YOUR JULY AGENDA | Pop Up London 2017
If you’ve spent 24 hours doing anything…
It’s probably time to call it a day.
Nonetheless, we’ve spent hours tirelessly researching the very best happenings in London this month, from hot tub boats to midnight art tours, London’s longest zip line, secret parties behind Gatsby’s pharmacy, rum-laced cruises, jazz picnics by the Thames, insect supper clubs, bicycle jousting, UV ping pong tournaments, bee hotels, cocktail classes in a 19th century police station aaand a 100ft waterslide overlooking London…
So, you know. It’s here if you want it.
POP UP EVENTS (July 2017)
Organising an all-nighter that sees installations and exhibitions popping up in unexpected spaces around London is no mean feat.
Luckily, having smashed it last year, they’ve got it down to a fine art.
On your travels you’ll see everything from a Black Mirror-style virtual reality creation of a futuristic ‘post-work’ society, and an immersive multi-media installation in an old Masonic temple, to sensory-overload poetic recitals from Jake and Dinos Chapman, and all-night dancing in the empty City streets.
Details: 1st July, 6pm-4am | Around London | Free Entry
Edible Botanical Drawing
We used to have a real illustration problem.
Thankfully, we’ve drawn a line under that.
But you can indulge yours at artfully ramshackle Spitalfields pub, The Culpeper, who are hosting a botanical art workshop on their rooftop with the guidance of illustrator Jennie Webber. She’ll be on hand to tutor you on technique, before you sit down for a hearty lunch showcasing those very same botanical ingredients.
Details: 1st July | The Culpeper Rooftop, 40 Commercial Street, E1 6LP | £65
Irish Gin & Tonic Festival
Ireland has whiskey, Guinness, and now, apparently, craft gin by the bucketload.
Those Irish have all the luck.
Thankfully, they’re willing to share – and this month sees the inaugural Irish G&T fest arrive in Dalston, where for a mere ten of your English pounds, you’ll be able to try a snifter from each of the four producers, before making sure each one still tastes as good lengthened in a gin and tonic. For free. Plus there’s BBQ from Nape chef Simon Lamont, to provide some delicious and crucially, absorbent, food.
Details: 1st July | The Bootyard, 18a Ashwin Street, E8 | £10
Saturday Sessions at the House of St. Barnabas
The House of St. Barnabas is a vital charity that looks out for people experiencing homelessness in London.
The garden of St. Barnabas, however, does a lot of good too – because to raise money for their projects this month, the secluded Soho courtyard will be playing host to live music sets for the first time – featuring a range of acoustic artists and DJs – plus there’ll be 2-4-1 cocktails, and the option of a three-course brunch from the House kitchen.
Details: 1st & 22nd July | The House of St Barnabas, 1 Greek Street, Soho Square,W1D 4NQ | £15/£38 with brunch
Milk Screening with Q&A
Yeah, we know. This rooftop is hiiideous. But helping to make it slightly more appealing is the Rooftop Film Club’s open-air screening of the critically acclaimed Milk (starring Sean Penn as American gay rights activist, Harvey Milk), which you’ll be able to enjoy from the comfort of a deckchair with something cold in hand. Oh, and in honour of Pride month, FOCUS Features have only gone and arranged for the film’s award-winning screenwriter, Dustin Lance Black, to grace the audience with a Q&A beforehand.
Don’t worry. We’re sure he won’t milk it.
Details: 1st July | Bussey Building, Roof A, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST | From £15
An Evening of Unnecessary Detail
Fresh from the organisers of the Festival of the Spoken Nerd, An Evening of Unnecessary Detail sees a group of aficionados, data crunchers, experts on miscellany and, coincidentally, funny people, stand up and tell you things in minute, and quite potentially excruciating detail, on everything from traffic lights to Enid Blyton.
Details: 3rd July | Backyard Comedy Club, 231 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 0EL | £11.11
British Summer Time
Ah, the great British Summer Time.
Lasting for a total of four days.
If you’re referring to the Hyde Park festival, that is. Because before the weekend gigs kick off, they’re hosting a week of free activities, including outdoor cinema and Wimbledon screenings, live music, theatre, baseball, an immersive pop up Birra Moretti bar and street food curated by Sourced Market.
If you’re talking about the actual British Summer, well, it’s probably already over.
Details: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th July | Hyde Park, W2 2UH | Free Entry
Independence Day Party at Rumpus Room and Dandelyan
There’s a lot of parties going on to celebrate Independence Day this month, but the Rumpus Room stands head and shoulders above the rest.
Not just because it’s a sleek 12th floor bar and terrace overlooking St. Paul’s, the Thames, and the better-looking bits of London, but because they’re also promising American cocktails and boilermakers, mini sliders and hot dogs, beer pong, and a live, all-American jazz and blues band. And if you head on down to Dandelyan downstairs, you’ll find barkeeps from the World Top 50 bar, Broken Shaker, bringing their cocktail expertise all the way from Miami.
Details: 4th July from 7pm | Rumpus Room, Mondrian, 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD | Dandelyan takeover open from 2nd-4th July
St. James’ Market Opening Week
We turned on the radio the other day, and it was all stringed instruments and big orchestral pieces.
And if that’s your sort of thing, then you’ll enjoy the al fresco opening week parties down at St. James’ Market, where Classic FM have curated a roster of live sets from musicians like Superbrass and Street Orchestra London. And if it’s not your sort of thing, you’ll probably enjoy it anyway, since each night there’ll be a bar and small plate stand hosted by one of the new St. James restaurants, including Aquavit, Duck & Waffle Local and Ikoyi.
Details: 5th-9th July | St. James’ Market, Piccadilly, SW1Y | Free Entry
Vauxhall Cinema Club
The team behind the pop-up cinema at the Shard earlier this year have found a new home in the form of a vast, decommissioned fire station in Vauxhall, where they’ll be teaming up with Birds Eye View to promote a series of screenings from female filmmakers. Each film is followed by a Q&A with expert speakers and includes a mocktail, and this month’s screening is the Meryl Streep comedy, “Postcards from the Edge”.
Details: 5th July | The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, SE1 7AG | £10 (£5 for local residents)
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: From 6th July | Lambeth Palace Road, SE1 7JY | From £18.50pp
Social Pantry’s Gin-Paired Supperclub
Most things taste better with gin.
But it’s apparently also true of four-course seasonal supperclubs, as this intimate feast at Social Pantry will prove. Each dish will come paired with a carefully designed Hayman’s gin cocktail, from Sloegronis to Victorian mojitos, plus you’ll be able to hear more about their history and how they make the gin itself. Whether you’ll remember any of it the next morning, of course, is a different matter.
Details: 6th July | Social Pantry, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TG | £42.90
The Portman Marylebone Summer Street Party
They can be pretty middle-of-the-road.
But Marylebone is stepping it up a notch with live music, terrarium classes, food from local eateries including The Gate and recently-opened BBQ spot, Boxcar, and cocktails swizzled by the Zetter Townhouse Marylebone.
Details: 6th July | New Quebec Street, W1H | Free Entry
Joey O’Hare and Kino Vino: Preserved @ the Our/London Vodka Distillery
Some people say preserved foods are the way to good health.
Then again, those people do cure everything…
But putting forward a pretty good case are Kino Vino founder and chef, Alissa Timoshkina, and Masterchef the Professionals contender, Joey Hare. Together they’re putting together a plant-based sharing feast showcasing fermented foods, made all the more persuasive by cultured cocktail pairings from independent distillers, Our/London Vodka.
Details: 6th & 7th July | Our/London Distillery, Arch 435 & 436, Spurstowe Road, Hackney Downs E8 1LS | £35
TT Liquor Cocktail Masterclasses | NUDGE MEMBER EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE
Making your own cocktails.
It’s stirring stuff.
And such a monumental journey should only be undertaken with the guidance of the best. Preferably, if we’re being picky, in a 19th century former police station that’s been kitted out as a tri-level temple to fine liquors, rare bottlings, and excellent cocktails, where they’ll teach you to knock up 3 cocktails and host a competitive freestyle round….READ MORE
Details: Fridays and Saturdays throughout July | TT Liquor, 17b Kingsland Road, E2 8AA | £70
Great Gatsby Lates
He’s not the average Gatsby, the mediocre Gatsby, or even your common or garden Gatsby.
Unless you take him outside.
And coupled with The Immersive Ensemble’s solid track record, it all means that these atmospheric, late-night parties brimming with live jazz, prohibition-defying cocktails and foot-stomping dance floor action are probably going to be quite good.
Details: 7th, 8th, 21st & 22nd July | 12 Pilgrimage Street, SE1 4AU | £17.50
Bat Walk in Sydenham Hill Wood
Sometimes the endless sunshine, riviera-styled pop ups and street food festivals of summer can get a little overbearing. Sometimes, all you want is a nice night time walk around the eerie and atmospheric Sydenham woodland, where you’ll be equipped with actual bat detectors to try and track down the flighty little fellas.
Details: 7th July, 9pm | Crescent Wood Road gate, Sydenham Hill Wood, SE26 6LS | Free
Negroni Nights at Rotorino
How to make a Negroni Night: take 1 part late night, after-hours opening at Stevie Parle’s Dalston restaurant Rotorino, 1 part lasagne served at 1am, 1 part music, and approx. 7 parts negronis and home-made limoncello. Enjoy.
Details: 7th July, 10.30-3am | Rotorino, 434 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA | Free Entry
WABI Festival of Japan
Wabi roughly translates as “the beauty to be found in simplicity, subdued taste and quiet, sober refinement”. Roughly. But subdued and sober reactions might be quite hard to suppress at this festival of Japanese culture and produce, where you’ll find samples from The Kyoto Distillery, makers of Japan’s first ever gin), and masterclasses on everything from Poke Bowls to Japanese Tiki-inspired cocktail making.
Details: 7th & 8th July | Lindley Hall, SW1P 2PE | From £20 HERE
Jazz Brunch on the Lawn at Tate Britain
If you like your orange juice like your jazz – smooth – then you’ll really like the Tate Britain’s al fresco brunch series, which sees your orange juice (and Bloody Maries, and oysters, and eggs benedict) accompanied by a slick jazz trio on their sun-trap garden lawns. But if you’re more of a ‘with bits’ person, then you should plump for the picnic option, which involves you, a blanket, and a hamper stuffed with lunchy bits and bobs from the Tate restaurant.
Details: 8th, 15th, 22nd July | Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG | From £5
It always seems to take centre
But not this year, because you’re going to be hosting a rival contest of your own – only it’s going to be way better, because:
a) you’re playing ping pong, not tennis
b) you’ll be sipping on frozen margaritas and snacking on tacos and sliders while you’re at it, and
c) THIS IS ALL HAPPENING IN A UV, NEON-LIT BASEMENT BAR.
Details: 8th – 17th July | The London EDITION, 10 Berners Street, W1T 3NP | £13.25
London Pride Fortnight
Get ready to paint the town red…and orange, and yellow, and green at the London Pride fortnight, this year celebrating 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexual activity. In response to the events that have struck London recently, the theme this year is “Love Happens Here” – and is set to be reflected in a range of events, from Penguin’s Pride event celebrating LGBT literature to the flamboyant, colourful Pride parade.
Details: Until 9th July | Across London
Ernest Lunch Party at Gillett Square
It’s time we all appreciated the importance of being Ernest. Because the charitable network are doing some invaluable work helping restaurants to raise money for local food charities, and to celebrate smashing their first fundraising campaign, they’re holding a huge, al fresco, music filled lunch party in Gillett Square, inviting their charities, local cooks and other organisations like Hands Up for Syria to cook up a dish in the square in the name of charity.
Details: 9th July | Gillett Square, N16 8JN | Free Entry
The Sunday Experiment at 108 Garage
Not satisfied with blowing the restauranting world out of the water six days a week, 108 Garage – the critically-swooning restaurant at the end of Portobello Road – is now opening the Garage doors on a Sunday, when chef Chris Denney (formerly at Viajante and The Square) will be flexing his cooking muscles and creating a completely new, experimental, off-the-regular-menu menu of ten dishes – six of which you’ll be able to try out in your own little prix fixe tasting feast.
Details: Every Sunday, 12-6pm | 108 Golborne Road, W10 5PS | £35pp, book a table HERE
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: From 11th July | Old Street | £220 per trip
Sake Party at Jidori
Jidori don’t need an excuse for a party.
But they thought they’d put this one on for your sake.
They’ll be serving up a special five course menu, with each dish paired to a matching sake by a Tengu Sake sommelier. You can expect kombu cured mackerel with fresh wasabi, tuna belly katsu and wangus flank steak.
Details: 11th July | Jidori, 89 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB | £45
After running successful new writing festivals for two years, Festival 47 at The King’s Head Theatre is at a good stage. Showcasing 20 productions from up-and-coming fringe companies that are committed to paying their performers (sadly rarer than you’d think), you’ll find everything from the grisly ‘Bury The Hatchet’ from award-winning Over The Limit Theatre, to musical stand-up from Stiff & Kitsch.
Details: 11th-21st July | The King’s Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street, N1 1QN | £12
Aperol Spritz Social
Any drink that uses prosecco as a mixer probably knows how to throw a good party. But just in case you were in any doubt, they’ve commandeered one of East London’s finest rooftops and filled it with Italian small plates from Forza Win, a DJ set from Norman Jay MBE and Aperol-infused ice cream from Chin Chin Labs.
Details: 13th July | Netil 360, 1 Westgate Street, E8 3RL
Zoos are often filled with noisy, smelly, unpredictable creatures. But on Friday evenings for the next 6 weeks, they’re kicking out the kids and staying open after hours for adult-only access, with street food and pop-up ‘watering holes’ (eh), live entertainment, Zooniversity challenge, and er…well, loads of animals.
Details: Every Friday until 14th July | London Zoo, NW1 4RY | £17.50
The Chap Olympiad
Revisit a time when witnessing posh people behaving as bumbling fools was merely a harmless, amusing past time, at the Chap Olympiad – a sports day for the athletically inept, the eccentric, and the impeccably well-turned out. Expect bicycle jousting, tea-based obstacle courses, live music, vintage garb and cocktails from Bourne & Hollingsworth.
Details: 15th July | Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, WC1 | £25
Japan is pretty much already a hyper version of most other countries.
So when it’s given the hyper treatment itself for this glorious weekend, Wapping’s Tobacco Docks will be bursting at the seams with Japanese street food, sake tastings, punk bands, fashion parades, stationery covered in pastel-coloured llamas, robotic hand demonstrations, and a class on making your lunchbox curry look like an adorable rabbit.
Details: 14-16th July | Tobacco Docks, Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF | £15
Big Screen on the Beach
It’s not for squares.
Which is probably why their pop up urban beach has jumped deftly onto the trendy open-air screenings bandwagon, and will be showing a reel of cult classics including Pulp Fiction, Withnail & I, and Moulin Rouge throughout the summer – plus free screenings of the Wimbledon finals.
Details: Opening weekend 15th & 16th July | Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH | Opening weekend is free entry, ticketed thereafter
Rocks Oyster Pop-Up at Nape
For a few months now, Nape, the wine bar and small plates restaurant from butchers Cannon & Cannon, has been curing meat – and now they’re ready to cure your oyster cravings too, as head chef Simon Lamont brings his other project, Rocks, to the fore for a music-filled Sunday seafood spectacular, showcasing his flame-grilled oysters and skewers alongside a paired wine list.
Details: 16th July | Nape, 21 Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8TR | £14
Chick’n’Sours Bubbledogs Takeover
Carl Clarke seems to be taking over London.
Because not only is his smash-hit Chick’n’Sours expanding, he’s also crashing the Bubbledogs kitchen to serve up a menu of Asian-inspired hot dogs for a one-night takeover. There’ll be the Chengdu Chilli Dog, topped with white kimchi and er, ‘kimcheese’, and the Thai Dog, with fermented som tum and Thai ranch sauce – plus a host of themed sides, from chilli-laced smacked cucumber to tater tots with Korean schmaltz, and, of course, the requisite champagne.
Details: 19th July | Bubbledogs, 70 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QG | Reserve on 0207 637 7770
You may already be aware that the literal translation of ‘karaoke’ is ‘empty orchestra’. And largely, it’s been a pretty accurate moniker.
Because you’re about to test out your pipes live on stage with a 15-strong gospel band. That’s right. Karaoke. With a gospel choir.
Details: 20th July | Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU | £13-128
The Rosé Festival | NUDGE MEMBER EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE
Looking back on a beer goggles moment can sometimes evoke regret, but it’s often the opposite with wine…
Maybe that’s just because they’re rosé-tinted glasses.
But helping to cast that heady, cheerful glow over a summer weekend is London’s first Rosé Festival. Taking place on the sun-dappled front lawn of the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton, it’ll see over thirty top-shelf rosé producers come together to serve up their finest wares for your delectation.
Details: 21st- 23rd July | Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, E2 8EA | £15
Summer Festival at Alexandra Palace
Many things are better when done al fresco.
Like eating, drinking, and pretending you know a smattering of Italian…
But now you can add a whole host of other activities to that list, thanks to the return of the Summer Festival at Alexandra Palace, where you can expect to find a giant waterslide, four music stages, an outdoor cinema, silent discos, a street food village, cocktails in watermelons, and so much more… READ MORE.
Details: 22nd July | Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY | Free entry, some events ticketed
Build a Bee Hotel
There’s a real buzz about it.
And helping you to understand why is this workshop from Urban Bees Ltd., who will talk you through why we give two hoots about crowds of flying menaces that seem so intent on stinging us, before leading a class on building a take-home bee hotel.
You could call it a Bee’N’Bee.
Details: 22nd July | Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN | £25
Beekeeping on the Ham Yard Hotel Rooftop
See, that buzz thing wasn’t just a tenuous joke. Beekeeping is genuinely having a moment. And in this alternative apian event on the Ham Yard Hotel’s rooftop, you’ll hear from their resident beekeeper (because of course they have one) about how we can support our urban bee population – plus you’ll be able to sample the hotel’s own rooftop honey and learn how to stir it into a signature cocktail.
Details: 24th July | Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, W1D 7DT | £25
Block Party Cinema: City of God
Block Party Cinema’s living up to its name by hosting an all day Brazilian party around the screening of the iconic action film set in Rio’s favelas – meaning you’ll also find live music and samba classes, Brazilian street food, cocktail classes and a VR experience to take you round the back streets of Rio.
Details: 23rd July | Juju’s Bar & Stage, Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, E1 6QR | From £14
Tequila-Paired Dinner at Cartel
If you’ve got some time tequila on National Tequila Day, you should probably head to Cartel, who are hosting a special taco and cocktail-fuelled dinner alongside Patron tequila flights, with experts on hand to guide you through the tasting – all topped off with tequila ice cream.
Details: 24th July | 517-519 Battersea Park Road, SW11 3BN | From £30
Tate Tap Takeover with Alphabet Brewing Co.
Boasting a name that will be virtually unpronounceable by the end of the evening, the Tate Tap Takeover sees the Tate Modern’s terrace bar hosted by Manchester craft brewers Alphabet Brewing Co. for the evening, showcasing their unusual artwork alongside their award-winning beers, including the Tropical Pale, Juice Springsteen. Their resident artist, Hammo, will also be on hand performing live drawing, and running workshops to design your own beer label – with a meal for 2 worth £100 at the Tate restaurant up for grabs for the most creative entry.
Details: 27th July from 6.30pm | Tate Modern Terrace Bar, Level 1 Blavatnik Building, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG | From £12.50
Cocktails in the City
The perfect cocktail.
It’s a long shot.
However if you head along to the scenic Georgian gardens in Bedford Square later this month, you’ll very likely find it… because Cocktails in the City is back for the fifth year in a row, once more bringing with it the most concentrated collection of London’s preeminent cocktail-making talent, alongside street food stalls, tasting tables and live music.
Details: 28th & 29th July | Bedford Square, WC1B 3ES | £15
The Grand Cork Experiment
Behold the latest Bompas & Parr pop up, where they’re hoping to conduct a neuroenological tasting, which essentially translates as you drinking wine while they attach high-end brain activity monitors to your head to see how your neural impulses respond to sensory ‘wine-drinking rituals’, like popping a cork.
Sounds like a brainwave.
Details: 28th & 29th July | 15 Bateman Street, London, W1D 3AQ | Free
Corona SunSets Festival
400 tonnes of sand are being drafted in for this beach festival on Greenwich Peninsula with beach games, a street food market, silk screen workshops, a lot of Coronas, and two huge stages featuring live music from the Mambo Brothers and Felix Jaehn. According to the website, fanny packs are allowed, but totem poles are strictly prohibited, so pack wisely.
Details: 29th July, 2pm-late | Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 | £35
Untitled Uncovered | NUDGE MEMBER EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE
Tony Conigliaro and Willy Wonka have a lot in common.
They’re both recipe-crafting geniuses, they both have mysterious production facilities, and they both make something you do not want your dog getting into.
And the coincidences don’t stop there. Because just as Willy opened the gates to his monumental fictional chocolate factory, so is Tony offering the chance for a few lucky souls to glimpse what goes on in his (very real) Drink Factory, where he researched the concoctions for his bars, 69 Colebrooke Row, Bar Termini and Untitled… READ MORE
Details: 29th July | 26 Regents Studios, 8 Andrews Road, E8 4QN | £50
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 Summer Date Ideas
What’s this? Oh, just a rundown of fifty more outdoor, sun-drenched, cocktail-laced, jacuzzi-involving ideas to while away the summer… 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: Every Friday in July | Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, SE21 7AD | Free, register HERE
Into The Unknown
Walking into a Black Mirror.
Is that something you can see yourself doing?
Because if so, we have some good news for you: as part of their new exhibition exploring the history of sci-fi, the Barbican are going to turn their huge entrance hall into an immersive take on the oh-so-gloriously bleak episode 15 Million Merits. The rest of the gallery is set to feature original manuscripts by Jules Verne, props and models from cult sci-fi films, as well as new work by the Oscar award-winning VFX specialists behind Ex Machina.
Details: Until 1st September | The Barbican, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS | £14.50
Perfume at Somerset House
Somerset House’s latest exhibition is not one to be sniffed at.
It’s set to tell the stories of the pioneering creators behind ten hand-picked scents, which have been inspired variously by the smells of water theme parks and Catholic mass, as well as looking at the most influential fragrances from the last century, including an out-of-production Victorian scent that’s been specially recreated for the exhibition. Plus, there’s a series of talks and events, including the chance to make your own ‘unorthodox odour’. Which, trust us, is more pleasant than it sounds.
Details: Throughout July | East Wing Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA | £11
The London Riviera
They say you can’t beat the French riviera.
Turns out you Cannes.
Because London’s Bankside is being transformed into a languid summer hangout, decked out with sunbeds and palm trees, food from Taco Revolution, free flowing cocktails, and daily entertainment including riverside dance classes, mass live karaoke, circus performances, and open-air film screenings.
Details: Until 31st August | Queen’s Walk, SE1 2DB | Free Entry
Cabanas at The Coppa Club
Before you ask, yes – the cabanas at The Coppa Club are indeed called ‘Coppa Cabanas’. They weren’t going to miss that opportunity. Neither have they missed the opportunity to bolster their timber frameworks with wisteria & roses growing up the pergola structures, outdoor sofas, wicker armchairs, festoon lighting, space heaters, individual Sonos speakers, and a hexagonal outdoor bar. They’re available to book now (but there are a couple reserved for walk-ins).
Details: Throughout July | The Coppa Club Tower Bridge, 3 Three Quays Walk, EC3R 6AH
Pergola on the Roof – Shepherd’s Bush & Paddington
Rooftops. They’re the perfect place to raise a glass. And now there’s one more to add to your roster of informal-yet-elegant sun traps to frequent this summer, because this month sees the arrival of a sibling rooftop to the wildly successful Pergola on the Roof, which landed on the multi-storey car park by the old BBC centre in White City last year.
Details: Throughout July | Television Centre, Wood Lane, Shepherds Bush, W12 7RJ | 5 Kingdom Street, Paddington, W2 6PY
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.
Details: Throughout July | Roof East, Floors 7 & 8, Stratford Multi-Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, E15 1XE
Remember when everyone used to huddle around a campfire on school trips while someone played 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: Every Friday until September | A Secret Location | £10
Gardening Society Rooftop
Never knowingly under cover, John Lewis’ Gardening Society rooftop is back for the summer, with Asian and Middle Eastern fusion tacos from Foley’s; bookable summerhouses with their own private herb garden out front; plus what is possibly Britain’s smallest pub, The Gardener’s Arms.
It’s literally pint-sized.
Details: Daily until 4th September | 300 Oxford Street, W1C 1DX | Free Entry
Last Days of Shoreditch
Laughing cravenly in the face of their own name, The Last Days of Shoreditch is back for yet another year, this time in the form of “The Shoreditch Riviera” – an urban beach overlooked by palm trees and decking, with its own Escape Room experience, a karaoke room powered by Lucky Voice, 5 bars, a mezzanine restaurant, and a ton of street food.
Details: Throughout July | 288 Old Street, EC1V 9LA | Free entry
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.
Details: Daily until 11pm | Penning St. Car Park, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF | Activities from £15, book here
If you thought a beach would neverland in Fulham, think again. Because as of last month, it’s gained a BYOB riverside sandscape complete with palm trees, deck chairs, swings, beach huts, and long feasting tables at which you can eat food from The Duck Truck, Taco Dave, and Le Rac Shack (they serve raclette). If you go as a group, you can even get ‘beach butlers’ to mix bespoke cocktails for you.
Let’s hope it Pans out.
Details: Throughout July | Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY | £6 entry (free entry for walk-ins before 7 pm on weekdays, and 2 pm on weekends)
Brixton Beach debuted last year to huge fanfare. And this followup (or ‘son of a beach’, if you will) is inspired by the sandy shores of Cuba, with pastel-coloured beach huts, leafy palms and copious amounts of sand decorating the roof of the Brixton car park. All summer, there’ll be entertainment from Latin American brass bands, dancers and cabaret performers, and DJ sets, as well as film screenings, fitness classes and guest chef BBQs.
Details: Throughout July | Brixton Rooftop, Pope’s Road, SW9 6JH
Alice’s Adventures Underground
In case you’ve been down a rabbit hole the past month, the Olivier-nominated immersive show is back. To imagine what it’s like, just think back to the last time you smoked with caterpillars, watched it rain underground, took tea with a narcoleptic dormouse and had a drink with a living, breathing chess piece with a ludicrously large codpiece.
It’s a bit like that.
Details: Throughout July | The Vaults, Launcelot Street, SE1 7AD | From £25
“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. Currently playing is artistic director Emma Rice’s take on Twelfth Night, featuring the critically-acclaimed Le Gateau Chocolat.
Details: Until 15th October | Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT | From £5
Every decent Italian market has to have at the very least some cured meats, cheeses, and an illuminated pop-up cinema with thirst-quenching cocktails, 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 sand-scattered Miami beach bar, serving up 80s cult classics and a couple of new releases to boot.
Details: Throughout July | Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR | From £16.50
London Never Dies
The one and only London Cabaret Club have just unleashed tickets to their most ambitious show to date: a multisensory cabaret tribute to James Bond, complete with five live acts in which you will – amongst other things – see somersaulting waiters serving you smoking martinis, eat from oyster bars, catch the scent of spice markets, and hear live music in a mind-blowing, no holds barred 4D-sensory experience.
Details: Every Saturday until 29th July | Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, WC1B 4DA | From £35
From now until September, the Science Museum will be filled with a load of creepy, emotionless individuals… showcased in their robot exhibition. Presenting everything from mechanical medieval monks to an INCREDIBLY LIFELIKE animatronic baby stuck to a wall, it asks why we make robots. And the answer is because they’re freaking awesome.
Details: Until 3rd September | Exhibition Road, South Kensington, SW7 2DD | £15
POP UP RESTAURANTS (July 2017)
The Disappearing Dining Club has reappeared.
And it’s in a surprisingly permanent incarnation this time, operating as a 4 nights-a-week pop-up ahead of its full launch later this year. Speakeasy-style, it’s housed in a tiny former basement wine bar down a Barbican side street, that’s been left empty for the past decade. Head there now, and you’ll find an intimate 16 seater restaurant serving up a modern European set menu that changes every week (but has so far included pig’s head rillette, a pea and poached egg risotto, and a Flat White brulée).
Details: Wed-Sat evenings, 6-10.45pm | 24-26 Newbury Street, EC1A 7HU | Set Menus from £30pp, book HERE
A Gastronomic Tour of Italy Supperclub
Fancy being wined and dined by the head chef at the Italian Embassy?
Don’t worry, there’s no need to be diplomatic.
Simply get your hands on tickets to this supperclub in the home of Luiz Hara, The London Foodie, where Embassy chef Danilo Cortellini will be serving up a ten-course, BYOB feast inspired by different regions of his native Italy, plucked from his upcoming debut cookbook. Expect blowtorched mackerel with buffalo mozzarella, and multicoloured tortellini.
Details: 12th-15th July, 6.30pm | Location revealed on booking | £50, email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve
Carousel Comes to Tate Modern
The Tate Modern’s seen some noteworthy installations in its time, and this month, it’s getting a Carousel of its own. Not, we should clarify, the rotating horses kind, but the rotating-guest-chef restaurant in Marylebone kind, which is popping up in the Tate for three mini residencies from Aussie Shaun Presland, Nikkei-focussed Cooking In Motion, and Mexican dishes from Santiago Lastra.
Details: Various dates between 14th -30th July | Restaurant at Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG | From £25
Eighty Six List x Borough Market Supperclubs
Remember how great Borough Plates was? Ever wish someone would step up again and gather a heap of talented rising chefs to make the most of Borough Market’s produce in that scenic, airy dining room overlooking the cathedral? Well thankfully Eighty Six List have done just that, curating a series of supperclubs from up and coming chefs that are yet (or about) to open their own permanent spots. This month sees the closing weekend event, showcasing the fare from moveable restaurant Xiringuito.
Details: 27th-29th July | 1 Cathedral Street SE1 9DE | From £35
Eat Grub | NUDGE MEMBER EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE
You know what you generally hear when you suggest going to an insect-themed supper club?
But then, when you mention that these insects are cooked up by Seb Holmes, the chef/prodigy behind the critically worshipped Farang (and alum of other Thai dazzlers Smoking Goat & The Begging Bowl), you might begin to pique people’s interest…READ MORE
Details: 30th July and throughout summer | Farang, San Daniele, 72 Highbury Park, N5 2XE | From £33
Our/Summer at Our/London
Get your fill of food/drink at Hackney Downs vodka distillery, Our/London, whose foodie trailer park is getting a reshuffle for the month of July. Now you’ll find grub plated up by chefs including Robin Gill (The Dairy) and Chris Thompson (ex-Maze and Duck & Waffle), while cocktails still come courtesy of the micro-distillery itself, for an entirely reasonable £5.
Details: Saturdays in July | Arch 435 & 436, Spurstowe Road, E8 1LS | Free Entry
Prairie Fire at Sourced Market
We’ve never asked how these guys barbecue so well.
But we’d love to grill them.
What we do know, however, is that they’re serving up their authentic Kansas-style BBQ grub – from brisket to smoked turkey and tacos – for a month-long residency at Marylebone’s Sourced Market. You’ll even find their range of BBQ sauces on sale, just in case you do work out how to do it at home…
Details: Weekdays in July | Sourced Market, 68 Wigmore Street, W1U 2SD
London Shell Co. 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 seafood-laden dinner cruises along the Regent’s Canal, powered with English natural wines and cocktails made with spirits distilled in Britain.
Details: Wed-Fri and occasional weekends throughout Summer | Departs from Paddington Central, Sheldon Square, W2 6EP | £45
Matr, we’re told, is an Old Norse word for ‘meal’, that you can pronounce “as you wish”. Which, frankly sounds nothing like it’s spelled, but whatever. The supper club comes from Danish chef Jonas Lorentzen, who uses old Viking techniques to make his menu, including the likes of Pigeon breast with Jerusalem artichoke mousseline, and beer-braised onions with a ‘dirt’ made from rye bread, malt flour, porcini mushrooms, and toasted walnuts.
Details: 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th & 15th July | A Secret Location | £55 (£90 with wine / winter juice pairing)
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 July | Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
Max’s Sandwich Shop Residency at Birthdays
Max’s Sandwich Shop has some very big fans.
And now you can join the clubs by trying out some of the former Salt Yard chef’s meals-within-a-brioche at Dalston’s Birthdays, with fillings like ham hock and shoestring potatoes, and short rib with deep-fried broccoli all making an appearance throughout the six-month residency.
Details: Throughout July | Birthdays, 33-35 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BJ
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 July | 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.
Details: Until April 2018 | 54 Frith Street, W1D 4SL
Bite Me Burger Co. Pop Up | NUDGE MEMBER EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE
It’s the kind of restaurant which requires you to invite your friends with some very careful wording.
But invite you shall: for this is the first pop up incarnation from the Bite Me Burger Co., ahead of opening a permanent joint next year. Wisely, they’ve placed it in the very capable hands of Adam Rawson, who’ll be dishing up boxes of miniature burgers with his signature fancy fillings.
Details: Throughout July | 36-38 Kingsway, WC2B 6EY
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 (July 2017)
Death’s Door Dive Bar
Ironically, they’re on the up.
And to celebrate Independence Day, American distillery Death’s Door Spirits are popping up in Dalston with a rootin-tootin’, all-American dive bar, replete with taxidermied animals regaled in stars and stripes, air hockey and pinball tournaments, and generous servings of classic cocktails, from Vesper martinis to sazeracs.
Details: 30th June/1st July | 80 Dalston Lane, E8 3AH | Free Entry
Bussey Beer Garden
Craft Beers have officially reached the height of their popularity.
Because one of the Bussey Building’s rooftops is about to play host to a high-level 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 and Saturdays from 7th July | D Roof, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST
Spirit of Tiki Festival
Regent’s Park is about to unleash the spirit of tiki.
But not to worry, that’s not a fearsome deified ancestor. It’s rum.
Because for two booze-soaked days, Regent’s Park is gaining a village of tropical inspired bars headed up by some of the best mixologists in the city, serving up rum cocktails in anything from tiki head cups to entire pineapples.
Details: 14th & 15th July | Regent’s Park, Marylebone Road, NW1 5HA| From £15
The founders of this pop up bar celebrating sparkling wines have forgotten nothing.
Except, maybe, the final z.
What they do have, however, is a slick Soho pop up space; a bar stocked with international bubbling beverages; and a new approach to social dining, serving up stuffed brioche buns, charcuterie boards and small sharing plates over the bartop in a matter of minutes.
Details: Throughout July | Lights of Soho, 35 Brewer Street, W1F 0RX
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: 27th & 28th July | Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, E2 8EA | £3 entry
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 July | Mac and Wild City, 9A Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YN
Ladies and Gentlemen’s Bar on a Boat
Continuing their association with public waterways are Ladies and Gentlemen, the Kentish town bar based in a former public convenience, who are joining forces with London Shell Co. to host a rum cocktail bar on a low-slung canal boat moored up by King’s Cross. Plus, they’re running the occasional summer evening booze cruise so that you and the boat can let loose.
Details: Until 31st July | Goods Way, Kings Cross, N1C | £18
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 July | The Brunel Museum Rooftop Garden, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF | £5
Summer Rum Festival
The Jam Trees in Clapham and Chelsea are going all out with their Rum Festival this month – you’ll find steel-drum soundtracked brunches, salsa classes, Caribbean supper clubs, tasting masterclasses and, of course, plenty of cocktails.
It’s no rum deal.
Details: Throughout July | The Jam Tree (Clapham & Chelsea)
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
Christabel doesn’t do things by halves. So when she puts on a cocktail masterclass, it comes with things like edible glitter, vibrant ice cubes, and purple salted caramel popcorn, to name but a few.
Details: Throughout July | A Secret N1 Location | £30 – £40
Overpoured Sunday Cruise
Take a cruise,
With bottomless booze,
Some eclectic tunes,
And a chance for a snooze.
If you’ve three hours to lose,
…You won’t get the blues.
Details: Sundays in July | Alfred Le Roy, Canalside Queen’s Yard, E9 5EN | £12.50 (£25 for bottomless booze)
Bespoke Gin Making with Half Hitch
It’s a little-known fact that Camden Lock used to be a hub for gin distillery and storage – and an express train used to ship it out daily. And an even littler known fact that the fine Half Hitch Gin micro-distillery now tucked away in the heart of Camden Market is not only reviving the tradition, but inviting you to join in – with an hour’s masterclass and BYOB (bring your own botanicals) distillation session.
Details: Weekdays throughout July | Unit 53 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF | £50
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