Food and drink pop-ups are all over London in the warmer months, opening on every terrace, rooftop and garden in the city. Read our guide to the best new pop-ups of the moment to make sure you’re up to date with the hottest food and drink spots around. From the most exclusive banquets to the best drinks spot with a view, we’ll see you there…
The lovely courtyard at Hush, Mayfair is home to a fabulous Riviera pop-up this summer. Bringing all the glamour of the Côte d’Azur to central London, until September 8th you can enjoy French bread, fresh Fine de Claire oysters, langoustines, lobster and a glorious platter of fruits de mer, all with a chilled glass of champagne, of course. Great for a summer’s evening, with the nautical theme, striped linen, greenery and seashells you’d be forgiven for momentarily forgetting you’re not in Nice or St Tropez… Also open for brunch on weekends. Until September 8. No. 8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street, London W1S 1EY
Set Sail for Summer at Daphne’s, South Ken
Each week for the duration of the summer, legendary Italian restaurant Daphne’s will change their seasonal menu to bring Londoners a taste of various regions of Italy. With dishes (and accompanying wine) from Emilia Romagna, Sicily, Campania, Tuscany and more, Daphne’s takes guests on a culinary trip to bring them the best of Italy to the heart of the city. Check here to see what will be featured this week, and don’t miss the Paccheri pasta with monkfish and cherry tomato (pictured above) – this beautifully delicate flavour combination is a summer staple on the Amalfi Coast. The new cocktails are fab, too. Until 22 August, 112 Draycott Avenue, South Kensington, London SW3 3AE
Visit the Goring Hotel’s veranda this summer to discover that it has been transformed into a stylish fish restaurant celebrating the best of Cornwall. For three months only, you can enjoy the best fish, wines, lobsters and crab straight from the Cornish coast with a menu devised by The Goring’s Michelin-starred Chef Shay Cooper, Rick Stein and his son. If you close your eyes for a moment, you can almost hear the sea… A truly dreamy spot to get away from it all. Until September. Beeston Place, London SW1W 0JW.
The Allotment is Gordon Ramsay Group’s latest summer pop-up which celebrates the best of British ingredients. Having created a living allotment inside Bread Street Kitchen, guests can learn about the beauty of home-grown ingredients and how Londoners can make the most of the little space they have. Sample the menu which uses herbs and ingredients taken straight from the allotment, such as botanical rubbed ham and blueberry, coriander seed and Bombay Sapphire cured salmon. There are also garden-inspired cocktails to provide a refresher, as well as a garden shed photo booth and big screen showing the summer’s biggest sporting events. Special kids ‘pick your own’ pizza masterclasses will run throughout July and August which are a fun and educational summer holiday activity. 10 Bread Street, London EC4M 9AJ.
The famous revolving creative hub Carousel in Marylebone hosts an incredibly varied mix of chefs this summer to ensure your taste buds never get bored. Numerous intertationally-renowned guest chefs have been confirmed, alongside new and exciting exhibitions and experiences. These are our selected highlights for the summer months:
15 – 26 August: Critics’ favourite Angie Mar will be coming from New York to bring Londoners a taste of the food that’s currently taking America’s food scene by storm. Try the Côte de Boeuf with marrow blistered blackberries and charred prawn butter.
29 August – 9 September: Alisdair Brooke-Taylor, former sous-chef at iconic Belgian restaurant In De Wulf, travels to Marylebone to offer a menu of creative and playful plates which showcase lesser-known Japanese ingredients
Check out the full line-up here to ensure you don’t miss a single one! 71 Blandford Street, London W1U 8AB
Following the huge success of the Foley’s taco pop-up in July, John Lewis Oxford Street’s rooftop now houses Michelin-starred restaurant The Elephant’s residency. Bringing the fresh flavours of Devon to the West End, Simon Hulston of The Elephant in Torquay will be using the finest south-west produce to create a bespoke menu which showcases the best of the season. Expect dishes such as chicken crackling, crab, cured trout and the sustainably-sourced catch of the day. Catch it while it’s in town! Until end of September, 300 Oxford Street, London W1C 1DX
This summer, the wonderful modern Indian restaurant Cinnamon Soho has launched its new ‘green’ terrace based on its dedication to reducing and reusing food and drink waste to help the environment, and encourage Londoners to waste less. The sustainable al fresco terrace serves a fun selection of ‘Upcycled & Recycled’ cocktails alongside signature street food dishes served in recycled dishes to ensure nothing goes to waste. Sip on the refreshing Watermelon Rind Tonic cocktail while enjoying the delectable nibbles. More chic than shabby – and guilt-free, too! 5 Kingly Street, London W1B 5PF
Mercante, the Italian Mayfair restaurant and artisan gelato makers, La Gelatiera, have partnered to bring Londoners a little taste of Italian sunshine for the summer season with the launch of their summer terrace. They’ve developed a three-course ice cream pairing menu for diners to discover, while the retro cart will serve unusual but delicious flavours such as basil and chilli, Campari and blood orange and pistachio. Pop by before it melts away… Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BX.
The Terrace at Rosewood London is hosting the most stylish bar in town this summer: the first GQ pop-up in the form of a relaxed, lounge-style outdoor bar, perfect for soaking up the sun. Though technically a bar, GQ has some of the best ‘bar snacks’ we’ve ever tried. Don’t be fooled by the name, they are definitely not snacks; order a few small dishes tapas-style, or go for the GQ burger which is one of the best in town. Until September 30th. 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN.
New York’s award winning bar, The Dead Rabbit, is heading to London this summer to create mischief and mayhem in Mayfair as it takes over Claridge’s Bar for one week only. It installs its time honoured tradition of hospitality, a sense of history and young, dynamic staff and turns them into a modern Irish Bar that is accessible, irresistible and fiercely romantic. Complete with nightly ragtime piano playing and Psycho Killer cocktails, the main Claridge’s Bar area will be transformed into ‘The Parlor’ with pub-style banquets, bar stools and fabricated walls mirroring the eclectic artistry of the Dead Rabbit interiors. Not to be missed. 15-22 August, Brook Street, London W1.
Dalloway Terrace is fully embracing the season with a third drinks menu collaboration – a Perrier-Jouët multi-sensory Champagne and scent pairing experience with Nourish Skincare. Each glass of Perrier-Jouët will be individually accompanied by a bespoke scented ribbon developed by Nourish which compliments the unique flavour notes in each cuvée. Dalloway Terrace will also be serving an exclusive Perrier-Jouët menu – offering a selection of four Perrier-Jouët Champagnes by the glass or bottle alongside an exclusive Champagne cocktail menu. Until 20th August at The Dalloway Terrace, 16 – 22 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3NN
Internationally acclaimed contemporary Japanese restaurant Zuma in Knightsbridge has unveiled its summer terrace pop-up, specialising in Japanese ice cream mochis and Champagne cocktails. This delightful combination will be served on their secluded terrace, known for providing guests with one of the most luxurious and relaxing afternoons on offer in the city. The bespoke menu of matching desserts and drinks includes a delightful guava and mango mochi which is perfect paired with a special Rose Petal Martini (vodka, ginger and rose petal syrup, lychee puree, lemon juice and champagne) – the ultimate refreshment! 5 Raphael St, London SW7 1DL
Calling all tequila lovers! Casamigos tequila (of George Clooney and Rande Gerber fame) will be taking over InterContinental London – The O2’s breath-taking Eighteen Sky Bar for one night only on August 17th. The bar will undergo a a Mexican makeover for guests to enjoy an array of tantalizing tequila cocktails, finger food and light bites. Live jazz & swing music can be enjoyed throughout the evening whist indulging in this sophisticated rooftop space which boasts far reaching views across London’s iconic skyline.
Located at the 17th century Grade I-listed Columbia Wharf at DoubleTree Hilton Docklands, the Anna Terrace is one of the most glamorous riverside drinking locations around, and boasts exceptional views. With plush sofas, white cushions, deck chairs and oversized parasols, the Anna terrace feels like a chic beach bar in Spain, and come sundown you can enjoy evenings of live Spanish music and chilled DJ sets. Enjoy one of the Anna cavas for some bubbles, or share on of the delicious sangria pitchers. Our favourite is the Royale Sangria made up of Anna Blanc de Blanc, peach schnapps, elderflower, citrus, cucumber and mint- the Spanish rival to Pimms! Also available for private hire as the setting for your ultimate summer party. Until September, DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside, 265 Rotherhithe Street, London SE16 5HW
Though not strictly in the city, The Grove hotel has been dubbed ‘London’s country estate’, and its new Summer of Love pop-up is well worth the short drive (it’s only 20 miles from central London). In honour of 50 years since the Summer of Love in 1967, The Grove has created a beautiful Flower Power Bar in the hotel’s gardens, complete with psychedelic VW campervan, a menu of specially-crafted groovy cocktails and heaps of peace and love… Chandlers Cross, Watford, Hertfordshire WD3 4TG
Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Trishna will be hosting a summer terrace pop-up with Sipsmith London this season. Enjoy one of the specially crafted Sipsmith gin cocktails on the al fresco terrace, each one designed to pair perfectly with the restaurant’s south-west Indian coastal inspired dishes. The cocktails combine classic British summer flavours with traditional Indian roadside refreshments, bringing you innovative drinks such as the Kesar Pista Fizz made from Sipsmith London Cup, prosecco and a house-made pistachio and saffron lemon sorbet- heavenly on a summer’s evening. Until mid-September, 15-17 Blandford Street, London W1U 3DG
Fighting your way through throngs of shoppers on Oxford Street, you’ve surely thought how great it would be if you could stop for a breather somewhere to get away from it all? Well, now you can! John Lewis’ rooftop is open for the summer, a unique space in central London offering delicious food and drinks way up above the crowds. The Gardening Society is a quintessentially British summer garden atop the department store, currently housing a food pop-up and The Gardener’s Arms, one of Britain’s smallest pubs measuring just 6ft by 8ft. There are also private Summerhouses which you can book for events, each with its own front garden and white picket fence. It really is as idyllic as it sounds, and the view over London’s not bad either. The Rooftop, 300 Oxford Street, London W1C 1DX.