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London’s best pop-ups

Looking for pop-up perfection? Find your perfect temporary party

Kristi Evan Photography

Whether you want to boogie to Balearic music, eat dinner with Mary Poppins, 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 the best from around the city, and you can read more about the latest pop-ups here.

Flamingo Pier

Critics' choice

One of the finest and most fun pop-up parties of last summer, Flamingo Pier is back for summer 2015, which is great news for anyone who likes their pop-ups with a big dose of tropical indulgence. The action takes place both inside Hackney Wick's Counter Cafe and on the venue's floating pontoon, as well as Counter's moored canalside boat. As before, there'll be DJs spinning deep disco and hip house soundtracks, street food, bespoke cocktails and craft beer (from Hackney Wick's Crate Brewery), but for 2015 the Flamingo Pier crew have stepped things up: each night the party will be themed around a different exotic location or 'postcard', with food and drink inspired by the setting and custom projections to bring the these to life visually: Bali, the Seychelles, Phillipines and Burma are all on the list, so prepare to be treated to some wild and wonderful tastes.

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Counter Café Friday August 7 2015 - Saturday October 3 2015


Critics' choice

This deliciously fun – and just plain delicious – pop-up seriously impressed us last year, so we're chuffed to hear that it's back in town. As before, it's set on and around the considerable terrace space of Hackney Wick canalside venue Shapes and once again, there'll be all kinds of delicious street food on offer from some of London's top vendors, plus summertime cocktails. Once you've filled your boots (okay, your face), get dancing to top DJs spinning deep house, twisted disco, soul, funk and more. There'll also be live street art, exhibitions, a sunshine terrace and canalside seating, plus the same intimate, friendly atmosphere that made this pop-up stand-out from the crowd last year. Welcome back, Turntables!

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119 Wallis Rd Thursday July 30 2015 - Saturday August 29 2015 Free

Summer Tales

Critics' choice

One thing that helped London make it through the last few arduous winters was Night Tales, a fantastic pop-up party full of creative cocktails, street food, DJs spinning dancefloor-filling tunes and general good vibes. Luckily, you don't have to wait until winter to indulge in the fun once again, as the NT crew are back with an ace summer-themed pop-up for 15 whole weekends – welcome news indeed. As it's summer, there's a jungle theme in play, plushammocks, rope swings and a 20m terrace to soak up the sun.

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Red Market Thursday July 30 2015 - Friday August 28 2015


Critics' choice

Street Feast are turning an old car park in Shoreditch into a street food mecca in 2015, featuring 15 different food vendors, six bars and space for up to 1,000 hungry visitors. Most details are yet to be confirmed, but it will be open during the day Friday-Sunday as well as in the evening Wednesday-Saturday, launching on June 19. Read about the stats, facts, figures and fun stuff behind Dinerama.

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Shoreditch Yard Thursday July 30 2015 - Sunday October 4 2015