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London’s best pop-ups

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

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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 the best from around the city.

Thank Ya Papa

Tuck into a Mississippi-style Thanksgiving feast with Slap Ya Papa, whose Michelin-trained chefs have designed a menu of candied yams, deep-fried turkeys and plenty more. Dixieland music will entertain while you eat and 50% of the profits will go to Praxis, a charity supporting migrants and homeless people in London.

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Styx Bar , Tottenham Hale Until Monday November 30 2015

The Engine Room

Immersive supperclub masters The Art of Dining are back with a steamy dinner party celebrating the Victorian endeavour. Set in the mervellously appropriate London Museum of Water and Steam, the five-course meal will be accompanied by imaginative set design, themed entertainment and more surprises besides.

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London Museum of Water and Steam , Brentford Friday November 27 2015

South Pole Saloon

Even the South Pole must have a pub – where else would the elves go after work? This purpose-built immersive drinking hole is offering Brixton a very alternative place to celebrate Christmas. The fully heated, covered and themed pop-up will offer festive cocktails, Brooklyn beers, private booths, DJs and performances from the elves themselves.

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Valentia Place , Brixton Until Saturday December 19 2015

Forest Restaurant and Cabin Bar

Just because it's so cold you're wearing tights under jeans doesn't mean you can't drink on a rooftop. Des McDonald (of Q Grill, Vintage Salt and Holborn Dining Room fame) is transforming the roof of Selfridges into an autumnal woodland for this wintry pop-up.

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Selfridges , Oxford Street Until Friday April 29 2016

The Glam Clam

This pop-up restaurant experience is bringing all the glitter to Tufnell Park this December, offering a gloriously camp and slightly Christmassy night out involving shellfish, cocktails, jazz and drag queen cabaret.

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The Dome , Tufnell Park Thursday December 17 2015 - Monday December 21 2015

Little Feast

Street food festival Feast's younger sibling gets a wintry makeover, serving up seasonal street food and warming drinks in a Scandinavian forest setting. The Goldhawk Road yard it's housed in will be transformed by wooden huts, fir trees, bark floors and ivy-covered pergolas, with banquette seating and heating to keep visitors cosy.

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Shepherd's Bush Yard , Shepherd's Bush Until Wednesday December 23 2015

Birdies Crazy Golf Club

The people behind Rooftop Film Club are turning Waterloos underground railway tunnels into a nine-hole crazy golf course this winter featuring loops, half pipes and plenty more to challenge putters. A pop-up bar, The Caddy Shack, will offer cocktails and Hawksmoor Knightsbridge Head Chef Richard Sandiford's RockaDollar Dining will be in charge of the menu.

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The Vaults , Waterloo Until Sunday December 20 2015

Hawker House

Following last year's fun-packed Winter in Dalston, Street Feast's indoor night market Hawker House is moving to a warehouse in Canada Water for two levels of street food, bars and their now-famous whisky roulette. New for this year is Neil Rankin's Meat Hook, a three-metre whole-animal grill that'll cook up Argentine-style meats to be served with shoestring fries and chimichurri.

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Canada Street , Rotherhithe Until Sunday April 3 2016

Night Tales

Critics' choice

After opening a permanent cocktail bar and restaurant in London Fields, pop-up party, cocktail and street food specialists Night Tales are back for their winter stint, and this time they're turning seriously Japanese. The Night Tales: Tokyo Nights series features food, drink and decor themed on the Japanese capital, and will transform Shoreditch's Red Market space during its eight-week run.

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Red Market , Shoreditch Until Saturday December 19 2015

Breaking Mad

If, like most people on the planet, you are/were a fan of cult series 'Breaking Bad', there's a very good chance you'll enjoy this immersive pop-up party based on that very series. If you're not a fan or never watched it, you'll probably still enjoy the event, to be honest, as there's all kinds of fun going on. Held at the Old Truman Brewery, guests can enjoy various weird and wonderful 'sensory explosions of consumption and intriguing encounters'. Tickets are available through Time Out Offers, and the price includes two cocktails. Get ready for a masterclass in being bad. Buy tickets to Breaking Mad through Time Out Offers.

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Old Truman Brewery , Brick Lane Tue Dec 1 - Fri Dec 11
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