Pop-ups are still a thing. Here are London’s hottest temporary fixtures. Hit it or miss it, you decide.
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
Nothing Compares to Havana @ Kettners ( 10 – 13th September)
If you’re looking for a little rum education then you’re going to love this… Kettner’s and Havana Club Rum have got together to bring Nothing Compares to Havana to Soho. They’ve turned the whole of the second floor into an immersive Cuban rum experience where you’ll be able to learn how to make the perfect Mojito, get your geek on, discover how rum is made and taste more of their selection of rums. They’ve even created a special Cuban street food menu with the likes of tostones (double fried Plantain chips) and chicharrones (aka pork scratchings).
Tickets Cost £18 and you get them here
Kettners, 29 Romilly St, London W1D 5HP
Glorious 12 Whisky & Game Bar (11th-13th September)
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society has teamed up with The Wild Game Co. to pair seasonal wild game with its rare single cask whiskies at the Glorious 12 pop-up at Studio 2 in Shoreditch. For just three evenings, you are invited to feast on a menu that has been expertly paired with twelves of the Society’s rare single cask whiskies. The event is ticketed so be sure to get your hands on one here, but there will also be a bar open to walk-ins to sample some of the drams and game tapas dishes on offer.
The Glorious 12 Whisky & Game Bar, Studio 2, 31 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3EY // Seatings at 6:45pm & 8:45pm
Bleach Bar- (14th -August – Thurs – Sat for 10 weeks, 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
Krug and Krustacean (3rd – 7th September)
Teaming up with the newly opened Beast restaurant on the Southbank, Krug are bringing you a decadent pop up this September. Drink delicious Krug Grand Cuvee and tuck into Beast’s tasty king crab. Choose from fresh Norwegian crab claws or king crab club sandwiches. At £40 each bring plastic and get Krug by the bottle not the glass.
Southbank, London, SE1
Oblique 1st Birthday at The Playroom (16th August)
Oblique invite you to celebrate our 1st birthday at the very place it all began, The Playroom (Casa Negra).
To mark this special occasion Oblique is throwing a birthday bash at The Playroom on the 16th of August for what is without a doubt going to be the most electric and entertaining brunch party yet. You can expect great tunes mixed by their residents Martin 2 Smoove, Andy P and Luke Beany Presents and a party atmosphere like no other.
Casa Negra, 54-56 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3QR, United Kingdom // From 1pm
Churn2 (Until 31st August)
Tired of the usual boring old ice-cream flavours? Then get yourself to Somerset House stat. Massachusetts born Churn2 has crossed the pond complete with their shipping container turned laboratory, just to magically transform all sorts of yummy flavours into delicious ice-cream right before your eyes. Strawberry cheesecake, chocolate coconut and lemon & basil will all be flash frozen and churned to creamy perfection with a puff of smoke from liquid nitrogen.
The Edmond J. Safra Court, Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA // 11am – 6pm weekdays, 11am – 7pm weekends
Bombay Sapphire Ultimate G&T Terrace (Until 29th August)
We already love the Rosewood Hotel’s comfy bar and delicious cocktails, but now they’ve taken things up a notch and installed a green, gin-filled oasis on their lovely terrace. Inspired by Bombay Sapphire’s exotic botanical ingredients, the six week pop-up is all about great gin, unexpected ingredients and happy summer drinking.
The Rosewood Hotel , 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN // Daily from 12pm – late
Heartbreak Hotel (Until 31st August)
If you’re looking for more love in your life then the Southbank has got just the ticket with their Festival of Love and it’s the ideal place to come for pop-ups, talks, poetry and performances. As always BarChick has sniffed out the bar, and the cocktails are well worth heading down for.
The boys behind it are called the Department of Good Cheer and you’ll find them at the colourful Heartbreak Hotel. Hit the Donna Summer Cup with rhubarb liqueur, vermouth, soda and fino strawberry, or we loved the Scary Spice with Scotch, peat, vermouth, red chilli & liqueur macerate.
Even if you ain’t got a date this place is the perfect place to pick one up – each table has a phone on it that you can use to call another table. Oh and if you get a little bit merry head next door to the fancy dress room for musical legends dress up: Abba? MJ? The Beetles? Awesome.
Festival Village Under Queen Elizabeth Hall // Open Sun – Wed 11am – 8pm, Thur – Sat 11am – 11pm
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
Bloody Oyster (28th June – 31st August)
This Thames-side pop-up combines all the things that BarChick loves best. Customised Bloody Marys, seafood and hot boys who know how to serve them. Head down to the Southbank to find out first-hand what all the fuss is about.
Southbank Center, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Model Market (launches 20th/21st June, running every Fri & Sat from 6pm for 15 weekends)
Going south of the river is getting sexier by the second. Model Market, an abandoned indoor and outdoor market just off Lewisham highstreet will deliver fantastic street food, delicious drinks and banging tunes. Expect to see your favourite street food traders including Breddos Tacos, Rola Wala, SmokeStak, Cheeky Italian, Dogtown Hotdogs, Killer Tomato, Mama’s Jerk, Sambal Shiok, SE Brownie Bar, and Yum Bun, as well as a whole host of newcomers, all setting up shop in their own undercover micro-diners.
196 Lewisham High Street, London SE13 6LS // 6pm – 1am // Free entry bfore 7pm, £3 on the door thereafter
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