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12 top pop-ups happening in London this June

Posted at 4:30 pm, June 2, 2015 in Arts & Entertainment, Food & Drink, Fun London, Music & Nightlife

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Whether you fancy going on an edible vacation, watching a play in a caravan or airing your dirty laundry at a launderette-themed club night, we’ve got you covered with our round-up of the best pop-ups this month.

Doodle’s Dockside Diner

Grub Club and The Doodle Bar are hosting a series of summery lunches on Saturdays throughout June to September and with residencies from Constancia Argentine Grill, Crayfish Bob, Mama’s Jerk Station and the Italian Supper Club, it looks set to be pretty damn tasty. There’s also going to be live music to get you in the mood – so you can chow down on Louisiana crawfish while you listen to live bluegrass or feast on Argentinian food to the sounds of gypsy jazz. Get tickets hereFrom £28. Saturdays, June – September. The Doodle Bar, 33 Parkgate Road, SW11 4NP.

Streatham food festival

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Stuff your face at this four-day festival of food fun. Sample the menus from 31 local eateries, watch a foodie film or learn how to bake your own sourdough. Apprentices from Jamie’s Fifteen will also be whipping up a feast made from reclaimed food, proving that food from a bin doesn’t have to be rubbish. June 3-7. Various locations in Streatham. Find full listings here.

Eating for Victory

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Go back in time with this 1940s immersive dining experience, set against the backdrop of a live wartime radio show recording from Radio London and the Ministry of Food. As well as variety performances and swing dancing, you’ll trade in your ration card for hors d’oeuvres made from ration food, with concoctions involving piccalilli, devilled eggs and condensed milk. Oh and spam, because it ain’t a ration party without a tin of spam. £20, June 5 and 7. Tea House Theatre Vauxhall, 139 Vauxhall Walk, SE11 5HL. Get tickets here.

Festival of Love at the Southbank

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The Southbank Centre is spreading the love again this summer as the Festival of Love returns for another year. The programme is jam-packed with love-themed installations, exhibitions, performances and workshops. And if you’re looking to get hitched, they’ll be hosting the Big Wedding Weekend where couples can get married in a mass ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall. June 6 – August 31, Southbank Centre.



Street Feast have really outdone themselves this summer. As well as setting up shop again in Dalston Yard, they’re opening a brand new venture in Shoreditch called Dinerama, which can hold up to 1,000 street food-hungry people. There’s going to be 15 different food vendors, six bars and unlike Street Feast, which is only open on weekends, Dinerama will be open five days a week. Tasty. Launches on June 19. Wednesdays – Sundays. Shoreditch Yard, Spitalfields. Free before 7pm, £3 after. 

 Kopparberg Urban Forest


The Scandi-themed pop up is returning, but this time to Hackney Wick, for another summer of bands, booze and food. Expect cider a-plenty, street food from Buffalo Joe’s, Mama’s Jerk Station and Le Bun and loads of live music from acts like Katy B, Ms Dynamite, Slow Club, Submotion, Orchestra, Citizens! and The Cuban Brothers. Free, +18s only. Wednesday-Friday: 4pm-11.00pm, Saturday-Sunday: 12pm-11.00pm. 37-41 Whitepost Lane E9 5EN. 


Gin Foundry Junipalooza - Tarquin's

Get into the spirit of things and celebrate world gin day at this two-day festival dedicated to all things gin. As well as a bucket load of juniper-infused booze, there will daily masterclasses, live music and more than 25 types of gin to make your way through. Tickets aren’t available on the day so snap yours up and make it swift. June 13 – 14. £12.50, tickets here. The Vinyl Factory, 51 Poland Street, W1F 7LZ

Summer Shorts at Borough Market 

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If you’re a fan of intimate theatre, then get ready to get cosy in a caravan at the Borough Market Summer Shorts. For six weeks, they’ll be performing 15-minute shows in a converted 1960’s caravan in the Market Hall at Borough Market. The portable theatre seats a maximum of ten people so it’s definitely one to book ahead. £3, June 10 – July 18, Wednesday – Saturday between 11am and 5pm and until 6pm on Fridays. Borough Market’s Market Hall, SE1 9AF.

 Christabel’s Edible Vacation

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If your funds can’t quite stretch to a holiday this month, how about an edible vacation instead? Feast on three courses of summer-holiday themed fare including a broad bean quinoa castle and a candyfloss dessert. Plus it’s BYOB so you can choose your tipple to get you in the holiday mood. £40, June 9, 7pm-10pm. Secret location in N1 – to be announced 3 days prior to the event.

Dirty Laundry


A launderette-themed pop-up? Sure, why not. Cocktails will be well and truly shaken in a specially designed washing machine-come-cocktail maker before being served up in detergent bottles, naturally. They’ll also be serving up boozy jelly in ‘liqui-tab’ form and guests will quite literally be asked to air their dirty laundry by whispering confessions to host Signorina Bubbles, who will then project them on the walls, anonymously (phew). Email popups@ohlala-experiences.com for tickets. £5 before 7pm, £15 after. 14 Percy Street, W1T 1DR.

BTW X Oval Space

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Behind This Wall is setting up for a summer residency at Oval Space with an ace programme packed with guest supper clubs, outdoor film nights, vinyl pop-ups and a weekly Sub 120-club where all tunes are strictly below 120bpm. June – September. Oval Space Terrace 29-35 The Oval, Bethnal Green, E2 9DT.



Yes, a cannabis-themed restaurant is coming to London. Well, it was only a matter of time. But before you get too excited, there’s no actual weed on the menu. Instead, the two-day pop up is serving up four courses of food split into two halves – the first is all about getting high with dishes including oxtail ravioli and hemp-cured mackerel, while the second half of the menu is meant to satisfy the munchies, with a re-working of a kebab and a Snickers bar. Register for tickets here. June 26-27.

By Isabelle Aron


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