The nights are drawing in, layers are needed, and supermarkets are filling the aisles with Christmas themed choccies, which can only mean on thing: winter is coming. But, to stop autumn slipping through your fingers, we’ve rounded up the very best of the city’s pop-ups happening throughout September, enjoy!
Gap is turning 50! To celebrate 50 years of selling premium denim, Gap is hosting a pop-up shop in Soho, where visitors can shop the limited edition 1969 Premium Denim and Denim Through the Decades collections. And, if you want to add your own personalised touch, you’ll be able to customise your denim with a patch, specialised hemming, or distressing, free of charge!
Running 1st September – 30th September
Celebrate the launch of Pappa Johan’s, Papa John’s temporary pop-up, a Nordic patisserie counterpart that will be situated in London’s thriving Notting Hill for just one weekend only. Londoners will be delighted to discover that when they enter they will be gifted with one free portion of Papa John’s all new Cinnamon Scrolls, a brand-new addition to the chain’s menu.
Friday 6th September – Saturday 7th September
What does being human mean to you?
There’s a new permanent gallery opening at the Wellcome Collection exploring trust, identity and health in these changing times. Being Human looks at what it means to be human in the 21st century, focusing on four main categories: genetics, minds and bodies, infection, and environmental breakdown.
Open from 5th September
I’ll let you into a little secret. I’m having a love affair with food, and it’s about to get messy thanks to a month long foodie fest headed to Carnaby! For the month of September, Carnaby Eats will be gracing the streets of Carnaby bringing with it a whole host of masterclasses, launches, exclusive menus, and a whole lotta foodie fun! And all of Carnaby’s finest eateries are jumping on board, offering discounts and freebies. Even Cahoots is joining in, allowing diners the chance to bag themselves their scrumptious station snack for 1/2 price when quoting ‘Carnaby Eats’ when booking…
Running 1st-30th September
Molton Brown, London’s leading fragrance expert since 1971, is opening the doors to their first every pop-up residence. Located on Burleigh street, the Fragrance Gallery will be layered with exciting and unexpected olfactory delights. From exploring scentscapes to influencer-led workshops, wandering through the exhibition-style sculptures to exploring the video installations.
Wednesday 4th – Sunday 8th September
When life gives you lemons…
It’s the last month to catch the Summer of Limoncello at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane! This luxury hotel has partnered up with limoncello brand Pococello bringing us Londoners a summer of lemon-infused deliciousness, bringing with it a special menu with nine new dishes and four cocktails to try in the hotel’s restaurant Mercante, all with the perfect amount of limoncello mixed in. The restaurant’s terrace has also been turned into a lemon wonderland, complete with lemon trees and a beautiful floral arch.
Running until 30th September
Calling all beauty lovers! Pai Skincare is launching its first pop-up in a collaboration with Detox Kitchen. The ‘Happy Skin’ pop-up will allow visitors to experience a holistic approach to skin health and have the opportunity to meet with the founder of Pai Skincare. Plus any bargain hunters out there will be happy to know all visitors will receive 10% off full-size Pai products and Detox Kitchen refreshments, while those wanting to indulge in a personalised consultation will be a mini sensitive skin toolkit and a Papier Skin journal.
We don’t just write about any old junk, but if you’ve skipped through this September pop-up guide up until this point, we’ll forgive you. This exhibition isn’t just any old rubbish! Finsbury Park’s famous Arts Building, has collaborated with Baker and Borowski, to get us Londoners looking. LOOK AT THIS is Skip Gallery’s largest show to date, and it’s about, well, skips. Seven skips have been transformed into skip inspired artworks, let us tell you something, it certainly isn’t garbage!
Running 5th – 15th September
Returning for its 17th edition in the capital is London Design Festival, filling the city with the grandest events and installations. This annual celebration plays host to a global community of artists, designers, architects, and the creative industries, giving London the honourable title of the design capital of the world. This year also marks the 11th year the V&A has been a collaborating partner and the official hub for all the design festivities.
Running 14th – 22nd September
Ice, ice, baby. Prepare to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings as Treats Club launch their first pop-up right in the heart of London, helping to carry you through the last few weeks of summer. You’ll be able to escape the heat by indulging in premium soft-serve ice cream or digging into a freshly iced doughnut. They’ll be rotating the flavours weekly to keep you wanting more. We’ll have five of each please!
Running until Saturday 7th September
He’s coming for you…🎈
If you’re afraid of haunting clowns, look away now. Or better still, put your nerves through their paces because Pennywise is about to make an unscheduled stop off in London ahead of the release of IT Chapter Two. Those brave enough will come face to face with the murderous clown, Pennywise, as a brand new horror experience arrives at The Vaults in London Waterloo. Arriving 31st August, IT Chapter Two: The Vaults Experience will be bringing to life all of your worst fears, well, if your fears involve a man-eating clown.
31st August – 4th September
Annual pop-up restaurant, Conflict Cafe, returns to the city on International Peace Day, this time celebrating food from the Philippines. Londoners will experience a one-of-a-kind Filipino salu-salo, typically a gathering of friends and family for a feast, with a three-course sharing meal. Money raised through Conflict Café Philippines goes towards supporting International Alert’s work.
Saturday 21st September
London Food Link’s annual celebration of produce grown, made, cooked and saved on our doorstep is back! You’re invited to feast on the very best of the city’s produce that’s been grown, foraged, and produced right here in the city. Various restaurants and eateries will be getting on board, through throwing seasonal supper clubs, pop-up events, or showcasing an Urban Food Fortnight localised menu or dish.
19th September – 6th October
The restaurant always cooking up a storm is Indian resto, Kricket. This September, head chef and co-founder Will Bowlby will be welcoming five chef friends to Kricket White City to cook up a series of mega feasts. It’s all in aid of Apne Aap Women’s Collective, which is an anti-trafficking organisation that serves women and their children in Mumbai. Expect three impeccable sharing courses, with each chef using their own cooking style and blending it with Will’s modern take on Indian cuisine.
Running throughout September, book here
Knock, knock! Who’s there?
Only Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean theatre arriving at Blenheim Palace! While nothing will beat how dreamy Leo looked as Romeo back in the film remake, we’re certainly excited to be transported back to the Elizabethan period at the Rose Theatre, even if for a few hours. Venture out of the city for an afternoon of Shakespearian fun. There’s four spectacular performances to peruse, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, and Richard III.
Running until 7th September
Where: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PP, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hanborough (1.7 miles)