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London Summer Pop-Ups and Events

 
 
 
 
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Roof East
Skylight Rooftop
Skylight Rooftop
Underbelly Festival
John Lewis Garden Society: Roof Fest
Art's House: A Lovely London Festival
Queen of Hoxton Rooftop: Las Mexicanas
Queen of Hoxton Rooftop: Las Mexicanas
Queen of Hoxton Rooftop: Las Mexicanas
Summer Safari
Wonderfest Rooftop
Appleby's Fish Pop Up
Street Feast: Dinerama
Street Feast: Model Market
London Bridge City: Summer by the River
The Luna Cinema
Hawker House - Land of Bamboo
Rekorderlig: Rekorder-land
The Pimm's Garden
 

 

From rooftop parties to late-night markets, the summer months in London welcome a host of new events that are simply not possible during the rest of the year. Here LondonTown.com outlines the best summer pop-ups and events taking place around town.

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Roof East

An event space eight floors up at the top of a multi-storey car park in Stratford.

Level 8 Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, Stratford, London, E15 1XE

Tube: Stratford Station

 
 

On top of a multi-storey car park in Stratford, Roof East is back for spring/summer 2019 with the Rooftop Film Club setting up the sky high cinema from May. Games, street food and three bars serving rum and raspberry cocktails create a rooftop playground for grown-ups. If you like competitive sports choose from VR foosball, Sluggers batting cages , Birdies Crazy Golf or Lane Games - including S liders Curling, De La Bowl and Puck Buddies. For something more chilled, Flow East Yoga leads Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes every week. Street food is by Eat Chay, serving North Indian inspired Kolkati and signature Kati Rolls, as well as The Burger Project run by the King of Pop-Ups, Jimmy Garcia. E ntrance is free, so grab a drink at one of three bars and enjoy t he views over east London - you can see all the way to the Olympic Park with the red, looping curls of the Orbit rising above it. A great spot for a sundowner.

 
 

Events at Roof East

SFG Club at Roof East Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

30th September to 21st December 2019 | Entry: Free | Drink tastings, live music, bingo and pub quizzes: Free | Games: From £5 per person

 
SFG Club at Roof East Roof East 2019-09-302019-12-21 Where:
Roof East, Level 8 Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way London, E15 1XE
Category: Bars
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Applebee's Fish Pop Up

Oysters and petanque by the river come to the Southbank for four months over the summer.

Queen's Walk, Hungerford Bridge, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 
 

Evoking childhood memories of summer days spent at the seaside, Borough Market restaurant Applebee's Fish hosts a pop up on the Southbank for a four-month stint this summer. From Friday 14th of June you can visit the rustic River Thames restaurant champagne and oysters, craft beers from the Harbour Brewery, buskers, boules in the sand and some of the finest fish and chips in the city. Located under Hungerford Bridge and next to the Underbelly festival, the space has been made from wood and sustainable materials and includes a pergola as well as circular champagne and oyster bar. Relax with a summer cocktail on the deck chairs and feast on boat-fresh seafood by the river.

 
 
 

Skylight Rooftop

Skylight returns with urban lawn games, summer cocktails and major sporting events on the big screen.

Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 
 

From 2nd May 2019, Skylight returns with urban lawn games, summer cocktails and major sporting events on the big screen on top of Tobacco Dock. The summer season also boasts a Hendricks Summer Solstice party, Opera at Skylight and a Dog Day. Set on the top three levels of a former car park in Wapping, the 600 capacity Skylight has multiple bars, indoor and outdoor seating areas, private gardens booths, and two street food stalls, all set against some of the finest views in the city - you can see The Shard , The Gherkin and the Walkie Talkie from here. Grab a seat on the upper level - featuring brand new day beds for 2019 - for prime views and extended sun rays before enjoying a spectacular show of yellows, oranges and pinks when the sun sets in the shadow of London's most famous buildings. Food wise, visitors can choose between burgers and souvlaki with Flip Side and Yiro taking over the kitchens and a new refreshing seasonal cocktail menu has been added alongside spritzes, pitchers, bubbly and wine. Book in for a game of croquet on the upper deck or, if the British weather isn't on your side, there are two playing areas inside.

 
 
 

Street Feast: Dinerama

The roof comes off at the Shoredtich food arena for summer.

19 Great Eastern Street, , London, EC2A 3EJ

Tube: Liverpool Street Station

 

Dates: From 14th January 2016

 

London's foremost street food market, Dinerama, offers two floors of street food in the heart of Shoredtich. In summer the roof comes off and there's loads of outdoor space where you can enjoy wine, cocktails and craft beer. They have nine food traders and ten bars including a can hatch, tiki bars plus a rooftop bar for sundown drinks. Open from Wednesday to Saturday, the two-storey market is filled with food vendors. Regulars include Thunderbird, a one-stop chicken shop from wing king Matt, Club Mexicana for vegan and meat-free tacos, nachos and burritos, Caribbean classics from White Men Can't Jerk and Chin Chin Labs who are using science to whisk up superior ice creams with added sticky toffee pudding. Plus over the summer, in July and August, they're teaming up with XOYO and Late Night Tuff Guy to lay on five sun-soaked Saturday night parties.

 
 
 

Hawker House

Six bars and eight street food sellers help turn a warehouse in Canada Water into a tiki paradise.

Hawker House, Canada Street, London, SE16 7PJ

Tube: Canada Water Station

 

Dates: From 06th May 2016

 

In a massive Canada Water warehouse you'll find six bars and eight street food sellers as Street Feast delivers a topical tiki paradise to Hawker House for summer. Open all year round, the warehouse can fit up to 3,000 in the summer when they open up their outdoor Land of Bamboo. Offering the winning combination of booze and music plus a rosta of London's biggest street food traders, Hawker House has everything from buttermilk fried chicken to wood-fired pizza, steamed buns to liquid nitrogen ice cream. The bars serve craft beer, cocktails, wine and spirits. Feeling lucky? Spin the whisky roulette wheel and you could win a bottle of top shelf liquor.

 
 
 
 

Underbelly Festival

Five months of comedy, cabaret and children's shows.

Underbelly Festival, Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 05th April - 29th September 2019

 

The unrivalled Underbelly Festival returns to South Bank, between the Southbank Centre and London Eye, from April 2019, presenting over 70 shows for five months of comedy, cabaret and children's shows. In a temporary theatre - surrounded by street food and one of London's biggest outdoor bars - you'll find London's largest programme of affordable circus, cabaret and fringe theatre. Festival highlights this year include a month long residency by Gravity & Other Myths who bring their stripped back circus show to the South Bank. Join Bernie Dieter at the Little Death Club for some debauched kabarett, see drag extravaganza Yummy and listen to a new Podcast Live season with A Gay and A Non Gay and Hoovering Podcast on the lineup. Take the children to see stage adaptations of MONSTERSAURUS!, Shark In The Park and Elmer The Patchwork Elephant, as well as The Gruffalo, The Witch, and the Warthog with Julia Donaldson at the biggest ever Family Fest running throughout the Easter holidays.

 
 
 

Wonderfest Rooftop

A festival-inspired pop-up with prosecco popsicles, street food and live music.

Fest Camden, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 19th April - 28th September 2019

 

Taking inspiration from the likes of Woodstock and Glastonbury, FEST Camden transforms its rooftop into the Wonderfest Rooftop for a summer of festival-themed fun. With a verdant botanical canopy suspended from a wooden gazebo, an artificial grass lawn, countless colourful umbrellas and an Insta-friendly flower wall, it's a cheerful spot to spend a summer's day in London. Live acoustic performances take place throughout the day before the DJs take over in the evenings, and the Camden Rooftop Cinema Club sees films projected on a large open-air screen. Food comes in the form of a Mediterranean BBQ serving Greek souvlaki and kebabs along with superfood salads, mezze sharing plates, Wonderfest pizzas and vegan Walls ice cream while the playful booze offerings include prosecco popsicles with popping candy, espresso martinis on tap, and frozen bourbon slushies.

 
 
 

John Lewis Garden Society: Roof Fest

One of London's largest rooftop gardens has been transformed into boho-chic festival-inspired space.

John Lewis Rooftop, 300 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1EX

Tube: Oxford Circus Station , Bond Street Station

 

Dates: 19th April - 29th September 2019

 

The rooftop of the John Lewis department store, high up above Oxford Street, has been transformed once again for summer 2019, re-launching with Roof Fest. One of London's largest roof gardens, the space has been transformed into a festival-themed party space with a boho chic decor. For intimate drinking and dining, guests can book the boho, garden or cherry blossom den or the caravan stage while wooden benches and tables and an abundance of green space are available for everyone to enjoy. Food comes courtesy of Bong Bongs (formerly BBQ Dreamz) with a range of fresh Filipino dishes like crispy fragrant pork belly, grilled aubergine satay curry and adobo glazed chicken while cocktails include chilli margaritas, espresso martinis and a negroni fizz. Live music and DJ sets will run throughout summer along with performances from comedians, drag acts, dancers, contortionists and magicians.

 
 
 

Queen of Hoxton Rooftop: Las Mexicanas

The rooftop is transformed into a Mexican town with tacos and tequila galore.

The Queen Of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX

Tube: Liverpool Street Station

 

Dates: 2nd May to 4th October 2019

 

Tacos, tequila and giant frozen margaritas are the order of the day at the Queen of Hoxton Rooftop, which takes the theme Las Mexicanas for its summer residency. The space has been transformed once again, morphing into the secret den of the Luchadores (lady wrestlers). Taking inspiration from the colourful backstreets of San Cristobal in Mexico, the rooftop is now home to a band-stand, a wrestling ring and a backstreet bar, where guests can order a Chilli and Mango Margarita, a Watermelon Paloma or a Mezcal Cantarito to help wash down slow cooked pork and pineapple tacos, fresh nachos and chilli cheese burgers. Throughout the summer, the rooftop will also play host to a number of themed events including feminist embroidery, mezcal insect tasting and Trump pinata making.

 
 
 

Street Feast: Model Market

Street food and partying in the former 1950s market with a rooftop bar.

196 Lewisham High Street, , London, SE13 6LS

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 

Dates: 03rd May - 07th September 2019

 

Street Feast re-launches Model Market this May for an entire summer of street food and partying in the former 1950s market with a rooftop bar. The market has six new traders for 2019 including Growlers, who bring a taste of Lisbon to Lewisham with bavette steak as a prego or on a bed of smoky piri piri fries; Phung Kay Vegan, offering a spin on staples like the char siu bao; Rastawaala, serving Kolkata kati rolls and special Bengali dishes; and Tucka Burger, cooking up stacked burgers with dry-aged beef and onion jam. James Cochran also makes his street food debut with Goat, where diners can tuck into jerk-spiced goat in coconut flatbreads. Further feasts include wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, spicy chicken wings, and frozen custard. Six bars offer everything from gin and tonics to festival-sized cocktails and a DJ line-up has been curated by Ben Ashman, who promised sun-soaked summer vibes.

 
 
 
 

The Luna Cinema

"The kings of the outdoor cinema experience" - Tatler.

 

Various Venues Dates: 19th May to 5th October 2019

 

Described as "the kings of the outdoor cinema experience" (Tatler), The Luna Cinema continues its tradition of pairing movies with amazing locations with its summer 2019 season, which sees screenings take place at venues like Kensington Palace (where The Young Victoria marks the 200th anniversary of Victoria's birth), Hampton Court Palace and Westminster Abbey. New sites for 2019 include the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, Thorpe Park and Marble Hill Park. A showcase of cinema old and new, the line-up includes classics like Romeo And Juliet, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Moulin Rouge! (at Kenwood House and Chiswick House) as well as newer releases such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! and The Favourite. Luna Kids adds a special half term season and Mary Poppins Returns is shown in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament (the setting for the film's climax) at Victoria Tower Gardens. Marking 15 years of Mean Girls, Luna stages an immersive screening in Marylebone as Seymour Leisure Centre is transformed into North Shore High School for four nights only.

 
 
 

London Bridge City: Summer by the River

Free outdoor cinema and theatre, big screen summer sports, live comedy and music.

London Bridge, 203 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2JX

Tube: London Bridge Station

 

Dates: 30th May - 01st September 2019

 

London's largest free festival, the London Bridge City's Summer by the River transforms the riverside stretch into a summer hub of live entertainment, food and drink. Bringing a touch of The Hamptons to London Bridge City, the area gets a new, stylish shoreside look. Launching on Thursday 30th May, Chaps Choir gets the festival off to a flying start with their joyful choral pop classics at The Scoop. The outdoor amphitheatre plays host to free open air cinema, big screen summer sports, live comedy and music performances. Between 7th August and 1st September, the free Open Air Theatre returns with a new family production the swashbuckling tale of 'The Sea Queen' and Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy 'Twelfth Night'. Pop-up guru Jimmy Garcia and his team run the Bar by the River and The BBQ Club while Look Mum No Hands returns for a third year in a row to transform The Pier area. Expanding to include the table tennis, the festival also stages a new pop-up area in Hay's Galleria where you can hear musicians perform live.

 
 
 

Rekorderlig: Rekorder-land

Mixed reality with VR and botanical drinks at the Underbelly bar.

Underbelly Festival, Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 30th May - 13th July 2019

 

This summer Scandinavian cider makers Rekorderlig are setting up the bar at the Underbelly Festival on the Southbank and they're offering a multi-sensory experience to add to the occasion. The mixed reality experience celebrates midsummer with botanical drinks and by creating a sun infused hyper-real world. So put on VR headsets and immerse yourself in a 3D experience. You can also sample refreshing drinks, exclusive cocktails and flavoured ciders including their new limited edition blackberry-violet-juniper drink, which mixes fruits and floral flavours. To book in for the virtual Rekorder-land experience reserve your free tickets in advance at Rekorderlig.seetickets.com.

 
 
 

Summer Safari

The theatrical cocktail bar is transformed into a setting reminiscent of the African Sahara.

Mr Fogg's Society of Exploration, 1A Bedford Street, London, WC2E 9HH

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 04th June - 01st September 2019

 

Take a trip to Africa via Covent Garden this summer with the Summer Safari at Mr Fogg's Society of Exploration. Just as the weather starts to, hopefully, get a little warmer, the theatrical cocktail bar is also raising the temperature by transforming into a setting reminiscent of the African Sahara. Created in partnership with Whitley Neil gin, the immersive experience will see the venue decked out in vines, plants and traps while staff will be appropriately dressed in full safari khakis and pith helmets. After being issued a tourist visa upon arrival, adventurers will then need to ensure all the correct vaccinations, which on this occasion come in the form of tasty liquid libations, have been administrated before being free to sample the tastes of Africa. The Big Five cocktail menu features African-inspired botanicals while a food menu features dishes such as biltong, curried tempura grasshoppers and cricket powder brownies. During the safari, adventurers will also be encouraged to try and spot The Big Five animals, which will be dotted around the venue in miniature form.

 
 
 

Bunga Bunga Summertime Spectacular

The flamboyant Covent Garden bar brings a taste of the Italian Riviera to central London.

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden, 167 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PG

Tube: Holborn Station , Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 05th June - 31st August 2019

 

Save money on a holiday this summer and embrace the staycation with the help of the Bunga Bunga Summertime Spectacular. The flamboyant Covent Garden bar is bringing a taste of the Italian Riviera to the heart of London with the help of deckchairs and parasols, beach balls and inflatables, and summer cocktails and hearty Italian feasts. Londoners are invited to hop on Bunga Bunga Airways for an all-singing, all-dancing immersive drinking and dining experience. Upon arrival, visitors will need to get their passport stamped before embarking on an evening of music, comedy, burlesque, acrobats and more. Wednesday evenings promise dancers and drag queens, slapstick fights and music along with fishbowl cocktails and tropical fruit juices while Thursday and Friday evenings offer games, karaoke and variety acts. On Saturdays, there will be a live music spectacular featuring Bunga Bunga's house band, dance troops and acrobats. In-flight meals have a hint of Italian flair with bruschetta, metre-long pizzas and limoncello all on the menu.

 
 
 
 

Zoo Nights

London Zoo hosts after hours fun every Friday night in June.

ZSL London Zoo, Regent's Park Outer Circle, Primrose Hill, London, NW1 4RY

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 07th June - 26th July 2019

 

If you're a party 'animal' head to the London Zoo for its after-hours entertainment, which is laid on every Friday night in June and July. Successfully running for several summers, in 2019 Zoo Nights introduces Wild Workshops where you can learn about emus, insects and meerkats before creating a mini masterpiece to take home. At the adults-only event, Birds and the Bees Uncut helps you unravel the mysteries of sex in the animal kingdom. Street food, from Indian nibbles to Mexican snacks and delicious desserts, is on offer and, when the sun goes down, you can listen to live music and enjoy entertainment from the acrobatics. If you want to extend your stay, upgrade and book into one of nine colourful cabins within roaring distance of the lions. So, unleash your wild side and book tickets to Friday night summer Zoo Lates! now.

 
 
 

The Pimm's Garden

Enjoy a quintessential summer drink in this traditional English garden setting.

Flat Iron Square, 68 Union Street, London, SE1 1TD

Tube: Borough Station

 

Dates: 01st July - 31st August 2019

 

Pimm's and summer go hand-in-hand so it makes perfect sense that the drinks brand is taking over Flat Iron Square with a very summery pop-up, The Pimm's Garden. Transforming the space into a traditional English garden, the venue has been filled with striped deckchairs, picnic benches, flower garlands and an Insta-friendly flower wall - the perfect setting to enjoy a jug of the quintessential summer tipple. Visitors can partake in a number of free garden games including corn hole, garden Jenga and mini tennis, and major sporting events like the Wimbledon Championships will be shown on a big screen. Alongside the classic Pimm's No.1 with lemonade and a fruit garnish, the drinks menu includes the Pimm's Spritz with lemonade and sparkling wine; Pimm's No.6 (Vodka Cup) with botanical tonic or citrus tonic; and Pimm's ice pops.

 
 
 

Regent Street Summer Streets

From Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street goes traffic free on Sundays in July.

Regent Street, Regent Street, London, W1B 5SJ

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 14th July - 15th September 2019

 

For the first four Sundays in July Regent Street is banning traffic for the popular Summer Streets series. The month-long event combines themes of art, culture, style and wellness with food and drink. The event has a real festival like atmosphere as Regent Street goes traffic-free. Throughout the four weeks, shops and restaurants along the curved shopping street, from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus, put on special events. Last year lululemon held workout classes on Regent Street, Tommy Hilfiger installed a Scalextric track and Anthropologie offered complimentary workshops. Plus there were food stalls from Danish bakery Ole & Steen, Gordon Ramsay's Heddon Street Kitchen and Gaucho.

 
 
 

Backyard Cinema: L.A. Nights

Watch popular films on the big screen in a California-inspired setting.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 18th July - 25th August 2019

 

Bringing the beach vibes of LA to the Roundhouse this summer, Backyard Cinema recreates the sun-kissed beaches of the West Coast for a laid back setting where you can watch popular films on the big screen, alongside 400 other movie goers. Known for their immersive productions, the crew has created an indoor beach with giant bean bags on the sand, palm trees and a retro beach bar. The perfect setting for their sing-a-long beach parties. On the line-up are the latest blockbusters including Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, The Lego Movie 2 and Captain Marvel, award-winning new releases including BlackkKlansman, A Star is Born and Stan and Ollie and classics like Back to the Future and Clueless.

 
 
 

The Glasshouse at The Gherkin

The Gherkin's top-floor bar is transformed for summer with a botanical installation.

Helix and Iris, The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8EP

Tube: Liverpool Street Station , Aldgate Station, Aldgate East Underground Station

 

Dates: 15th July - 01st September 2019

 

Sitting on the top two floors of the iconic London landmark, Searcys at The Gherkin - also known as Helix and Iris - is already one of London's coolest venues, and it's set to become even more attractive this summer thanks to botanical pop-up, The Glasshouse at The Gherkin. Created in partnership with Perrier-Jouët Champagne, the pop-up brings nature to life in the heart of the city with the entire Iris Bar, located on the 40th floor, transformed into a green oasis of exotic flowers and plants, all coming together within the venue's glass walls to give the illusion of a sky-high conservatory. Guests can sip on Perrier-Jouët vintages as well as specially created summer cocktails and a botanical themed food menu, served in the Helix Restaurant on the 39th floor. For special group events, a private dining room on level 38 has been transformed into a mini version of The Glasshouse with a striking floral installation in the centre of the room. A series of champagne masterclasses will also be taking place along with a programme of live entertainment.

 
 
 

Art's House: A Lovely London Festival

An all-day party soundtracked by Artwork and DJ Harvey.

Three Mills Island, Three Mill Lane, London, E3 3DU

Tube: Bromley-by-Bow Underground Station

 

Dates: 10th August 2019

 

For the second year in a row, Art's House takes over Three Mills, a lovely patch of greenery between Bow and Stratford, for an all-day party soundtracked by two London DJs, Artwork and DJ Harvey - "A libertine Englishman turned California surfer dude," says Rolling Stone who named him one of the world's 'Top 25 DJs that Rule The Earth'. Set in an industrial area enclosed by the Lee Valley river, it's the ultimate East London spot to throw a big ol' party. Festival-goers can expect Art's vivacious troupe of dancers, mouth-watering street food, cold craft beers, summer-inspired cocktails and a horde of home comforts (Artwork's front room sofa among them). DJ Harvey says "It's like the best house party ever but with 10,000 people in the garden. Having a right kneesup."

 
 
 
 
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