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YOUR SEPTEMBER AGENDA | Pop Up London 2016
We love September, and not just because it's your birthday.
And if it's not your birthday then please ignore that. But just know that at least a few people got really, really freaked out.
Especially you, Alex.
And to finish our point, the reason we really love September is, well, because there's enough stuff going on to paint this town red twice over. So we recommend you grab a paintbrush and get to work...
Brain surgery. Climate change research. Your plans for one Tuesday of every month, in general, for the rest of time.
Some things are just best left to the professionals.
So we've combined forces with Artist Residence London to deliver a series of monthly talks and Q&As in which industry leaders from some of the most forward thinking art and design studios, brands and publications in the UK will come together in the intimate space that is Clarendon Cocktail Cellar for two hours of talking, open discussion and cocktails.
Details: 6th Sept & 4th Oct | Artist Residence, 52 Cambridge St, SW1V 4QQ
Our in-house Italian translator has told us that in English this means "(wild hand gestures) Metropolitan (wild hand gestures) Market".
It's the first international branch of a Turin-based enterprise of the same name, taking on Borough Market on its own turf by planting itself squarely in Southwark - in a vast, disused paper factory, no less. Find out more right HERE.
Details: Throughout September | 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR | Free
He might be the first politician in history that people actually miss.
So it's no bad thing that now - for four all too brief days start at the end of this month - you can see his whole life played out at the Southbank Centre, thanks to the Cape Town Opera and the Wales Millennium Centre. Find out more right HERE.
Details: Until 3rd Sept | The Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX | £15-60
If there was an Olympic competition for knowing a place with a quirky croquet lawn, irresistible street food and top-notch cocktails, we would definitely medal.
Because we’ve managed to find a Dalston Roof Park with a full-on croquet lawn where you play with flamingo mallets while drinking classic cocktails and eating French American street food and cronuts. Read all about it right HERE.
Details: 1st-4th September | Dalston Roof Park, 18 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL | £7.50
Buying food during the day is so passe. Thankfully, the very hip people at The Epicureans are now launching a night market in Islington, every Saturday throughout September, with equally hip street food slingers like Comfort Kitchen, Tico's, Guasacaca, Chunky Buddha & Cheeky Burger. And don't worry. There'll be plenty of lighting...
...so it won't be a black market.
Details: Saturdays throughout September | Islington Green, Upper Street, N1
Welcome to a immersive theatre experience that's SO immersive, you're technically already in it (as an extra).
The Drop Off will see you take a starring role with "nine million extras" as you travel the capital's more iconic locations by land, rail, and river, as well as taking in a drink or two, interacting with cast members (who may not be able to tall you "the absolute truth") and ending with a speedboat chase, before settling into a bar for some post show drinks.
With 50% off all night.
Details: Dates throughout September | A Secret Zone 1 Location | £60
The Thames. It's very mainstream.
So it's no surprise that there's a month-long festival for it, including river races, regattas, rallies, cruises, exhibitions, a dinner hosted by Tom Aikens at St. Katherine's Docks, and a standup paddle boarding relay taking a bottle of water fro the source of the river in Gloucestershire all the way along its length.
Details: 1-30th September | The Thames
This listing takes place in a Library. So when reading it in your head, please keep your inner monologue down.
And the Library in question is the St. Martin's Lane private members club, who're opening themselves up to the public for a series of popup outdoor cinema screenings. Read all about it right HERE.
Details: 3,4,10, &11th September | The Library, 112 St. Martin's Lane, WC2N 4BD | £20-35
Sea Life After Dark. It's the best place to see life after dark. Why? Because it's an exclusive adults-only, booze-aided look at the city's largest aquarium. And most importantly, it will be, virtually empty compared to whenever you might otherwise visit it.
Details: 9th September | SEA LIFE London Aquarium, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB | £29
Accordion to a recent study, you can replace the first word of a sentence with the name of a classic French instrument used by cliched pastiches of WW2 resistance fighters, and no-one will notice.
And it's that kind of subtletey that you'll need to demonstrate at Maman Le Mot. Find out more about it right HERE.
Details: 9th Sept-26th Nov | A Secret London Bridge Bunker | £17.50 for entry only / £42.50 incl. dinner
After four years of ever growing success by the River Wandle, Beer By The River is now being held in the larger, greener, Tooting Bec Common. Which is nowhere near any rivers. Thankfully, to compensate the organizers at Sambrooks Brewery are bringing in 25 fellow breweries to provide a figurative river of suds, alongside food stalls (The Osystermen, Liberty Cheeseteak, Cake Tails, etc.) and a dozen musical acts including The Balham Ukulele Society, and blues rock band Coffeepot Drive.
Details: 10th September | Tooting Bec Common, SW16 | £8-10
Celebrating the bespeckled genius that is David Hockney, The Royal Academy are setting up a one-night Lates exhibition dedicated to the man. Expect a party with Savage Disco, a Polaroid photo studio (complete with spectacles), a live installation, an iPad drawing workshop, Hockney face painting, speed portrait dating, life drawing, film screenings, cocktails, food stalls, and a prize for the most convincing Hockney outfit worn on the night.
Details: Saturday 10 September | Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD | £35 (includes complimentary cocktail and entry to the ongoing exhibition)
Providing the answers to the questions "what's a good festival this summer", and "where can I find it?", On Blackheath will see bands like Primal Scream, Belle & Sebastian, and Hot Chip, joined by nourishment from a Chef's Banquet with Theo Randall, street food from Anna Mae’s Mac 'n' Cheese, the Burrito Boys, Le Bun, Dough Bros, Popdogs, and more.
Details: 10th&11th September | Blackheath | £30-106
Remember when everyone used to huddle around a campfire on school trips while someone plated the guitar, and you all told stories, and had a singalong? Well, this is like that, except instead of your PE teacher, the person with the guitar is a celebrated folk musician, and there's a full bar stocked with home-made wines, ciders, ales, and mead.
Details: 10th, 16th, and 20th September | Various London Locations | £8-10
Pop Fields is hosting its very own 4-a side football tournament on September the 11th. You can have a team of 5 (with one sub), all 18+, and there are "no studs allowed".
So that rules you out, then.
Details: 11th September | Pop Fields, 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ | £10 per player
No, this is not a list of people Donald Trump blames for his polling numbers.
It is, in fact, a mere smattering of topics that the Crick Crack Club will be tackling for their Epic Sunday storytelling sessions at the British Museum. Find out more HERE.
Details: 11th September (and thought the year) | The British Musuem, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG | £6-8
TLO curate classical concerts, but take the innovative move of making them social, relaxed, intimate, and fun. This September, they're showcasing a pair of gorgeously contrasting pieces with their Back2Back - Beethoven & Barber series; expect a bracing hit from Ludwig Van's 2nd Symphony matched by a heart-meltingly smooth dose of Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto. And ticket start at just at tenner.
So it won't leave you baroque.
Details: 15th & 16th September | Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, Bethnal Green, E2 9DT | £10-65
The Grand in Clapham are holding a Back to the Future night this month. Not only will it cost a single pound to get in, but there'll be retro cocktails, candy floss, unlimited popcorn (for another quid), hotdogs, a 'Johnny B. Goode’ knee slide competition, and prizes for the best Marty and Doc costumes. Oh yes, and there's an afterparty until 3am.
If you don't go, you're probably already fading out of your family photographs.
Details: 16th September | The Grand, 21 - 25 Saint John's Hill, SW11 1TT | £1
Yes, the Bermondsey Street Festival has food stalls. Yes, it has craft brews (from The Southwark Brewery, no less). Yes, it has music and entertainment. All festivals have those. But it also has one thing they don't:
A dog show.
One lucky pup will go from wags to riches if they can impress the judges enough (based on literally no criteria other than "who they like the look of") in what's described as "nothing like Crufts".
Details: 17th September | Bermondsey Street, SE1
Whichever it is, you’re calling the shots.
And if choosing is too hard, it’s probably a good idea to put the 17th & 18th September in your diary and head down to the Tequila & Mezcal Fest at the Boiler House on Brick Lane. Read more right HERE.
Details: 17th & 18th September | The Boiler House, 152 Brick Lane, E1 6RU | Free
"Explorer" used to be a legitimate career choice.
And the people at Beyond are here to remind you that it's still a bloody decent past time. It's going to be a weekend of talks and events at the Royal Geographical Society curated by experts, conservationists, and real-life adventurers (like Sir Ranulph Fiennes or Champion freediver Hanli Prinsloo, for instance) in aid of wildlife and conservation.
They've put together a lineup of leading travel authors, photography masterclasses, art exhibitions, travel clinics, travel documentary screenings, and talks from big name film makers, and you should strongly consider travelling to Kensington to see them.
Details: 17th & 18th September | Royal Geographical Society, 1 Exhibition Road, SW7 2AR
The best design is the stuff you don't even notice. Which would explain why there's a whole festival dedicated just to pointing it out. The LDF will take place all across London for a week in September, with shows including A Brief (get it?) History of Underwear at the V&A, one called "Simply Chairs" in Pimlico Road, and a Tropical Paradise from our friends at Rockett St. George.
Details: 17th-25th September | All Across London
It’s not often you get to tell someone to pull up a pew, and literally mean it.
Well, this is one of those times.
And that pew is in one of London’s most beautiful churches, St Marylebone Parish Church, and you’ll be taking it because it is here that you can enjoy an ecclesiastical cinematic experience like no other. Find out more HERE.
Details: From 24th September | St Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Rd, NW1 5LT | £15-27
Ladies and gentlemen.
This is your driver speaking.
The next station is Acton Town, and we're strongly urging anyone with a penchant for knowledge to disembark.
Because it's there that London Transport Museum is taking the rare opportunity to open up its Museum Depot (which is usually closed to the public) for just two days this September in order to bring you an event all about the roundel; one of the most recognisable logos in the world. Read more right HERE.
Details: 24th & 25th September | 118-120 Gunnersbury Ln, W3 9BQ | £8-10
In 1667, John Milton wrote Paradise Lost; a warning to mankind about the nature of temptation, sin, and debauchery.
It had some really sold party tips.
And now, 350 years later, the people at A Curious Invitation are here to hand you a mask, and invite you into PARADISE (with Golden Naked Servers bringing you fruit), PURGATORY (where you will be subject to the whims of Captain Crop) and PANDEMONIUM (with the hellish delights of Smashlyn Monroe, DJ Jamie Moon, Tete Bang's angle-grinder burlesque act, and more).
Details: 25th September | The Vaults, SE1 7NN | £20
The chilli is nature's lesson in irony. After all, the capsicum that gives it its heat originally evolved as a defenseagainst it being eaten. Also, it's called a chilli.
And you can celebrate this fruity contradiction ay the Festival of Heat by eating it in every form imaginable, including sauces, globe-spanning dishes, chilli ice cream, and more, as well as getting live folk music and dj's, cooking demos, and fresh salsa tasting workshops.
Details: 25th September | Red Market, 288-299 Old Street, EC1V 9LA | £10
Live fire cooking.
It's man's greatest invention since ...well, fire.
And, like many great things, it probably shouldn't be tried at home. That is, not until you've tried it on a scenic East London rooftop with an enormous custom made grill with two of the capital's finest grilling experts ready to impart their wisdom on wood-fired cooking. Find out more right HERE.
Details: 26th September | The Culpepper, 40 Commercial Street, E1 6LP | £30
The dinosaurs must have wondered why that strange bright spot in the sky kept getting bigger.
And then it hit them.
Thankfully though, 65 million years later, their fossilized skeletons were dug up, and put on display at The Natural History Museum. And thanks to Lates, that Natural History Museum opens its rather impressive arched doors after hours on the last Friday of every month for you to enjoy the exhibits in the best possible way - with a drink in your hand. Find out more right HERE.
Details: 28th September | The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD | Free (but special events are ticketed)
This is exactly what it sounds like. The people at Drink, Shop, and Do are filling their space with balloons, mixing cocktails, and playing some tunes. Just don't dance too aggressively, or you'll only be listening to pop.
Details: 30th September | Drink Shop & Do, 9 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX | £10
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: Throughout September | Camden Market West Yard, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AF
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 they've reopened with fairground rides and two brand new bars.
Two things that go together very well.
Details: Throughout September | 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 September | Various Rooftops Across London | £15
Farmopolishas turned 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 September | The Jetty, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 0FL | Free
If the phrase "Merchant Square" doesn't immediately conjure up images of playing the Crystal Maze next to a canal, don't worry.
Because not only can you actually do that there this September, for free, but you can watch the Paralympics in a deck chair, check out their weekly street market, get some Canalside Comedy, and a lot more.
Details: Various dates throughout September | Merchant Square, Paddington, W2 1AJ | Free
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: 1st September | 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.
Track down more details right HERE.
Details: Now-30th September | Madame Tussauds, Marylebone Road, NW1 5LR | £46.50-£66.50
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
...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
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
Taking over the Urban Food Fest for a day, the JSFM will not only feature the likes of gyoza, Taiwanese bao buns, sushi rolls, etc. and a lot of beer (it's sponsored by Asahi) ...but it will also have a slow motion video booth in the shape of a pint glass, wherein you'll have compressed air propelled into your face and 100 ping-pong balls launched two metres into the air from a secret trap door to make you feel like you're literally inside a beer.
Details: Saturday 3rd September | 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. September films are all "The Beast of Hitchcock". 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
Begrudgingly accepting the need for people to consume food occasionally too, the talented beer-smiths at Brewdog have now opened a popup restaurant. The rotating residencies will kick off this month with The London Laska Co., who'll load you up with fried prawns, noodle soup, and other Singaporean delights... all beer-matched to the many taps behind the bar, of course.
Details: Throughout September | 29-31 Essex Road, N1 2SA
Rolling the dice on a curry frequently results in pained, whimpering pleas for milk.
However at Tiger Dram - the new whiskey & curry popup hidden behind Battersea’s Cornish Tiger - it can result in a free meal. Find out more right HERE.
Details: From 1st Sept-Dec 31st | 3/4 Battersea Rise, SW11 1EH
We've got good news, and bad news.
The bad news is that there is only one item of good news.
The good news is that that was a lie. There are two items of good news! And they are:
1) Meatopia is back.
2) They have a ton of new stuff, including a Craftopia beer area, and hunter gatherer workshops. Read more right HERE.
Details: 2nd-4th September | Tobacco Dock, Wapping Ln, E1W 2SF | £23-82
Some days we just feel like running away.
Then we realise it requires running.
And some days we just feel like a sunlit, canal side party that meshes food from Ben Spalding (The Ledbury, The Fat Duck, Le Manoir, Vue de Monde & L’enclume) together with disco and electronic music from a rotating line up of DJs including Jack C (Krankbrother Resident) and Giles Smith (Secretsundaze), all on the waterside patch of London land that is The Common Slice.
Read more about how to get all that right HERE.
For a man named after a curry, it's taken a long time for someone to arrange a dinner party-style experience about one of his books.
So consider this ...a novel experience. Read more right HERE.
Details: 4th September - 30th October | Leake St, Waterloo, SE1 7NN | £76.50-96.50
This month, London is FINALLY getting its first croquette cook-off.
Taking place in the Ember Yard, contestants will include Social Wine & Tapas, The Modern Pantry, Oldroyd, Duende, and many more - and for a mere £15 you'll get a welcome drink, and a chance to both try and mercilessly judge all the entries.
Details: 6th September | Ember Yard, 60 Berwick Street, W1F 8SU | £15
Waffles. They're like pancakes with abs, cast in irons as if by a breakfast blacksmith. And for one night only on the 8th of this month, you can get them in both sweet and savory forms, courtesy of Waffle Lion. Expect slow-roasted mutton shoulder with pomegranate molasses, seasonal blackberries with whipped cream and maple syrup, and more, served in the bright, airy space of The Common E2.
Details: 8th September | The Common E2, 53 Old Bethnal Green Road, E2 6QA
The Summer BBQ cruises are simple. They take a boat, load it with Pimms, and slap a BBQ on the back. And don't worry - if any water splashes onto the grill, it will be mist.
Details: 9th September | Embark from Festival Pier, 7pm | £55-60
Sliders are basically the shots of the burger world. And you get to decide who makes the best in London at this year's Slider Decider. Held for the first time in Broadgate Circle, it'll see 15 chefs duke it out to feed you, while you cast your votes, listen to live music, and sip on quenchers from The Long Arm Brewing Co.
Details: 10th September | Broadgate Circle, EC2M | Free
The Olympics is over. So it is now acceptable to hellishly mistreat your liver and laugh in the face of your diet without having to deal with the guilt of seeing svelte, world-beating athletes paraded before you.
Which is where Pizza & Beer In Your Face comes in.
It's all held in Heist Bank's Games Room, and you'll get a trio of crafts (Wolfpack Lager, Juice Box IPA, Millionaire Milk Stout) paired with pizza fresh out of their wood-fired oven.
Details: 20th September | Heist Bank, 5 N Wharf Rd, W21LA | £15
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: Now-November | The Rose and Crown, 71-73 Torriano Ave, NW5 2SG
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 September | 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.
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 the year | 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
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 September | 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 September sees a Dim Sum Special.
Details: 10th September | A Secret Location | £35
Who: Monograph Supper Club.
What: Contemporary Japanese dishes.
When: Every Friday throught September
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 September, 7pm | Hackney (exact location provided at time of booking) | £29 BYOB
Get ready to put on your beer goggles. Literally. Because when you head down to POPdown this month, you can take part in a VR beer experience, allowing you to drink your pint while standing on a virtual Scottish moor, clifftop, or field. And because it's POPdown, there's a paired bar menu too.
Details: Now until 2nd November | POPdwon, 1 Cathedral Street, SE1 9DE | £10-20
In Germany - as is our understanding - Oktoberfest involves efficient well-organized drinking followed by efficient, well-organized throwing up. And in London, it's not entirely different. Except there'll also be a stein-holding competition, a live oompah band, and free schnapps for anyone in a dirndl or lederhosen.
Details: 25th September | Bierschenke, 4 London Wall Buildings, Blomfield Street, EC2M 5NT | £5-10
It seems the only thing beer doesn't pair well with is long looks in the mirror.
But it does pair well with essentially everything else, and everything else includes cheese. Which is why the Five Points Brewery are hosting an evening dedicated to the two of them, with a trio of brews matched up to a trio of cheeses.
Details: 28th September | Dial Arch, No. 1 Street, SE18 6GH | £15
Backpfeifengesicht literally means ‘a face that deserves to be slapped’ in German.
Which may be what you want to do to us if we neglected to tell you that Oktoberfest is coming to London and is bringing with it bottomless beer. Read more right HERE.
Details: 28th Sept-8th Oct | Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, E2 9DT | £15-75
Beavertown make dam good beer. And you can enjoy it by heading to The Bull & Gate, where for one night at the end of the month, the B&G's Boulogne Bar will be taken over by the brewers themselves to showcase their many, delicious brews.
Details: 29th September | The Bull & Gate, 389 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2TJ | £10
Oktoberfest. If you do it right, it's usually followed by Hungovember. And doing it right involves special brewed Bavarian beer, bratwurst, schitzels, pretzels, oompah bands, and guests dressed in lederhosen and dirndls.
All of which Oktoberfest London has.
Details: 29th Sept-02 Oct, 6th Oct-9th Oct | Millwall Park, Canary Wharf | £5-60
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 whorehouse".
What a happy mess.
Details: Now until 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: 1st September | The Oyster Shed, 5 Angel Lane, EC4R 3AB | £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: Now until 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 now, they're 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: Weds-Sun throught September | An RV, 455 Hackney Road, E29DY | £30
Despite the name, this is anything but a garden variety popup bar.
Throughout 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 in September | Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, E2 8EA | £3 entr
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: Ends "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-Oct 21st, Weds-Sat 5pm-12am (2am on Fri/Sat) | 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...
...Unless you take one of their all-new Twilight Cruises. In which case, more than a little sunshine would be more than a little odd.
Details: Throughout September | £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: Skylounge
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