YOUR JUNE AGENDA | Pop Up London 2017
It’s a little known fact that summer is the hipster’s favourite time of year.
It means they can do everything before it gets cool.
And this month, those things happen to include food festivals, gallery lates, rooftop croquet, urban beaches, mezcal tastings, microburgers, rum cruises, late-night lions and making your own bacon.
Who are we kidding.
Those things are totally cool already.
POP UP EVENTS (June 2017)
Pass the gnocchi to the left hand side at this dinner from sell-out supperclubbers Dinner Ladies, where they’re mashing up freshly made pasta with even fresher reggae beats. No, we don’t know why either, but we like it.
Details: 1st June | Brother Marcus, 9 Chestnut Grove, SW12 8JA | £33
The London Riviera
They say you can’t beat the French riviera.
Turns out you Cannes.
Because London’s Bankside is being transformed into dreamy 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: 1st June – 31st August | Queen’s Walk, SE1 2DB | Free Entry
London is literally your oyster on this mystery tour of the city’s best bivalve joints, where you’ll be led on a tasting masterclass from market stalls to speakeasies, deluxe seafood spots to oyster happy hours, by self-confessed oyster nerd, Simon Lamont. All travels included, so ironically you won’t be needing your oyster card.
Details: Every Thursday in June | Secret Location | From £60
Dead Poets Society Supperclub
Supperclub artistes Mama Xanadu are hosting a poetry-paired dinner in honour of Stoke Newington’s literary festival, with spoken word artists performing as you tuck into haiku cocktails and dishes prepared with edible printed ink and typographic chocolate.
And if it isn’t as good as it sounds, we’ll eat our words.
Details: 2nd June | Bodega 50, 50 Allen Rd, Stoke Newington, N16 8RZ | £41.80
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; discussions on art, architecture and history; life drawing; storytelling and floral workshops. Best of all, they’re totally free.
Details: Every Friday in June and July | Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, SE21 7AD | Free, register HERE
Noshville at KERB
We’d like to tell you about this Southern states food festival.
If it’s alright bayou.
It comes from street food sovereigns KERB, whose traders are coming together for a weekend of lip-smacking, finger-licking Americana specials, like the New Orleans-inspired fish fry basket at Hank’s, with spicy fried oysters and crawfish balls, and Taco Dave’s crunchy nut buttermilk fried chicken special. There’ll be US themed cocktails to wash it all down, plus group line-dancing, hot dog eating races and a bucking bronco.
Maybe give it a while between those last two activities.
Details: 2nd & 3rd June | Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C | Free Entry
POP Brixton’s 2nd Birthday
Like most 2 year olds, POP Brixton want their entire birthday weekend to be all about them. Unlike most 2 year olds, however, they happen to have at their disposal a clutch of reggae musicians and house DJs, psychedelic dance troupes, street food and makers markets, Ghanaian fry up brunches, outdoor film screenings and giant cakes to merit it.
Details: 2nd – 4th June | POP Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ
Zoos are often filled with noisy, smelly, unpredictable animals. 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
Blitz Party | NUDGE MEMBER EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE
Popping up in a secret London bunker, this party’s as much a time-travelling experience as it is an old school knees-up. Surrounded by hundreds of your fellow countrymen & women dressed up in 1940s garb, you’ll be immersed in a wartime air shelter, featuring a swing dance hall, a live music stage, a room projecting original newsreels and wartime films, and a dedicated spitfire bar…
It’s guaranteed to serve up some Blitz spirit.
Details: 3rd June | Secret Location | £30
Carnaby Street Eat
The best and simultaneously worst things about Carnaby Street is the overwhelming array of restaurants on offer. Thankfully this day serves to eliminate all possibilities of food FOMO, by lining the streets with stalls manned by the area’s best eateries. You’ll be able to grab small bites and sample taster signature dishes from places like Dishoom, Le Bab, Dehesa, and Dirty Bones, as well as try a sneak preview of the upcoming Darjeeling Express, plus cocktails from Cahoots and ice cream sandwiches from Blue Top.
Details: 3rd June | Carnaby Street, W1 | Free Entry
East End Film Festival
After 16 years of putting on one of London’s most eclectic, thought-provoking film festivals, EEFF know a thing or two about good screening game. So it’s unsurprising that they’ve decided to kick off events this year with free open-air screenings at Old Spitalfields Market, from La La Land beneath the stars, to East End-focussed documentaries.
Details: Weekends throughout June | Various venues
Lunch at the Groucho Club
Food at the Groucho Club always scores top Marx.
But just to shake things up a little, they’re handing over the reins this month for a series of imaginative three-course Saturday lunches cooked up by Victor Garvey, Ren Patel and Tom Oldroyd respectively. And to shake it up even more, you don’t have to be a member to go.
Details: June 3rd, 10th & 24th, 12-3pm | The Groucho Club, 45 Dean Street, W1D 4QB | £35
Ah, the great British summer.
A day best enjoyed with a drink in hand, grass underfoot, and some of the world’s finest music filtering through your eardrums… So it’s a good thing Field Day are tipping up again with music from Moderat and Nicolas Jaar, sustenance from Street Feast and craft brewers, and old fashioned fun and games on their Village Green.
Details: 3rd June | Victoria Park, Grove Road, E3 5TB | £64.50
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: From 3rd June – 1st September | The Barbican, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS | £14.50
Swingers’ First Birthday
It’s surprisingly hard celebrating birthdays in a golf club.
You can’t blow up your balloons if there’s a hole in one.
Swingers, luckily, are well-seasoned in these things, and to celebrate a whole year at their permanent spot by the Gherkin, they’re offering free crazy golf, £5 birthday cocktails and street food, and half price Champagne. And Nudge readers are the only people who will be able to guarantee a spot in advance… READ MORE.
Details: 5th June | Swingers, 8 Brown’s Buildings, EC3A 8AL | Free Entry
London Wine Week
Wine should always be drunk in moderation.
Which generally means, if you drink some red, you should drink some white to balance it out.
And helping you to do just that is London Wine Week, which is gathering its hooch-laden hosts for another week of wine-led activities at over 125 venues across town, as well as the Wine Edit, the climactic event of the week which will allow you to enjoy an array of European wines and a vermouth terrace in Hackney’s Oval Space… all for a very moderate £15.
Details: 5th-11th June | Main hub: Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YE | Festival passes: £10
Churchill Preview with Live Orchestra
Fancy seeing the upcoming, highly anticipated film depicting the 24 hours before D-Day in the plush surroundings of Portobello Market’s retro, sofa-laden Electric Cinema, welcome whisky cocktail in hand, where you’ll hear the soundtrack played live by an orchestra and the Grammy award winning composer behind it, Lorne Balfe, followed by a Q&A with presenter Edith Bowman?
Details: 6th June | Electric Cinema, 191 Portobello Road, W11 2ED | From £45
Gingerline’s Juniper Manor
Ok, so technically this event doesn’t take place until August. But if you want half a chance of attending the sell-out immersive dining company’s latest secret event, which, as far as we know, is set to be an impeccably designed, interactive, multi-room, gin-soaked dining experience – you’ll need to sign up for tickets on their website on 7th June at noon.
Details: 7th June | Mystery location
Tommy Hilfiger Flagship Launch
Tommy Hilfiger’s flagship London branch has been given a futuristic refurb. As well as smart screens around the store, there’s now iMirrors in changing rooms that actually suggest clothes to match what you’re trying on. Whaat. And next week they’re holding an exclusive menswear event, at which you’ll be free to browse the new Tailored collection, drink in hand, with a Nudge-exclusive 30% discount. Plus complimentary monogramming to boot.
Which, if you wish, you could actually get on your boots.
Details: 8th June from 5.30pm | 138 Regent Street, W1B 5SG | Free entry, just join our guestlist HERE.
Elote Mexican Supperclub
Brother Marcus is inviting another chef to join the family. The Balham restaurant will be hosting ex-Caravan head chef Alex Hutton for three nights of Mexican delights; with tacos, confit chicken mole, and tequila BBQ’d plantain all making an appearance on the menu.
Details: 7th-9th June | Brother Marcus, 9 Chestnut Grove, SW12 8JA | £45
You’re in Rude Health Week
Turns out it’s more than just swearing during a set of crunches.
In fact, this month it happens to be much more: namely, a week of wild activities hosted by the eponymous natural food company, Rude Health, including black light boxing, paddle boarding and wild swimming in the Serpentine, as well as crafting classes like wooden knife carving.
Details: 5th-11th June | Throughout London | Various ticket prices
The Crick Crack Club
Storytelling aficionados The Crick Crack Club are back in town for a series of epic song and folktale nights, including “The Ruined House of Skin”, a fairytale (unsurprisingly) “for grown-ups”; the forbidden tale of The Birth of Sundiata Keita, founder of the Mali Empire of West Africa; and a night of dark Russian folk tales as told by a female punk band.
Details: 5th, 11th & 15th June | Various venues | From £8
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 add approx. 7 parts negronis and home-made limoncello. Enjoy.
Details: 9th June, 10.30-3am | Rotorino, 434 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA | Free Entry
Guaranteed to put you in good spirits is this annual international Gin Festival, which sees over 50 distillers from as far flung as Sri Lanka and Australia fly in to London’s Tobacco Docks for two days of tastings and masterclasses, where you’ll be able to try over 100 gins. Probably not all at once, though.
Details: 10th & 11th June | Tobacco Docks, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF | £30
Soho Food Feast
Believe it or not, there’s a school in Soho.
And in its 7th annual year of fundraising for said school is the Soho Food Feast, a two day festival where you can sample signature dishes from Soho institutions like Quo Vadis, Barrafina, BAO and 10 Greek Street, as well as a handpicked selection from further afield, cocktail competitions and pudding masterclasses courtesy of Blanchette.
So you get to learn a little something too.
Details: 10th & 11th June | St. Anne’s Churchyard Gardens, Wardour Street, W1D 6LB | From £15
The Bordeaux Butterfly Bar
The average lifespan of a butterfly is a little under a week.
And as it turns out, that goes for pop-up butterfly related bars, too.
The preeminent example of the latter is the Bordeaux Butterfly Bar; open for only five days from Monday 12th – Friday 16th June. Set in Broadgate, it comes to you from the very people at Bordeaux wines themselves, and is a literal love letter to all things great about the French summer; you’ll find grass underfoot, an airy canopy above you, and a boules piste tempting you off to the side. Oh, and importantly, a whole ton of wine behind the bar.
Details: 12th – 16th June, 12pm – 9:30pm | Finsbury Avenue Square, EC2M | Free – £5
Taste No Evil
You can’t beat a cocktail from Original Sin.
But if you want to try, you can get behind the bar at this rum cocktail masterclass, because the winning concoction will take pride of place as their guest tipple for the month (plus you’ll win a bottle of rum to take home and proceed to impress all your friends with). And if you don’t, then you’ve just had a lovely evening with lots of rum.
Win win, really.
Details: 13th June | Original Sin, 129 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 0PH | £20
Make Your Own Bacon
Allowing you to literally bring home the bacon are Borough Market’s finest butchers, Cannon & Cannon, who are inviting you into their market HQ to learn where the best cuts of the pig are, get hands on with some butchering and preparation, and learn some curing techniques so you can DIY bacon at home. Just don’t make a pig’s ear of it.
Details: 14th June | Cannon & Cannon, 4W Jubilee Place, Winchester Walk, SE1 9AG | £75
Taste of London | NUDGE READER BENEFIT AVAILABLE
Come one, come all to this long-running festival dedicated to London’s restaurant scene, featuring taster stalls from over 40 of the city’s greatest eateries, live cooking demonstrations, dry ice cocktail masterclasses and banquets from guest chefs like Alex Atala of the 2 Michelin-starred D.O.M. in Sao Paolo, who’s even received special dispensation to bring over his signature Amazonian ingredients.
Details: 14th-18th June | Regent’s Park, NW1 4NR | From £17 (Nudge reader discount available)
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 features “A United Kingdom”, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike.
Details: 14th June | The Workshop, 26 Lambeth High Street, SE1 7AG | £10 (£5 for local residents)
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: 15th June | Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU | £13-128
Here’s the scoop: it’s a 3 day festival dedicated purely to ice cream, currently touring Europe to showcase gelato-makers that number among the best in Italy and across the world. Each gelato maker is tasked with creating a bespoke flavour for the festival, each of which in turn you must judiciously sample and vote for your favourite.
Details: 16th – 18th June | Old Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square, E1 6EW | £12
RA Lates | NUDGE MEMBER EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE
The Summer Solstice marks the longest day of the year.
Which, a brief mathematical calculation will prove, means it’s also the shortest night.
So it’s only right that you make the most of every minute at a cocktail-soaked, artistically-curated boutique festival running riot in an opulent 17th century mansion, with liquid psychedelic light shows, pagan life drawing, chamber music in gilded ballrooms, an immersive woodland filled with botanical cocktails…
aaand Morris dancers.
Details: 17th June | Royal Academy, Burlington House, W1J 0BD | £45
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: From 21st June | East Wing Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA | £11
The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre
Silk worms are terrible at wrestling.
It always ends in a tie.
So it’s a good thing that the wrestlers here are all professional Lucha Libre fighters, expertly trained in the Mexican masked sport where opponents can swing acrobatically off suspended ropes, catapult themselves across the stage and get to wear actual capes.
Details: 23rd & 24th June | York Hall, 5 Old Ford Road, E2 9PJ
The Masonic Masquerade
You might be wondering what all the fuss isn’t about.
And you’re about to find out when you visit this marble-clad Victorian masonic temple for a special screening of the Twin Peaks prequel before it bursts into a flamboyant masked revel hosted by A Curious Invitation. Expect menageries and moving statues, live music and DJs, life drawing and cabaret, and your standard gold-painted people feeding you fruit.
Details: 24th June | Andaz Hotel, 40 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN | From £15
London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
If you’re sick and tired of sub-par dragon boat racing, you’ll be pleased that ‘Europe’s most prestigious dragon boat racing event’ is coming into town this month. Aside from the boats battling it out on the water, there’ll also be an accompanying food festival, martial arts displays, traditional Chinese lion dancing and live music.
Details: 25th June | London Regatta Centre, Dockside Road, E16 2QT
Family Style at Patty & Bun
When it comes to family, nobody cooks better than Papi. That is, Yossi “Papi” Elad, the Israeli chef who helped to launch The Palomar – who’s taking over the reins at the Patty & Bun kitchen this month for a two-night supperclub of relaxed modern Israeli cuisine.
Details: 26th & 27th June | 2 Arthaus Building, 205 Richmond Road, E8 3NJ | £64.31
Idler Dinner at The Elgin
Gathering together the kind of people you’d actually like to get chatting to in a pub are The Idler magazine, who are hosting a three-course dinner at The Elgin in Maida Vale, with speeches from Le Café Anglais founder and renowned chef Rowley Leigh, poet Clare Pollard and QI founding producer, John Lloyd, as well as live music from Waiting for Smith.
Details: 28th June | The Elgin, 255 Elgin Avenue, W9 1NJ | £45
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 June | The Coppa Club Tower Bridge, 3 Three Quays Walk, EC3R 6AH
Experimental Burger Society | NUDGE MEMBERS EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE
Time and again, scientists have tried to discover the formula for the perfect burger, but it only ever seems to lead to disagreements and difficulties.
Essentially, there’s too much beef.
Which is why the Experimental Burger Society are hosting this hands-on, meaty masterclass at BOBO Social, where you’ll be given ingredients like alligator and zebra meat to craft your very own bespoke exotic burger.
Details: Monday evenings and Saturday brunch | BOBO Social, 95 Charlotte Street, W1T 4PZ | £25
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 June | The Vaults, Launcelot Street, SE1 7AD | From £25
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: 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 June | 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 June | 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 June | 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 June | Brixton Rooftop, Pope’s Road, SW9 6JH
Black Cat Cabaret
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, fire-breathers and acrobats. But on the off-chance it doesn’t, you can always come to the cabaret, old chum, which is settling down in the Southbank’s Spiegeltent for the summer as part of the Underbelly Festival, as well as continuing dinner and cabaret evenings at Brasserie Zédel…
Details: Throughout Summer | Underbelly Festival, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX | From £22.50
“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: From 9th June | 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 (June 2017)
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 new 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, including ex-Viajante head chef Leandro Carreira, and F.A.T. pickling queen, Freddie Janssen.
Details: Thurs-Sat in June | 1 Cathedral Street SE1 9DE | From £35
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
The White Asparagus
Ironically, our green ones pale in comparison.
Germans eat 125,000 tonnes of them a year, and with good reason – as you’ll discover at this perfectly seasonal residency at North London gastropub, The Cuckoo N1. Head chef Sebastian Delamothe (whose CV includes triple Michelin-starred restaurants and luxury super-yachts) is knocking up a plethora of Bavarian small plates in homage to the blanched-out spears, with asparagus dishes starring alongside pan-fried fish smothered with curry butter, German charcuterie and pickles, and traditional fried potatoes, Bratkartoffeln.
Details: Thursday-Sunday until 30th June | The Cuckoo N1, 115 Hemingford Road, N1 1BZ
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 June | Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
CLAW at 100 Wardour
If you’ve been feeling that 100 Wardour’s underground, live music-filled cocktail lounge – while utterly delightful – has been severely lacking in seafood-based bar snacks and a dedicated champagne bar, you’ll be relieved to know that it’s recently gained some seafood-based bar snacks and a dedicated champagne bar, thanks to a residency from sustainable crab purveyors, CLAW, and a slick menu of Moet champagne cocktails.
Details: 6th-30th June | 100 Wardour Street, W1F 0TN
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 June | 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, 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 June | 21 Great Pulteney Street, Soho, W1F 9NG
Nest Summer on the Square
Tucked in the middle of Finsbury Square you’ll find this Nest, with former Anglo chef Johnnie Crowe heading up the kitchen and serving up seasonal British small plates like smoked mackerel tartare, and black pudding croquettes. It’s a BYOB pop up ahead of a more permanent opening towards the end of the year when they’re er, flying the nest.
Details: Tuesday – Friday evenings until end of June | Finsbury Square, EC2A
Naked Dough Pop Up
Raw vegetables are better than cooked veg, so it follows that raw cookie dough is healthier than cookies. Which means it’s perfectly reasonable to repeatedly visit this Old Street pop up, where they’ll be dishing out (safe to eat) cookie dough in cones, tubs and milkshakes in flavours ranging from ‘Nutting Better’ with peanut butter, and the ‘Ed Sheeran’, which contains honeycomb and salted caramel. Obviously.
Details: From 6th June | Old Street Station, EC1Y 1BE
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 next in the series will be focussed on mob-grazed lamb from Devon…
Details: 29th June | Peninsula Square, SE10 0SQ | £45 HERE
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
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: 9th, 10th, 22nd, 23rd June | A Secret Location | £55 (£90 with wine / winter juice pairing)
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 June | 36-38 Kingsway, WC2B 6EY
Street Feast is gradually coming out of hibernation from its winter warehouses, with the return of Lewisham’s Model Market, the grand opening of Canary Wharf’s Giant Robot, and Hawker House and Dinerama back in full flow with nibbles from Prawnography, Duck and Roll and Club Mexicana, and booze courtesy of German Sex Dungeon, The Zephyr Lounge and House of Bamboo, to name but a very few.
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 (June 2017)
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: From 2nd June | 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’ll run 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
Sin Gusano | NUDGE MEMBER EXPERIENCE AVAILABLE
Legend has it that mezcal was invented when a lightning bolt struck the heart of an agave plant, cooking and opening it, releasing its juice.
Which, let’s be honest, sounds like something made up by someone who had drunk quite a lot of mezcal.
And now, in East London, you can discover all the wondrous, powerfully tasty variety that it’s since evolved into thanks to Sin Gusano; London’s first and only dedicated mezcal tasting room & taqueria.
Details: Until 10th June | 3D, Stamford Works, Gillett St, N16 8JH
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 June | The Brunel Museum Rooftop Garden, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF | £5
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 pop up. 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: Throughout Summer | Victory Mansion, 18 Stoke Newington High St, London N16 7PL
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, 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. Salute.
Details: Open daily, 9am-late until the end of October | 30 Portman Square, W1H 7BH | You can reserve on 020 7299 2035
The Bletchley. Much like the code linked to its namesake, this pop up 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 June | A Secret Chelsea location | £30 (including 3 cocktails)
The Candlelight Club
How to create a great pop-up bar – secret location? Check. Completely lit by candles? Check. 20s theme? Check. Live jazz bands? Check. Burlesque acts? Check. Bar bites like langoustine cocktail and raised game pie? Check.
Details: 9th & 10th June | A Secret Location | £25-£130 HERE
Anna de Codorníu Terrace on the Thames
They’re always a good place to get wavy.
And this fancy five-month pop up at the Docklands Riverside Hilton is no different. Accessed by a ferry that pulls into their own private dock, you’ll disembark to find the Cordorníu riverside terrace, kitted out with parasols, deckchairs and fairy lights, where they’re serving up their sparkling cava, Spanish beers and pitchers of sangria alongside tapas and pintxos.
Details: Daily throughout June | 265 Rotherhithe Street, SE16 5HW | Reserve on 020 7064 4515
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
GQ Terrace Bar at Rosewood
If you’ve ever wondered whether a secluded courtyard terrace in central London would be a good spot for al fresco breakfasts, bar snacks courtesy of the Holborn Dining Room, negronis, gin cocktails and signature Manhattans – you can finally put it to the test with this pop up terrace bar at Rosewood hotel. You know, in the interest of science and stuff.
Details: Open daily, 7am till 11.30pm (10.30 Sundays) | 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN
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 June | 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 June | 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 June | 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 June | No Such Place, Neal Street, WC2H 9PA | £45
Casa Havana at Skylounge
It’s pretty much guaranteed that everyone here will be Havana good time.
Not least because it’s a Cuban-inspired pop up bar on the rooftop of the Hilton by Tower of London, with rum cocktails and piña colada slushies, a bar menu of fried plantain and red snapper ceviche, and regular live music nights all overlooking panoramic views of the city.
Details: Open Tues-Sat, 4-11pm until 31st August | 7 Pepys Street, EC3N 4AF
Main image: London Riviera
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