London sure loves a good pop-up these days. Whether you want to learn how to tie dye, eat some tattooed food or buy an arty map of London, this week’s tip-top pop-ups have got it covered.
Pizza Speed Tasting
Taste in London has obliterated that awful ‘argh which pizza shall I go for?!’ moment when you’re out for a meal. How? By giving you all 15 on their menu! Blind taste 15 different pizzas at this doughy speed tasting event, and then after you’ve washed it down with some vino (and enjoyed a bit of cake) you’ll find out about the pizzas you ate. They will vary from home-made creations to supermarket buys so it’s a great way to find out if you’re a proper crispy Italian fan or whether you’re quite happy with Sainsbury’s stodge.
£25, Friday July 18, 8pm-11pm, Victoria Park, E9 7DE.
PARK UP AT AN OUTDOOR CINEMA
Drive in Film Club
Drive in and tune in to this week’s mix of classic films as the Drive in Film Club launches for the summer. There’s a ‘Grease’ singalong on Wednesday, ‘The Italian Job’ on Thursday, ‘Fast and Furious’ on Friday and newbie ‘Her’ will be shown on Saturday. Waiters will serve up hot dogs, burgers and Californian-style burritos so you can get those seats reclined in front of the big screen.
£22 per car, July 16-October 31, Brent Cross shopping centre, NW4 3FP.
EAT TATTOOED FOOD
Explore ingestion and the history of signs at Ötzi, a ritualistic four course banquet. It’s an immersive eating experience involving tattooed food, performance and darkness. An evening where artist, chef and designer join forces to feed diners with science, visual literature, history, theatre and, of course, food.
£50, July 17, 8pm, The Belfry, St John on Bethnal Green, E2 9PA.
TIE-DYE YOUR SHIRT
Join the wave of excitement at Old Street station as Surfdome.com takes over a unit in the roundabout to screen surf films, offer tie-dye workshops, stand-up paddleboard advice, and stream surf competitions. There’s loads of events and activities going on and there will even be some giveaways to boot.
Thursday July 16-August 28, Monday-Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday-Sunday noon-6pm, Unit 2, Old Street Underground, EC1Y 1BE.
FEAST ON STREET FOOD BY THE RIVER
Say hello to Riverside Feast (aka Street Feast-on-Thames). Street Feast just keeps growing; the tasty food, delicious booze and fun ambience has now moved to the riverside. In true Street Feast fashion, the food traders will change weekly and you can expect live music and five bars (including a prosecco and oyster bar, rooftop rum bar and a cocktail bar in a shipping container).
£5 entry, or free on weekdays before 6pm, Thursdays and Fridays (5-11.30pm), Saturday (noon-11.30pm) and Sunday (noon-10pm), until August 31, Battersea Power Station, Queenstown Road, SW8 4PE.
DINE AT THE WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY
The Long Table
Take a seat at The Long Table to celebrate William Morris’ passion for sharing, beauty and community with a tasty two-course meal from chef Chris Pickett and some craft beer from this month’s microbrewer of choice.
£24, 7.30pm, Thursday July 17, Walthamstow, London E17.
PICK UP A QUIRKY MAP
Buy a hand-drawn map of London, mooch around a selection of quirky graphic prints, cards, T-shirts and have a good natter to our Northern lass JoJo.
Monday July 14-July 21, Mon-Tues noon-6pm, Weds-Thurs noon-9pm, Fri-Sun 10am-5pm, The Corner Shop, Craft Central, 21 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0DX.
By Laura Sagar