Summer 2018 will be hot (hopefully), but these summer pop-ups are hotter.
Ahhhh, summer. You can almost smell it in the air. Despite the best attempts of the British climate, summer is definitely (maybe) coming to a city near you. Taking over rooftops, riversides, and pub gardens, London’s marvellous summer pop-ups will help you make the most of it.
1. Pitch, Stratford (open now)
Getting in ahead of the summer pop-ups crowd is Pitch, the Stratford hangout that throws back to the 80s. Stuffed with tasty street food, and with ultra-colourful photo opportunities all around, you can catch the early summer vibes here. Find out more here.
Open 4-11pm, Thursday to Saturday. Find it at Bridge Road, E15 3PA – nearest station is Stratford High Street.
2. The Prince, Earl’s Court (open now)
Whilst we love a good pub garden, even we have to admit this is an improvement. The Pergola team have turned a Victorian pub into a fairytale garden that also happens to be a street food hotspot. Expect the foodies of West London to flock here come opening day. More details here.
Open from 12pm every day. Find it at 14 Lillie Road, SW6 1TT – nearest station is Earl’s Court.
3. The Magic Roundabout, Old Street (open now)
It’s a roundabout in the middle of Old Street, and it just happens to be magic. Self-explanatory really. The Magic Roundabout’s contribution to 2018’s summer pop-ups is an urban jungle filled with neon lights, waterfalls, and groovy jungle plants. We’ve got all the magical info here.
Open 12-11pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Find it at 16 St Agnes Well, EC1Y 1BE – nearest station is Old Street.
4. Pergola Paddington (open now)
Pergolas have been the venue of choice for summer pop-ups in recent years, so the return of this huge, food-filled one to Paddington is welcome news. Street food arrives courtesy of Patty & Bun, DF/Mexico, Canard, and MAM, and there are also day beds for sunbathing. If you’ve got 198 friends, you can reserve space for free, but any more and you’ll need to pay – seriously though, who’s in danger of this? Get the scoop here.
Open 12-3.30pm and 6pm–11pm on Wednesdays, 12-11pm Thursday to Saturday, and 12-10:30pm on Sundays and bank holidays. Find it at 5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, W2 6PY – nearest station is Royal Oak.
5. Roof East, Stratford (open now)
Roll up to the big top! Roof East return for another summer season, bringing 250 years of circus tradition to a rooftop car park in Stratford. Expect mini golf, bowls, and rooftop films at this one. Find out more here.
Open 5-11pm, Tuesday to Friday, and 12-11pm Saturdays and Sundays. Find it at Stratford Multi-Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, E15 1BB – nearest station is Stratford.
6. Skylight, Wapping (open now)
Rooftop party season will be well and truly under way by this stage, and Skylight are a welcome addition to London’s summer pop-ups. If you’ve ever wanted to play croquet on a London rooftop, and generally achieve peak Englishness, then here’s your chance. Here’s everything you can expect from Skylight.
Open 5-11pm, Thursdays and Fridays, and 12-11pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Find it at Tobacco Quay, Pennington Street, St Katharine’s & Wapping, E1W 2SF – nearest station is Shadwell.
7. Lost Vegas, Queen of Hoxton (open now)
Set in a world where a green revolution has seen nature take over, Lost Vegas is filled with high-rolling eco-warriors. As summer pop-ups go, it’s rather niche, but the overgrown slot machines, wedding chapel (with Elvis included), and boozy ice creams should make it worth your while. Read all about it here.
Open 4-10pm, Monday to Friday, or 12-10pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Find it at 1 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX – nearest station is Liverpool Street.
8. Rooftop Film Club, Peckham (open now)
The most dramatic of summer pop-ups is back for another round. Rooftop Film Club’s outdoor cinema screens are showing cinematic tours de force both new and old, across three London locations. Whether you catch them at Roof East, Queen of Hoxton, or atop the Bussey Building in Peckham, you’ll be able to sink into a deckchair and enjoy Hollywood’s finest films.
A full list of screenings and times can be found here. Find it at Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST – nearest station is Peckham Rye. Please see Roof East and Queen of Hoxton entries for directions to the other locations.
9. Fulham Beach Club (open now)
You won’t need to schlep out to Gatwick to get yourself on a white sand beach this summer. Fulham Beach Club is bringing summer vibes to West London with cabanas, outdoor parties, sand sculptures, and even a bottomless beach brunch. Don’t skip on the frozen pina coladas! Read more about it here.
Open 6-11pm (Wednesday to Friday), 12-11pm (Saturday), 12-8pm (Sunday). Find it at Neverland, Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6 2TY – nearest stations are Putney Bridge and Imperial Wharf.
10. Coppa Club Paradise Pods, Tower Hill (open now)
These look suspiciously like those igloos that London went wild for. Hold on, they’re in exactly the same place as those igloos… The summer versions are named “paradise pods”, and are filled with lanterns, palm trees, and #summervibes. If you loved them at Christmas, the views are just as stunning, but the weather has now improved. It’s the best of both worlds, and you can read all about it here.
Open 7:30am–11pm (Monday to Thursday), 7:30am–midnight (Friday), 9am–midnight (Saturday), 9am-10:30pm (Sunday). Booking is absolutely essential. Find ’em at 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames St, EC3R 6AH – nearest station is Tower Hill.
11. Summer of Sound On The Roof, Oxford Street (open now)
Ok, so the name definitely needs work, but as summer pop-ups go it’s still a good ‘un. Summer of Sound is being held on the roof of John Lewis, and they’re bringing the beats. With live music, DJ sets, and immersive sound spaces, it’s going to be a distinctly musical summer up on the roof. Get excited for copious amounts of fried chicken, and find out more here.
Open 12-9pm (Sunday to Wednesday), 12-11pm (Thursday to Saturday). Find it at John Lewis, 300 Oxford Street, W1C 1DX – n
12. The BBQ Club, Southbank (open now)
Jimmy Garcia is a busy boy when it comes to summer pop-ups. Aside from running the food at Roof East and Fulham Beach Club, he’s also bringing his BBQ Club to the South Bank in May. Whilst the rooftop location offers cracking views of the river, the main event here is a six-course tasting menu of everything and anything you can throw on the barbie.
The rooftop is open for dinner sittings Tuesday to Saturday, and lunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The BBQ bar is open 12-11pm every day. Find it at Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX – nearest station is Waterloo.
13. Luna Cinema (open now)
The Luna Cinema pretty much wrote the book on showing films in stunning settings, so it’s no surprise that 2018’s summer season looks like a barnstormer. You want a showing of Jaws in Brockwell Lido? You got it. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with a view of St Paul’s? No sweat. Need to drink in views of the city whilst watching The Breakfast Club? They’ve got you covered.
14. The Beach Bar, Montague on the Gardens, Bloomsbury (open now)
A popular fixture in the “fancy hotels try their hand at summer pop-ups” category, the Montague’s Beach Bar returns for another year. They’re giving off some serious Caribbean vibes with beach huts, palm trees, and florals errywhere. As you can probably imagine, cocktails will be served in coconuts, and the option to partake in their bottomless Brunch on the Beach shouldn’t be passed up. Find out the details here.
Open 12-10pm, Monday to Sunday. Find it at 15 Montague Street, WC1B 5BJ – nearest station is Russell Square.
15. Last Days of Shoreditch, Shoreditch (open now)
After a kerfuffle with Hackney Council, Last Days of Shoreditch is back and ready to roll. Their contribution to the summer pop-ups game is an enchanted garden, featuring hammocks, slides, and a treehouse. Food arrives from Crust Bros, Cheeky Burger, and Smokey Tails, whilst music is on offer from you, courtesy of Lucky Voice karaoke. Alternatively, a whole host of DJs will bring the tunes so you don’t have to.
Open 5-11:30pm (Thursday), 5pm-midnight (Friday and Saturday), and selected Sundays. Find it at 288 Old Street, EC1V 9LA – nearest station is Old Street.
16. Summer By The River, London Bridge (open now)
A summer festival amongst summer pop-ups. For three months, Summer By The River will entertain the masses with music, food, films, and big screen events. Happily, it’s free to attend, making this the biggest free outdoor festival in London, and they’re amongst the many summer pop-ups to have plumped for a garden theme. Get the scoop here.
It will run June 1st to September 2nd, opening hours are currently TBC. Find it at London Bridge City, SE1 2DB – nearest station is London Bridge.
17. Regent Street Summer Streets (opens July 1)
Some summer pop-ups are so good, they shut down one of London’s busiest streets to accommodate them. Regent Street’s excellent Summer Streets series is returning for another year, turning the famous road into a giant picnic area. Expect games, drinks, and hopefully sunshine for four Sundays in July.
Running on July 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd. Find it on Regent Street, W1 – nearest stations are Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus.
18. Film4 Summer Screen, Somerset House (opens August 9)
Another year of top-notch films in a picturesque venue, as one of London’s most famous summer pop-ups gets another season. Two weeks of scorching summer showings see the likes of Inception, Labyrinth, Call Me By Your Name, and Blue Velvet beamed onto the screens of Somerset House.
Multiple screenings between 9-22 August. Find it at Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 0RN – nearest station is Temple.
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