British Summer and pop ups have one thing in common – they’re both intrinsically fleeting. But while they’re around, they’re utterly enjoyable and you’re sure going to miss them when they’re gone. While we may not have power over the weather, we do have power over our busy London schedules – these August pop ups are certainly worth making the time for.
1. Casa Havana
Bringing Cuba to London, this two week Havana Club are opening up an extra tropical pop up in the heart of Soho. As well as offering guests a Cuban dining experience curated by Street Feast founder Dom Cools-Lartigue, there will also be Havana-inspired artwork by street artist Ben Eine on display and a virtual reality experience that aims to transport guests straight to Cuba’s vibrant capital! Casa Havana is open to public Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. You can book the dining experience of small plates here for £20.
When: 11th August – 20th August
15 Bateman Street, Soho, W1D 3AQ
Django Bango bring you Gold Rush: the wild west mining themed pop up where you hunt for gold coins as you devour 5 courses of finger-lickin’ food. You’ll eat your way through pulled pork muffnuts, deep fried crocodile and golden bullion chocolate bars as you lap up live music from singer Todd Sharpville and R&B funk & soul DJ Lil’ Koko. The bartenders will also be shaking up a selection of whip-cracking cocktails – just make sure you keep your wits about you, so you can keep an eye out for that gold!
When: Every Friday and Saturday night. Tickets are £35 and can be bought here.
4 Durham Street, Vauxhall London, SE11 5JA
3. ABQ returns!
After taking a quick trip to Paris, the ABQ RV is back in London, bitches. With a newly fitted lab and 2 brand new cocktails for molecular mixing, expect lots of dry ice, crystallised edible things, colour changing liquids and some serious ‘trips’. Check out the website to see available slots. Unlike their last stint in London, alcohol is now provided for you (included in the £30 ticket price).
When: From 5th August, Wednesdays-Sundays
455 Hackney Road, E29DY
4. Hoegaarden Boat
Nothing says summer like alcohol and boats – that timeless combination, which the good people at Hoegaarden have taken to another level (cue the boats and ‘Hoes’ pun that we’re obviously far too mature to make). Launching from the gorgeous canal side Number 90 Bar located in Hackney Wick, The Floating Gaardens are offering a plethora of events from open-air film screenings to life drawing sessions, lasting an hour each. If you want to ride the boozy barge, you must enter the free prize draw.
When: Until 21st August
90 Main Yard, Wallis Road, E9 5LN London
5. Vogue Cafe
In celebration of Vogue turning 100 this year, The Vogue pop-up café officially opened in Westfield last month, as well as many other locations across the world. On display will be the best British Vogue covers from the last century. You can admire the relics while munching (or rather, nibbling) on a selection of macarons, sandwiches or sweet treats. And, obviously, there’s plenty of champagne.
When: Until 25th September
The Village, Westfield
6. Pergola on the Roof
If there’s one West London spot you need to visit this summer, it’s Pergola on the Roof. This stunning food court is located on top of the Television Centre set 170 feet high in the air, with a choice of food from 4 pop up restaurants (Rabbit, Salt Yard, Patty & Bun and Le Coq) and 2 bars. It’s free to attend and to book advanced tables for groups. Plus, it’s all self-service, so you can all eat whatever takes your fancy from one of the four vendors and reconvene under the gorgeous canopy of flowers with breathtaking views over London. Find out more and book a table on the website.
When: Until 29th August
Television Centre – Multi-storey car park, Wood Lane, London W12 7RJ