POP-UPS

From winter wonderlands to one-day only immersive experiences and the coolest restaurants, never miss one of these one-off wonders ever again. This is our up-to-the-minute guide to the best London pop ups to check out.

POLLUTION PODS

16th - 24th October 2021
Granary Square, King's Cross, London, UK

Ahead of COP26, artist Michael Pinksy is installing five Pollution Pods in Granary Square in King’s Cross, with each dome using temperature, air quality and smell to recreate the pollution levels of five different locations on Earth: London, Beijing, São Paulo, New Delhi and Tautra, a remote peninsula in Norway. You’ll be able to experience the environments of each place, from the haze of New Delhi to the purest air from Tautra, and it’s designed to really get you thinking about the effects of climate change.

LAUNDERETTE OF DREAMS

28th October - 6th November 2021
133-135 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 7DG, UK

LEGO has teamed up with Yinka Ilori to put a new spin on the classic launderette, turning it into a free interactive play space. Taking inspo from childhood memories of visiting his local launderette with his family and from his time spent with pupils from his old school St Jude & St Paul’s C of E Primary School, Yinka has created elements using LEGO bricks and his distinctive bold colours that encourage creative problem solving through play.

THE TOY PROJECT AT SELFRIDGES

Until 23rd December 2021
400 Oxford St, London W1C 1JS, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Selfridges has teamed up with North London-based charity The TOY Project for a pre-loved toy pop-up as part of their Project Earth RESELLFRIDGES platform. Open in the store’s toy department, the pop-up is selling pre-loved toys, including collectable figures, antique teddies and classic family-favourite games, for Christmas as well as accepting toy donations, which will either be sold back through Selfridges, through the TOY Project’s own store, or donated to children through the charity. As well as helping to prevent unwanted toys going to landfill, the pop-up is raising funds for the charity’s initiatives like toy and book libraries and community events.

GUCCI CIRCOLO

Until 31st December 2021
Whitby Street, London E1 6JT, UK

The Italian fashion house is celebrating its 100th birthday by quite literally opening a fashion house in Shoreditch. Gucci Circolo is hard to miss with the outside walls covered in their signature “G” print logo, but it’s inside where the real magic happens, featuring a boutique store where you can shop the Gucci 100 collection celebrating the past century of the brand; a listening lounge that plays vinyls picked by the likes of Billie Eilish, Arlo Parks and Sir Elton John; a boujee AF bookstore with all things fashion, photography and art on the shelves; and the Gucci café where you can plonk yourself down and take it all in.

BOWIE 75

Mon 25th October 2021 – late January 2022
10 Heddon Street, London, UK

Bowie 75 is a pop-up shop dedicated to the Jean Genie-ous and music legend David Bowie, part of a year-long celebration for the late artist’s 75th birthday. Open at 10 Heddon Street, the spot where the cover of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was shot, it’ll offer a deep dive into the all-things Bowie. Expect an immersive audio and HD video room where you can hear and see Bowie like you never have done before; previously unseen behind-the-scenes footage from his Golden Years; limited edition clothing and collectables including a limited run of LPs and CDs, (yep, still a thing); exclusive photography on the walls; and the chance to get into iconic costumes and snap pics on special sets.

ACCIDENTALLY WES ANDERSON AT THE OLD BANK VAULT

16th October - 7th November 2021
283 Hackney Rd, London E2 8NA, UK

One of the best Instagram accounts on the platform, Accidentally Wes Anderson, which solely shares pictures of buildings and landscapes from around the world that look like they could be Wes Anderson film sets, is back at the Old Bank Vault in Hackney. With this pop-up Wally Koval, the founder of the account (and creator of the book and merch) is celebrating the release of the new Wes Anderson movie The French Dispatch, with a series of new print releases. The space itself will also be transformed into an immersive 1970s Wes Anderson-style scene, where you’ll be able to solve puzzles, write postcards and feel like you’ve stepped inside the photographs. Cool right? And guaranteed to go down a storm on the gram…

RAYE THE STORE

Until 21st October 2021
33D King's Road, London, UK

Founded by Nicole Compen, raye the store is a concept grocery store that showcases products across food, drink and wellness that all have a clear purpose and strong design. The second edition of the pop-up shop in Chelsea features over 300 products from 75 innovative brands, 80% of which are vegan and 90% of which are from the UK, including Two Nods Nut Butter, Wholey Moly, Crossip, Knude Society, Bloody Drinks, Hanx, Fount, Citizens of Soil and Kalla. Given that design is such a key aspect of raye, the store will be decked out with gallery-style displays so you can discover the brand stories and see the products in all their glory.

LÖFTE POP-UP SHOP

15th - 24th October 2021
9 Club Row, London, UK

Sustainable fashion platform Löfte, which donates 20% of its profits to eco-conscious charities, is popping up IRL with a shop in Shoreditch. The store will feature products from 18 sustainable brands, including bags from BEEN London, jewellery from Lavey London, skincare from Beauty Cleanse, accessories from Newt London, and clothing from Isabel Manns and Nandni Studio. As well as shopping until you drop, you can also get involved in jewellery personalisation, paper flower making, wine tasting and upcycling workshops.

SUPPERCLUB.TUBE

Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, South Access Road, London E17 8AX, UK

Ever fancied dining on a disused Victoria line train? Rest assured, this retired TFL carriage is not the pollution filled, chewing gum laden sweatbox you’re used to on the commute home from work. Oh no, it’s a 1967 refurbished carriage which has been promoted to fine dining status with tables, linens, fine silverware, a curated playlist and dimmed lights to create an intimate atmosphere. Onboard you’ll be greeted with a welcome drink then seated for a 6-course meal from Colombian head chef Beatriz Maldonado Carreño. Expect dishes like sweetcorn dumplings with smoky corn salad and queso fresco; ceviche Ecuatoriano, that’s hake and prawns cured in lime and chilli; and an asado of beef and roasted corn fed chicken with chimichurri, and cassava chips.

QUEEN THE GREATEST

28th September 2021 – January 2022
57 Carnaby Street, London W1F 7DX, UK

Carnaby Street is already home to a Rolling Stones shop and now another iconic rock band is getting in on the action. Queen is celebrating five decades in music with the Queen The Greatest pop-up, which is stocked with limited edition music releases, lifestyle products and fashion collabs with the likes of Champion, Wrangler and Johnny Hoxton jewellery. Each month will have a different theme with installations that reflect different periods in the band’s 50 year history, so Queen fans will go (radio) ga ga for this one.

Photo credit: Snowdon Copyright Queen Productions Ltd

WUNDERBAR PERGOLA PADDINGTON

18th September - 31st October 2021
££
4 Kingdom St, London W2 6PY, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 10:30 PM

To celebrate Oktoberfest, Pergola Paddington is transforming into Wunderbar, a German beer hall complete with schnapps, German beers (plus an exclusive Camden Town Brewery collab lager), and a Bavarian oom-pah band. The space will also host food pop-up Wursthaus, serving up potato dumpling with beer butter dip, bratwurst baguettes, hot smoked salmon flammkuchen, stollen bites, and apple berliner doughnuts. Book tickets here.

BELLY AT THE COMPTON ARMS

4 Compton Ave, London N1 2XD, UK

Reece Moore, who was formerly cooking with Satsu when it was in residence at The Gun on Well Street (and who has also worked at the likes of Texture, Dabbous and Bao), has gone out on his own with his own project Belly. He’s taken over the kitchen at the Compton Arms in Islington, with a daily changing menu featuring seasonal British produce, dayboat fish and native rare breed meat. We’re talking dishes like pork jowl with asparagus & pickled turnips, mussels with gooseberry & cider cream, beef dripping hispi cabbage with hot mustard, whole plaice with a caper butter sauce, and creme caramel with sea salt.

THE ETHICAL BUTCHER AT SPURSTOWE ARMS

68 Greenwood Rd, London E8 1AB, UK

The Ethical Butcher is taking up residence in the kitchen of East London pub the Spurstowe Arms. Founded by Glen Burrows and Farshad Kazemian, The Ethical Butcher prioritises the highest welfare standards in the meat they sell (their beef is only pasture fed and antibiotic and hormone free, and their chickens are 100% soy-free) and they work with regenerative farms to ensure they have a low impact on the environment. You can try their meat with dishes like The Ethical Butcher steak, The Ethical Blucher burger, sticky teriyaki wings, Persian chicken kebabs and Beakbuster fried chicken bun alongside sides like chips with seaweed salt and West Sussex tomato salad.

TACOS PADRE SUMMER EVENING POP-UP

15th April - summer 2021
Borough Market Kitchen, Winchester Walk, London, UK

After a successful evening pop-up series last summer, Nick Fitzgerald is bringing it back to Tacos Padre for 2021. Running Thursdays – Saturdays on the fully covered terrace outside the Borough Market stall, the pop-up sees Nick cook up a full dinner menu, featuring dishes like crab tostada with guajillo & tamarind, sweet potato flauta, Baja-style fish tacos, Iberico presa al pastor with burnt habanero pickled pineapple, grilled lamb with pasilla mixe, and churros with cascabel cajeta alongside frozen and mezcal margs, natural wines and beers from Mexico and London.


SHO FOO DOH AT FILLY BROOK

392 Grove Green Road, London, UK

You may have seen Sho Foo Doh, the Japanese street food brand run by Fumio Tanga, pop-up at markets and pubs across town and now it’s taken over the kitchen (Weds-Sun) at bar and arts space Filly Brook in Leytonstone. Sho Foo Doh specialises in Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, with pork belly, kimchi & cheddar and squid & prawns among the varieties, and the residency menu also includes dishes like sesame panko-crusted cauliflower with mirin & soy, charred hispi with miso butter, baked katsu curried rice with bechamel & cheddar, gochujang tuna & avo tacos, and chilli miso aubergine rice. It’s izakaya food so it’s perfect to be eaten with a few bevs.

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