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It’s summertime when pop-ups really come into their own and this August is no exception to the rule.

From the floral filled Rosé Retreat at The Folly to the secret summer garden at The Regent, a month long street food festival to a vegan foodie takeover to mark the reopening of Mortimer House, here are the ten best pop-ups arriving this month.

Mao Chow takeover at Mortimer House, Fitzrovia

If you’ve ever been to petite Hackney joint, Mao Chow, you’ll have left wanting seconds of the moreish vegan, Szechuan dishes. Luckily, rather than heading out to east London this month, you’ll be able to get your fix courtesy of their four day takeover at Mortimer House in Fitzrovia.

Expect to be tucking into their new, flavour packed dishes including Husband + Wife Celeriac, a mix of braised celeriac with pickled chillies and toasted rice powder; Roujiamo, cumin mushrooms and green chilli dip encased in a Xi’an flatbread; and Dongpo Tofu, a combination of braised tofu with spicy and aromatic sauce with jasmine rice. It’s vegan food at its finest.

Running 20th – 23rd August
37-41 Mortimer Street, W1T 3JH

JOY by Stevie Parle and Tom Dixon

Get your alfresco fix courtesy of Stevie Parle and Tom Dixon’s JOY, a new drinking and dining spot at Portobello Docks. 

JOY is a space which inhabits a community feel, and it home to Parle’s own honey store, The Goods Shed farm shop, a stand-alone bar, as well as boasting a summer alfresco pop-up restaurant, FLORA.

Open Wednesday to Sunday, JOY offers guests the perfect spot to shop, drink and dine, all in one place. FLORA will house a daily changing menu, but will feature fresh, seasonal produce. Expect dishes such as Fosse Meadows chicken cooked over wood, stuffed with ricotta and nduja; clams cooked with butter and fresh peas; and red prawns, burned lemon and marjoram.

Opens Friday 31st July
Portobello Docks, 342-344 Ladbroke Grove, W10 5BU

The Rosé Retreat at The Folly 

Summer is the season of rosé and where better to experience the pink-hued tipple than at The Folly as part of their Rosé Retreat. 

Located close to Monument and Bank tube stations, The Folly has welcomed a brand new pop-up dedicated to all things floral and rosé. Boasting blooming buds, the Rosé Retreat offers a sensational selection of rosé, from 100ml tasters of Provencal varieties to blush inspired cocktails. A favourite of ours is the Sweet Tooth, a mix of Roku gin, rhubarb and custard syrup (yum!), lemon juice, rhubarb liqueur and egg white.

41 Gracechurch Street, Candlewick, EC3V 0BT

Bottomless Cheese at Pick & Cheese

Bottomless cheese. Need we say more?

All of your cheesy needs will be catered this month thanks to Pick & Cheese, the Seven Dials Market site famous for their cheese conveyor belt. This month the spot is taking part in the government’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme, with their bottomless cheese coming in at just £10pp. Yep, you read that right. Guests will be able to dive into endless plates of cheese goodness, from Spendwood with cherry and Amaretto jam to Fen Farm’s Baron Bigod with marinated sweet garlic.

What’s more is that their Camden branch, The Cheese Bar, is returning with their bottomless raclette nights every Wednesday, and guests will be able to experience it for half the price too. Double cheese goodies, yum.

Seven Dials Market, Short’s Gardens, Covent Garden, WC2H 9AT

Market on the Mews

Selfridges recently launched their first outdoor market, bringing with it a rotating mix of food, drink,plants and furniture. Running every weekend until the end of August, ‘Market of the Mews’ provides Londoners the opportunity to shop and support local businesses.

Some of the pop-ups include Assembly Coffee, Hackney Gelato, Two Tribes Craft Beer, Your London Florist and Moyses Stevens.

Running every Saturday & Sundays until 30th August

Pop-up cocktail bar at The Old Car Wash, Homerton

London isn’t short of bizarre bar concepts and we’ve found another on to add to the ever expanding list. 

The Old Car Wash in Homerton has officially opened, bringing with it a pop-up cocktail bar locked in an abandoned car wash. Creepy. 

The space boasts a huge outdoor covered seating area, seating up to 70 guests, and is sure to be the next secret spot on everyone’s lips. Expect cocktails a’plenty and long summer nights in this quirky, industrial pop-up bar.

Plus, this weekend to celebrate they’ll be giving out a free cocktail to everyone who books in for their opening Thursday and Friday.

24 Ponsford Street, Homerton, E9 6JU

Pop Sapori at The Megaro Hotel

Take it back to the 80s and head over to The Megaro Hotel for the Pop Sapori takeover. 

The Megaro Eatery team have used their powers to bring back the ‘summer of love’ party vibes from the fiery 80s and have mixed it up and added an Italian twist. Pop Sapori will be on hand offering you fresh pasta, espressos a’plenty and a Prosecco spritz lab. It’s all been decorated with bright, electrifying yellow, textured concrete and copper piping. It’ll be a mad experience but you won’t want to miss it.

1 Belgrove Street, WC1H 8AB

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival won’t be returning this August in its usual way, but rather in the virtual world. 

You’ll be able to wiggle your tail feathers at home as part of their NHC at home experience. More details will be released later this week so keep an eye out on their website for updates, but we’re just glad we’ll be able to celebrate the carnival culture in some aspect. 

Running 29th – 31st August

The Secret Garden at The Regent, Balham

Our readers love a secret venue and we’ve just found a new one to add to the list. 

There’s a new secret garden and it’s popped up at The Regent in Balham to bring with it a summer of cosy seating, festoon lights and boozy tipples. To access the garden, you must enter through a secret, Narnia-esque wardrobe. On the food front, expect all of the usual pub classics making their way onto the menu, so if you’re in need of a 

Running until the end of August, 12-10pm


StreetEat Wimbledon opened last week, bringing with it a wonderful range of tasty street food vendors, ice cold Pimm’s (perfect for this heatwave we’ll be experiencing) and free live entertainment. 

It’s part of the Underbelly Festival and will be running alongside the StreetEat on the South Bank, which is also open and will be running until October.


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