Every year I’ve been invited to attend the launch of the Queen of Hoxton’s summer rooftop and this year is no different. The rooftop is open to the public from this Saturday 11th May and I thought I’d do a little preview of what to expect..
I used to live in East London and I’ve worked on Brick Lane since Jan 2012 so if I’m not back in my borough of Haringey I’m often in Shoreditch. Queen of Hoxton is a bit of a Jack of all trades as far as venues go – it does lots well. I’m more of a catch up with friends in the early evening kind of girl as opposed to an all-night raver (as anyone who’s met me for more than 10min will attest to) and Queen of Hoxton is perfect for that kind of vibe. The rooftop even more so.
Thank God we have some gorge summer evenings ahead! Cue smiley, happy faces.
As for what’s on – this year QoH are debuting a ‘Hot Tub Tropicana’ – expect loungers, a padding pool, and if you’re really lucky, a hot tub. Am hoping for an appearance of these fellas:
They’ve got new BBQ grub and bevvies on offer, like pulled pork buns with whisky BBQ sauce, roasted red pepper, feta & pesto burgers and pink grapefruit frozen cocktails. For dedicated foodies, there’ll be a National Picnic Week celebration coming up in June (TBA) with vintage stalls and gourmet hampers. But I think I’m most excited about the bespoke rum coke float stall with traditional ice cream (only available at lunchtimes & weekends)!
QoH friend Rooftop Film Club is already in situ following its winter hiatus with a programme of cult movies like Amelie, Jaws, Dumb & Dumber and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. They even give you blankets and headphones, and the bar and barbie stay open for late night treats. For more headphone entertain experiences, there are also headphone disco parties with DJs Norman Jay and Jazzie B – dates TBC.
Best of all, if you’re as sceptical about the weather as I am (the other day I went bare-legged to work, but made sure to pack ‘emergency’ jeans) then you’ll be pleased to know they’ve introduced a semi-permanent cover in case of wet weather. Fingers crossed for sunbathing-worthy sunshine all summer long!