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YOUR AUGUST AGENDA | Pop Up London 2016
We're about to make a joke about time travel.
You didn't like it.
...Mostly because the prospect of skipping more than a month into the future and missing what may well be the greatest August in London's history is simply too terrifying to contemplate. What makes it so great? Well, ahem, see below:
Holding a festival by the edge of a river is always a good idea.
You can bank on it.
And debuting this year in the water-adjacent Fulham Palace, CBTRT is a festival of "bands & brewers, authors & artists, thinkers & drinkers"...but mostly bands, which will include Low, Beth Orton, Super Furry Animals, and dozens more.
You'll also find smaller stages, marquee tents, and grand halls with lectures, poetry, and movie screenings - and to top it all off, there'll be a dozen food trucks and a "10 mile beer festival" featuring only brews made within 10 miles of the site itself.
Details: 6th-7th August | Fulham Palace, Bishop’s Avenue, SW6 6EA | £62-£111
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"Fair is foul, and foul is fair, hover through fog and filthy air"
You can tell Shakespeare lived in London when he wrote that.
So it's only fitting that BWHB are letting Londoners virtually explore the brutal world of Macbeth’s Scotland via "audio-immersive technology" (really good headphones) during this production. Pitched as an immersive, choose-your-own-adventure affair, the show moulds itself around your actions, leading to 18 unique endings with over 180 different routes to get there. It's fully interactive, and only a dozen audience members will be able to take part at a time.
It would be a tragedy if you didn't go.
Details: 3rd-5th August | The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, NW8 8EH | £14.50-15.50
It’s not every day that Somerset House opens its humongous gates for the start of The Film4 Summer Screen. It’s one specific day. The 4th of August.
Details: 4th-17th August | Somerset House, WC2R 1LA | £16-24 (plus booking fees)
You look like you're in the mood for a little free entertainment on the Southbank this summer.
Specifically a lineup from Latitude Festival from the 5-7th of August, that takes over the outdoor River Stage, and fills it with performers like Tina C and plays like A Midsummer Night's Dream.
...Plus an apothecary cocktail bar, a pizza truck, and an ice cream & gelato van just for good measure.
Well, we have just the thing.
Details: 5th-7th August | National Theatre River Stage, Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX | Free
If you thought the world's craziest race was the Dutch, you'd be wrong. And also a little racist. It's The Rat Race - a 10k with over 35 obstacles, including a 50ft water slide, a bunch of giant inflatables, and "the biggest water jump in any UK race".
Plus? It's all for charity.
Details: 13th August | Starting at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre, E16 1XL | £70, plus £10 minimum donation
In America, a jerk fest is a Donald Trump rally.
In the UK, it's a 9 hour long rooftop party in Peckham, with DJs playing Jamaican vibes, cult film screenings, a rum punch relay, a live graffiti mural, a rum bar, and a a jerk BBQ competition pitting venerable grillers like Cottons Rhum Shack, White Men Can’t Jerk, and Rudie’s against one another.
Which is better? You be the judge.
Details: 6th August | Bussey Roof Top Bar, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST | Free entry, £5 to sample all the BBQ dishes & vote in the competition
Brixton to Rio is approximately 5,754 miles.
It's a bit much.
So the people at POP Brixton have decided to just recreate Rio over here instead, with live drummers, samba dancers, Brazilian bands, DJs, capoeira, street food, craft beers, cocktails ...oh, and big screens showing the Olympics.
Details: 6th August | POP Brixton, SW9 8PQ | £5
For five days this August, The National Theatre is turning into a 50-seat, popup cinema named The Deck, and it's be showing War Horse. Only - shocking twist! - it's not the Oscar-baiting Spielberg movie, but rather a filmed version of their deeply acclaimed stage production.
Details: 15th-19th August | National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX | £25
Everyone loves a friendship with benefits.
Especially when it’s an actual ship, with Benefit Cosmetics – who are teaming up with Experience Cinema (that’s the folk behind outdoor cinema favourite, the Rooftop Film Club), to bring you three nights of classic film screenings against the cinematic backdrop of the Southbank sunset. ON A BOAT.
Details: 10th-12th August | Victoria Embankment, WC2N 5DJ | £25 (including Pimms & popcorn)
This month, KERB are launching their biggest street food lineup to date in Camden Market, with 35 traders (Mother Clucker, Kimchinary, Oli Baba’s, etc.) running 7 days a week, and taking only one single day off each year.
It must be Christmas.
Details: Launching August 12th | Camden Market West Yard, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AF
London must have been a nun in a previous life. Because it's now getting its biggest craft beer festival to date, with over 30 brewers gracing the city's tongues with their quenching wares, plus their now-famed onglet steak grill, and a soundtrack of a live acoustic lineup of bands (the Mystery Jets, Spectrasoul, etc.).
Details: 12th-14th August | Oval Space, E2 9DY | £25-130
Once upon a time, summer camp was the best way for your parents to ruin your school holiday with, ugh, more education.
Now, thanks to food-driven collective At The Table, it's the best way to not-ruin your summer, by hosting classes on everything from home fermenting & pickling (by Raw Duck), perfume making (by the Experimental Perfume Club), and dumpling making (by Dumpling Shack).
Details: Various dates throughout August | | £40-80
More Red Stripes than a sunburnt zebra.
These are the things that make the Notting Hill Carnival the Notting Hill Carnival. And they'll all be there this year too, with a pre-carnival street party to boot.
Details: 27th-29th August | Notting Hill | Free
Named after what surely must have been a lengthy, intense meeting, The Good Food Festival is exactly that. It's set in Hampton Court Palace, and there'll be:
1) 100 artisan producers slinging everything from oysters, to sausages, to brownies, to crepes.
2) A 300 seat Summer Kitchen Theatre, where you'll see Paul Hollywood, John Torode, and Michel Roux Jr. live on stage.
3) Live music from bands like The Polka Dots, Cody and the Retro Boys, and jazz outfit Doolally Tap.
4) A team of "historic chefs" who'll be roasting meat in the huge, original Tudor-era kitchen.
5) The world’s largest grapevine. Seriously.
And no, it's not just a rumor.
Details: 27th-29th August | Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, KT8 9AU | Free
LW has been delightfully freaking people out for the last couple of months with their unique mix of cabaret, circus, burlesque, and comedy. And now, it's all a little bigger, because as of this month they've reopened with fairground rides and two brand new bars.
Two things that go together very well.
Details: Throughout August | Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road Coach Park, SE1 8XX | Free entry
This month, head to a High Rise where as soon as Little Miss Sunshine stops The Shining, the Goodfellas at Rooftop Film Club will Step Up and show a few of The Usual Suspects on their popup cinemas ...and here's everything elsethey're showing.
Details: Throughout August | Various Rooftops Across London | £15
Being unveiled this month is Farmopolis, and it'll be turning Greenwich Peninsula into a verdant, plant filled, activity-laden, permanent cultural hub hovering on stilts above the Thames. And if it sounds nuts... that’s because it is.
Details: Throughout August | The Jetty, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 0FL | Free
If the phrase "Merchant Square" doesn't immediately conjure up images of zorbing on a canal in a giant inflatable hamster ball, don't worry.
Because not only can you actually do that there this August, for free, but you can head into the recreated Crystal Maze (complete with dome), watch the Olympics in a deck chair, check out their weekly street market, and a lot more.
Details: Various dates throughout August | Merchant Square, Paddington, W2 1AJ | Free
Surprising fact: Saudi Arabia imports sand from Australia.
Less surprising fact: The Roundhouse in Camden also has to import sand - around 150 tons of it in fact - to create their now-annual urban beach, upon which they have cocktail bars, beach BBQ (rum & coke spare ribs, swordfish and deep fried polenta, etc.), and lots of live music.
Details: Now- 29th August | Camden Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH | Free
We all know how competitive the title of "Europe's highest croquet lawn" is. Truly, empires have risen and crumbled in its pursuit.
So, at a mere 800ft in the air, it's not clear how long our fair capital will be able to hold onto the coveted crown. But while it does, you can snag yourself a round in this newly installed green at The View from The Shard, with 15 minute play through, and a bottle of Pimms Cider Cup to help you around. There's no time limit to enjoying the view, and if it's ruined by clouds you can return for free.
Details: Now-Sunday 21st August | The Shard, SE1 9SG | £30
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: 4th August | 44 Essex Road, N1 8LN | £7
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: Now-30th September | Madame Tussauds, Marylebone Road, NW1 5LR | £46.50-£66.50
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
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
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
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 (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
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
...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
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
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
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
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
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).
Details: Every Saturday throught August | Euro Car Parks 162-167 Shoreditch High Street E1 6HU | Free
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
Welcome to Kinema and Kocktails: a series of klassic films shown by Kellar Door in their small, intimate bar. August films are all "Marilyn Monroe’s Most Majestic Movies". You can expect inclusive themed kocktails, free popcorn, and a silent short accompanied by a live piano performance with each screening.
Details: Every Sunday through summer | Cellar Door, Aldwych, WC2E 7DN | £15
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.
Details: Various dates | All across London
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.
Details: Saturdays, January - December 2016 | Cutty Sark, Greenwich, SE10 9HT | £14
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.
Details: Saturdays, 9am - 4pm | Druid St, SE1 2HH
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.
Details: Every Thurs/Fri/Sat | 19 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3EJ | free before 7pm, £3 thereafter
Jimmy Garcia is back with what we can only assume will be another excellent popup. Here's what's going down. The starters: crispy oysters, whipped smoked cod's roe, etc. The Surf: 1/2 a lobster. The Turf: cote de boeuf. The desserts: Pimm's royale granita, raspberry bakewell, Earl Grey panna cotta, etc. The booze: 10 pint beer kegs for the table, themed cocktails, and more.
Details: Various dates throughout August | The Lodge, 409 Clapham Rd, SW9 9BT | £40
NOTE: If you're a Nudge Member (or if you simply sign up for a free trial) you'll get a free extra course, extra cocktails, and a free nightcap, too.
We all know that the best way to celebrate The Olympics is karmically balance out the athlete's extreme fitness by sitting down, and eating a lot of delicious food.
And thanks to Grub Club, you can do exactly that this month at Anise Bar, where they're bussing in a global array of chefs representing Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa to cook up dishes from their native continent.
Details: Various dates throughout August | Anise Bar, 9 Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YL | £35-40
Popping up in Kentish Town for three months, the idea behind CR is simple: Italian food from a Sicilian chef using hyperlocal British ingredients. Tjose ingredients are sourced from as close to the popup itself as possible, with bread, pasta, meat, herbs, and vegetables all coming from the nearest three postcodes. On the menu, you'll find things like 'nduja & mascarpone bruschetta, artichoke ravioli, and sweet gnocchi with a molten Nutella filling.
Details: 2nd August-November | The Rose and Crown, 71-73 Torriano Ave, NW5 2SG
It's probably the world's most vampire-proof country.
And a healthy tolerance for garlic isn't the only thing that it's cuisine has to offer; up and down the country, each region has its own unique and delicious forms of feasting - a fact that has not escaped the attention of chef Rose Lloyd Owen of Peardrop London.
So on the 11th & 12th of August, she's hosting a feast that will explore the very best of these regions, as part of the charity aiding #DineDanceDonate series held at plush Hackney members club The King's Head. Head HERE to find out more.
Details: 11th-12th August | The King's Head, 257 Kingsland Rd, E2 8AS | £40
As part of supperclub pioneers Terry and George's tour of the UK to promote their new book Feeding Friends, they'll be happy to briefly promote you from the position of "random stranger" to "friend" for the night - expect inventive dishes like their Crabuccino (Whitby crab, vermouth, fennel, roe dust) and Our kid (goat, green sauce, tomato, marrow), and hopefully a quick catch up.
Details: 24th August | Long White Cloud, 151 Hackney Rd, E2 8JL | £35
Traditionally, they take a few years to establish.
But the people at The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch never were ones to follow the rules, so theirs are relatively new. And very, very welcome. Because one of them is the Boogaloo Boil; an all-you-can-eat crawfish feast taking place this August Bank Holiday, with complimentary whisky punch & live music.
Details: 28th August | The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch, 134-136 Curtain Rd, EC2A 3AR | £35
In between their day job of catering Michelin-level private dining experiences, the chefs at Caissons like to run the occasional Michelin-level public dining experience, too... upon which praise is generally lavished so aggressively that they've now decided the best course of action is, naturally, to open another one.
And this time, there are interactive tasting menus.
Details: Throughout August | 1 Cathedral Street, SE1 9DE | £45
NOTE: If you're a Nudge Member, you'll get a free bottle of wine, too. Naturally. Details HERE.
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: Now-7th August | The Fish Market, 16 New St, EC2M 4TR
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: 21st August | 45 Aldwych, WC2B 4DW | £25
We're not sure if this is a very elaborate prank or not, but the people at Mac & Wild want to serve you branch, but 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, and then give 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
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
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
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)
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).
Details: Various dates across August | A Secret N1 Location | £30 - £40
One part 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 August sees a Dim Sum Special.
Details: 13th, 20th & 17th August | A Secret Location | £35
Who: Monograph Supper Club.
What: Contemporary Japanese dishes.
When: Every Friday throught August
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 August, 7pm | Hackney (exact location provided at time of booking) | £29 BYOB
The Experimental Cocktail Club are, well, experimentally taking over Shoreditch basement bar Joyeux Bordel this month, renaming it Tiki Bordel, and filling it with authentic palm matting, surfing accessories, vibrant floral wallpapers, banana trees, Caribbean guest bartenders, and rum-driven cocktails.
Of course, that means that whereas the name Joyeux Bordel literally meant "happy mess" in French, it now means ...tiki mess?
What a happy mess.
Details: 2nd August-13th September | Joyeux Bordel, 147 Curtain Road, EC2A 3QE
When people usually mix their own rum, it's with coke.
When the people at the Duppy Share invite you to mix your own rum, it's at a blending masterclass in which they'll take you on a taste-tour of the different rum styles from the various Caribbean islands, give you a nip of all the raw base spirits, and let you blend your own unique bottle to take home.
Details: 3rd August | Lenman Street Tavern, 31 Leman St, E1 8PT | £10
Sipsmiths was the first copper pot distillery to open in London for 189 years.
It sound impressive...
...until you learn that they're also the first distillery to open a gin-based popup terrace bar in the vaunted restaurantCraft London during summer of 2016 ever. It'll have a cocktail menu designed by the master distiller, excellent bar bites, and gin masterclasses.
Details: 3rd August-20th September | Craft London, 1 Green Place, Peninsula Square, SE10 0SQ
After ABQ - the Breaking Bad-inspired cocktail-making RV - left town for a brief jaunt across the Channel, London began to get the shakes and go through some pretty heavy withdrawal.
Well, thankfully, it has returned.
And as of this month, they'll be back serving up their classic brand of mind-blowing cool, science-y cocktails "cooked" by you while dressed in the classic yellow overalls. Phew.
Details: From 5th August | An RV, 455 Hackney Road, E29DY | £30
Despite the name, this is anything but a garden variety popup bar.
Throughout August and September, the Geffrye Museum will open its perfectly preserved 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th century style gardens to the drinking public, with rotating guest 'tenders (from Background Bars, Sweetdram, etc.) creating cocktails from the ingredients found growing in the very gardens themselves.
Details: Various dates from August 5th | Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, E2 8EA | £3 entr
Does a popup tiki bar serving juicy Pina Coladas, Mai Tai’s, Zombies, and Hurricanes to go with the Caribbean BBQ, hula dancers, limbo, fire breathers, and drummers on an enormous outdoor beach sound good to you?
Because Spirit of Tiki has fifteen of them.
Yes, there's basically a small village of Pacific style rum bars popping up at the now-sand-filled urban beach in Greenwich, where your ticket will net you a free cocktail and a take-home tiki mug to drink it out of.
Details: 14th-15th August | Beach 338 , 338 Boord Street, Greenwich, SE10 0PF | £15
Introducing The Little Garden; a popup gin bar at The Distillery Bar (not an actual distillery) run by Little Bird Gin (an actual distillery) complete with a gin-infused tasting menu to pair with the cocktails - you'll find Negroni marinated tiger prawns, and gin & tiger's milk tuna ceviche, and more.
Details: Now-early September | Hilton London Bankside, 2-8 Great Suffolk Street, SE1 0UG
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 | Roof East, Stratford Centre Broadway, E15 1XE | £20
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
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.
Details: Various dates throughout summer | A Secret Location | £20-£130
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 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.
Details: Now-August 14th, Weds-Sat 5pm-12am (2am on Fri/Sat) till August | The Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB | £39
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.
Details: Now-7th August | £20-40
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?
Details: Now-2017 | Unit 1110/1111, Westfield Stratford, E20 1EJ
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.
Details: Various dates throughout summer | A Secret Peckham Location
Main image: London Wonderground
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