The Summer Pop-Ups You Need To Know About
Paradise Pods at Coppa Club
The igloos that adorned the spacious terrace outside Coppa Club last winter may have melted away, but this spring the Paradise Pods have popped up in their place. Themed around Tulum in Mexico, the new booths are decorated with bold colours, palm leaves and lots of cacti, and all offer great views over the Thames and the City. These sold out super quick last year, so make sure you snap up tickets now.
Lower Thames Street, Tower Bridge, EC3R 6AH; open now
Spritz & Giggles
Aperol fans, listen up. The Italian spirit has launched a pop-up bar in Broadgate Circle until early August. The beach bar-inspired venue will serve up a combination of refreshing cocktails (including an Aperol Spritz, of course), entertainment and sport screenings. Bright and filled with quirky touches, the venue offers table tennis and foosball tables, as well as outdoor seating, bean bags and deck chairs.
37 Broadgate Circle, City, EC2M 2QS; open now
This year Backyard Cinema at Mercato Metropolitano has undergone a space-themed transformation. Named Mission to Mars, the event offers guests the chance to jump aboard its spacecraft cinema and lie back on beanbags with a selection of extra-terrestrial cocktails. Most films being shown throughout the season have a sci-fi edge – expect the likes of Armageddon, E.T., Men in Black and Ready Player One. Keep an eye out for its weekend Galactic Flow Yoga and Space Raves, in partnership with Ministry does Fitness.
42 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6DR; open now
Fulham Beach Club
From the team that brought us Neverland in 2017 comes new concept Fulham Beach Club. The clue’s in the name – this particular pop-up celebrates everything that’s great about the seafront, from cabanas and beach huts through to frozen piña coladas. Food will come from Jimmy Garcia's BBQ Club pop-up restaurant, while two bars, live DJs and a programme of activities ranging from putting-pong and yoga to shuffleboard and table tennis will keep guests entertained.
Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, SW6 2TY; open now
Pergola on the Roof
After a whopping 179,000 people passed through its doors last year, it’s no surprise that Pergola on the Roof has popped up for another season atop the Television Centre. With room for 850 guests over two floors, the party space includes food from Patty & Bun, DF Mexico, French spot Canard and Vietnamese barbecue joint MAM, and plenty of cocktail bars. We’ve got our eye on one of the comfy day beds.
Television Centre, Shepherd's Bush, W12 7RJ; open now
Following a successful debut season in 2017, Skylight London has returned to the top of Tobacco Dock in Wapping. Comprised of three floors, the pop-up features street food, bars, live entertainment, croquet, pétanque, screenings (which will show Wimbledon and the World Cup over the summer), DJs and a cracking view of the London skyline.
Tobacco Dock, Wapping, E1W 2SF; open now
Last Days of Shoreditch
This year the Shoreditch staple has a new theme – The Enchanted Garden. It’ll feature DJ sets from the likes of Alexis Taylor and Eli Escobar, karaoke powered by Lucky Voice, a slide and ball pit and Saturday takeovers by nightclub XOYO. Food and drink will come from the likes of Smokey Tails, Crust Bros and Cheeky Burger, and the venue is planning to erect one of the capital’s largest World Cup screens.
288 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9LA; opens 24th May
Rooftop Film Club
The Bussey Building, Queen of Hoxton and Roof East in Stratford all play host to one of our favourite film nights – Rooftop Film Club. Alongside a roster of fresh-from-the-cinema releases such as Black Panther, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and A Quiet Place, the club will also be showing classics like My Best Friend’s Wedding, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Mean Girls. Food and drink will be served an hour before the screening starts, and post-film until 11pm.
Locations in Peckham, Shoreditch and Stratford; open now
Returning for a fourth year, Stratford’s Roof East has had a circus-style makeover. And this year there really is something for everyone, from hip-hop bowling (De La Bowl) to vinyasa flow yoga, mini golf (Birdies), film screenings (Rooftop Film Club) and baseball in a batting cage (Sluggers). Various cocktail bars will span low-cal kombucha coolers to flaming cocktails juggled between clowns, and food will come from Jimmy Garcia’s BBQ Club pop-up.
Great Eastern Way, Stratford, E15 1BB; open now
Film4 Summer Screen
The grand Grade II-listed courtyard of Somerset House is the backdrop to Film4’s annual fortnight of film screenings, where cult classics and premieres alike will be shown under the stars. Call Me by Your Name, Labyrinth, Inception and Blue Velvet are the very first films to be announced, while ‘Behind the Screen’ – a series of talks, panel discussions, screenings and special events from industry talent – will be in place ahead of selected films.
Strand, Covent Garden, WC2R 1LA; 9th-22nd August
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