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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.

B-Eats Canteen

Critics' choice

The concept of B-Eats is simple, delicious and thoroughly danceable: a fancy but fun five-course dinner, followed by a night of banging tunes, all in the same venue – a former workshop space in Vauxhall. Music will be house, hip hop, disco, funk, soul and even a smattering of live sounds, with the emphasis firmly on bangers and dancefloor bombs. The organisers are chefs and have experience in running food events and festival catering stalls, so food-wise you're safe hands, and there's every reason to belive the soundtracks will be just as appetising as the grub. 'Before you know it you'll be dancing on the same table you had your meal on', say the organisers. Sounds good to us.

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The Yard Saturday April 25 2015

The Paperworks

Critics' choice

Pop-up happening The Paperworks is bulging with DJs playing disco, house and funk sets, bespoke bars serving cocktails, street food and special one-off events. Located a few minutes away from top south London club Corsica Studios (who helped develop the project), the largely covered venue was recently transformed for winter, with more bars and (warm) areas added in, all of which means there are yet more reasons to visit this top pop-up party. The Paperworks is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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The Paperworks Until Sunday August 2 2015

Netil360 Bank Holiday Opening Weekend

Critics' choice

The ace rooftop space atop London Fields arts space Netil House is opening for the summer with a four-day extravaganza. Across the weekend there'll be all kinds of fun to explore, including live music, DJs, bars, pop-up street food vendors, the launch of a Skyline Cinema club, giant Jenga, espresso martinis as a hat-tip to London Coffee Festival, massage, yoga, workshops, hot tubs and even a 'Reggae and Recovery' session session on the final day, featuring Dub Plates Kitchen spinning beats and cooking treats.

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Netil360 Friday May 1 2015 - Monday May 4 2015 Free

Nightspot Cinema: Tron Legacy

Critics' choice

The pop-up cinema that combines immersive film screenings and parties is back, and this time there's laser tag. The crew are going sci-fi this time, screening 'Tron: Legacy' and then throwing a huge bash afterwards. The afterparty is based on The Grid, the virtual world featured in the film, and you can rave away to tunes inspired by Daft Punk's Tron soundtrack. Plus, the party takes place in the building that used to be Foyles book shop on Charing Cross Road, transformed for the night into the End Of The Line Club where DP made a cameo appearance in the movie. Even better is the fact that the space now operates as a laser tag venue.

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Star Command Laser Tag Friday May 1 2015 - Saturday May 2 2015

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 May 1 2015 - Friday September 4 2015

The Rhythm Parlour

Critics' choice

Get your beard trimmed while you soak up some disco bliss at monthly pop-up musical barber shop The Rhythm Parlour, set in Rye Wax Records in Peckham's Bussey Building. Turn up, put your name on the list for a haircut or beard/tache trim, sift through Rye Wax's ace selection of records, grab a cocktail, munch some Vietnamese street food and listen to resident DJs spin disco, house and funk while you wait for Ryan MacGregor to trim your fuzz in the barber's chair. The funkiest follicle-trimming in London.

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CLF Art Cafe (The Bussey Building) Saturday May 2 2015 - Saturday July 4 2015

Slap x Tipple Pop-Up

For one day only, Brick Lane's Canvas Cafe will be transformed into a pop-up cocktail bar and party, allowing you to make the most of that extra-long weekend. The bar itself will be '80s and '90s-themed and unashamedly kitsch, with the look based on classic films from the decades, including 'Cocktail' and 'House Party'. There'll also be an old-school hip hop and R&B playlist to keep the party vibes flowing until midnight. The bar is cash-only, so bring enough moolah to see you through.

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Canvas Cafe Sunday May 3 2015

Turntables

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 May 7 2015 - Friday July 31 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 Friday May 22 2015 - Friday August 28 2015

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