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Top 12 pop-ups in London this September

Isabelle Aron

Whether you fancy playing a round of flamingo croquet, feasting on fried chicken or clinging on to the last of the summer with an outdoor film screening, we've got you covered with the best of this month's pop-ups.

Free film screenings at the London Riviera

Catch a free flick at the London Riviera's 1,000-seat amphitheatre, where they'll be showing a mix of old classics and new releases including 'Still Alice', 'Zoolander' and 'Big'. Seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis so turn up early if you've got your heart set on a particular film. They've also got all your movie snack needs covered with plenty of street food, ice cream and popcorn. The view of Tower Bridge ain't too shabby either. September 2-24, 7.30pm start. More London, Queen's Walk, SE1 2DB.

The Bayou Banquet

Get a taste of New Orleans without shelling out for a transatlantic flight at this two-week-long festival of Louisiana-themed supper clubs, interactive art exhibitions and cabaret. Once you've stuffed your face with soul food, grab a Bayou bloody mary and get up and shake your tail feather to live jazz, blues, funk and soul music. The only thing missing is the Mississippi river, but the Thames is close enough. September 16-27. The Vaults, Leake Street, Waterloo, SE1 7NN.

Conflict Café

Peacebuilding charity International Alert is asking people to give peace (and possibly peas) a chance at this pop up café, where they’ll be celebrating the food and culture of countries affected by conflict. Chefs from the likes of Rajiv’s Kitchen and Honey & Co will be taking turns to serve up the food of war-torn countries including Syria, Nepal and Colombia, in the hope that it'll get customers talking about worldwide conflicts. Sounds like a peace of cake. House of VANS, Arches 228-232, Station Approach Road, SE1 8SW. September 9–October 3. £35.


Paul Box

Vegetarians may want to look away now because Grillstock is one seriously meaty feast. As well as serving up copious amounts of meat, they'll be holding a barbecue cook-off to find the ultimate 'king of the grill'. And if you've got the stomach for it, they're hosting eating competitions to test your skills when it comes to chowing down on hot dogs, chillies and chicken wings (although, not all at the same time). To stop you from falling into a meat coma, there's also live music from the likes of Fun Lovin' Criminals, Grandmaster Flash and Razorlight. Chestnut Field, Forest Road, E17 4JF. September 5-6.


The Collaborative Store

The latest pop-up shop to hit Shoreditch is packed out with responsibly sourced clothes, accessories and homeware from a stellar line up of independent designers including Russian t-shirt label Lubimenya and jewellery brand Maya Magal.The shop's ethos is about bringing together brands ‘influenced by the flow of culture’ rather than the trends of the fashion industry, which hopefully means there won’t be a pair of ripped knee jeans in sight. Until September 30. 30A Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E2.

Tom Kerridge pop-up at The Crabtree

Want to sample the cooking of Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge without the hefty price tag? Now you can, because he'll be serving up his idea of 'proper pub grub' for one day only at this pop-up event and it won't cost you a single penny to go. The event is being organised by brewers Greene King IPA so you can expect to sink a couple of free pints too. There are only 100 seats up for grabs but you can enter a ballot to try and nab yourself a spot by emailing with your name, age, contact number and address by September 4, when winners will be notified. The Crabtree, Rainville Road, Fulham, W6 9HA, September 11, 3pm–8pm. 

Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival

August might be over but that doesn't mean we have to bid goodbye to evenings of alfresco cinema screenings just yet. The Peckham and Nunhead Free Film Festival is back for its sixth year with 30 free film screenings in various south London locations, including a screening of 'Gravity' powered by bikes and an evening of digital animation projected onto the Nunhead Cemetery Chapel. Bring your cosiest blanket and hope that the rain holds off. Various locations in Peckham and Nunhead. September 3-13. Free

Little Bao pop-up at Soho Kitchen and Bar

Fans of Bao in Soho will be pleased to know that there's now somewhere else in the capital where you can get your steamed-bun fix. Hong Kong restaurant Little Bao is making its London debut at Soho Kitchen & Bar, where they'll be taking over the kitchen for a week-long pop-up. As well as traditional savoury baos, they've also created an ice-cream bao – so make sure you save room for dessert. Soho Kitchen & Bar, 19-21 Old Compton Street, W1D 5JJ. September 7-13.


What with hot tub cinema, adult playgrounds and scotch egg burgers, we’ve got it easy these days. But way back when you had to make your own fun, hammerschlagen was born. The game involves hammering nails into a tree trunk in as few whacks as you can manage and, naturally, it’s having a revival in an east London pop-up café. The aim – apart from not losing a finger – is to beat the bartender to reduce your bar tab. Shouting ‘nailed it!’ if you win is optional. September 1–October 31. 79 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7XB.

Chambord Chapter Eight Games

Fall down the rabbit hole at this 'Alice in Wonderland'-inspired rooftop pop-up where you can play a round of croquet with a flamingo as your mallet. Not an actual flamingo, obviously – that would be violating all kinds of animal cruelty laws. Raspberry liqueur brand Chambord have organised the event to celebrate 150 years of the Lewis Carroll tale, so expect to be quaffing pink cocktails while you tear it up on the croquet lawn. Proof, Field Works, Martello St, E8 3PE. September 10-13. £5.

Mint vintage fair

Vintage clothing shop Mint is celebrating ten years with a big ol' birthday bash and everyone's invited. As well as a sweet selection of vinyls, they'll be selling off over 5,000 items of vintage clothing – and with all items priced at £4, £6 and £8, you're guaranteed to get your hands on some bargains. Dalston Pier, 2a John Campbell Road, N16 8JZ. September 5-6. Free entry.

Gravy Train at the Myddleton Arms

If you think gravy only belongs slopped over bangers and mash, think again. Fried chicken pros Gravy Train are mixing things up in the condiment department and serving up their expertly fried wings ‘n’ strips doused in a caramelised gravy that’s definitely got the edge on the instant stuff. Also on the menu is their own home-brewed hot sauce made from habanero and ‘ghost chilli’ peppers, as well as purple slaw and creamy mash. All aboard the gravy train! Myddleton Arms, 52 Canonbury Road, N1 2HS. September 11-13.


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