Whether you want to boogie to Balearic music, eat street food in an abandoned warehouse, lose yourself in a Swedish forest or just rave on a pontoon, London has a pop-up experience to suit everyone. Here’s our pick of London's best pop-ups.
Pop-ups in London
Street Feast's Shoreditch street food mecca is back for 2016. The two-storey site features 15 different food vendors space for up to 1,000 hungry visitors, with benches and floor space to settle in on as you watch the punters chatting (and, let's face it, queueing) below. Serving up the snacks you will find all-star traders such as B.O.B.'s Lobster, Kimchinary, BBQ Lab, Fundi Pizza, Yum Bun and Smokestak. The site has gained a roof for the chillier months, as well as four new bars (bringing the total to ten) which will serve everything from cans of craft beer to hot cocktails. Read about the stats, facts, figures and fun stuff behind Dinerama.Read more
A Shoreditch car park is transformed into a food-focused party for this weekly night market which features a revolving cast of traders. Dishes from all over the world are served from stalls and trucks; regular options include Venezuelan beef arepas (maize flour flatbreads), vegan hand-made pasta, Brazilian chorizo wraps, Belgina waffles and the ubiquitous (but undeniably delicious) pulled pork in a soft brioche bun. Organiser Jessica Tucker (who's a City lawyer by day) knows that visitors are likely to get thirsty what with all that eating, so the bar's stocked with craft beer, cider, wine and even champagne. A cocktail stand offers a selection of fruity options, too. Events are often themed, with free cocktails for all those in fancy dress – check the Urban Food Fest website to see what's coming up. Entry is free. The food, of course, is not. Urban Food Fest is open from noon until midnight.Read more
Street Feast returns to Dalston Yard for a summer-long stretch of night markets for those who like to be seen eating. New for 2016 are some modern classics of the food stall scene; Hawaiian-inspired sushi bowls from Poke, fiery chicken from White Men Can't Jerk and juicy hunks of beef from Stakehaus. All-time favourites making a return appearance include Kimchinary, Bleecker St and Smokestak. Eating on your feet is likely unless you've managed to snaffle a corner of one of the tables, lots of which are covered so that you don't have to cancel in case of rain. Pop to the Kamm Shed for a refreshing aperitif and the Tequila Treehouse for a post-food shot. This is a food market that knows how to party.Read more
Back in east London for another year of eating, drinking and entertaining, The House of Peroni is offering up an 'Amare l'Italia' meaning 'for the love of Italy' themed residency. The critically acclaimed Francesco Mazzei is 2016's Master of Taste and the Master of Mixology comes in the form of award-winning mixologist, Simone Caporale. Guests can take part in cocktail classes, pasta making workshops and private dinning experiences, as well as kicking back on a floating Negroni bar on the canal. Visit The House of Peroni website to book events in advance. Please note: The House of Peroni takes place at Proud East, formerly known as Proud Archivist.Read more
From the posters of 'Titanic'-era Leo right down to the half-eaten piles of pic 'n' mix, a night in Little Nan's '90s pop-up in Dalston is much like spending the night in my very own teenage bedroom. Except a lot more drunken. Tristan Scutt and team have created a marvellously trashy cave of wonders below the Rio Cinema that's plastered in film posters, poptastic memorabilia, old lady tat and loads of leopard print. Signing up for a two-hour time slot allows you to order unlimited teapots full of basic but boozy cocktails and scoff as many cups of popcorn and plates of sweets as your tooth enamel can handle. On our visit even the more self-conscious guests were singing and swaying to 'My Heart Will Go On' after a mere half-hour of teacup booze, and by the end we were doing an impromptu group performance of 'Everybody (Backstreet's Back)' wearing wigs and sunglasses from the prop room. It's a place for silliness, a place to let loose, and a place where hopefully you'll leave just drunk enough to forget that you still know all of the words to 'C'est La Vie'. Drop-ins are welcome when they're not fully booked, but commit to the two-hour deal if you can; there's something in those teapots that you just don't get in other bars. Ashleigh ArnottRead more
Hip Hop Brunch London returns for a summer of bottomless cocktails and filthy beats. There are both Saturday and Sunday parties to get pumped for, with special Dim Sum sessions also scheduled throughout. Hip Hop Karaoke will be present and the venue location will be revealed to guests a few days before the event.Read more