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Top of the pop-ups: six great pop-ups happening this month

Posted at 3:15 pm, November 7, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Fun London
Impossible Project

A round-up of the finest blink-and-you’ll-miss-’em events happening this month…


Impossible Polaroid Emporium x Selfridges
When Until mid-January
Price Free to try the Instant Lab; cameras start at £100 You lot with your cameraphones and your selfies have almost wiped out Polaroid technology. But the Berlin-based Impossible Project has brought instant photo processing back from the brink, and is popping up at Selfridges with some beautiful classic cameras for sale, alongside photography workshops, cameras to hire, a gallery of instant snaps and a chance to have your digital photos given that warm ’n’ fuzzy analogue treatment. Lower ground floor, Selfridges, 400 Oxford St, W1A 1AB. Mon-Sat 9.30am-9pm; Sun 11.30am-6.15pm.



Le ShOp
When November 16
Price Free Le ShOp is neither French nor a shop – but lies aside it’s still a great way to spend your Sunday. Part independent record fair, part electronic music showcase, part networking event, the next instalment of this monthly residency at the Hackney Empire’s new bar will feature performances from electro experimenter Rose Ryot and folktronicist Franz Kirman, all to be washed down with cocktails and Indonesian street food. Le ShOp? Oui, s’il vous plait! Stage 3, Hackney Empire, 291 Mare St, E8 1EJ. 2pm-late.


happy endings

Happy Endings
When Saturday November 8 and Sunday November 9
Price £40 You may be disappointed that a pop-up called Happy Endings has absolutely nothing to do with massage. But you’ll perk up when you realise this dining experience encourages you to skip the foodie foreplay and go straight for dessert. Artisan pastry chef and chocolatier Terri Mercieca will be presenting five courses of tooth-meltingly delicious afters and cocktails. Not your traditional happy ending then, but still very satisfying. 18 Belsham St, E9 6NG. Sat Nov 8, 8pm-11pm; Sun Nov 9, 5pm-8pm and 8.30pm-11.30pm.



Magic Feast
When November 12
Price £50 After an actual magic feast you wouldn’t have a hangover, and you’d be able to undo all the stupid nonsense that seemed like a good idea when you were off your face. But, sadly, magic isn’t real, and you can’t unsend that text to your ex. Instead, at this one-off dinner in a school canteen, you can enjoy fine food from Meatliquor and Bermondsey restaurant the Garrison with all profits going to kids’ charity Magic Breakfast. Gluttony without the guilt? That’s magic. Surrey Square Junior School, Surrey Square, SE17 2JY. 6.30pm-11pm.


night tales

Night Tales
When Weekly until December 20
Price £4 entry All summer long we were scoffing outdoors at street-food markets and getting our tan on (sort of). But London’s summer is gone and it feels like we’ll never eat alfresco again. Thank heavens, then, for Night Tales, a covered popup taking up two floors of a Shoreditch car park and filling them with DJs, cocktails and food from the likes of Patty & Bun, Pitt Cue Co and Voodoo Ray’s. Perfect if you’re worried about your moustache getting all frosty. 288-299 Old St, EC1V 9LA. Fri and Sat (and Thu from Nov 27) 6pm-midnight.



Scott Wiener & Giant Box

Viva la Pizza: The Art of the Pizza Box
When Until Sunday November 9
Price Free You may never have thought of old takeaway containers as works of art, but New Yorker Scott Wiener is so obsessed with their myriad designs that he’s written an entire book about them. Now he’s bringing 100 favourites from his 750-strong collection to the UK for the first time for a pop-up show. Better still, there’ll be free pizza on Thursday night (6.30pm-8.30pm). This is one exhibition that really delivers. Shop 7, Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL. Daily 10am-6.30pm.

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