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YOUR JUNE AGENDA | Pop Up London 2018
We don’t usually talk in hypotheticals.
But imagine if we did.
We’d talk about the perfect lineup of events, pop ups, and festivals that a summer month might yield in London. We’d remark on how there’d likely be something on the Thames – probably involving alcohol – and how there’d definitely be an insanely good outdoor food festival. That’s besides the cool new immersive shows, prohibition-era cocktail party (in a secret location, naturally), and extraordinarily exotic supperclubs. And just for good measure, there’d be something that sounded strangely awesome. Like booze-fuelled lawn bowls, perhaps.
And lo and behold, the capital’s denizens have only gone and done exactly that…
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POP UP EVENTS (June 2018)
In order for a country to compete in the FIFA World Cup, they have to pass two basic qualifications: they have to A) be very good at football, and B) exist. This is the tournament for those nations that fail to pass the second of those two tests.
It’s called Conifa, and it’s a tourney for unrecognised states, including Tibet, Kurdistan, Greenland, and even Yorkshire. It’ll take place across the capital this June following the same format at the other World Cup, culminating in a final on the 9th. The smart money is on Panjab vs County of Nice.
Details: May 31st until 9th June | Various Venues Across London | £11
A Night In Havana At The Candlelight Club
When prohibition hit the USA, every booze hound worth their salt went directly to party island (known to some as ‘Cuba’). People would go on bar crawls on the way from the airport to the hotel. Truly, it was a glorious time. And the people at the prohibition themed, secret venue, entirely candlelit palace known as the Candlelight Club are going to celebrate it. With classic Cuban cocktails, cigars, and music.
Details: 1st & 2nd June | A Secret Location | £25
Thanks to several centuries-worth of bored monks, Belgium produces quite possibly the best beer on planet earth. And this month, you can try an almost literally infinite amount of the stuff at Ales Tales. It’ll take place in Oval Space on the 1st & 2nd, and will it with 70+ beers from 20 Belgian craft brewers – and your ticket nest you unlimited drinks from all of them. And just to cap it all, there’ll be some classic Belgian waffles, cheeses, chips & mayo, and a little live music too.
Details: 1st & 2nd June | Oval Space, E2 9TD | £42
Berber & Q’s Medina
Berber & Q are releasing a cookbook, and to celebrate they’re going to throw an all-day ‘mini festival’ at their Haggerston grill house. Recreating Marrakesh’s famed food hotspot Mechoui Alley, Josh Katz himself will be manning a live fire pit to slow cook meats by the canal, while brunch is served indoors. As the evening progresses, they’re going to take over Archspace next door to create a Medina, complete with Moroccan lanterns, swathes of luxuriant fabrics, and a ton of raki.
Details: 2nd June | Arch 338 Acton Mews, Haggerston, E8 4EA
Swingers City 2nd Birthday – EXCLUSIVE NUDGE READER OFFER
Swingers City are celebrating their 2nd birthday by giving you a present: free crazy golf, and half-price Champagne, all day.
It’s all taking place on Monday the 4th of June, and ordinary folks will just have to walk in and pray there’s a slot available. You however, get to exclusively reserve your own tee-off time, for up to 4 people, worth a cheeky £52. All you need to do is email Birthday@SwingersLDN.com with a few possible times you’d like to go. The more times you give, the higher likelihood that you’ll get a slot. They’ll email you back to confirm.
Details: 4th June | Swingers, 8 Brown’s Buildings, EC3A 8AL | Free
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…
Details: Now until 19th September | Swan Wharf, 60 Dace Rd, E3 2NQ
Fame & success can be brutal. Even more so if you have them.
And no play shows quite how much as Mood Music, written by Joe Penhall (the man behind Netflix’s Mindhunter, the movie adaptation of The Road, and plays that have won literally dozens of awards) and directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Enduring Love). It stars Ben Chaplin and newcomer Seána Kerslake, and involves a young songwriter, her producer, their lawyers and psychotherapists going to battle over who owns a hit song. And not in a kind, emotionally uninjuring way.
It’s showing at The Old Vic for the next two weeks only – and if you use promo code NUDGE, you can score £15 tickets for performances up to the end of the run.
Details: Until June 16th | The Old Vic, The Cut, SE1 8NB | £15 with discount code NUDGE
The Big Session
World Gin Day is approaching. And, sure, that basically just sounds like a good excuse for a party. Because it is one. That party is called The BIG Session, and it’s going to be hosted by the people behind BULLDOG Gin at the stunning new Printworks on Wednesday 6th June. There’ll be the ‘BULLDOG G&Ts or bespoke gin cocktails’ flowing all night, DJ sets from the likes of headliners Gorgon City, and the legendary Tom Findlay of Groove Armada (among many others), but the best bit..?
…is the fact that the proceeds of every ticket bought will go directly to Nordoff Robins, a music therapy charity helping vulnerable or isolated people.
Now that literally sounds lifesaving.
Details: 6th June | The Printworks, 1 Surrey Quays Road, SE16 7PJ. For tickets or more information visit their website HERE
World Gin Day London
“But surely,” you ask reasonably “isn’t every day world gin day?”. Well, yes, that may be true, but this one’s special. Partly because it’s 4 days. And also because it’s going to involve bars across London (including Untitled, Callooh Callay, Reverend J W Simpson, Oriole, and more) offer special £6 cocktails, gin-fuelled events, pop ups, and general juniper-laced hedonism. All you need is a £10 festival pass, and you’re set.
Details: 7th-10th June | Across London | £10 (for a festival pass DrinkUp.London)
Moet Summer House
Jokes about Champagne require a sparkling wit. So we’re not going to attempt any. Instead we’d simply like to tell you about Moët Summer House – a private members’ club coming to Mayfair for just three days from the 8th–10th of June, which you are hereby invited to join. For free. Located in a gorgeous multi-storey townhouse in Grosvenor Square, Moët Summer House will involve line up of events from poetry readings, to live performances, DJ sets, supper clubs, screenings of Roland Garros, and more…
Details: 8th–10th June | 38 Grosvenor Square, W1K 2HN | Free (some events are ticketed, however)
Pop Brixton’s 3rd Birthday Bash
Brixton’s pop up village is turning 3 this month. And they can hardly container their excitement. To celebrate, they’ll be hosting an all-day, all-night event with a pop up fashion village flogging handmade clothing from 12-5pm, copious live music from 1pm, and a jazz-and-soul DJ set to see you through to midnight.
Details: 9th June | Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ | Free Entry
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 took 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 from 9th June | Kensington Central Library, 12 Phillimore Walk, W8 7RX | £19
Taste of London 2018
A taste of London doesn’t sound particularly nice.
But Taste of London most certainly does. And it’s returning to Regents Park this month with over 40 restaurants, a very literal fire pit for BBQ demos, wine-paired tasting menus from some of London’s top chefs, several bars, an artisan market, a Champagne Club House, and more…
Details: 13th-17th June | Regents Park, NW1 4NR | Use Offer Code NUDGE to get £3 off your ticket HERE
On a mission to “lower the average age of lawn bowls from over 70 to under 40”, Festibowl takes place on the UK’s oldest bowling green (in Finsbury Square), and aims to make the games pacier & more enjoyable, in no small part thanks to the street food & cocktails. You can play 30 ‘practice’ sessions, go for a full match, or even play their appropriately named ‘Sudden Death Bowls’.
Details: 14th June-3rd August (Thursdays & Fridays) | Finsbury Square, EC2A | £5-£15
The World Cup at Bounce: Better Than Being There
Splitting games played by the favoured nations (and England) between their two venues, the people at Bounce will be scurrilously cheating on ping pong, and screening the football World Cup on 12ft screens with live brass bands, an F1 sound system, half-time shows, specialised pizzas from the various nations, and more.
Details: From 14th June | 121 Holborn, EC1N 2TD & 241 Old St, EC1V 9EY | Free Guestlist
Cheese Street is the closest we’re going to get to a yellow brick road, and now it’s coming to South London. It’ll be popping up for one day only at the Blackheath Farmer’s Market, and there’ll be dozens of traders showing off their curdy wares in all their infinite variety. Expect Raclette Brothers, The Cheese Truck, Mac to the Future, and a lot more…
Details: 17th June | Blackheath Station Carpark, SE3 9LA | Free
Zlatan’s World Cup Pop Up
“Zlatan is just a human. The same way a great white shark is just a fish.” – Zlatan
Thus, Zlatan proves that he’s the best at being humble too. But he’ll have a tough time retaining his modesty when he learns what the World Cup pop up bar named after him has in store: there’ll be a live brass band, glitter goal cannons, a huuuuge HD screen, and guaranteed seating.
And it’s all in Infernos.
Details: From 18th June | Infernos, 146 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UH | £8
London Seafood Festival is coming to Battersea Power Station this June.
And it looks like the one thing they won’t need to fish for… is compliments.
Because for five days towards the end of the month you can expect a whole ton of pop ups, feasts, film screenings, masterclasses & cooking demos from big-name chefs, and more, all taking place on the banks of the river Thames, and under the serene view of one of London’s most iconically beautiful pieces of architecture… READ MORE
Details: 20-24 June | Circus West Village, SW11 8NN
Gelato. It’s milker, denser, and more festivaley than ice cream. And to prove it, the Gelato Festival is returning to Covent Garden for its 9th year. Everyone who’s anyone in the world of gelato will be there, and you’ll get to vote on who you think is the tastiest…
Details: 23rd & 24th June | Covent Garden | £15
The Chivas Masters
The very best ones tend to shake things up.
So, every year, Chivas Brothers run a global bartending competition to discover exactly who they are. Previously, the competition only used to be open to the industry – but this year, for the first time, a small number of the bar-going public will be invited to take part in (and help judge) the grand finale. It’ll involve three bartenders competing for your vote, and you’ll receive a welcome drink, a cocktail from each of the three bars, plus canapés, whisky tastings, masterclasses and access to the after party
Details: 28th June | Oval Space, 29–32 The Oval, E2 9DT | £18
Pergola Paddington Central
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 this month sees the return of Pergola Paddington Central – once more commandeering a sprawling, canal-side, 850-capacity space for its aestival shenanigans…READ MORE
Details: Throughout June | 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.
Details: Until 2nd Sept | A Secret Location | £31-£36
Roof East are really upping their games.
Because the car-park rooftop summer spot is returning in full circus-themed splendour for its fifth year next month, and thanks to the expert curation of the Social Fun & Games Club, it’s going to host 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.
Details:Throughout June | Roof East, Floors 7 & 8, Stratford Multi Storey Car Park, E15 1XE | Free Entry
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. And while we should probably be asking ourselves why there are so many disused multistoreys that are apparently just lying around London, for now, we can at least be grateful that they are bringing us a couple of feet closer to some actual, real-life sun. READ MORE
Details: Throughout June | 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.
Details: Until 30th Oct | Cutter & Squidge, 20 Brewer Street, W1F 0SJ | £50
Neverland London presents Fulham Beach Club
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.
Details:Throughout June | Neverland London, Wandsworth Bridge Road , SW6 2TY | £5 Entry (activities vary)
The Murder Express
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 Murder Express, an immersive theatre experience which is essentially an Agatha Christie novel come to life (and made considerably hammier, and funnier), with a real luxury train constructed specifically 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 31st July | 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 June | Across London
The Enchanted Garden At The Last Days of Shoreditch
The Last Days of Shoreditch are, rather ironically back. And for summer it’s bringing an Enchanted Garden, filled with treehouses, hammocks, tropical regalia, one of the “world’s biggest screens” to watch the Word Cup. (And that’s besides the street food traders, DJs, karaoke, and five bars).
Details:Throughout June | 288 Old St, EC1V 9LA | Free entry Thurs-Sat, £5 tickets for a queue-jump & cocktail
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London’s Pergolas are practically restaurant royalty these days.
But just to make doubly sure, they’ve launched another venue called The Prince.
Having first opened last year in the former Prince of Wales pub in Earl’s Court, they’re closing shop for a few weeks to fix the place up into a veritable avenue of epicurean indulgence for the summer. READ MORE
Details: Until the end of September | 14 Lillie Road, Earl’s Court, SW6 1TT
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 spring/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 June | 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’l 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 June | Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR | From £17
It’s Secret CInema’s 10 year anniversary show, and they’re taking you to a dystopian urban landscape being gradually taken over by artificial intelligence.
At least, somewhere in London. It’ll be a secret location (hence the name), and they’ll be transforming it into LA 2019, as envisioned by Ridley Scott in his cyberpunk classic, Blade Runner… READ MORE
Details: Until 8th July | A Secret Location | £45 – £115
Rent a Hot Tug
Why this has taken so long to happen, we’ll never know. But finally, someone’s had the bright idea of bringing a motorised hot tub boat to the canals of London, where you’ll be able to embark on a 90 minute trip along the waterways from the comfort of your own, self-driven bubbling jacuzzi – they even offer sailor hats in their upgrade package. Which you’ll probably need. You don’t want to look amateurish, after all.
Details: Throughout June | 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 here… READ MORE
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; and tamarind prawn skewers, and more.
Details: Throughout June | The Sun & 13 Cantons, 21 Great Pulteney Street, W1F 9NG
Yes, you can now get LAID at the Gunmakers pub down in Clerkenwell. They’ve bussed in the egg brunch specialists to serve up a menu involving brunch burgers, avo smash, Bloody Marys, mimosas, and more.
Details: 9th June | 13 Eyre St Hill, Clerkenwell, EC1R 5ET | £17.50
Flaming Flamingo at the Dead Doll’s House
The Flaming Flamingo has put its foot down… and demanded to hold a one-night vegan cocktail dinner in the Dead Doll’s House in Islington. They’re one of the rising stars of the vegan food scene, and they’re going to be treating you to aguachile ceviche tostadas, aubergine amok, elderflower fizzes, Pina Coladas, and more.
Details: 11th June | The Dead Dolls House Islington, 181 Upper Street, N1 1RQ | £25
India and Nepal have a diplomatically strained, politically tense, and apparently completely delicious relationship. The latter part of which is proven by Indo-Nepali supperclub XX/VI, which will be running a one day supperclub at Balham’s Brother Marcus this month. Expect hybridised dishes like chicken momos with burnt lemon chutney; pork belly pakku with aloo chop & braised mustard greens; and tamarind parfait with toasted rice & apricot.
Details: 11th June | Brother Marcus, 9 Chestnut Grove, SW12 8JA | £40
Behind The Pass
Culinary rising star Ben Murphy, head chef at the vaunted Launceston Place, is going to be teaming up with some already risen stars from the food world for a series of one-night-only collaborative dinners called Behind The Pass. This month will see him teaming up with Rowley Leigh (Le Café Anglais) and Nicholas Balfe (Salon).
Details: 12th & 26th June | 1A Launceston Place, W8 5RL | £60/£40 wine pairing–
Jimmy’s BBQ Club
Jimmy Garcia, prince of pop ups, tycoon of temporary restaurants, baron of BBQs…
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…
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
Popping up on the banks of the Thames near Putney this month, Pan will be cooking foraged ingredients over an open flame at the Hurlingham Yacht Club. Each evening will see a 4-course meal including the likes of ember seared gravlax, venison saddle, and dirty roast carrots with hogweed.
Details: Until 13th June | Hurlingham Yacht Club, Deodar Road, SW15 2NP | £40
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 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 June | 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: Weekends throughout June | 93 Kingsland Road, E2 8AG | £40
Le Petit Chef
Tiny chefs don’t often find work. The steaks are just too high. But this particular hyper-diminutive food-smith has no such problem, mostly thanks to the augmented reality 3D projection that’s bringing him to life. And at the end of this month, they’ll be launching their intriguing-sounding ‘game night’… READ MORE
Details: Throughout June | TT Liquor, 17b Kingsland Road, E2 8AA | £95
London Shell Co. Cruises
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 June | Departs from Paddington Central, Sheldon Square, W2 6EP | £45
LOST + FOUND
Lost + Found is apparently the best bar in Cyprus, and given that it’s currently sitting at no.29 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list, it’s probably fair to say that’s underselling it a little. Either way, you’ll be able to try their famously quirky cocktails at 100 Wardour Street this month when they fly their head barkeep over to set up shop for a few days…
Details: 4th-7th June | 100 Wardour St, W1F 0TN
The Bordeaux Butterfly Bar
The Bordeaux Butterfly Bar is back. Returning to Broadgate for its second year from Monday 4th-22nd June, it comes to us from the very people at Bordeaux wines themselves, and is a love letter to all things great about the French summer; you’ll find grass underfoot, an airy canopy above you, wine tasting masterclasses (available HERE for just a tenner) and – in honour of the World Cup – some classic Babyfoot football tables tempting you off to the side.
Details: 4th-22nd June | Finsbury Avenue Square, EC2M | Free
Dandelyan’s Botanical Suite
Botanical sweet probably wouldn’t go down too well. Botanical suites, however, definitely will.
You see the first one, maybe ever, is being put together by the people at award winning cocktail utopia Dandelyan in the gorgeous, Thames-adjacent Mondrian Hotel. They’ve commandeered one of the Tom Dixon designed suites, and will turn it into a lush, intimate tasting room (complete with its own botanical terrace to soak up the sun) for a series of experimental cocktail sessions…
Details: 4th-30th June | Mondrian Hotel, 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD | £55
London Craft Beer Cruise
The LCBC is basically a mini, floating beer festival that takes place in the presence of some of London’s finest scenery. It’ll depart from the docks at Festival Pier, and spend a good four hours boating down the river. On board, you’ll find over a dozen or so breweries repped, including Beavertown, CRATE, The Kernel, Weird Beard, and more. Your ticket will net you tasters from any 6 of them you’d like (after which you can quaff a pint or two from anyone), and if for some reason you were dragged on board and don’t possess a fierce craft-lust, then they’re promising a few wine, spirits, and cocktail-ing options, too.
Whatever floats your boat.
Details: 23rd June | Festival Pier Southbank, SE1 8XZ | £44
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 and juniper, and there’ll even be a series of full gin-making workshops with three-course dinners.
Details: Throughout June | Granary Square Brasserie, Granary Square, N1C 4AB
Queen of Hoxton – Lost Vegas
Unveiling their new look for the summer, the peeps at The Quen 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, lay abandoned slot machines, and grab a drink at the yellow school bus bar.
Details: Throughout June | 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 June | Rotunda Bar & Restaurant, 90 York Way, Kings Cross, N1 9AG
The Moonshine Saloon
Part pop up bar, part immersive theatre, the Moonshine Saloon invites you to bring your own bottle of booze along with your 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.
Details: Throughout June | 535 Kings Road, SW10 0SZ | £34
Pitch Black – the pop up bar that takes place entirely in the dark – is back. Aiming to steer attention away from showy cocktail presentation to focus back on flavour, your 90 minute gustatory journey will involve bubbles, cocktails, wine, and amouse bouche.
It’s the perfect place for a blind date.
Details: Various dates throughout June | A Secret Location | £39
Officially, this place (from the team behind The Bletchley and ABQ) has nothing to do with Harry Potter, or his best friend. Which is a strange coincidence, given that they’re both cauldron. But it’s still insanely magical, and involves floating candles, moving photograph, flaming cocktails, and more… READ MORE
Details: Until the end of June | 5d Stoke Newington Rd, N16 8BH, UK | £30
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 June | The Brunel Museum Rooftop Garden, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF | £4-£5
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Applicants must be 18 years or older. Approval subject to status. Terms and exclusions apply to earning and redeeming Avios. Flights subject to availability. Taxes, fees and carrier charges apply. Visit ba.com/amex to find out more.
Promoter: American Express Services Europe Limited has its registered office at Belgrave House, 76 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9AX, United Kingdom. It is registered in England and Wales with Company Number 1833139 and authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.