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The abundance of ‘catch-em-if-you-can’ venues that are quite literally popping up around London has left us spoilt for choice. And who do we have to thank? A collective of imaginative and inventive minds with the creative vision to transform empty spaces into anything from bars and restaurants to galleries. Unlike the established favourites of London entertainment, pop-ups are like that summer lovin’ that happens so fast. Follow our guide and you will soon be popping in, out and around the top of the pop-ups this summer. You can thank us later.
As its name suggests, this is not just your average cinema. In fact, it’s not your average pop-up either. The Floating Cinema, created by UP Projects, is the extraordinary mobile arts venue which has taken on the extra-terrestrial theme this year. With open-air screenings of sci-fi cult classics and additional talks and workshops, this floating screen may only be in town for a fleeting visit, but it’ll leave you with lasting memories.
WHEN? August 20 until September 20 WHERE? Floating on by…
The glimmering arrival of summer brings a very, very important London activity to mind – partying outside. After the success of their winter parties, Night Tales brings you “Summer Tales”: craft cocktails, DJs (past performances included Rudimental and Gorgon City) and urban tropical vibes. If that wasn’t enough, Summer Tales is also a foodie’s heaven, featuring food trucks from the likes of Burger & Lobster and Patty Pitt.
WHEN? Until Friday 28 August 2015 WHERE? 288 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC2A
From the young-buds who brought you the Parade pop-up shows comes a third project; an art prize donated by no less than designer Orlebar Brown. For one night only, this free exhibition will open your eyes to the work of Britain’s best emerging talent such as Christabel Macgreevy, Rosanna Reed and Julius Roberts. A crucial date for collectors, don’t miss out on what promises to be an eclectic and creative night. TIP: remember the names, you’re going to need them.
WHEN? Wednesday 1 July WHERE? Londonewcastle Project Space, 28 Redchurch Street, E2 7DP
Don’t have the time to visit Sweden this summer? No problem. You can experience the delights of the small Scandi town of Kopparberg by hopping on the London Overground and hopping off at Hackney Wick. Imagine a mini festival set in an enchanted urban clearing with an electric atmosphere, complete with DJs and a woodland bar that will serve new Kopparberg Frozen Fruit Cider. London is stealing Sweden’s style for five weeks…you might even call it a Scandi-Scandal.
WHEN? 10 June until 12 July WHERE? 37 – 41 Whitepost Lane, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN
Urban Food Fest street food and bar markets are taking place every Saturday from midday to midnight, with stalls that rotate from week to week serving gourmet and delectable street food dishes from around the world. Offering everything from Middle-Eastern wraps to Austrian schnitzel, Italian wood-fired pizza and French patisserie-style cakes, the Food Fest has got everything and anything to take your fancy. Carpark dining has never been this good.
WHEN? Every Saturday WHERE? Euro Car Parks, 162-167 Shoreditch High St, E1 6HU
GELATO FESTIVAL London is lucky enough to be one of the three locations the Gelato Festival is stopping at outside Italy this summer, and we should meet this appetising honour by heading to Old Spitalfields Market to revel in the deliciousness of the Italian frozen treat. This festival features something that we, quite frankly, feel should replace our everyday debit cards: the ‘gelato card’ can be purchased on their website for £10, entitling you to five tubs of gelato (yum) and a vote for your favourite flavour. When in London this June…do as the Romans do.
WHEN? 26 until 28 June WHERE? Old Spitalfields Market, E1 6EW
CAROUSEL RESTAURANT Strictly speaking, this isn’t a pop-up, but then then calling it a restaurant would be the understatement of the century. Carousel’s open kitchen is about the only permanent thing about this restaurant. With an ever-changing line-up of talented chefs from around the world, it’s a cultural merry-go-round complete with delicious cooking, friendly service and a relaxed environment. June and July brings Omar Romero, Oswaldo Oliva and Ravinder Bohogal’s Niponexican, Mexican and Asian flavours to the table, while August sees Olia Hercules take the reigns. Don your stretchiest trousers!
WHEN? Monday – Saturday, 9AM until 11.30PM WHERE? 71 Blandford St, W1U 8AB
If you can’t decide between the quintessentially British comfort of afternoon tea or something that packs a bit more of a punch, head down, quite literally, into the basement of Little Nan’s pop-up den in Shoreditch. Teapots are filled with cocktails and your tea-time sweet tooth satisfied with unlimited pic’n’mix treats. Distinctly kitsch but definitively different. WHEN? Tuesday – Saturday until 15 August, 5PM until 1AM WHERE? The Basement, 26 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3NY
HACKNEY DRINKS MARKET Portobello…Columbia Road…your time is up I’m afraid, for there is a new market in town. If you love market moseying and boozing in the sunshine, Hackney Downs is the only place you should be on the first Saturday of any month this summer. Peruse the 30 stalls featuring a variety of London brewers, and, for fear of being too drunk to get yourself home, pay a visit to one of the tasty hot food stalls to soak it all up.
WHEN? Every Saturday WHERE? The Village Green at Hackney Downs Studio, 17 Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT
Words by Georgina Brisby and Daisy Bryant
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