Pop-up season is upon us and it’s returning with a mega influx of alfresco dining hotspots, street food vendors and even wizarding potion making… Read on to find out where the 12 best pop-ups in London are happening this May.

‘Aperol Terrazza’ at Bar 31

Aperol season is upon us and boy, does Bar 31 have an enticing offering for us… 

Bar 31 have transformed their outside terrace into a sunny, Italian-inspired ‘Aperol Terrazza’. Running until September, guests will feel as though they are basking under the Italian sun right here in central London. 

Expect iconic orange hues to fill the space, alongside a bespoke spritz menu crafted from Italian aperitifs and liqueurs including Aperol and Campari. Plus tempting cicchetti and pizette options to tuck into too.

Guests can also opt to elevate their Aperol Terrazza experience with a deluxe spa treatment and/or access to the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard London’s leisure facilities including the infinity Sky Pool and Sky Gym located on the 52nd floor, by purchasing an exclusive Spring into 2021 Leisure Pass.

When: Until September
Where: 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9QU
Website: www.bar31.com

BattersEats

Looking to meet up with your friends but struggling to decide on what cuisine and where to head? Battersea Power Station’s new initiative takes the hassle out of choosing just one cuisine with their new extended outdoor seating offer that boasts two brand new pop-up outdoor dining areas BattersEats Arches Lane and BattersEats The Piazza. The pop-up allows each member at your table to order table service from a number of different restaurants and bars, meaning you won’t have to squabble over where you eventually end up choosing. 

Battersea Power Station restaurants including Tonkotsu, Cinnamon Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay’s Street Pizza, Megan’s, Vagabond Wines, No. 29 Power Station West, The Turbine Theatre and Black Sheep Coffee, are all taking part so there is tonnes of choice too. All you have to do is order through your chosen restaurants website and follow the instructions. Make sure you select ‘order to table’ where applicable and put in the table number you are sitting at.

When: Running throughout the summer
Where: Arches Lane & The Piazza, Battersea Power Station
Website: www.batterseapowerstation.co.uk

Moët Terrace at Pergola Paddington

With holidays to France off the cards this summer, get your fix at Pergola Paddington. The sun-drenched top deck of the popular outdoor venue has been transformed into a stunning French-garden inspired Champagne terrace. 

Created in partnership with Moët & Chandon, the space has been filled with cosy corners that boast breathtaking views of west London. 

On the drinks front, enjoy refreshing summer tipples, including Moët champagne slushies and Moët’s signature summer serve ‘Moët Ice’, the only champagne made specifically to be enjoyed over ice. For food, choose between your favourites from Pergola’s street food traders. Think Thunderbird’s fried chicken, Filth & Co’s burgers and Japanese dishes from Niji. 

There’s also the opportunity to pick up a few BBQ skills that you can take into the summer season with you thanks to their BBQ masterclass hosted by London’s most talented smoke and grill experts.

When: Running throughout the summer
Where: 5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, W2 6PY
Website: www.pergolapaddington.com

Context Plz – Sebastian Chaumeton, Maddox Gallery

One for the gallery lovers… This month Maddox Gallery will be showcasing a new collection from British artist, Sebastian Chaumeton. 

Named Context Plz, the exhibition explores the consequences of internet culture and how in a world where we are bombarded with information but ultimately have grown detached from each other, context is king.

Drawing on aspects of The Twelve Labours of Hercules, Chaumeton reimagines the Greek myths through cartoon characters and internet memes. It’s a fun viewing experience for those who love art, Greek mythology and Tom & Jerry alike.

As part of the exhibition, the artist will be making a live appearance across six days to paint two large amphoras
within the gallery space taking cues from what the gallery guests want to see.

When: 6th – 20th May
Where: Maddox Gallery, 112 Westbourne Grove, W2 5RU
Website: www.maddoxgallery.com

Here East, Hackney Wick 

Here East, the canalside favourite in Hackney Wick, is welcoming back Londoners this summer with a series of foodie pop-ups launching for the summer season. 

The space, known for its bountiful selection of restaurants, bars and independent businesses, will boast a selection of new pop-ups that are arriving in time for the sunny weather and holiday season. Randy’s Wing Bar will be launching a new pop-up, Claw and Hammer, which will see their southern American seafood classic taken to new heights. Expect crawfish boils and seafood hot pots. While MOTHER will be launching a taco shack on the weekends from 7th May. 

Here East provides the perfect space to wind down and enjoy street food and drinks along the river.

When: Various pop-ups launching for the summer period
Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 14 East Bay Lane, E15 2GW
Website: www.hereeast.com

Potion Making in Soho & Hoxton 

Become a potion making whizz this May as you learn the ropes at this new magical potion pop-up. 

Launching in Soho and Hoxton, the creators of The Cauldron will be launching a magic-based cocktail masterclass that’ll transport you into the wizarding world of magic, molecular mixology and science. 

The 1 hour and 45 minute cocktail class will see you mixing up signature drinks that have been given a magical twist. All Covid-friendly and socially distanced, book in to get a sneak peak at new secret venues launching this June.

When: Until 16th May
Where: 17 Hoxton Street, Hoxton & 26 Greek Street, Soho Website: www.thecauldron.io

Evening Pop-up at Tacos Padre

Get your Mexican food fix this summer from Tacos Padre’s new evening pop-up. Borough Market’s pop-up taco vendor has brought back its popular evening pop-up this summer, bringing with it a full dinner menu that goes far beyond tacos and deep into Mexican food culture. 

Inspired by founder Nick Fitzgerald’s time working at Pujol Mexico City and his travels around the country, the flavours, colours, sights and sounds of Mexico’s street food scene will be brought to life in a whole new light. 

Running every Thursday – Saturday evening throughout the summer, the menu will boast dishes such as crab tostada with guajillo and tamarind; scallop, sorrel and aguachile; and romesco and mexo romanesco.

When: Evening pop-up running Thursday – Saturday, 6-10pm throughout the summer
Where: Borough Market, The Borough Market Kitchen, Winchester Walk, Jubilee Place, SE1 5AG
Website: www.tacospadre.com

Skylight Canalside featuring KERB

Another street food destination to stop off at this month should be Skylight Canalside’s partnership with KERB, the team that’s behind London’s best street food market and Seven Dials Market. 

Running until 7th August, the canalside destination will take on a beer-garden feel, home to picnic table, parasols, bunting and lighting. On the menu, two KERB food trucks will be parking up each month – the first being Fundi Pizza, which specialises in Neapolitan style pizzas, and Tongue ‘N Cheek, who will be whipping up Italian inspired burgers.

When: 1st May – 7th August
Where: Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane Entrance, E1W 2SF
Website: www.tobaccodocklondon.com

SOLAS at The Savoy 

Alfresco dining is all the rage this summer and The Savoy is joining in on the action, launching a short-season pop-up – Solas. It’s the first time in The Savoy’s history and its opening marks The Savoy and Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky’s new collaboration. 

Gaelic for light, joy and comfort, Solas will be located on the Savoy Court and will boast a menu comprising delicious seafood and tempting cocktails. 

Sure, this weekend might be all booked up but it’s definitely one worth visiting over the next couple of months. You might even spot a celeb or two while you’re there…

When: Open until 21st June
Where: THE SAVOY, THE STRAND, WC2R 0EZ
Website: www.thesavoylondon.com

Seven Dilas Unplugged with Stone Jets, Momento and Cheriton

Seven Dials Unplugged 

Fall back in love with the beauty of live music this weekend and head to Seven Dials to catch the return of their Unplugged sessions. Back by popular demand, this weekend sees live acoustic performances take place across the seven famous streets. 

Running across seven Saturday until late June, it’s the perfect stop off while you roam the streets and catch up on all important shopping or catch up with friends and family at one of the area’s excellent alfresco dining spots. 

Head over to their Instagram page, @7dialslondon, to keep up to date on everything that’s happening in Seven Dials so you don’t miss out.

When: Running across seven Saturdays until 26th June – the next running is 22nd May
Where: Seven Dials
Website: www.sevendials.co.uk

London’s Beach Bars

This summer sees a whole host of beach inspired pop-ups arriving on the scene. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite seven, from The Berkeley’s British seaside huts to The Montague on the Gardens annual beach experience on their terrace.

Expect palm trees, sand, surf boards and tempting cocktails to mentally transport you to sunnier climes.

When: Running throughout the summer
Where: West India Quay, 16 Hertsmere Road, Canary Wharf, E14 4AX
Website: www.drakeandmorgan.co.uk

Tanqueray Royale Garden Escape at The Sipping Room

Created in partnership with Tanqueray Gin’s new Blackcurrant Royale, the terrace at The Sipping Room has been transformed into a floral haven. The space has been dressed in cascading purple blooms and covered with fairy lights which light up the sky come nightfall. 

Alongside the floral makeover, the cocktail menu has been given a spring spruce up too. Enjoy sharing cocktails including the The Aviation – Tanqueray Blackcurrant Royale blended with Violette liqueur, maraschino liqueur, lemon juice & prosecco.


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