July sure is a busy month for pop ups – there’re outdoor cinemas, chef residencies and gin journeys, transporting you to places like India, Italy and the Caribbean at a mere fraction of the cost. We’ve rounded up for you some of the best London has to offer this July…now to pick…
Craft London are joining up with Berlin-based vermouth brand Belsazar to host an eleven-week pop-up on their summer terrace. The new summer spritz menu will bring together Belsazar’s signature Vermouths (red, dry, rosé and white) with fresh ingredients and garnishes foraged from Craft London’s on-site kitchen garden. Drinks include R+R made from Belsazar Rosé, grapefruit, Verbena Kombucha and mezcal and By the Sea – Belsazar Dry, Somerset Shipwreck and Wiston sparkling wine. With panoramic views of the Thames, Craft London’s rooftop bar is the ideal spot to unwind this summer.
11th July -23rd September
Where: Craft London, Peninsula Square, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: North Greenwich (0.1 miles)
Outdoor floating cinema
There’s nothing quite like settling down for a good old classic film, but rather than doing so on your sofa, head out to St. Katherine Docks and grab a beanbag or deckchair on their floating pontoon. Their line up includes the best of modern classics, such as Mean Girls, Skyfall, La La Land and the like. For the families, there’ll be showings of Moana, Finding Dory, Beauty and the Beast and The Lego Batman Story. Of course to accompany, there’ll be snacks, craft beer and cocktails.
17th -30th July
Gourmet sandwiches in a shipping container
Sub Club, purveyors of gourmet, US deli style sandwiches have been making the rounds at various markets (like Maltby Street and Leather Lane), for a while now, garnering up quite a following. This July, their launching their 18 month pop up in a shipping container on White Cross Place. Elevating the classic sandwich, subs on the menu include the ‘Skandi Sub’ – oak smoked salmon, peppered cream cheese, Pama beetroot kimchi, lemon, dill; the ‘Sub Contractor’ – smoked back bacon, white pudding, free range egg; and the ’Subterranean’ which was named ‘Best Vegetarian’ at the British Street Food Awards in 2015 – griddled woodland mushroom, roast garlic, thyme, truffle mayo and Stilton. Lunchtimes just got a whole lot easier.
5th July Onwards
Throughout July, Madison’s will be home to a little bit of New Orleans as they serve up a menu of deep south inspired dishes and cocktails. You’ll find deep fried buttermilk chicken with Old Bay space; mini Cajun duck boudins; BBQ asparagus with smoked avocado mayonnaise and for pudding classic Beignets with cinnamon icing sugar. Cocktails will revolve around southern bourbon and rich cognacs and include a Strawberry Louisiana.
Now – end of July
Where: Rooftop Terrace, 1 New Change, St Pauls, London, EC4M 9AF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Mansion House (0.2 miles)
Films, games and music in the heart of Mayfair
Summer in the Square is back for its sixth consecutive year, for three weeks. Among those three weeks, there’ll be the Grosvenor Film Festival, which returns for the second year in a row. Guests can enjoy classic films like Romeo and Juliet, The Breakfast Club, Stand by Me, and Whiplash (which will be sponsored by Jazz FM), all while feasting on gourmet picnics. As well as the film festival, the square will become a hub for activities like jenga, chess, yoga and mindfulness. And if you’ve ever fancied learning how to play the ukulele or steel pans? There’ll be workshops.
Now -23rd July
Bubbles, glitter and candy floss
Popping up in the heart of Soho this summer is Le Crown and Cactus – yes, a pop up pub, run by Chambord, everyone’s favourite raspberry liqueur. At the Bubble Bar, with help from the pub’s landlady, you’ll be able to personalise your drink, there’ll be an outside-inside pub garden, with garden games to play, and there’ll also be a Champagne Cellar full of all sorts of surprises. Finally, to keep all those bubbles going straight to your head, there’ll be Chambord pub snacks available.
13th -15th July
Fun in the sun at Hyde Park
Between the concerts at Hyde Park at this years British Summer Time Festival, there’s an ‘open house’. This means free entry to a wonderland of summertime activities. There’ll be street food stalls, pop up bars, outdoor movie nights, Wimbledon screenings, a funfair, theatre, as well as music from London Gay Men’s Chorus. There will also be the Moretti Gran Tour – where guests can go on a multi-sensory journey, experiencing the sights, sounds, smells and flavours of the regions that inspire Birra Morreti, the Italian brewing company.
5th and 7th July
A celebration of India
Following the success of pop up Japan, Proud East have decided to head west, to launch pop up India. They’ll be joining forces with one of London’s most exciting Indian kitchens to bring you a menu bursting with flavour, perfect for the summer months. Proud East have also teamed up with India’s best brewery, Kingfisher, who’ll be providing the drinks, as well as a rickshaw photo-booth. The Nomad Cinema will be showcasing the best of Bollywood films, while Bollywood Vibes will be leading dance classes or have a go at bhangra dhol drumming. If that wasn’t enough, there’ll also be henna tattoo classes, and, of course, yoga and meditation classes.
6th July – 22nd September
Chef residencies at the Tate
The restaurant which regularly hosts exciting chef residencies is taking over the 9th floor restaurant of the Tate Modern this July, with residencies from Shaun Presland, Cooking in Motion, and Santiago Lastra. Shaun spent two decades perfecting the craft of Japanese cooking, training with world class Japanese chefs across the globe, so expect dishes like hiramasa kingfish sashimi and steamed miso chicken dumplings. Chef Sebastian Mazzola and sake sommelière Sussie Villarico are the duo behind Cooking in Motion. From them, you can expect dishes like baby corn tempura with smoked mayonnaise, chilli and cilantro; and Octopus cooked with purple corn served with olives, potatoes, onions and shiso. Finally, from Santiago Lastra, who has been voted one of the Best Young Chefs in Scandinavia, will be feeding you dishes like smoked mushroom tacos and pig’s head toast with chillies and vinegar.
14th – 16th, 21st -23rd and 28th – 30th July
A starter for your sourdough
No one can resist a bit of sourdough, but very few of us actually know how to make it. This summer, Bread Ahead’s master bakers will be hosting free 20 minute classes, teaching you how to make the perfect sourdough starter, which you can later turn into a loaf, or two. The pop up will culminate in Bread Ahead’s birthday party on August 19th, where competitors can bring in loafs baked using the starter from the classes to be judged by Matthew Jones and Justin Gellaty.
6th July – 17th August (Tuesdays and Thursdays only)
Vivek x José
As part of Vivek Singh’s Guest Chef Series at The Cinnamon Club, he’ll be teaming up with José Pizarro of Pizarro to bring together classic Spanish cooking with modern Indian cuisine. The five-course menu will include dishes such as cumin and chilli octopus; crab salad with mango sauce; tandoori spiced pigeon breast with sweet sour pumpkin and paprika crusted lamb neck fillet with yoghurt sauce and minty peas. Pudding will consist of a strawberry, balsamic vinegar and coriander salad with Pedro Ximenez jelly and cinnamon crema catalana and Lauren Chaniac – sommelier at The Cinnamon Club will be pairing wines with each dish.
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Trader Vic’s is collaborating with Vanessa Bolosier, author of Creole Kitchen, to create an exotic sunshine-inspired pop-up menu. Dishes include christophine salad with Creole avocado cream and coconut slaw; red mullet Creole court bouillon with plantain and sweet potato, and flambé banana with coconut ice cream.
14th July -11th August
Immersive botanical dining and drinking
Bombay Sapphire have partnered up with Tom Sellers to take you on a journey aboard the Laverstock Express train, named after the distillery in Laverstock Mill. Guests will travel around the world, from Java to Ghana to Tuscany, exploring the stories and myths behind the 10 botanicals that are used in Bombay Sapphire gin, through the medium of cocktails. To accompany, Tom Sellers will be creating dishes that are infused with the botanical flavours, perfectly complementing the drinks. This will be next level gin appreciation.
17th -23rd July
Supper with plenty of gin
Social Pantry have teamed up with Haymans Gin to host a gin-spired supper club – so all dishes will be paired with some kind of gin drink. On the menu, you can expect dishes like potted crab, which is to be paired with a Sloegroni; spring chicken, to be paired with a Victorian mojito; and finally, an elderflower buttermilk pannacotta, with an English Royale to accompany. As well as this, Haymans will be on hand to talk you through the gin and various drinks.
Rum is the ultimate summer drink, conjuring up thoughts of relaxed drinking on Caribbean and Latin American beaches. The Jam Tree (both Clapham and Chelsea), will be throwing the ultimate rum party, infusing everything with rum, from the new summer barbecue menu, to the cocktails of course, and the decor. The rum list will offer new and unusual rums from all over the globe, while the restaurant will be hosting rum tasting sessions with Masters of Rum, who will also be teaching guests how to shake up innovative rum cocktails.
1st – 31st July
Celebrating the best of British ingredients
A living allotment has popped up at Bread Street Kitchen for the summer, complete with hanging plants, strawberries, herbs and vegetables. Head Chef Paul Shearing has curated a menu that celebrates home-grown British ingredients, of course, using ingredients taken straight from the allotment. Expect dishes like botanical rubbed ham; chilled pea and mint soup, and Earl Grey and cinnamon chocolate mousse which plates up to look like edible soil and edible flowers in a plant pot, topped with strawberries from the allotment. There’s also a limited edition drinks menu, which you can sample while watching the Wimbledon and Tour de France.
8th July, 22nd July, 12th August and 26th August
Hamptons themed escape
This summer, Avenue Restaurant and Bar are heading to the Hamptons. They’ll be serving up a range of seafood dishes and seasonal cocktails, transporting you to the glamorous East-Coast summer destination. While you feast on the lobster rolls or freshly shucked Jersey oysters dressed in a mignonette sauce, sip on a frozen watermelon martini or the signature Life’s a Peach, made from Tanqueray 10 gin, hibiscus syrup, peach puree and Brotherhood sparkling Chardonnay from the New York state winery.
12th July -31st August
Where: 7-9 St James's Street, London, SW1A 1EE, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.3 miles)
The World's Fastest Zip Wire
Calling thrill seekers – London is about to be home to the biggest, fastest double zip line in the world and it’s going to give you unparalleled views of the capital, because it seems we aren’t content with seeing our famous cityscape from roof terraces, cable cars or dining 100ft above ground, now we want to fly through it too. You’ll whizz down a 225m zip wire in a rather speedy 35 seconds!
6th July for 12 weeks
A Cretan feast
Brother Marcus are returning to the kitchen, hosting their own supper club in their garden café this month. One of the owners, Tasos, has dug deep into his family recipe archive to create a six dish Cretan inspired meal, which has been separated into four of the Earth’s elements; Earth, Sea, Land and Heaven. You can expect mediterranean delights such as filo wrapped feta with honey and sesame glaze and orange zest; grilled red mullet Szechuan flower, courgette agre dolce, saltaninia, flaked almonds and garlic crisps; and orange baklava with pistachio ice cream. All to be washed down with drinks such as Mexata, a Greek spirit based on brandy blended with muscat wine from Spetses Island, and mountain tea.
13th – 14th July
Award winning artisan producers of authentic gelato in a jar, Remeo Gelato, will be hosting an immersive gelato experience at The Hoxton in Shoreditch. Guests will go on a gelato tasting journey, learning the difference between ice cream and gelato, and discovering the ingredients and recipes used in Remeo’s range. Guests will also go home with a bespoke Remeo goody bag, with a jar of their favourite gelato.
A seaside in London
Searcys at The Gherkin is bringing summer to London with the pop up of their Beach Hut Bar, because well, we can’t exactly rely on the weather. There’ll be candy coloured beach huts, deckchairs, blue skies, and a fishing boat, to truly transport you to a warmer climate. Executive Chef Barry Tonks has curated a limited edition menu which focusses on British seasonal ingredients and alongside that, there’ll be sparkling wines all from British vineyards and a cocktail menu that has been created in partnership with Plymouth Gin.
24th July – 1st September