Hurray, it’s finally the height of summer! Which can only mean one thing – endless outdoorsy pop-ups springing up in and around London of course! To stop the summer slipping through your fingers too quickly, we’ve rounded up the best of the pop-ups happening throughout August so you can make the most of sun while it’s still knocking around, enjoy!
Believe it or not there’s an oasis of greenery hidden at the top of one of London’s most ironic skyscrapers, The Gherkin. Scattered with exotic plants and florals sprouted in and around every corner, The Glasshouse, has been created in partnership with Perrier-Jouët Champagne, allowing guests to soak up the last of the summer sun, albeit under a glass roof. But hey, it’s better to be undercover than caught in a torrential downpour!
Running until 1st September
Where: The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, EX3A 8EP
Join bestselling author and talented cook Melissa Hemsley at the opening of the new shared workspace, Workable in Stratford. They’ll be hosting a summer school with an array of inspirational experts giving talks on health and wellbeing, developing confidence, harnessing creativity, developing a PR plan and maximising your social media platform. If you fancy venturing down, Melissa will be sharing her wisdom on how to turn your passion into a long-lasting career.
Running Monday 12th – Friday 16th August
Where: 31 Westfield Avenue, Stratford, E20 1EH
In search of a new boozy hideout? The Fentimans Secret Spritz Garden pop-up is the hidden oasis you’ve been waiting for. Tucked away in busy Farringdon, you’ll find a green paradise littered with herbs, shrubbery and, of course, spritz cocktails. Soak up the last of the summer weather, sipping on refreshing spritz while surrounding by fairy lights and a 200-year-old olive tree. It’s the perfect spot for a quick ‘gram too!
Running Wednesday 7th – Friday 30th August
Where: St John's Cloister Garden, St John's Lane, Clerkenwell, EC1M 4DA
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 Monday 12th August – Saturday 7th September
Where: Old Street Roundabout, Old Street, EC1Y 1BE
But first, let me take a selfie…
We’re obsessed with taking selfies. From guys taking a snap in their local Holiday Inn to parents Whatsapping their holiday selfie across to their kids showing nothing more than an earlobe or a sunburnt forehead (great work mum…). The Selfie Factory is returning, fresh from across the pond and zooming straight into Westfield White City, expect Insta’ flamingo lilies and rainbow sprinkled doughnuts. We hope you’re Insta ready for this one!
Running Thursday 1st – Thursday 8th August
Where: Westfield White City, Ariel Way, W12 7GF
Website: Tickets This Way
Floral goals! Bluebird Chelsea has been transformed into a Nyetimber English garden terrace, equipped with a human-sized birdcage. You’ll find an abundance of florals interwoven and banquet seating awaiting your arrival.
Running until 31st August
Where: 350 Kind's Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU
Art’s House: A Lovely London Festival returns for another year springing a bit of sunshine into the the city (even if its figurative rather than literal sunshine). Taking over Three Mills Island, there’ll be throwing one big ol’ party that’s sure to keep you grooving into the early hours. Art’s House has grown into one of the cities grooviest parties, making regular appearances in both London and Ibiza so watch out, it’s going to be a good’un.
Running Saturday 10th August
Where: Three Mills Island, Stratford, E3 3DU
Renowned for its fresh, hearty and comforting plant-based goodies, Tell Your Friends is hitting up the summer with an LA themed summer takeover. Owned by Made in Chelsea stars, Tiffany and Lucy Watson, the resto is teaming up with the Moving Mountains hot dog so you can bask in an American summer of fun! Oooh yeah, I’ll have one of those dogs!
Running until 31st August
Where: 175 New King's Road, Fulham, SW6 4SW
Three, two, one, charge! Don’t miss the chance to dive deep into a week-long jungle adventure this summer at Westfield. This free school holiday experience will see the transformation of London’s mega mall into a canopied oasis filled with climbing walls, wild immersive VR and a whole lotta games.
Running at Westfield London until 4th August and it’ll be heading to Westfield Stratford City from 17th – 26th August
Where: Westfield Stratford City / Westfield London
Got the travel bug without the buck? Sit back and become engulfed in the travel bubble at St Pancras Champagne Bar by Searcys this summer. The notorious lounge bar has been turned into a stylish hangout spot for guests to enjoy a drink and explore menus inspired by 12 European cities and holiday spots.
Running until 9th September
Where: St Pancras Station, Euston Road, Kings Cross, NW1 2QL
Summer in the City returns for another year bringing the internet world to life. Grab your chance to meet your favourite Youtube sensation, industry professionals and other like-minded viewers, because haven’t we all got an online heart-throb we’re dying to meet?
9th – 11th August
Where: ExCel London, Royal Victoria Dock, Royal Docks, E16 1XL
This one’s a given but it’s Notting Hill Carnival season baby! Striding in this August bank holiday, Notting Hill will become home to one of the world’s largest street carnivals celebrating Caribbean heritage on the city streets. Think costume-clad Caribbean dancing, reggae filling the air and street vendors serving up traditional jerk chicken and goat stew. Oh boy it’s gonna be a holiday to remember!
Running 25th – 26th August
Where: Notting Hill
Returning for its third year is Jamavar Women’s Club. This season they’ll be gathering inspirational women celebrating their diverse talents, sharing stories, ideas and advice. Speakers include Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor, and British swimmer Liz Johnson.
Running 5th August and 12th August
Where: 8 Mount Street, Mayfair, W1K 3NF
Immerse yourself in the Jazz Age at The Lost Love Speakeasy and experience the thrill of the Roaring Twenties. After a sold out seven-week run, this secret bar event is returning for more jazz music, dancing, prohibition cocktails and delicious food, all wrapped into a love story of New York’s “beautiful and damned.”
Running until Saturday 24th August
Where: Tanner Street, Bermondsey, SE1 2HG
Skin care brand Dermalogica are running a two-day immersive pop-up, Destination Dermalogica, right in Covent Garden. The experience will focus on their principles of education, personalisation and human touch as you explore two floors worth of products – um, not sure we’ve got enough bathroom cupboard space…
Where: 9-11 Short's Gardens, Seven Dials, WC2H 9AT
It’s summer, let’s crack open a magnum! This summer’s ice-creamiest pop-up is back. Swing by Regent Street’s magnum ‘Pleasure Store’ and indulge in an ice cream stop dedicated to the Magnum ice cream. They’ve got some extremely sensual flavours on offer including: Sink the Pink, That’s What She Said, Show Me Your Nuts and Blondes Have More Fun.
Running until 31st August
Where: 52 Regent Street, W1D 5BX
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