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
Are you missing nights in with Mary Berry and the Great British Bake Off? Do you think you could kneed a better loaf than Paul's bread lion from series six or rival Frances from series four's Rainbow Picnic Pie? Then head down to The Big London Bake, offering Londoners the chance to get their own first-hand taste of the GBBO tent action. Compete in a timed 90-minute session, complete with snazzy decorations and a professional baker on hand giving tips to avoid any soggy bottoms, and see if you can be crowned the bake-off winner.
Cider cocktails made to order (hot, cold, and some made with Rekorderlig's new spiced plum cider), fire pits, Swedish food and a photo booth make the Cider Lodge a neat riverside drinking hole on the Southbank this Christmas. Skål!
Taste of London is back for a four-day Christmas nosh-fest. The ultimate foodie festival is parking up at Wapping’s Tobacco Dock with mini dishes from top London restaurants. Cocktail masterclasses will prepare you for hosting season and a shopping quarter will see you stocking up on edible Christmas gifts.
Get a snippet of Sicily in Spitalfields this winter. Take a seat at SUITCASE magazine’s supper club on a long communal table with chef Emilia Strazzanti and tuck into an Italian feast straight from the pages from their latest Taste Issue. Do as Italians do and eat your way through four courses of deliciousness, dishes include deep-fried primo sale cheese with honey and Sicilian oregano and handmade ravioli filled with ricotta served with Sicilian pistachio pesto and confit extra-virgin olive-oil prawns. All washed down with a beautiful wine pairing. All guests will receive a goodie bag courtesy of The Thinking Traveller, plus a copy of the magazine.
Celebrate and champion women in food. Online restaurant reservation service Resy has been cooking up a storm with some of London’s most critically acclaimed female chefs including the likes of Asma Khan, Margot Henderson, Jemima Jones and Lucy Carr-Ellison to bring you a special evening of food, drink, and conversation. Who run the world? This mighty line-up does: Tuesday November 19: Margot Henderson & Melanie Arnold with special guests Annabelle Harty and Sheelagh Boyce at Rochelle Canteen at the ICA Tuesday November 26: Jemima Jones & Lucy Carr-Ellison with special guest Gioconda Scott at Wild By Tart Tickets are on sale now. Reserve your seat here.
Espresso Martinis can make even hardcore coffee drinkers feel pretty buzzed after just a few sips, so this event will send you into the stratosphere: a Christmas pop-up where you can have bottomless servings of the coffee cocktail. As well as the classic version of the drink, there will be festive variations with names like ‘The Gingerbread Man’, ‘Ferrero Rocher’ and ‘The Mighty Marshmallow’. Here’s how it works: for a £25 ticket, you get a one and a half hour window to drink as many espresso martinis as you like. Who needs sleep, anyway?
Dreaming of a kitsch Christmas? New York's famous Miracle on Ninth Street bar is popping up in London for the festive season, bringing ’50s Christmas decorations, nostalgic alpine-themed accessories and creative takes on old school cocktails to Covent Garden. Think of the ’60s stop-motion version of ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ and you'll have your finger on the vibe of this wistful pop-up. Grab a seat at the bar, described as a ‘chalet living room on Christmas Eve’, and sip on a Snowball Old Fashioned or a Christmapoliton served in vintage, festive glassware. Soak it up with alpine-inspired snacks - Iberico ham and truffle chips, anyone?
Chomp on animal-free treats from top vegan traders at the launch of this weekly plant-based market.
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