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During the summer months a whole new world of opportunity opens up for those seeking interesting day trips in London.

One opportunity adventurous fun-seekers should be sure to not miss out on is the opening of a unique dining experience that is situated in the middle of some inspiring art at a venue with a stunning view.

Frank's Cafe and Campari Bar is located on the tenth floor of the disused Peckham Multi-Story Car Park in the middle of an impromptu sculpture park that looks out over London from south of the Thames.

The contemporary rooftop bar is open from May to the end of summer and diners get the pleasure of being able to enjoy Hannah Barry Gallery's Bold Tendencies III exhibition as they eat.

Barry's sculptures are geometric creations which cast interesting shadows on the car park top terrace throughout the day.

And once the food is over, diners can venture down a floor to explore the second part of Barry's exhibition, which is made from stone, wire and brick.

On the top level, Palmoa Gormley has provided a wooden structure which as well as decorative has also been used by visitors for perching on - and also shelters visitors from the odd shower.

The cafe itself is named after owner Frank Boxer, while the structure it is housed in was created by architecture students Lettice Drake and Palmoa Gormley - the latter being the daughter of Antony Gormley, the creator of the iconic Angel of the North.

The cafe serves a mixture of food and drink - from cocktails to crab on toast - and is known for having an informal atmosphere, which does mean the venue does not always stick to what it says will be on the menu.

However, by London prices it is relatively cheap - drinks range between £3.50 and £5. Visitors should be aware that the sculpture park and cafe are only open Thursday to Sunday from 10am to 10pm.

The nearest train station is Peckham Rye Railway, which is a one minute walk, while Queen's Road Railway Station is 14 minutes away and New Cross Gate Tube is a 30-minute walk from the car park.

It should also be noted that the crowd at the restaurant tends to be younger and due to the height of the venue, this is not an ideal family day trip destination.

But for a young couple looking for a way to spice up a summer's evening, this could be the perfect retreat.


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