The so called start of summer sees rooftop venues spring up across London. And typically, the same week they all open, British weather decides it's not playing ball and what feels like winter returns. But anyone who's lived here for longer than about a week knows that's how it goes, and is/should be prepared for all eventualities! And luckily, the people behind the best rooftops are prepared too, especially at Sisu on Oxford Street, where I headed on a wild and windy night last week. Perched on top of the rooftops near Marble Arch, Sisu is a gorgeous space, complete with its own hut, and a marquee tent to keep the bad weather out. 

Another reason Sisu are winning at the rooftop game is their cocktail offering. There are fruity, punchy, jam jar cocktail options galore, including my favourite, the Super Size Ohio - made with Bulldog gin, maraschino, grapefruit juice and bitter lemon. Oh, and they have a coin operated Negroni and Old Fashioned machine....!

Food is as filthy (in a good way) as it should be, to soak up all those cocktails. Juicy, deep fried chicken came in a maple drenched waffle, with pickled chillies and really hit the spot. In fact, all the food was on point. Cauliflower cheese arancini are bites of gooey deliciousness; poutine - chips doused in slow cooked beef shin ragu are spiked with bits of goat's cheese that will have you fighting for the last dip; and crispy squid with shredded kimchi and gochujang mayo are light and spicy and so moreish. 

Sisu is open every day from midday til 10pm, with no reservations, so first come, first served. Look for the secret door (next to Evans on Oxford Street) and head up to their rooftop for sun drenched afternoons, and/or cocktail evenings.


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