Welcome to your favourite new bar-on-a-museum-rooftop; The Midnight Apothecary.
And don’t worry – they don’t only take doctors’ orders.
Going strong since 2011, it’s the botanical brainchild of Lottie Muir, aka the Cocktail Gardener, who – when asked if she would take over the struggling wasteland perched atop Rotherhithe’s Brunel Museum – not only spruced the space into a charming fairylit urban garden, complete with reclaimed and salvaged garden furniture, firepits, and thriving vegetable and herb patches; but did the sensible thing and brought in booze, too.
Now, whether the sun’s starting to set over a balmy summer evening or winter winds are stirring, you can head up to the garden for a botanical cocktail like the Hedgerow Sour or a Rhubarbra Streisand, tuck into Greek BBQ street food courtesy of Pan, soak up the views over the Thames, and toast a limitless supply of free marshmallows on the open fire.
And, if the feeling takes you, you might join a guided tour into the belly of the underground cavern of the Brunel Museum; a vast chamber half the size of Shakespeare’s Globe. Brunel nearly drowned building it, and it was the first underground theatre in the world, falling into disrepair when train lines were built. Finally reopened, it now plays host to film screenings, concerts and cabaret nights, all of which you should definitely head along to…
That’s our order.
NOTE: The Midnight Apothecary is open Friday and Saturday evenings until October, and entry costs £5. You can check dates and book ahead right HERE.
Brunel Museum Rooftop Garden | Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF
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