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Nine awesome pop-ups happening in London this August

Isabelle Aron

Whether you fancy chowing down on chicken wings, hanging out on a glitter beach or catching a free live music performance, we've got you covered with the best pop-ups in town this month. 

Urban Food Fest wine fiesta

Can't stretch to a holiday this summer? Head to a Shoreditch car park instead. No, really. Urban Food Fest is taking over the Euro Car Parks on Shoreditch High Street every Saturday throughout summer, but on August 20, they've teamed up with Uruguayan winery Colinas de Uruguay to throw a boozy wine fiesta complete with a glitter(!) beach. Kick back on a deckchair with a glass of vino, or try one of their themed cocktails, including 'Viva La Fiesta!' with coconut water, vodka and blackberry cocktail and 'Arriba!' with strawberry, raspberry and gin. And if you need something to soak up all that booze, they'll be serving up grilled shrimp wraps and juicy steak sandwiches. Euro Car Parks, 162-167 Shoreditch High Street, E1. Free entry

Wing Fest

The annual Wing Fest is back for the third year running to pit the UK's finest chicken wing purveyors against each other and find out who rules the roost. The likes of White Men Can’t Jerk, Randy's Wing Bar and Joe's Southern Kitchen will be battling it out to be crowned the winner of two different categories – best buffalo wings and best wild wings. As well as an endless supply of £1 wings, they'll have live music, craft beer and cocktails. And if you've got the stomach for it, Frank’s RedHot hot sauce will be hosting a wing eating competition. Gillett Square, Dalston, E8 2NB. August 20.

Eat Asia Night Market

Peckham may not be able to rival Asia's sandy beaches and glorious sunshine, but thanks to the Eat Asia Night Market at Bussey Building, you can at least eat like you're on the other side of the world. Forget stir-fry and spring rolls – they'll have Japanese ramen burgers, Hong Kong bubble waffles, Korean kimchi pancakes, Thai-style tacos and wonton nachos. Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST. August 5-6. 

Shotgun BBQ's rooftop residency

Good news for hungry shoppers – meaty maestros Shotgun BBQ are taking over the rooftop at John Lewis this summer and serving up barbecue with a view. Escape the crowds on Oxford Street and re-fuel on pulled pork, baby back ribs and slow-cooked brisket. Fifth Floor, John Lewis, 300 Oxford Street, W1C 1DX. August 2-September 4.

Cubitt Sessions

Short on cash this month? Catch some free live music at the two-week long Cubit Sessions – a pop-up music venue and bar in King's Cross, which should make waiting for a train way less boring. They've lined up a mix of classical, opera and contemporary musicians, including the English National Opera, the London Sinfonietta and the Impropera Opera Company. All performances are free and kick off at 7pm every evening. Lewis Cubitt Square, Handyside Street, King's Cross, N1C 4UZ. Until August 13. Free. 


No trip to Carousel is ever quite the same thanks to its ever-changing line-up of chef residencies. This summer, they've lined up a series of international guest chefs including traditional Korean cuisine from Washington DC-based chefs Danny & Yesoon Lee and Nordic food with a twist from Copenhagen-based Alex Nietosvuori. If you're an indecisive diner, you'll be pleased to know that each chef will be serving up a set five-course dinner menu – and at a pretty reasonable £37.50 per person, too. Find out more here71 Blandford St, W1U 8AB.

#DineDanceDonate supper club

Do your bit for charity and have a slap-up meal at the same time at The King's Head's #DineDanceDonate supper club, where a percentage of the profits will go to the mental health charity, Mind. On August 11 and 12, Peardrop London will be taking the reins in the kitchen with an Italian-themed supper club, where each course will be inspired by a different region. Whet your whistle with an Aperol spritz or negroni and then work your way through an Italian feast of deep fried courgette flowers with goat’s cheese, anchovies and honey, bucatini with sardines, fennel, pine nuts and sultanas and T-bone steak with parmesan, crispy sage and roast potatoes. Bellissimo! 257 Kingsland Rd, E2 8AS.

Spirit of Tiki

If you like piña coladas (and other rum-based cocktails), you'll be in boozy heaven at this two-day tropical pop-up on the Greenwich Peninsula. As well as 15 tiki cocktail bars to work your way through, there will be hula dancers, limbo, fire breathers and a giant sandy beach. Just cross your fingers for some sun. Studio 338, 338 Boord St, Greenwich, SE10 0PF. August 14-15. £15.


You've heard of the zombie apocalypse, but now there's a pizza-pocalypse coming to London, which sounds way more appealing. The all-day pizza party will be showcasing the best of east London pizza, with slices from Pizza East, Homeslice, Apollo, Yard Sale and Born & Raised, who will all be hoping to get their hands on a golden mozzarella trophy, which will be awarded to the most popular pizza of the day. And if all that dough doesn't leave you in too much of a carb coma, they'll have negronis, Aperol spritzes, frozen rosé slushies, DJs, and a pizza delivery boy barbershop quartet.

And one to book for next month...

Yayā Supperclub

Yayā Supperclub, which takes its name from the word for grandmother in Greek, is all about home-style cooking – and eating, obviously. The menu is a mix of traditional food and Greek dishes with a twist, which are all served on large sharing plates at communal tables – so don't be shy about getting to know your fellow diners. This Greek supperclub is so popular, it's already sold out for this month, but they'll be releasing dates for September and October soon. Keep an eye on their website for details. Nanna's, 274B St Paul's Road, N1 2LJ. August 24.



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