Pop-ups in London
Having perfected the mix of chill alfresco bar-meets-underground rave haven, the Night Tales team are opening up their summer terrace again with a three-day opening party over the Bank Holiday weekend, featuring craft beer, street food, and incredibly good vibes. If that's not enough, there'll be music from the likes of Soul Clap, Theo Kottis, Grainger & Friends and more.
Head to the former home of Samuel Johnson and follow his 1773 grand tour of Scotland and the Inner Hebrides, where he developed a taste for the "water of life." You'll sample six premium Scotch whiskies, and learn a bit of history from whisky buff Tim Robbins, whose company Nickolls and Perks have around 2,000 bottles in their store.
The Wine Gang, our favourite London-based vino-quaffing upstarts, are back with a Spring celebration of all things bubbly. There'll be 100 of the best international sparkling wines to taste, as well as canapés and conversation. If you leave without hiccups, you're doing it wrong.
It's Anzac Day, and you know what that means! Oh, you don't? Well, it's a celebration of all things Australasian, and at the Tate that means a Tap Takeover with an Aussie twist. Get down to their Terrace Bar to enjoy some premium Australian craft doozies and snack on classic 'shrimp on the barbie,' without a can of Foster's in sight.
The John Lewis rooftop on Oxford Street has long been a staple of London's summer scene, and now they're heating things up further with a flowery festival theme. There's Filipino food from Bong Bongs Manila Kanteen and cocktails from Background Bars, as well as bookable dens and the 'Caravan stage' for music.
If you're a bean fiend who can't start the day without a steamin' hot cup o' Joe, then UK Coffee Week is one for you. Coffee shops across London will be putting on events and special offers for java lovers, with with proceeds going to Project Waterfall, an initiative delivering clean water, sanitation and education to coffee-growing communities.
Have you been concocting the mother of all hot sauces at home? Well hot damn! Now is the time to share your creation, as the Chilli Sauce competition is back once again. The public gets to judge the entries whose flavours will take influences from all across the world. A second judging category for chilli condiments will cover jams, pickles, chutneys and preserves too. Enter your bottle via the website, or head along on the day if you just want to sample the sauces.
Love chocolate and cocktails? Then prepare for a serious sugar rush at this pop-up which combines the two. Your ticket includes a chocolate martini, aka a Chocotini, which you can chuck back while you survey the menu of chocolaty, boozy beverages, including chocolate twists on classic cocktails. You’ve got an hour and a half to drink your weight in chocolate and alcohol. There'll also be an onsite chef making Chocolate brownies, plus chocolate beer, chocolate wine, and procescco on the menu. Enjoy!
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