Designed by the Eden Project and run by Company of Cooks, the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden is the place to be on a summer's evening for stunning sundown views over the Thames. On the roof of Queen Elizabeth Hall, next to the Hayward Gallery and in the shadow of A Room for London, the garden bar has the same appeal as New York's High Line - wild flowers, graffiti and a seat on the grass in the middle of the concrete brutalism of the Southbank Centre. Come for pre- or post-theatre drink, visit the Hayward's Alternative Guide to the Universe or just enjoy a Pimm's as the sun sets. It's what summer in London is all about.
London Summer Pop Ups and Events
Stunning sundown views over the Thames and London.
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX
Two months of comedy, cabaret and theatre from around the globe.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX
Dates: 7th April to 17th July 2016
Look out for an upside-down purple cow as you're crossing over the Golden Jubilee footbridge to the Southbank Centre from mid-April - failing that, just listen out for the belly laughs - and you'll find your way to London's funniest summer event. The colourful, comic, curvaceous cow marks the spot of the Udderbelly - a two-month festival of comedy, cabaret and theatre from around the globe. This year you can see nerdy and super-smart Circus Geeks showing off their mind-boggling skills, circus skills from the Bromance boys, The Horne Section are back with their signature mix of spontaneous stand-up, spectacular performance and outlandish music, while pop-culture obsessed Katherine Ryan comes to the cow hot off the heels of a slew of TV appearances including BBC 1's Live At The Apollo, BBC 2's Mock The Week, QI, and Nevermind The Buzzcocks. In short, there's a huge variety of entertainment taking place both in and outside the bulbous bovine - which also appears at the Edinburgh Festival - with something going on almost every night.
Five months of feasting every Friday and Saturday night at Dalston Yard.
Dalston Yard, Hartwell Street, Islington, London, E8 3DU
Dates: 01st May - 26th September 2015
Running from 1st May until 26th September, Street Feast's gastronomic event will provide Londoners with five months of feasts every Friday and Saturday night. Taking over Dalston Yard, this weekly night market will house new traders Yard Diners and new gins at The Gin Store, a specialist indoor cocktail bar with bookable tables and 20 specialist gins (plus plenty of other drinks). Within the yard hungry visitors will be able to choose from a number of well-known traders and guest traders, who will debut new menus for the occasion. With eight bars and 20 traders the choices include Bleecker Burger, Rola Wala, Slider Bar, Yum Bun and Breddos Tacos who return with their Taco Shack. After becoming London's first full weekly night market in 2012, Street Feast offers interesting, delicious and high quality food at an affordable price.
The bar's outdoor terrace is transformed into a relaxing island retreat.
Skylounge, Tower of , 7 Pepys Street, London, EC3N 4AF
Dates: 01st May - 05th September 2015
Bringing a taste of the East Coast to London, rooftop bar Skylounge is hosting a Nantucket Beach Club pop-up this summer. Inspired by the charm of Nantucket, New England the bar's outdoor terrace has been transformed into a relaxing island retreat, even boasting its very own lighthouse, swing-bench and bowling alley. Guests will be invited to sup on Snow Queen vodka slushies and Surfside Punch as well as feast on hearty seafood dishes such as lobster mac 'n' cheese, clam chowder and lobster rolls. To follow, there will be indulgent Boston cream pie and a relaxing game of shuffleboard.
A foodie pop-up from Tart London, who boast Kate Moss and Sienna Miller among their clients.
74 Salusbury Road, , London, NW6 6NU
Tube: Queen's Park Station
Dates: 05th May - 23rd June 2015
Unique catering company Tart London is collaborating with Wedgewood to host foodie pop-up Tart's Kitchen this spring. Founded in 2013 by Lucy Carr-Ellison and Jemima Jones, Tart London provides bespoke catering for fashion and film shoots, with clients including Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Eddie Redmayne and Cara Delevingne. Tart's Kitchen will see the company serve food to the public for the first time, with dishes that focus on seasonal ingredients and sustainably sourced produce. With a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, dishes will include sweet potato pancakes, a bruschetta of the day, slow cooked pork and lamb, noodles dishes, and daily salads. There will also be an exclusive Wild Strawberry afternoon tea, served on Wedgewood Wild Strawberry china in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the best-selling pattern.
Coney Island-style attractions and cabaret.
London Wonderground Spiegeltent, Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX
Dates: 07th May - 27th September 2015
The splendid London Wonderground Spiegeltent returns for a fourth year, bringing Coney Island-style attractions and cabaret performed in the shadow of the Southbank Centre. Transforming the riverside site into an amusement ground, it entices visitors in with fairground rides, circus shows and a programme of international cabaret, music and fringe theatre. In its inaugural year the festival drew over 800,000 visitors (including Madonna and 15 members of her entourage), and presented 277 different performances from 46 different acts. This year's line up has yet to be announced but previous shows have included Limbo, record breaking beat boxer Schlomo, Grammy-nominated, Olivier award-winning alternative cabaret performers The Tiger Lillies, and House of Burlesque, so expect more in the way of excellent cabaret, circus and kids' shows.
The rooftop is transformed into a little Spanish city.
Netil House, 1-7 Westgate Street, London, E8 3RL
Tube: Bethnal Green Station
Dates: 13th May - 07th July 2015
Independent Spanish brewer Estrella Galicia has partnered up with Tapas Revolution chef Omar Allibhoy to present Little Galicia at Netil360 this summer. The two month residency will introduce Londoners to an authentic street food style tapas menu, with Galician-inspired dishes and Estrella Galicia beers to match. Taking place on the rooftop, guests will also be able to enjoy panoramic views of London - the rooftop space has been transformed into a little Spanish city, with hammocks, cushioned areas and lantern lighting, as well as telescopes to star gaze after the sun has set.
The hotel presents its first ever summer restaurant residency.
Sanderson, A Morgans Hotel, 50 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NG
Dates: 05th June - 29th August 2015
The Sanderson has teamed up with top London chef Allan Pickett to host its first-ever summer restaurant residency. Launching at the beginning of June, the residency will see Pickett - former head chef of Plateau and Orrery - present a regularly changing menu that reflects the seasonality of British produce, with dishes designed around the produce of the day and packed with the flavours of summer. Diners can expect dishes like housed-cured salmon with cubed beetroot crème fraiche and keta caviar; seared red mullet with onion farcie and saffron rouille sauce; and caramelised apricots, fresh almonds and cocoa nib tuille. Served in the Sanderson's courtyard, it's the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of summer.
Katy B, Miss Dynamite and Chromeo perform at this year's pop-up.
Abbot Street Car Park, Fitzroy House Abbot Street, London, E8 3DP
Dates: 10th June - 12th July 2015
The Kopparberg Urban Forest is making a welcome return this summer, with an impressive food and music line-up. The bespoke woodland bar, inspired by the Swedish pine forest just above the brewery in the small town of Kopparberg, will be open for five weeks and will offer a programme of live music, street art and tempting food. There will be two bars: a woodland bar serving Swedish fruit ciders and beers from the Kopparberg Brewery, and a Frozen Fruit Cider Bar, the only bar in the world serving up icy versions of the popular cider. Food comes from the likes of Buffalo Joe's, Hackney Pearl, Mama's Jerk Station and Le Bun, and the music line-up features Katy B, Miss Dynamite, Chromeo, Trevor Nelson and Norman Jay.
The circus returns to Chiswick House for the first time in ten years.
Chiswick House, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP
Tube: Turnham Green Station
Dates: 11th - 24th June 2015
The family-run vintage Giffords Circus returns in its signature burgundy and gold wagons to Chiswick House for the first time in ten years with a brand new show, Moon Songs, for summer 2015. Known for their idiosyncratic, beautifully designed shows, the 90 minute Moon Songs, performed in a billowing tent, invites audiences to enter the world of the Victorian Lunar Park, a fairground run by larger than life illusionist, man of magic and mystery, Odoroff, and his little man assistant, David. Tweedy the clown is shot from a cannon and then turns himself into the man in the moon, the bear gallops past on a pony and the carousel horses come to life in a show which weaves theatre, opera, dance, puppetry and a live orchestra into a fun filled family show.
A pop-up beach under the Westway flyover.
Under The Westway, Acklam Road, London, W10 5TY
Tube: Westbourne Park Station
Dates: 26th - 28th June 2015
Celebrating 50 years since the launch of the Neptune Coastline Campaign, which helped fund the acquisition of 574 miles of coastline, the National Trust is hosting the Westway Beach pop up. The National Trust now cares for 775 miles of the coastline of England, Wales and Northern Ireland - including the White Cliffs of Dover and the Giant's Causeway - and ensures these places are maintained for millions of people to enjoy each year. Taking place under the imposing Westway flyover, the pop up 'beach' will be the perfect opportunity for a weekend staycation with sandcastles, wind breakers, beach huts, deckchairs, carousels, bunting, cabaret and end-of-the-pier attractions. The weekend will include a beach market, family-friendly entertainment, a beach bar and a 1965-themed beach party on Saturday night, for which an invitation is required.
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A must for pork enthusiasts, with everything from crispy pig's ear to pulled pork.
Crisis Cafe, 66 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LT
Dates: From 03rd July 2015
Forget bog standard bacon and sausages, porky pop-up Oink celebrates the many facets of the resplendent pig with some delicious swine dining. Launched by James Purdie, who had an ongoing craving for pork while living in Dubai, the weekend residence at Crisis Café, Shoreditch encourages communal dining with shareable starter plates and dig-in main dishes, all with pork as the main feature. Guests can expect dishes such as pig's cheek and black pudding nuggets, crispy shredded pig's ear, pulled pork shoulder, and sweet and sour glazed chilli ribs. Drinks include real ciders, craft beers and a selection of wines.
A celebration of buffoonery and ineptitude.
Bedford Square Gardens, Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 5BL
Dates: 11th July 2015
Not so much a sporting occasion as a celebration of buffoonery and ineptitude, orchestrated by The Chap magazine for gentlemen (and gentlewomen) of good taste, The Chap Olympiad is a spiffing non-sporting event. Bedford Square Gardens, centred on one of the best preserved set pieces of Georgian architecture in London, is a fitting backdrop for such a distinguished gathering. All events can all be entered by members of the public - as long as they're not sporting sportswear. The Chap Olympiad includes zany showdowns like Umbrella Jousting, using bicycles and brollies instead of horses and lances, and the Tug of Hair in which a rope is substituted for a lengthy handlebar moustache. Yikes! There will of course also be sandwiches and lashings of Pimm's.
London celebrates France's national day with a free festival.
Borough Market, Southwark Street, Bankside, London, SE1 1TL
Dates: 12th July 2015
Bastille Day, 14th July, falls on a Tuesday this year so London celebrates France's national day with a free festival on Sunday 12th. Taking place at Borough Market and the surrounding streets, the Bastille Day Festival, a celebration of all things French, gives us Londoners an excuse to enjoy the culinary heritage of our French friends (yum) through tastings and a French themed demonstration kitchen. A fun filled programme of activities includes street entertainment, a traditional 14th July Waiters' Race, Petanque, an artisan craft market selling gifts and books, creative workshops, party games, bi-lingual storytelling, face painting and (in the true spirit of the French revolution) a guillotine provided by The London Tombs. Festivities will continue into the night with the Bal Populaire, a traditional French style open air party, until 10pm.
Embrace the staycation with the return of this popular summer feature.
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH
Tube: Chalk Farm Station
Dates: 17th July - 23rd August 2015
Championing the staycation since 2012, Camden Beach returns to Roundhouse once again this year. Bringing practically everything associated with a beach holiday in England to central London, the terrace will be filled with 150 tonnes of sand, pop-up restaurants, bars, deckchairs, beach huts, ping pong and much more. Partnering with Stolichnaya Premium Vodka, this year introduces the Stoli Lemonade Van, with a number of refreshing summer drinks being served. Kopparberg will also be on hand to served ice-cold ciders, the Rum Shack-a-Lack will have Rum aplenty, Pork cooks up some sizzling sausages, and Fishy Business return with a new menu of chip shop classics.
A celebration of our national drink, with over 700 beverages.
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX
Dates: 11th - 15th August 2015
Over 66,000 people flock to this massive celebration of our national drink, which features over 700 real ales, ciders, perries and beers from around the world. Although the Great British Beer Festival sounds like a fun event, don't be surprised to see a lot of very serious faces and concentration; some real ale experts are genuinely obsessive - and for them this isn't merely an occasion to get sozzled. Tutored tastings are on offer for anyone who wants to learn the subtleties of what makes a great beer. For the rest of us, though, this is a jolly day out with some delicious brewed drinks. Besides the amber nectar, there's a load of activities to keep you interested, including traditional pub games, live music and, to soak it all up, some hearty traditional pub snacks.
Eighteen world-class craft brewers showcase 60 superb beers.
Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, Hackney, London, E2 9DY
Tube: Bethnal Green Station
Dates: 13th - 16th August 2015
Eighteen world-class craft brewers will be bringing 60 superb beers to the Oval Space in Bethnal Green this August. In recognition of so much great beer being made in the UK - much of which doesn't get the recognition it deserves - the London Craft Beer Festival brings brewers from the UK and Europe together under one roof - including breweries like the The Kernel Brewery, Camden Town Brewery, BrewDog and Redchurch Brewery from right here in London. Visitors are given information on each brewery and encouraged to sample small glasses to experience as much as possible. Street food is supplied by local companies like the Ginger Pig, E5 Bakehouse and Gelupo with dishes inspired by the beers. Bands and DJs provide the soundtrack, all to be enjoyed on the large Oval Space terraces overlooking the Bethnal Green gas works. Tickets are expected to go quickly.
IN THIS ARTICLE
Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden
Street Feast London
Nantucket Beach Club
Allan Pickett at Sanderson
Kopparberg Urban Forest
National Trust: Westway Beach
Oink Swine Dining
The Chap Olympiad
Bastille Day Festival
The Great British Beer Festival
London Craft Beer Festival
Summer in London
London Summer Pop Ups and Events
Summer Events in London for Families
Summer Theatre in London
Summer Art in London
Summer on London's South Bank
Summer at Kensington Museums
Summer in Greenwich
Summer in Bloomsbury
London Summer Food Festivals
Summer at the Barbican
Al Fresco Food Spots in London
A Traditional London Picnic
- London Summer Pop Ups and Events
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