London: The city where you can be busy not being busy. Cryptic? Perhaps. However, when you take a look at the amount constantly happening, it’s a surprise we ever get time to have a Netflix night with, as Bridget Jones so aptly labels them, our boyfriends Ben and Jerry. Suffice to say, the one in the office given the mean feat of handpicking pop-ups always does so with a slight grimace. By no means because it’s a bad task, but because wow – there’s so much going on!
Yet, without further ado, we’ve fine tuned our bank of pending pop-ups to bring you some of the best across London this August, from jazz and gin to cupcake classes and chocolate cocktails… feast, frolic and fandango.
Fancy Dinner at Ours? Well You’re in Luck.
Jeremy Chan, the chef behind restaurant Ikoyi, will be cooking up a vodka infused storm, as he continues the Dinner at Ours series within the Hackney vodka distillery. Make sure you load up on the food he’s cooking up, as each course will be paired with a cheeky Our/London tipple made by the team. The one-off dinner will take place on the 3rd of August
Where: Arch 435 & 436, Spurstowe Rd, Hackney Downs E8 1LS
A Visit to Grandma’s Garden
Sometimes, nothing beats your grandma’s cooking. Secret recipes for dishes that could include pretty much anything – and I guess we’ll never find out what – but wow, do they taste good. With this in mind, Nawamin Pinpathomrat will be taking over Patara Soho to rustle up a range of dishes inspired by the years he lived with g’ma. The menu begins with Grandma’s Garden, which features lemongrass beef, burnt aubergine salad, spicy coconut cream dressing and served on up with an aromatic That herb garden. If you want some more of where this came from then whisk your way back to tradition at this pop-up. Oh, and might we add, all diners will have the chance to win a hol for two to Thailand in association with Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Nawamin’s pop-up will take place on the 4th and 5th of September
Where: 15 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4DP
Hackney plays host to this temptatious dining extravaganza, as Eleven98 pops up at Coffee Afrique, that will have guests having a hack at Hackney sourced produce, coupled with a range of raunchy drinks. Altogether, there will be six courses on the table and to get proceedings off to a boozy beginning, guests will receive a cocktail upon arrival. Aidan Brooks, the mastermind behind the popular pop-up Eleven 98, has been quite the globetrotter in his time, much to our envy. However, after trundles to places including Barcelona and Valencia, he’s home in Hackney to bring herbs, veg and fruit galore, cultivated or foraged in Hackney, to your plates.
The Eleven98 pop-up at Coffee Afrique takes place on 31st August
Where: Atkins Square, 1, Dalston Ln, London E8 1FA
San Pellegrino, the water that we pass in the shops and save for a special occasion…like a dress down Friday, or a Sunday hangover treat. Why? Because let’s face it, it is water royalty as water royalty goes. Now, the life elixir and its gentle fizz are partnering with award-winning Italian Supper Club to bring you a banquet which includes a three-course menu paired with wines. The Family Dinner, which takes place on the 30thof August, uses the evocation of thoughts, feelings and stories to bring the food to life, and there will be San Pelle galore to wash down the taste of success.
Where: Noho Studio, 46 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7QA
You Bake Me Crazy
She’s the UK’s number one children’s cookery author and now she wants to teach us to make some cupcakes, and we’re doing anything but complain about that sweet news. Yep, Annabel Karmel will launch a six-week residency at Bluebird Café, where she’ll serve up a menu collab around her new book Real Food Kids Will Love, and mixed into this will be a cooking class with Executive Chef Simon Gregory, to teach you how to make children cupcakes. So, get the hundreds and thousands at the ready, and the piping bags in hand… it’s cupcake o’clock. Annabel Karmel’s cupcake event will take place on the 20th of August
Where: 101 Wood Lane, London, UK
Nearest station: White City (0.1 miles)
Chocolate… Ah, Now That We’ve Got Your Attention
There’s a chocolate cocktail bar coming to London this month and we genuinely aren’t such it gets much better. The pop-up will see the chocolate cocktail club coming to No Such Place – no that isn’t them playing hard to get, but rather an actual place, despite being no such place…mind games – The pop up will be open from Wednesday’s to Sunday’s serving chocolate twists on classic cocktails, delicious duos from mochas to Mint and their signature chocolate martini.
The choc pop-up will run from the 15thof August until the 9th of September
Where: 68a Neal Street, London, WC2H 9PA
Take a Martini Moment
We all need a moment, but how about an Aperitivo moment? Well, with Martini Riserva and Palatino you can take all the Aperitivo moments you like as Palatino has been ever so kind and teamed up with Martini Riserva Speciale for a series of vegetarian feasts with matched Aperitivo cocktails. What a treat! Summer does come with the promise of lazy lunches drenched in sun, and whilst normally this wouldn’t be true of the UK, this summer is, at the sacrifice of our energy levels, proving to be a hottie. To cool you down, the meal begins with a glass of Martini Premium Prosecco and snacks, followed by light dishes and vegetables to be passed around whilst you clasp your chilled glass in hand.
Aperitivo Moments with Martini Riserva and Palatino takes places on the 11thof August
Where: 71 Central Street, London EC1V 8AB, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Old Street (0.3 miles)
Get Your Tools Out at The Tool Shed
What’s the sous vide technique of cooking you ask? Well, looks like you’ll have to go along to The Tool Shed @ W2 to find out. The haven of modernist cooking, guests will come away with an array of kitchen techniques, at the ready for that dinner party you keep suspending, or why not have a punt at Come Dine With Me? The world is your oyster. Granted, The Tool Shed at Connaught Village does sound like a place you might take Dad on a last-minute Father’s Day trip, but it’s actually a renowned training kitchen that sees guest training from the UK’s leading chefs, making this pop-up one not to miss.
The classes will take place on the 11th and 29th of August
Where: 39 Connaught Street, London, W2 2AZ
Relish at Rande
This just sounds mexcellent – no I haven’t gone awol on the spelling front again, rather I have Mexican on the mind because this next pop-up is maraca-ulous. RANDE is a Mexican restaurant that can’t sit still, moving around the city’s most exciting venues with camp stoves, trestle tables and a bunch of volunteer waiters in tow. For this pop-up, RANDE are en-route to the Derelict Pub in Stepney Green serving up spicy tuna tartare tostadas with whipped avo and veggie-friendly halloumi al pastor tacos. ¡Arriba, arriba!
RANDE’s pop-up will take place on the 8th of August
Let’s face it, a trip to the greengrocer is always a whole lot better than grabbing your fruit and veg from the supermarket, and Andreas, the vibrant greengrocer, know this all too well. The Chelsea staple, which has been the source for many a big London restaurants fruit and veg since the ripe year of 1994, will be teaming up with chef Phil Howard to cook a dinner that you count on as being fresh and seasonal. Taking place at Elystan Street, the menu promises late summer and early autumn flavours in a 25th birthday celebration… you’re still a young’un Andreas. To finish things on a sweet note, Phil will bake a Greengage and almond tarte, accompanied by a big ol’ bowl of chilled cherries. Thank you cherry much! The Andreas and Elystan Street dinner will take place on Tuesday 7th August
Where: 43 Elystan Street, Chelsea, SW3 3NT
The Power of the Flower
Festivals are essentially places where you don outfits that you’ve always wanted to wear but can’t, because turning up to the office in silver hot pants and a flower crown…and not much else, isn’t really the best impression to make now is it? However, if you’ve slapped a festi in the diary then why not attend this pop-up to get that flower crown perfected for your big appearance. Finally, it’s your time to shine, and shine you will after a visit to Notting Hill’s newest boutique florist, Front Row Florist, in Notting Hil. The class will include prosecco and nibbles and an expert team of florists including Orlando Hamilton, who has worked for the likes of Madonna, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Chris Martin, Prince Charles and Robbie Williams. The flower crown class will take place on the 2nd of August
Where: Unit 1, Grand Union Studios, 332 Ladbroke Grove, W10 5AD
90s babies had it quite hard really… there were Tamagotchis to look after, Twister meant you had to keep flexible and tongues were always blue as a result of the renowned Slushie. However, Renault is pretty sure you’d like to enjoy it all again for a day, with their 90s nostalgia and modern day party to celebrate the 90s classic, the Renault Clio.
The event will see visitors immersing themselves in all things 90s for half of the time, with the help of Britney and Spice Girls soundtracks and video games and polaroid cameras. Following this, there will be a modern day space too, if the nostalgia is getting that bit too much, with nail artists, photo booths and unicorn cupcakes being amongst some of the things you can enjoy. Renault’s Play experience takes place on the 2nd of August
Where: Hogarth House, 136 High Holborn, WC1V 6PX
If Life Gives You Limes, Make Margaritas
Named by the Tequila Industry in Mexico, as ‘The Queen of Tequila’, Cleo Rocos will be appearing at Skylight Rooftop to discuss her book The Power Of Positive Drinking, and to get margarita making with you lucky bunch. The masterclass will see you indulge in a large array of margarita tastings and samples, made up by Cleo herself, along with interjections of drinksy knowledge along the way, work hard, play hard and all that. Cleo’s masterclass takes place on the 5th of August
Where: Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street entrance, St Katharine's and Wapping, E1W 2SF
Ice, Ice Baby
How impressive is it when you see people making sculptures out of ice? Well, now is your time to rid yourself of being labelled a spectator and get your ice pick at the ready at Gillray’s Steakhouse. The masterclass will see you blowtorch it, split it and carve it in a norm defying masterclass. Carving Master Paolo will be at the Bourbon Bar ready to get you carving away, and there will be a welcome drink to help break the ice… get it?!
Where: Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar, Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Waterloo (0.3 miles)