Peckham prodigy

3rd August 2009

Earlier this year, Deptford was touted by Italian Vogue as the travel destination du jour so Frank's Campari Bar and Café, the new pop-up dining concept situated atop a multi-storey car park in Peckham sits in pretty illustrious company! Edgy fashion mavens are flocking in their droves to the new venue – even though the lift stops at floor six meaning they have to traverse the final stretch on foot!

The tenth floor terrace is part pop-up café part art installation – the red tarpaulin-covered wooden structure is designed by Antony Gormley's daughter Paloma – and sits alongside Bold Tendencies III, a new show by the Hannah Barry Gallery, a local space representing emerging sculptors and artists.

For a limited time only (Thurs – Sun, until 30th Sept) early evening visitors can enjoy breath-taking views of the city skyline while sipping on cult Campari cocktails from Negronis and Americanos to the classic Garibaldi while grazing on delicious antipasti (crab on toast, grilled lamb, ox heart salad and gazpacho). The concept takes it's inspiration from the Aperitivo tradition which originated in 19th century Italy and is still going strong today – from Rome to the Riviera.

The obscure location amidst contemporary urban architecture calls to mind the much missed Double Club also designed by an artist – Carsten Höller who created the Tate Modern's 'art slides' exhibition and is reputed to have designed a special slide leading to Miuccia Prada's office in Milan.

And who is Frank? He's 22 year old upstart Frank Boxer who trained as a bar manager at south London's Anchor & Hope and has since founded the Italo Delicatessen in Vauxhall. He loves Campari's retro image and wanted to create "a focal point where local creatives could hang out and enjoy amazing views." At 21, his head chef Mike Davies, is similarly precocious, having previously worked at The Fat Duck in Bray and St John Bread and Wine over the river in Clerkenwell.

Peckham is traditionally an artistic hub and home to artists priced out of Hoxton who are attracted by the area's affordability and its rich cultural mix. Shaped by a history of mixed cultures, regeneration and social

diversity, it's long been associated with well-known artists from William Blake to Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Zandra Rhodes and Gillian Wearing.

And even though it's unlikely that Anna Wintour will make the trek here herself, we reckon she's missing out big time!

Frank's Campari Bar, 10th floor, Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park, 95A Rye Lane,SE15 4ST, 07943 379726

www.frankscafe.org.uk

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