The best weird, wacky and wonderful pop-ups in London
Neverland London will be Fulham’s first ever Thameside beach and they’re really going all out with palm trees, deck chairs, pastel coloured beach huts and plenty of white sand. You can swing by the beach for a few bevs as it’s BYOB or make a day of it by booking a beach hut or party daybed with a Beach Butler, who’ll come round and mix you up bespoke cocktails. And with Le Rac Shack, The Duck Truck and Taco Dave providing the street food you won’t be going hungry either.
Weds 10th May – Tues 3rd October 2017
Wandsworth Bridge Road, London SW6 2TY, United Kingdom -
Imperial Wharf Parsons Green
Kentish Town bar Ladies & Gentlemen and Wood’s Navy Rum are sailing the high seas (the canal) mixing up rum cocktails and pina colada slushies and the London Shell Co. is taking care of the grub. The rum shack will be moored in King’s Cross but you can book hour-long booze cruises…perfect if you wanna pretend to be a pirate.
Thurs 1st June – Mon 31st July 2017
Goods Way, London N1C, United Kingdom -
King's Cross King's Cross
Forget the flights, the streets of Tokyo have come to London as Proud East hosts a Japanese pop-up. With cooking and cocktail masterclasses, origami workshops, craft markets, film screenings, neon-lit club nights and food from Tonkotsu, it blends the best of contemporary Japan with century old customs. Whether you want to learn how to do sushi properly, blend your own matcha, pick up some Japanese homeware or party on down like they do in Tokyo, get on down to Proud East.
2-10 Hertford Road, London N1 5ET -
Summer in East London wouldn’t be summer without getting high in Dalston would it? You know a trip to Dalston Roof Park that is. Back for another sunny season, the rooftop will play host to a series of gigs, record label parties, poetry and comedy nights and even a few morning yoga sessions. And with the likes of Rinse FM, Avant Garde, Into The Woods, Bloop London, Definition, House Of Disco and CTRL Sound taking over the place, their rooftop parties will be on another level. With grub from Far Out Food and booze from Bootstrap’s very own in-house brewery 40FT Brewery and Brewdog, the good times will be flowing all summer long.
18-22 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL, United Kingdom -
One giant pergola is clearly not enough for London this summer. That’s right, Pergola On The Roof is opening a sister site in Paddington. Pergola Paddington Central will be West London’s biggest outdoor drinking and dining spot, and will be open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Not only will it look completely different from the Shey-Boo site, blending urban design with lots of greenery, they’ve got some brand new foodies on board too with Mamalan, DF Mexico, Decatur and Raw Press joining Pergola veterans, Patty & Bun. With drinks flowing and regular DJ’s we’re expecting festival vibes all summer long. Yay for Pergola 2.0!
Wed 24th May – Sun 1st October 2017
5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, London W2 6PY -
Summer is on its way and you don’t need to jump on Southern Rail to feel the sand between your toes anymore. Oh no, Brixton Beach Rooftop is bringing the seaside vibes to South London this summer. Bigger and better than ever before, Brixton Beach Rooftop will open in May in all its Cuban glory. With cocktails, street food, live music and a real life beach, it’s gonna be the ultimate summer hangout. So let the good times roll…
Opening Fri 26th May 2017
Pope's Road, London SW9 8JH, United Kingdom -
The peeps behind Rooftop Film Club are taking summer rooftop fun to new heights this year with the Social Fun & Games Club at Stratford’s Roof East. Birdies Crazy Golf is back with an even more challenging course and there’ll be a packed programme of film screenings as well as the brand new Rooftop Rollers disco, hip-hop inspired lawn bowls from De La Bowl and Sluggers, London’s first batting cage experience. So whether you’re a big hitter or disco queen there’s plenty of chances for you to show off your skills, with that bangin’ view over the Olympic Park as your backdrop.
Roof East, 45a Broadway, London E15 1XD, United Kingdom -
Stratford Stratford Stratford Stratford
Adam Simmonds is launching The Test Kitchen, a year-long pop-up in Soho, ahead of opening a perm spot in early 2018. Taking over the old Barrafina site on Frith Street, the pop-up will essentially one big chef’s table – you’ll be asked for feedback on the dishes to help evolve dishes that could appear on the menu at his future restaurant and there’ll be animated mirrors highlighting the progress of the ideas on the walls. Adam’s not sticking to a set style of cookery so we don’t know what you’re gonna get, but it's defo going to be an interesting experience.
54 Frith Street, London W1D 4SL -
Tottenham Court Road Leicester Square
Licking the spoon is always the best bit of baking, so we couldn’t be more excited about the opening of London’s first edible cookie dough pop-up at Old Street station. Naked Dough creates safe-to-eat raw cookie dough with flavours like ‘Unicorn Food’ with marshmallows and sprinkles, ‘Nutting Better’ with peanut butter and crunched peanuts and ‘Ed Sheeran’ with salted caramel and honeycomb. YUM. It comes in a cone, a tub or whizzed up into a shake for those who wanna go all in.
Opens Tues 6th June 2017
Old Street, London EC1Y 1BE, United Kingdom -
Old Street Old Street
Rubies in the Rubble has been fighting food waste with relish since 2011 and now the condiment brand has set up shop in Selfridges with an ‘Open Sandwich’ pop-up. The brand is all about sustainable food production and make condiments out of fresh fruit and veg that would otherwise go to waste – think wonky cucumbers and overripe tomatoes. You can get your hands on four open sandwiches, including Pulled Beef & Pickle with Chipotle Ketchup, Spring Veg & Blue Cheese with Piccalilli, Avo & Beet Hummus with Pink Onion Relish and Nut Butter & Banana with Banana & Chilli Ketchup. And you can forget the bread because each option will instead be served up on toasted crackers made from the juice pulp from Daily Dose’s Cold Pressed range; you can expect everything from a Carrot & Tumeric cracker to Beetroot and Ginger.
Until Fri 30th June 2017
400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB, United Kingdom -
Ahoy there! You can now cruise down the Thames whilst watching a cult classic on the top deck of a boat. Time Out and City Cruises have hooked up to launch Movies on the River; London’s first cinema to sail the Thames. Films include Jaws, La La Land, When Harry Met Sally, Finding Nemo, Back to the Future and Ghostbusters
Thurs 15th June – Sat 15th July 2017
Tower Pier, Lower Thames St, London EC3N 4DT -
Returning to their usual spot on Old Street the Last Days of Shoreditch brings together food, booze, music and art, with traders including Nanny Bills and Belli Freschi, not to mention that avocado bar, and parties from the likes of Artwork, Maribou State and Anjunadeep. There’s also karaoke courtesy of Lucky Voice and if you fancy a real challenge, an escape room from Handmade Mysteries.
Sun 28th May - Sat 30th September 2017
288 Old Street, London EC1V 9LA, United Kingdom -
Old Street Old Street
Seafood spot Bonnie Gull has opened an all-day pop-up bar and cafe in Mayfair's Brown Hart Gardens. Naturally there's plenty of seafood on offer but you can also pick up eegs and granola for brekkie and a range of veggie salads for lunch, with the dinner menu featuring everything from Cornish octopus carpaccio, beetroot cured Loch Duart salmon and a mega platter of oysters, crab, lobster and langoustines. You can also catch open-air screenings of Wimbledon and pop by for a champagne and oyster festival in this little urban oasis.
Until Sat 30th September 2017
4 Brown Hart Gardens, London W1K 6TD, United Kingdom -