Top 7 London Pop-UpsDate: 24 Aug 2016
1. Best Pop-Up for Food & Art
The Last Days of Shoreditch
288 Old Street, London EC1V 9LA,
Nearest stations: Old Street, Liverpool Street, Shoreditch High Street.
This Summer and for the sixth year running, RED Market has delivered another great pop-up in East London’s creative mile. In collaboration with RED Gallery, The Last Days of Shoreditch brings numerous art installations by Gavin Turk, Ben Eine and many more.
This place will be open until the 25th of August and it involves a modern twist on the traditional Taiwanese food from Le Bao, crabby burger from Crabbie Shak, Yeah Burger (no crab on this one) and Crazy Golf.
If you haven’t yet been, make sure you head to Old Street to experience the somewhat Caribbean vibe of the pop-up as this might be its last summer. The site has recently been granted planning for a luxury five-star hotel, but in the meantime it’s also pretty close to our trendy Shoreditch aparthotel (hint hint…)
2. Best Pop-Up for Foodies
Street Feast, Dalston yard
Hartwell Street, London E8 3DU
Nearest Station: Dalston Junction
If international street food is your thing, then Street Feast is the place for you.
The Dalston venue comes with 16 food stalls, all with a great selection of high-quality food including Venezuelan Arepas, burritos from Kimchinary and one of the best BBQs in town from Smoke Stack (just to name a few).
The spacious pop-up welcomes a mix of great people and ages, so don’t worry, no room for the pretentious type, it is all about the good food.
For beer lovers who care about the details, pop your head into Can Hatch (I don’t know what I liked more, the beer or the cans); however, if beer is not your thing, a gin bar and a wine bar are also on the menu.
The usual London rain shouldn’t be a reason to stop you from going to the East London yard as most of it is covered.
The street food pop-up will be open until the 26th of September and just in case that Dalston Yard is not your kind of location, the guys from Street Feast also run Dinerama in Shoreditch Hawker House in Canada Water and Model Market in Lewisham.
3. Best Pop-Up for Retro Nights
Little Nan's Rio Bar
107 Kingsland High St, Dalston, London E8 2PB
Nearest Station: Dalston Kingsland, Dalston Junction
Dalston has another great pop-up with a 90s twist.
If fancy dress is your thing and ’Everybody, All that she wants’ and ‘This is the rhythm of the night’ are the kind of songs that make your heart beat faster, Little Nan’s Rio Bar is the place for you.
Unlimited pic n’ mix, cinema popcorn, bottomless teapot cocktails, Prosecco, beer & cider, a dance floor, and 90’s music is what this place is all about.
Little Nan’s is for those that reminisce about the days sneaking into your parents’ cupboard, drinking their rum and throwing a house party – without the fear of being caught.
The East London summer and autumn pop-up opens every Tuesday - Thursday 6pm - 12am/ Friday 6pm - 1.30am/ Saturday 6pm - 3am till October.
Even the most Macho types give in and lose themselves to dance at Little Nan’s Rio Bar.
4. Best Pop-Up for Dancing without Shoes
Brixton Beach Boulevard
Popes Road, Brixton, SW9 8JH
Nearest station: Brixton
Another retro pop-up but this time with sand. Brixton comes bathed in a Miami filter this summer.
With a glittering 80’s vibe, Brixton Beach Boulevard comes to the south of London bringing with it food stalls including, Lucky Pierre - 'Frites & Treats', The Other Side Fried - buns, La Chatica - Latin American, Nanny Bills - street food classics, and ‘Mac To The Future’ - Mac & Cheese.
DJs, live sports broadcasts and retro film screenings are also on the cards.
The sandy spot has been organised by the same guys that ran South Pole Saloon last winter, and it’s been described as a neon beach town with the capability of transporting guests back in time (finally my chance to wear my Tony Montana white shoes).
Brixton Beach Boulevard will be running until the end of August from 6pm on Thursdays & Fridays and Saturdays & Sundays from 1pm bringing a series of day and night parties, performances and refreshing summer cocktails. (Only £4 to get in)
5. Best Pop-Up for non-commercial music
90 Main Yard, Wallis Road, London E9 5LN
Nearest Station: Hackney Wick
This spacious canal-side bar and restaurant located in the heart of Hackney Wick showcases the best local talent from musicians, artists and merchants and is the perfect destination to spend the long summer days.
Label managers and Hackney Wick residents Remi Landaz and Bruno Cabral of Half Baked are the founders of the East London pop up.
The place comes with great food including Sunday roast, all types of drinks, an open Air Cinema, “back to school” bingo edition and great music from Staple Diet Movement, SlothBoogie Jive Talk, Thomas Lesnier DJ, and Charlie Bones. (not bad ha).
Number 90 opens from Wednesday to Sunday from 12 to 23:30.
6. Best Pop-Up for -don’t take me out of Zone 1-
The Magic Roundabout
16 St Agnes Well, London, EC1Y 1BE
Do you ever wonder what is it behind all those random walls on top of the Old Street roundabout? Well, what looks like a construction in progress, is actually a really nice pop-Up.
Yes, there is now a place in the city where the - I don’t party outside zone 1 - is no longer an excuse to join your Yuccie friends.
The Magic Roundabout has award winning street food such as White Men Can’t Jerk or the Grizzly Bear and its yummy burgers. But if drinking is more your thing, beautiful cocktails and craft beers are also on the menu.
With a Mediterranean vibe the Old Street pop-up tops up with great music from international artist; Elek-Fun (Spain), Khaled Fathi (France), MontanaCruz (Greece), MontanaCruz (Greece) and Toni De (Italy).
But where the %$£S is the entrance? Don’t worry we have all been there. The VERY hidden entrance is a secret staircase inside the Old Street tube station. Oh, and just in case you were planning on using the weather card, the “magic” place comes with heating and a rain cover.
7. Best Pop-Up Combination of Food & Dance
1-2 Hepscott Road, London, E9 5HA
The Night Tales Crew have made the most of an old car scrap yard by creating a make-shift sun terrace and a dance floor, and it works.
They have put together some of the best food and drinks the capital has to offer in the isolated corner of Hackney Wick.
The summer pop-up that once was located in Red Market in Shoreditch has now moved a bit further out but the chilled vibe, creative dishes and carefree crowd still remain.
The Hackney venue runs every Friday (5-11.30pm) and Saturday (2-11.30pm) and tickets cost just £3. And if you want to carry on the party, you’ve got Queens Yard only 3 minutes away from the venue to dance the night away.
Sake, the boutique Japanese sake collection curated by the world-renowned music and technology pioneer Richie Hawtin is back and the cosy dance floor welcomes every weekend Eddie Richards, one of the most legendary London-born DJs with a special guest on Saturdays.