Pergola Paddington

rooftop, Pop up terrace, Alfresco dining

It seems to me that London is just the place to be this summer. Great pop ups all over the place with amazing themes to enjoy with friends or family. In keeping with my concept of pop up treats, we recently went to Paddington Central to check out the largest rooftop deck in West London.

Pergola Paddington, which is the sister pop up to the newly-opened Pergola on the Roof in White City, is positioned at the end of Paddington Central, next door to the Novotel. It has two floors wedged between the flyover leading in and out of London and over the canal. Being in Paddington it does not have a great view of central London, but much like the rooftop garden at John Lewis I would say that the view is not what its main draw is, but rather the atmosphere.

It has a great upper deck with a large bar and ample number of benches and seats to soak in the sun, especially the way the summer is looking. You can also reserve day beds for groups of more than 10.

The lower deck boasts a large seating area, bars and great pop up restaurants.

Restaurants:

Patty & Bun, selling a wide range of burgers and sides. Simple but to the point, also catering to vegetarians with a portobello mushroom burger.

Mamalan, as per the menu is a Beijing kitchen, catering for those who love Asian food such as rice-based dishes with chicken, tofu and beef. Mamalan also has great salad options and additional sides.

Decatur sells a variety of sandwiches, seafood and sweets. Not the best for those looking for vegan or vegetarian options in my opinion.

DF/Mexico; I think the name gives it away, but the place does have some killer nachos and a wide range of tacos.

Raw Press is probably the best place for vegetarians and vegans, with a great selection of salads and raw foods like açai bowls.

Overall, I can say that the food was tasty and a great value for money. I guess that’s why the place is great for all, including those on a budget. No individual item is more than £13.

Pergola has gone for an al fresco dining concept, which most of us enjoy on a good summer’s day after work or on holiday, coupled with a good cocktail or drink. Soft drinks start from £2.50, with Pimms coming in at a great price of £5.50. As we were celebrating a birthday, we opted for a bottle of prosecco which was £30, and to be fair a decent price especially for central London.

Great things to keep in mind are, if you are a large group of four of more it is best to book before heading over not to be left disappointed, via their website pergolaontheroof.com. Unlike their White City counterpart, Pergola in Paddington is open every day from midday. On Monday-Wednesday it closes again for a few hours from 3.30pm till 6.00pm, before opening up again. But other than that you should be able to enjoy yourself until around 11pm, in time to get your last train home. If you are using this as a pre-drinks venue on a night out, then you will enjoy the music and it will totally get you in the mood.

Please remember, if catching an Uber to your next location, your position won’t be clear to the driver so be prepared to walk towards Sheldon Square a few 100m away.

Be sure to check out this great rooftop terrace! Open until the 1st of October 🙂