Sunday, 26 June 2016

An Afternoon at Pergola on the Roof

This month, I was invited to check out London's latest pop-up hotspot, Pergola on the Roof with my favourite blogging babes Sophie and Tara. Before work gets underway to convert the space into a hotel, independent cafes and restaurants, alongside modern apartments, the former HQ of the BBC Television Centre is temporarily home to a rooftop food court. Set to be a favourite hangout over the summer, the pergola is open until the 29th August - catch it while you can!

Finding the venue was easy enough as it's mere minutes from Westfield shopping centre in London's White City. On arrival, you can take the lift up to the roof but we chose to take the stairs, and despite being out of breath after climbing some 12 levels, I had no regrets as the walls the whole way up are adorned with hand-painted, intricate patterns featuring tropical birds and flowers - gorgeous!
"Pergola" is a Latin term meaning "projecting roof" and in this instance refers to the large wooden structure which is beautifully covered in lush greenery. Underneath the centre of the canopy is the main bar, which is surrounded by long picnic style benches with the capacity to seat 400. Be sure to check out their drinks menu which features an array of refreshing cocktails.
If, like me, you're more interested in food, you have 4 well-loved eateries to choose from. With Rabbit specialising in sustainable British food, Le Coq's rotisserie, Patty and Bun for the burger lovers and Salt Yard for your tapas/charcuterie fix, there is something for most palates. However, it is worth noting there's a limited choice for vegetarians and vegans may struggle.
While Tara and I opted for Patty & Bun, Sophie was more adventurous and went for a couple of small plates from Rabbit. The food court is self service but our orders were taken quickly and the waiting time for food was minimal, making it a simple stress-free process.
On the perimeter of the food and seating areas are big beds which can be booked out (as can benches in the food area) for no cost and table service is available. These seat 12 people and located out in the open so not available should any rain make an appearance.

Even though the weather was dull on the day of our visit, the courtyard looked vibrant - I can only imagine how stunning it looks on a sunny day and the atmosphere once it is lit up at night. Whether you're looking to impress a first date, celebrate for a birthday or hen/stag do, a break from the busy shopping centre, or even just after a quick bite to eat, Pergola on the Roof is well worth a visit.

Head over to their website and sign up to their visitor book to get a voucher for a free drink now!

*Written in collaboration with the Television Centre/Pergola on the roof. All content and views are my own.

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