Roof East review
A guest blog review by Tanya from glamglitzgloss
The hot weather has finally made an appearance and seems to be here to stay, so there is only one way to truly kick off the summer in style and that’s at Roof East. SFG Club have transformed Roof East into a circus inspired playground to celebrate 250 years of all things spectacular, located across the road from Stratford station.
With amazing views of the Olympic Park, you can take part in a competitive game of bowls, take a swing at the only roof top batting cages and partake in a round of crazy golf, whilst grabbing some delicious street food and a drink before relaxing on a deckchair whilst watching some magic or waving to a rock chic on stilts. I can’t say I was expecting to see a dwarf removing a bottle cap with his eye or eating a lightbulb in the drinks tent, but I couldn’t turn away.
I attended the launch event on Thursday with my friend and fellow blogger Charli and was so impressive to see the lengths they had gone to truly transforming the rooftop and could instantly see myself spending many lighter evenings watching the sunset, listening to the great music and taking part in all the games on offer.
On arrival we made our way to the drinks tent where they had an array of wines, draught beers, spirit mixers and their very own house punches. They also had some very fancy cocktails which were served in pineapples. We took a seat in the sunshine to watch some illusion magic from Brendan Rodrigues whilst deciding where to start with the games on offer.
It was definitely an evening of firsts for both of us as we had never played bowls before nor been to a batting cage, let alone atop a rooftop playground. We started out with Sluggers Batting Cages, London’s only batting cage experience, to swing away our stresses and would have taken one hit as a success. There are 4 cages on the roof, with a maximum of 6 people per cage, with a speed meter so that you can raise the stakes or decide to take it easy if you’re new to it. It costs £54 to hire a cage for 40 minutes and in the event of rain Sluggers cannot operate but they will reschedule or refund your booking. We tried two different speed levels and were happy to find we managed to hit a number of balls, more than we expected to.
The BBQ Club Street Food Vendor was quite busy for the majority of the night, so we got ourselves in the queue to order our food after our batting cage session. The king of pop-ups, Jimmy Garcia, created the seaside inspired menu and we both order Steak and Chips, which came in a Chimichurri Sauce and with salad, and a side of Calamari served with lemon, dill, mayonnaise and a lemon wedge to share. Prices range from £3.50 to £13 and the dishes included Fish and Chips, Surf ‘N’ Turf Burger, Tempura Vegetables and Halloumi Fries, which I sadly missed on the menu otherwise I would have definitely given those a try.
The food was a half hour wait but they have buzzers available, so you can go take part in more games or chill out whilst waiting for your food. We decided to try out De La Bowl next, the hip-hop inspired lawn bowls. The staff were more than happy to explain the rules of the game to us before showing us the chalkboard score boards, and we were allowed to keep our drinks with us to the lane. It costs £49 for a 40 minute bowls session with a maximum of 8 people per lane which works out at just £5 per person.
We had always associated bowls with our grandparents but it’s actually a really fun and competitive game and we found ourselves battling it out for the title of winner. We played a number of rounds and were quite impressed to find we were improving with every shot. The game ended in a draw upon our food buzzer alerting us to our dinner being ready, which is probably for the best to save one of our prides. The food was absolutely delicious, and I would definitely recommend the steak as it just melted in my mouth and was cooked perfectly.
Throughout the evening music was played across the rooftop, and we were in our element with 80s and hip-hop classics were played which is our favourite music. We regularly found ourselves singing away to the songs and it really added to the atmosphere of the whole event. Unfortunately, we did not get a chance to take part on Birdies Crazy Golf as it was the busiest part all night but you can book a session for £9.50 per person, and Little Birdies sessions are available for 16s and under on weekends, but they must depart at 5pm due to licensing restrictions. A 9-hole circus themed course includes their world-famous obstacles, The Death Defying Leap, The Giant Juggling Clubs, The Human Cannonball and more. Roof East is a great alternative way to spend an evening in London and I will definitely be returning before summer’s end.
For more info on Roof East visit their website here.