London Summer Pop-Ups and Events

 
 
 
 
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Roof East
Skylight Rooftop
Skylight Rooftop
Underbelly Festival
John Lewis Garden Society: Roof Fest
Open Garden Squares Weekend
Art's House: A Lovely London Festival
Queen of Hoxton Rooftop: Las Mexicanas
Queen of Hoxton Rooftop: Las Mexicanas
Queen of Hoxton Rooftop: Las Mexicanas
Summer Safari
 

 

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.

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Roof East

An event space eight floors up at the top of a multi-storey car park in Stratford.

Level 8 Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, Stratford, London, E15 1XE

Tube: Stratford Station

 
 

On top of a multi-storey car park in Stratford, Roof East is back for spring/summer 2019 with the Rooftop Film Club setting up the sky high cinema from May. Games, street food and three bars serving rum and raspberry cocktails create a rooftop playground for grown-ups. If you like competitive sports choose from VR foosball, Sluggers batting cages , Birdies Crazy Golf or Lane Games - including S liders Curling, De La Bowl and Puck Buddies. For something more chilled, Flow East Yoga leads Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes every week. Street food is by Eat Chay, serving North Indian inspired Kolkati and signature Kati Rolls, as well as The Burger Project run by the King of Pop-Ups, Jimmy Garcia. E ntrance is free, so grab a drink at one of three bars and enjoy t he views over east London - you can see all the way to the Olympic Park with the red, looping curls of the Orbit rising above it. A great spot for a sundowner.

 
 

Events at Roof East

Rooftop Film Club at Roof East Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st May to 30th September 2019 | £14.95 (Lounge Seat), £17.95 (Lounge Seat & Bottomless Popcorn), £20.95 (Premium Double & Bottomless Popcorn)

 
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Roof East, Level 8 Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way London, E15 1XE
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Skylight Rooftop

Skylight returns with urban lawn games, summer cocktails and major sporting events on the big screen.

Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station

 
 

From 2nd May 2019, Skylight returns with urban lawn games, summer cocktails and major sporting events on the big screen on top of Tobacco Dock. The summer season also boasts a Hendricks Summer Solstice party, Opera at Skylight and a Dog Day. Set on the top three levels of a former car park in Wapping, the 600 capacity Skylight has multiple bars, indoor and outdoor seating areas, private gardens booths, and two street food stalls, all set against some of the finest views in the city - you can see The Shard , The Gherkin and the Walkie Talkie from here. Grab a seat on the upper level - featuring brand new day beds for 2019 - for prime views and extended sun rays before enjoying a spectacular show of yellows, oranges and pinks when the sun sets in the shadow of London's most famous buildings. Food wise, visitors can choose between burgers and souvlaki with Flip Side and Yiro taking over the kitchens and a new refreshing seasonal cocktail menu has been added alongside spritzes, pitchers, bubbly and wine. Book in for a game of croquet on the upper deck or, if the British weather isn't on your side, there are two playing areas inside.

 
 
 

Underbelly Festival

Five months of comedy, cabaret and children's shows.

Underbelly Festival, Jubilee Gardens, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station

 

Dates: 5th April to 29th September 2019

 

The unrivalled Underbelly Festival returns to South Bank, between the Southbank Centre and London Eye, from April 2019, presenting over 70 shows for five months of comedy, cabaret and children's shows. In a temporary theatre - surrounded by street food and one of London's biggest outdoor bars - you'll find London's largest programme of affordable circus, cabaret and fringe theatre. Festival highlights this year include a month long residency by Gravity & Other Myths who bring their stripped back circus show to the South Bank. Join Bernie Dieter at the Little Death Club for some debauched kabarett, see drag extravaganza Yummy and listen to a new Podcast Live season with A Gay and A Non Gay and Hoovering Podcast on the lineup. Take the children to see stage adaptations of MONSTERSAURUS!, Shark In The Park and Elmer The Patchwork Elephant, as well as The Gruffalo, The Witch, and the Warthog with Julia Donaldson at the biggest ever Family Fest running throughout the Easter holidays.

 
 
 

Wonderfest Rooftop

A festival-inspired pop-up with prosecco popsicles, street food and live music.

Fest Camden, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 19th April to 28th September 2019

 

Taking inspiration from the likes of Woodstock and Glastonbury, FEST Camden transforms its rooftop into the Wonderfest Rooftop for a summer of festival-themed fun. With a verdant botanical canopy suspended from a wooden gazebo, an artificial grass lawn, countless colourful umbrellas and an Insta-friendly flower wall, it's a cheerful spot to spend a summer's day in London. Live acoustic performances take place throughout the day before the DJs take over in the evenings, and the Camden Rooftop Cinema Club sees films projected on a large open-air screen. Food comes in the form of a Mediterranean BBQ serving Greek souvlaki and kebabs along with superfood salads, mezze sharing plates, Wonderfest pizzas and vegan Walls ice cream while the playful booze offerings include prosecco popsicles with popping candy, espresso martinis on tap, and frozen bourbon slushies.

 
 
 

John Lewis Garden Society: Roof Fest

One of London's largest rooftop gardens has been transformed into boho-chic festival-inspired space.

John Lewis Rooftop, 300 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1EX

Tube: Oxford Circus Station , Bond Street Station

 

Dates: 19th April to 29th September 2019

 

The rooftop of the John Lewis department store, high up above Oxford Street, has been transformed once again for summer 2019, re-launching with Roof Fest. One of London's largest roof gardens, the space has been transformed into a festival-themed party space with a boho chic decor. For intimate drinking and dining, guests can book the boho, garden or cherry blossom den or the caravan stage while wooden benches and tables and an abundance of green space are available for everyone to enjoy. Food comes courtesy of Bong Bongs (formerly BBQ Dreamz) with a range of fresh Filipino dishes like crispy fragrant pork belly, grilled aubergine satay curry and adobo glazed chicken while cocktails include chilli margaritas, espresso martinis and a negroni fizz. Live music and DJ sets will run throughout summer along with performances from comedians, drag acts, dancers, contortionists and magicians.

 
 
 
 

Queen of Hoxton Rooftop: Las Mexicanas

The rooftop is transformed into a Mexican town with tacos and tequila galore.

The Queen Of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX

Tube: Liverpool Street Station

 

Dates: 2nd May to 4th October 2019

 

Tacos, tequila and giant frozen margaritas are the order of the day at the Queen of Hoxton Rooftop, which takes the theme Las Mexicanas for its summer residency. The space has been transformed once again, morphing into the secret den of the Luchadores (lady wrestlers). Taking inspiration from the colourful backstreets of San Cristobal in Mexico, the rooftop is now home to a band-stand, a wrestling ring and a backstreet bar, where guests can order a Chilli and Mango Margarita, a Watermelon Paloma or a Mezcal Cantarito to help wash down slow cooked pork and pineapple tacos, fresh nachos and chilli cheese burgers. Throughout the summer, the rooftop will also play host to a number of themed events including feminist embroidery, mezcal insect tasting and Trump pinata making.

 
 
 

The May Fair

This two-day event brings the best of the British seaside to London.

Grosvenor Square, , London, W1K 2HP

Tube: Bond Street Station

 

Dates: Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May 2019

 

Bringing the seaside to London, The May Fair will take over Grosvenor Square for two days on the May bank holiday weekend. Providing the chance to enjoy the best bits of the great British seaside right in the heart of historic Mayfair, it will boast everything from helter skelter and fish and chips to coconut shys and candy floss. There will be maypole dancing, children's crafts, a traditional fun fair, educational workshops and a whole host of live music and entertainment.

 
 
 

Belgravia in Bloom

50 blooming displays are created on the theme of 'Floriography'.

Eccleston Yards, , London, SW1W 9NF

Tube: Victoria Station

 

Dates: 20th to 25th May 2019

 

Taking inspiration from and coinciding with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Belgravia in Bloom brings floral installations, unique displays and special events to the whole area. For its fourth year 50 blooming displays are created on the theme of 'Floriography' or 'The Language of Flowers', inviting visitors to discover the secret meaning behind each flower. Throughout the festival, there will be special events at Eccleston Yards courtyard where you can take part in creative workshops from floral illustration to herbal tea blending. Halkin Arcade, off Motcomb Street, hosts the Mood Gardens - four small gardens planted to improve mood and relieve stress. Look for beautiful floral installations on Motcomb Street, Pimlico Road and Elizabeth Street where Instagram favourite Peggy Porschen resides and Jo Loves is launching a new fragrance.

 
 
 

Summer Safari

The theatrical cocktail bar is transformed into a setting reminiscent of the African Sahara.

Mr Fogg's Society of Exploration, 1A Bedford Street, London, WC2E 9HH

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station

 

Dates: 4th June to 1st September 2019

 

Take a trip to Africa via Covent Garden this summer with the Summer Safari at Mr Fogg's Society of Exploration. Just as the weather starts to, hopefully, get a little warmer, the theatrical cocktail bar is also raising the temperature by transforming into a setting reminiscent of the African Sahara. Created in partnership with Whitley Neil gin, the immersive experience will see the venue decked out in vines, plants and traps while staff will be appropriately dressed in full safari khakis and pith helmets. After being issued a tourist visa upon arrival, adventurers will then need to ensure all the correct vaccinations, which on this occasion come in the form of tasty liquid libations, have been administrated before being free to sample the tastes of Africa. The Big Five cocktail menu features African-inspired botanicals while a food menu features dishes such as biltong, curried tempura grasshoppers and cricket powder brownies. During the safari, adventurers will also be encouraged to try and spot The Big Five animals, which will be dotted around the venue in miniature form.

 
 
 

Zoo Nights

London Zoo hosts after hours fun every Friday night in June.

ZSL London Zoo, Regent's Park Outer Circle, Primrose Hill, London, NW1 4RY

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 7th June to 26th July 2019

 

If you're a party 'animal' head to the London Zoo for its after-hours entertainment, which is laid on every Friday night in June and July. Successfully running for several summers, in 2019 Zoo Nights introduces Wild Workshops where you can learn about emus, insects and meerkats before creating a mini masterpiece to take home. At the adults-only event, Birds and the Bees Uncut helps you unravel the mysteries of sex in the animal kingdom. Street food, from Indian nibbles to Mexican snacks and delicious desserts, is on offer and, when the sun goes down, you can listen to live music and enjoy entertainment from the acrobatics. If you want to extend your stay, upgrade and book into one of nine colourful cabins within roaring distance of the lions. So, unleash your wild side and book tickets to Friday night summer Zoo Lates! now.

 
 
 
 

Open Garden Squares Weekend

Explore over 230 gardens as green spaces across the city open their gates.

 

Various Venues Dates: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June 2019

 

From the iron-fenced residential parks of west London to the landscaped churchyards of the City, hundreds of garden squares play a vital part in maintaining London's status as one of Europe's greenest cities. The wonderful Open Garden Squares Weekend is the one time of the year when these gardens open their gates to everyone. More than 230 gardens take part - some of them private spaces which are not usually accessible to the public. If you have youngsters in tow, many gardens stage activities for families too and tickets allow entry to all participating gardens.

 
 
 

Regent Street Summer Streets

From Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street goes traffic free on Sundays in July.

Regent Street, Regent Street, London, W1B 5SJ

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 

Dates: 7th to 28th July 2019

 

For the first four Sundays in July Regent Street is banning traffic for the popular Summer Streets series. The month-long event combines themes of art, culture, style and wellness with food and drink. The event has a real festival like atmosphere as Regent Street goes traffic-free. Throughout the four weeks, shops and restaurants along the curved shopping street, from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus, put on special events. Last year lululemon held workout classes on Regent Street, Tommy Hilfiger installed a Scalextric track and Anthropologie offered complimentary workshops. Plus there were food stalls from Danish bakery Ole & Steen, Gordon Ramsay's Heddon Street Kitchen and Gaucho.

 
 
 

Backyard Cinema: L.A. Nights

Watch popular films on the big screen in a California-inspired setting.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 

Dates: 18th July to 25th August 2019

 

Bringing the beach vibes of LA to the Roundhouse this summer, Backyard Cinema recreates the sun-kissed beaches of the West Coast for a laid back setting where you can watch popular films on the big screen, alongside 400 other movie goers. Known for their immersive productions, the crew has created an indoor beach with giant bean bags on the sand, palm trees and a retro beach bar. The perfect setting for their sing-a-long beach parties. On the line-up are the latest blockbusters including Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, The Lego Movie 2 and Captain Marvel, award-winning new releases including BlackkKlansman, A Star is Born and Stan and Ollie and classics like Back to the Future and Clueless.

 
 
 

Art's House: A Lovely London Festival

An all-day party soundtracked by Artwork and DJ Harvey.

Three Mills Island, Three Mill Lane, London, E3 3DU

Tube: Bromley-by-Bow Underground Station

 

Dates: Saturday 10th August 2019

 

For the second year in a row, Art's House takes over Three Mills, a lovely patch of greenery between Bow and Stratford, for an all-day party soundtracked by two London DJs, Artwork and DJ Harvey - "A libertine Englishman turned California surfer dude," says Rolling Stone who named him one of the world's 'Top 25 DJs that Rule The Earth'. Set in an industrial area enclosed by the Lee Valley river, it's the ultimate East London spot to throw a big ol' party. Festival-goers can expect Art's vivacious troupe of dancers, mouth-watering street food, cold craft beers, summer-inspired cocktails and a horde of home comforts (Artwork's front room sofa among them). DJ Harvey says "It's like the best house party ever but with 10,000 people in the garden. Having a right kneesup."

 
 
 

Bunga Bunga Summertime Spectacular

The flamboyant Covent Garden bar brings a taste of the Italian Riviera to central London.

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden, 167 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PG

Tube: Holborn Station , Covent Garden Station

 

Dates: 5th June to 31st August 2019

 

Save money on a holiday this summer and embrace the staycation with the help of the Bunga Bunga Summertime Spectacular. The flamboyant Covent Garden bar is bringing a taste of the Italian Riviera to the heart of London with the help of deckchairs and parasols, beach balls and inflatables, and summer cocktails and hearty Italian feasts. Londoners are invited to hop on Bunga Bunga Airways for an all-singing, all-dancing immersive drinking and dining experience. Upon arrival, visitors will need to get their passport stamped before embarking on an evening of music, comedy, burlesque, acrobats and more. Wednesday evenings promise dancers and drag queens, slapstick fights and music along with fishbowl cocktails and tropical fruit juices while Thursday and Friday evenings offer games, karaoke and variety acts. On Saturdays, there will be a live music spectacular featuring Bunga Bunga's house band, dance troops and acrobats. In-flight meals have a hint of Italian flair with bruschetta, metre-long pizzas and limoncello all on the menu.

 
 
 
 
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