From bougie LA pop-up restaurants landing in Mayfair to Napoli Gang’s first ever physical pop-up, there’s a whole host to look forward to this August.
See in your summer nights filled with Italian food, Disney puppetry and a spot of Pétanque. Read on to find out more.
If I could get away with writing this all in capitals I would, but do not – I repeat, DO NOT – miss your chance to catch Napoli Gang’s pop-up this month.
Brought to you from the group that brought us Circolo Popolare, Gloria and, more recently, Ave Mario, this month sees Big Mamma’s delivery-service Napoli Gang head to central London for a massive foodie pop-up. The team will be taking over the Fiorucci flagship store this August as part of the fashion house’s inaugural Summer Series.
Equipped with DJs and artist takeovers from Fiorucci, expect plates of fresh burrata and parma ham from Luigi Devodier and mortadella from Giovanni Bertarini. As well as their legendary XXL lemon pie.
RUN, don't walk.
When: 2nd – 31st August
Where: Fiorucci, 39 Brewer Street, Soho, W1F 9UD
London is abrim with pop-up restaurants this summer, but one that we’re really excited about is The Garden Pavilion at Chiswick House and Gardens. Popped up at Lord Burlington’s 18th century villa in Chiswick, the pop-up plays host to a floral-adorned marquee, set surrounded by 65 acres of gardens.
Running until the end of September, the menu serves up seasonal British favourites, including Nutbourne heritage tomato salad tartare, burrata, black garlic, basil ice cream and sea coral buckwheat tuile; Pan seared fillet of Cornish sea bass with risotto primavera; and Valrhona chocolate and raspberry delice with roasted hazelnut praline, raspberry sorbet and cacao nib crisps.
Beverly Hills might be off the cards this summer but you can get your LA fix here in London thanks to The Dorchester Rooftop’s Polo Lounge takeover. Running until the end of August, Hollywood’s favourite restaurant will be popping up atop the Mayfair hotel, bringing with it live music and Los Angeles menu classics.
The terrace will be dressed in banana leaf print, candy stripes and bougainvillea, and will play host to dishes such as Caviar ossetra; the McCarthy Salad (a Polo Lounge staple); American wagyu sliders; and Vegan truffle mac n cheese.
Don’t skip dessert - you’ll want a spoonful of the strawberry soufflé.
When: Until 31st August
Where: The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1PN
Let’s be honest, tequila has a bit of a bad reputation. It’s the drink defined by its ear ringing headaches and cheap shot deals. But it’s so much more than that. Enjoyed right, it can be a really tasty tipple that works great in cocktails or simply sipped, rather than shot.
Helping to rework everything you knew about tequila from your student days is El Rayo Tequila. They’ve created a sophisticated, 100% agave tequila that pairs well with tonic and a slice of grapefruit. See it as your new G&T. This summer they’ve partnered with Art Yard at Bankside Hotel to create a sophisticated summer serve, in the form of a tequila terrace.
Running throughout the summer, tequila lovers can rediscover tequila in a whole new way, enjoying tequila and tonics, or T&Ts as they like to call them, on their Mexican style terrace. Alongside the drinks, enjoy small plates inspired by Mexico and live out your holiday dreams, one tequila at a time.
Can you even call yourself a true Londoner if you haven’t spent many evenings on top of Skylight’s iconic rooftop? Famed for its panoramic views across London’s skyline, Skylight is the place to head for after work drinks and weekend get-togethers.
This summer they’ve welcomed back guests to their bar with the return of their rooftop games. Team up with two to four others and play the classic French village game of Pétanque or battle it out with friends over a game of croquet on their lush green croquet lawns.
Both can be enjoyed indoor and outdoor, with the addition of table tennis and shuffleboard upon request when arriving.
When: Throughout the summer
Where: Pennington St. Car Park Entrance Wapping, SE1W 2SF
As soon as the warmer weather hits, you know we’re all about those barbecues. Thankfully Paternoster are making things a little easier this summer, thanks to the arrival of their BBQ pop-up.
Running Wednesday to Friday throughout the summer, Paternoster will be bringing Londoners an endless meat supply. Choose from an exciting range of large cuts, plus rump bites with peppercorn sauce; sausage bites with chutney; and Yorkshire pudding with lamb and braising jus. There’s also a pop-up Meantime bar where you can grab a pint or two to go alongside.
From DJs to drag performances, West Londoners get ready for a new queer night out that’s set to shake up the scene.
Head down to community-focussed members’ club, Kindred, this August to check out the launch of an exciting new queer night. Kindred and the West London Queer Project (WLQP) have joined forces to create a safe and fun space for queer folks to connect and celebrate.
Running 14th August, the party will be open for members and non-members. Female duo, El Conchitas and Izzy Trixx, aka Temple of Noize, will be blasting out the tunes, while Virgin X will be reimagining The Virgin Mary in a fun drag act.
When: Thursday 14th August
Where: Kindred, Bradmore House, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, W6 9BW
Knightbridge’s Sumosan Twiga, the restaurant that fuses together Italian and Japanese culture together, is set to launch live music nights later this month.
Guests are invited to dine on fresh dishes crafted by executive chef Alessandro Scala and his team, while listening to Irish born performer Sarah and the Jazz Band. Relax, be merry and catch up with friends with smooth music playing in the background.
The first session from the series will be running Tuesday 31st August, and will run on Tuesdays weekly.
When: Launching Tuesday 31st August, then weekly
Where: 165 Sloane Street, Belgravia, SW1X 9QB
Just in time for the school summer holidays, the Disney On Stage Pop-up Experience will be making its way to Covent Garden on Thursday 22nd July for six weeks worth of puppetry displays, interactive games and magic. And the best part? It’s entirely free
The free walk-around experience, running until 30th August, will provide fans the chance to truly immerse themselves in all of their favourite musicals. Expect the enchanting worlds of The Lion King, Frozen, Aladdin, Mary Poppins and Beauty and The Beast all to unfold in front of them.
Fans will get to see costumes and puppets from the musical shows up close as there’ll be a huge array on display. Each room will also be filled with interactive games and crafting stations, perfect for keeping the kiddies entertained and immersed with their favourite Disney characters.
Expect special appearances including Aladdin’s magic carpet and endless photo opportunities around every corner. Kids can live out their Frozen dreams and stop by Elsa’s ice palace.
When: Until 30th August
Where: CARRIAGE HALL, 29 FLORAL STREET, COVENT GARDEN, WC2E 9DP
Don’t miss your chance to catch the rosé magic at 108 Brasserie’s summer inspired terrace. They’ve partnered with cult wine estate Miraval to offer diners endless rose this summer 2021.
Created by McQueens Flowers, the terrace has been transformed into a floral oasis inspired by the summer tipple. Likewise the menu has been given a rosé-hued twist, with dishes that pair perfectly with the wine and even some rosé cocktails too, including the Pink Sgroppino, a frozen blend made with Miraval Rosé, Rathfinny Rosé Sparkling Wine and raspberry sorbet.
When: Running throughout the summer
WHERE: 108 MARYLEBONE LANE, MARYLEBONE, W1U 2QE