty lying on a nondescript road opposite a shopping centre.
Pergola on the Roof, a summer rooftop space on top of the BBC Television Centre in White City, West London, is one of the better rooftop pop-ups that London has seen in recent years. (Ahem, Roofnic).
For a start, the rooftop space is beautiful; you can eat underneath a pergola entwined with flowers, vines and fairy lights or chill out on blue & white beds set against whitewashed walls, making you think you could be in Greece rather than opposite a Westfields.
Then there is the food. Four bespoke menus come from delicious vendors including Rabbit, Salt Yard, Patty & Bun and LeCoq.
Oh and Pergola on the Roof actually let you book tables for free. Yes you heard right, a place in London that actually allows you to make a reservation!
My good friend (and Maid of Honour!) Rosie and I popped down last Sunday to belatedly celebrate her birthday. I thought that it might be pretty quiet but not long after we arrived at 12.30pm, it soon filled up!
We started with a complimentary cocktail that you can get by signing up to the newsletter on the Pergola on the Roof website (which mostly tasted of grapefruit juice) before trying the signature cocktail, a mix of Prosecco, gin and mint. Refreshing, yes, but a disappointing size for the £7 it cost.
We then lined our stomachs with burgers from Patty & Bun, mine a Portabello Mushroom burger with garlic mayo and cheese and Rosie’s a meat version…
These were really tasty and so filling that we stayed another hour or so to let it all go down, catching up on our weeks in the sun, before walking it off around Westfields. (Word to the wise: you might prefer using the toilets in Westfields as the options at Pergola on the Roof are the portaloos you get at festivals).
Even if you don’t normally go to this part of West London, I would suggest paying Pergola on the Roof a little visit before it ends on 29th August. Though I think the cocktails are a little overpriced, the food and atmosphere is fab and it would be a great place for girly catch ups or equally for a group of friends. If we ever get the sun back that is!
For more suggestions of things to do in London in summertime, you can read my 10 Things to Do in London in Summer post!