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Pop ups are still a thing, but only if you're going to the best.

Here are London's hottest temporary fixtures for booze, food and other weird and wonderful residencies going on in the city this month.

THE BIG BOYS

Summer Tales

It’s back, baby!

Remember Night Tales? Well it’s got it’s sandals on and has gone all summer on us. It might just be even better than it’s epic predecessor. With heaps of food to feast on including offerings from Burger and Lobster, the Bonnie Gull seafood shack and toasties from Morty and Bob’s, awesome cocktails available from the Frozen Punch Bar and a big Lazy Flamingo Bar as well as a load of DJ’s to keep the party going ‘til late, it’s gonna be a big one. 288 Old Street, Shoreditch, London EC1V 9DP // 22nd May - 29th August // Tickets cost £4 before 9pm, £5 after or buy a queue jump ticket for £10 (incl a cocktail) to guarantee entry summer.tales.logo.edit2.000 Kopparberg Urban Forest Party in the woods This pop up was an absolute banger last year. Go east to Hackney Wick where a festival inspired by the small swedish town Kopparberg (who knew it was an actual place?) is pumping out banging music, cider and dancing vibes this summer. Go see Katy B, Ms Dynamite and The Cuban Brothers (these guys are heros) in action plus there’s club nights with Trevor Nelson and Chromeo, serious pulled pork from the likes of Le Bun and Buffalo Joe’s, a Frozen Fruit Cider Bar and a Woodland Bar that’s carved into the forest. We want one in our garden. From 10th June - 12th July, Wed - Sun // Hackney Wick, E9 // Free entry KopparbergUrbanForest12.2 (1)

The Wick at The Old Baths

A summer of hot tubs and tiki bars The last time this pop up took place 2,000 people rocked up and road blocked the street! We’re all over it. The chicks behind The Wick have hosted areas at Glasto, Burning Man and Secret Garden  Party (yup, they know their sh*t) and this urban east London festival is just as banging. Grab a slice from Pizza Surgery or get stuck in at Danger Dogs Hotdogs and shop around at the huge outdoor market where you can buy tonnes of vintage clothes and cool stuff for your house. More important, though, a beach has been created in the space, complete with the king of all summer boozers; a tiki bar. There are hot tubs too. Time to get your kit off. The Old Baths, Cre-8 Centre, 80 Eastway, E9 5JH // Every Sunday from 3rd May - 25th October, midday-11pm

Midnight Apothecary

The party on a museum roof Things are getting wild on the rooftop of the Brunel Museum where a campsite has pitched up complete with live music and marshmallows ready for toasting over the logfire. Even if the great outdoors scene isn’t your thing, this one's worth it for the sunset view alone. Brunel Museum, London SE16 4LF // May - September DMNfirepit.e1429261367152 Lewisham Model Market Killer cocktails and craft beer in SE13 Who’d have guessed the party was in Lewisham these days? After a banging summer last year, Model Market has headed back to SE13 for street food, drinking dancing and great vibes. They’ve got craft beer, wine bars and slushy cocktails on tap - as well as a 'rooftop bar' where you can catch the action going on below. Hungry? It's all about the food with 10 micro diners serving it ALL from brownies to beefsteaks and burgers. This is perfect for whiling the summer nights away. 196 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, London SE13 6LS // 17th April - 25th September, 5pm - 1am POP.UP.Lewisham The Rooftop Film Club Movies, sunsets and hot hot pizza RFC is back for another summer of epic film screenings atop some awesome  rooftops. This year four venues; The Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, The Bussey Building in Peckham, Roof East in Stratford and The Roof Gardens in Kensington will be serving hot pizza to guests chilling under blankets and watching classics including Casablanca and The Graduate and amazing new movies like Birdman and The Theory of Everything. Tickets sell out pretty damn fast, so book yourself up and get a sexy date - they'll think you've smashed it. Various Locations // From 1st May POP.UP.Rooftop

FOR BOOZE HOUNDS

Merchant House Spritz Bar Spritzers for a fiver! Go explore behind Bow Lane and you’ll find sexy winding alleyways like something out of a Dicken’s book. Follow them away from the madness of the main road and you’ll reach Merchant House, where this spritz pop-up is serving £5 drinks all summer from midday - now that’s what we call a liquid lunch! Fill yer boots with Aperol Spritzs and Negronis and party under the red umbrellas all night. From 2nd June Tues-Fri Midday-sundown // 13 Well Court, Off Bow Lane, EC4M 9DN

Campari Red Night District

Free Negronis!

Got a hot date you want to impress? Take them to the Red Night District! Campari have collaborated with local artists in East London to create exhibitions inspired by the brand, taking over The Hoxton Gallery and Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes. Go grab a free cocktail at the bar and mingle with the art types at the trendiest pop up of the summer. Don't forget to stop by the instillation, created by renowned art collective Moniker Projects, and the sexy, dark atmosphere inside Jaguar Shoes feels more hot new bar than art gallery. Don't be tempted to mount the scooter, it's part of the artwork.

The Hoxton Gallery and Dreambags Jaguar Shoes // 16th May- 10th June, Wed-Sun 11.30am-10pm campari The Good Year

Great wines for buffs AND novices

Kicking off just in time for London Wine Week, this is a bar with a difference. You don’t need to know the year and grape of your favourite bottle, just tell the bartender what you fancy and they’ll find the wine for you. Offering small tasting sizes to encourage drinkers to experiment, the sommelier has worked hard to find biodynamic and little-known makers and paired them up with badass charcuterie. It’s wine time, baby! The Attendant, 74 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London EC2a 3JL // 21st May - 13th June

Ketel One Vodka Kitchen

Vodka lessons, cocktails and brunch

Time to brush up on your vodka knowledge. The Folly are holding masterclasses on the Dutch vodka throughout Summer, featuring killer new drinks and a lesson in the good stuff from expert mixologists. Get there at the weekend for the Bloody Mary masterclass and end the morning with a cracking brunch. Sweet. The Folly, 41 Gracechurch Street, London EC3V 0BT // May - September // Bloody Mary Masterclasses take place every Weds & Thurs 4pm-late and cost from £20. The Weekend Brunch Experience, a Full Bloody Mary Masterclass and choice of sumptuous new brunch dishes, costs from £15. Ketel_one_pop.up_the_folly_ec3

Bloom at the Vista Bar

Gin plus epic views equals a very happy BarChick

When the sun shines and things hot up, we head straight to a rooftop. If there’s gin, that’s even better. Bloom Gin is popping up at Trafalgar Square’s Vista Bar on top of the Hilton and it promises specially created floral cocktails and some totally sexy garden vibes overlooking Big Ben and the London Eye.  Remember access is subject to availability, so book your table now or spend summer in a dark, sunset-less pub. Your choice.

2 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2TS // From April - September POP.UPS.Bloom

Lights Out

Clapham's sexy speakeasy 

This 1920s-inspired bar has popped up in Reece 79 hair salon in Clapham, filling the cool London bar void previously present within the area. Expect imaginative cocktails and live 20’s-style piano playing, which can only lead to regrettable dancing and hilarious times. A proper speakeasy. 79 Abbeville Road, Clapham, London SW4 9JN // Last Saturday of every month from 21st March POP.UP.Lights.out

The Spirit Social

£5 cocktails in Notting Hill ...Yes, you read that right! One of our favourite rum companies, The Duppy Share, have got a brand new event of boozing, eating and live music sessions in W10. The old school social club venue will put you smack bang in the swing of things with street food, amazing cocktails and tunes to make you dance even if it isn't your thing. Maxilla Hall Social Club, Notting Hill, London W10 6NQ // Every second Thursday 12th March-13th August, from 6pm // Tickets £10 incl. your first drink duppy

Little Nan's Cocktail Den

Bottomless boozy teapots

After moving from Deptford to the sunny streets of Shoreditch, Little Nan is pouring out bottomless cocktail teapots and giving out unlimited pick ‘n’ mix and popcorn to everyone who pops by. The ultimate kitsch p*ss up, you can expect to meet Little Nan’s pals Vince the Cheetah, Jeffrey the Gnome and Luxury Addiction the Pony too. Seriously. And even better, we’re giving away some freebies! For two tickets to their launch night including unlimited teapots and pic’n’mix, click here and RT! A secret Shoreditch location // 13th May - 15th August, Thursdays & Saturdays, 5pm - 1am // From £35 per person

The Eccentric English Country Garden

Our kind of nature hit

Up in London’s highest garden sits a hot new pop up inspired by what we Brits do best; good old fashioned English country drinking. Think fresh cocktails, candles, log chairs and a banging view from 35 floors up; this is the perfect place for anyone who wants to feel like they’ve escaped to the countryside without actually having to leave. Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 3BY // April - June Sky.Pod.Spring.2MB03

Bloom at the Vista Bar

Gettin’ gin-y with it

When the sun shines and things heat up in the city, we head straight to a rooftop. If there’s gin, that’s even better. Go to Trafalgar Square’s Vista Bar for specially created floral cocktails and sexy garden vibes, all overlooking Big Ben and the London Eye.  Remember access is subject to availability, so book your table now or spend summer in a dark, sunset-less pub. Your choice. 2 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2TS // From April – September

FOR FOODIES

Carom at Madison Rooftop feasts in the City Pan-Indian joint is sacking off Soho after a fire on Wardour Street and upping their game (literally) at a sky high pop-up on the One New Change rooftop in St Paul’s. Go check out views of the cathedral and panoramic east London sights while munching down a plate of chicken winglet lollipops. Rooftop Terrace, 1 New Change, St Paul’s, London, EC4M 9AF CEUT0N5WAAAKc6L Sabel Fusion feasts Any place that serves a ‘snack’ course is a place you’ll find a BarChick. They keep business in the family at Sabel, where the head chef (who’s worked with Ottolenghi and Simon Rogan, to name a few) takes inspiration from travelling all over the world and puts it straight back into his feasts. Book tickets for the pop up at Palm2, running all summer, where you’ll be greeted with a super fresh Rose and Gin Rickey when you arrive and served all kinds of fusion food, including glazed pork belly and crackling crumble. Immense. From 12th June // 152-156 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0QJ // Tickets £35 //

Beach Hut at York & Albany

Pimm’s ice lollies!

Camden’s going to the seaside at this coastal courtyard of deckchairs, real sand and candy-coloured beach huts. Grab a Seaweed Martini (served up in a sandcastle bucket!) and get in line for a Pimm’s ice lolly. Trust us, you don’t want to leave without trying one. The food will be whipped up by experts at York & Albany too, so order mini fish ‘n’ chips and nab yourself a deckchair - this one’s about as close to a boozy holiday as you can get on a night out in the city. York & Albany, 127-129 Parkway, Camden, London NW1 7PS // 22nd May - end August york (1)

Nantucket Beach Club Pop Up

Lobster mac’n’cheese

It’s no secret that London’s summers are usually a let down, so when you’re feeling particularly p*ssed off about it head up to Skylounge for some laid back Nantucket vibes. They’ve got a bowling alley, a shuffleboard area, vodka slushies and mothereffing lobster mac’n’cheese. See y’all there. Skylounge, 7 Pepys Street, London EC3N 4AF // 1st May – 30th September, 3pm – 10pm HL_sunrise001_2_677x380_FitToBoxSmallDimension_Center

Chopsticks of Fury

Kung Fu and kickass cocktails

BarChick is a big lover of Asian food and booze and this pop up does them both justice. Not just that, but Chopsticks of Fury have also chucked in film, design and live music, creating a celebration of all things Asian pop-culture for this two month residency in East.This is the first in a series of two-monthly changing pop ups at 52 Social on Kingsland Road, so get here before it’s all gone. 52 Social, 52 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP // From 22nd April – 27th June

Afternoon Tea Pop at Burlington Arcade

Champagne Tea Time

Luxury dining company Cuisson have launched the ultimate in afternoon tea pop ups, and it’s gonna blow the old knitted cosy right off your pot. They’ll be taking the classic custom and spinning it on its head for an inventive and totally memorable dining experience, with ex-Fat Duck chef crafting the menu and Laurent Perrier making the drinks. Expect amazing food, booze and more Wedgwood than you can shake a bridezilla at. 66 – 67 Burlington Arcade, London W1J 0QJ // From 8th April 2015 – 26th June 2015

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Smoke’n’Roll at The Black Heart

Wanna smoke?

BarChick came across The Black Heart pub only last year and oh what a find it was. They’ve got craft beers, slush puppies, live music and the chefs here work on rotation, so you’re gonna get something different with every visit. This time it’s the boys from Smoke’n’Roll’s turn, and they do a LOT of smokin’. Meat, fish, veg - you name it and they smoke it with hickory, alder, cherry, apple and mesquite wood. Grab a lunch to go or settle in and check out their awesome beer selection while you’re at it! The Black Heart, 2-3 Greenland Place, NW1 0AP // 7 days a week, Friday from 3pm – Sat & Sun from noon smokeandroll.2

Aroma Jamaica 2015 Residency

Jerk chicken from the best in town

These guys say they’ve got the best Jerk chicken in town and they might just be right. Setting up their kitchen at The Yard’s NOW ‘15 Festival to serve up only the very greatest Jerk and traditional Jamaican dishes; this is the one to hit up if you’re desperate for carnival vibes. This crowd is gonna be super friendly, so go expecting a snog and you won’t be disappointed. The Yard Theatre, Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick, London E9 5EN // Tues – Sat until 28th June, from 6pm – 10pm

The Moveable Feast

Veggie heaven

Not a standard risotto with a side of leaves in sight, people. The Moveable Feast is hosting four start up vegetarian and vegan food purveyors which constantly change to deliver fresh food ideas, each serving inventive, colourful, exciting dishes. Get stuffed with the chicks at Not Dogs (a proper contender for the whatever’s-actually-in-them version). If you’re a hardcore carnivore then there’s not much here for you unless you’re willing to go meat-free for one meal. Challenge. 21-27 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY // 9th March – September 2015 not.dogs.00_jpg_srb

The Grain Store Unleashed

It’s time to up your veg game

Big dog chef Bruno Loubet has brought the King’s Cross Grain Store to central, taking up residency in the kitchen at Zetter’s. His menu is banging, including kohlrabi and broad bean ravioli and parsnip and white chocolate ice cream - enough of the good stuff to make any meat-lover leave satisfied. If you’ve never had a glass of their Butter & Hay Champagne, here’s your excuse. St John’s Square, 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5RJ // 13th April - end of August // Tickets from £28.50 photo_3 Wahaca’s Yucatecan Menu Authentic Mexican flavours Wahaca have switched up their menu for some Yucatan-inspired goodies at the original restaurant in Covent Garden. For eight weeks only, a menu of charred, pickled and ‘pipian’ flavours created by legendary Michelin starred Mexican chef Roberto Solis will be available so order up, eat, drool over, order more, lick the plates.  This guy is THE man over in the Yucatan and his restaurant Nectar is the hottest in Merida.  Sure Wahaca was an all-Mexican dining treat anyway but these flavours are totally different. Charred onions on a bed of charcoal? Yeah. Go get some. And wash it all down with a Rhubard Mezcalita. 66 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4HG // Until June  wahaca.tacos Aroma Jamaica 2015 Residency Jerk chicken from the best in town These guys say they’ve got the best Jerk chicken in town and we say they’re probably right. Setting up their kitchen at The Yard’s NOW ‘15 Festival to serve up only the very greatest Jerk and traditional Jamaican dishes, this is the one to hit up if you're desperate for carnival vibes and super friendly company. The Yard Theatre, Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick, London E9 5EN // Tues - Sat until 28th June, from 6pm - 10pm aroma7 The Moveable Feast Veggie heaven The Moveable Feast is hosting four start up vegetarian and vegan food purveyors which constantly change to deliver fresh food ideas, each serving inventive,colourful, exciting dishes. Not a risotto with a side of leaves in sight, people. If you’re a hardcore carnivore then there’s not much here for you unless you’re willing to go meat-free for one meal. Challenge. 21-27 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY // 9th March – September 2015 Smoke’n’Roll at The Black Heart Smokin' meats and craft beers BarChick came across The Black Heart pub only last year and oh what a find it was.They've got craft beers, slush puppies and live music and rotating chefs in the kitchen. This time it's the boys from Smoke’n’Roll's turn, and they do a LOT of smokin’. Meat, fish, veg, you name it and they smoke it with hickory, alder, cherry, apple and mesquite wood. Grab a lunch to go or settle in and check out their awesome beer selection while you’re at it! The Black Heart, 2-3 Greenland Place, NW1 0AP // 7 days a week, Friday from 3pm - Sat & Sun from 12 noon SmokeNRollPopUp (1)

Weird, Wonderful and a Bit of Everything Pop Ups

Rebel Bingo Don’t take your Nan These guys bring sexy back to bingo and now the powers that be are finally letting them do their mental thing in one of London’s biggest halls; Mecca. It’s gonna be mega. Forget getting stuffy sipping tea and checking your numbers, at Rebel Bingo everyone’s there to have a big one. Get a table with mates, or check out where they’re popping up over the summer for The Party Version - it’s loud, it’s intense, they claim the prizes are life changing and everyone’s given a marker pen so expect to leave with a c*ck drawn on your face. Mecca Bingo Hall, Camden // 20th June // Tickets start at £8 Rebel.bingo Nantucket Beach Club Pop Up American summer vibes & cocktails It’s no secret that London’s not too well known for its banging summers so when you’re craving some of that sunny action, head up to Skylounge for some laid back Nantucket vibes. They’ve got a bowling alley, a shuffleboard area (casual), vodka slushies and mothereffing lobster mac’n’cheese. See y’all there. Skylounge, 7 Pepys Street, London EC3N 4AF // 1st May - 30th September, 3pm - 10pm NantucketPopUp Chopsticks of Fury Noodles, cocktails and Asian beats We’re big lovers of Asian-themed food and booze so chuck some film, design and live music in the mix and we’re a happy bunch. For two months, Chopsticks of Fury will be popping up at 52 Social on Kingsland Road for some Asian goodness. Expect to be taken to a world of exciting pop culture and decor as well as live music, classic Kung Fu movie showings and some kickass cocktails. This is the first in a series of two-monthly changing pop ups here so get here before they revamp the whole thing! 52 Social, 52 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP // From 22nd April - 27th June POP.UP.chopsticks Afternoon Tea Pop at Burlington Arcade Afternoon tea, amazing food, awesome cocktails Afternoon tea lovers, unite because luxury bespoke dining company Cuisson are launched the ultimate in afternoon tea pop ups. 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Give it more thought than the second you and your tinder finger spent getting you in this situation and take a look at our pick of London’s best bars to take your date. Whether it's gonna be a rebound, double, skint or sexy one, we've got you covered. The conversation starter Viktor Wynd’s Museum of Curiosities This bar is insane. If you’re anticipating awkward silences on your first date then it’s got to be Viktor Wynd’s MoC - the place is dripping with conversation starters. If the weird and wonderful menu or collection of old school McDonalds happy meal toys doesn’t give you something to talk about, the two-headed taxidermy cat will. 11 Mare Street, London E8 4RP The date you need to spice up La Bodega Negra This place does Soho proud - lead your boring date downstairs to the tequila cellar bar and get a couple rounds in. If getting tipsy on tequila, surrounded by the super cool worn down decor and the smell of some of London’s best Mexican food isn’t enough to make this date a good one you can head to the adjoining restaurant and make a run for it through the neighbouring sex shop. The world's most ironic date escape route. 16 Moor Street, London, W1D 5NH bodega.negro The wine date Mission Don't get nervous if you're dating someone who knows their sh*t when it comes to vino - even the most extreme wine connoisseurs would have trouble picking a bottle fast at this place. Be safe in the knowledge that they only serve California's best here, so if you've got to order you won't end up choosing a bad one. If you want more reassurance, remember that the dudes here teamed up with Domaine de la Cote in the Santa Rita Hills to create their very own Pinot noir. It's epic, pick that one. 250 Paradise Row, London E2 The rebound date Ladies and Gentlemen Unless your ex is properly clued up on the best hidden bars in the city (or they’re a massive BarChick fan) then there’s no danger of running into them here. This place used to be Kentish Town’s public loo but it's now a slick and sexy cocktail bar. Climb downstairs and dive behind the blue velvet curtain for secret live music and some of the best Old Fashioneds like, ever. Oh and it’s damn small so you’re probably gonna have to get in close; you’re welcome. 2 Highgate Road, London NW5 1NR The fun mate date The Cocktail Trading Co If you’re already mates with your date the likelihood is tonight’s just going to be a laugh. You can’t not have a good time at the booze playhouse that is Cocktail Trading Company; the drinks rock up in welly boots, miniature graveyards (literally - it's serves with a jelly skull sweet) and chinese take-out boxes, and they use epic garnishes like candyfloss and maple bacon noodles. Enjoy the playlist of party classics and when Purple Rain comes on and the lights change to violet, that’s your queue to start dancing. 22A Great Marlborough Street, Soho, London, W1F 7HU ctc The skint date Peckham Springs Don’t be a date d*ck - drinking tap water after the first bottle of cheap beer because you’re a hot mess who can’t budget is never ok. Cocktails at Peckham Springs are £6 a pop and absolutely killer (they've even been named ‘best value cocktails in London’). Remember you're in Peckham and these guys keep it casual - you don't want to ruin your fancy shoes when searching for the best seats in the car park out back.  When all the cheap cocktails get to your head soak it up with epic food from the cool street foodies that park up. 22A Blenheim Grove, London, SE15 4QN The fit date with sh*t chat Original Sin Two words; pool table. If there’s anything youth clubs taught us, it’s that pool tables are less a fun pastime, more a vehicle for flirtatious groping. Plus the games are free at this place. What else do you need? Booze. Luckily the 10 metre long bar is serving up some killer cocktails so get the drinks in, mention you don’t know how to play and spend the night being straddled by your hot date. No real conversation necessary. 129 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0PH The date you've made no effort for Bar Termini You’re knackered/hungover/can’t be *ssed and you didn’t even bother reapplying deodorant before heading out for your date. Get a £1 espresso to shake you up (these Italians are taking coffee old school), order two Rose Negronis and ask the pros to keep 'em coming. Reservations here work on a strict 1 hour-only slot and the staff will come and tell you when your time at the table is done, so if it turns out you were right not to make an effort there’s your escape route. 7 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 5JE The double date Sketch It’s difficult to communicate via eye contact alone how the DD with your mate and each of your dates is going. You’ll want a catch-up mid-evening, and Sketch offers the perfect excuse because everyone here loves heading to the toilets for a selfie. Seriously, the toilets here are little white eggs that play bird song on loop and you and your mate can go hide behind them to discuss whether or not you want to swap dates. If you need more advice just ask the sexy french maids that host both the ladies and gents. They’ve seen everything. 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG sketchloo (1) The sexy dinner date Gremio de Brixton Forget all over your face spaghetti or nasty smelling sushi (we love it but no one wants to snog a salmon seaweed cone), first dinner dates are all about the tapas. This restaurant is f*cking cool. It's hidden underneath an old church, they take reservations so you can avoid awkward small talk in the queue and it’s super sexy - all bare-brick walls and flickering candles. Order some sherry with a couple sharing dishes (you don’t miss the jamon croquettes) before working your way through the mega Spanish wine menu. St Matthew’s Church, Brixton Hill, London SW2 1JF The quicky date White Lyan You both know the score - one obligatory round then it’s back to your place for the real reason dating was invented. Cocktails here are not only created by one of London’s hottest barmen on the scene, Ryan Cheti, but they’re also pre-batched and ready to go (a trend that’s going to be huge this year). That kind of efficiency means you’ll be in, served and hitting the road quicker than you can say “Uber”. Here’s hoping the rest of the night doesn’t continue by the same speedy example. 153 Hoxton St, London, N1 6PJ The date with a smoker Bar Italia Nothing f*cks up a smooth running date than a smoker nipping outside every half hour. Luckily Bar Italia, a Soho institution and place of work for one of the cheekiest Italian waiters we’ve ever met, is so tiny everyone sits outside anyway. Light up under the patio heaters and experience the madness of Frith Street together - get a bottle of the house white and when it’s time for the next bar, the sexy playground Soho is waiting. 22 Frith Street, Soho, West End, London W1D 4RF The date with a fitness nut The Lido Cafe If you want an excuse to see your gym-obsessed date in as little as possible then go get a sunlounger at Brockwell Lido. Have a perv behind your shades as you lounge in the sun and hit the cocktails (they even do a ‘healthy’ boozy juice list). Try to organise the date for Prosecco Tuesday’s because glasses are £3 each and the stuff is running out. Get it while you can, people. Dulwich Road, Brockwell Lido, London, SE24 0PA Christmas.Web.20132.800x480 The day date Serpentine Bar & Kitchen Agreeing to a daytime date always seems like a casual plan until you realise you’re without the important end point that being kicked out of a bar at last orders supplies. Plan something active so that being tired leads to a sit down, which will lead to booze, taking you back on the dating straight and narrow. Rent a boat on the serpentine lake in Hyde Park; go pedalo or row, either way you’re bound to end up looking like a tit which is perfect ice breaking material. Afterwards, go get a bottle of wine and a woodfired pizza at the Serpentine Bar. Serpentine Road, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH The movie date Rooftop Film Club F*ck the traditional movie date, if you really want to get to know this person take them to a boozy cinema. Rooftop Film Club is back, so go eat Pizza Pilgrims and get handsy under a blanket on some of the coolest rooftop terraces across the city. If tickets sell out or the weather’s being sh*t one of these boozy cinemas are all rain safe and although you miss out on the great view, they’re equally as cool inside. Tinder date? Do the app proud and go for Hot Tub Cinema. It’s epic. Venues in Shoreditch, Peckham, Stratford and Kensington The culture date Late Shift at The National Portrait Gallery If the creative stuff gets you going take your date to The National Portrait Gallery, where the Late Shift nights mean the place is open 'til 9pm on Thursdays. There’s live music, talks and other activities like drawing classes (hilarious). The best part? There’s a badass bar. If you’ve lied about how fancy you are just make a beeline to Room 39. It’s where the contemporary collection is and portraits of all the big names from the 21st century are hanging there, from Bowie and K-Middy. Don’t panic, you’ve got this. St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE The blind date Hawksmoor Spitalfields This is where the friendliest bartenders in the city work, and they'll will give you a wink when your date turns up and pour you something strong if they don’t. Despite being one of the best bars in the city with killer cocktails this place is never swarming, so you won’t be giving yourself a heart attack everytime someone with blonde hair and a bubbly personality walks in. Need something to steady your nerves? 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The London Sessions are about returning the importance of 'people' to hospitality. We want to encourage discussion and set the precedent for a different kind of education - The kind that can shape people's minds, careers and ultimately - their lives. We've lined up some of the nicest and most influential people in the bar industry to share their stories with us and you. The London Sessions are going to be as accessible as possible and as such will be open to everyone to attend - from bar backs to bar owners and everyone in between. How long have you been doing what you do? I started working in bars when I was 16, in cloakrooms, flyering and selling tickets. I started bartending at 18 - pulling pints and making spirit mixers (never cocktails), and then started behind the scenes when I was about 21. I've settled now in marketing, PR and events. So, 12 years total. Which is kind of scary. When did you have your eureka moment? For The London Sessions, it was over dinner with Tomas (Estes). We got to talking about the importance of stories, and how cool it would be to organise events where people's stories could be shared. That was the eureka moment. I shared the idea with a couple of friends and their reactions told me we were on to a good thing. How did you start it? Pretty much as soon as we had the idea it started gaining traction. Gareth and I discussed it when I was on the bus home from dinner. I was kind of drunk but still managed to explain it, and I spoke to Simon the next day. I wrote a list of all the people we wanted to speak at the events, and started sending the messages explaining the idea. They all said yes. Simon, Gareth & Tomas offered their venues, and The London Sessions were born. Everything's been communicated over social media because... it's free and we have no money. If you want to give us some money please send me an email. We take all forms of payment, including alcohol. Big up someone that you've met along the way! I don't technically remember meeting him as I was about 1, but my little brother is the best person I know. Plus he's proof reading this for me. Advice for other people looking to start their own thing? Just do it. You can spend a lot of time waiting for the perfect moment, but you might not get that. You have to take risks and if it scares you, it'll likely reward you tenfold. Have great people around you who'll big you up if you succeed and still big you up if you fail. And don't be afraid to keep trying, even when it's really tough and you want to give up. Even when you're sat at home with a broken TV and no internet and you don't have enough money to order Dominos. Theoretically. If you had a superpower what would it be? To play pool really well. What's been your biggest achievement? I'm proud of myself for what I've achieved; building a career with no formal training or further education. Who would play you in a movie? I rarely watch films, so I asked Gareth and he said Christina Ricci because 'she's dark'. Tell us something amazing about the Drinks Industry? All the people you expect to be dicks, are never the dicks. The most talented, successful people tend to be the most lovely, it's the other ones you need to look out for. Do you have any Quirky/OCD Rituals? I get scared before anything that involves public speaking. A few days prior the sleepless nights start, and I always leave the preparation til the last minute, because there's a little voice in my head saying I can't do it. It screws me up every time, but I'm trying to overcome that fear. Other brands you respect? Maverick Drinks because of what Michael Vachon has achieved off his own back. Ocho Tequila because it's delicious and I respect what they do. Dead Rabbit for making themselves a brand and not just a bar. The Social Company because I feel like they've created their brand of drinks. Favourite Drink? Can I say beer? Beer. If you had to make BarChick a drink what would you make? I would send you to the bar to ask someone who can make drinks to make you a drink, and ask you to get me a beer whilst you're there." 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After a sh*t grape season the rumours of the impending Global Prosecco Shortage has everyone in a bit of a panic. No more bubbles with brunch. No more feeling like you’ve got a bottle of Champagne on your table when you only spent £20 at the bar. No more Aperol Spritz (you should be over that by now anyway, so 2013). But before you freak out and start filling the soda stream with wine, take a breath because there are loads of awesome alternatives to the sweet sparkling stuff - and now’s your chance to try them. From the cocktails you love to pop the cork for to a straight up flute of fizz. We can do this... Veuve Cliquot RICH The Champagne cocktails comeback kid Love your Prosecco in cocktails? Time to start using the new Champagne that’s designed for mixing. Veuve Cliquot RICH is your new party drink, and nothing says French 75 like it. The strong fruity notes in the bubbles mean it’ll also taste amazing in a Bellini or Royale (hello breakfast) - you can add in any fruit puree you like, just give it a stir and throw in some fruit to draw out the fresh, summer flavours. Champagne is back baby, and it never tasted so good. veuve.rich Harvey Nichols English Sparkling Wine The bottle to stock up on for summer Love - or loved - to drink your prosecco straight up with your mates? The news probably hit you guys the hardest, so you’re gonna need something really tasty to replace your beloved bottles. English sparkling wine is the new thing, and it's arrived just in time. While over in Italy the weather ain't been so kind on the grapes, over here the English climate has grown some pretty good grapes and now everyone’s turning them in to booze (and we're not complaining). Harvey Nichs have just launched their brand new label and it's the one we’re sipping; made in Sussex they've spent 2 years developing the perfect fizz so expect a crisp and citrusy taste that smells of sweet peach and apricot.  It even comes with a Prosecco price tag. Who needs Italy anyway? harvey.nichols.wine Wild Elderflower Spritz Move aside Aperol Spritz Nothing can really replace an Aperol spritz with Prosecco, but the new Wild Elderflower Spritz is fizzy, fresh, summery and a big people pleaser, because who doesn't like elderflower? Best of all, it comes pre-batched so all you gotta do is pop it and you’re away. The gin and perry cider make it really refreshing and easy to drink; serve over ice in a large wine glass and add a twist of lime to bring out the elderflower flavours. Find out where you can pick it up. 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Name:

Haley Forest

Social Media Handle:

@HCForest

Where are you from & where are you based?

I grew up in foggy San Francisco, but came to London after Uni for “just one year” while I was working as a chef. Fast forward nearly 7 years later and I’m still here.

Why are you a BarChick?

I like to know everything when I’m passionate about a subject. Thus, getting my geek on about booze, particularly on an international front, is the best job ever. Being part of a movement towards greater drink education (and fun times!), working with a team of kick ass ladies, it’s a tough life… but someone has to do it!

When you’re not BarChicking how do you spend your time?

I’m a full time food, drinks and lifestyle writer and connector of dots. In short: I travel the world, party with chefs and bartenders, chronicle their (mis)adventures and talents, and make sure the correct people are talking to each other.

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What's your favourite neighbourhood in your city?

When I’m in London, it’s hard to choose between Soho and Shoreditch. Soho feels old world and alive, filled with places like The Blind Pig (I’m there often enough to call it my “Soho Office”), Spuntino (it’s all about the Truffle Egg Toast!), and Bone Daddies (Foodgasmic ramen). Shoreditch is all about the nightlife and weekends; loaded with bars like Callooh Calley, Happiness Forgets, NOLA, Satans Whiskers and Portside Parlour, plus epic restaurants like The Clove Club, MEATmission, and Viet Grill.

Favourite International Bars?

Attaboy(NY), Pouring Ribbons (NY), Corner Club (Stockholm), Sherry Butt (Paris), Little Red Door (Paris), Trick Dog (SF), Melrose Umbrella Co (LA), Satans Whiskers (LDN), Happiness Forgets (LDN), The Blind Pig (LDN).

What's your go-to drink?

Depends on my mood. I gravitate towards a Negroni (you’d think a Bartender can't f*ck that one up, but believe me, they can). I also love a Clover Club; it’s a great classic, but one I’ve seen done in terrible ways.

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Guilty pleasure drink?

Pina Colada.

Favourite city for a boozy break?

Between Copenhagen or Edinburgh. Both cities are quite small with great bars you can literally walk between. Paris - a bit bigger - is also great for that with clusters and neighbourhoods you can focus on.

Most epic BarChick adventure or most badass BarChick moment?

Walking into Tales & Spirits in Amsterdam, with my mother no less, and being greeted by the bartender (Danil Nevsky) by name. My mother says to me “I thought you didn’t know anyone here?” I didn’t, but the power of the internet had worked it’s magic for me. The next night, I worked some family connections and got Dan and I into The Butcher, where I promptly ran into other bar friends from London and Moscow. Oh international bar life.

What do you drink at home?

A Negroni or just a basic G&T. I have nearly 50 kinds of gin at home, so that's kinda my jam.

Where do you hit for a late night party in London?

NOLA (LDN), Glass (Paris), Employees Only (NYC)

Midnight Snack?

Still out and partying? Head to Employees Only in New York; their kitchen is open till 3am. In San Francisco - there’s a crepe stall (Crepes A GoGo) on 11th opposite Bar Agricole that’s legendary. In London, it’s all about Duck & Waffle; they’ve got a 24 hour license, banging food and a ridiculously epic view.

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Hangover cure?

Lots of water. Many Bloody Marys. Solid breakfast with toast, bacon, eggs, fruit. And (even though the thought of facing the world sucks) going for a walk for fresh air helps loads.

Hottest bartender you’ve ever seen?

It was a dark winter night in New York. I was in a bar I hadn’t even meant to go to, but took the wrong train and ended up there. Walking in, I passed someone and half turned, his smell causing me to stop in my tracks - he just smelled right on some crazy pheromonal level. I blinked and continued walking. Later, trading banter with one of the other guys, he popped behind the bar and we both just stared. Tall, thin, blue eyes, a boyish grin. Not my type, but man… he just felt right…. Sigh...

Planning a hot date, what's the agenda?

I like classic dates where you actually do something. So in London, take me to All Star Lanes for round of bowling (I may or may not kick your ass), followed by dinner at Lyles or On The Bab, and then drinks at Satans Whiskers. Some kind of experiential theatre thing like Secret Cinema or Alice Underground are also great ideas.

What's one thing you can’t live without?

Red lipstick, black eyeliner, a plane ticket and a map of great bars.

Who is your wingman?

I tend to fly solo, relying on the kindness of strangers to help a girl out. The Bartender can be your best friend.

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Pop ups are still a thing, but only if you're going to the best.

Here are London's hottest temporary fixtures for booze, food and other weird and wonderful residencies going on in the city this month.

THE BIG BOYS

Summer Tales

It’s back, baby!

Remember Night Tales? Well it’s got it’s sandals on and has gone all summer on us. It might just be even better than it’s epic predecessor. With heaps of food to feast on including offerings from Burger and Lobster, the Bonnie Gull seafood shack and toasties from Morty and Bob’s, awesome cocktails available from the Frozen Punch Bar and a big Lazy Flamingo Bar as well as a load of DJ’s to keep the party going ‘til late, it’s gonna be a big one. 288 Old Street, Shoreditch, London EC1V 9DP // 22nd May - 29th August // Tickets cost £4 before 9pm, £5 after or buy a queue jump ticket for £10 (incl a cocktail) to guarantee entry summer.tales.logo.edit2.000 Kopparberg Urban Forest Party in the woods This pop up was an absolute banger last year. Go east to Hackney Wick where a festival inspired by the small swedish town Kopparberg (who knew it was an actual place?) is pumping out banging music, cider and dancing vibes this summer. Go see Katy B, Ms Dynamite and The Cuban Brothers (these guys are heros) in action plus there’s club nights with Trevor Nelson and Chromeo, serious pulled pork from the likes of Le Bun and Buffalo Joe’s, a Frozen Fruit Cider Bar and a Woodland Bar that’s carved into the forest. We want one in our garden. From 10th June - 12th July, Wed - Sun // Hackney Wick, E9 // Free entry KopparbergUrbanForest12.2 (1)

The Wick at The Old Baths

A summer of hot tubs and tiki bars The last time this pop up took place 2,000 people rocked up and road blocked the street! We’re all over it. The chicks behind The Wick have hosted areas at Glasto, Burning Man and Secret Garden  Party (yup, they know their sh*t) and this urban east London festival is just as banging. Grab a slice from Pizza Surgery or get stuck in at Danger Dogs Hotdogs and shop around at the huge outdoor market where you can buy tonnes of vintage clothes and cool stuff for your house. More important, though, a beach has been created in the space, complete with the king of all summer boozers; a tiki bar. There are hot tubs too. Time to get your kit off. The Old Baths, Cre-8 Centre, 80 Eastway, E9 5JH // Every Sunday from 3rd May - 25th October, midday-11pm

Midnight Apothecary

The party on a museum roof Things are getting wild on the rooftop of the Brunel Museum where a campsite has pitched up complete with live music and marshmallows ready for toasting over the logfire. Even if the great outdoors scene isn’t your thing, this one's worth it for the sunset view alone. Brunel Museum, London SE16 4LF // May - September DMNfirepit.e1429261367152 Lewisham Model Market Killer cocktails and craft beer in SE13 Who’d have guessed the party was in Lewisham these days? After a banging summer last year, Model Market has headed back to SE13 for street food, drinking dancing and great vibes. They’ve got craft beer, wine bars and slushy cocktails on tap - as well as a 'rooftop bar' where you can catch the action going on below. Hungry? It's all about the food with 10 micro diners serving it ALL from brownies to beefsteaks and burgers. This is perfect for whiling the summer nights away. 196 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, London SE13 6LS // 17th April - 25th September, 5pm - 1am POP.UP.Lewisham The Rooftop Film Club Movies, sunsets and hot hot pizza RFC is back for another summer of epic film screenings atop some awesome  rooftops. This year four venues; The Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, The Bussey Building in Peckham, Roof East in Stratford and The Roof Gardens in Kensington will be serving hot pizza to guests chilling under blankets and watching classics including Casablanca and The Graduate and amazing new movies like Birdman and The Theory of Everything. Tickets sell out pretty damn fast, so book yourself up and get a sexy date - they'll think you've smashed it. Various Locations // From 1st May POP.UP.Rooftop

FOR BOOZE HOUNDS

Merchant House Spritz Bar Spritzers for a fiver! Go explore behind Bow Lane and you’ll find sexy winding alleyways like something out of a Dicken’s book. Follow them away from the madness of the main road and you’ll reach Merchant House, where this spritz pop-up is serving £5 drinks all summer from midday - now that’s what we call a liquid lunch! Fill yer boots with Aperol Spritzs and Negronis and party under the red umbrellas all night. From 2nd June Tues-Fri Midday-sundown // 13 Well Court, Off Bow Lane, EC4M 9DN

Campari Red Night District

Free Negronis!

Got a hot date you want to impress? Take them to the Red Night District! Campari have collaborated with local artists in East London to create exhibitions inspired by the brand, taking over The Hoxton Gallery and Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes. Go grab a free cocktail at the bar and mingle with the art types at the trendiest pop up of the summer. Don't forget to stop by the instillation, created by renowned art collective Moniker Projects, and the sexy, dark atmosphere inside Jaguar Shoes feels more hot new bar than art gallery. Don't be tempted to mount the scooter, it's part of the artwork.

The Hoxton Gallery and Dreambags Jaguar Shoes // 16th May- 10th June, Wed-Sun 11.30am-10pm campari The Good Year

Great wines for buffs AND novices

Kicking off just in time for London Wine Week, this is a bar with a difference. You don’t need to know the year and grape of your favourite bottle, just tell the bartender what you fancy and they’ll find the wine for you. Offering small tasting sizes to encourage drinkers to experiment, the sommelier has worked hard to find biodynamic and little-known makers and paired them up with badass charcuterie. It’s wine time, baby! The Attendant, 74 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London EC2a 3JL // 21st May - 13th June

Ketel One Vodka Kitchen

Vodka lessons, cocktails and brunch

Time to brush up on your vodka knowledge. The Folly are holding masterclasses on the Dutch vodka throughout Summer, featuring killer new drinks and a lesson in the good stuff from expert mixologists. Get there at the weekend for the Bloody Mary masterclass and end the morning with a cracking brunch. Sweet. The Folly, 41 Gracechurch Street, London EC3V 0BT // May - September // Bloody Mary Masterclasses take place every Weds & Thurs 4pm-late and cost from £20. The Weekend Brunch Experience, a Full Bloody Mary Masterclass and choice of sumptuous new brunch dishes, costs from £15. Ketel_one_pop.up_the_folly_ec3

Bloom at the Vista Bar

Gin plus epic views equals a very happy BarChick

When the sun shines and things hot up, we head straight to a rooftop. If there’s gin, that’s even better. Bloom Gin is popping up at Trafalgar Square’s Vista Bar on top of the Hilton and it promises specially created floral cocktails and some totally sexy garden vibes overlooking Big Ben and the London Eye.  Remember access is subject to availability, so book your table now or spend summer in a dark, sunset-less pub. Your choice.

2 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2TS // From April - September POP.UPS.Bloom

Lights Out

Clapham's sexy speakeasy 

This 1920s-inspired bar has popped up in Reece 79 hair salon in Clapham, filling the cool London bar void previously present within the area. Expect imaginative cocktails and live 20’s-style piano playing, which can only lead to regrettable dancing and hilarious times. A proper speakeasy. 79 Abbeville Road, Clapham, London SW4 9JN // Last Saturday of every month from 21st March POP.UP.Lights.out

The Spirit Social

£5 cocktails in Notting Hill ...Yes, you read that right! One of our favourite rum companies, The Duppy Share, have got a brand new event of boozing, eating and live music sessions in W10. The old school social club venue will put you smack bang in the swing of things with street food, amazing cocktails and tunes to make you dance even if it isn't your thing. Maxilla Hall Social Club, Notting Hill, London W10 6NQ // Every second Thursday 12th March-13th August, from 6pm // Tickets £10 incl. your first drink duppy

Little Nan's Cocktail Den

Bottomless boozy teapots

After moving from Deptford to the sunny streets of Shoreditch, Little Nan is pouring out bottomless cocktail teapots and giving out unlimited pick ‘n’ mix and popcorn to everyone who pops by. The ultimate kitsch p*ss up, you can expect to meet Little Nan’s pals Vince the Cheetah, Jeffrey the Gnome and Luxury Addiction the Pony too. Seriously. And even better, we’re giving away some freebies! For two tickets to their launch night including unlimited teapots and pic’n’mix, click here and RT! A secret Shoreditch location // 13th May - 15th August, Thursdays & Saturdays, 5pm - 1am // From £35 per person

The Eccentric English Country Garden

Our kind of nature hit

Up in London’s highest garden sits a hot new pop up inspired by what we Brits do best; good old fashioned English country drinking. Think fresh cocktails, candles, log chairs and a banging view from 35 floors up; this is the perfect place for anyone who wants to feel like they’ve escaped to the countryside without actually having to leave. Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 3BY // April - June Sky.Pod.Spring.2MB03

Bloom at the Vista Bar

Gettin’ gin-y with it

When the sun shines and things heat up in the city, we head straight to a rooftop. If there’s gin, that’s even better. Go to Trafalgar Square’s Vista Bar for specially created floral cocktails and sexy garden vibes, all overlooking Big Ben and the London Eye.  Remember access is subject to availability, so book your table now or spend summer in a dark, sunset-less pub. Your choice. 2 Spring Gardens, London SW1A 2TS // From April – September

FOR FOODIES

Carom at Madison Rooftop feasts in the City Pan-Indian joint is sacking off Soho after a fire on Wardour Street and upping their game (literally) at a sky high pop-up on the One New Change rooftop in St Paul’s. Go check out views of the cathedral and panoramic east London sights while munching down a plate of chicken winglet lollipops. Rooftop Terrace, 1 New Change, St Paul’s, London, EC4M 9AF CEUT0N5WAAAKc6L Sabel Fusion feasts Any place that serves a ‘snack’ course is a place you’ll find a BarChick. They keep business in the family at Sabel, where the head chef (who’s worked with Ottolenghi and Simon Rogan, to name a few) takes inspiration from travelling all over the world and puts it straight back into his feasts. Book tickets for the pop up at Palm2, running all summer, where you’ll be greeted with a super fresh Rose and Gin Rickey when you arrive and served all kinds of fusion food, including glazed pork belly and crackling crumble. Immense. From 12th June // 152-156 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0QJ // Tickets £35 //

Beach Hut at York & Albany

Pimm’s ice lollies!

Camden’s going to the seaside at this coastal courtyard of deckchairs, real sand and candy-coloured beach huts. Grab a Seaweed Martini (served up in a sandcastle bucket!) and get in line for a Pimm’s ice lolly. Trust us, you don’t want to leave without trying one. The food will be whipped up by experts at York & Albany too, so order mini fish ‘n’ chips and nab yourself a deckchair - this one’s about as close to a boozy holiday as you can get on a night out in the city. York & Albany, 127-129 Parkway, Camden, London NW1 7PS // 22nd May - end August york (1)

Nantucket Beach Club Pop Up

Lobster mac’n’cheese

It’s no secret that London’s summers are usually a let down, so when you’re feeling particularly p*ssed off about it head up to Skylounge for some laid back Nantucket vibes. They’ve got a bowling alley, a shuffleboard area, vodka slushies and mothereffing lobster mac’n’cheese. See y’all there. Skylounge, 7 Pepys Street, London EC3N 4AF // 1st May – 30th September, 3pm – 10pm HL_sunrise001_2_677x380_FitToBoxSmallDimension_Center

Chopsticks of Fury

Kung Fu and kickass cocktails

BarChick is a big lover of Asian food and booze and this pop up does them both justice. Not just that, but Chopsticks of Fury have also chucked in film, design and live music, creating a celebration of all things Asian pop-culture for this two month residency in East.This is the first in a series of two-monthly changing pop ups at 52 Social on Kingsland Road, so get here before it’s all gone. 52 Social, 52 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP // From 22nd April – 27th June

Afternoon Tea Pop at Burlington Arcade

Champagne Tea Time

Luxury dining company Cuisson have launched the ultimate in afternoon tea pop ups, and it’s gonna blow the old knitted cosy right off your pot. They’ll be taking the classic custom and spinning it on its head for an inventive and totally memorable dining experience, with ex-Fat Duck chef crafting the menu and Laurent Perrier making the drinks. Expect amazing food, booze and more Wedgwood than you can shake a bridezilla at. 66 – 67 Burlington Arcade, London W1J 0QJ // From 8th April 2015 – 26th June 2015

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Smoke’n’Roll at The Black Heart

Wanna smoke?

BarChick came across The Black Heart pub only last year and oh what a find it was. They’ve got craft beers, slush puppies, live music and the chefs here work on rotation, so you’re gonna get something different with every visit. This time it’s the boys from Smoke’n’Roll’s turn, and they do a LOT of smokin’. Meat, fish, veg - you name it and they smoke it with hickory, alder, cherry, apple and mesquite wood. Grab a lunch to go or settle in and check out their awesome beer selection while you’re at it! The Black Heart, 2-3 Greenland Place, NW1 0AP // 7 days a week, Friday from 3pm – Sat & Sun from noon smokeandroll.2

Aroma Jamaica 2015 Residency

Jerk chicken from the best in town

These guys say they’ve got the best Jerk chicken in town and they might just be right. Setting up their kitchen at The Yard’s NOW ‘15 Festival to serve up only the very greatest Jerk and traditional Jamaican dishes; this is the one to hit up if you’re desperate for carnival vibes. This crowd is gonna be super friendly, so go expecting a snog and you won’t be disappointed. The Yard Theatre, Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick, London E9 5EN // Tues – Sat until 28th June, from 6pm – 10pm

The Moveable Feast

Veggie heaven

Not a standard risotto with a side of leaves in sight, people. The Moveable Feast is hosting four start up vegetarian and vegan food purveyors which constantly change to deliver fresh food ideas, each serving inventive, colourful, exciting dishes. Get stuffed with the chicks at Not Dogs (a proper contender for the whatever’s-actually-in-them version). If you’re a hardcore carnivore then there’s not much here for you unless you’re willing to go meat-free for one meal. Challenge. 21-27 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY // 9th March – September 2015 not.dogs.00_jpg_srb

The Grain Store Unleashed

It’s time to up your veg game

Big dog chef Bruno Loubet has brought the King’s Cross Grain Store to central, taking up residency in the kitchen at Zetter’s. His menu is banging, including kohlrabi and broad bean ravioli and parsnip and white chocolate ice cream - enough of the good stuff to make any meat-lover leave satisfied. If you’ve never had a glass of their Butter & Hay Champagne, here’s your excuse. St John’s Square, 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5RJ // 13th April - end of August // Tickets from £28.50 photo_3 Wahaca’s Yucatecan Menu Authentic Mexican flavours Wahaca have switched up their menu for some Yucatan-inspired goodies at the original restaurant in Covent Garden. For eight weeks only, a menu of charred, pickled and ‘pipian’ flavours created by legendary Michelin starred Mexican chef Roberto Solis will be available so order up, eat, drool over, order more, lick the plates.  This guy is THE man over in the Yucatan and his restaurant Nectar is the hottest in Merida.  Sure Wahaca was an all-Mexican dining treat anyway but these flavours are totally different. Charred onions on a bed of charcoal? Yeah. Go get some. And wash it all down with a Rhubard Mezcalita. 66 Chandos Place, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4HG // Until June  wahaca.tacos Aroma Jamaica 2015 Residency Jerk chicken from the best in town These guys say they’ve got the best Jerk chicken in town and we say they’re probably right. Setting up their kitchen at The Yard’s NOW ‘15 Festival to serve up only the very greatest Jerk and traditional Jamaican dishes, this is the one to hit up if you're desperate for carnival vibes and super friendly company. The Yard Theatre, Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick, London E9 5EN // Tues - Sat until 28th June, from 6pm - 10pm aroma7 The Moveable Feast Veggie heaven The Moveable Feast is hosting four start up vegetarian and vegan food purveyors which constantly change to deliver fresh food ideas, each serving inventive,colourful, exciting dishes. Not a risotto with a side of leaves in sight, people. If you’re a hardcore carnivore then there’s not much here for you unless you’re willing to go meat-free for one meal. Challenge. 21-27 St Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY // 9th March – September 2015 Smoke’n’Roll at The Black Heart Smokin' meats and craft beers BarChick came across The Black Heart pub only last year and oh what a find it was.They've got craft beers, slush puppies and live music and rotating chefs in the kitchen. This time it's the boys from Smoke’n’Roll's turn, and they do a LOT of smokin’. Meat, fish, veg, you name it and they smoke it with hickory, alder, cherry, apple and mesquite wood. Grab a lunch to go or settle in and check out their awesome beer selection while you’re at it! The Black Heart, 2-3 Greenland Place, NW1 0AP // 7 days a week, Friday from 3pm - Sat & Sun from 12 noon SmokeNRollPopUp (1)

Weird, Wonderful and a Bit of Everything Pop Ups

Rebel Bingo Don’t take your Nan These guys bring sexy back to bingo and now the powers that be are finally letting them do their mental thing in one of London’s biggest halls; Mecca. It’s gonna be mega. Forget getting stuffy sipping tea and checking your numbers, at Rebel Bingo everyone’s there to have a big one. Get a table with mates, or check out where they’re popping up over the summer for The Party Version - it’s loud, it’s intense, they claim the prizes are life changing and everyone’s given a marker pen so expect to leave with a c*ck drawn on your face. Mecca Bingo Hall, Camden // 20th June // Tickets start at £8 Rebel.bingo Nantucket Beach Club Pop Up American summer vibes & cocktails It’s no secret that London’s not too well known for its banging summers so when you’re craving some of that sunny action, head up to Skylounge for some laid back Nantucket vibes. They’ve got a bowling alley, a shuffleboard area (casual), vodka slushies and mothereffing lobster mac’n’cheese. See y’all there. Skylounge, 7 Pepys Street, London EC3N 4AF // 1st May - 30th September, 3pm - 10pm NantucketPopUp Chopsticks of Fury Noodles, cocktails and Asian beats We’re big lovers of Asian-themed food and booze so chuck some film, design and live music in the mix and we’re a happy bunch. For two months, Chopsticks of Fury will be popping up at 52 Social on Kingsland Road for some Asian goodness. Expect to be taken to a world of exciting pop culture and decor as well as live music, classic Kung Fu movie showings and some kickass cocktails. This is the first in a series of two-monthly changing pop ups here so get here before they revamp the whole thing! 52 Social, 52 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP // From 22nd April - 27th June POP.UP.chopsticks Afternoon Tea Pop at Burlington Arcade Afternoon tea, amazing food, awesome cocktails Afternoon tea lovers, unite because luxury bespoke dining company Cuisson are launched the ultimate in afternoon tea pop ups. They’ll be taking the classic custom that we Brits all tend to know and love so well and spinning it on its head for an inventive and totally memorable dining experience! With ex-Fat Duck chef crafting the menu and Laurent Perrier making the drinks, be there for amazing food, booze and sh*tloads of Wedgwood. 66 - 67 Burlington Arcade, London W1J 0QJ // From 8th April 2015 – 26th June 2015 POP.UP.afternoon.tea   " ["post_title"]=> string(21) "London's Best Pop Ups" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["ping_status"]=> string(4) "open" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(31) "once-you-pop-you-just-cant-stop" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(675) "http://dishoom.com/2011/04/the-dishoom-chowpatty-beach-bar-may-sep/ http://dishoom.com/2011/04/the-dishoom-chowpatty-beach-bar-may-sep/ http://dishoom.com/2011/04/the-dishoom-chowpatty-beach-bar-may-sep/ http://popupslondon.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/roganics-simon-rogans-new-restaurant-venture/ http://popupslondon.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/roganics-simon-rogans-new-restaurant-venture/ http://popupslondon.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/roganics-simon-rogans-new-restaurant-venture/ http://www.51-buckinghamgate.com/index.php/courtyard-at-51/ http://www.51-buckinghamgate.com/index.php/courtyard-at-51/ http://superettesundays.com/blog/superette-x-castle-gibson-x-the-roast-dinner/" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2015-05-29 17:17:11" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2015-05-29 16:17:11" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(26) "http://barchick.com/?p=495" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } ["comment_count"]=> int(0) ["current_comment"]=> int(-1) ["found_posts"]=> string(3) "656" ["max_num_pages"]=> float(132) ["max_num_comment_pages"]=> int(0) ["is_single"]=> bool(false) ["is_preview"]=> bool(false) ["is_page"]=> bool(false) ["is_archive"]=> bool(false) ["is_date"]=> bool(false) ["is_year"]=> bool(false) ["is_month"]=> bool(false) ["is_day"]=> bool(false) ["is_time"]=> bool(false) ["is_author"]=> bool(false) ["is_category"]=> bool(false) ["is_tag"]=> bool(false) ["is_tax"]=> bool(false) ["is_search"]=> bool(false) ["is_feed"]=> bool(false) ["is_comment_feed"]=> bool(false) ["is_trackback"]=> bool(false) ["is_home"]=> bool(false) ["is_404"]=> bool(false) ["is_comments_popup"]=> bool(false) ["is_paged"]=> bool(false) ["is_admin"]=> bool(false) ["is_attachment"]=> bool(false) ["is_singular"]=> bool(false) ["is_robots"]=> bool(false) ["is_posts_page"]=> bool(false) ["is_post_type_archive"]=> bool(false) ["query_vars_hash":"WP_Query":private]=> string(32) "aca9a318a7ba79ff4761669f789a38a2" ["query_vars_changed":"WP_Query":private]=> bool(false) ["thumbnails_cached"]=> bool(false) ["stopwords":"WP_Query":private]=> NULL }

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Soho House Berlin

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Torstraße 1, 10119 Berlin

Tel: +49 30 40 50 440

Opening hours

Mon - Sat: 7am - 3am,
Sun: 7am - 1am

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Barchick Says

Date Updated: 03/06/2013

Located on the corner of Torstrasse and Prenzlauer Allee in East Berlin’s fashionable district of Mitte, Soho House Berlin is a pretty nostalgic affair. If (like BarChick) you’ve spent a bit of time kicking back in London’s Shoreditch House, then this place will be sure to make you feel homesick. Identical to its older sister in many ways, there are just enough differences to ferment the fact that you’re somewhere else, but it’s a funny feeling nonetheless.

A stark mixture of industrial concrete and velvet soft furnishing evoke an air of warm glamour, while brass fittings and clever lighting keep this place mysterious. The history of this place is pretty deep, but we ain’t gonna bore you with it.

The lounge area is actually rather small, especially if you’re used to the airy space of Shoreditch House, come here for the vibe and to mingle with hot media types and forward thinkers. The view from the roof is pretty spectacular and the outside pool that requires acts of valiance is something of a centerpiece. Drink wine or beer here, this place is about the vibe and the shoulder rubbing and not the bevs.


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Take a client, Take a date, Take your mates, Take your mistress, Take your mum, Awesome views, Big groups, Dancing, Debauchery, Food, Killer cocktails, Music, Parties, People watching, Pulling, Roof terrace, Smoking, Sports, Wine, Daytime, Evening, Late