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.

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ANYA HINDMARCH'S STATIONERY SHOP

Until 16th October 2022
11 Pont Street, London, UK

Of course pop-up queen Anya Hindmarch wasn’t going let to back-to-school pass her by, so she’s opened the cutest stationery shop in town at The Village. It’s all in celebration of her first ever stationery collection, which features quirky and colourful leather designs like tiger rulers, Pritt Stick pencil cases, filing cabinet pouches, sticker journals and bespoke bookmarks. A range of classic Anya Hindmarch satchels will also be stocked in the shop so you can go full schoolgirl, alongside a capsule collection made in collaboration with Present & Correct. You can even learn how to work smarter with a series of Getting Things Done workshops run by Next Action Associates. Getting organised has never been so fun.

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NORMAN'S AT SEED LIBRARY

21st September - 16th November 2022
100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Friday: 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Saturday: 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Sunday: 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Shoreditch cocktail spot Seed Library, run by Mr Lyan, is teaming up with North London faves Norman’s Cafe to bring their classic British food to the people after dark for the very first time. Seed Library’s drinks menu will be available alongside snacks and small plates from Norman’s, including dishes like chip butty, chicken nuggets with chilli sauce, smoked ham & cheddar toastie, whipped cod’s roe & Frazzles, and syrup sponge & custard.

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AULD HAG AT EXALE TAP

29th September - 29th December 2022
Uplands Business Park, Blackhorse Lane, London, UK

It’s the ultimate Scottish power collab – pop-up kitchen Auld Hag are heading to Exale Tap in Walthamstow (home of the Buckie Bomb and Iron Brew Sour) to serve up the best Scottish scran in the city. Auld Hag will be showcasing some of Scotland’s finest culinary inventions, including their take on Glasgow’s pizza crunch, haggis tikka masala, Glasgow-style poutine, handmade Scotch pies, chicken Balmoral flatbreads, and the McHag, a breakfast muffin filled with square sausage, duck egg, Stornoway black pudding and tattie scone.

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DOLLARS AT RONDO LA CAVE

Until mid-December 2022
199-206 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD, UK

Rondo La Cave, the natty wine bar and incubator space below Rondo in Holborn, has a new resident. Dollars, in collab with Singapore’s Park Bench Deli founder Andrei Soen, is serving up American-style deli sandwiches made using produce from the likes of Swaledale butchers and Miller’s Bakery. The sarnie selection at Dollars includes Beef Bollito with braised beef belly, salsa verde & red chilli sauce in a white bap; Fried Chicken Sandwich with crispy fried thigh, dill pickles & comeback sauce in a potato bun; Pastrami Sandwich, with hot pastrami, Swiss cheese, coleslaw & Russian dressing on caraway bloomer; Burrata Caprese with fresh burrata, tomato, arugula, pesto & balsamic glaze on focaccia; Cubano with sweet ham, roast pork, dijonnaise, Swiss cheese & dill pickles in a sub roll; and Philly Cheesesteak with thinly sliced roast beef rump, sauteed onions, roasted bell peppers & cheese sauce in a Philly baguette. There’s also cheesesteak spring rolls, charred onion pho dip & crisps, and mortadella sliders to snack on with Rondo La Cave’s natural pours, coming by the glass, bottle and magnum.

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RETAN AT LOUIE LOUIE

28th September - end of December 2022
££
347 Walworth Rd, London SE17 2AL, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:30 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:30 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The roaming supper club run by sommelier Cameron Dewar and chef Josh Dallaway has taken over the kitchens of Peckham Cellars, Legare, Crispin and The Great Gun Social, and now Retan are embarking on their longest residency yet with an upcoming three-month stint at Louie Louie. A French-leaning menu has become Retan’s signature and this residency will be no different, with Dallaway creating an a la carte offering inspired by the cuisine, and Dewar has taken care of the drinks list, sourcing low-intervention wines from across Europe.

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RAYE THE STORE

15th September - 27th October 2022
310-312 Regent Street, 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 latest edition of the pop-up shop on Regent Street features products from over 100 innovative brands, 80% of which are vegan and 90% of which are from the UK, including Beam, These Days, Glaize, Headstand, Fatso, Wednesday’s Domaine, Casa Cura, Nouveau, Spruce, Something & Nothing, and Citizens of Soil. As the pop-up has been done in collaboration with Patch Plants, the store will be decked out in plenty of green, all of which will be shoppable, as well as showcasing the other brand stories and products in all their glory.

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HOKO CAFE

20th September - 20th November 2022
224 Brick Lane, London E1 6SA, UK

They’ve already popped up at Westgate Street Market serving Hong Kong French toast and milk tea, and now Hong Kong milk tea specialists HOKO are opening their own pop-up cafe. HOKO Cafe on Brick Lane will be serving up HK milk tea alongside a range of French toasts, sandwiches, rice dishes and sharing snacks for two months, and it’s walk-ins only, so head down there for a real taste of Hong Kong.

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BROKE BOUTIQUE POP-UP SHOP

20th - 26th September 2022
47 Stoke Newington High St, London N16 7PB, UK

With Broke Boutique, fashion designer G Martin makes rubber pieces out of reclaimed materials, and now G is popping up in Stokey with a whole host of other brands in tow. You’ll be able to shop clubwear, lingerie, jewellery, prints, lampshades, cakes and accessories from the likes of Rosanna Bishop, HICCUP, Velbet Rebel, Cockney Cowgirl, Boob Bag, Dotties Handbags and more, and there’ll also be flash tattoos, live drawing, nipple tassel making and UV painting workshops to get involved in too.

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WUNDERBAR AT PERGOLA PADDINGTON

30th September - 30th October 2022
££
5 Kingdom St, London W2 6PY, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 4:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 4:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 4:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 4:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 10:30 PM

It’s that time of the year again, Oktoberfest is coming to town and Pergola Paddington is pulling out the stops. After a sell-out year in 2021, Wunderbar is back at the alfresco drinking and dining venue, bringing plenty of pints in steins along with it. For the whole month, Pergola will be transformed into a traditional beer hall decked out with garlands, streamers and long communal tables. You’ll be able to drink a whole range of authentic German beers and chow down on Bavarian food while an Oom-Pah band soundtracks. Fancy dress is encouraged, with prizes awarded to those best dressed, and tickets start at £15 (including a free pint or beer cocktail) – but head over on Wednesdays or Sundays for free entry.

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ADAM'S AT SNACKBAR

9th September - 9th December 2022
Snackbar, Dalston Lane, London, UK

For three months, pop-up LGBTQ+ bar Adam’s will take over Snackbar in Dalston, transforming the cult fave cafe into a nighttime spot on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Adam’s is a concept created by Adam Caddy, previously of Brasserie Zedel, Annabel’s, Quo Vadis and Century Club, who has witnessed London lose 58% of its LGBTQ+ spaces over the last decade. Caddy wants Adam’s to help correct that loss, intending to launch more pop-ups in other boroughs after its debut at Snackbar. The 65-cover cafe-cum-bar (including space for 30 outside) will serve up a menu of classic cocktails, beers from Two Tribes brewery and a rotating list of wines. Plus, the spot will be decked out with selected sketches by painter and designer Samson Dougal, who’s dressed the likes of Rihanna, Beyonce and Paloma Faith, which will be available to purchase.

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HAPPY ENDINGS AT THE HATCH

August - October 2022
100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ, UK

Goddard & Gibbs have joined forces with Happy Endings for their new pop-up, The Hatch, which is a literal hatch on the side of the restaurant that’ll be dishing out Happy Endings’ speciality ice creams. Happy Endings debuted their soft serves at a pop-up kiosk in Victoria Park last month, and now you’ll be able to grab some in Shoreditch too, with flavours including a classic vanilla soft serve, a vegan whipped mango sorbet, or a mix of both, with the classic ice cream sandwiches also available. Or, try one of the signature sundaes exclusive to The Hatch, like the Drive Thru (vanilla soft serve, dulce de leche, Chipstix & smoked Maldon salt), the Nut Sundae (vanilla soft serve, Original Beans chocolate sauce & soy caramel cashews) and the Float Your Boat (vanilla soft serve, fresh banana, palm sugar honeycomb, morello cherries, whipped cream, pecans & sprinkles).

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DARJEELING EXPRESS AT THE PEMBROKE

24th August - 26th November 2022
61 Old Brompton Rd, Kensington, London SW5 9JA, UK

Ever since Asma Khan announced that she was closing Darjeeling Express in Covent Garden back in the spring, we’ve been waiting to hear where she’s moving the restaurant too, and now we know…..sort of. The permanent new location hasn’t been revealed yet but in the meantime, Asma is taking Darjeeling Express out west and popping up in Kensington pub The Pembroke until the end of November. Open for lunch and dinner service Wednesdays – Saturdays, the pop-up Darjeeling Express will serve a smaller menu but one that will be packed with hits, including chicken pakora, lentil fritters with tamarind & green chilli chutneys, tangra prawns, beef tamatar gosht, methi chicken, and cheese & green chilli chutney and potato, chilli & cashew toasties.

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RITES RELOVE POP-UP

Until January 2023
4 Broadway Market, London, UK

Fashion resale and rental platform Rites is popping up on Broadway Market with Rites Relove. The pop-up, designed to reduce clothing waste by keeping garments in circulation, will stock an edit of preloved, sample and archive clothing, accessories and bags from brands like Stine Goya, Rixo, and Faithfull the Brand, with prices slashed by up to 80%. There’ll be some vintage goodies from the likes of Gucci, Miu Miu and Balenciaga in store too alongside beauty and homewares from Sustainable Dept. Store.

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LUCKY BUNS AT CAROUSEL'S NO.23

Until end of 2022
£££
19-23 Charlotte St., London W1T 1RL, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 11:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 11:30 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 11:30 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 11:30 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 11:30 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM

After christening their new incubator space No.23 with Goila Butter Chicken, Carousel has welcomed its next resident, Lucky Buns, and it’s the first opening outside of the States for the East Coast burger brand founded by Alex McCoy. Lucky Buns takes inspo from different burger cultures from around the world, so you can expect absolutely stacked burgers like the Lucky Bun (double beef patties, gouda cheese, Lucky sauce, rocket, charred red onion & house dill pickles), the Bogan Bun (double beef patties, bacon, gouda cheese, bacon XO jam, Lucky sauce, rocket, charred red onion & house dill pickles) and the Hot Tiger Bun (fried chicken thigh, spicy AF habanero-Szechuan chilli oil, buttermilk ranch, Chinese mustard & shaved onion), alongside sides like Mumbo Nugs (crispy buttermilk chicken, spicy Thai chilli mumbo sauce, fried, chillies, peanuts & herbs), Loco Moco fries with Hawaiian curry gravy, and Dirty Cadillac Nachos (with braised pinto beans, dive bar green chilli queso & charred jalapeno crema). Go hungry because these are monster burgers and go thirsty because they’ve got frozen raspberry margs on the drinks list.

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CHOO CAFÉ

Until 30th September 2022
Harrods, Brompton Road, London, UK

Think pink at Harrods this summer because the department store has opened a VERY fuchsia pop-up cafe in collaboration with Jimmy Choo in the shoe department – where else? The Choo Café, with its bold pink decor, mirrored accents and branded cutlery and crockery, is glam to the max (as you’d expect from the brand) and extremely Instagrammable. The menu includes patisserie like raspberry croissants, chocolate & salted caramel eclairs and pink champagne & summer berry jellies; picnic sandwiches; smoked salmon & cucumber and mozzarella & proscuitto open-faced ‘choux crostini’; and JC logo-dusted coffees.

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MIFFY AT ICHIBA

11th July - 30th September 2022
££
Ichiba 0220 Relay Square Westfield, London W12 7HB, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM
  • Thursday: 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Beloved bunny Miffy is taking over Japanese food hall Ichiba this summer with a menu of cute food creations. There’ll be Miffy lattes, Miffy-shaped buns filled with red bean paste, carrot-shaped buns with matcha custard, matcha buttercream Miffy cookies and more, with plenty of Miffy cooking tools and merch on offer too. You’ll also be able to drop into craft activities and origami workshops over the school holidays too.

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TACOS PADRE SUMMER EVENING POP-UP

5th May - autumn 2022
The Borough Market Kitchen Padre, Winchester Walk, Jubilee, London SE1 9AG, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 4:00 PM, 6:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 4:00 PM, 6:30 – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, 7:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Nick Fitzgerald is bringing the summer evening pop-up back to Tacos Padre for its third season this year. 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 oysters divorciados, crab tostada with guajillo & tamarind, roasted sweet potato flauta, Baja-style fish tacos, Iberico al pastor with pickled pineapple, gilt head bream with shiso ceviche, confit pork chop cochinita with charred x-ni-pec, smoked celeriac with orange habanero glaze & macadamia sikil pak, chocolate & mezcal and black sesame & ginger soft serve, and bueñuelos with morita cajeta. As well as classic and frozen margs, Padre will also be pouring aji limon and Alphonso mango & morita chile cocktails, natty wines and beers from Mexico and London.

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CHERRY BLOSSOM GARDEN AT QUEEN OF HOXTON

Until end of summer 2022
££
1 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3JX, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Thursday: 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Friday: 4:00 PM – 2:00 AM
  • Saturday: 11:30 AM – 2:00 AM
  • Sunday: 2:00 – 9:30 PM

The Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop has been transformed into a perfectly pink cherry blossom garden for the summer. As well as escaping the hustle of Shoreditch in the petal-and-lantern bedecked space, you can sip on Yuzu Cute, Candy Girl and Melon Rocks cocktails and tuck into gochujang beef and chicken katsu burgers whislt enjoying the longest cherry blossom season in town.

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EAST MEETS EAST

10th May - 11th October 2022
££
510b Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AB, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Thursday: 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Friday: 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Saturday: 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
  • Sunday: 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Korea is coming to Dalston as chef Joo Won of Cálong London and Jinro soju take over Three Sheets this summer. East Meets East will be running for six months, with a monthly changing menu of Korean cocktails and paired bar snacks, with drinks including a Blossom Martini (Jinro Chamisul Fresh, Sakura Vermouth, Geranium), an ‘Old Fashioned’ (Jinro Chamisul Original, Coconut, Oak, Benzoin) and a Shiso + Plum (Jinro Plum, Shiso, Anise, Gin, Soda), with a monthly secret off-menu shot. The festival is kicking off on 10th May with spesh six-course dinner from Joo Won, featuring dishes like Jinro fried chicken & chilli sauce, Iberico pork belly bulgogi & vermicelli japchae and chocolate cremeux with yuzu compote & hoji tea cream, and there’ll also be a closing party to wrap things up in October.

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12 PICCADILLY ARCADE

Until December 2022
12 Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1Y 6NH, UK

Westminster City Council has taken over unit 12 in Piccadilly Arcade and turned it into a pop-up boutique, where a range of emerging and indie brands across sustainable fashion and homeware are able to take up residence, using it as a shop, working studio and living lab. You’ll be able to check out the likes of Lone Design Club, Angie Power, CQ Studio, L Saha, TSAU and Supernaturae, with more brands still to be announced.

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ROOF EAST

14th April – end of September 2022
££
7 & 8 Stratford Multi Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Rd, London E15 1XE, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM

Fancy playing a round of crazy golf, belting out some karaoke, hitting some bullseyes or stretching out with some yoga? Well you can do it all at Roof East. Yes the Stratford rooftop is jam-packed with street food, bevvies and activities, including batting cages, jenga, and ping-pong not to mention the mega views over the Olympic Park.

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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.

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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.

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