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11 excellent pop-ups happening in London this May

Isabelle Aron

Whether you fancy working your way through 30 different types of negroni at the world's largest negroni bar, catching some rays at a pop-up beach in Brixton, or easing your hangover with the ultimate brunch mash-up, we've got you covered with the best pop-ups in town this month.

KinoVino Pickles

Upgrade your movie snack game at this cinematic supper club, where they'll be screening 'Crossing Delancey' and serving up a five-course meal inspired by the film, which is set in the Jewish New York of the '80s. Feast on slow-cooked salt beef, smoked salmon bagel crisps, cod cheeks and some seriously posh popcorn, flavoured with champagne, beetroot and horseradish. Palm2, 152 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0QJ. May 7, 6pm-11pm. £45.

Wringer + Mangle's Great British Flavours Of East London

East London food isn't all cereal cafés and cronuts, y'know. Four chefs will be taking turns in the kitchen at this new supperclub series that's showcasing the different flavours, cuisines and local produce found in east London. Tickets are £40, which includes a three-course meal and a welcome cocktail. The Laundry Building, 13-18 Sidworth Street, E8 3SD. Tuesdays throughout May. £40. 

Brixton Beach Boulevard

Fancy a day on the beach? Now you don't even have to leave London, thanks to a new '80s-themed pop-up beach in Brixton. They'll be hosting day and night parties with surprise DJ sets, '80s films and screenings of all the biggest sporting events this summer. Plus, there's plenty of street food treats from local traders including Nanny Bill’s, La Chatica and the excellently named Mac to the Future. Valentia Place, Brixton, SW9 8JH. From May 27.

Little Nan's Rio Bar

Pop-up bar Little Nan's is setting up shop in the basement of Rio Cinema for a four-month summer residency, which kicks off on May 12. Book a table in advance or just turn up for a night of '90s tunes, teapot cocktails and free pick 'n' mix. And if it's getting to that point in the night where you need more than a handful of Haribo, you can also bring in your own takeaway food. Just try not to stink the place out with your doner kebab. 107 Kingsland High St, E8 2PY. May 12-August 14.

Gravlax London pop-up for Raise Your Hands 

For a meal that'll leave a good taste in your mouth, head to Gravlax London's pop-up restaurant, where all proceeds will go to Raise Your Hands – a community that supports small UK children’s charities. As the name suggests, this is one fishy supper, with five different types of gravlax on offer, each cured with a different spirit, including gin with juniper and beetroot, and vodka with lemon zest and lemon popping candy. The King's Head, 257 Kingsland Road, Haggerston, E2 8AS. May 18-21.

Jimmy's BBQ Club

Barbecues are great, aren't they? Except for all the food shopping, washing up and waiting for the damn thing to heat up. Luckily, you can skip all the boring parts at Jimmy's BBQ Club, where each table will be supplied with a whole load of a meat and a table-top barbecue so that you can cook your meat just as you like it. And let's not forget the booze – they'll be selling kegs of craft beer and cocktails infused with plants from the garden. 409 Clapham Road, SW9 9BT. From May 18.

Shotgun x Dumpling Shack brunch mash-up


Soho barbecue joint Shotgun is teaming up with Netil House Market traders Dumpling Shack for a one-off brunch mash-up on May 15. They've put together a menu that should see off your hangover, with dishes including smoked brisket bao, fried dirty rice, sticky ribs and a salted egg custard donut for dessert. 26 Kingly St, W1B 5QD. May 15.

F.A.T x Bulldog Edition

Chow down on a cheese toastie with a twist at Ace Hotel's in-house coffee shop, Bulldog Edition, where they've teamed up with pickle-enthusiast Freddie Janssen, who's the founder of F.A.T, a pop-up café and supper club. You'll be able to get your hands on her signature stilton and kimchi grilled cheese sandwich all month. Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JQ. May 5-31.

RAW Wine Bar

Most people probably don't get too excited about the idea of raw food, but raw wine? That's something we can get on board with. Raw wine is made without chemicals and minimum technological intervention, which we're taking to mean that it's pretty much a health drink. You can try it out for yourself at the raw wine bar pop-up at The London Edition hotel, where they've got over 100 different varieties to choose from. And if you need some sustenance after all that boozing, the bar will also be serving charcuterie and cheese boards from cheese and wine shop Provisions. The London Edition, 10 Berners Street, W1T 3NP. May 4-16.

Belvedere Balance Bar

Belvedere Balance Bar is bringing together the unlikely combination of wellbeing and booze – because it's all about balance, geddit? As well as a pop-up bar where you can sip on Belvedere vodka cocktails, they'll also be hosting wellbeing classes, where you can workout, learn to make your own yoghurt, and learn about work/life balance. The Hoxton, 81 Great Eastern St, EC2A 3HU, May 10-14.

The world's largest negroni bar

Thought there was just one way to make a negroni? Apparently not. Campari is launching what promises to be the world's largest negroni bar at Red Gallery, where they'll be mixing up 30 variations on everyone's favourite bittersweet cocktail. Twists on the classic include the Carpe Diem Negroni, made with Cocchi Barolo Chinato fortified wine and Punico Zahare liqueur, and the Tu Vuò Fa’ L’Americano with sweet vermouth and pale ale. Red Gallery, 1-3 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DT. May 11-21.



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