Whether you’re searching for immersive dining experiences, a tasty film event, or you just want to chuck around some brightly coloured powered paint, this month’s tip-top pop-ups have got it covered.
Cinnamon Kitchen’s House of Holi is back to brighten your day with a load of colourful paint and food (not at the same time, of course). Step into a protective white suit and enter House of Holi for 30 minutes of paint-pelting. Should you work up a hunger with all that flinging, you can follow your session with a five-course Indian feast for an extra £30. There are sessions for all sorts, including kids. Last year all dates sold out, so get booking. Holi tickets are £8 , £15 including a Holi-inspired cocktail and canapés. March 5-14 daytime and evening sessions, 9 Devonshire Square, London, EC2M 4YL.
Don those flares and flick out that long hair for The Art of Dining’s latest Abigail’s Party pop-up. This 1970s-themed dining experience combines theatre, music and a five-course dinner. The set is inspired by Mike Leigh’s play of the same name and transforms the iconic Rose Lipman Building into a ’70s living room. There will be lava lamps, shag-pile rugs and loud wallpaper. Groovy! £55, Various dates March 11-April 4, 7.30pm-11pm. The Rose Lipman Building, 43 De Beauvoir Road, N1 5SQ.
This three-storey pop-up bar in Soho is a palace of pamper for ladies to get hair, brow and makeup treatments, and enjoy some ladylike cocktails and cupcakes on the side. Tuesday–Saturday 11am-11pm (bar open from 7pm) until end of March. 26 Greek Street, Soho, W1D.
Totally tropical pop-up party and street food vendor White Men Can’t Jerk are dishing out Caribbean food and good party vibes at The Star of Bethnal Green. Think jerk pork rolls with homemade piccalilli and curried mutton shepherd’s pie. Free entry. Until May 30, 6pm-late.
March is the month of Meat Free Week, and while the idea of going without a bacon sarnie may make you quiver in your Converse, The Moveable Feast, a new pop-up food emporium on the South Bank, will be serving loads of tasty vegetarian grub. The food vendors will change every couple of months and will include Not Dogs , The Salad Kitchen and Luminary Bakery. March 9-September, Mon-Sat 7am-8pm. 21-27 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY.
Listen up whisky fans! It’s the first pop-up from Glenmorangie whisky this month. Head over to Bateman Street to discover more about those delicious whiskies you’re knocking back, sample drams, cocktails and exceptionally rare whiskies. March 13- 21, 5pm-midnight. 15 Bateman Street, W1D 3AQ.
St Paddy’s Day is on the horizon, but rather than drinking your body weight in Guinness, why not enjoy a classier Irish pastime? In celebration of St Patrick’s Day, guests will have the chance to imitate a beautiful painting of the Emerald Isle whilst listening to Irish background music and sipping on delicious cocktails (well, there had to be some drinking, didn’t there?). £25, Tuesday March 17, 8.00 pm–10.30pm. The Jam Tree, 13 Old Town, Clapham, SW4 0JT.
Pop Up Screens are transforming the 20th Century Theatre in Notting Hill into a speakeasy with a ‘taste what you see’ event. Think ‘The Big Lebowski’ and white Russians, ‘The Goonies’ and hard milkshakes, and ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and a screaming orgasm. March 13-15, various times. 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, W11 2QA.
Danish eatery Snaps & Rye are launching a new series of cultural and culinary events inspired by life in Scandinavia. At Kultur/Mad (‘culture/food’), expect wine tastings, a literary salon and a supper club hosted by a celebrity chef. From £20, various dates and times. 93 Golborne Road,W10 5NL
Award-winning foodie start up Bestowed Kitchen is popping up for two weeks in central Walthamstow. This café-deli will be dishing out fancy gourmet salads, mains, homemade breads and cakes (including salted caramel and pear). It looks set to be pretty cute, too, kitted out with upcycled furniture and work from local illustrators. At the end of their stint, there will be a free vegetable, fruit and herb-inspired cocktail night (March 28) with a menu especially devised for the Cultivate Festival (Waltham Forest’s urban food-growing festival). March 18-29, Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun 9am-6pm. Hoe Street Central, Hoe Street, E17 4RT.
The Northern Sole Food Co is hosting their third pop-up event this month. Private chef and Leiths graduate Ben Blackburn and his fellow Northern mate will be dishing out English tapas made with ingredients synonymous with the North. The aim? To dispel rumours that Northern grub is anything other than delicious. Unfortunately, it’s so good that it’s already sold out, so you’ll have to just add yourself to the waiting list. So why are we telling you? Because you need to keep an eye out for the next pop-up event happening in May. For now you’ll have to stock up on gravy granules and make do with homemade chips, gravy and pea wet. £29, March 13, 7pm-10pm. EC1R.
By Laura Sagar