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 London's best pop-ups.
Pop-ups in London
Sip botanical cocktails, pile round campfires, toasting marshmallows, tuck into Greek street food and venture into the Brunel tunnel - a giant subterranean concert hall - at this quirky cocktail takeover at the Brunel Museum's rooftop garden. On Friday's you'll find Piccalilli from Surrey Docks Farm on the roof providing a feast of fine food and artisan bread. On Saturdays, the Great Greek Grill will be dishing up grub.
Tuck into a traditional three-course Syrian meal at this pop-up Syrian kitchen set up by Imad Alarnab, a Syrian chef and refugee living in London, who owned two restaurants in Damascus before they were destroyed during the war. Expect traditional dishes, including Imad's famed falafel. All the profits raised will go towards Hope Hospital, a children's hospital responsible for saving thousands of lives in the Aleppo region. It's BYOB and a £5 corkage charge will go towards the hospital too. The restaurant will be staffed by Help Refugees volunteers, who will be serving food, answering any questions and taking donations. Find out more here.
The Deptford food scene has bubbled over in the past year. The arrival of Marcella – sister restaurant to Peckham’s acclaimed Artusi – and Winemakers Deptford (reopening September, yay!) brought a new touch of refinement with their elegant small plates and banging wine lists. The area’s railway arches also got in on the act with craft breweries and bars filling up Resolution Way. Then there’s the swish, newly redeveloped Deptford Market Yard, whose arches pack in all sorts of traders selling everything from cocktails to tandoori fried chicken. Now a new weekly food and craft market Deptford Bites, curated by the events collective Eat Me Drink Me, is about to call the Yard’s cobbles home. Every Saturday between 10am and 4pm, the courtyard will be filled with fresh farm produce, piping hot street food and crafts. Be sure to head to the launch day, where the Guardian’s restaurant critic Grace Dent will lead a series of talks tackling topics including regeneration and food porn for Deptford Bites Live. With live music and workshops also in the mix, it’ll be a debut worth crossing the river for. And if you’re lucky enough to live there, then stay put and order a dosa.
The Bon Sin Experiment is bringing a caffeine kick to Soho and the largest list of espresso martini concoctions you’ve ever seen. Once you’ve found the secret door to the speakeasy on Moor Street, you’ll be able to sip on drinks with names like A-List Avocado and The Ginger Beer’d, all of which are blended with Oubu Coffee. Book a late night spot here.
Expressive dance and indulgent dining collide at this supper exploring femininity. American director Kate March’s all-female creative collective will use the tables as a stage while the audience eats, slowly becoming part of the art piece as the dancers interact with them.
Head to the Campari Terrace at Bar Termini Centrale for sophisticated al fresco drinking among thec olive strees and laurel bushes. Expect five Campari classics, including the Campari Old Fashioned, and a selection of simple £4 refreshers from 5-7pm. Welcome to your new favourite happy hour.
If you’re still a fan of the dairy stuff among a city of vegans, get ready to drool with excitement as The London Cheese Project festival returns to the Geffrye Museum for a fromage-filled bank holiday. Gobble up limited edition cheeses from Britian’s top cheesemongers, bite into signature grilled cheese sandwiches from the Cheese Truck and wash all that gooey goodness down with natural wine and craft ale, plus there will be live music to soundtrack your cheese-sampling.
Aperol Spritz is hitting up the capital complete with it's biggest spritz bar in the UK and a canal filled with the bittersweet orange liquor. Sip on glasses of the tango-coloured tipple at The Aperol Big Spritz Social, but not before rowing down the ‘Aperol orange’ canal and taking a spin on a Vespa carousel. Who needs a trip to Sardinia? Tickets cost £10 (on the door or in advance) and include two Aperol Spritz cocktails. Groups of four can buy group tickets for £34. Additional spritzes then cost £6 each.