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London’s best pop-ups

Looking for pop-up perfection? Find your perfect temporary party

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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

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  • Fulham

An extravaganza of wine, food, live music and entertainment will be taking over Fulham Palace for three days in May. Headline producers include Maison Mirabeau and Léoube, with over 30 more wine producers around the world making the line-up. Expect a gastronomic feasting experience accompanied by fine wine.

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  • Peckham

Peckham’s two-day celebration of all things tequila features a lot more than pre-cut lime wedges and table salt. Four top bars will be serving tequila-based cocktails, live DJs will pump out the tunes and a host of independent makers will demonstrate why the agave-based tipple is so much more than a regrettable round of shots at 3am. Sensibly, there’ll also be plenty of Mexican street food to help you line your stomach.

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  • Peckham

This Peckham party has a big focus on street food and craft beer alongside the DJ-driven line-up – beats and eats, as it were. With a lineup focussing on variations of underground electronic music (but mostly house and techno), and some live instrumental acts thrown in for extra jazzy measure, it's returning in 2022 with three-days of programming and long-term collaborators Rhythm Section and Horse Meat Disco. The first acts announced for Gala's 2022 edition include Gerd Janson, Goldie, Job Jobse, Shanti Celeste, and Josey Rebelle. Brilliant Corners' Giant Steps sound system will bring the noise, meanwhile the Thursday lineup will shift the focus to live music, with Children of Zeus, Nu Genea, Ezra Collective founding member Joe Amon Jones, and Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 playing across bass, soul, jazz and Afrobeat. More lineup announcements will follow in coming months.

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  • Peckham

Much-loved south London pub the Prince of Peckham is celebrating it’s fifth birthday with an epic week of fun ranging from a Big Fat Queer Quiz hosted by voguing legend Jay Jay Revlon, to a massive chicken wing giveaway brough to you by the White Men Can’t Jerk. Expect events across the spectrum, including spoken word night Moetry on Tuesday, and a comedy takeover by Dane Batiste on Thursday, with the likes of Capital XTRA’s Teeshow and Yinka Bokinni, and Radio 1 Xtra’s Manny Norte spinning afrobeats, dancehall ampiano and more at the venue throughout the week. The birthday week will be rounded off with a night of karaoke and a family rave and bingo session hosted by baby-friendly drag troupe Clip Theatre. Yes you read that correctly. There really is something for everyone.

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  • Waterloo

Why yes, this is a bizarre, immersive mash-up of Disney’s ‘Mulan’ and Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Moulin Rouge’. Guests are encouraged to turn up dressed like a character from either film (although they’re at pains to point out that culturally insensitive costumes will not be tolerated) and get involved with a drag-tastic night of food, music and fun.  The four-course meal sounds particularly exciting, created as it is by Flavourology, the team behind Gingerline. Classic French cuisine meets fresh Asian flavours is what we’re promised. The whole venue will have been done up to the nines, and there’s a drag show written by ShayShay. A very full-on night awaits.

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  • Greenwich

Soak up the sun and the Thames-side views of the London skyline with the best global beer in-hand. Tucked away on Greenwich Peninsula's Morden Wharf, the three-day Riverside Beer Festival features some of the best breweries in the UK, Europe and the US.  But it isn't all beer… pair your dizzy delights with food courtesy of some of the UK's best street food vendors —  handmade Himalayan dumplings, calzone, jerk chicken, BBQ and haggis are just a few of the flavoursome options available. The beer festival also promises live music and DJ sets in the evenings, as well as unlimited beer pours across your entire session and a branded festival glass.

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The London Craft Beer Festival is celebrating its 10th birthday this year, and that means they've inviting some of their fave breweries from the past decade to pour one out. The line-up includes 100 craft breweries, from London locals like Hackney Church Brew Co to international offerings from over 25 US beer makers. Soak up all that booze with snacks from the likes of Decatur and Tacos Padre, or branch out into cocktails and spirits from Tiempo Tequila or Jim and Tonic. There's also a music line-up to keep the atmosphere buzzing all night long. Your ticket includes all your beer (food and other drinks are extra) plus a festival tasting glass you can take home afterwards. See the full list of breweries and grab your tickets here. 

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Calling all gin-lovers! Junipalooza, the UK’s largest gin festival, is kicking off at Tobacco Dock, promising direct access to the people behind your favourite gins. Either the distiller or brand owner will make an in-person appearance, providing an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the production process of 60 different distilleries, and over 400 of the world’s finest gins. Exhibitors vary from British makers such as Isle of Wight’s Mermaid Gin, Cotswolds Distillery and Tarquin’s Gin to some of the most exciting gins from around the world, including brands such as Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin, Mallorca Distillery and Never Never Gin. The fun doesn’t end there — immerse yourself in two experiential themed rooms and a newcomers zone, showcasing some of the newest gins on the market, including both traditional London Dry gins and an exciting variety of flavoured gins. New to the festival this year will be a street food area in collaboration with Feast It, offering a range of delicious independent food stalls including a lounge with seating and music.

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