Andra-Maria Ciupitu

As spiritual as the title might sound and a visit to a bar can be, Roof East in Stratford changes the game with its beautiful, super creative concept. Located on the rooftop of the Stratford Centre, the place is an explosion of colour, light, and positive energy, where even the most boring person you know would have lots of fun.

Igloos at Roof East

Igloos create an intimate atmosphere

The choices are many, you can sip on a hot chocolate with marshmallows while watching the sunset from an igloo if you’re looking for a private, cosy moment or challenge your friends with a round of curling, mini golf or even baseball in a cage. This is not all of it!

From the moment you walk through the door, the neon lights in the hallway, the pictures of winter landscapes and the furs hung on the walls welcome you as an explorer to the North Pole. This season’s theme was the 2018 Winter Olympics, so the Olympic rings could be observed all over the place, especially at the bar.

Pictures on the wall

The imagery is mixed with neon

Walking outside is like walking into a cartoon movie, thanks to the way all the elements are blended together. Trees coming out of convertible cars, illuminated curling sliders, street art and igloos, all give an amazing touch to the place. Recycled pallets and scaffold boards and even recycled decking from the Olympic Park footbridge were used to make planters full of shrubs and saplings to bring colour and scents to the space.

Trees coming out of cars

That tree is definitely growing in the car

Glasshouse

The venue has its own glasshouse

Formerly an empty rooftop car park, another thing that makes Roof East different from all the other places in East London (and other rooftop places in London too) is the huge glasshouse where who knows what kind of plants are growing, but it gives the spot even more authenticity.

Curling sliders

Curling provides the match of the day

However, the main attraction this season is curling, which was so popular throughout the winter that the venue had been supplied with a few more to meet the high demand, and the ski lodge bar, where you can get shots served on a ski. Later on in the evening, the atmosphere is animated with classic rock ‘n’ roll and soul tunes performed by Michael ‘Pianoman’ Moore – people at the Roof East refer to him as ‘the human jukebox.’

Last but not least, a wooden cottage called the Crazy Pig is the element that completes the place with its diversity of street food, which you can order in seven languages: Norwegian, Russian, French, Romanian,  Korean, German and of course, English.

Roof East is an oasis of fun, positivity, and relaxation. A trip there is perfect if you want to charge your batteries while being surrounded by nature, admiring the view and also listening to great music.

Nick, one of the people behind the venue, has agreed to share some thoughts and also talk a little bit about the upcoming events in the video below, so don’t hesitate to check it out.