September is here, bringing with it the arrival of these eleven exciting new pop-ups. From spotting prowling lions around the city to picking beer straight from a tree (yep, these are both things really happening!), there’s so much to see and do this month.
Read on to find out more about our favourite eleven happenings in and around the city…
In partnership with Budweiser Budvar
We all know and use the age old idiom ‘Money doesn’t grow on trees’, but what if beer just so happened to? This September sees Budweiser Budvar launch an immersive pop-up experience featuring just that.
Running Wednesday 8th – Thursday 9th September, beer lovers can head down to Observation Point to experience the Republic of Beer, a fun immersive pop-up inspired by the Czech beer culture that Budvar is at the heart of.
At the pop-up, guests will be presented with their very own passport before getting the chance to pick their own chilled beer straight off the Budvar Beer Tree, a fun centrepiece of the interactive event. Guests will be able to kick back and sip on the Czech lager, all while soaking up the last of the summer heat.
And the best part? There’ll be no quarantine upon your return! Attendees can get their new passport freshly stamped and head off to a nearby participating bar to claim a free pint of Budvar.
When: 8th – 9th September, 1-5pm
Where: Observation Point, London, SE1 9PP
How sustainable really are you? Sure, you might have swapped your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo alternative, ditched your water bottle for a reusable one and eradicated makeup wipes from your skincare routine altogether, but there’s a whole lot more we can be doing to help tackle the plastic crisis that we’re still struggling globally with.
And it’s the ocean that’s really taking the brunt of our overconsumption of plastic. According to Plastic Oceans, ten million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean each year – for those who need to imagine what that looks like, it equates to more than a garbage truck worth being loaded into the ocean, every single minute.
On a mission to help put this all into perspective is the Blue Paradox, an immersive experience on the ocean plastic crisis, and it’s arriving in London next month. Taking place 15th – 27th September, the Blue Paradox will take over Exhibition London, and will take its visitors on an educational sensory trip highlighting the effects of the ocean plastic crisis and how we can help.
Through 360 degree digital projections, the free experience is set to put it into perspective how the ocean is suffering and the issues of the overconsumption of plastic is having on the ocean bed and it’s animals.
When: 15th – 27th September
Where: Exhibition London, Ariel Way, White City, W12 7SL
We’ve all heard about the craft of latte art, but what about making art out of your actual coffee grounds? This September sees coffee extraordinaires The Gentlemen Baristas and indie art gallery Bleur join forces to create ‘The Art of Coffee’, an exhibition exploring the use of coffee to help raise funds for social enterprise Well Grounded.
The pop-up exhibition will run 23rd – 26th September at The Gentlemen Baristas’ new London flagship coffee house in Piccadilly, and will feature a collection of works from emerging London-based female creatives, including Joanna Layla, Eva Merendes and Jemima Sara.
The creatives were asked to use the medium of coffee to create works that celebrate coffee and its importance in creating meaningful connections and community. The outcome? Truly unique!
Artworks will be auctioned off to raise funds for Well Grounded, a community that supports unemployed beneficiaries.
When: 23rd – 26th September
Where: The Gentlemen Baristas, 163 Piccadilly, W1J 9ED
Foodies unite, Kricket’s annual Guest Chef Series is returning to its Television Centre venue this September, bringing together some of the biggest names in London’s culinary scene.
Head Chef Will Bowlby is welcoming the return of the series with a bang. Expect two talented chefs to be taking over the Kricket kitchen, with all ticket profits going to Apne Aap Women’s Collective.
James Cochran, Michel Roux Jr, Andrew Clarke and Selin Kiazim will each have their own night to shine, working alongside Bowlby. Guests can look forward to a welcome cocktail, followed by a three course sharing menu created by the guest chef, showcasing their cooking styles while nodding to Kricket’s Indian food. Michel Roux Jr’s evening is sold out but you can still book the other takeovers.
When: Various dates in September
Where: Kricket Television Centre, 2 Television Centre, 101 Wood Lane, White City, W12 7FR
Gousto, the recipe box subscription people, have teamed up with the immersive events people at Gingerline’s Flavourology, to bring an exciting multi-sensory dining experience to London this September.
Running over two days, the event, named Flavourlust, will transport its guests on a foodie adventure to far flung destinations, without the hefty airfare or quarantine upon return. Flavourlust, taking place 17th and 18th September, will see adventurers explore the street food corners of Thailand, India and Brazil, with tasty dishes to sample, live performances and a range of cocktails to sip too.
In Thailand, guests can explore Hat Yai’s floating night market and meet chef Phaibun as they sample Hat Tai garlic fried chicken, before venturing to Indian mountainside where they’ll enjoy a taste of Lokesh’s traditional vegetable pakora chaat. Lastly, the worldwide tour will finish on the streets of Brazil with spicy Malagueta prawns and Brazilian Rabanada.
Get ready for the ultimate pasta party. Fresh pasta delivery service, Pasta Evangelists are putting on quite the performance this September thanks to their Pride pasta and drag charity pop-up.
Despite London’s Pride Parade being cancelled this year, they are pulling out all of the stops allowing guests to take part in a rainbow-coloured pasta masterclasses. Spread over three sessions, pasta makers can expect to be guided by Roberta d’Elia, Pasta Evangelists’ head chef, and two drag artist co-hosts, as they learn the art of making pasta shapes from scratch and filling pasta.
Unlimited Prosecco will be on hand, along with exclusive performances from the drag acts. All of the proceeds will be donated to Stonewall.
When: 9th – 10th September at Carousel | 11th September at Bunga Bunga Battersea
Where: Carousel, 71 Blandford Street, W1U 8AB | Bunga Bunga Battersea, 37 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 3BA
Oktoberfest festivities will be popping up across London this month, including Pergola Paddington’s Wunderbar. The popular beer festival, originating in Munich, will be making its way to this alfresco spot, bringing with it all of the steins, horns and beer you could dream of.
Pergola Paddington will be decked out with green and red decorations, while the bar will be serving up a collaborative brew with Camden Town Brewery and traditional Bavarian food. Expect tonnes of entertainment, live DJ’s and the opportunity to win free beer for a whole year.
Expect tonnes of entertainment, live DJ’s and the opportunity to win free beer for a whole year.
When: 18th September – 31st October
Where: Pergola Paddington, 5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, W2 6PY
Prepare for the unpredictable, art lovers are invited to step inside the fully multi-sensory immersive experience taking place at Kensington Gardens this summer. Dedicated to the notorious artist, Vincent Van Gogh, the experience will see you uncover his timeless masterpieces in a whole new light.
Hosted inside a 25,000ft purpose-built venue in Kensington Gardens, guests will uncover over 3,000 images of Van Gogh’s popular works. Delve into the life sized representations of Van Gogh’s bedroom before taking part in immersive video tutorials and the mirrored sunflower room.
For the ‘grammers, head to the mirrored sunflower room. Fully immersive, the room is bursting with sunflowers, nodding to Van Gogh’s popular sunflower paintings.
Fancy heading down? We’ve teamed up with them to offer five lucky winners the chance to win tickets as it approaches its final few weeks. Enter here.
WHEN: 4TH JUNE – 26TH SEPTEMBER
WHERE: EAST ALBERT LAWN, KENSINGTON GARDENS, SW7 2AP
How many lions have you spotted out on the prowl across London? Usually the answer would be zero, but this month sees 27 individual crafted life-sized lion sculptures roam the capital’s streets.
It’s all part of the Tusk Lion Trail, a global installation in support of African conservation that’s taking place across London, Bristol and Edinburgh. London has been lined with 27 of the kings of the animal kingdom. They’ve been designed and painted by a number of big names, including Noel Fielding, Ronnie Wood, David Yarrow, Jake Chapman and Mathew Horne.
Spread across various areas of the city, head out one weekend and explore them in all of their finest, fur, florals and all.
When: Until the end of September
Where: Various locations across the city
For the eager astronauts amongst us, this new exhibition at Burlington House Courtyard might just be for you.
Spacescapes: Postcards From Our Solar System is a new exhibition that sees its viewers exploring the mountains on Pluto, visiting the Perseverance rover on Mars and getting up close with the craters on the Moon. Led by the Geological Society, it’s an exhibition not to be missed for all lovers of space and beyond.
When: Until 8th October
Where: Burlington House Courtyard, Piccadilly, W1J 0BG
Who said twinkling lights were just reserved for the festive season? Here to prove that Christmas theory wrong is Covent Garden’s giant new neon light installation that’s made its way to the cultural hotspot.
Centred around the theme of love and identity, this large scale light festival is the latest from the British artist Chila Burman. You might recognise the name and design work from Tate Britain light takeover last winter, this season sees Burman draw on her Hindu Punjabi heritage through light sculptures and uplifting messages.
Expect her signature bright statement designs, from peacocks and snakes to flowers and tigers, as well as positive affirmations and collages to fill the space. In the Market Building, there’s the neon purple words ‘do you see words in rainbows?’, a nod to the name of the project as well as Burman’s fun, creative side.
When: Running until the end of October
Where: Covent Garden