London's Summer Pop Ups and Events

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Camden Lock Live
 

 

From rooftop supper clubs to late-night markets, the summer months in London welcome a host of new events that are simply not possible during the rest of the year. Here LondonTown.com outlines the best summer pop ups and events taking place around town.

 
 

Kew Fete

Kew Fete Kew Fete When the sun's out, there are few more idyllic village settings in London than Kew, which hosts its annual midsummer fete on Saturday 21st June 2014. Kew Green is a sight to behold even on a regular weekend, when local cricket teams leisurely battle it out on the square as people watch from the sidelines, a pint in hand. But for the Kew Fete, the whole place comes to life as 7,000 people or so flock to the green to take in the vintage fairground, live music, dog show and 100 stalls selling everything from cards to chutney. There are some delicious offerings from Spanish paella to English hog roast, cream teas to crepes as well as a beer tent, and a wine and Pimm's bar. Throw in some jazz, funk and blues from local bands, and a charity raffle, and you get one big village fete a stone's throw from central London.

2014-06-212014-06-21 Where:
Kew Green, Kew, London London, TW9 3AA
Category: Seasonal

Kew Green, Kew, London, TW9 3AA

Tube: Kew Gardens Station

 

Dates: 21st June 2014

 

When the sun's out, there are few more idyllic village settings in London than Kew, which hosts its annual midsummer fete on Saturday 21st June 2014. Kew Green is a sight to behold even on a regular weekend, when local cricket teams leisurely battle it out on the square as people watch from the sidelines, a pint in hand. But for the Kew Fete, the whole place comes to life as 7,000 people or so flock to the green to take in the vintage fairground, live music, dog show and 100 stalls selling everything from cards to chutney. There are some delicious offerings from Spanish paella to English hog roast, cream teas to crepes as well as a beer tent, and a wine and Pimm's bar. Throw in some jazz, funk and blues from local bands, and a charity raffle, and you get one big village fete a stone's throw from central London.

 
 
 

The Chap Olympiad

The Chap Olympiad The Chap Olympiad The Chap Olympiad Not so much a sporting occasion as a celebration of buffoonery and ineptitude, orchestrated by The Chap magazine for gentlemen (and gentlewomen) of good taste, The Chap Olympiad is a spiffing non-sporting event. Bedford Square Gardens, centred on one of the best preserved set pieces of Georgian architecture in London, is a fitting backdrop for such a distinguished gathering. All events can all be entered by members of the public - as long as they're not sporting sportswear. The Chap Olympiad celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2014 and will include all the usual zany showdowns, including Umbrella Jousting, using bicycles and brollies instead of horses and lances, and the Tug of Hair in which a rope is substituted for a lengthy handlebar moustache. Yikes! There will of course also be sandwiches and lashings of Pimm's.
2014-07-122014-07-12 Where:
Bedford Square Gardens, Bedford Square, London London, WC1B 5BL
Category: Sporting Events

Bedford Square Gardens, Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 5BL

Tube: Russell Square Station, Holborn Station

 

Dates: Saturday 12th July 2014

 

Not so much a sporting occasion as a celebration of buffoonery and ineptitude, orchestrated by The Chap magazine for gentlemen (and gentlewomen) of good taste, The Chap Olympiad is a spiffing non-sporting event. Bedford Square Gardens, centred on one of the best preserved set pieces of Georgian architecture in London, is a fitting backdrop for such a distinguished gathering. All events can all be entered by members of the public - as long as they're not sporting sportswear. The Chap Olympiad celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2014 and will include all the usual zany showdowns, including Umbrella Jousting, using bicycles and brollies instead of horses and lances, and the Tug of Hair in which a rope is substituted for a lengthy handlebar moustache. Yikes! There will of course also be sandwiches and lashings of Pimm's.

 
 
 

Camden Beach

Camden Beach Camden Beach Camden's seaside resort returns to the Roundhouse terrace, ideal for Londoners who like nothing better than a staycation. The Camden Beach is made up of 150 tonnes of sand, a tiki hut, pork BBQ bar, pop up fish restaurant, rooftop garden, swimming pool, ping-pong and much more, bringing the beach to London for the summer.
2014-07-262014-08-23 Where:
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London London, NW1 8EH
Category: Seasonal

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 26th July to 23rd August 2014

 

Camden's seaside resort returns to the Roundhouse terrace, ideal for Londoners who like nothing better than a staycation. The Camden Beach is made up of 150 tonnes of sand, a tiki hut, pork BBQ bar, pop up fish restaurant, rooftop garden, swimming pool, ping-pong and much more, bringing the beach to London for the summer.

 
 
 

Camden Lock Live

Camden Lock Live Camden Lock Live After a successful launch in 2013, Camden Lock Live returns this summer for another day of live music and street food. The one-day boutique festival will host live performances across three stages, a programme of street entertainment and a hip hop dance workshops, providing the chance to learn hip hop moves to use in social situations. Performers include new talent Whinnie Williams, singer-songwriter Jake Isaac, rapper and singer Tigger Da Author, and guitar duo Youth Club. There will also be independent artisan shopping, art and craft designer stalls and street food from the likes of Mama's Jerk, Chick n Run, Pop Dogs, Smoke n Roll and Dutch Pancakes. BrewDog are the official beer partner and will be serving drinks from their bespoke bar by the waterside. 2014-07-112014-07-11 Where:
Camden Lock Market, Camden Lock Place, Chalk Farm Road, London London, NW1 8AF
Category: Shopping

Camden Lock Market, Camden Lock Place, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, London, NW1 8AF

Tube: Camden Town Station, Camden Town Station

 

Dates: Friday 11th July 2014

 

After a successful launch in 2013, Camden Lock Live returns this summer for another day of live music and street food. The one-day boutique festival will host live performances across three stages, a programme of street entertainment and a hip hop dance workshops, providing the chance to learn hip hop moves to use in social situations. Performers include new talent Whinnie Williams, singer-songwriter Jake Isaac, rapper and singer Tigger Da Author, and guitar duo Youth Club. There will also be independent artisan shopping, art and craft designer stalls and street food from the likes of Mama's Jerk, Chick n Run, Pop Dogs, Smoke n Roll and Dutch Pancakes. BrewDog are the official beer partner and will be serving drinks from their bespoke bar by the waterside.

 
 
 

Bastille Day Festival

Bastille Day Festival Bastille Day Festival Bastille Day, 14th July, falls on a Monday this year so London celebrates France's national day with a free festival on Sunday 13th. Taking place at Borough Market and the surrounding streets, the Bastille Day Festival, a celebration of all things French, gives us Londoners an excuse to enjoy the culinary heritage of our French friends (yum) through tastings and a French themed demonstration kitchen. A fun filled programme of activities includes street entertainment, a traditional 14th July Waiters' Race, Petanque, an artisan craft market selling gifts and books, creative workshops, party games, bi-lingual storytelling, face painting and (back to what the French do best) gastronomic film screenings, from the Kings of Pastry to Ratatouille. The party continues into the night with live music, DJs, theatricalities, dancing and singing until 10pm.

2014-07-132014-07-13 Where:
Borough Market, Southwark Street, London London, SE1 1TL
Category: Exhibitions

Borough Market, Southwark Street, Bankside, London, SE1 1TL

Tube: London Bridge Station, Borough Station

 

Dates: Sunday 13th July 2014

 

Bastille Day, 14th July, falls on a Monday this year so London celebrates France's national day with a free festival on Sunday 13th. Taking place at Borough Market and the surrounding streets, the Bastille Day Festival, a celebration of all things French, gives us Londoners an excuse to enjoy the culinary heritage of our French friends (yum) through tastings and a French themed demonstration kitchen. A fun filled programme of activities includes street entertainment, a traditional 14th July Waiters' Race, Petanque, an artisan craft market selling gifts and books, creative workshops, party games, bi-lingual storytelling, face painting and (back to what the French do best) gastronomic film screenings, from the Kings of Pastry to Ratatouille. The party continues into the night with live music, DJs, theatricalities, dancing and singing until 10pm.

 
 
 

Kopparberg Urban Forest

A bespoke woodland bar with a programme of live music and club nights.

Kopparberg Urban Forest Kopparberg Urban Forest After the success of their winter forest bar last year, Kopparberg are hosting a summer version this July, the Urban Forest in Dalston. The bespoke woodland bar, inspired by the Swedish pine forest just above the brewery in the small town of Kopparberg, will be open for five weeks and will offer a programme of live music, street art and tempting food. The bar will obviously be serving a range of Kopparberg flavours, ranging from the recognised Strawberry & Lime and Mixed Fruits to the lesser-known Cloudberry and Elderflower & Lime. Plus, there will be a rarely seen selection of beers from the Kopparberg Bryggeri and a menu of cocktails. Swedish bar and kitchen Fika will be serving traditional Swedish meatballs and herring while Buffalo Joe's and Mama's Jerk Station will offer Buffalo wings, pulled pork burgers and Jerk chicken wraps. Each night will see different artists and DJs take to the stage, including Scandinavian acts such as Little Dragon, Francobello and Karin Park - visit the official Urban Forest website for the complete line-up.
2014-07-022014-08-03 Where:
Abbot Street Car Park, Fitzroy House Abbot Street, London London, E8 3DP
Category: Foodie Events

Abbot Street Car Park, Fitzroy House Abbot Street, London, E8 3DP

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 

Dates: 2nd July to 3rd August 2014

 

After the success of their winter forest bar last year, Kopparberg are hosting a summer version this July, the Urban Forest in Dalston. The bespoke woodland bar, inspired by the Swedish pine forest just above the brewery in the small town of Kopparberg, will be open for five weeks and will offer a programme of live music, street art and tempting food. The bar will obviously be serving a range of Kopparberg flavours, ranging from the recognised Strawberry & Lime and Mixed Fruits to the lesser-known Cloudberry and Elderflower & Lime. Plus, there will be a rarely seen selection of beers from the Kopparberg Bryggeri and a menu of cocktails. Swedish bar and kitchen Fika will be serving traditional Swedish meatballs and herring while Buffalo Joe's and Mama's Jerk Station will offer Buffalo wings, pulled pork burgers and Jerk chicken wraps. Each night will see different artists and DJs take to the stage, including Scandinavian acts such as Little Dragon, Francobello and Karin Park - visit the official Urban Forest website for the complete line-up.

 
 
Sophie Wallace

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Sophie Wallace

13th July 2014

 

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