The Pop-Ups You Won't Wanna Miss This Summer

Get 'em while they're hot

These baller drinking spots are setting up shop in London for a limited time only, but you can bet they're shaking up the scene while they're here. Paying for cocktails with selfies? Check. Shopping for shoes while sipping booze? Check. Here's what ya need to know to make the most of these awesome pop-ups while they're around.

Chandon at Oxo Tower

When: Throughout the summer

What: The terrace of the sky-high Oxo Tower has gotten a botanical makeover in partnership with Chandon Garden Spritz, the orange-infused sparkling aperitif that comes in a Champagne bottle. Pull up a chair, order a bottle of Garden Spritz in a custom ice bucket and take in some of the best views in London, baby.

Where: Barge House St, London SE1 9PH

Gŏng x Canaïma Gin & Diplomático Rum

When: June-September

What: The killer skyline vistas from the 52nd floor of The Shard are reason enough to pay Gŏng a visit, and we plan on propping up the bar on the regs during its summer pop-up with Latin American brands Canaïma Gin and Diplomático Rum. Gŏng has been decked out in tons of Amazon-inspired greenery, and it's serving a banging limited-edition Tropical Oasis cocktail menu focused on South American flavours. Plus, each Canaïma Gin cocktail ordered supports the brand's mission of giving to organisations that preserve and protect the rainforests and their local communities - we really do love to see it. Be sure to head over on 25 July at 7pm, when legendary bartender Simone Caporale is hosting a bar takeover that's gonna be next-level.

Where: 31 Saint Thomas Street, Level 52, Shangri-La The Shard, London SE1 9QU

Stripes Amalfi Terrace

When: 8am-9pm Monday-Sunday until September

What: Regretting maxing out your holiday allowance for the year during the cruel British winter? Don't sweat it - just take a day trip to the Amalfi Coast by way of Mayfair at this vibrant terrace pop-up. Stripes brings the romance of Italy to central London with lots of lemon trees and Mediterranean foliage, plus sun loungers (striped, of course) and beach umbrellas, so you can kick back in style. Come hungry and order from a menu of pinsa - like pizza, but lighter - plus oysters and gelato. When it comes to drinks, Spritzes are the name of the game. And if you're looking for an activity to make the most of your weekend, this place also plans to host events and pop-ups all summer long (yep, a pop-up within a pop-up - that's some Inception-level sh*t).

Where: Upstairs, Brown Hart Gardens, London W1K 6WP

The Nest x Sipsmith Summer Terrace

When: 30 May-11 July

What: The Nest at the Treehouse hotel is already a solid favourite on our list of rooftop terraces thanks to its sixteenth-floor views and killer cocktails - and now that it's launched a new pop-up with Sipsmith Gin, we'll be paying the bar another visit ASAP. From stirred-down and boozy drinks to light and refreshing Spritzes, this menu collab has something for every type of gin lover. Looking for a boozy way to celebrate Father's Day? The Nest x Sipsmith is hosting a cocktail masterclass on Sunday 19 June, so you can take pops - or whoever ya please - to learn a thing or two about shaking up a next-level gin serve. Oh, and for all you tennis fans out there, the pop-up has created a special menu just for the Wimbledon tournament and will be screening the men's final on 10 July. Sounds like a winner to us.

Where: The Nest at The Treehouse, 14-15 Langham Place, London W1B 2QS

Kat Maconie x Mirror Margarita

When: 2-26 June, Thursday-Sunday

What: Retail therapy meets award-winning cocktails at this top-notch new collab between footwear designer Kat Maconie and the Mirror Margarita (yup, the signature serve of agave bar Hacha is now a standalone brand). During the month of June, Maconie’s shop in Bermondsey Street is gonna be home to a pop-up bar slinging a bunch of different Mirror Marg cocktails, from the classic crystal-clear version to a limited-edition Pear & Ginger flavour. The brands have even created a special bottle to celebrate the partnership - and you can bet it’s a looker. 

Where: 92 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UB

Piazza Aperol

 
 
 
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When: 8-19 June (excluding 13 June)

What: If ya can’t get enough of the orange stuff, Covent Garden is the move. For 10 days in June, Aperol is turning the area into a Venetian wonderland, complete with a double-tier Spritz bar, café-style seating, a bocce pitch, FREE snacks - gotta love aperitivo culture - and a revolving scooter bar. It's giving Lizzie McGuire Movie vibes. 

Where: Covent Garden

The Glenlivet #BreakTheStereotype

When: 13-19 June

What: Paying for drinks with selfies? Finally, a currency we can get on board with. Scotch whisky brand The Glenlivet is making it happen at its #BreakTheStereotype pop-up bar, taking over at east London fave Coupette for one week only. All ya have to do is rock up, choose a free cocktail from an exclusive whisky menu and post a selfie with your drink. It's all part of The Glenlivet's campaign to change the outdated ideas around the stereotypes of whisky drinkers - hell yeah. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from each cocktail will be donated to Equal Measures, a rad organisation supporting marginalised groups in the hospitality industry. We'll drink to that!

Where: Coupette, 423 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 0AN

Frank’s Café at Bold Tendencies

When: 20 May-17 September

What: This rooftop bar is something of a Cinderella story - each summer, it transforms from a disused car park into one of the neighbourhood’s hottest hangouts. Now Frank’s is back for its 13th year, and there’s no better place to take in some serious views of the London skyline while absolutely destroying a boozy brunch. Get it while ya can, cos this institution is only open til the first autumn winds start to blow… 

Where: 7th-10th Floor Multi-Storey Car Park, 95A Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST