London sure loves a good pop-up these days. Whether you want to turn up the heat at a chilli festival, get tipsy on alcoholic ice cream or immerse yourself at an extravagant dinner party from the past, this week’s tip-top pop-ups have got it covered.
SCOFF A LATE NIGHT FEAST
Opening when most markets are finishing for the day, ‘The Night Market’ is back to fill our summer nights with top-notch street food, DJs, acoustic performances, cinema and ping-pong partying. Food-wise (because let’s be honest, that’s always the most important topic) there’s loads of vegetarian, vegan, dairy and gluten free options. Wash it down with a special BrewDog craft beer or one of El Jimador and Santa Teresa’s cocktails. But it’s not all about the food, oh no. Local London musicians will be entertaining the crowds, and the Pongbot Robot and Pongathon experts will be challenging visitors to a fiercely competitive game of table tennis.
Every Thursday until September 4, 6pm-10pm, Camden Lock Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8AF.
INDULGE WITH ALCOHOLIC ICE CREAM
Is it possible to get drunk on ice cream? We aren’t talking about those cider lollies you used to have as a kid, we’re talking proper alcoholic ice cream from the Drunken Dairy. This Saturday (August 16) street food outfit KERB is promising an ice cream extravaganza at King’s Cross. A dozen or so traders will be scooping out some amazing sounding treats such as chilli-spiked ice cream, DIY doughnut sundaes, ice cream sandwiches and organic fro-yo with caramelised bacon and candy floss toppings. Stop salivating and get over there.
Saturday August 16, 11am-6pm, KERB, Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA.
DINE WITH AUDREY HEPBURN
Lemonade and Laughing Gas is recreating the infamous dinner party thrown by Baronness Marie-Hélène Rothschild in 1972. Dinner party attendees included Salvador Dali, Audrey Hepburn and Richard Burton and now you have the chance to travel back in time to join them. Immerse yourself in the extravagant evening of the ‘Diner de Têtes Surrealiste’. Naturally, it’s a black tie event and you should be up for embracing the weird, surreal experience. The event is pretty secretive but so far we know that it’s a mix of art installation crossed with experimental dining and it will take place somewhere in zone 2.
£45 (including dinner, cocktail, amusements and journeys), August 14-16, 7pm-1am, secret location at NW1 4AQ.
SAMPLE LONDON’S CRAFTIEST BEER
There’ll be no warm pre-poured pints of commercial lager at this summer festival. Oh no. Oval Space is welcoming 24 brewers and their crafty produce alongside some quality food stalls from the likes of Rita’s and The Ginger Pig. So far, brewers include the likes of Pressure Drop, Camden Town Brewery, The Kernel and plenty more cracking brands to choose from. Tickets include a free branded glass, live music, four beers of your choosing, unlimited small pours (90ml tasters) of whatever you like, and access to Flanders Festival in the Pickle Factory opposite. Drink responsibly and all that though, yeah?
All inclusive tickets £35 (excluding food), August 14-17, 29-32 Oval Space, The Oval, E2 9DT.
TURN UP THE HEAT
This new weekly street food extravaganza is hot stuff! Urban Food fest gets pulses racing with its ‘Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ night market this Saturday, August 16. Around 15 food trucks and stalls will be pulling up at a car park in east London tingling taste buds with food like spicy pork kimchi burgers, ‘pepper pot’ jerk chicken and chilli and chocolate crème brûlée. Thankfully the drinks are chilli-free (not sure if spicy prosecco would go down too well). For those up for a freebie, punters wearing the best chilli-themed costumes win free cocktails.
August 16, 5pm-midnight, Euro Car Parks, 162-175 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6HU.
GET WET AND SLIPPERY WATCHING ‘AMERICAN PIE’
A trip to the cinema doesn’t usually require a bathing suit, but this is no ordinary cheap Tuesday at your local multiplex. Slide into a steamy hot tub and travel back to the ’90s for this week’s films, which include ‘American Pie’, ‘Clueless’ and ‘The Lion King’.
Prices vary, Aug 14-21, 6.30pm-10.30pm, Former Shoreditch Underground station, Pedley Street, off Brick Lane (pedestrian lane next to Kinkao Thai Restaurant) Shoreditch, E1 6SE.
GET YOUR TEETH INTO SOME ASADO
That ridiculously delicious looking meat up there is part of the Buenos Aires sharing feast. Chacho is a all about ‘asado’ (which means ‘roast’). Join 50 fellow meat lovers for some trademark yerba long drinks, cocktails, boutique wines and of course the all important sharing meal served from Chacho’s custom built parrilla grill. Make sure you save space for Chacho’s thick cut Scotch tira beef ribs and an interesting sounding malbec sundae. Just to add a bit more London quirk, this supper club is taking place in a converted metal yard near Vauxhall tube.
Every Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday lunch from August 16 to September 28.
© Ashwin Patel
TRY A GINGER BEER-BATTERED FISH SUPPER
Unusual cocktails and home made street food by the Thames at sunset. Sounds good, don’t you think? Pop-up Thames Jetty bar opens tomorrow (August 14) with plenty of entertainment, a ginger beer-battered fish supper and orange Cointreau ice cream (clearly alcoholic ice cream is our new BFF). It will run for a limited time of six weeks and accompanies a new, great sounding immersive theatre experience ‘The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face‘.
Opens August 14, 6pm until late, and will be open from lunchtimes until midnight thereafter. Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0FL.
By Laura Sagar