YOUR APRIL AGENDA | Pop Up London 2017
Due to a quirk of the calendar, this year – for the first time since 1962 – April Fool’s Day will actually fall on the 2nd.
And also trust us when we say that that’s not the only fantastic surprise this month has in store for us: there’s also going to be an entire metric ton of excellent events, festivals, parties, pop-up restaurants, and pop-up bars scattering themselves all across London. And here they are:
POP UP EVENTS (April 2017)
Free Cheese & Wine Festival
There aren’t many better combinations of words in the English language than “free cheese and wine festival”. So it’s lucky that there’s one of them kicking off the month over in East Village. There’ll be 25 independent retailers slinging their oozy & boozy wares, including Jacobs Ladder Farms, Raw Cheese Power, The French Comte, DVine Wine, Grays & Feather, and more…
Details: 1st & 2nd April | Victory Park, E20 | Free
Myths Unleashed: Atlanta
“A girl raised by a bear, Centaurs intent on rape, maniacal kings, troublesome boars and bitterly feuding deities contrive the bloodiest race to ever stain the soil of Arcady.”
We know. As Greek myths go, that’s a pretty tame synopsis. But somehow, the professional storytellers at The Crick Crack Club will manage to squeeze some drama out of it when they hit the stage at the Soho Theatre at the start of the month.
Details: 3rd April | Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE | £10
Holidays can be a nice break from reality. And the people at CharlieHR are making that notion to its literal extreme, by letting you take a 15 minute, all-expenses-paid virtual reality holiday at the Old Street station Roundabout. They’ll sit you in a massage chair, strap on a VR headset (set on a sunny beach), dip your toes in some genuine sand, throw on a heat lamp, and put a drink in your hand. Oh, and they have sunrise yoga and breakfast or happy hour every evening, too.
Details: 3rd-7th April | Old Street Roundabout, EC1Y 1BE | Free
Jazz Week at Brasserie Zedel
Jazz musicians. They like to play a few bars here and there. But there are few in London they prefer to play at than The Crazy Coq’s club at Brasserie Zedel – especially during their Jazz Week. You’ll find improv masters like the Puppini Sister Emma Smith, pianist & composer Zoe Rahman, and singer Sarah-Jane Morris.
Details: 3rd – 9th April | The Crazy Coqs club at Brasserie Zédel, 20 Sherwood Street, W1F 7ED
The London Coffee Festival
Coffee. It’s the reason your leg is shaking right now. It’s also the reason there’s a festival going on at The Old Truman Brewery this April. You can expect over 250 artisan coffee and food stalls, tastings & demos from world-class baristas, interactive workshops, coffee-based cocktails, live music, DJs, art exhibitions and more.
Details: 6th-9th April | The Old Truman Brewery, 15 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR | £16.50-£65
Pop Up Japan
Japan. The Land of the Rising Sun …a title which already makes it difficult to recreate in April, in London. But Proud East in Haggerston are going to have a ruddy good go of it when they launch their Pop Up Japan next month, with authentic food, entertainment, cocktails, and workshops to plunge you straight into the backstreets of Tokyo. Here’s what’s going down… READ MORE.
Details: 6th April – 18th June | Proud East, 2-10 Hertford Road, N1 5ET
Now Play This
Now Play This is a weekend-long festival of games and game design at Somerset House. They gathered together over 50 types of games (with dozens of examples of each) for you to play, including Anthropo-scenic Golf (a nine hole mini-golf course on Somerset House’s River Terrace, played through “a landscape of environmental destruction”); an interactive ping-pong table that generates a unique work of art on the surface as each game is played; a massive communal word search covering the walls of an entire room; and they’ve even gathered a few normal ol’ board games together.
Details: 7th-9th April | Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 1LA | £8-£23
Oh this? Oh, it’s nothing. It’s just karaoke, except instead of just singing the tunes, you get at ACT OUT THE MUSIC VIDEO. There will be lip sync battles, video djs projecting music videos on the walls, dance lessons, dance offs, makeup artists, and more.
Details: 8th April | The Phoenix, 37 Cavendish Square, W1G 0PP | £12-18
The first two rules of Scrap Club are, apparently, that you do talk about Scrap Club to literally anyone that will listen. Because whenever they put on an event, they sell out within moments. But you can still head down and take in the devastation as frustration-wracked Londoners take out their anger on computers, white goods, furniture, and more, with sledgehammers.
Details: 9th April | The Crows Nest Gallery, 3-5 Crowthorne Rd, W10 6RP | £12 to destroy stuff, £7 to watch
Bachn & Eggs
Violins never solve anything.
Unless the problem is that you’re after a little more culture with your Sunday brunch – and you’ll find it at Bachn & Eggs. Tucked under a railway arch in London Bridge, you’ll be able to stock up on avo on toast before sitting down to a feast of harp and marimba music, from Debussy to Philip Glass. And this month, it’ll be an Experimental Brunch with an “idiosyncratic combination of instruments”. Which should be good.
Details: Sunday 9th April | The Underdog Gallery, Arch 6, Crucifix Lane, SE1 3JW | Free (suggested donation £8)
Disney Power Ballads
Hakuna Matata. What a wonderful phrase.
It means that The Clapham Grand are putting on a huge, crowd-sized singalong of your favourite Disney tunes whist getting showered in confetti, followed by slices of Queen, Tina Turner, Whitney Houston, Bonnie Tyler, Journey & more of the best power ballads ever recorded.
It ain’t no passing craze.
Details: 13th April | The Grand, 21-25 Saint John’s Hill, SW11 1TT | £5
THATMuse – Fun & Games treasure hunt at the British Museum
The Louvre and the British Museum. There’s lots of history between them. And you can take a deep dive into all that history with THATMuse, who’re running simultaneous treasure hunts in both museums this April. You’ll be let loose in the museum, and tasked with hunting down & photographing specific historical objects like Egyptian board games, a frieze of a Mesopotamian lion hunt, a Greek drinking game, and more…
Details: 14th April | The British Museum, Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG | £10-£15
The Poetry Brothel
If you’re the sort of person who regularly finds themselves in intimate alcoves, one-on-one with a performing poet, then this event will seem toootally mainstream. For everyone else though, there’s public recitals, cocktails, live jazz, burlesque performances, and tarot readings to be found in Wod Green this month.
Details: 14th April | Kabaret at Karamel, 4 Coburg Road, N22 6UJ | £8
Black Cat Cabaret Supper Club
As Liza Minelli sang, “What good is sitting alone in your room?”
Well, plenty, if your room happens to play host to jaw-dropping acts from aerial performers, burlesque dancers and acrobats. But on the off-chance it doesn’t, you can always come to the cabaret, old chum.
Details: 14th April | The Hippodrome, WC2H 7JH | From £25
Sunday Papers Live
Technically, Sunday is a day of rest. But the SPL organisers reckon it’s much more fun if you fill it with guided walks, panel shows, pub quizzes, Sunday roasts, Bloody Maries, massages, and talks and discussions from politicians, comedians, and cultural commentators.
Up to you.
Details: 16th April | Cecil Sharp House , 2 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 7AY | £35
A Very Mid-Brow Charity Show
Mid-Brow are a comedy act, who appeared at The Fringe (or just below the fringe, surely?) last year to terrifically good reviews. And now they’re leveraging that newfound star power to host a one-off charity gig in a small, intimate Leicester Square theatre with a few of their more famous friends. It’s all in aid of Penny Brohn; a charity in Bristol who look after cancer patients. And it’s going to be good.
Details: 20th April | The Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX | £20
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 April | Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU | £13-128
Sister Act with a Live Choir (MEMBER EXPERIENCE)
It’s not often you get to tell someone to pull up a pew, and literally mean it. Well, now is one of those times. And that pew is in one of London’s most monumental churches, Central Hall Westminster, where for four dates this April Amacoast Cinema will be bringing you an ecclesiastical cinematic experience like no other. They’ll be screening the award-winning ‘90s musical comedy Sister Act accompanied by a live band and a full, thirty-five person gospel choir.
And as a Nudge Member, you get a VIP queue jump ticket, plus complimentary snacks, and booze throughout the show. For free. Find out more HERE.
Details: 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th April | Central Hall Westminster, Storey’s Gate, SW1H 9NH | £40pp
If you were to ring the buzzer above the golden plaque at 6 Great Newport Street, one of two things might happen:
1) You’ll be swept into a world of intrigue, introduced to mysterious characters and – should you successfully prove your eligibility for the club – attend their first meeting at the end of the month where you’ll be immersed in secret plot lines, doused with cocktails and carouse until the very early hours…
2) Nothing at all.
So make sure to ask to see the Book Holder if you’d prefer the former.
Details: 22nd April | Begin by visiting 6 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JB (Mon-Fri, 6-8.30pm) | £30
RA Lates: ‘America Dreaming’
The American Dream is going to get a Freud-level analysis at the RA Lates this month – they’re going to be outfitting the place like the Depression-era ’30s. Think automobiles, the New Deal, the Dust Bowl, Golden Age of Hollywood, Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, and above all – freedom. There’ll be a Hollywoodland film studio, a ‘Southern state hoedown vs Chicago music hall’ dance area, a political soapbox, street food stalls, and cocktails bars a-plenty.
Details: 22nd April | The Royal Academy, Burlington House, W1J 0BD | £35
Classic Car Boot Sale
The Classic Car Boot Sale is returning to Kings Cross. The 100 or so rare vintage motors will be joined by street food, impromptu theatre, live music, busses, bikes, and bars.
You can go down and pickup a few things.
Details: 22nd & 23rd April | Lewis Cubitt Square, Stable Street, King’s Cross N1C | £4-£5
The Social Pantry’s Charity Supper Club
If you like warm fuzzy feelings, you’ll love The Social Pantry’s charity supper club, which sees chefs from venerable London institutions like The Frog, The Dairy and Typing Room join founder Alex Head and a group of five ambitious young offenders to create a five course dinner (with gin) in support of the rehabilitation scheme, Key4Life.
Details: 26th April | Calvert 22, 22 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP | £50
Offal. Generally speaking, a pretty appropriately named foodstuff. That is, unless it’s in the hands of a pair of experienced chefs who between them have studied offal cuisine in Galicia and have cooked in Michelin starred restaurants. To persuade you of its sustainable and flavoursome merits, these chefs are hosting an offal supperclub at Platform 1, serving up three courses from pan-fried kidney curry to a cherry, chocolate and blood pudding.
Sounds like a pretty hearty meal.
Details: 26th April, 7pm | 71 Lordship Lane, SE22 8EP | £18
Montagues and Capulets (NUDGE MEMBER EXPERIENCE)
As his name suggests, he had a penchant for violence. And the latest production from CoLab will throw you right into the heart of it, by immersing you in the gang war underlying Romeo and Juliet, set in the 90s rave scene.
Details: Until 27th April | The CoLab Factory, 74 Long Lane, SE1 4AU | £20 (unless of course, you’re a Nudge Member)
Carnivorous Supperclubs at The Pig & Butcher
Butchering meat can be hard.
Some people just can’t hack it.
But luckily lots of people who can are joining the Pig & Butcher in Islington for a series of carnivorous, wine-paired supperclubs – each showcasing one of their suppliers, serving the meat and cuts they specialise in.
Details: 27th April | Pig & Butcher, 80 Liverpool Road, N1 0QD | £65, email firstname.lastname@example.org to book
Nightspot Cinema present: Drive (with College, live)
Real human being, and a real hero…
…is whoever’s idea it was over at Nightspot Cinema to host a screening of Drive followed immediately by a live set from the band College, whose most famous track forms the heart of the film’s awesome soundtrack.
Details: 28th April | Mick’s Garage, Ground Floor, Queens Yard, E9 5EN | £12.50
Margarita Rumble: it’s both a poetic description of your hangover, and the name of the event that gave it to you. That event will see 15 specially curated, best of the best, bars & restaurants (Cafe Pacifico, DF / Mexico, El Patron, Cielo Blanco, Flight Club, Barrio Bars, etc.) send their mixologists to compete for the title of Best Margarita in London. AND James Cochran – head chef at B.Y.O.C. – will be serving his revered fried chicken.
Details: 30th April | The Yard, 89½ Worship St, EC2A 2BF | £35-£55
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
“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 groovy iambic pentameter. First up is a visually stunning Romeo and Juliet for the modern day, with scenes taking place simultaneously around the arena.
Details: Until 15th October | Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, SE1 9DT | From £5
All’s fair in love and war…and you get both in this 1940s tale of romance, debauchery and underhand dealings, neatly packaged up in an award-winning, Top 50 Show of 2016, that’s already had five UK tours.
So you know, pretty good.
Details: Until 20th May | The Vaults, Launcelot Street, SE1 7AD | From £20
Every decent Italian market has to have at the very least some cured meats, cheeses, and an illuminated pop-up cinema with warming 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 Tarantino chapel, showing the classics alongside other action-packed films.
Details: Throughout April | Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR | From £16.50
Spend the evening in an Igloo
Dining alfresco in the colder months isn’t easy. Other, lesser, restaurants have heat lamps. The Coppa Club has igloos. And over the winter, you can cosily dine in one of eight they’ve erected on their Tower Bridge-adjacent terrace.
Details: Until 24th April | Coppa Club Tower Bridge, 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6AH
David Hockney at the Tate Britain
Celebrating one of the 20th century’s most lauded artists, it would be hard for this retrospective to not be totally amazing. Obviously it is, displaying pieces spanning from his classic 60s pool paintings to quick sketches made on his iPad. Not too shabby for an octagenarian.
Details: Until 29th May | Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG | £19.50
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
Take in a Show!
Want to go to the theatre, but don’t have a list of every single theatre show currently on in London – divided into musical, comedy, drama, and immersive categories – in which every show has been attributed a Rotten Tomatoes-style average score out of ten based on the reviews of London’s most preeminent theatre critics? Well, now you have no excuse.
Details: Various dates | All across London
POP UP RESTAURANTS (April 2017)
Indian Street Food with Gin Infusion Pairings
Booze & Indian food. Some think it’s the best pairing on earth, bar naan. And some of those people will be cooking up a 5-course spice-laden feast of Indian street food matched up with gins infused with cardamom, rhubarb & pomegranate, coriander & chilli, lemon, masala chai, and more.
Details: 6th April | Chit Chaat Chai, 356 Old York Rd, SW18 1SS | £55
Sam Stern at Brother Marcus
At the tender age of only just 26, Sam Stern has already written 7 cookbooks, which have been translated into 14 languages. And he’s going to be cooking up the ‘greatest hits’ from all of them at Brother Marcus as part of their supperclub series this April. There’ll be slow-roasted studded lamb, Yorkshire pudding sliders with home-cured salmon, crisp polenta, and triple chocolate tarts with grapefruit sorbet.
Details: 6th-8th April | Brother Marcus, 9 Chestnut Grove, SW12 8JA | £28
The Concept: 7 sins, 7 dishes. The Dinner Ladies will design each course around a particular deadly sin.
The Venue: The Joker of Penton Street.
The Extras: There’ll be edible art, performance, and set design, all as part of the show.
The Real Sin Here: Not going.
Details: 9th April | The Joker, 58 Penton Street, N1 9PZ | £50-£60
Mark Jarvis & Florence Knight’s Sunday Lunch
Florence Knight is getting back in the kitchen for the first time since hanging up her apron as head chef of Polpetto, to join forces with Mark Jarvis at his acclaimed restaurant Anglo for – we can only assume – what will be the greatest Sunday Lunch literally ever. It’ll be 5 courses with plate-fillers like Trenchmore beef with bone marrow and wild garlic, asparagus with cured egg yolk, and warm chocolate with candied fennel and Marigold caramels.
Details: 9th April | Anglo, St Cross Street, EC1N 8UH | £65 (to book, email HERE)
Titanic’s First Class Menu
A Titanic-inspired supper club. Sounds like it will go down well. It’ll be held in the appropriately vintage-y Hoxley & Porter, and you’ll find oysters & punch to greet you, then a menu including seared scallops with veal consommé, poached salmon with mousseline Sauce, dark chocolate mille feuille, plus a bunch of cocktails.
Details: 13th April | Hoxley and Porter, 153 Upper Street, N1 1RA | £32.50
Thursday Feasts at Craft
Stevie Parle’s a lovely guy, with a lot of friends. Which is good news for you, because he’s inviting several of them over to his Greenwich restaurant in a series of monthly collaborations celebrating seasonal food and an authentic approach to dining. The second in the series will be focussed on the legendary Mangalista pig…
Details: 13th April | Peninsula Square, SE10 0SQ | £45 HERE
Hot Cross BBQ
Easter is a time for new life… pretty much all of which happens to go very well on the BBQ. A fact not unnoticed by ‘cue master Neil Rankin, who’s teaming up with supper-club queen A Little Lusciousness to lay on a Good Friday night of Indian BBQ, cocktails, and a charity auction.
Details: 14th April | Brunswick Studios, 26A Macroom Rd, London W9 3HY | £45
Voices At The Table
LASSCO Bar & Dining are going to hold their first pop up event, in collaboration with At The Table, and will see performances and readings from Chef Jeremy Lee, food and drinks writer Kay Plunkett-Hogge, Man Booker Prize winner Deborah Smith, Observer Food Monthly Editor Allan Jenkins, performer Charles Adrian, writer and artist Megan Nolan, poet Edwina Attlee, cook and food writer Zoe Adjonyoh, and editor and writer Joanna Biggs reading Leonora Carrington.
In fact, the whole thing will be turned into a podcast.
Details: 25th April | LASSCO Bar & Dining, Ropewalk, 41 Maltby Street, SE1 3PA | £12
Operation Red Rocket
The year is 1965. The moon has been conquered. The race to Mars is on. And the British Space Agency are hoping to claim it for themselves. All they need is an astronaut brave enough to take on the challenge. Perhaps someone who looks a lot like you, and who would find themselves eating a five-course feast from an ex-Moro chef in a space decked out by The Art of Dining crew to look exactly like a retro-futuristic ’60s space lab. Yes, maybe them.
Details: 26th April – May 13th | The Rose Lipman Building, 43 De Beauvoir Rd, N1 5SQ | £55
Forza Win: Spring Season
Prank shoe makers. Guaranteed to put a spring in your step. As is the new seasonal menu at lively supperclub Forza Win, with five courses of Italian deliciousness accompanied by beer and cocktails, tipping up at their Peckham warehouse for the month.
Details: Thurs-Sat Throughout April | Unit 4.1, Copeland Park, 133 Copeland Road, SE15 3SN | £35
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: Various dates in April | A Secret Location | £55 (£90 with wine / winter juice pairing)
Getting wasted is great.
Unless you’re a meal.
So if you happen to find yourself down (up?) at the wastED rooftop pop-up over the next few months, you’ll be happy to know the chefs there are serving food that was destined for the bin. And you’re going to love it. Mostly, because chefs like Gordon Ramsay, Isaac McHale (from The Clove Club and Luca), The Ledbury’s Brett Graham, Jason Atherton, and Clare Smyth will be cooking it.
Details: Until 2 April | Selfridges Rooftop, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
47 years ago, a Japanese truck driver named Masatoshi Ogata wanted to start his own restaurant in his hometown of Fukuoka. So he built one. With his bare hands. Then, he spent three years perfecting his ramen recipe. And now, Yamagoya have opened a pop-up in London. So they’ve finally made it? Right?
Details: Until the end of April | 64 Shaftesbury Avenue (entrance via Shuang Shuang), W1D 6LU
It’s no shiok (unlike that pun!) to hear that Sambal Shiok are settling into another residency, following sell-out runs at Salvation in Noodles and The Sun & 13 Cantons. They’ll be serving up their Malaysian miracle food – including their signature laksas, beef rendang and banana leaf fishcakes – at Blend Café in Harringay for the next six months.
Details: 5.30-9.30pm, Tues-Sun until end of April 2017 | Blend Café, 587 Green Lanes, N8 0RG
Burger & Beyond x Other Side Fried Residency
Taking the double cheeseburger thing very literally is this twinned residency at spanking-new Soho bar, Dirty Harry’s. On the one side, you’ve got Other Side Fried knocking up fried chicken burgers drizzled with ranch sauce or smoked honey butter, and on the other, there’s Burger & Beyond bringing their 45- and 90-day aged beef patties to the table. And yes, there is a burger combining the two, as well as sides including loaded waffle fries, and chicken strips with cocoa and chilli salt.
Details: Until end of May 2017 | 203 Wardour Street, W1F 8AS
Adam Rawson Pub Residency
With a ‘Chef of the Year’ accolade from the 2015 YBFs, and heaps of award-winning burgers at just 26, Adam Rawson is the kind of guy you’d love to hate. Except if he’s feeding you said award-winning burgers, which, coincidentally, he is – at a new pub residency in Clerkenwell. He’ll be taking over the kitchen at The Gunmakers on weekdays, serving up his classic burgers and premiering his Japanese-influenced Nippon Umai burger, with aged beef, braised pork belly and wasabi mayo.
Details: Until May 2017 | The Gunmakers, 13 Eyre Street Hill, EC1R 5ET
During the dipping temperatures of the winter months, the ‘Street’ part of Street Feast becomes less and less inviting …which is why they’ve moved everything indoors. At Dinerama, that means you’ll find an alpine lodge, wine garden and fire pit to huddle round with boozy hot chocolate, while Hawker House moves into the warehouse with a new food line-up including White Men Can’t Jerk, as well as a whiskey bar and Milk & Honey cocktail lounge.
Details: Dinerama is open Thurs-Sat from 5pm | 19 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3EJ
Hawker House is open Fri & Sat from 5pm | Canada St, London SE16 7PJ
Both free before 7pm, £3 thereafter
Mac & Wild City Pop-Up
In a bid to prove there’s more to Scottish cuisine than putting chocolate bars in deep-fat fryers (not that that’s a bad thing), Mac & Wild are popping up in the City with a late night whiskey bar and restaurant serving up everything from their award-winning Venimoo burger to Highland fried pheasant. And whether you’re taking a whisky masterclass, shooting virtual game in a virtual shooting game, or delving into a bowl of haggis pops, it’s all completely authentic… except the fact that the terrace is heated.
Details: Throughout April | 9a Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YN
POP UP BARS (April 2017)
Cocktails in the City
This atmospheric Grade I-listed church is full of old spirits …which are getting shaken up into bespoke concoctions by a group of very talented mixologists. There’s tasting tables and spirit blending opportunities, as well as stalls from 25 of London’s finest bars.
Details: 30th March – 1st April | 1 Marylebone Road, NW1 4AQ | £15
Smith & Sinclair Flavour Rooms
When you come into this sweet shop, you must not – no matter how excited you are – actually behave like a kid in a sweet shop. Because the ground floor is crammed with boozy confectionery, from a wall of sherbet to edible perfumes and alcoholic dip dabs, while downstairs there’s a gin cocktail bar where you can experiment with your own edible garnishes, including something called “spherification balls”.
Details: Until 2nd April | 8 Ganton Street, W1F 7QP | Bar experience: £12
The folks behind El Bandito have 6 Liverpool-based Mexican style bars, so now they’re here to take on your liver, with their tequila-laden subterranean Shoreditch popup. They’ll have over 50 tequilas, and 25 mescals (including several not available in the UK) and a healthy list of cocktails for them to go in.
Details: From 5th April | 222 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PJ
The Margaritas: made with blanco tequila, triple sec, fresh lime, and an elderflower twist.
The Other Margheritas: Neapolitan-style pizzas with Italian mozz & parmesan.
The Price: a mere tenner, for the two of them together.
Details: 7th April | Manze Pie & Mash Shop, 74 Chapel Market, N1 9ER | £10
Vinery Honesty Bar
Inspired by the Berlin-based trend of honesty bars, Vinery are opening an honesty popup on Brick Lane. The concept is simple: you rent a glass for the evening, and drink some exceptionally tasty wine. At the end, you pay what you want. Just don’t be a dick about it, or the owners will be seeing a lot of red.
Details: 8th & 9th April | Yumchaa Brick Lane, 137 Brick lane, E1 6SB | £5.90 entry
The Bletchley. Much like the code linked to its namesake, this bar is a bit of an enigma. But what we do know is that:
1. It’s run by the people who brought you the Breaking Bad cocktail bar ABQ
2. Who are also the people that ran The Bunyadi, a.k.a the naked restaurant
3. The bartender already knows what you’d like to drink.
They’re confident in this assertion because they’re taking inspiration from the code-breaking operations that took place at Bletchley Park in WWII to create a bespoke cocktail that caters to your unique taste…
Details: Throughout April | A Secret Chelsea location | £30 (including 3 cocktails)
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. Nudge Members’ deal? Check.
Details: 21st & 22nd April | A Secret Location | £25-£130
St. George’s Day at The Zetter Townhouse
Fighting dragons is a weighty task.
Mainly because they’re covered in scales.
So The Zetter Townhouse in Marylebone are paying homage to the man who managed to defeat one, by inviting you to don your tweeds and boaters, and enjoy an array of cocktails and canapés made with traditional English brands like Neal’s Yard Cheeses and Beefeater Gin. And, naturally, the best dressed will win an overnight stay at the hotel.
Details: 23rd April | 28-30 Seymour Street, W1H 7JB | Free entry, just turn up
Rum Chronicles at Rum Kitchen
In answer to Jack Sparrow’s age-old question, it appears that all the rum has gone into the basement of Rum Kitchen (spoiler), where their in-house mixologists are primed to teach you all about the spirit, alongside a two hour cocktail-making masterclass – plus wings. Because there should always be wings.
Details: Every Wednesday | 6-8 All Saints Road, W11 1HH | £65pp
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 April | 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 April | 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 April | Unit 53 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF | £50
Making conversation on blind dates can prove a little tricky.
Sometimes you just can’t see eye to eye.
One thing you should agree on, however, is that Pitch Black Bar – a pop-up that steers attention away from showy cocktail presentation to focus back on flavour – was the perfect place for your first date. Because this bar is serving your martinis with a twist – in the pitch black. Read more about it right HERE.
Details: Throughout April | No Such Place, Neal Street, WC2H 9PA | £45
Presenting the perfect place to get Piste this winter: Archer Street. Mainly because they’re opening an underground, Alpine-style pop-up bar with that name, which will have an open fire, fur-lined loungers, festive cocktails, and more.
Details: Until May 2017 | Archer Street, W1D 7AP
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