Pop-ups are still a thing. Here are London’s hottest temporary fixtures. Hit it or miss it, you decide.
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
The Oblique Tropical Fiesta (20th September)
It may seem like summer will soon be a distant memory so to see it off with a bang, Oblique are throwing a colourful, exotic fiesta! Expect cocktails, tunes and summer vibes to make you feel like you’re partying on a hot tropical beach miles away from Shoreditch…
Be sure to book your tickets here!
Floripa, 91-93 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3HZ
Cuervo’s Hacienda at The Hoxton (6th – 12th October)
Coming to The Hoxton Hotel especially for with London Cocktail Week, Jose Cuervo is hosting a week-long pop-up Mexican tequila garden giving guests the chance to learn everything there is to know about tequila. You’ll also get the chance to taste their brand new winter margaritas to prep you for the chillier months. Expect Latino beats, never before tasted Cuervo cocktails and a full-on Mexican fiesta!
There are two ticketed tequila masterclasses too, you can get your tickets here!
81 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HU
Bleach Bar- (14th -August – 11th October) Thurs-Sat, 6pm – 2am
We hold the girls behind Dalston’s Bleach Bar personally responsible for all the technicolour hair do’s we’ve inappropriately sported at weddings, garden parties and funerals. They know how to make it up to us though. Taking over the space once used by Dead Dolls Club and the Mussel Men after that the Bleach Bar will now be a legit place to knock back cocktails with names like The Slushino, Ratmilk, and Wonky Direction. The look? Blade Runner-esque, psychedelic acid trip with a nod to Enter the Void’s Asian clubbing and city visuals.
Bleach Bar, 428 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AA
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
Tanqueray No TEN Citrus Garden Pop Up (July 16th – Onwards)
Gin lovers we’ve got a good one for you! Tanqueray No. TEN are taking over things at Vista rooftop and turning it into a Citrus Garden all in the name of the new bottle design of Tanqueray No. TEN… If you haven’t seen it, it’s one helluva beauty. The rooftop will be filled with grapefruit, orange and lime trees and most importantly there will be some incredible drinks from some of London’s top bartenders and the Tanqueray Brand Ambassador, Tim Homewood, himself. Each of the TEN cocktails will represent a stage of the evolution of gin all the way back from the 1690s to the 21st Century – get your liquid history fix right here. There will also be masterclasses every Wednesday for you to really get your gin geek on. Book HERE.
2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, London, SW1A 2TS // Free
Quarterly Sessions at Caravan (27th of May and then quarterly)
We’re already big fans of Miles Kirby’s two Caravan restaurants, but now there’s another reason to get yourself to Exmouth Market or Kings Cross; the Quarterly Sessions. These quarterly events will each showcase a particular ingredient, with a four course feast, live music and some of Caravan’s gorgeously hand crafted cocktails.
First up is one for the brave, ‘A Grand Aioli’ is all about garlic and, among other things, includes a 100 clove garlic roast chicken! Drinks will be summer punches and Mr & Mrs Haines will be entertaining with their DJ slash live sax tunes. The next two sessions are set to focus on home grown produce and herbs or ‘Grass Roots’, and then November brings us ‘Stout and Oysters’.
Tickets are £38 per person and places are limited, 020 7833 8115 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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