After a summer spent sipping Aperol on tropical themed rooftops and kicking back in deckchairs on urban beaches we don’t blame you if you feel a little sad about summer nearly being over. We do. But even if the calendar doesn’t read June, July or August, if there’s one thing we know about London it’s that pop-ups reign supreme, whatever the weather and whatever the season. There are a whole load of residencies, takeovers and one-offs ready to be added to your calendar so prepare to fill September with gin cocktails, chocolate masterclasses, crisp sarnies (yes, really) and a gruesome Roald Dahl Twits immersive dining experience. September, we’re ready.
Burgers and Bourbon
Forget burgers and beer, this month it’s all about burgers and bourbon at The Jones Family Project. Their latest pop-up brings a typical Kentucky clapboard house to Shoreditch and with it sliders and bourbon. Pull up a pew in a wooden rocking chair and get stuck into the likes of the corn and spicy slider which sees a Ginger Pig chuck burger served with a spicy corn relish and accompanied by a Mellow Corn bottled in Bond Whiskey.
Now – 30th October
Two iconic chefs are bringing a taste of northern Italy to Soho for an exclusive dinner on one night only. Norbert Niederkofler of St. Hubertus, Italy is bringing his two Michelin stars over to London and teaming up with Bocca di Lupo chef Jacob Kennedy for a five-course dinner celebrating the best of Italy’s Dolomites. Dishes include Jacob’s spider crab and artichoke crostini and Norbert’s ‘Snow Footprints’; creamy chocolate coffee fondant with caramel ‘footprints’, made using Lavazza coffee. Lavazza are also making espresso martinis and espresso gelato bonbons with coffee after the meal.
Friday 2nd September
Water, Water, Everywhere, Nor Any Drop to Drink
If you’ve hit it a bit hard this summer and need to take it easy then why not sign up to the RNLI’s H2Only fundraising challenge? It’s simple, all you have to do is just drink water for 10 days and nothing else! Sounds easy, until you really need that coffee to get you through Monday and you have to say no to that beer on Friday… To get everyone talking about it, the RNLI are hosting The Bottle, a new pop-up which will showcase 10 different regional varietals of sea water, the stories behind its location and how the RNLI help protect you from the dangers there. They’ll also be handing out free mineral water to help you kick start the challenge as you can’t drink the sea water, obviously.
Thursday 8th – Saturday 10th September
Sipsmith Cocktail Terrace
London gin distillery, Sipsmith, have created five cocktails to celebrate the new garden terrace at Percy & Founders with guests also having the option to build their own – pick your favourite Sipsmith spirit (London dry gin, sloe gin, vodka, VJOP or London cup) and add your favourite Fever-Tree mixer. The cocktails have been created by mixologists from Percy & Founders, The Lighterman and Sipsmith – there’s something for everyone but our pick is the Sloe Sling; Sipsmith Sloe Gin, lime juice, mint and Fever-Tree Bitter Lemon.
Tuesday 6th-Saturday 10th September, 4-10pm
Curry and Whisky
This month the award winning restaurant Cornish Tiger will be transforming their back room into a curry/whisky house called Tiger Dram. Running until the end of the year, there’ll be five curries on the menu including vegetable, lamb and the traditional Indian favourite keema, as well as starters such as goat and venison. Each month you’ll be able to try a different naan but forget what you’re used to, these ones include the likes of stilton and truffle! The team will also be on hand to help you choose the best whisky to accompany your meal or if you don’t want a mid-week whisky then you can match it with a craft ale.
September – end of 2016
Waffles are on the rise – you can go gourmet or stick to street food but is there anyone who can resist those maple syrup filled pockets? The Waffle Lion is popping up at The Common E2 for one night only on 8th September with a menu of slow-roasted mutton shoulder with pomegranate molasses, yogurt and fresh mint; Ragstone goats cheese, caramelised onions, rocket and maple syrup and, for dessert, blackberries and whipped cream drizzled with maple syrup. Prosecco, craft beer and wine make up the drinks side of things but it’s really all about the waffles. Cameras at the ready.
Thursday 8th September from 6pm
Crisp Sarnie Pop-Up
The humble crisp sarnie is getting the attention it deserves with a speakeasy-style pop-up in a London Bridge newsagents. The Walkers Crisp Sarnie Club promises an immersive experience where crisp lovers can create their own sandwiches, stuffed with the new Walkers flavours created with Heinz – cheese toastie and Worcester sauce, ham and mustard and roast chicken and mayonnaise. Just say the password “I’m barmy for sarnies” to enter.
From Thursday 8th September
If you don’t like chocolate or cocktails then you’d better not read on (also who are you?). Ok now that we’ve established that you are both interested in chocolate and cocktails we can tell you about the chocolate masterclass taking place at The Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell. They’re joining up with Cocoa Runners, purveyors of the world’s finest craft chocolate to host a masterclass which will see chocolate matched with five cocktails including Army and Navy: dry gin, lemon and orgeat paired with an Original Beans Edel Weiss white chocolate bar. Tickets will include an introduction into the craft chocolate revolution, five cocktails and a month’s subscription to Cocoa Runners, where they’ll deliver chocolate right to your door.
Monday 10th September
Tapas and Sherry Evening
Donostia Social Club in Pop Brixton will transport you to Spain long after your holiday with a five-course pairing menu of Basque tapas and Hidalgo Sherries. The evening will be hosted by sherry expert Femin Hidalgo or Hidalgo Sherries and highlights from the menu include sea bass with serrano ham and duck breast with blackberries and parsnip puree.
Tuesday 13th September
A Lost World
If only all cinemas were like the Backyard Cinema. They take the usual cinema experience, turn it on its head to make it that much better and now the immersive experience is back – this time they are turning SE1 into a lost world. Navigate through temple ruins, grab a jungle themed cocktail and kick back in a giant beanbag to watch the likes of Jungle Book (both the old and new versions), Jurassic Park, Hunger Games and Pirates of Caribbean.
Friday 16th September – Sunday 2nd October
Interactive Champagne Garden
Champagne Perrier-Jouët is hosting a two-storey immersive experience, bringing Londoners a ‘vision of nature’. An installation created by French designer Noé Duchaufour Lawrance allows guests to help themselves to a Champagne flute whilst Bompas & Parr have had control of the basement, creating the world’s first bio-responsive garden. Perrier-Jouët masterclasses and London Design Festival Workshops are taking place across the weekend – see online for details.
Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th September
Dinner at the Twits
London is swept with Roald Dahl fever this year as we celebrate what would be his 100th birthday. A slightly more gruesome take on the childhood books, Dinner at the Twits is an interactive theatrical dining experience created by Bompas & Parr and theatre company Les Enfants Terribles complete with curious canapes, bird pie and eyeball cocktails as well a 90 minute performance from ‘the worst hosts ever’. Not to be missed.
Sunday 4th September – Sunday 30th October
Summer may be over but the heat certainly isn’t. HotBox is teaming up with Chai Ki, welcoming five spice-mad chefs to the HotBox kitchen for a Chilli Feast. Participating chefs include former MasterChef contestants Billy and Jack (now chefs in residence at H.en in Islington) with their ‘Ultimate Chilli Chicken Burger’ and Nanban’s Tim Anderson (also of MasterChef fame) with his dish ‘Ten Chilli Prawns’ – it’s as hot as it sounds. Tickets include a pre-dinner cocktail in 46 & Mercy, all food and a glass of wine to soothe the inevitable burn.
Monday 26th September