Part of the thrill of living in London is that it’s ever-changing, breathing new life into the city and making it a place you feel that you’re constantly rediscovering. Despite the unforgivable weather we’re having, Summer promises to make an appearance, which means it’s the perfect time for al’fresco pop-ups, to pop-up in all their glory. Fret not, I’ve also included a couple of indoor treats that won’t let you down – even if the weather does.
Here for a moment, gone in a flash, miss them and you miss out.
These are the five pop-ups you need to check out….
*photo- The BBQ Club
Nestled on the South Bank, you’ll probably smell the BBQ Club before you see it, after all, it wouldn’t be Summer without the smell of grilled food wafting in the air. The BBQ Club takes grilling outdoors to a whole new level as guests are invited to baste and grill their own dishes alongside their chef, on their very own BBQ, which sits in the middle of the table. You’ll be guided through a 6-course tasting menu including dishes such as Lamb Cutlet with salsa verde and Scallops paired with coal baked cauliflower. There’s also a rooftop bar where you can while the evening away with the best view of the London riverscape.
Tickets are available for May and June, with more being released at a later date.
*Photo – Blondies Kitchen
Let’s get real – me and cookies go way back, so when I heard about this Old Street station success story collaborating with Selfridges, my week became all about hot footing it down to face plant into some delicious treats.These cookies are known for their perfect chew-to-chunk-to-crunch ratio. Get ready to dig into flavour favourites such as theCookie Icon – two classic milk chocolate cookies sandwiched together with a freakin’ delish honeycomb chocolate mousse – back by popular demand. Sip on the limited edition Frosted Flakes cereal milk and the Selfridges exclusive Raspberry & Coconut cookie. This pop-up will only be around for the month of May, so you’ll need to get your skates on if you want to dabble in some sugar finery.
*Photo – Pergola On The Roof & 8 Hoxton Square
Dubbed West London’s dining experience, this is one of the pop-ups that keeps on giving. After a couple of successful roof top stints, including a bracing Winter, Pergola On The Roof is launching for a Summer season and will be packed with restaurant favourites that are sure to be a hit. Open Wednesday to Sunday, until 1st October, Pergola on the Roof offer up their very own piece of Long Island living. Think calming white-washed wood and decking and you’re there.
Once on the roof, you’ll find ‘shacks’ such as 8 Hoxton Square who are making their debut at Pergola on the Roof. 8 Hoxton Square is the sister restaurant to critics’ favourite 10 Greek Street and serves fresh, seasonal Mediterranean inspired dishes. Serving up the best seasonal ingredient plates, with Mediterranean influences, diners can feast on dishes like fried baby squid (£8), chargrilled prawns, yoghurt, parsley and pomegranate (£10), and dexter beef, new potatoes, horseradish and broad beans (£12). Lighter plates like padron peppers (£6), burrata and tomato salad or bruschetta (£9) and charcuterie sharing plate (£12) will also feature on the menu, alongside daily changing specials.
*photo – Naked Dough
I don’t know about you, but anywhere that is rustling up something called ‘Unicorn Food‘ is a must visit place for me.The Naked-Dough pop-up is the stuff childhood dreams were made of and I’m personally counting down the days until this pop-up opens in Old Street Station. So what is it you ask? It’s raw, unadulterated cookie dough – that’s safe to eat. What??!! Oh yes. Those days of licking the batter bowl clean are here again, except this time you’re encouraged to dig in, or take some home to dig into later.
*Photo – Sisu Mayfair
Pop-ups and rooftop bars go hand in hand and this latest beauty to grace the Oxford Street skyline is a worthy contender for your Summer time patronage. This is London’s latest cocktail hotspot after all. Offering up the best rooftop vibes in town, this space has been transformed into a utilitarian nature reserve. Picture Scandinavian-inspired surrounds with a greenhouse street food restaurant and Negronis on tap.
Yes, you read that right. The Sisu team has commissioned a bespoke, coin-op cocktail tap that allows customers with tokens to dispense their own Negronis and Old Fashioneds. Forget the queues – rooftop drinking just got sensible. Best of all, these can be ordered in advance (or bought on arrival – either way, they’re £8 each).
Tucked away behind a secret entrance near Marble Arch tube, Sisu is an urban hideaway where designers DENLDN have mixed log tables, heated concrete seats and ercol chairs with a smörgåsbord of leafy green plants. This is the kind of place you’ll want to come back to again and again.