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Jason Allen 30/05/24

60 Brilliant Things To Do In London | June 2024 Edition

Your June Agenda | The Best Of London, June 2024

June is upon us. The BBQs are eagerly awaiting their chance to carbonise everything you love. The humidity is ready to turn your hair into a science experiment. The mosquitoes are already sending out dinner invitations.

It’s going to be glorious.

And among the many, many great things going on, you’ll find epic art trails; bucketloads of free outdoor cinema & music; an insane fireworks show that you stand inside of; some spine-tingling concerts in a candlelit botanical glasshouse; a chance to sip champagne by the penguin pool; a neon-soaked Midsummernight’s Rave in a church; a VR poetry show that takes place while the poet is hooked up to an MRI machine; an anti-AI facepainting workshop; Europe’s biggest BBQ festival; the city’s ultimate restaurant crawl; and a floating pop up bar. And that’s just for starters.



1) Woodburner | Intimate live gigs in a leafy, festoon-lit woodland oasis

Returning to Dalston Curve Garden for a 12th year, Woodburner is sparking to life once more. They’re a team of curators and producers who programme gigs at some of London’s most celebrated live music venues, But of all the esteemed settings they’ve popped up in, it’s the long-running summer series at Dalston Curve Garden that Woodburner’s best known for, transforming the leafy community oasis into an open-air stage where artists can duet with the birds…

Details: 28th May – 24th September 2024 | Dalston Eastern Curve Garden, 13 Dalston Lane, London E8 3DF | £11+

2) London Restaurant Festival | Great food events across the city

In a town as jam-packed with restaurants as London, it would be a weird universe we lived in that didn’t have a London Restaurant Festival. Thankfully, the universe isn’t that cruel – the LRF hits the best eateries in town this month, and is bringing resto-hopping food tours, one-off tasting menus, supperclubs floating on the river, and much more…

Details: 31st May – 28th June | Across London

3) Summer by the River | Free outdoor music, cinema, and more

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It’s always nice to spend summer by the river. Particularly if that river also has food stalls, pop-up bars, live music and outdoor movie screenings. And while we don’t claim to be mind readers, but this might have been what the organisers behind Summer by the River were thinking when they set up this free annual festival, bundling up all those beloved outdoor activities and unpacking them across three locations around London Bridge (The Scoop, Hay’s Galleria and The Pier), for three months over the summer.

Details: 1st June – 1st September | Tower Bridge

4) The E17 Art Trail | 150 locations, 4800 exhibitors, 250 events

The E17 Art Trail is quite a big deal. It’s been going for two decades now, and it’s reaching an extraordinary peak, with hundreds of events, thousands of exhibitors, and dozens upon dozens of locations. Yet, despite all of this hoopla, it’s still very artist focused and un-commercialised. Expect all manner of gigs, workshops, markets, talks, tours, and more…

Details: 1st – 16th June | E17

5) The Last Word | An epic spoken word festival

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All of these performers are as good as their word. Which is unsurprising given that they’re a collection of talented poets, writers and performers participating in a fortnight-long festival set to celebrate the art and power of the spoken word. It’s been an annual tradition for over a decade now, and the line-up for 2024 is looking extremely good …checks thesaurus… gnarly.

Details: 1st – 30th June | Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH

6) London Festival of Architecture | The blueprint for a few fascinating events

The London Festival of Architecture (or TLFoA to its friends) is the largest such festival in the world, and it’s back for its 20th edition this year, bringing hundreds of events – the most intriguing of which is the ‘Architectural Blasting Chamber‘ by Bompas & Parr, which is basically a fireworks show you stand inside of. Frustratingly, the details of it haven’t been announced yet, other than that it’ll be part of the festival somehow. Watch this space.

Details: 1st-30th June | Across London

7) An Audience With Brian Cox | Interviewed by his own son

What with all the popular Brian Coxes going around, it’s important to point out that this is the ‘gravitas’ Brian Cox, not the ‘gravity’ Brian Cox. And he’s being interviewed here on stage at the Leicester Square Theatre by his own son Alan Cox. Which, if Succession is anything to go by, should be interesting.

Details: 2nd June | Leicester Square Theatre | £35

8) Keanu Reeves Week at TT Cinema | Woah

What with the cocktail bar housed in the old Victorian police cells, the rooftop restaurant, the rare bottle shop, the cocktail workshop and the rooftop bar, it might have escaped your attention that TT Liquor also has its own tiny little cinema, too. And this month, they’re kicking things off with Keanu Reeves Week, featuring the likes of John Wick, Point Break, Speed and The Matrix (plus themed cocktails to go with them all).

Details: 4th – 7th June TT Liquor, 17b Kingsland Road, E2 8AA £15

9) The Nash Sessions At Kew | Live Music In A Candlelit Glasshouse

The Nash Conservatory in Kew is a rather unique building. It was originally built in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, and was moved, brick by brick, to Kew in 1836. It’s small, intimate, and entirely made out of glass. And it’s hosting a trio of candlelit concerts, this month featuring The Hygge Trio (clarinet, cello & piano) who’ll play some spine-tingling music in the flickering glow of candlelight.

Details: 6th June (The Hygge Trio), 18th July (London Session Quartet), 15th August (Mela Guitar Quartet) and 17th October 2024 (Asaka Quartet) | Kew Gardens, Kew, TW9 3AE | £40

10) Sundance London | See the next great cult film, with 50% off

American Psycho. Reservoir Dogs. Four Weddings & A Funeral. All of those films made their premiers at Sundance, and every year sees another cult banger get its premier there. So it’s probably good news that the festival is coming over to London this month, and even better news that – as a Nudge Member – you’re getting 50% off tickets. Find out more here.

Details: 6th – 9th June | Picturehouse Central, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 7DH | £20 (£10 for Nudge Members)

11) Zoo Nights | Sip champagne by the penguin pool

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London Zoo is opening up for another round of Lates this summer, meaning you can get dressed in your animal onesie (please don’t) and see the animals sans screaming children. Expect pop up bars, street food, animal-themed challenges, talks, walking tours, and if you really want to take things up a notch, you can even book in to sleep over at one of the private hunting lodges by the lion enclosure. That roar is a hell of an alarm clock.

Details: 7th June – 26th July | London Zoo | £21.50

12) Wandsworth Fringe | Some legitimately great events

Sure, the Wandsworth Fringe sounds like a terrible haircut. But it’s actually a surprisingly great festival, with hundreds of impressive-sounding events, including a Shakespearean ‘Midsummer Night’s Rave’ in a church, a piano concert with AI generated visuals (from the man who invented Shazam), and a one-on-one bespoke poetry experience using VR while the poet is in an MRI machine…

Details: 7th – 23rd June | Across Wandsworth

13) World Naked Bike Ride | When tan lines attack

If the phrase ‘naked uncle’ sends a cold shiver down your sine, and you happen to have an older male relative with a bicycle, then this might be more of a warning than a recommendation – because the World Naked Bike Ride is rolling through town this month. Although, psychic scarring aside, it’s quite a positive message of self-acceptance and planet-friendly transport that they’re sending.

Details: 8th June | Across London

14) Open Gardens Weekend | Peep into hidden & private green spaces

The London Open Gardens weekend is essentially a chance to take a peek in some of the city’s otherwise hidden green spaces, historic gardens, exclusive rooftop greenery, and private community enclosures. Tickets will net you entry to about 100 gardens throughout the weekend, which will turn the city into an all-you-can-stroll buffet…

Details: 8th & 9th June | Across London | £22

15) The Great Murder Mystery | Partner Content

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Johan Persson

Finally, stepping into a Sherlock Holmes story isn’t just a pipe dream anymore.

Because The Lost Estate – the exceptionally talented team behind sell-out experiences like The Greatest Night of the Jazz Age and The Great Christmas Feast – have returned with another fantastic show: The Great Murder Mystery. Set in the midst of Victorian London, it’s an evening that promises to immerse you in one of Sherlock’s most remarkable cases, with live music and first-class storytelling from a troupe of spellbinding performers. While they conjure the desolate moors of Devonshire and the study at 221b Baker Street before your very eyes, you’ll be tucking into a three course Victorian feast. And Nudge Members have exclusive early access to their final release of tickets this summer…

Details: Until 29th September | The Lost Estate, 9 Beaumont Avenue, W14 9LP | £149.50+, book here

16) The Little Violet Door | Nudge Member House Parties

The Little Violet Door

Carnaby’s next great bar has a pretty strict door policy…

…it has to be little, violet, delightfully quirky, and allow Nudge Members +2 in for a pair of private parties complete with a couple of complimentary welcome cocktails, some canapés, a live DJ, and a 50% bespoke cocktail menu for the whole night.

And as luck would have it, that’s precisely what’s happening.

Details: 8th & 19th June 9 Kingly St, Carnaby, London W1B 5PH £15

17) Meltdown Festival | 10 days of music curated by Chaka Khan

Good news: it’s looking like Chaka Khan is about to have a massive Meltdown. The Southbank Centre‘s annual mini festival is curated each summer by a different musician or cultural figure, and this year’s it’s the turn of the ’80s icon. In addition to a few sets of her own, the ten-time Grammy winner has invited own hand-picked line up of artists and collectives to perform too, alongside a program of free parties, pop ups, and more…

Details: 14th-23rd June | Southbank Centre

18) London Petanque Championship | Show how well you handle balls

You fancy yourself to be quite a tosser? Well, then you could legitimately win the London Pétanque Championship, taking place this month in Crystal Palace Park. There’ll be everyone from proper pros, to total amateurs, and plenty of food & drink to nourish them all.

Details: 15th & 16th June | Crystal Palace Park, Middle Terrace

19) The Great Exhibition Road Festival | A festival of science & creativity in South Ken

Exhibition Road has to have the greatest concentration of public science & knowledge resources in the city, counting the Natural History Museum, The Science Museum, and The V&A among its many addresses. (Fun fact: it was named before any of the museums were built). So when they have a festival, you can be damn sure you’re going to learn something. And it’ll probably be fun. The festivities will include a drug trial escape room, an anti-AI facepaint workshop, and an attempt to recreate the Loch Ness Monster…

Details: 15th-16th June | Exhibition Road

20) Sunday Papers Live | Complimentary roasts for Nudge Members

Sunday Papers Live

Sunday Papers Live is back, and ready to transform the hauntingly beautiful Grade-1 listed church at One Marylebone into a vast living room filled with sink-right-in sofas, piles of oversized newspapers, fascinating speakers, live music, Bloody Marys, and a borderline reckless amount of tea & cake.

Oh, and Nudge Members? Are getting a complimentary Sunday Roast with their ticket, for both themselves and a lucky guest.

Details: 16th June | One Marylebone | £20+

21) The World Press Photo Exhibition | Stunning images in Borough Market

The World Press Photo Exhibition is, perhaps ironically, not a very snappy name – but the images themselves are amazing. They’re a collection of the world’s best press photographs, and they’re going to embark on a 60+ city tour across the globe after debuting right here in London. It’s been so well received here though, the rest of the planet will have to wait – because it’s been extended by popular demand.

Details: Until June 16th | Borough Yards | Dirty Lane, SE1 9AD | £5

22) Lates at Somerset House | Twilight shindigs in an 18th century palace

The Lates at Somerset House are back for round three. Occurring triannually, these grand events span the entire venue, featuring exhibitions-inspired activities, artist-led workshops, curator-guided talks, and tours. Between soaking up art and knowledge, you can score an array of street food, pop-up bars, and DJs. These not-to-miss cultural feasts offer unique insights, food, music, and most importantly, a whole ton of art.

Details: 19th June | Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA | Free (under 25s), £13 (over 25s)

23) The Moth GrandSLAM

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Not content with publishing books, hosting an award-winning podcast and staging storytelling events across New York City, The Moth has flown over to English shores. GrandSLAM is their annual battle of the bards, in which ten shortlisted storytellers share true stories about their life. They’re each limited to five minutes but pack one hell of an emotional punch, and it’s all taking place on Friday 21st June at a venue that’s already heard its fair share of confessions: Islington’s Union Chapel.

Details: 21st June Union Chapel, 19b Compton Terrace, N1 2UN £25 + bf

24) The Acrobatic Swan Lake | Name says it all, really

The Xi’an Acrobatic Troupe has been training for an average of 20 years – some since the age of 5 – to bring this ambitious production to life. It’s fair to say they’ve jumped through a lot of hoops. But it seems like it was totally worth it – because their production of Swan Lake, which fuses traditional Chinese acrobatic arts with Western classical ballet, has been hailed by critics and audience members alike as (to paraphrase slightly) balls-to-the-walls spectacular…

Details: 21st – 29th June | Sadler’s Wells | £15+

25) Organoke | Karaoke, with a big twist


Everyone loves a big organ. And the one at St. Giles church in Camberwell is huge. All the better then to bang out some tunes for a night of Organoke this summer. And yes, Organoke is exactly what it sounds like – a portmanteau of ‘organ karaoke’, in which a classically trained organist quite literally pulls out the stops to provide live accompaniment for a raucous evening of sing-a-long bangers, all backed up by a full band, while people sing, dance, drink, and generally soak up the euphoria.

Details: 22nd & 23rd June | St Giles Church, Camberwell | £29

26) NAOMI In Fashion | The V&A’s new blockbuster

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Tickets to the V&A’s last show about a fashion icon (Coco Chanel) sold like haute cakes, so it’s reasonable to assume that something similar will happen here, too. Naomi Campbell’s career has spanned decades – though she somehow still looks like she’s got an ageing portrait in an attic somewhere – and this exhibition will cover it all.

Details: 22nd June – April 6th 2025 | The V&A | £18

27) Between The Bridges | A 4,000 sq ft festival of fun, now with Crazy Boules

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Between The Bridges can most boringly be described as a “really big beer garden” but should more accurately be described as “a massive, free to enter al fresco adult playground which fuses a smorgasbord of bars and street food with DJs, live music, drag brunches and special events; all packed into four different dining areas right by the Thames.” And this year it can add the eclectic new sport of Crazy Boules to its portfolio of fun…

Details: Throughout June | Queen’s Walk, South Bank, SE1

28) Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre | Play outdoors

Here’s some dramatic news: the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is back open for business. Surprisingly for its size – it seats a cool 1,253 – it’s a place you wouldn’t really stumble across unless you knew it was there. Hidden away in a grassy corner of Regent’s Park, it’s a sprawling outdoor stage surrounded by a canopy of trees and rows of amphitheatre-style seating, that all allows for the kind of mind-blowing staging that’s hard to get inside…

Details: Until 21st September | Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4NU | £15+

29) Dairy Disloyal by Minor Figures | Partner Content

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Minor Figures are basically oat milk royalty, and their Barista Oat label is used across London’s creme de la creme of coffee shops. And this spring, they’ve put together a Dairy Disloyalty campaign that’s basically a fun, delicious, coffee-based treasure hunt. They’ve partnered up with half a dozen truly great London coffee shops (Ozone, Milk, Pophams, etc) to offer anyone keen to swap out their regular dairy-based coffee for their Barista Oat a ‘disloyalty card’ – stamp off all six venues, and you’ll be in the running for some slick sounding prizes, including limited-edition vintage Japanese style bowling shirts, and a bespoke La Marzocco home coffee machine worth £5k. Participating London stores include Milk (Balham); Formative Coffee (Victoria); Pophams (London Fields); Pavilion (Truman Site); District (Nine Elms); and Ozone (London Fields).

Details: 30th May – 13th June 2024 | Across London

30) Roof East | Raising the games

For the past few months, life in Stratford has been roofless. Or rather, Roof East-less. But no more, thanks to the return of this bunting-strewn outdoor oasis filled with high-altitude games, cocktails and deep-fried cookie dough. Expect crazy golf, neon-lit bowls, batting cages, cocktails, an open-air cinema, and a lot more.

Details: Throughout June | Floors 7 & 8, Stratford Multi-Storey Car Park, E15 1XE | Free entry

31) Catch A Film Al Fresco

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London’s outdoor cinemas are awakening from hibernation once more, and this year you could be watching Hayao Miyazaki’s animated swansong against an iconic brutalist backdrop; Oscar-winners like Poor Things on a deckchair-laden rooftop; and over 150 flicks screened for free across Regent’s Canal… See London’s best outdoor cinemas this summer

32) Check out an Exhibition

As much as you probably love staring at your own walls, there are some pretty first-class bricks propping up the ceilings of London’s many galleries. And here’s what’s adorning them this month… Check out our guide to the best exhibitions in London right now.

33) Go To The Theatre

You may laugh. You may cry. You may throw up, or potentially do all three. See The Best Shows On At The Theatre Now

34) Take A Day Trip

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London’s so enormous that just travelling from Notting Hill to Hackney can feel like a day trip.

But if you merely double that journey time (and in some cases, it might genuinely be quicker), you could also find yourself eating a chippie tea on the beach; hiking along glorious clifftops; walking down quaint cobbled lanes and enjoying a wine tasting in the vineyard where it was produced… Take a look at these 21 ideas



35) Cavita x Seed Library | Mexican Grub and Cocktails

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Seed Library has a lot going for it: great Shoreditch location, stylishly retro interiors, and a drinks list devised by one of London’s most talented cocktail aficionados. In fact, the only thing it was distinctively lacking was a menu of Mexican dishes from a critically acclaimed restaurant. So now it’s added that in, too. The team at Cavita are cooking up some of their greatest hits here until the end of August, including their legendary pan de elote and tacos al pastor, and there’s even a special new margarita on the menu to wash it all down with.

Details: 29th May – 1st September 100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ Book here

36) Ling Ling’s Residency at Bambi | Sunday takeovers this summer

Despite serving some of the best modern Chinese & Vietnamese for in the city, Ling Ling’s doesn’t have a restaurant. So they’re borrowing Bambi. The takeover’s happening every Sunday, and there’ll be specially curated cocktails to go with the likes of poached king prawns; chicken & water chestnut wontons; doubanjiang mushrooms; and more…

Details: Starts 2nd June | Bambi, E8

37) Big Grill | Europe’s biggest BBQ festival

Five Points Brewing Co is hosting Europe’s biggest BBQ festival this summer. It’s called Big Grill, and back on its native Irish turf it’s welcomed more than 60 chefs and crowds of over 20,000. But to celebrate the festival’s 10th birthday, the team are bringing the show over to London…

Details: 8th & 9th June | Five Points Brewing Co, E8 4RG | £50 (incl. 4 dishes)

38) Soho Food Feast | The ultimate London restaurant crawl is back

Back for its 12th year, the Soho Food Feast returns this month in order to feed both your belly & soul, by raising money for the Soho Parish Primary school. It does this using the age-old method of packing some of the best restaurant talent in the city into one lush garden. We’re taking Rochelle Canteen,  DishoomKoya10 Greek StreetKricketCaravelGunpowderAndrew Edmunds, and Bar Crispin, to name a just a few.

Details: 8th-9th June | St Anne’s Gardens, Wardour Street, W1D 6QZ | £15

39) You Call The Shots | The world’s most delicious preview of a new bar

Gearing up to open their new bar this September (You Call The Shots), the owners of The Plough in Hackney are putting on a preview of the kitchen residencies you’ll be able to expect there. That means The Plough is about to become home to chefs like Joe Couldridge, Passa Passa, Paris Rosina, and someone gloriously called ‘Pasta Slut’.

Details: 8th June – 10th August | The Plough, 23-25 Homerton Highstreet, E9 6JP

40) Helen Graham at Half Cut Market | Bubala’s head honch gets Half Cut

Having opened Bubala, one of the hottest restaurants in town, Helen Graham is now one of the hottest chefs in town too. But heat, hype, and hummus aside, her visit to Half Cut Market this month ought to be great – the menu is going to include the likes of gooseberry ezme with Mexican marigold & tahini; sweetcorn with vadouvan & date butter; and vanilla ice-cream & maple chilli crunch.

Details: 9th June | Half Cut Market, N7 9LW | Book a table at Half Cut’s website here

41) Anna Tobias at Hector’s | Cafe Deco’s Chef Pops In

Anna Tobias is a big name to drop, and Hector’s wine bar has dropped it. Her storied career has seen her cook at places like The River Cafe, Rochelle Canteen and P.Franco, and her recent self-run restaurant Cafe Deco – and for two days this month she’s adding Hectors to that list, where she’ll be rustling up her signature style Anglo-Italian-Serbian dishes.

Details: 9th & 10th June | Hector’s, N1 4HS

42) Chelsea Physic Garden Supperclubs | Dinner in London’s oldest botanical garden

The Chelsea Physic Garden has been around for the past 300 years, and only in the last couple has it come into its own with a series of supperclubs taking advantage of all the goodness they grow there. You’ll get a welcome drink & a three course supper as the sun sets in London’s oldest botanical garden. They’re taking place throughout the summer, but this month you can expect a seafood feast…

Details: 11th June | The Physic Garden Café, Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4HS | £75

43) Petersham Nurseries 20th Anniversary | BBQ, Prosecco & roaming bands

Petersham Nurseries is turning 20, so like any 20 year old it’s throwing a party and inviting everyone. It’s all taking place in the gardens at Petersham Nurseries (the name ‘nurseries’ isn’t there for nothing) as well as the private gardens at Petersham House. There’ll be lashings of Prosecco, plenty of BBQ, and roaming live bands.

Details: 15th June | Petersham Nurseries, TW10 7AB | £10

44) Aaron Potter @ The Naughty Piglets | He’s a wizard too

Having lost its head chef, the Naughty Piglets has decided to hog everyone else’s in a strong of kitchen residencies. Hitting the pans the May is Aaron Potter, whose CV is studded with Michelin star outfits like Trinity and Elystan Street, where he was head chef. And ahead of opening his first solo restaurant, Wildflowers, this summer, he’s flexing his culinary muscle here with dishes like wild garlic moules farci, and grilled sweetbreads with tzatziki and cuttlefish rice.

Details: Throughout June | Naughty Piglets, 28 Brixton Water Lane, SW2 1PE

45) Ruben’s Reubens @ Peckham Arches | Stellar BBQ in a beautiful space

Ruben Dawnay’s ongoing pop-up in Brixton Village, Ruben’s Reubens, is still drawing queues months after opening – and now he’s dropping into Peckham Arches for the summer with a menu of smoked meats and BBQ’d veg. His signature meat platter is loaded with a smoked 1/4 chicken, lamb sausage, and pulled pork shoulder, while over in the veggie corner there’s charred hispi cabbage, smoked oyster mushrooms, and BBQ cauliflower – all served with charred flatbread, pickles and mustard BBQ sauce. Oh, and tiramisu.

Details: Throughout June | Peckham Arches, Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QN

46) Bubbledogs | Hot dogs & champagne in 45 Park Lane

Hot dogs & champagne. That was the simple, brilliant, and boujie idea behind Bubbledogs. But that bubble was sadly burst by the pandemic, an injustice that the restaurant gods are now looking to briefly remedy with a pop up in the summer terrace at 45 Park Lane. You’ll get lobster hot dogs, A5 Wagyu hot dogs, and even chocolate & cinnamon brioche hot dogs, all washed down with some decadent bubbly.

Details: Until 29th September 2024 | 45 Park Lane, W1K 1PN

47) TÓU | A Katsu sand pop up from the team at TĀTĀ Eatery

The team behind the lauded TĀTĀ Eatery have revived TÓU, a specialist pop-up dedicated to Japanese katsu sandos. You can just picture the menu now… because the picture above literally is the menu. They literally do one main dish. But with Ana Gonçalves and Zijun Meng at the helm – and a killer selection of sparkling natural wines to wash it down – you can bet they do it extremely well.

Details: Throughout June | Upstairs at The Globe Tavern, 8 Bedale Street, Borough, SE1 9AL

48) Untapped at The Sea, The Sea | £75 tasting menus from rising star chefs

The Sea, The Sea have decided to lend their beautiful alien steampunk spaceship style chef’s table space to some up & coming chefs. And by ‘up & coming’ they mean people like Luke Aaron Simmons (Core by Clare Smyth, Helene Darroze at The Connaught, etc.) and Connor Jack Twomey (Dabbous, A. Wong, Brat, etc.).. But the best bit? The full tasting menu is only £75, which is a bargain for what you’re getting…

Details: 9th & 16th May | The Sea, The Sea, 337 Acton Mews, E8 4EA | £75

49) Park & Kim at Callooh Callay | The Ultimate Comfort Food (Plus Cocktails)

Callooh Callay‘s new diner-themed cocktail menu was just missing one thing… the diner food. So they’ve bussed in the chef who’s been hopping from hit residency to hit residency, Jay Morjaria, to cook up his take on diner grub. Park & Kim fuses Korean influences with American classics to create seriously indulgent dishes like Gochujang hot honey wings; loaded bulgogi fries; and a buttermilk fried chicken burger loaded up with curry mayo. And it seems only fair to work your way through the cocktail menu while you’re there, starting with the perfectly balanced Green Card, a kind of mango chutney-laced margarita…

Details: Weds-Sat throughout JuneCallooh Callay, 65 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3QQ Book here

50) Black Cactus BBQ | Ludicrously huge burgers in a brewery taproom

Popping up at the Exale brewery taproom as of this month, Black Cactus are an old school, Texas-style BBQ outfit who make everything they can in-house using sustainable techniques, and higher welfare meat. The end result? Oak-smoked, dry-aged, ex-dairy cow rib cap & brisket burgers topped with the likes of smoked ox cheek, bourbon ketchup, and red miso, as well as huuuuge BBQ platters covered in a small farmyard’s worth of meat.

Details: Until October | Exale Brewery Taproom, Blackhorse Road E17

51) Fat Whyte Slims | A preorder only, weekend burger bar from Whyte Rushen

When Whyte Rushen does a burger bar, he smashes it. And that’s not just a semi-intentional pun on the smash-burger he’s serving (alongside ones with prawn patties & grilled pineapple, or pork with hot sin Bbq & crispy seaweed), it’s mostly about the fact that he’s serving a – get this – burnt Basque cheesecake milkshake spiked with rum. Oh yes.

Details: Weekends in June | Unit 3, 143 Mare St, E8 3RH

52) Ixta Belfrage at The Standard | Border-Flitting Food From A Lauded Chef

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Ixta Belfrage’s running a pop up in The Standard hotel’s gorgeous ground floor restaurant & terrace, featuring some of the best dishes she’s come up with during her storied career, which has seen her write cookbooks, run the Ottolenghi Test Kitchen, and put on some ludicrously good supperclubs. Taking inspiration from her family heritage, it’s a concise menu of dishes that, while short, impressively manages to incorporate Brazilian, Italian and Mexican influences…

Details: Until 22nd June | The Standard London, 10 Argyle Street, King’s Cross, WC1H 8EG | Book here

53) The BBQ Club | Interactive multi-course menus by the river

Jimmy's BBQ

Jimmy Garcia, prince of pop ups, tycoon of temporary restaurants, baron of BBQs, is back. His BBQ Club tends to sell out every year, and because he’s not a total idiot, he’s bringing it back. He’s returning to his tried & tested spot on the Southbank, where the Thames-side venue will be split into two distinct areas, a sit down restaurant overlooking the river (with an interactive BBQ build into every table), and a street food space downstairs…

Details: Until 20th September | Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX

54) Tiella at the Compton Arms | Italian food in a classic North London boozer 

The Compton Arms always gets in great residencies. The last two – Four Legs and BELLY – both impressed massively, so they took a slight risk with Tiella because a) it’s not named after a body part, which seems to be the theme here, and b) it’s the debut of Italian chef Dara Klein, who has not yet helmed her own restaurant. But luckily, it turns out that she almost literally grew up in her family’s restaurant kitchen, and soaked up experience the whole time, then worked her way up through the ranks at places like Brawn, Trullo, and Sager + Wilde. So – surprise surprise – that risk has paid off…

Details: Throughout June (Weds-Sun) | Compton Arms, 4 Compton Avenue, London, N1 2XD



55) The Floating Bar | Buoyant booze in Paddington

Bobbing up and down in the canal by Merchant Square, the Floating Bar will be providing cocktails, street food, and live DJs all summer. It’s mostly just a place to sit, with the drinks provided by next-door bar The Lockhouse – but in this weather, we’re not complaining.

Details: 6th June – 26th July | Floating Pocket Park, Merchant Square, Paddington, W2 1JX

56) Bar Night at Novelty Automation | Pop up bar in a surreal arcade 

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Novelty Automation has some truly weird arcades. There’s a Money Laundering cash drop, an ‘Auto Frisker’ that will pat you down like a mechanical bouncer, and a ‘Small Hadron Collider’ among many others. It’s like satire meets surrealism meets stainless steel. And for one night a month, there’s a pop up bar there too.

Details: 6th June, 5-9pm | 1a Princeton St, Holborn, WC1R 4AX

57) Enfield Gin & Rum Festival | Emphasis on the ‘gin’ part

Although the Enfield gin & rum festival explicitly mentions ‘rum’ in its name, it’s run by a gin distillery, and they proudly proclaim that they’ll have “some of the UK’s finest gins” on show, along with the strictly small-batch distillers who made them. So, it looks like the rum might be getting a bit of a rum deal. Buy hey, it’s free, and should be fun nevertheless.

Details: 22nd June | The Old Bakery, 2 Pymmes Mews N13 4P | Free

58) Prelude | A pop up bar from the team at Oriole

prelude oriole pop up bar

Oriole, the excellent cocktail bar & live music venue that spent three years in the World’s 50 Best List, is coming back later this year. But before that, it’s running a three month popup called Prelude to road-test some new ideas (like a food menu, for one) and pave the way for the official relaunch in a gorgeous space at The Yards in Covent Garden. It’s like a teaser trailer, but for booze.

Details: Until June 29th | 23 Slingsby Place, Covent Garden, WC2E 9AB

59) Campfire Cocktails At Midnight Apothecary | Firepits, marshmallows & cocktails

midnight apothecary cool pop-up bar

It’s finally warm enough for Midnight Apothecary to reopen their botanical rooftop bar. You’ll start your evening in their charming fairylit urban garden, complete with salvaged garden furniture, firepits, and thriving vegetable and herb patches, and if you fancy you can take a tour of the Brunel Tunnel shaft too…

Details: Fridays & Saturdays in June | The Midnight Apothecary, Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, London, SE16 4LF | £8

60) Fulham Beach Club | Drink cocktails with sand… between your toes

The Fulham Beach Club is back, giving you an opportunity to hop on the tube, get sand between your toes, drink cocktails, play shuffleboard, and go to a Mean Girls themed brunch party.

Details: Throughout June | Wandsworth Bridge, SW6 2TY | £5+

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