London is known for its pop-ups, it’s just one of those things London does and does well. More than well really. From 80s themed office parties to learning about Champagne and gambling in 1921 here are 9 pop-ups you don’t want to miss this month!
Move, Munch, Motivate
So you were pretty healthy in January, you waned a little in February but the start of Lent kept you on track, but you still have 4 weeks to go and you know what staying in bed, watching Netflix and not going to the gym is just really tempting right now. We get it. We all need a little motivation, luckily Bluebird have teamed up with BOOMCycle again for two classes of cycling, brunching and motivational talks from the likes of Ed Foy, founder of PRESS juices and Bangs and a Bun, the Fitness Editor at Elle Magazine – there’ll be goody bags with Graze treats in too!
Saturday 5th March
Where: 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Imperial Wharf (0.8 miles)
80's Themed Office Party
If the Wolf of Wall Street is anything to go by then office parties in the 80s were far better than the ones we have now. Whilst we can’t provide you with a time machine (we’re still working on it), what we can do is send you off to The Art of Dining’s 80s themed office party. Amanda Bellingham powerhouse and boss of The Pickles Factory Ltd, invite you to their office do. Expect big hair, big phones, big ambition and lots of black coffee, team building games. If you aren’t for joining in then it’s not for you and if that’s not enough, there’s also a five-course meal which covers everything from morning coffee to afternoon biscuits. Fax them to RSVP…
From the 23rd March
Where: The Rose Lipman Building, 43 De Beauvoir Road, N1 5SQ
Fancy yourself a bit of a Champagne connoisseur or are you done with pop-ups revolving around street food? If so The Moët Academy at the Condé Nast College in Soho could be right up your street. You’ll have a virtual reality tour of the vineyards before taking part in an interactive tasting session where you’ll be able to try the likes of Moët Impérial, Rosé Impérial, Moët Ice Impérial, Moët Grand Vintage 2006 as well as the new Moët Grand Vintage Rosé 2008 (months ahead of the official launch!) and not a street food truck in sight.
23rd March – 5th April
Where: The Condé Nast College, 16-17 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4DR
East End Drinking Den
East London arts organisation JaguarShoes Collective are taking over M.Manze pie and mash shop in Chapel Market to transform it into a your new favourite drinking den. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, the den will be inspired by the original 1930s art deco interior and will serve prohibition era style cocktails. For the launch weekend (that’s this weekend, obvs 3rd – 5th March ) The Oyster Boy will be shucking oysters for all.
3rd March -16th April
Where: M. Manze, 74 Chapel Market, Islington, N1 9ER
West Meets East
West is coming to the East… don’t worry that’s not going to be an invasion of chino-wearing, suede loafer-sporting rugby players taking over from the sunglass-wearing, unique-but-the-same hipsters (ah, we love a stereotype). We mean Wild West-themed Django Bango is coming to Brick Lane; a full replica of a desert town, complete with hay bales, hog roast and copious amounts of liquor (although swigging from bottle is frowned upon…). Get involved by dancing to the live country band, sipping on good ol’ Badlands Brew and picking at nachos. It does have Django in the name but sadly Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio won’t be in attendance – Londoners in cowboy outfits will have to do.
Fridays and Saturdays until 2nd April
Where: 22 - 36 Raven Row, Whitechapel, E1 2EG
1920s Gangster Life
Forget 2016, it’s actually 1921 and Birmingham gangster William Kimber has formed a new gang in London The Elephant Boys. Joined by the McDonald brothers, Billy is after the north London gangs and you’re invited to enter this illicit world. Step through Kimber’s Wallpaper shop into a hidden den where you can start your night in the Art Deco inspired Club Room with a five-course meal, jazz and dancing before heading to the gambling room where you can join in a sing-along the piano, eat pie and mash or have a go at betting – just don’t let anyone catch you. Remember this is 1921 so you’ll need to dress the part.
Fridays and Saturdays 4th March – 4th June
Where: Zone 1: Your ticket purchase will reveal the “illicit” address, and instructions on how to gain entry
Everyone loves cockails don’t they, it’s just a given. So where better to indulge in your love than at Cocktails in the City. Taking place at One Mayfair from the 10th – 12th March, it’s basically cocktail heaven. Over 20 of London’s top bars will join with brands to showcase their signature cocktails, so you’ll have Coq D’Argent with Diaego Reserve, Hush are joining up with Crystal Head Vodka and The Whip with Chase vodka to name but a few. There’ll also be an international floor where you’ll find the likes of Little Red Door from Paris and Door 74 from Amsterdam. The ultimate after-work drinks.
10th -12th March
Where: One Mayfair 13A N Audley Street, W1K 6ZA
Caviar and Vodka
You might have noticed that it isn’t dark when you get up and go home – you finally get to see some light on your commute. Russian Maslenitsa is the sun festival that celebrates the end of winter and heralds the start of spring, warmth, hope and growth and in tribute to this Brown’s Hotel is presenting a 5-day Beluga Vodka and Volzhenka Caviar pop-up in The Library Bar – pretty sophisticated eh? Every evening from 6pm – 1am guests will be able choose from three Beulga cocktails to accompany their Volzhenka caviar or do as the Russians would and drink it neat and ice-cold.
8th – 12th March
Where: Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BP, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
Sake in Shoreditch
Trust The Hoxton Hotel to have a pretty damn cool pop-up – one we can pretty much guarantee you won’t have experienced before. For one week only (this week) the courtyard will play host to something even more Eastern than Shoreditch… sake. 20 varieties from all over Japan have been chosen for the event, curated by someone from the Museum of Sake itself. Each are beautifully packaged and available for drinking on weekday evenings, during the day at the weekend and keep your eyes peeled for individual events during the week.
Now until 6th March
Where: 81 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3HU
Fish and Chips
The Notting Gill Chippy is back this month serving up fish and chips (the curried-spiced batter with mango chutney and lentil dahl is returning!) as well as Chef’s Tim Peirson’s novel interpretations of British classics – we’re talking Mackerel sliders, served with sweet chilli crème fraiche with sweet and sour slaw; smoked bacon and apple scotch eggs, King prawn scampi and for pudding you can tuck into the likes of Pineapple fritters with vanilla ice cream!
Tuesday – Saturdays 3rd March -30th April
Where: 201 Kensington Church St, London W8 7LX