The best weird, wacky and wonderful pop-ups in London
Film4’s Summer Screen is coming back to the Somerset House courtyard and it's gonna be the place to catch a movie al fresco this summer. This year’s line-up includes the UK premieres of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, The Square, Patti Cake$ alongside classics like Donnie Darko and All The President’s Men, a Jaws/Deliverance double bill and a screening of Oscar-winning Moonlight. Picnics at the ready!
Thurs 10th - Weds 23rd August 2017
Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA -
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
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 -
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
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…
Pope's Road, London SW9 8JH, United Kingdom -
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 -
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
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
Shuffleboard is back baby. Save yourself a trip to Miami and get down to the London Shuffle Club instead for pizzas, cocktails, sunshine vibes and plenty of shuffling with six shuffleboard courts, 1 outdoor court for walk-ups, 2 table shuffleboards AND 2 free cornhole courts.
Weds 5th July - Sat 2nd September 2017
89 1/2 Worship Street, London EC2A 2BF, United Kingdom -
Shoreditch High Street
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.
Until end of 2017
Old Street, London EC1Y 1BE, United Kingdom -
Old Street Old Street
NYC’s The Dead Rabbit aka the world’s best bar is coming to London this summer with a week-long pop-up at Claridge’s. Dead Rabbit’s second-floor Parlor is being recreated at the hotel, complete with comic book style menu, signature cocktails like Irish Coffee and Psycho Killer, and even some of the faves from their food menu. Now you can drink in the world’s best bar without having to fork out for a plane ticket.
Tues 15th - Tues 22nd August 2017
Claridge's, Brook St, London W1K 4HR, United Kingdom -
The London Beer Factory is launching a brand new brewery on Druid Street that'll showcase ten kegs of the finest craft beer they've got, including Beyond The Pale, London Bohemia Lager, Chelsea Blonde, Paxton IPA and Sayers Stout. But why stop there? They're also stocking a fridge full of barrel-aged bottle beers so you can grab a cold one too. This one's only open on weekends, so clear your diaries.
80 Druid Street, Bermondsey, SE1 2HQ -
Bermondsey London Bridge London Bridge