Queen of Hoxton Rooftop, Shoreditch
Daters beware, there’s a fair bit of competition on this buzzy and (mostly) sunny rooftop at The Queen of Hoxton. It’s like an M&M store for action. You want a city slicker with a loosened tie? You got it. How
about a girl in a band? Sure, there are several lounging on the fake grass.
What’s good about this place on dates is that it’s casual and most definitely cool. It’s the sort of summer venue you’d meet at after work to perch on a picnic bench (if you’re lucky), split a bottle of rosé out of plastic glasses and jape away in the queue for halloumi skewers. Think park picnic meets stage set meets pre-gig pre-game.
Prosecco or pink wine, sticky glazed chicken or halloumi skewers. Go early and wait to do another food round as the sky grows dark – match whiskey cokes with a great Angus burger to share.
Third dates and beyond only – you don’t want the distractions and lack of table bookings in the early rounds. That said, many the Tinder date seemed to be enjoying some cringe here, taking advantage of the friendly crowd to pull unsuspecting neighbours into conversation. Fun for YOU.
Meet your date on the rooftop, arrive early and wait by the door. This way they avoid any embarrassing circle-the-venue-while-squinting-around nonsense. Since you’re early, buy a bottle of wine in advance – a queue would be awkward. Perch wherever you can, and chat about music, the arts, the latest book you read. All going well, head into the dark depths of the venue downstairs and play a drunken game of ping pong. Then mac on (snog), but leave before the surrounding competition lose their manners and start to hit on your date.
You might feel like a lemon looking for places to sit/perch/eat. Not for those who like to plan a date to distraction.
2. Aloof on the roof.