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An oasis of blissed-out calm high above the gritty streets of Dalston, this astro-turfed rooftop bar might not have the prettiest views of London, but it does nail the summer drinking vibe with inevitably trendy precision.

The scene On top of the Print House, a four-storey former factory near Dalston Kingsland station, if the sun’s out you’d be hard pushed to find a more satisfyingly summery place to chill, whether you manage to nab one of the child-sized plastic chairs near the bar, or just park your bum on the turf of the faux garden.

It might be the very heart of hipsterland, but we didn’t detect anything tryhard on our visit – the opposite, in fact, with a relaxed community feel making this one of the more pleasant communal spaces in which to soak up London’s rays with your mates. 

The grub A rotating schedule of gourmet street food outfits are cooking on the rooftop, from fried chicken aficionados The Wing Men, to hot dog hawkers Frank’s Franks and the more exotic Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen. 

Behind the bar Cocktails blended using a selection of teas (Oolong to Earl Grey) and fruit and herbs from the Roof Park’s grow-bags, plus Meantime beers. 

Bill please Cocktails start at £6.50; pints start at £4.50; wine from £4.50/ £17 per glass/ bottle.verdict The model of a seasonal rooftop retreat, minus pretension. 

Print House, 18 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL  
bootstrapcompany.co.uk  
Station | Dalston Kingsland 


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