You may be thinking ‘what summer?!’ given this time last year we were all basking in 30-degree heat whilst cheering on England in the World Cup before curling up in front of Love Island as the sunsets. Well believe it or not we are heading into summer (someone tell the weather please!) so it’s time to keep your eyes peeled for some cracking pop-ups popping up across our amazing capital city. It would take me until September to tell you about them all, so I’ve rounded up my top five to give you an eclectic mix of summer fun!
This one is not for the faint-hearted, and certainly not one for those with Acrophobia (a fear of heights!). London in the Sky is back, this time flying high above the O2 in North Greenwich. It’s now in its 9th year in London, and you better act quickly as it’s only in town until 15th July but fret not there are some great discounts to be had if you dine in the sky in the next two weeks! Offering breakfast through to prosecco and cakes, dinner and cocktail ‘flights’ there is something for everyone. What’s more, the team from Social Pantry are behind the menus, so whatever flight you choose you’re in for a culinary treat! Plus, it’s probably the most instagrammable thing you’ll do this summer!
Offering spectacular views, iconic films and comfy deckchairs all you need to pray for is a dry evening. The Rooftop Film Club is back this summer screening cult classics and new releases on rooftops in Peckham, Stratford and Shoreditch. What could be better than kicking back on the rooftop of The Queen of Hoxton on a balmy summers evening, with an ice-cold G&T whilst singing along to Bohemian Rhapsody (the sing an extended version nonetheless!). You can even relive your youth (well if you’re me) and watch the cinematic marvel that is Spice World (The perfect girls night if I’ve ever heard of one!).
The Regal One
One street, two bars, 800 seats, music, food, drink, four restaurants and an enclosed woodland pergola garden… Our good friends, the Pergola team, have taken an unassuming Victorian pub in West London and created a foodie hub that stretches for almost an entire street. The Prince is certainly not one to be missed with a series of adjacent restaurants all sharing an enormous beer garden. While away hours with your chums whilst enjoying culinary treats from the likes of Patty and Bun and Homeslice, and the cocktails are pretty good too! Another plus, but maybe slightly dangerous, is that they offer a bottomless brunch every Sunday for just £20!!!
Tucked away by the Thames, Fulham Beach provides guests with a stylish pop-up venue allowing you to escape to a ‘tropical paradise’ and play mini-golf, shuffleboard, table tennis and beer pong all under one’ roof’! There are bookable areas like cosy cabanas, actual beach huts and feasting tables, so there is something for all weathers, which given the current forecast is a winner! Boasting free entry on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and 2 for 1 on frozen Pornstar Martini, it’s a must! I know where you’ll be able to find me on midweek summer nights!
BBQ Club Southbank
Overlooking the Thames, I can’t think of a more perfect spot to enjoy a sumptuous BBQ on a summer’s evening. The BBQ Club pop up on the Southbank sits proudly on the Southbank Centre boasting a rooftop space (who doesn’t love a good rooftop!). You can pop along to the downstairs bar and grab drinks and a tasty burger or BBQ box or if you’re the more organised type (like me, of course!) then why not book a rooftop dining experience from £45 per person. The BBQ club is fronted by pop up stalwart Jimmy Garcia so you’re definitely in for a pop up treat!
That’s my round-up of where to ‘pop’ this summer (get it?!!); most are around until September but act quick on some as these spots get very popular once the sun comes out to play! It looks like I’ve got my next five weeks’ worth of socials outings in the diary, which one will I see you at?