Pop-ups are still a thing. Here are London’s hottest temporary fixtures. Hit it or miss it, you decide.
The Lodge (November – January)
New to the streets of Balham, The Lodge has popped up to keep SW12-ers toasty in the winter nights. Hit it for epic fondue to share alongside moreish Jamaican Hot Toddies or Baked Alaska Buttered Rums and gaze out over the (flat, paved) mountains of South London. The perfect après-ski lodge sans ski… Don’t pack your goggles and snowboard just yet, call up and book ahead because their alpine alcove is chocked full of festive boozers.
9 Hildreth St, London SW12 9RQ
Yeah! Burger at The Star of Hackney Downs (4th September – 24th December)
‘No bullsh*t, just burgers’ reads the title at the top of the menu. The Star of Hackney Downs is the new home to Yeah! Burger. With specialities including The Po Po (pork), The Poseidon (fish), and The Morrissey (vegetarian) as well as a ramen burger (featuring a bun made of noodles) we know where we’ll be visiting next time we find ourselves lost and hungry on the unfamiliar side of Hackney. Danny Boyle’s a fan, so you should be too.
35 Queensdown Rd, London E5 8JQ
Pimm’s from a tricycle, riverside rays and hot dogs are on the menu at The Lawn pop-up bar, just a stone’s throw from Tower Bridge next to St Katherine’s Dock. Sure the grass is artificial, but those street food air streamers and deck chairs are the real deal, kick back, watch your friends play giant Jenga and you’ll easily forget you’re in the middle of the city!
The Tower Hotel, St Katharine’s Way, London, E1W 1LD // Daily 12pm – late
BarChick came across The Black Heart pub only last year and oh what a find it was…. You want craft beers, slush puppies and live music? They’ve got it. They also have rotating chefs in the kitchen and this time they’ve got in the guys from Smoke’n’Roll who 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
Wrecker Wednesday (7th May – every first Wed of the month, 7pm – late)
Need your Cornish fix? Wrecker Wednesday is a Cornish-themed monthly event with everything from pasties, Cornish ales, (mass) singing of Cornish traditional songs and you’ll even be mingling with Cornish speakers.
Downstairs at The Sun & 13 Cantons, 21 Great Pulteney Street, London, W1F 9NG