Pop-ups are perfect for summer. Since the weather’s good, you want to be out as much as possible, so it makes sense that we suddenly need more bars, hang-outs and socials in which to while the long days and sultry nights away. Luckily London has an amazing selection of pop-ups – here are eight of the best:
What: Botanical-themed bar
Where: Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Knightsbridge
Why: Thanks to flowers, Britain in the summer looks more than just grey mulch. But living in the city, the whole season can go by without you seeing so much as a daisy. Thankfully, ‘Blooming Brilliance’ is full of flowers, from the entrance through the lobby to the floral-themed drinks like the ‘Jack & Shrub’ or the ‘Basil Sour’. Open Daily from 4pm, 8 June – 2 August
What: Bar inspired by music festivals
Where: 3-4 Archer St, Soho W1D 7AP
Why: If you’re anything like The Handbook, a top festival is one of the highlights of the summer – unless it rains, of course. But come rain or shine, Archer Street’s ‘FESTIVAL’ pop-up is a must for all music lovers: there’s a stage, private winnebagos, and even a real camping wagon. So kick back and enjoy a Burning Gummy Man cocktail, without worrying about the weather or stocking up on babywipes.
What: New crab dishes every week
Where:14-16 Brewer St, Soho W1F 0SG
Why: Everyone knows that seafood is perfect for the hot days of summer. ‘Crabstock’ brings Londoners a new crabilicious dish every week, such as the Chili & Garlic Crab or the Maryland Crab Cakes, so you can enjoy a taste of the sea without having to trek to the seaside.
What: Music festival in a forest – in Hackney
Where: 37-41 Whitepost Lane, Hackney Wick E9 5EN
Why: Summer is for the great outdoors – and since Kopparberg are bringing the trees to you, now you’ve got no excuse for spending every Friday bingeing on Netflix. A pop-up forest in Hackney featuring a punchy mix of DJs, live music, street food stalls and even a woodland bar make this an absolute must.
What: The Italian Riviera – in the city
Where: The Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Sq Park, E14 5FW
Why: Don’t we all fantasise about spending those long summer nights somewhere romantic in the Mediterranean? Peroni are bringing la dolce vita to London with delicious canapés, innovative beer cocktails and, of course, a bit of amore.
What: Superfood extravaganza
Where: 168-175 Shoreditch High St, E1 6HU
Why: Want to stay in shape this summer? Huna Blends of California are bringing their superfood mixtures to London. Sorbet-style bowls packed with fruit, vegetables and immune-system boosting ingredients like Maca, hemp milk and Lacuma are sure to keep you fit as a fiddle. Or at least not collapsing from a burger overdose.
What: Streetfood festival
Where: Dalston Yard, Hartwell St, Islington E8 3DU
Why: Five months of street food feasting every Friday and Saturday night – that’s what Street Feast London are bringing to Dalston Yard. With 20 different food stalls to choose from, and eight bars, Street Feast London is tbe biggest night market in London – just make sure you head straight to the health food pop up the next day. Or to go up a dress size.
What: Roof terrace on the Thames
Where: Belvedere Road, Waterloo SE1 8XX
Why: At the end of the day, chilling out is what everyone wants from the summer. The Queen Elizabeth hall Roof Garden, run by Company of Cooks, is the perfect back-to-basics laid-back relaxation space. Grab a drink, lie back on a patch of grass and watch the sun set on the river.