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
Now in its fifth year, The Breakfast Club’s annual Pancake Challenge is back. Order a plate of 12 pancakes from one of their 12 locations and a timer will be set to 12 minutes. Gobble the lot and you bag the meal (and indigestion) for free. Fail to clean your plate and you’ll have to foot the £20 bill (which goes towards helping pensioners combat loneliness and isolation). That’s not all, to celebrate the launch of their new ‘Breakfast Pub’ in Battersea (coming soon to Canary Wharf), The Breakfast Club has created five pancake specials that pay homage to throwback pub grub classics such as the lemon meringue mess and the ham, egg and chips pancakes. Flippin’ heck!
To celebrate Where the Pancakes Are’s 5th birthday they’re throwing a day-long pancake party. Tuck into a whole bunch of delicious buttermilk pancakes and sip on mulled cider and cocktails in their pop-up at Flat Iron Square’s Apres chalet, or join the three-legged pancake race at 8pm with prizes for the fastest flippers.
Shrove Tuesday marks the beginning of Lent when we’re supposed to forgo luxuries and fast for 40 days. Make the most of your last day of indulgence and go all out for their all-day Club Tropicana pancake party. Tuck into a mouth-watering selection of cocktail-inspired pancakes such as Pornstar Martini, Pina Colada and Espresso Martini fluffy stacks, served alongside with the actual cocktail in liquid form.
Sure, it’s freezing outside but you can still indulge in some rooftop drinking at this cosy pop-up bar from craft gin ogs Sipsmith. Sample hot G&Ts, steaming Juleps and reinvented classic cocktails all served with food pairing to match: we've got our eye on the Temperance Punch served straight from a cauldron on a barbeque with orange blossom marshmallow. Look out for intimate masterclasses with Sipsmith Master Distiller Jared Brown on Thursday evenings. Tickets for the 90-minute sessions include a free welcome Hot G&T, followed by a cocktail of your choice.
Sick of the lemon and sugar? Jazz up your pancakes however which way you like this Pancake Day. Get creative on your stack, pick and mix bases from buttermilk to buckwheat, choose toppings such as matcha ice cream, coconut yoghurt, maple syrup, and chocolate sauce. For those who’d like a more traditional route, there is plenty of other sweet and savoury pancakes flavour combinations on the menu such as chocolate chip cookie dough buttermilk, peaches and cream and lobster benedict pancakes.
Prepare for a serious sugar rush at this pop-up serving chocolatey twists on classic cocktails. Chocotinis, chocolate G&Ts and chocolate shots are all on the menu, plus chocolate snacks to soak it all up with. Augustus Gloop levels of chocolatey gluttony are ‘Go’.
Toffee caramel pancakes? Tick. Extra chantilly cream on top? Tick. Sprinkled with savoury bacon dust? Tick. Wait, what? Hoi Polloi is going all out this Pancake Day with a tick box menu card, where you can create your own dream pancake from seven delicious fillings, five luscious sauces and eight extravagant extras from sweet and savoury flavours.
Flip out and get those stretchy trousers on for Riding House Café and Rail House Café’s bottomless pancake brunches. Stack signature pancakes high in the sky and opt for either berries with vanilla clotted cream or triple smoked streaky bacon and maple syrup. The best part? You can go bottomless and order as many pancakes for only £12.50 per head. For those who don’t want to go bottomless, normal everyday pancakes are available throughout the day from £9.80.