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YOUR JULY AGENDA | Pop Up London 2016

You know what the secret to a good event 

 

is? Timing. 

And going purely by the weather, daylight hours, and sheer vibe, timing-wise London in July is tough to beat. And to prove it, here's what's in store...

THINGS TO DO (July 2016)

Tipple on the Thames

Fancy drinking like a fish with the fish? 

Then TotT is for you. It's "the capital’s first floating artisan festival", in which they're loading up a boat with a live band, DJs, hand craft ales & ciders, small batch spirits, and food stalls. You'll get a complimentary cocktail the moment you step aboard, and free entry to a central London nightclub the moment you disembark. 

The water won't be blue, but neither will you. 

Details: 2nd July | Departing from Festival Pier at 7pm | £25

The Masonic Masquerade 

Doing absolutely nothing to help the image of Masons as a secretive, cultish organization, the MM is a wild evening in a stunning Masonic temple in central London, with acrobats, sword swallowers, snakes, scorpions, lizards, fire breathers, occult readings, and mahogany thrones. 

Details: 2nd-3rd July | St Anne's Gardens, W1D 6AF | £15-£25

Keeping Up With The Joneses


Cocktails in detergent bottles. Edible gin toothpaste. Macaron dish-washer tablets. 

It all sounds like good, clean fun. 

And it's what you can expect in just one of the seven rooms you'll be guided around at London's next great pop-up experience, KUWTJ. The others contain things like a giant dishwasher you can climb inside, a washing powder snow-storm, a feather-filled pillow fight space, a disco laundrette... and at the end of it all a zen garden bar where you can spend the rest of the evening. 

COMPETITION! And just because we love you and want you to be happy, we're giving away three pairs of VIP tickets absolutely free to Keeping Up With The Joneses on either 7th or 8th July each of which include a mini food & drink experience, 2 cocktails per person from the Zen Garden and Dirty Laundry Bars, and a luxury food hamper for two containing Mrs Jones' classic British picnic favorites, a bottle of prosecco, and a picnic rug. (Enter by clicking the big ENTER button on this page) PLEASE NOTE THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED. 

Details: 7th-10th July | 10 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DU | £17.50 - £52.50

The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre


Three things you might not have known: 

1) Britain has its own lucha libre wrestling stars, including masked heroes like Pure Britannico and exóticoCassius. 

2) They're going to be joined by Mexican ring-dwellers like Silver King (from the film Nacho Libre), and the alluring Chika Tormenta at The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre this July for two days of riotously acrobatic anonymous mayhem in London. 

3) Gingerbread men were invented by Elizabeth 1st. 

And two of those are very, very relevant to your July diary. 

Details: 1st-2nd July | York Hall, 5 Old Ford Rd, E2 9PJ | £20-£35

Night Tales 

Night Tales returneth. And this time around? It comes complete with a massive sun terrace, private dining areas, and:

NEW FOOD - With newcomers like Rudie’s, Slice Guys, The Good Egg, and Nanny Bill’s. 

NEW BARS - You can take a jaunt over to Coco's Rum Shack, a Thai beer bar, the Lazy Flamingo bar; or ENTER.Sake.

NEW MUSIC - The all-new DJ lineup will kick off with Eddie Richards over the opening weekend, and feature spinners like Rudimental, Groove Armada, Norman J, Maribou State, and more. 

Details: Weekends throughout July | 1-2 Hepscott Road, E9 5HB | £3

Independence Day Hot Dog Eating Competition 

Yes, the Americans won the battle for their independence... but did they win the war? 

Also yes. 

And they're celebrating that victory 240 years later by inviting you to eat as many Big Apple hotdogs as you're physically able to in half an hour, for free, at the Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch. The winner gets £50 voucher, an Uber ride home, and "unending glory". Spectators get a live brass band, apple pie sundaes, and free beer (if you bring your American passport). 

Details: 4th July | The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch, 134-136 Curtain Rd, EC2A 3AR | Free

Thom Foole's House Party

Immersive comedy. Yes, that's what living in the UK frequently feels like, but in the case of Thom Foole's House party, that's literally what it is. Expect cabaret, DJs, impromptu games, booze, and a cast of absurdly funny comedians. 

Details: 7th July & 4th August | 44 Essex Road, N1 8LN | £7

Hackney Summer Fete

What do you call a collection of craft stalls, food & drink markets, live bands, donkey rides, dog shows, theatrical performances, DJs, local breweries, petting zoos, and vintage fairs taking place this month in a verdant green space in Hackney? 

Some would say it's fete. 

Details: 9th July | St. John at Hackney Church, Lower Clapton Rd, E5 0PD | Free

Bastille Festival

Most countries celebrate a prison break with a nation-wide manhunt. The French call them "Bastille Day", and throw a nation-wide party each year. 

That party is so big in fact, it occasionally spills out over The Channel and into places like Borough Market, which this year will be stuffed with macaroons, crepes, croissants, cheeses, charcuterie, vanilla & framboise doughnuts, free cooking demos, wine flights, Parisian folk music, live Gypsy jazz bands, Pétanque courts, and table football. 

Details: 10th July | Borough Market, Bankside, SE1 1TL | Free

The Chap Olympiad 

Over the past two and a half thousand years, the Olympics have become gradually more and more obsessed with clothes. At first, athletes were naked. Then clothes became, ugh, mandatory. And now the gents at The Chap Olympiad are taking things one step further with their 9th annual 'celebration of sporting ineptitude and immaculate trouser creases'. 

Witness events like the The Corby Trouser Press Challenge (contestants run a 10-yard course changing & pressing their trousers at each lap) and the Tea Pursuit (fill your team member’s teacup from a tea pot while riding a bicycle, and don’t forget to put the milk in last), then take in the usual Bourne & Hollingsworth cocktails, a hog roast, afternoon tea, and an actual wedding

Details: 16th July | Bedford Square Gardens, Bloomsbury | £25-£30

Citadel Festival 

Citadel Festival is back, so let's all just take a moment to appreciate the fact that with the year's lineup including long table feasts from a Michelin-starred chef, popups from Bubbledogs, Patty & Bun, Smokestak, Voodoo Rays, Mr Bao, and more, plus shows from Sunday Papers Live, Stretch Yoga, Sunday Sports Day, Disco Dodgeball, and others... 

...you could have a stunning time without even mentioning the music. Which will see Sigur Ros headlining, along with Lianne La Havas and Faris Badwan (The Horrors), plus Sunday Sessions from Fabric. 

Details: 17th July | Victoria Park, E3 5TB | £55

Twelfth Night….with a Cast of Comedians

All the world's a stage.... 

...especially the large flat bit in front of the rows of seats at the Southbank centre, which is where a cast of comedians will perform an abridged, modernized version of Twelfth Night this July. 

Details: 18th July | The Spiegeltent, London Wonderground at Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX | £15-£21.50

The Game’s Afoot

There's no police like Holmes.

But you're going to have to try and come close, because as one of Scotland Yard's newest recruits, you'll have to channel your inner Sherlock to parse through 100 clues, interview suspects, and make sense of the intricate multi-sensory world laid out in this immersive, Victorian-era detective experience. 

Details: 18th July-30th September | Madame Tussauds, Marylebone Road, NW1 5LR | £46.50-£66.50

River Stage Weekends


You look like you're in the mood for a little free entertainment on the Southbank this summer. 

Specifically a lineup that includes live music, dance, performances, DJs and workshops from across the country, including dance company Rambert, Latitude Festival, and East London's The Glory. With an apothecary cocktail bar, a pizza truck, and an ice cream & gelato van just for good measure. 

Well, we have just the thing. 

Details: 19th July-29th August | Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX | Free

The Summer Circus Lates at The Royal Academy

Roll up, roll up.

The Royal Academy is bringing the classiest circus on earth to its courtyard for one night this month. There will be circus tents, acrobatic displays, fantastical performers, surreal happenings, street food, cocktail bars, and 1.2k works of art.  

Your ticket includes exclusive after-hours entry to the Summer Exhibition and a cocktail. 

Details23rd July | Burlington House, W1J 0BD | £42

MySliceFest

Name your two favourite things. Okay, we can't hear you because this is a webpage, so we'll just go ahead and assume you said "pizza" and "music". Well, you'll be glad to know that they're both coming together this month for MySliceFest. 

There'll be 'za from Scream For Pizza, The Pizza Oven, Garden Grove, NY Fold, MYO Pizza, Baked & Battered, The LAB Pizza, and the Villa Bianca Group - with the soundtrack provided by Bluey Robinson, DJ Luck & MC Neat, Sammy Porter, Delilah, Off Colour, and more. 

Details: 30th July | Wembley Park, HA9 0TU | £15-£49.50

Brixton Beach Boulevard 

Welcome to Brixton Beach Boulevard - a '1980s Miami' popup beach and boulevard in South London with day and night parties, surprise DJ sets, live outdoor screenings, street food, cocktails and much, much more.

Details: Now-27th August | Popes Road, Brixton, SW9 8JH | £5 & up

Pergola on the Roof 

A couple of years ago, the BBC moved out of their White City Television Centre.

And a couple of weeks ago, Pergola on the Roof moved in, covering the entire sunlit rooftop in a gigantic pergola of green creeper vines, blossoming flowers, whitewashed woods, and fairy lights, where guests can enjoy a communal dose of food & drink from Salt Yard, LeCoq, and Patty & Bun. 

So, on balance, it looks like things worked out.

Details: Now-29th August | BBC Television Centre, Wood Lane, W12 7RJ | Free Entry

Harry Potter At House of MinaLima 

Sirius Moneyum

That's the spell that creates dedicated Harry Potter popup shops in Soho's House of MinaLima, with four floors of limited edition prints, replica notebooks, and Hogwarts Acceptance Letters, along with a an exhibition of graphic art and authentic film props.

And apparently, someone just said it. 

Details: Now-2017 | House of MinaLima, 26 Greek Street, W1D 5DE | Free entry

POP Fields

The venue: POP Brixton. 

The players: The biggest screen in South London (for showings of The Euros, Wimbledon, The Olympics, and more), an artificial pitch (for 4-a-side football, basketball, mini-tennis, etc.), and an all-new bar from the Brixton Brewery. 

The score: Let's just say you win. 

Details: Now - End of September | POP Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ | Free

Django Banjo Gold Rush

Django Banjo (the wild west themed popup in Shoreditch) was so successful, it turned into something of a gold mine. So now, they've decided to make that literally the case. The reincarnation of DB takes place in Vauxhall, and will feature an immersive, gold-laden five course meal including the likes of deep-fried crocodile, pulled pork muffnuts, and golden bullion chocolate bars, as well as live music and hidden gold coins (they're not real, calm down - but they can be exchanged for prizes). 

Details: Now-1st Oct | The Yard, 4 Durham Street, SE11 5JA | £35

Wiretapper

Allow us to introduce Wiretapper: a sleek world of surveillance, auditory illusions, and clandestine theatre set around some of the city's most iconic, un-clandestine landmarks. 

And trust us. You've never seen, heard, or done anything like it.

Details: Throughout July | A Secret Zone 1 Location | £20

Secret Theatre Project 

For something named the "Secret Theatre Project", word about these shows sure spreads fast: their 2015 shows all sold out before the first one even opened. They've just returned from another sell-out run in Hong Kong, and are putting on their new immersive London show in a 4-story building in which you will be drawn "directly into the narrative". We'd tell you more, but, you know. It's a secret. 

Details: Now - 7th Aug | A Secret Zone 1 Location | £25

See a Movie On A Rooftop...

...Or in a swimming pool, or a church, or a cemetery, or a historic park. Because we've put together a calendar of every single popup screening taking place this summer.

Details: Throughout the Summer | All Across London 

The Last Days of Shoreditch at RED Market


RED Market is leaving Shoreditch and to celebrate/commiserate that fact they're throwing on a three month popup with 15 street food traders, 5 bars, and a gigantic screen to watch the Olympics on (with  a Brazilian theme night for the opening ceremony, of course). 

Details: Now-27th August | 288 Old St, EC1V 9LA | £5 

Knightmare Live

Remember Knightmare? Of course you do. So you'll glad to know it's back at The Southbank in the form of a interactive theatre show (which had sell-out performances in Edinburgh). Grab tickets while you still can. 

Details: Sundays from Now to July 17th | Udderbelly at Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX | £15.50, Sirloin seats £20.50 (concessions £14)

Bullshit London

Bullshit is a "factually inaccurate walking tour" of London (that still nonetheless allows the occasional scrap of truth to escape) and Standing on the Shoulders of Giants is a new show for 2016. It runs from Moorgate Tube to Bank Station, and takes in the delights of the City out of working hours, hilariously exposing the controversial secrets behind the financial sectors’ dominance.

Details: Every Sunday from Now-Oct 16th | From Moorgate Tube to Bank Station | £10

Dalston Yard

Yes, the people at Street Feast prove that they're not total idiots by bringing back Dalston Yard every Friday and Saturday; you'll find 17 traders, and 134 bars, including Yum Bun, Bleecker Street Burger, B.O.B's Lobster, and more, all summer long.

Details: Every Fri/Sat from 5pm, all summer | Hartwell Street, Dalston, E8 3DU | Free before 7pm, £3 after 

Friday Drinks Market

Setting up in Covent Garden each Friday, the FDM is a bit like a farmers market, except with ALL BOOZE. Expect everything from organic beer, to vodka jelly, to all-natural wines. Why no-one came up with this idea sooner is a mystery. 

Details: Every Friday until 26th August | Startisans, 77 Shelton St, WC2H 9JQ | Free entry

American Bingo Club

"Two fat ladies" - Eighty eight. 

"Droopy drawers" - Forty four. 

"An evening at the ACE Hotel with food, booze, and music, where the prizes range from Sonos speakers to London bungee jumps, and where half the profits go directly to charity" - American Bingo Club. 

DetailsMondays throughout July | ACE Hotel Shoreditch, 100 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JQ | £10

Urban Food Fest


Urban For Fest is exactly what it sounds like. It's urban (in fact, being set in a Shoreditch car park doesn't get much more urban), it's about food (you'll find dozens of rotating street food traders, selling the likes of brioche lobster rolls, Italian pork burgers, to deep-fried Cajun frogs legs), and it's a fest (there's live music, and even theme days). 

DetailsEvery Saturday throught July  | Euro Car Parks 162-167 Shoreditch High Street E1 6HU | Free 

Karaoke Rumble

Fun Fact. In Japanese, Karaoke means "empty orchestra". 

Much Funner Fact. Karaoke Rumble’s back at the Star of Kings, where members of the public get on stage and attempt to sing at least two minutes of their song of choice without being booed off stage by the rabid crowd, all in the hopes of making it to a final battle showdown with another singer. 

You’ve got this in the bag.

Details: 1st Thursday of every month until November, 7.30pm | The Star of Kings, 126 York Way, N1 OAX | Free

Kinema and Kocktails

Welcome to Kinema and Kocktails: a series of klassic films shown by Kellar Door in their small, intimate bar. July films are all "Musicals you can sing along to". You can expect inclusive themed kocktails, free popcorn, and a silent short accompanied by a live piano performance with each screening. 

K?

Details: Every Sunday through summer | Cellar Door, Aldwych, WC2E 7DN | £15

Take in a Show!


Want to go to the theatre, but don't have a list of every single theatre show currently on in London - divided into musical, comedy, drama, and immersive categories - in which every show has been attributed a Rotten Tomatoes-style average score out of ten based on the reviews of London's most preeminent theatre critics? Well, now you have no excuse. 

DetailsVarious dates | All across London

The Royal Maritime Greenwich Ghost Tour

The brand new Royal Maritime Greenwich Ghost Tour is going to be:

1) Weird. And,

2) Result in you exploring hidden laneways, London's oldest park, Charles Dickens' favourite pub, abandoned tunnels, and the darker side of Greenwich World Heritage Site on a 1.5 hour, 2km lantern-lit ghost walk. 

DetailsSaturdays, January - December 2016 | Cutty Sark, Greenwich, SE10 9HT | £14

Druid St Market

Technically not a popup.

Technically a brand new London produce and street food market in Bermondsey with ice cream sandwiches and floats by Blu Top; left field toasties courtesy of FAT by Freddie; and jerk chicken & fish fingers from Only Jerkin'; as well as a host of other stuff.

Mmm, other stuff.

DetailsSaturdays, 9am - 4pm | Druid St, SE1 2HH

Dinerama

We hereby posit that at some point in the near future you will urgently require immediate access to a gigantic day and night street food market located inside a former armoured truck depot featuring 6 eat-in diners; 5 cozy food shacks; 4 cocktail bars; 3 roof terraces; 1 raised, fire pit-laden mezzanine platform; a huge, communal dining area set out over 10,000 sq feet of prime East London real estate; and 2 excellent food trucks.

When that happens, there’s always Dinerama.

DetailsEvery Thurs/Fri/Sat | 19 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3EJ | free before 7pm, £3 thereafter
 

POP UP RESTAURANTS (July 2016)

The Laksa Kitchen

There are there are two basic types of Laksa; “curry" made from coconut milk and “asam” made with a sour tamarind base although there are dozens more regional variants found stretching across Malaysia and into Thailand. And the people at TLK went on a road trip to try them all. Now that it's over, they're bringing you a lineup of the very best ones they found (including the "perfect" Sarawak Laksa) for two weeks in Kentish town. 

Details: Now-14th July | Tolli café, 327 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2TJ

Uncle Monte's & Le Freakshaker at POND


For their own safety, please tell your arteries to look away now. 

Good. Now that we're alone, you can read all about the two summer residencies at POND in Dalston. One of them - Le Freakshaker - involves milkshakes so large they essentially generate their own gravity (we recommend the whiskey, waffle, and maple ice cream Don’t Shake My Hand Gimme Your Car). 

And joining them is Uncle Monte's; purveyors of Monte Cristo sandwiches which are loaded with cheese & meat, deep fried, finished with a dusting with icing sugar, and served with strawberry jam. The classic comes with ham, turkey, Swiss, and a stern warning from your GP. 

Details: Throughout July | POND Dalston, 3 Gillett Street, N16 8JH 

Aperitivo Alla Siciliana with My Hungry Valentine 

Sicily may be known for its Godfather-ey connections, but My Hungry Valentine is here to make you an offer you can't refuse. 

She's going to take you into Casanova & Daughters, a Sicilian deli in Neal's Yard, where you'll sample its wares, take in an olive oil tasting, get a welcome drink, a little background on the volcanic island itself, some wine, and aperitivo plates to share.

...which is a dish best served cold. 

 Details: 6th & 13th July | 6 Neal's Yard, WC2H 9DP  | £35

Thai in a Pie

Joining the hallowed annals of "things that do exactly what they sounds like", Thai in a Pie puts Thai food in pies. The lineup includes numbers like the Panning Gai (with spicy chicken curry, coconut milk, and roasted peanut), as well as sides like their heat-laden Sai Oui sausage rolls. 

Details: 7th July | The Common E2, 53 Old Bethnal Green Rd, E2 6QA

Under the Sea Supper Club 

Despite the weather's best efforts to make the name a very literal reality, The Under The Sea Supperclub is in fact located above ground at Maggie's. You'll find: infinite canapes like foie gras lollipops, sushi which (if you're into it) can be eaten off a model's body as part of their Nyotaimori Experience, a Michelin starred dessert chef, a live Caribbean steel band, and cocktails served in coconuts & pineapples. 

Details: 8th July | Maggie's 329 Fulham Road, SW10 9QL | £40

Independence Day Crawfish Boil

Crawfish: they're like teeny tiny lobsters, and they go well with potatoes, corn on the cob, smoked andouille sausages, more crawfish, unlimited Prosecco, live traditional Louisiana bands, more crawfish, DJs, welcome drinks, more crawfish, and a side of freedom. 

And that's exactly what you're getting at Avenue restaurant this month. 

Details: 9th July | Avenue Restaurant, 7-9 St. James's Street, SW1A 1EE | £60

Prawnography


The people at Prawnography are heading to The Fish Market restaurant this month to supply you with their hardcore seafood brunch. You'll find scallop & bacon rolls, crabmeat soldiers with boiled duck eggs, XL tiger prawn Benedicts, and prawn Bloody Marys made with prawn-infused vodka.

Ooh. La. La.

Details: 9th July-7th August | The Fish Market, 16 New St, EC2M 4TR

Lads Who Lunch

Described as a "Brunch Supperclub", a label which manages to span literally every meal of the day, LWL is a midday Sunday treat unlike any other. You can expect inventive dishes like Cornflake Foam to go alongside hearty classics like The Full English in your six course experience. 

Details: Sundays throughout July (from the 10th) | 45 Aldwych, WC2B 4DW | £25

A Seafood Feast w/ The Kitchen Cooperative

A Seafood Feast couldn't really be more simple: a four course feast of crabs, clams, and fish from Billingsgate cooked French style, and all eaten with your hands, plus a few bottles of French wine.

Just say oui. 

Details: 20th-22nd July | The London Cooking Project, 1 Ethelburga St, SW11 4AG | £56

La Rive Gauche

To celebrate their Fête de la Gastronomie, mustard-slinger Maille are hosting an alfresco dining experience on the Thames by turning the Southbank into Paris’s iconic Left Bank for the night. That means they'll be filing it with snooty waiters long banqueting tables, 150 guests, and dishes like seared tuna tataki with a ponzu dressing, Nduja and mustard scotch eggs, BBQ & Southern-fried Rabbit, and strawberry, basil, and caramel éclairs. 

Details: 26th July | Behind ITV Studios, Southbank, SE1 9PP  | £30

Tacu Tacu Latin Nights

Say the following aloud:

Chocolate ox cheek tacos. Banana bread french toast with margarita cream. Mojito cheesecake. Peruvian octopus burgers. 

Do they sound good coming out of your mouth? Well, they'll be even better going into it. Head here to make that happen. 

Details: 1st July | A private residence in East London (revealed upon booking) | £25

Wild Brunch Club

We're not sure if this is a very elaborate prank or not, but the people at Mac & Wild want to serve you branch... only after you hunt down your own ingredients. To explain: they'll take you for a walk around one of London's woods accompanied by a professional forager, then serve you up pine-cured salmon with scrambled eggs, Scottish Breakfast with white pudding and home-cured bacon, and more, before giving you a gin masterclass with cocktails like the foraged martini (gin, gorse flowers, sweet cicilly).

Details: Saturdays throughout summer | Mac & Wild, 65 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PS | £40 

Smoke and Salt 

Popping up for an entire year, S&S aims to provide "modern dining via ancient techniques". What that means on the menu is dishes like grilled spring lamb with green garlic, and sunchoke pickled okra. 

Details: Now-2017 | 29 Penton Street, N1 9PX

Allihopa


Technically, the closest point to Scandinavia from England is in Norfolk. Figuratively, the closest point to Scandinavia in England is King & Co in Clapham for the next month, as they host Allihopa; a team of Scandi-inspired smoked fish producers (from Norfolk, as it happens) who're slinging home-smoked trout, 48hr salt pork, Swedish meatballs with lingonberry jam, and more. 

Details: Now-3rd July | King & Co. 100 Clapham Park Rd, SW4 7BZ

Christabel's Edible Vacations 

Want a quick, budget-friendly holiday? Instead of simply holding a brochure really, really close to your face, head down to Christabel's for an Edible Vacation. You'll get a suitcase of holiday essentials, including suncream, a towel and sunglasses, and the break will involve building and eating sandcastles. 

Details: 13th July | A secret location | £45

C Food

Taking over a secret Mediterranean-style courtyard in Camberwell, C Food are serving, well, seafood. Mountains of it. It'll come on huge platters accompanied by chilled wines, crusty bread, homemade aioli, olive trees, accordion music, and aquavit. 

C Food... and eat it. 

Details: Now-August 28th | Courtyard at The Employment Acadamy, 29 Peckham Road, SE5 8UA | Table of 4 £120

Chicken of the Woods

Operating out of a '30s-era former cloakroom in the enormously grand Grade II listed Hornsey Town Hall, CotW is a weekly supper club with a difference - once a month, the duo behind it will travel the country for a week looking for new ingredients (and wines) to frame their menus around. The debut night will see dishes like Isle of Wight asparagus with ham stock and unpasteurized creme fraiche, and Dexter beef with charcoal onions. 

Details: Fridays & Saturdays until December | Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre, The Broadway, N8 9JJ | £35 (£60 wine paired)

Christabel’s ‘Parties’

Purple popcorn. Quinoa and pink playdough castles. Chocolate ganache lego with shortbread jenga. 

You'll find all of the above at Christabel's Edible Playground, which should also convince you to go to her Macaroon Art classes, her workshops on 'cocktails and crack' or her Mad Hatter’s Brunch (where fantastical design, banquet feasting, and weird and wonderful flavour combinations reign supreme).

Oh, and she's just added a new cocktail making masterclass too...

Details: Various dates across July | A Secret N1 Location | £30 - £40

Hip Hop Brunch

Two parts hip. One part hop. One part delicious brunch in the form of a 3-course ‘Dirty South’ meal served up alongside an hour of bottomless cocktails which will fuel another (few) hours of glorious hip hop karaoke. 

And this July is their 100th event extravaganza.

Details: July 16th | A Secret Location | £35

Monograph

Who: Monograph Supper Club.

What: Contemporary Japanese dishes.

When: Every Friday throught July

Where: 'An art gallery in a newly refurbished Victorian warehouse' somewhere in Hackney (exact location provided at time of booking)

Why: Because they’re serving watercress, tofu, katsuobushi, red shiso and ponzu; Udon noodles with pork belly and curly kale; 24 hour marinated saikyo-miso salmon with Japanese short-grain rice; and matcha dorayaki.

Details: Every Friday in July, 7pm | Hackney (exact location provided at time of booking) | £29 BYOB

July Supper Clubs

Like every month, this July there’s a really small list of really worthwile supper clubs across London.

Thankfully we’ve taken that list, shortened it once again, and selected, for you, only the best of the best, of the best. They include A Little LusciousnessCuisson's Pop DownAndrea Zagatti, Colours of Modern ItalySup-Ha-Ha; and Chef's Table at Zoe's Ghana Kitchen.

Details: All throughout July, all across London.
 

POP UP BARS (July 2016)

Rooftop Gin Tasting with Spirited Sessions

Altitude. 

It makes booze go to your head.

Which is what makes the Spirited Sessions so perfect: they're a new series of interactive drinks tasting sessions held Roof East. For the debut, you'll get 90 minutes of rare and exclusive gins alongside some delicious locally crafted gin, plus a deep dive into the history of the stuff, and a martini making masterclass to finish. 

Details: Every Saturday from 2nd July | Roof East, Stratford Centre Broadway, E15 1XE | £20

Santa Monica at the SkyLounge 

Skylounge is theming their rooftop bar after Santa Monica. For those who haven't been to Santa Monica, that means:

1) Frozen, Champagne-filled margaritas by the jug

2) Fruit punch, Cali beers, and mimosas

3) Fish tacos, octopus skewers, churros with salted caramel, and more

4) The sun will allegedly come out

Details: Throughout the summer | SkyLounge, 7 Pepys St, EC3N 4AF

Zlatan's Popup

Some would say that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the greatest footballer to ever live. He would disagree. He's the greatesthuman to ever live. So it stands to reason that there would be a popup bar to screen the games of Euro 2016 named after him. You'll find it at Infernos in Clapham, and there will be huge screens, football themed decor, trumpets, sing-a-longs, and "arrogance on tap". 

Details: Various dates throughout summer | Infernos, 146 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UH | £8-12

Candlelight Club

How to create a great popup bar - secret location? Check. Completely lit by candles? Check. 20s theme? Check. Live jazz bands? Check. Burlesque acts? Check. Bar bites like langoustine cocktail and raised game pie? Check

You? Check

Details: Various dates throughout summer | A Secret Location | £20-£130

Palm Club

Palm Club keeps things simple. It's a Tiki bar in Dalston that serves a short list of Pacific-inspired booze including mai tais, watermelon margaritas, pina coladas, and entire pineapples filled with booze for sharing. Nothing more. 

And nothing less. 

Details: Now-2nd July | 14 Bradbury Street, N16 8JN

BIB is back

Box wine doesn't have an excellent reputation. Most wine producers thinking of making it tend to get nervous and bottle it. But not the ones at BIB, who're creating a natural wine taproom filled exclusively with low intervention wines, served from bag-in-box sustainable packaging. Glasses start at just £3, and there's even some sparkling. 

Details: 6pm, every Weds-Sat | Brunswick East Coffee, Gillett Street, Dalston N16 8JH 

Little Nan's Rio Bar

Little Nan is beginning to look immortal. 

The grandma-themed popup bar has gone from strength to strength, and has now reappeared in the secret vaults of the Dalston's Rio cinema, with a '90s party vibe, teapot cocktails, and free pic 'n' mix & popcorn. 

Long may she live. 

DetailsNow-August 14th, Weds-Sat 5pm-12am (2am on Fri/Sat) till August | The Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB | £39

Cocktail Cruise


Cocktail Cruises then: a movie character played by a future crazy person who learns how to juggle bottles at a TGI Fridays.

Cocktail Cruises now: a two-and-a-half hour jaunt down the river Lea filled with delicious & inventive mixed drinks, charcuterie boards, Neal's Yard cheeses, and hopefully more than a little sunshine. 

DetailsNow-7th August | £20-40

The Bat and Ball

There are a lot of pubs named The Bat and Ball.

This one however, has the distinction of actually having bats, balls… and ten table tennis tables to go with them. 

(And if that wasn't enough, it's also got pizzas from the Well St. Pizza Co, a large bar, and a banquet seating area. And they have 40+ craft beers. And it's popping up for an entire year in Stratford.)

Fancy a game?

Love one. 

Details: Now-2017 | Unit 1110/1111, Westfield Stratford, E20 1EJ 

Little Nan's Tropical Den

Please welcome, courtesy of the grandchildren who brought you Little Nan’s Bar and Little Nan’s House Party, after years of planning and preparation, the one, the only, Little Nan’s Cocktail Den.

It regards Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm-12am in a space that looks just like an exaggerated version of an exaggerated version of a stereotypical nan’s living room.

If she lived in the Caribbean.

DetailsVarious dates throughout summer | A Secret Peckham Location

 

Main image: Citadel Festival

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS (for KUWTJ's competition)

We're giving away three pairs of VIP tickets to ‘ Keeping Up With The Joneses’ including a luxury food and drink experience -  2 x cocktails per person to be enjoyed in the Zen Garden and Dirty Laundry Bar and a luxury food hamper including Mrs Jones; classic British picnic favorites with a bottle of prosecco and a picnic rug. Tickets are valid for either Thursday 7th or Friday 8th July 2016. Prize may not be exchanged, but it may be assigned to a friend of the winner’s choosing. You must be aged 18 or over to enter. Entries close at 11:59am on Tuesday 5th July, 2016. Three winners will be selected by a random prize draw and notified on the same day.


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