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YOUR AUGUST AGENDA | Pop Up London 2018

It you think that it’s feeling a lot cooler in London today…

…that’s because we’ve collected up the very best transient experiences happening over the next month and put them all inside Your August Agenda.

On the menu – hovercraft racing, catapult building, stunt jumping & wild dodgeball; adventure films in a tunnel under the Thames; a 10-course sensory tasting menu designed by an experimental psychologist; an opportunity to be hunted through the streets of London; a pop up croquet pub; rooftop baseball batting cages and alfresco cinemas; the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course; a pop up bar serving chocolate cocktails; an immersive wild west saloon; an ice cream exhibition and lots, lots more…


POP UP EVENTS (August 2018)

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Adventure Films Underground

If you’re going to watch someone’s life flash before your eyes…

…make sure it’s somebody else’s.

And the best place to do it is underground at Adventure Films Underground, who’re screening a trio of award-winning adventure-related flicks in a tunnel under the Thames at the Brunel Museum (after taking in a few rounds of cocktails on the rooftop garden, of course). READ MORE

Details: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd (Thursdays) August | The Brunel Museum, Tunnel Road, SE16 4LF | £25

V For Festival

Apparently V is for vegan, veggie, and various ethically minded events taking place this August across the city – they’ll launch the fest with Vegan Nights street food collective, then move on to a few sustainable fashion pop up shops, a little rooftop yoga, some happiness workshops, some live music, a talk by a TEDx speaker, and literally more than a dozen other events. Apparently, V is for very exciting too.

Details: 2nd-31st August | Across London

Crawfish Boil at Boondocks

Crawfish boils are a New Orleans tradition. And New Orleans traditions are a Boondocks tradition. So as they’ve done since they opened, they’re putting on a feast of crawfish, potatoes, beef sausage, garlic bread, comeback sauce (because you’ll comeback for more), and Cajun butter dip. And precisely no cutlery.

Details: 3rd August | Boondocks, 205 City Road, EC1V 1JN | £36.50

Cocktails in the City

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It’s summer.

Let the festivals be gin.

Or better yet, let the festivals be gin, rum, tequila, whisky and a whole lot more – all whipped into Willy Wonka-level concoctions by the city’s (and some would say, the world’s) most illustrious barkeeps. Because Cocktails In The City, London’s preeminent cocktail weekender, is back – and it’s going to see 25 of the city’s finest, award-winning bars recreated in pop up form in a beautiful Georgian garden square… READ MORE

Details: 3rd & 4th August | Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3HH | £20 (incl. welcome cocktail)


Craft beer.

Apparently, over the last decade or so, a lot of people have taken that as an instruction.

And almost all of them are going to be at the London Craft Beer Festival to show off the fruits of their labour. Well, over sixty five of them at any rate. The fest is going to take place over the weekend of the 3rd-5th August at Tobacco Dock, which they’re going to absolutely ram full of beer, music, food, and fun. They’re even taking advantage of the huge space’s cavernous Vaults to create an all new platform for the breweries to put on parties, masterclasses, bottle shops, and more… READ MORE

Details: 3rd-5th August | Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF | £39-£150

The Croqueta Challenge 2018

The Croqueta Challenge. It separates the wheat from the chaff. The men from the boys. The top shelf croqueta from the total crocks. And this year, it’ll see teams from restaurants like Rovi, Scully, Farang, Breddos Tacos, and over a dozen more compete to please your tastebuds as you lay down ruthless judgement…

Details: 6th & 13th August, 3rd September | Ember Yard, 60 Berwick Street, W1F 8SU | £25-£25

Secret Cinema’s Romeo & Juliet

Secret Cinema’s next project is going to be Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet. It would be a tragedy if you didn’t go. Mostly because they’re going to be recreating Verona Beach, Father Lawrence’s church, and the Capulet mansion for a 5hr long immersive screening/party event…

Details: 9th–25th August | A Secret Location | £50-£70

For The Love Of Ice

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Like its explorer namesake, the new Shackleton Blended Scotch Malt Whisky is pretty at home on ice.

It’s based on the original malt supplied to the 1907 British Arctic Expedition, which was rediscovered after being frozen in the Antarctic for over a century.

Pretty cool.

And you can get a taste of it at their late night whisky lounge at Oblix East, on the 32nd floor of the Shard. Your ticket will net you entry and an ice-cold cocktail on arrival, after which you can take in the views, bop your head to DJ ReviveHER, and sample drinks made with ingredients inspired by Shackleton’s own expedition supplies…

Details: 11th August | Oblix East, The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, SE1 9SG | £10 (inc. welcome drink) | Book tickets HERE

Espresso Martini Festival

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Espresso Martinis always create a bit of a buzz. So it’s no surprise that the Espresso Martini Festival – which debuted last year – is back for round two. All you need to do is get a festival pass for a tenner, and you can score £6 EMs from over 100 of London’s finest bars. And for its sophomore year, the fest even has its own dedicated pop up bar, Mr Black’s Church of Coffee. And they’re giving away 1000 (yes, three zeroes) free drinks on their launch night… READ MORE

Details: 16th-19th August | Across London | £10


After selling out its run at The Vaults Festival earlier this year, Lamplighters is back to assuage those who missed out on a ticket. It’s essentially part immersive theatre, part spy drama, part improv comedy, that relies heavily on the wit & charisma of its creator/performer Neil Connolly. He plays Control, the head of MI5, who is looking for a mole within the organisation. And you are his spy network. Audience suggestion leads the direction of the plot, and creates ample opportunity for jokes…

Details: Until 18th August | Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St John Street. EC1V 4NJ | £16.50

Botanical Cocktail Making

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Learning to make botanical-infused cocktails.

It takes thyme.

But it’s a lot easier if you happen to be learning with an expert in the rooftop garden of Spitalfields’ most beautiful pub, The Culpeper. You’ll learn how to harvest your herbs and turn them into tinctures and infusions, before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of your labours alongside a slap up meal.

Details: 18th August The Culpeper, 40 Commercial Street, E1 6LP £25


MakeMore is a festival for “makers and doers”.

Not for those who merely make do.

It’s debuting this year in Victoria Park, for an extremely long five-day weekend of creativity-fuelled activities from 23rd – 27th August. They’ll be filling the park with over 100 creatives from across the worlds of design, crafts, animation, painting, printmaking, ceramics, woodwork, and basically anything that involves actually making something. The point is for festival-goers to get a chance to get hands-on, with masterclasses, demos, taster sessions, live performances, and more…

Details: 23rd-27th August | Victoria Park, E3 5SN | £28-£32

The Monster

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Last year, they bought us The Beast, and now, they’re bringing us The Monster. Because while The Beast was a beauty, at a mere 272m of inflatable obstacle course, she clearly wasn’t quite big enough. So the people behind the whole enterprise have made her bigger and badder, and she’s now packing both a new name and a full 300m of inflatable obstacles (42 in all) for you to charge through… READ MORE

Details: 24th-27th August | Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY | £20

Ultimate Power

Karaoke is fun. Karaoke with hundreds of other people simultaneously singing power ballads at the top of their lungs is close to a religious experience. And this Ultimate Power event is going to feature bangers from messrs Collins, Loaf, Tyler and Jovi and many, many more besides. Bring your air instruments and throat sweets.

Details: 31st August | The Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High Street, NW1 8QP | £13.50


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A Wes Anderson-esque grownup playground that’s essentially half adventure camp, half music festival in the middle of the wilderness of a heritage Kent pine forest for one glorious weekend at the end of summer. It involves hovercraft racing, catapult building, stunt jumping, wild dodgeball, rife shooting, and a loooot more. READ MORE

Details: 31 Aug–03 Sep | Heritage Pine Forest, Knock Mill Lane, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 6AH | £159 (Get a 10% discount with the code NUDGE10)

KERB Camden Lates

For the whole of August KERB Camden are going to be opening up late into the evening, with 34 traders, a cocktail bar, and a lineup of DJs playing every Friday. Annnnd there’s a new KERB cocktail bar for you to wash everything down with.

Details: 6pm-10pm, until 31st August | KERB Camden, | Free Entry


Beautiful Allotment

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Beautiful Allotment is the perfect place to raise a glass to your tulips.

After all, it’s big, it’s lush, and it looks just like a sizeable chunk of verdant English countryside has been planted right in the heart of the capital. The ‘heart’, in this instance, referring to the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton. And the ‘English countryside’ in this instance referring to the bit with cocktails, BBQs, geometric treehouses, potting sheds, day beds, and cool tractors that’ll pick you up in town and take you there like some kind of rustic Uber. READ MORE

Details: Until 26th August | The Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, E2 8EA

Camden Rooftop Cinema Club

The top floor of FEST Camden might not be the highest rooftop in the city…

…but it’s up there.

And the fact that they’re exploiting the relentlessly balmy summer evenings we’re joyously enduring to play a series of outdoor movies celebrating some of British cinema’s finest moments over the past couple of decades… means that other venues will start to really look up to it… READ MORE

Details: Throughout August | FEST Camden, Stables Market, NW1 8AH | £5-£30


The geniuses Bompas & Parr have finally unveiled their very own British Museum of Food in a converted King’s Cross gasworks – and for their inaugural exhibition, they’ll be exploring the past, present and future of ice cream. Which, apparently involves luminescent caves filled with glow-in-the-dark ice cream, vanilla-flavoured fog, daffodil ice cream from the 18th century, and a fountain of hundreds and thousands… READ MORE

Details: Until 30th September | Gasholder 11, 1 Lewis Cubitt Square, N1C 4BY | £12

Ice Karting

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Um, holy cr*p. We’re not sure why no-one has thought of this before, but we’re just glad it’s here now: go karting on ice. You and 7 other karts will get 12k sq ft of ice rink to drift, slide, and glide over for 20mins of insane fun. And you can grab a MEATLiquor burger afterwards.

Details: Tuesdays throughout August | Queens Skate, Dine & Bowl, 17 Queensway, W2 4QP | £39

Lido Lates

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The Grade II listed Brockwell Lido is opening its doors for select evenings this summer, just so that you can swim under the moonlight. They’ll fill the water with floats, boats, and fountains, then throw in some poolside cocktails, a wood-fired sauna, some street food, and a little music under the festoon lighting. There are only 120 tickets per evening, so jump on it. Better Lates than never. READ MORE

Details: Throughout August & September | Brockwell Lido, Dulwich Road, SE19 1JN | £20

Summer Screen films

The former home of the BBC Television Centre in White City is going to be home to quality screen-fillers once more – they’re holding a free, 12 week lineup of movies (including Get Out, Three Billboards, Black Panther, etc.), sports and culture, including some opera & a short film fest.

Details: Until 1st September | Television Centre, 89 Wood Lane, W12 7FA | Free

The Great Masked Ball

London’s best new immersive experience is based on Swan Lake. It’s right here in black and white. It’ll take place at a secret (and slightly insane sounding) South London location for 5 weeks this summer, fusing dancing, decadence, theatre, live music, and full-on banquet into one fairy tale spectacular… READ MORE

Details: Until 11th August | A Secret Location | £59


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When the sun goes down, some people like bedtime stories. And some people prefer Night Tales. For those in the latter group, we have some very good news: Night Tales has at last found a permanent home. It’s in Hackney’s Bohemia Place, occupying two railway arches and a vast terrace, and at 9,000 sq ft it’s their largest venue yet… READ MORE

Details: Throughout August | Arches 14 & 15, Bohemia Place, Mare Street, E8 1DU

Sleight of Hand on the Strand

When Jim Carrey saw the show put on by magician Dominick Zwolinski, he said simply “Burn him! He’s a witch!”. Which as reviews/death threats go, is pretty good. And he’s performing with fellow magician Tony Middleton this month for a series of intimate shows at at Simpsons in the Strand…

Details: Until 25th August | 100 The Strand, WC2R 0EW | £22.50

The Swingers Open 2018

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Football might not be coming home…

But crazy golf’s about to take you away.

See, London’s preeminent golfing establishments, Swingers City & Swingers West End are once again hosting what may be the highest-stakes crazy golf tournament of all time. Over a series of Tanqueray No.TEN-fuelled heats, teams will be whittled down to find the most talented putting foursome, who’ll win themselves a trip to NYC to stay at the brand new The Hoxton, Williamsburg; a luxury gin hamper; immortal renown in the Swingers Hall of Fame; and the right to wear the Swingers champion jacket.

You’ll want to putt it on immediately.  READ MORE

Details: Monday evenings until 24th September | Both Swingers Sites | £20pp entry inc. a welcome Tanqueray No.TEN and tonic

The Luna Cinema

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All cinemas wish they were The Luna Cinema. And if they claim it’s anything less than incredible, they’re probably just projecting. After all, The Luna Cinema is so-called because each of its venues (20 in London alone) uses the moon and stars as its ceiling, as well as some of the most iconic landmarks for its surroundings. Which means you can check out screenings of Victoria & Abdul at Kensington Palace (where Queen Victoria was born); The Darkest Hour in the shadow of Parliament itself; plus you can watch The Shape of Water from a boat floating in Brockwell Lido.

Details: Throughout August | Various locations | £15-£20

Giant Steps

Giant Steps. Sadly, it’s not a freakishly large tribute band. But it will still bring you an equal amount of musical joy. You see, GS is in fact a collaboration between Brilliant Corners (the Dalston bar/resto) and the Analogue Foundation (international supporters of analogue sound & processes), and it’ll be taking up residence in Hackney Wick this summer for a series of awesome parties… READ MORE

Details: Now until 19th September | Swan Wharf, 60 Dace Rd, E3 2NQ

Roof East

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Roof East are really upping their games.

Because the car-park rooftop summer spot has returned in full circus-themed splendour for its fifth year, and thanks to the expert curation of the Social Fun & Games Club, it’s also hosting a rooftop cinema, baseball batting cages, and hip-hop inspired pétanque from De La Bowl. Oh, and crazy golf.

And a car full of clowns. READ MORE

Details:Throughout August | Roof East, Floors 7 & 8, Stratford Multi Storey Car Park, E15 1XE | Free Entry

Dead Quiet

If you’re wondering why we’re whispering, it’s because this immersive event takes place in a library. In 1962. It comes to us from the people behind the very well-reviewed Silhouette in the Smoke (which takes place in a museum), and involves a secret agent, a model, a drunken vagabond, a bored maths student, a journalist, a librarian, and a cold-blooded murder.

You’ll be put into groups of six, with one person to focus on each suspect, and you’ll have to come together and share clues in order to solve the case…

Details: Saturdays throughout August | Kensington Central Library, 12 Phillimore Walk, W8 7RX | £19

Pergola Paddington Central

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They’re the perfect place to raise your eating & drinking game. 

And now there’s one more spot to add to your roster of informal-yet-elegant sun traps to frequent as the weather begins to heat up, because Pergola Paddington Central is back – once more commandeering a sprawling, canal-side, 850-capacity space for its aestival shenanigans…READ MORE

Details: Throughout August | 5 Kingdom Street, Paddington, W2 6PY

The Hunted Experience

Being ruthlessly pursued by a relentless team of hunters.

Are you game?

Because if you are, we have some good news for you: the people who run the solidly entertaining, debate-provoking, idea-seeding show Hunted are giving you a chance to take part in a low-calorie, miniaturised version of the experience. One that doesn’t involve you effectively suspending your entire life for a month. READ MORE

Details: Until 2nd Sept | A Secret Location | £31-£36


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Rooftop bars are already pretty big in East London.

But this one’s going to be Wapping.

Taking over the top three floors of a former car park down by Tobacco Docks, Skylight is returning for a second summer, bringing the feel of a quintessential lawn club to an urban setting with high-level pétanque, croquet, street food and more… READ MORE

Details: Throughout August | Penning St. Car Park, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF | Free Entry

The Potion Room

Get ready to raise your cup and sorcerer.

Because Soho café-bakery Cutter & Squidge are finally uniting the quintessential tradition of English afternoon tea with the occult, otherworldly manipulation of supernatural forces. That’s right – they’re inviting you to potions class, where you’ll variously perfect your skills in brewing alchemical concoctions; eating cake; and making elaborate, showy hand gestures… READ MORE

Details: Until 30th Oct | Cutter & Squidge, 20 Brewer Street, W1F 0SJ | £50

Neverland London presents Fulham Beach Club

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Check out this son of a beach: it’s the second coming of Neverland, the Fulham-based Thames-side sand-spot with a pop up restaurant run by Jimmy Garcia, two bars, activities like putting pong & shuffle board, bottomless brunches, ​yoga sessions, and more…

DetailsThroughout August | Neverland London, Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY | £5 Entry (activities extra)

The Murdér Express

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There’s been a murder aboard the train you’re on. The only thing you can be sure of is that the killer had loco motives. You see, you’re aboard The Murdér Express, an immersive theatre experience which is essentially an Agatha Christie novel come to life (and made considerably hammier, and funnier), with a reconstructed luxury train for the set. You’ll get food from Masterchef finalists Billy & Jack, drinks from the Seven Sins platform bar, and a whole lot of intrigue & suspense…

Details: Until 22nd September | Pedley Street Station, Arch 63 Pedley St, E2 6GS | £53

Head Up To A Rooftop Bar

Rooftops. They might not be the best invention of all time… but they’re up there. So go and have a drink on one using our handy guide to the very best vertically blessed booze spots in the capital… READ MORE

Details: Throughout August | Across London

The Prince

London’s Pergola is practically royalty these days.

But just to make doubly sure, the team have launched another venue called The Prince. Housed in a former run-down pub, it’s now home to street food traders like Peckham’s Begging Bowl and Patty & Bun, a bevy of cocktails, and a twinkling, plant-festooned secret garden… READ MORE

Details: Until the end of September | 14 Lillie Road, Earl’s Court, SW6 1TT

Pitch Stratford

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We’ve got a real son of a Pitch for you.

It’s the second incarnation of Pitch Stratford; the killer al fresco drinking/street food-ing terrace tucked a few minutes down the road from Stratford station that first popped up last year.

It’s re-popping up this summer with a lineup of some of London’s best street food, events, and more, including themed film screenings, evening classes, party nights, weekly Friday networking drinks, and Sunday DJ brunches. What else is on offer? Well… READ MORE

Details: Throughout August | Bridge Terrace, Stratford, E15 3PA

Backyard Cinema’s Mission to Mars

The people at Backyard Cinema are planning to recreate the planet Mars for their latest cinematic theme, only with one very significant difference: there’ll be considerably more atmosphere. And that’s mostly thanks to the cool decor, the space station bar, and the comfy beanbag chairs. They’ll be showing sci-fi films all summer including new stuff (The Last Jedi, Blade Runner 2049, etc.), and classics (Flight of the Navigator, Aliens, Fifth Element…).

Details: Throughout August Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR | From £17

Rent a Hot Tug

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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 August Islington | £220 per trip

Hit the Theatre

Ever since the dawn of time, human beings have gazed at the stars in awe and asked themselves “Where can I get a list of only the absolute best theatre shows playing in London right now – divided into musical, comedy, drama, and immersive categories – in which I can also discover a heap of nearby bars and restaurants to help me make a night of it?” 

Well the answer is… right hereREAD MORE



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Dessert Only Supperclub

You know how the best bit of the meal is dessert? Weeeeell, the geniuses at Eleven98 have decided to serve up a tasting menu that’s just desserts. They’ll be doing it alfresco in the garden of Balcone, and it’ll be five courses that “will dance their way through the flavour spectrum”, as well as all being matched up with “some unorthodox drinks pairings”. Pretty sweet, huh?

Details: 1st August | Balcone, 176 Victoria Park Road, E9 7HD | £40

RANDE’s Cena Subterránea

RANDE serve Mexican food in ever-changing, unusual venues, from private houses, to warehouses, to distilleries. This month, they’re heading to a secret space with a menu that’ll include the likes of blue corn tuna tartare tacos dressed in Asian flavours; watermelon salad; beef in salsa molcajete served with a micro coriander & lime salad; and some “retro lemon foam”.

Details: 3rd & 4th August | A Secret Location | £40

Al Fresco Lunches by Sardine

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Instead of packing everyone into their restaurant like, well, you knowSardine are going to be setting up tables on the garden terrace outside, and hosting a series of al fresco lunches throughout August. Expect dishes including whole salt-baked sea trout with aioli, nougat ice-cream, and of course, plenty of rosé.

Details: 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, & 19th August | 15 Micawber Street, N1 7TB | £27-£37

Shanghai Nights

The Dinner Ladies – Daisy, Lily & Emily – are hijacking the kitchen at The Little Blue Door every 2nd Wednesday of the month (as of 8th August), and serving their brand of modern Chinese cooking. They’ve all spent time in China learning the ropes, they all speak Mandarin, and they’ll all impress the hell out of you with their food.

Details: 8th August | The Little Blue Door, 871-873 Fulham Road, SW6 5HP | £25

Three Girls Cook at Brother Marcus

The three girls behind Three Girls Cook were all finalists in Masterchef 2017, so yes, they can cook. And they’re going to be cooking for you when they hit the garden at Brother Marcus this month, serving up juicy tomato tostadas with creamy ricotta and a sprinkling of edible flowers; herb frittata with asparagus & summer salads; and their version of strawberries & cream (it uses Jersey yoghurt to make homemade ice cream served with strawberries and mint in English sparkling wine).

Details: 17th & 18th August | Brother Marcus, 9 Chestnut Grove, SW12 8JA | £40

The Gastrophysics Chef’s Table

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What happens when a psychologist and a chef join forces? Either you get some very intense, swear-ey therapy sessions, or you get Kitchen Theory: a multi-sensory tasting menu that sees ten courses served over 3-4 hours, talked through by the chef, and designed to evoke a variety of experiences though lighting, colour, sound, aroma, and textures.

Details: 24th &25th August | Kitchen Theory, Unit 9a Alston Works, Falkland Road, EN5 4LG | £170

CUB’s Secret Garden Supperclubs

Want in on a secret garden supperclub? Join the CUB. The drinks-led restaurant is popping up at mystery locations across the city throughout the summer. Guests will know the postcode of the dinner when booking, but will only find out the exact location the day before – and the team will use hyperlocal produce grown on site for each of the menus – making every dinner unique.

Details: 27th August | Various Locations | £60

The Waterhouse Project

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Getting kitchen equipment into unusual spaces can be tough. Let that sink in. But Gabriel Waterhouse has managed it; choosing a tile warehouse in East London as the perfect place for his first solo residency; The Waterhouse Project. He’s going solo after having worked in the Michelin Starred kitchen at Galvin La Chapelle, and with three-time Michelin Star winner Herbert Berger. And the results have been outstanding, garnering some of the best reviews a supperclub could wish for.

Details: Fridays & Saturdays throughout August | 67 Vyner St, E2 9DQ | £85

Wild Serai

Taking over the kitchens at Soho’s Sun & 13 Cantons, Wild Serai will be bringing a Malaysian menu to the famed pub. Run by a chef from Malaysia and a business partner from Borneo, they’ll be serving up mini mantou buns with pulled beef rendang; roast pork belly with a soy & lemongrass dip; tamarind prawn skewers, and more.

Details: Throughout August | The Sun & 13 Cantons, 21 Great Pulteney Street, W1F 9NG

Jimmy’s BBQ Club

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Jimmy Garcia, prince of pop ups, tycoon of temporary restaurants, baron of BBQs…

…is back.

His BBQ Club sold out bewilderingly quickly last year, and because he’s not a total idiot, he’s bringing it back, and making it bigger. Twice as big, to be specific. And you get to cook interactive tasting menus on BBQs built into your table… READ MORE

Details: Until 23rd September | Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX | £45

TĀ TĀ Eatery at Borough Wines & Beers

It’s entirely possible that TĀ TĀ Eatery are the world’s only Portuguese-Chinese fusion restaurant (serving dishes like their Katsu Sandwich with pork neck & Asian slaw, or their famed Toasted Rice Cream) so you’d do well not to miss them when they pop up at Borough Wines & Beers. Which is a slightly more common fusion.

Details: Until 10th August | Borough Wines & Beers, 30 Station Terrace, Kensal Rise, NW10 5RP

Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen

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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 The Institute of Light. Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen has been bringing contemporary West African comfort food to the masses since 2010, stunning with dishes like pork ribs in sticky plantain sauce, jollof fried chicken, and grilled lamb cutlets with spiced peanut sauce.

Details: Throughout August | Institute of Light, Arch 376, 10 Helmsley Place, E8 3SB


It’s probably wise to book in to Plates immediately…

At least, before they smash it.

Coming to you from chef Kirk Haworth and his 15 years of kitchen experience at spots like The French Laundry and Restaurant Sat Bains, it’s a nutrition-focussed, plant-based, pop-up eatery where you’ll be able to score a five course set menu, with dishes like beetroot tartare with fermented berries and fennel pollen; shiitake broth with baked celeriac; and coconut yoghurt with sour apples and cocoa.

Details: 4th August 93 Kingsland Road, E2 8AG £40

London Shell Co. Cruises

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Unlike their dishes, the London Shell Co. 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: Throughout August | Departs from Paddington Central, Sheldon Square, W2 6EP | £45

POP UP BARS (August 2018)

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Dante at Ham Yard Hotel

New York’s Dante – incidentally, the 16th best bar in the world – is coming to the beautiful bohemian rooftop above Soho’s Ham Yard Hotel. Popping up for a week, they’ll be bringing all their greatest hits from across the pond (like the Chamomile Negroni and the award-winning Garibaldi), plus a few new ones like the Summer 2018, with vodka, Martini Rosato, watermelon, rhubarb and sparkling rosé. And if you head there on the weekend, you can even score that great American tradition – brunch.

Details: Until 5th August Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, W1D 7DT £20 (inc. welcome drink), £38 for brunch

Mallet & Hoops

Proudly proclaiming itself to be “London’s first croquet bar” M&H are taking over the Bargehouse at OXO Tower for a 4-day debut popup this month. There’ll be 8 pitches, 45 minutes per session, live music, and a lot of beer.

Details: 9th-12th August | Bargehouse Street, SE1 9PH | £36 per pitch (teams of 4-6)

The Joint Venture

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So, this is basically a promotional stunt for Virgin & Delta airways, who aim to persuade you to fly with them by getting you drunk. There have been worse marketing campaigns. And there’s nothing to stop you from reaping the benefits of the 230 US-made craft beers they’ll shipping in for their pop up pub across the month of August. And there’ll even be quiz nights where you could straight-up win a flight to the states.

Details: 10th-19th August | The Old Crown Public House, 33 New Oxford Street, WC1A 1BH

The Chocolate Cocktail Club

If you like cocktails, and you like dessert, then the CCC will be a real timesaver for you. Their pop up will take the form of 90 minute, ticketed sessions in which you’ll get to try a variety of cocoa cocktails (everything from mint, to mocha, to the classic chocolate martini) in their Covent Garden space.

Details: 15th August-9th September (Weds-Sun) | No Such Place, 68A Neal St, WC2H 9PA | £10

The Barbados Terrace by Mount Gay

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Rum, we would argue, is one of the greatest things made in Barbados. But you probably still want proof. And in that case, we would advise you to head directly to the Barbados Terrace that’s popped up in Camden this summer, courtesy of the world’s oldest rum producer, Barbados-based Mount Gay. There’s rum punch, jerk chicken, dominoes, road tennis (it’s like giant ping pong. Or small tennis.), and a whole lot more… READ MORE

Details: Until 26th August | Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH

Woods Navy Rum Boat

Naval rum. It’s best enjoyed while raiding Spanish privateers in the name of the crown onboard a boat. So Woods Navy have secured one for the summer, and bussed in the barkeeps from Ladies & Gentlemen to create a few cocktails onboard…

Details: Until 27th August | Granary Square, Goods Way, N1C 4AA | £15

The Brig

The Brig proudly proclaims itself to be “London’s smallest bar”. Thankfully, by that they mean narrow small, rather than Honey I Shrunk The Kids small. It’s housed in Merchant House over in Bow Lane and you can book it by the hour, for up to 4 people with your own private bartender, and all drinks included in the price.

Details: Throughout August | 8 Bride Court, EC4Y 8DU | £50 per hour

Cocktails Ahoy!

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Take a jaunt down the river on a cocktail cruise – the Alfred Le Roy is a classic little canalboat with space for 40 punters aboard, plus one cocktail bar, some Neal’s Yard Cheese, charcuterie, E5 Bakehouse artisan breads, and more. Voyages will depart from Hackney Wick, and sail lazily down the River Lea.

Details: Weekends throughout August | Canalside, Queen’s Yard, E9 5EN | £26

Granary Square Physic Garden

Drawing inspiration from the botanical ‘physic’ gardens of old, the Granary Square Brasserie (from the people behind The Ivy Collection) has partnered up with Fever Tree to create a dedicated gin bar; you’ll find interesting botanical combos like lavender & juniper, or pea & spearmint, and there’ll even be a series of full gin-making workshops with three-course dinners.

Details: Throughout August | Granary Square Brasserie, Granary Square, N1C 4AB

Queen of Hoxton – Lost Vegas

Unveiling their new look for the summer, the peeps at The Queen of Hoxton have redressed their roof with a post-apocalyptic Vegas vibe. Seriously. You’ll be able to meet Elvis in the overgrown Little Wedding Chapel, play abandoned slot machines, and grab a drink at the yellow school bus bar.

DetailsThroughout August | The Queen of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX

Rotunda Rum Garden

Canalside restaurant Rotunda over in King’s Cross have decided to throw their hats over the wall, and launch a summery, Caribbean-inspired rum garden bar. And hopefully, they’ll bring the weather with them.

Details: Throughout August | Rotunda Bar & Restaurant, 90 York Way, Kings Cross, N1 9AG

The Moonshine Saloon

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Part pop up bar, part immersive theatre, the Moonshine Saloon invites you to bring your own bottle of booze along with you as you descend into their Wild West street. First, you’ll be fitted up by the tailor with a stetson hat & cowboy gear. Then you’ll wander down to the bar to play cards or dice while the ‘tender mixes you up a bespoke cocktail with whatever liquor you bought. And given the amount of guns likely to be around, there’ll probably be a few shots, too. READ MORE

Details: Throughout August | 535 Kings Road, SW10 0SZ | £3

The Midnight Apothecary

Why go to the Midnight Apothecary?
1) It’s in the rooftop garden of the Brunel Museum
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) Tickets are a fiver. Tops.

Details: Fridays & Saturdays throughout August | The Brunel Museum Rooftop Garden, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF | £4-£5

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