YOUR SEPTEMBER AGENDA | Pop Up London 2017
Not a fan.
So it’s lucky that we’re getting into September, when it won’t be necessary anymore. But while the weather cools, the events are as hot as ever, thanks to a month loaded with 800ft high movie screenings, beekeeping dinners, mezcal festivals, crayfish parties, gin schools, Star Wars Cantinas, recreations of the badass ’90s tv show Gladiators (or The Great British Bake Off), an Objectively Funny Comedy Festival, and much, much more…
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POP UP EVENTS (September 2017)
We Are Now Festival
When it comes to reliable technology, you can always count on an abacus.
But cracking out some slightly more sophisticated forms of tech is this weekend programme of performances, installations and experiences that use it in creative ways to involve audiences in the artwork. Expect virtual reality theatre; surreal gameshows; a poetic immersive piece played out through headsets, silent disco style; and a real-time installation using information from Twitter.
Details: 1st & 2nd September | Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA | From £5
Meatopia is springing up at Tobacco Docks for its fifth year extolling the joys of well-bred, ethically and sustainably sourced meat. There’ll be chefs from independent eateries and well-known spots like Berber & Q, Hawksmoor and Blacklock serving up signature dishes, as well as live music and entertainment from brass bands and Hip Hop Karaoke; butchery demos and cookery workshops; a three course banquet on Friday night; and even a spot of street theatre.
They’ve promised a big, meaty weekend, after all.
Details: 1st-3rd September | Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, E1W 2SF | From £23.85
The Smalls Film Fest
If you were after a festival celebrating knee-length trousers, then prepare to be disappointed. This short film fest showcases only the talents of Britain’s best independent filmmakers, with talks, panels, parties, and dozens of extraordinarily entertaining, thought provoking, and cool micro-movies.
Details: 1st-5th September | 22 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP | £7-£25
Chincha Sundays at Ceviche
Sundays. They may start well, but all too often they’re a weekend.
Which is why Ceviche are aiming to fill the whole day with a huge party celebrating Lima’s Afro heritage. They’re now hosting live bands on the first Sunday of every month to spin out some Afro-Peruvian music while you tuck into sharing cocktails and a special menu of dishes – including Lucha Reyes Tacu Tacu, a butterbean and rice pancake, with braised aubergines and queso fresco.
Details: 3rd September | Ceviche Old Street, 2 Baldwin Street, EC1V 9NU | Free Entry
Taste No Evil
We’ve decided to stop drinking for good.
Nowadays, we only do it for evil.
Sadly, this means that we’ll be missing out on the Taste No Evil series of spirit masterclasses and cocktail workshops taking place in the intimate, low-lit hooch den that is Original Sin. They’re taking place once a month, and will see various experts swing by to induct you into the ways of their own particular poison, before letting you loose on the bar to create your own concoctions. Next up is the humble gin sour… READ MORE
Details: 6th September | Original Sin, 129 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 0PH | £20
A Midnight Screening of The Big Lebowski
The Extraordinary Travelling Film Show are popping up at the top of the Shard again, this time screening The Big Lebowski, at midnight, 800ft above the rest of London’s twinkling lights below. And since they (clearly) don’t do things by halves, there’ll also be complimentary welcome cocktails and popcorn awaiting you.
Details: 8th September | The Shard, Railway Approach, SE1 9SG | £35
The Candlelight Club
How to create a great pop-up 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: 8th & 9th September | A Secret Location | £25-£130 HERE
Honey Dinner at Craft
It’s a well-known fact that bee populations have been shrinking.
Frankly, it’s belittling.
So to celebrate the contribution those few but mighty bees make, Craft London are hosting a special, four-course, honey-focused banquet at the acclaimed restaurant, made with their own honey harvested on-site. Expect a champagne and honey cocktail on arrival, readings and some beekeeping advice from The London Honey Co.
Details: 9th September | Craft London, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0SQ | From £40/£84 for both
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Ironically, DeadClub is the place to get your pulses racing – because it’s the latest close-up performance from anarchic dance theatre company, Requardt and Rosenberg. Based around psychological research into distorted memories, the Lynchian piece will see contemporary dancers weaving around audience members and popping out of trapdoors for thrilling and intimate encounters, laced with a dark humour.
Details: 9th- 30th September | The Place, 17 Duke’s Road, WC1H 9PY | From £15
Sunday Papers Live | NUDGE MEMBER EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE
All classic Sunday traditions which happily combine each week to ensure that your day of rest is filled with friends, family, relaxation, and – from 6pm onwards – a creeping sense of dread.
Fortunately, however, Sunday Papers Live returns this September for its eleventh anniversary edition, bringing you all the best parts of Sunday – including huge roast banquets, a Bloody Mary bar, performances from musicians, comedians and philosophers, and sofa massages… READ MORE
Details: 10th September | Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 7AY | £35
The Crick Crack Club
We always had a little trouble believing that Jack’s beanstalk could grow right up to a giant’s lair.
Then again, most of those stories are tall tales.
And gathering together some of the best of them are master storytellers, The Crick Crack Club, who – now in their 30th year of reviving ancient legends and epics – are back for the Autumn. This month sees the Iliad come to their Epic Sundays series at the British Museum, as well as a mash-up of Scottish folklore and Romanian gypsy fairy tales from the talented Ben Haggarty.
Details: 10th & 18th September | Various Venues | From £8
London Mezcal Festival | NUDGE MEMBER EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE
Cactus-based spirits have had a real spike in popularity recently. And in honour of this, London is getting its very own mezcal festival this month, with a string of events (including a feast at the hotly-anticipated Santo Remedio) leading up to an epic weekender, where you’ll find a 30-strong mezcal tasting room; a pop-up cocktail bar; DJs; art workshops; and Mexican street food from Bad Sports and Temper.
Details: 11th-17th September | Across London | Tickets from £10
Gladiators at Merchant Square
Merchant Square are determined to make their way into our hearts, and they’re going about it in just the right way: continuing on from their month of open-air screenings and gin tastings, they’re now bringing a life-size, interactive Gladiators obstacle course to the lawn in Paddington Basin, complete with all your favourites like the Stepping Stones, Cargo Net and Balance Beam.
Details: 14th September | The Lawn, Paddington Basin, W2 1JS | Free to sign up
The Grilled Cheese Invitational
Everyone likes a bake off.
But a cheese toastie-off is whey more interesting.
And this month Camden fromagerie The Cheese Bar are inviting chefs from Berber & Q, El Pastor, Decatur, Pizza Pilgrims and Gunpowder to create their own twist on the grilled cheese sandwich in aid of charity Help Refugees UK. And then they’re inviting you to try them all out (with a welcome beer or glass of wine) to help them crown the winner.
Details: 14th September | The Cheese Bar, Unit 93/94 Camden Market, North Yard, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH | £20 all inc.
An Urban Foraged Feast
Experiential supperclub maestros Mama Xanadu are bringing you a foraged banquet brimming with flower essences, herbal tinctures, and mysterious-sounding dishes like fermented fairy ring mushrooms, with beech nut feta & wood sorrel pesto – plus, you’ll get a goodie-bag to take home with you, filled with herbal treats and a guide to foraging and preparing your own natural grub.
And fear not, it’s all made with hyper-local ingredients.
So it’s only chamomile.
Details: 14th September | 42 Acres, 66 Leonard Street, EC2A 4LW | £45
WeWork Creator Awards
It’s hard to get them all back inside the box.
But managing to cram a crowd of them into one room are WeWork, who are hosting their big Creator Awards ceremony this month to celebrate inspirational makers, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organisations. Alongside the big do, you’ll also find a pop up jobs fair, a craft market filled with independent traders and artisans, masterclasses, free food and drink, and an after-party crammed with live performances and DJ sets.
Details: 14th September | Battersea Evolution, SW8 4NW | Free Entry
It’s where you can claw your 15 minutes of fame.
And usually, you can only find it in Berlin’s Mauerpark, when, every Sunday, crowds flock to hear complete strangers sing their hearts out. Now it’s coming to London for the first time, settling down in Vauxhall’s Pleasure Gardens for some completely free al fresco karaoke action.
Details: 14th-16th and 28th-30th September | Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, 139 Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5HL | Free
Quo Vadis x El Pastor Supperclub
Quo Vadis, El Pastor?
A phrase which, if Spatin existed, would translate as ‘where are you going, shepherd?’ And to which you can now reply, ‘to this insane mash-up supperclub, which sees the ludicrously well-received Borough taqueria take over the decadent second floor of Soho eatery Quo Vadis for the evening, serving up course after course of Mexican treats and free-flowing mezcal, all night long.’
Details: 15th September | Quo Vadis, 26 – 29 Dean Street, W1D 3LL | £64
Game at Lyle’s
If these supper clubs were an actual game, you’d be winning. Because they’ll see some of the most talented chefs from around the world descend on Lyle’s to prepare special, one-off menus for the evening. Each chef will take the reins for a different course, showcasing the best of British game – and it’ll all be accompanied by cocktails from Ryan Chetiyawardana of Superlyan and Dandelyan fame.
Details: 15th & 16th September | Lyle’s, Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ | £89
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 in Broadgate Circle, it’ll see 16 chefs (from places like Ember Yard, Señor Ceviche, Smoke & Salt, etc.) 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: 16th September | The Botanist Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS | £15
Somebody had a few too many margs when naming this thing, because the Margarita March actually takes place in September. No matter, because you’ll still be getting an amped up margarita crawl around central London starting at Cafe Pacifico. At each of the eight venues (like Cabana Brasil, Barrio Soho, etc.), you’ll receive a speciality Marg, some food bites, tequila masterclasses, and more.
Details: 16th September | Across Central London | £29
The festival dedicated to architecture, interior design, and supreme nosiness returns, with over 800 buildings flinging open their doors to all and sundry. This year you can have a look around a secret subterranean plunge bath frequented by David Copperfield, the art deco interiors of Hackney Town Hall, a secretive Masons’ Lodge, a tin chapel, Richard Burton’s mausoleum, aand a listed cinema that’s now the European Zoroastrian Centre.
Details: 16th-17th September | Across London | Free, just turn up
Objectively Funny Comedy Festival
We never meta joke…
…that wasn’t funny.
Luckily, a lot of people who are very funny are coming together at this nine-day comedy festival, featuring stand-ups and sketch groups fresh off the Fringe, TV names, and Chortle Award-winners. Oh, and entry is £1.
Details: 16th-26th September (not 21st/22nd) | The Albany, 240 Great Portland Street, W1W 5QU | From £1 on weekends
The folks behind Magic Breakfast have got something different up their sleeve.
It’s their third Magic Dinner, and will see Grace Dent and Jonny Woo host a five course charity feast on the rooftop of Shoreditch’s Ace Hotel. Each course will be created by a different chef, from Viajante’s Nuno Mendes to Jeremy Lee from Quo Vadis – and if you miss that, there’ll also be an after party with cocktails from Our/London vodka and DJ sets from Blixen’s Clive Watson.
Details: 18th September | The Rooftop at the Ace Hotel London, 100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JQ | From £50
Thai Cookalong Class
Since Thai cuisine is simultaneously one of the most delicious and most tricky to get right, head chef and co-founder of Som Saa, Andy Oliver, is generously hosting a series of cooking classes to show you how it’s done, covering dishes from classic Thai curries to Som Tam, with free flowing beers to help you along.
Details: 18th-20th September | Cactus Kitchens, 1 Saint Luke’s Avenue, SW4 7LG | £35
Made of Dough x Lea & Sandeman Supperclub
Made of Dough are living up to their name this month by generously hosting a decadent wine-paired feast at their recently-opened spot in Peckham. Teaming up with award-winning winos Lea & Sandeman, they’re serving up pizzas topped with the likes of Flock & Herd fennel sausage and potato, and basil pesto with zucchini ribbons, alongside glasses of top-notch Spanish and Italian plonk, and a reggae soundtrack.
Details: 20th September | Made of Dough, 182 Bellenden Road, SE15 4BW | £35pp (must be booked in pairs)
Yes, it’s September already, which can only mean one thing – Oktoberfest. And this year you crack out your Lederhosen and follow up your steins with some hay schnapps at Bierschenke; eat schnitzel, pretzel, and other foods not ending in -zel at the vast London Oktoberfest; or compete in a Bratwurst-eating competition and try your hand at Hasselhoff karaoke at Shoreditch’s ‘anti-Oktoberfest‘ (of course) at The Last Days of Shoreditch.
Details: From 20th September | Various Locations
Little Orchestra | NUDGE MEMBER EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE
Orchestras. They often come with a lot of strings attached. Or, they did until the arrival of The Little Orchestra, who have done us all a favour and abandoned the usual suits and airs of superiority that classical concerts used to carry around with them, in favour of a much more fun, relaxed, and social atmosphere. This month, there’ll be drinks followed by stage-free renditions of Beethoven & Shostakovich… READ MORE
Details: 22nd -23rd September | Oval Space, Bethnal Green, E2 9DT | £15
Saving the Season
As the characters of The Italian Job so accurately predicted, this is a self-preservation society – so make sure you know how to pickle, cure and preserve your own grub with this rooftop workshop at bohemian Spitalfields pub, The Culpeper. You’ll get a hands-on introduction to all the main techniques, before sitting down to a lunch showcasing the produce they grow on that very same rooftop.
Details: 23rd September | The Culpeper Rooftop, 40 Commercial Street, E1 6LP | £25
Making it all the more difficult to pronounce/spell ‘ceilidh’, the folks at Fiddle Paradiddle are bring thier famed ceilidh dancing to a brewery this month, for a one-off popup. They’ll be housed in the Southwark Brewing Company’s railway arch at the end of the Bermondsey Beer Mile, and you’ll get a beer tasting flight included in your ticket.
Details: 23rd September | The Southwark Brewing Company, 46 Druid Street, SE1 2EZ | £20
Autumn Suppers with Dinner Ladies
Supperclub stalwarts the Dinner Ladies continue to put your old school ones to shame as they serve up an autumnal BYOB feast, stuffed with beetroot gnocchi, and duck breast with butternut dauphinoise – and this time, they’re showing you how to make it all, too, with a little help from Masterchef semi-finalist, Brodie Williams.
Details: 29th September | Location on booking | £40
Piedmont Cuisine Masterclass at Novikov
We’ve always found al dente pasta a little tough.
Luckily, Al’s not leading this class. Instead, it’s head honcho at Novikov’s Italian restaurant, Marco Torri, who’ll be demonstrating how to prepare a classic Piedmontese meal, with dishes like gnocchi with cheese fondue, braised beef in red wine, and baci di dame (chocolate-hazelnut sandwich biscuits). And then you’ll be demonstrating how to eat it, by sitting down to enjoy the fruits of your labours with paired wines afterwards.
Details: 30th September | Novikov Italian, 50a Berkeley Street, W1J 8HA | £75 (£25 for a friend to join just for lunch)
The Prohibition Party
If the 1920s feel like a long time ago, wait till you hear that Bourne and Hollingsworth are already celebrating their tenth year of Prohibition Parties.
And this anniversary edition won’t disappoint – bigger than ever, you can expect their usual top-dollar cocktails, multiple rooms to explore in a candlelit venue, hidden gambling dens, Charleston dance classes with Swing Patrol and an immersive adventure leading to a secret party within the party.
Details: 30th September | Secret Location | From £30
REAL LIFE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF
You may already be confident baking bread.
Well, now’s the time to prove it.
Because a real-life GBBO-style marquee is popping up in the back garden of this idyllic Tooting pub, where you and a team-mate can helm your own mini bake-station for a 90-minute challenge against 9 other pairs…
Details: Throughout September | The Castle Tooting, 38 Tooting High Street, SW17 0RG | £36.50
London Never Dies
London Never Dies is a 007-themed show which will leave you shaken and stirred. Feel the ocean spray, sounds, and sun as a Bond girl performer emerges dramatically from the sea; taste and smell the Indian spice market during the Bollywood Octopussy finale; and feel a helicopter’s wings blast across the ballroom thanks to their groundbreaking 4D stage design. And all of this, of course, comes with smoking martinis and gourmet food served by somersaulting waiters in the iconic 1920s Bloomsbury Ballroom.
Give it a go. After all, you only live once.
Details: Until the end of 2017 | The Bloomsbury Ballroom,WC1B 4DA | £75
Backyard Cinema | NUDGE MEMBER EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE
Every decent Italian market has to have at the very least some cured meats, cheeses, and an illuminated pop-up cinema with cocktails, giant beanbag seating, and a slate loaded with classic films. So it’s lucky that Mercato Metropolitano has one, then. This month it’s dressed up like a Miami beach, replete with leafy palms, surfing paraphernalia, and a casual half dozen tonnes of sand to bury your toes in… READ MORE
Details: Until 6th October | Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR | From £16.50
The Thames. It’s very mainstream. But that doesn’t make it any less fun, and TT is back to celebrate it with a month full of regattas, swimming races, festivals, exhibitions, popup museums on barges, opera cruises, sailing parades and concerts in the cavernous bowels of Tower Bridge.
Details: Throughout September | Along the length of the Thames
Go to a Crayfish Party!
Swedish people like to celebrate the end of summer with a crayfish party where they eat crayfish, drink schnapps, and sing songs. And luckily, even if you’re only a little Swede-ish, you can too at one of the many events taking place across London the month. Check out the feasts going down at LondonSwede, Nordic Bar, and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce (it’s on a yacht).
Details: Various dates | Across London
How to Solve a Problem Like Murder
Any cheerful humming of ‘How do you solve a problem like Mariaa‘ will quickly be quashed in this dramatic and intimate immersive murder mystery, set amongst the faded grandeur of Paradise by Way of Kensal Green. With free roam to spy on characters and a thickly woven tapestry of different storylines and motives to unravel, it’s basically a voyeuristic, real life Cluedo. With occasional jazz hands.
Details: Until 23rd November | Paradise by Way of Kensal Green, 19 Kilburn Lane, W10 4AE | From £27.50
River Cottage Classes at Borough Market
The River Cottage.
They’re helping to bring sustainable eating into the mainstream.
And one of the ways they’re doing so is by way of a huge, month-long residency at Borough Market, where they’ll be running feast nights, cookery classes and demos on everything from nose-to-tail eating and sourdough baking, to identifying mushrooms and concocting cocktails from foraged ingredients.
Details: Throughout September | Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, SE1 1TL
If you’ve already been kicked out of school for drinking…
…maybe it’s time to quit teaching.
But one place you’ll be more than welcome is Fever Tree’s Gin School, where you’ll be able to taste your way through different notes and learning the art of matching your tonics, before creating your very own bespoke gin to take home with you.
Details: Throughout September | King’s Cross | £45
Check out the UK’s largest indoor inflatable aquatic experience at Ultimate Aqua Splash
Making a big splash at the Olympic pool in Queen Elizabeth Park, the UAS is the largest indoor inflatable aquatic experience in the UK – you can expect gigantic slides mounted on the Olympic dive platforms (the ones still used by Tom Daley to train), and a gigantic floating assault course.
Details: Throughout September | Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2ZQ | £5 for 30mins
Pitch up at Pitch Stratford | NUDGE MEMBER EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE
The last time someone decided to pitch Stratford, it was as a possible location for the Olympics. It worked out quite well. So we have high hopes for the al fresco drinking terrace tucked a few minutes down the road from Stratford Station. A throwback playground paying homage to the ’80s & ’90s, it involves street food, drinks, music, and an open-air cinema showing cult flicks… READ MORE
Details: Throughout September | Bridge Terrace, Stratford, E15 3PA | Free entry
A zip line that won’t let you down while it lets you down.
Because Zip World is the biggest, fastest city-based zip line in the world.
Parked on the Southbank across from Westminster Bridge, you’ll be taking off from a height of 35 meters (100 feet), which they assure us is “more than 9 double decker buses” stacked up on one another… READ MORE
Details: Until 1st October | Lambeth Palace Road, SE1 7JY | From £18.50pp
Rent a Hot Tug
Why this has taken so long to happen, we’ll never know. But finally, someone’s had the bright idea of bringing a motorised hot tub boat to the canals of London, where you’ll be able to embark on a 90 minute trip along the waterways from the comfort of your own, self-driven bubbling jacuzzi – they even offer sailor hats in their upgrade package. Which you’ll probably need. You don’t want to look amateurish, after all.
Details: Throughout September | Islington | £220 per trip
Pop Up Cinemas
Ceilings aren’t the best invention ever.
But they’re up there.
That said, however, in weather like this it’s sometimes best to do away with them entirely, especially when it comes to watching movies on the big screen. So we’ve compiled a list of the very best outdoor cinemas running this summer that the capital has to offer…READ MORE
50 Autumn Date Ideas
What’s this? Oh, just a rundown of fifty crisp, warming, cocktail-laced date ideas to get you through the autumn… READ MORE
Lates at the Dulwich Picture Gallery
Celebrating 200 years since its opening, the world’s oldest public art gallery is hosting a series of Friday lates that make the most of their first-ever garden pavilion installation, including interpretative dance tours of the exhibitions; expert-led discussions on art, architecture and history; life drawing; storytelling, and floral workshops. And all they’ll cost you is a (slightly lengthy) trip to Dulwich.
Details: Until 8th October | Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, SE21 7AD | Free, register HERE
Rooftop bars are already pretty big in East London.
But this one’s Wapping.
Taking over the top three floors of a former car park down by Tobacco Docks, Skylight is decked out like a souped-up English garden party, boasting multiple areas for croquet, pétanque and lawn bowls, as well as the requisite drinking terraces and pop up street food… READ MORE
Details: Daily until 16th September | Penning St. Car Park, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF | Activities from £15, book here
Roof East are really upping their games. Because the car-park rooftop summer spot has returned for a fourth year, and thanks to the expert curation of the Social Fun & Games Club, it’s playing host a rooftop rollerdisco, a baseball batting cage club, and hip-hop inspired pétanque from De La Bowl. Oh, and crazy golf. Oh yeah, AND the Rooftop Film Club… READ MORE
Details: Until the end of September | Roof East, Floors 7 & 8, Stratford Multi-Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, E15 1XE
“Summer of Love” at Shakespeare’s Globe
If your list of open-air Elizabethan theatres where actors are just as likely to don their doublet and hose as belt out a rendition of “YMCA” was a little on the short side, you’ll be glad to hear that you can officially add Shakespeare’s Globe to the line-up. Their “Summer of Love” season is now underway, overflowing with psychedelic colours, flower power and totally groovy iambic pentameter. September sees a gutsy new play from Tristan Bernays about the Celtic queen, Boudica… READ MORE
Details: Until 15th October | Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT | From £5
Our/London x Tom Hunt
Tom Hunt is an acclaimed eco-chef, food writer and author of The Natural Cook, and he’s bringing all the elements of a great supper club to Our/Vodka this month – five elements, to be exact. They are metal (found in the first course of melon, coconut butter, and silver); water (native oysters with black garlic and an “ice plant”); wood (Jerusalem artichokes with British wasabi and chlorophyll); fire (burnt strawberries with yoghurt, basil, ash, and caramelised chili); and earth (pumpkin with egg yolk, London honey, and spelt).
Details: 1st September | Our/London Vodka Ltd., Spurstowe Road, E8 1LS | £69.62 – £80.24
The Harry Potter Supperclub
Good friends. Good cooking vessels.
According to Harry Potter, they’re both cauldron.
And they’re both going to be very important parts of Library’s Harry Potter supperclub series. It takes the form of a seven-curse feast, including Butterbeer, Firewhiskey, your own edible Hogwarts letter, Devil’s Snare starters, Who is Peter Minus mains, and more. Tickets are selling faster than a Nimbus 2000. READ MORE.
Details: Until February 2018 | The Library, 112 St. Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4BD | £75 (£55 for Library Members)
They’re not just a place to veg out.
Not, at least, when you’re at Sixty:2, a plant-based pop up that aims to feed your mind as well as your stomach, with table-top info on veganism and the environment taking care of the former, and dishes like wild mushroom arancini, sesame-studded aubergine croquettes, and beetroot rosti on truffled fava bean purée taking (very good) care of the latter.
Details: Thursdays-Saturdays in September | The Canvas Café, 42 Hanbury Street, E1 5JL
Little Ghost sounds like something that you can only reach with a small medium…
…largely because you simply haven’t heard of the insanely cool bagel popup coming to Brother Marcus this month. They’re taking over the kitchens at the Balham restaurant every Friday & Saturday with “heavy metal & fried chicken” which they’ll be putting into charcoal & beetroot-coloured Asian-inspired bagels. Expect a pink bagel loaded with braised brisket, pineapple & ginger, pickled beetroot, and fried egg; a black bagel sandwiching fried chicken & red curry, and more.
Details: Friday & Saturday nights in September | Brother Marcus 9 Chestnut Grove, SW12 8JA
Brinner at MIMOD’s Kitchen
Not content with taking over two meals of the day, brunch has now finally incorporated dinner too – or at least it has at the MIMOD’s Kitchen residency at The Shop, who are serving brunch in the evenings (and also at slightly more conventional brunch hours on weekends). You’ll be able to tuck into bubbling pans of shakshuka, mini sweetcorn fritters, and coffee and espresso ice cream donuts while knocking back a few of The Shop’s cocktails, too.
Details: Tues-Sun until end of October | The Shop, 75 Chamberlayne Road, NW10 3ND
The Brewery Kitchen
Organising a pissup in a brewery is one thing. Organising a five-course, beer-paired brunch is quite another. And the people at Brewery Kitchen (who specialise in matching beers to their dishes) are doing just that. It all takes place at FourPure’s Bermondsey hop house, and you’ll get a take-home goodie bag at the end of it all.
Details: 3rd September | Fourpure Brewing Co., Rotherhithe New Road, SE16 3LL | £25
After a spectacularly successful popup in June this year, the guys at Fodder (chefs Michael Thompson and Ollie Downey, who worked together in Fera at Claridge’s) are pitching up in Borough Wines & Beers, and putting on 7-course tasting menus for just £45 a pop. Dishes include lamb nuggets with foraged rosehip ’ketchup’ and fermented turnip ’mayo’, and Cornish cod poached in seaweed with sea vegetables.
Details: 7th – 30th September (Thursdays-Saturdays only) | Brewery Below, 344 Essex Road, N1 3PD | £45 (paired beers & wines available on the night)
Eats & Beats
Looking for some jams? Then look no further than Eats & Beats, who’ll be providing exactly that in Bethnal Green this month.
THE EATS will come from Love Loretta’s Kitchen, who’ll be putting out dishes like steamed ackee & saltfish gyozas, tandoori style spiced chicken, and hibiscus gelato.
THE BEATS will come courtesy of 5 different live performers plus DJs. There’ll be bottomless mimosas to wash it all down, and funds raised will go to the charity Youth at Risk.
Details: 9th September | The Pill Box, 115 Coventry Road, E2 6GG | £32.50
Creating a restaurant in a church is easier than you’d think.
They often already come with a good friar.
And in this particular instance, they also come with a supremely talented head chef to oversee it all, because Cloister is a new pop up from the head chef and founder of the Michelin-starred Club Gascon in Smithfield, settling down in the candlelit cloisters of London’s oldest church… READ MORE
Details: 13th September – 6th October | St. Bartholomew-the-Great, Cloth Fair, EC1A 7JQ | From £80
Nanny Bill’s at Birthdays
Croquettes. They’re pretty good all-rounders. So it’s likely this residency at Dalston’s Birthdays will have something for everyone, as Nanny Bill’s bring their ludicrously moreish croquettes (we’re talking mac’n’cheese; and pea, mint and feta) and bacon jam-smothered burgers to the kitchens. Plus, they’re hosting a big launch party with free tastings and boozy slushies…find out more here.
Details: From 14th September | 33-35 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BJ
The Mexican Underground. Not only El Chapo’s favourite way out of prison, it’s also a supper club hitting Haggerston this month. It comes to us from the parole at Rande who specialise in dressing up derelict and disused spaces, and turning them into beautiful temporary restaurants. This one is set in a basement space occupied by oversized boilers and empty lift shafts, which will all soon be home to a 4-course Mexican feast including the likes of blue corn tortillas alone, tender achiote marinated pork, and lemon snow.
Details: 15th-16th September | Swordtail Studios, 2083 Acton Mews, E8 | £45
Malt & Pepper
Cooking with beer generally ensures that something will be steaming by the end of it …but the guys at Malt & Pepper have it down to an art. Everything they make has some beer in it, and they’ll be serving their full menu at The Bear in Camberwell until the end of 2017. Expect rack of lambic ribs; dubbel braised chicken; and burgers with cider pulled ham hock and IPA blue cheese sauce.
Details: Until the end of 2017 | The Bear, 296a Camberwell New Road, SE5 0RP
Lord of the Wings
What does the Lord of the Wings do? Fly, you fools.
That, and make regional US-style, all-free range chicken wings at the House of Hammerton until the middle of the month. Wings are coated with sauces from Buffalo (the orange original with hot sauce and melted butter), Kansas City (classic BBQ) Memphis (smokey BBQ), South Carolina (sweet mustard), and Texas (simply described as “fire”). There are extras like minted watermelon or waffle fries, and you can finish it all with one of the pub’s 20 cask beers.
Details: Until 17th September | House of Hammerton, 99 Holloway Rd, N7 8LT
London Shell Co. Autumn Cruises
Unlike their dishes, the London Shell Co. team aren’t shellfish. Which is why they’re kindly inviting you to join them aboard their romantic, flower-garlanded canal boat for a series of foodie cruises along the Regent’s Canal, powered by oysters, fresh fish and seasonal veg; English natural wines; and cocktails made with spirits distilled in Britain.
Details: Static lunches Tues-Fri and weekend cruises throughout Autumn | Departs from Paddington Central, Sheldon Square, W2 6EP | £45
Jimmy’s BBQ Club
Hitting the Southbank this summer, this comes to us from Jimmy Garcia: prince of popups, tycoon of temporary restaurants, baron of BBQs, he’s been responsible for some of the best (and quickest-selling) foodie events in London over the past few years. And this latest venture is by far his biggest, and most ambitious yet. The Thames-side venue will be split into two areas; a take-away BBQ bar, and a seating area serving up regularly changing, six course taster menus…
Details: Throughout September | Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen
There’s an easy pun to be made here. But we’re not Ghana lower ourselves. Instead, allow us to tell you about the next chef to grace the residency platform at Soho pub, The Sun & 13 Cantons, Zoe Adjonyoh. Born from a pop-up in the truest sense of the word, the Ghana Kitchen was formed when Zoe literally dragged her oven outside her flat to serve up her signature peanut butter stew on the street. She’s dedicated, to say the least.
Details: Tues – Fri throughout September | 21 Great Pulteney Street, Soho, W1F 9NG
The Test Kitchen
The TK is a 12-month pop up by Michelin-starred Adam Simmonds, the idea of which is to field new recipe ideas to guinea pig diners (such as pheasant egg with turnip; red mullet with green tomatoes; and chocolate mousse with whisky and finger limes) gradually refining the menu until it’s perfect. Then, in 2018, he’ll open a permanent restaurant. READ MORE
Details: Until April 2018 | 54 Frith Street, W1D 4SL
The Riviera Terrace at Hush
Maybe less of a pop up and more of a pop out, Hush’s terrace – sprawling in a secluded, sunlit courtyard behind Bond Street – has been given a thoroughly nautical makeover, sporting shell-strewn, Riviera-inspired decor and a special menu of fresh seafood platters, champagne and brunch Bloody Maries that come with an oyster in tow.
Details: Until 8th September | Hush, 8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street, W1S 1EY
If you’re the sort of person who struggles with deciding what to eat, this is either the best or worst place for you. Because while each market (Lewisham’s Model Market, Canary Wharf’s new Giant Robot, Hawker House and Dinerama) offers a bewildering array of traders like Prawnography, Duck and Roll and Club Mexicana – and booze courtesy of German Sex Dungeon, The Zephyr Lounge and House of Bamboo – it’s practically encouraged to get something from about ten different places.
Details: Dinerama is open Thurs-Sat from 5pm | 19 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3EJ
Hawker House is open Fri & Sat from 5pm | Canada St, London SE16 7PJ
Model Market is open Fri & Sat from 5pm | 196 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LS
Giant Robot is open daily, 11am till late | Garden Level, Crossrail Place, E14 5AR
First three free before 7pm, £3 thereafter. Giant Robot has no entry free.
POP UP BARS
Star Wars Cantina at John Lewis
Despite the fact that George Lucas decided to call it a ‘cantina’ rather than a ‘space bar’, as part of their Force Day sales event taking place on Friday the 1st, John Lewis have decided to turn their fifth floor bar into a replica of the Mos Eisley drinking hole from the original Star Wars film. Tickets to the Friday night shopping event went within nanoseconds of going on offer, but you can add yourself to the waitlist, and pop into the bar during the store’s opening hours all weekend.
Details: 2nd & 3rd September | John Lewis 5th floor, 300 Oxford St, W1C 1DX
Beer on the Common
It may have changed its name from Beer by the River, but don’t worry – BotC is still just as wet. In fact, this year the folks at Sambrooks are bringing over 100 different brews from around 15 UK breweries to Tooting Common. It’ll involve music (half a dozen live bands, plus DJs), street food (Liberty Cheesesteak, anyone?), a bouncy castle, and even a VR experience in which you can be immersed in a retro arcade game, or battle zombie hordes. You’ll get there early if you’ve got any braaaaains.
Details: 9th September | Tooting Bec Common, SW16 | £10-£15
Hendrick’s Surreptitious Subterranean Summertime Garden
This place is set to be one of the hardest bars to get into this month.
Mainly because merely pronouncing it out loud is enough to sound like you’ve already had one too many. But should you make it past the bouncers, you’ll be rewarded with an eccentric garden-themed gin parlour that’s sprung up in the basement of the Worship Street Whistling Shop for the month. They’ve kitted the bar out with a slick new menu of floral and vegetal gin serves for the occasion, plus there’ll be various masterclasses and tasting evenings going on too.
Details: Mon-Sat until 9th September | Worship Street Whistling Shop, 63 Worship Street, EC2A 2DU | Free Entry
Sin Gusano’s Back
Legend has it that mezcal was invented when a lightning bolt struck the heart of an agave plant, cooking and opening it, releasing its juice.
Which, let’s be honest, sounds like something made up by someone who had drunk quite a lot of mezcal.
And now, in East London, you can discover all the wondrous, powerfully tasty variety that it’s since evolved into thanks to Sin Gusano; London’s first and only dedicated mezcal tasting room & taqueria… READ MORE
Details: Until 9th September | 3D, Stamford Works, Gillet Street, N16 8JH
LDN Block Party
Chicago based brewers Goose Island are putting on a Block Party in Shoreditch, and contrary to what you might think, they’re not going to invite any blocks. Instead they’re going to put on a bar serving their finest brews, add some live music (from the likes of Honeyblood, White Lies, etc.), throw in a little street food from vendors like Smokey Tails and Greedy Khao… and invite you.
Details: 23rd September | Red Market, 288 Old Street, EC1V 9LA | £10
It’s not often that the person serving behind the bar is literally serving behind bars. But that’s precisely the idea at Alcotraz – a prison-themed pop up bar that’s doing time in London for 3 months this Autumn.
Tucked behind a shuttered, nondescript building on Brick Lane, it promises to replicate the ‘eerie atmosphere’ of America’s most infamous prison – only with more margaritas. Tickets include your very own orange prisoner jumpsuit, and when you arrive, you’ll be taught a series of techniques from fellow inmates to help you smuggle in a bottle of your own particular poison past the prison guards. Then you’ll be able to settle in to the cells or the visiting area, where you’ll find a host of expert mixologists ready to knock up four bespoke cocktails for you… READ MORE
Details: 28th September until 17th December | 212 Brick Lane, E1 6RL | £30 (including your jumpsuit and 4 cocktails made with whichever spirit you bring)
Will a popup rooftop bar based around Neverland pan out? Apparently yes, according to the top level of the Queen of Hoxton, which has been totted out with a pirate ship, a BBQ, and a Lost Boys Hideout bar in which you can get the likes of Floating Fairy absinthe cocktails, and Mermaid Shots served in clamshells with exotically flavoured jelly ‘pearls’.
Details: Throughout September | The Queen of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX
Kaleidoscope Whiskey Bar
Kaleidoscopes tend to give you tunnel vision.
As does whiskey.
So it’s a match made in heaven for Kaleidoscope, a pop up whiskey bar from the Scottish Malt Whiskey Society. It’s a southern outpost of their Edinburgh bar of the same name, but unlike that (and their only other London bar), this one will be open to the great whisky-sipping public, not just their members, and promises an ever-changing range of over 200 whiskies.
Details: Throughout September | Mac and Wild City, 9A Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YN
Bussey Beer Garden
Craft Beers have officially reached the height of their popularity.
Because one of the Bussey Building’s rooftops is now playing host to a high-level pop-up beer garden, where you’ll find 15 kegs lined up, ready to spout forth a range of both local and international craft beers. Plus kebabs courtesy of the Babek Brothers because, you know, they’re pretty great too.
Details: Fridays & Saturdays throughout September | D Roof, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST
Vinyl and Cocktails Pop Up
If music be the food of love, then you’ll need a drink to match it. So it’s a good thing that you can find exactly that at the pop up listening bar at The Jones Family Project, where they’ve designed a cocktail menu to pair with nine albums, from Bruce Springsteen to Miles Davis, to listen to as you drink.
Details: Until end of September | 78 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3JL
Garden Variety Bar
Despite the name, this isn’t your common or garden bar. Because it’s set in the unbelievably picturesque and secluded surroundings of the 18th century gardens at Hoxton’s Geffrye Museum, which they’ve souped up with retro deckchairs, an accomplished team of barkeeps from Background Bars and food from neighbouring restaurant Beagle, who’ll be sizzling up some grub on the barbecue.
Details: Thursdays & Fridays throughout September | Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, E2 8EA | £3 entry
Why go to the Midnight Apothecary?
1) It’s in the rooftop garden of the Brunel Museum, with views across London
2) You get award-winning botanical cocktails, with ingredients grown in the garden itself by ‘The Cocktail Gardener’
3) You’ll get a tour of The Grand Entrance Hall to Brunel’s Thames Tunnel, which is an underground chamber half the size of Shakespeare’s Globe.
4) There are fire pits, and a limitless supply of free marshmallows to toast on them
5) Tickets are a fiver. A fiver.
Details: Fridays & Saturdays throughout September | The Brunel Museum Rooftop Garden, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF | £5
The Churchill Bar & Terrace
The Hyatt Regency’s bar has just got a whole new look for its drinks terrace. Taking inspiration from Winston Churchill’s family house, Chartwell, it’s been decked out with an abundance of flowering wisteria and roses, elegant tinkling water features and love seat benches following original designs by his wife, Clementine. Which makes it pretty much the perfect place to sip on the bar’s specially designed seasonal cocktails, including a drink made with olive oil inspired by the Churchills’ Italian honeymoon.
Details: Open daily, 9am-late until the end of October | 30 Portman Square, W1H 7BH | You can reserve on 020 7299 2035
Main image: © Gemma Bell for Here & Now
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