Blonde across the pond
There is no shortage roof top bars in London, but none as beautiful as the newly launched Pergola on the Roof, a stunning oasis on top of Television Centre in White City. I was super excited to check out the space, but wasn’t expecting it to be as dazzling as it actually was. We headed there for the press evening to support one our clients at work and I’m so glad that we got to have a sneak peek before the official launch.
When we headed 170 feet up in the air and stepped out onto the rooftop, my expression was ‘WOW.’ The incredible, alfresco space is covered with a whimsical canopy of wisteria, bougainvillea, ivy, flowers and twinkling fairy lights intertwined, creating a magical atmosphere with stunning views of London. It’s interesting to note that Pergola comes from the Latin word pegula, which means projecting roof (a very pretty one at that).
There is plenty of comfy seating, featuring white washed tables and chairs and colourful cushions, taking inspiration from the Mediterranean. There are also daybeds that you can book out to bask in the sunshine on the weekends with friends.
The brick walls feature pastel-coloured murals with the likes of flamingos, colourful houses, pelicans and a myriad of beautiful designs that provide an air of escapism from the hustle and bustle of London down below. One of the best parts about Pergola on the Roof, however, is the food offering.
Featuring four of London’s highly reputable restaurants including Rabbit, Patty & Bun, Salt Yard and Le Coq, Pergola on the Roof is not only haven to relax and catch up with friends, but an ideal destination for London’s most discerning foodies. The menus at each pop-up feature some of the most popular dishes that are served in the restaurant…
Such as these incredible Beef Cigars from Rabbit Restaurant in Chelsea with tarragon mustard dip. They were truly outstanding.
As were these Rye Bay Scallops in Garlic Butter. They were, hands down, some of the best scallops I’ve ever had.
We took a little wander around and checked out some of the other pop-ups and I marvelled at how well done and gorgeous the decor was. I already can’t wait to go back.
Patty & Bun, a crowd favourite, had its iconic Ari Gold Burger on the menu, which is definitely a must try. The P&B Mayo is a real winner, you won’t regret ordering it!
Over on the side of the roof, there is a gorgeous seating area with 2 boules pitches to play on a sunny day. We’ll definitely be dusting off our set to play here in the summer.
In need of a few libations to go with our food, we headed over to the gorgeous bar area in the upper area of Pergola. There are two bars, one downstairs when you first walk in and another one in the middle of the four pop-up restaurants. We each decided on glasses of Rosé and toasted to the fact that it was finally summer (despite the chillier weather on this particular evening).
Our last stop was Salt Yard, which had created a bespoke menu filled with classic tapas including charcoal grilled dry aged beef bocadillo with aged manchego, charred gem, aioli and onion marmalade, grilled spicy chorizo, and grilled aubergine, smoked burrata, phoenix farm leaves and an orange vinaigrette. I decided on the latter as burrata is a favourite of mine and wanted to try something a bit on the lighter side.
It was a delicious and refreshing salad, but with that said, I don’t think you could go wrong with any of the options on the menu.
As the sun set, the music cranked up and the fairy lights switched on, which made Pergola on the Roof even prettier than in daylight. Lively, upbeat music bounced throughout the rooftop and everybody was in great spirits as we chatted and sipped crisp glasses of wine late into the evening. As cheesy as it sounds, Pergola on the Roof had me at hello. It was definitely love at first sight and I can’t wait to come back with Ciaran and friends this summer. What can I say, I’m a sucker for pretty patios and rooftops.
Perfect For: Pergola on the Roof is the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of Central London. It’s the perfect destination and something different to do with a big group of friends. There is an excellent array of food from some of London’s top notch restaurants and has an awesome cocktail, beer and wine list to try out. There’s also a retractable roof in case of bad weather, so nothing will rain o your parade. Entry is free and you can book a table or a daybed area for big groups. They’re even offering a cocktail on the house when you sign up to their Visitor Book. You can’t beat it. Take my word for it and head to Pergola on the Roof this weekend, you’ll fall in love, I guarantee it. Pergola on the Roof is open until 29th August.
Pergola on the Roof | Television Centre | Wood Lane | White City | London | W12 7JR