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.
London's Summer Pop Ups and Events
Kew Green, Kew, London, TW9 3AA
Tube: Kew Gardens Station
Dates: 21st June 2014
Bedford Square Gardens, Bedford Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 5BL
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.
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 Market, Camden Lock Place, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, London, NW1 8AF
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.
Borough Market, Southwark Street, Bankside, London, SE1 1TL
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.
A bespoke woodland bar with a programme of live music and club nights.
Abbot Street Car Park, Fitzroy House Abbot Street, London, E8 3DP
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.
13th July 2014
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The Chap Olympiad
Camden Lock Live
Bastille Day Festival
Kopparberg Urban Forest
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