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If you’ve been reading The Handbook for a while now, you’ll have noticed that a few of our regular features have been on hiatus for the last few months, you know, what with the pandemic and all. But with the city gradually beginning to reopen, we thought it was only right to shed light on a few of London’s best summer filled pop-ups arriving this month.

From espresso martini bars to the arrival of the cinema drive in, here are our favourites:

‘Giz & Green’ Pop-Up at Passo Shoreditch

Lockdown brought about a lot of fun, quirky Instagram accounts to help entertain and pass the time during the incredibly turbulent few months. One account was that of rapper Professor Green, who did a weekly lockdown series called ‘Giz & Green’s Monday Night Fakeaway’, in which chef Gizzi Erskine would help Green recreate some of his favourite takeaways while restaurants and takeaway spots up and down the country were closed. The account grew in popularity, with fans recreating their creations too. 

If you were watching closely throughout lockdown, you’ll be eager to find out that they’re launching this series into a pop-up concept this month! Launching Friday 17th July, ‘Giz & Green’ will be popping up at Passo, with the aim of encouraging customers back to restaurants. 

Taking inspiration from Passo, the menu will revive everything you knew about the humble pizza. Menu highlights include the classic (and controversial) Hawaiian, pepperoni, plus a veggie ‘stuffed crust’. Giz & Green have also teamed up with TABASCO to bring some tempting spicy pizzas on the menu too.

When: From Friday 17th July
Where: 80 City Road, Shoreditch, EC1Y 2BJ
Website: www.passorestaurant.com

Black Cow x Tom Dixon Espresso Martinis

Fuel your weekend the right way with one of Black Cow’s espresso martinis at their summer pop-up in Coal Drops Yard. 

Vodka brand, Black Cow have partnered with Tom Dixon’s Coal Office restaurant to bring King’s Cross dwellers the chance to experience their glorious espresso martini pop-up. Located just outside Tom Dixon’s shop, the pop-up will also be offering a range of natural vodka sodas too for those who aren’t looking for a caffeine fix but still want to enjoy a drink or two alfresco style.

When: Thursday – Sunday, 12-7pm throughout the summer season
Where: 4-10 Bagley Walk Arches, Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, N1C 4DH
Website: www.tomdixon.net

Covent Garden’s Alfresco Picnic Area

Covent Garden launched a brand new alfresco picnic area situated on the East Piazza, allowing you to enjoy the sunny spells and culinary delights located in this historic area alfresco style. 

Visit one of your favourite restaurants and choose to takeaway to enjoy at the picnic spot. From pick up sushi rolls from SUSHISAMBA to classic fish and chips from Oysterman, there’s plenty of options to enjoy outside. Or after you’ve exhausted yourself from shopping, refresh here with homemade ice cream from Laduree.

Where: Covent Garden Piazza, Cranbourn Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 7AR
Website: www.coventgarden.london

Camden Town Brewery Pop-Up Bar

If you’ve missed nipping down to your local for a cool one, you’ll be ecstatic to find out that London’s coolest brewery, Camden Town Brewery, has relaunched their Brewery Bar pop-up this summer.

To coincide with social distancing regulations, the Camden pop-up will be outside and with its wide array of on tap beers, it might just nab itself a spot for London’s coolest beer garden too. Camden Town Brewery have released a special brew for the pop-up, Desk Beer, and will also have two fresh tank beers on offer too. Bottoms up.

When: From Saturday 4th July
Where: 55-59 WILKIN STREET MEWS, Kentish Town, NW5 3NN
Website: www.camdentownbrewery.com

Fulham Beach

Forget jetting off to the tropics (not that we’re allowed this summer anyway) and soak up the best of the English sun over at Neverland’s Fulham Beach.

That’s right, the legendary urban beach has returned for the summer season bringing with it a whole lot of beach hut action, beach bubbles, feasting tables and even a jungle covered pergola. 

Where: Fulham Beach, Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, SW6 2TY
Website: www.neverlandlondon.com

Oro, The Japanese Pop-Up Serving The UK’s First Wagyu Sandwich

The duo formerly behind Zuma and Hakkasan have just launched their brand new venture, a new Japanese pop-up, Oro, that’s bringing Londoners the UK’s first ever wagyu sandwich. Arriving at Chucs Belgravia, you can now try the melt in the mouth Australian wagyu cut in a whole new indulgent way. The sarnie is made up of Australian wagyu sirloin, spicy Panko, Japanese coleslaw and shavings of Australian winter truffle, sandwiched between toasted bread.

It’s got to be up there on London’s most expensive sandwich coming in at a hefty £45 but its indulgent flavours will blow you away and is a must-try for wagyu lovers.

When: Available Until October
Website: Order Yours Here

Drive In Cinemas 

The future of cinema has changed indefinitely. While cinemas across the country are preparing to get back on their feet and showcase the brand new movies, here in London we’ve waved hello to a new form of cinema: the drive in. 

If you grew up in awe at the Hollywood movie scenes showing teenagers at their local movie drive in, you’re in luck because London’s array is filled with all of the usual traits and of course, it’s all covid secure. We’ve rounded together a list of our favourites for you to take a look at and to maybe catch your all time favourite classic on the big screen in a whole new way.

The Summer Of Soho

2020 is the summer of alfresco. We’ve already seen some of our favourite restaurants, bars and cafes opening up their gardens, courtyards and outdoor spaces to bring us a dining experience that feels as if it’s been plucked from the Mediterranean. Now Soho is joining in with their Summer Street Festival. 

The 4th of July saw the launch of Soho’s streets being pedestrianised for the summer months, in the hope of encouraging Londoners back onto the streets, all socially distanced of course and enjoy al fresco dinners and summer cocktails in the sun. Soho’s Summer Street Festival will be in place every evening from 5pm during the summer months, and some of Soho’s hotspot restaurants are getting involved in the fun too. From the iconic Bar Italia, to fish and seafood restaurant Randall & Aubin, private members’ club Groucho to Lina Stores.

When: Throughout the summer months
Where: See website for streets joining in
Website: www.saveoursoho.co.uk

The Garden at The Berkeley

The luxury Knightsbridge hotel has revamped their terrace, bringing with it a gorgeous lantern filled garden that draws inspiration from Mediterranean trattorias and courtyards. The grill will be serving up an all-day dining menu, featuring small plates and large plates to share and enjoy with your fellow diners. Menu highlights include charred giant prawns; asparagus, whipped ricotta and truffle honey; and grilled whole sea bass with aioli.

If you’re looking for other great alfresco dining spots, check out our guide to London’s best 18 here.

Where: THE BERKELEY, WILTON PLACE, KNIGHTSBRIDGE, SW1X 7RL
Website: www.the-berkeley.co.uk

La Pilarica Pop-Up at Loafing Well Street

Enjoy an authentic taste of Mexician cuisine when you visit La Pilarica’s pop-up at Loafing Café on Well Street. 

The two eateries have joined forces for a summer of Mexican street food. The menu will focus on slow cooked sous vide meats, meaning that the pork belly and short rib beef on the menu will have been cooked for 24 hours in La Pilarica’s secret spices to enhance flavour and tenderness. Expect to be chomping your way through Mexican inspired salads, stuffed burrito and quesadillas. Yum.

When: Thursday 23rd July, then open Wednesday – Sunday, 5-11pm
Where: Loafing Café, 221 Well Street, E9 GEG
Website: www.lapilarica.co.uk