London Summer Pop-Ups and Events

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Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden
Regent Street Summer Streets
The Chap Olympiad
Underbelly Festival
Neverland London
Roof East
Zip Now London
London Bridge City: Summer by the River
Last Days of Shoreditch: The Enchanted Garden
Last Days of Shoreditch: The Enchanted Garden
The Queen of Hoxton Summer Rooftop: The Lost Vegas
Spritz & Giggles
Tanqueray Garden at The Sipping Room
Skylight Rooftop
Skylight Rooftop
Plymouth Gin Garden at The Wigmore


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 outlines the best summer pop-ups and events taking place around town.

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Roof East

Roof East celebrates 250 years of the circus with cocktails, crazy golf and film screenings.

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 celebrating 250 years of the circus this summer. Back with summery grub - think seaside classics like fish and chips, surf and turf and halloumi fries - Hip Hop Bowls, Sluggers batting cages and a new look Birdies crazy golf, the rooftop adult playground is done up with bell tents and jugglers this season and includes a circus themed Big Top Spritz cocktail. Screenings by the Rooftop Film Club include a special circus style screening of Moulin Rouge, to be enjoyed from the comfort of a stripey deckchair. A great spot for a sundowner, the views over east London are pretty good from up here - you can see all the way to the Olympic Park with the red, looping curls of the Orbit rising above it.


Events at Roof East

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

3rd May to 1st September 2018 | £14.95 (Adults), £46.10 (Premium Double incl Bottomless Popcorn)

Rooftop Film Club at Roof East Roof East 2018-05-032018-09-01 Where:
Roof East, Level 8 Stratford Multi-storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way London, E15 1XE
Category: Bars
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Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden

Stunning sundown views over the Thames and London.

Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Designed by the Eden Project and run by Company of Cooks, the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden is the place to be on a summer's evening for stunning sundown views over the Thames. On the roof of Queen Elizabeth Hall, next to the Hayward Gallery, the garden bar has the same appeal as New York's High Line - wild flowers, graffiti and a seat on the grass in the middle of the concrete brutalism of the Southbank Centre. Come for pre- or post-theatre drink or just enjoy a Pimm's as the sun sets. It's what summer in London is all about.


Skylight Rooftop

Skylight returns with croquet lawn games, World Cup screenings and Wimbledon on the big screen.

Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, London, E1W 2SF

Tube: Rotherhithe Overground Station


From 3rd May 2018, Skylight returns with croquet lawn games, World Cup screenings and Wimbledon on the big screen on top of Tobacco Dock. The summer season brings live entertainment, croquet, one-off parties, resident DJ collectives, rooftop yoga and some scenic sunsets. 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, 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 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's two playing areas inside. If fancy footwork is more your style, try your hand at the digital penalty shootout.


Spritz & Giggles

An Aperol Spritz beach bar pops up in Broadgate combining lush foliage with table tennis and foosball.

37 Broadgate Circle, London, EC2M 2QS

Tube: Liverpool Street Station , Moorgate Station


This summer a beach bar serving Aperol Spritz pops up in Broadgate Circle. Spritz & Giggles combines lush foliage and greenery with table tennis and foosball tables, just a stone's throw from Liverpool Street in the heart of the City and only a short stroll from Shoreditch High Street and Old Street stations. Cool down with frozen cocktails, beer, wine or champagne while enjoying all things football as World Cup fever takes hold over the summer. Spritz & Giggles also welcomes groups so book in for a post work get together at one of London's most expansive sun terraces.


Underbelly Festival

High flying circus with Circolombia, comedy from Austentatious and more.

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

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 6th April to 30th September 2018


The unrivalled Underbelly Festival returns to South Bank, between the Southbank Centre and London Eye, from April 2018 and they're pulling out all the stops, presenting over 70 shows for their 10th birthday. 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 comedy, circus, cabaret and children's shows. Festival highlights this year include a six week residency by Circus Abyssinia which makes its London premiere with Ethiopian Dreams. There's more high flying circus with Circolombia, comedy from Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel as well as big names like Nina Conti and James Acaster. Children will enjoy Aliens Love Underpants and The Amazing Bubble Man but for something completely different go see The Thinking Drinkers: History of Alcohol or Festival of the Spoken Nerd: You Can't Polish A Nerd.


Neverland London

Fulham's Thameside beach with everything you would want from a paradise holiday.

Albert Wharf, , London, SW6 2TY

Tube: Parsons Green Station


Dates: 3rd May to 1st September 2018


After a successful inaugural season last summer, Neverland London returns in 2018, relaunching as Fulham Beach Club. London's only Thameside beach, it provides the chance for a cheeky staycation with white sand, palm trees and pastel painted beach huts offering a unique, affordable alfresco experience. Food comes courtesy of Jimmy Garcia's pop-up restaurant, the BBQ Club, while two bespoke bars serve up cocktails and beer. There will also be a Bottomless Beach Brunch every Sunday - encompassing bottomless prosecco, cider and frozen pina coladas - yoga and circuit sessions on the beach, cocktail masterclasses, glitter artists, sand sculpting and a myriad of games, including croquet, shuffleboard, putting pong and table tennis. Bookable areas include cabanas, daybeds, beach huts, feasting tables and a private dining room.


The Queen of Hoxton Summer Rooftop: The Lost Vegas

The rooftop is transformed into a dystopian playground set in 2030.

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

Tube: Liverpool Street Station


Dates: 3rd May to 5th October 2018


The Queen of Hoxton has been given a makeover once again, transforming into The Lost Vegas Rooftop just in time for summer. One of east London's most popular party destinations, the rooftop has become synonymous with good times and this season is set to be no different. This year's theme invites guests to Las Vegas, but not as they know it. A dystopian playground set in the year 2030, Lost Vegas comes after a revolt that saw the US rise up and stick it to The Man. Eco-warriors and neo-hippies have charged towards a brand-new future, where plants and animals flourish and jungles consume the ruins of cities that are now co-habited by animals, birds, plants and a new breed of eco-conscious humans. Visitors to Lost Vegas will be able to meet Elvis in the overgrown Little Vegas Wedding Chapel, feast on a McVegan burger served from an abandoned yellow school bus bar, play the slot machines, and purchase goods from the vending machines, which are stocked with everything from craft beer to wedding rings. Cocktails come from Three Dots and Five Miles Brewery and further food items include an Out N In Burger, a veggie Xora Dog and a Phoney Island Chilli Dog. There will also be a series of sustainability-themed immersive events and workshops throughout the season.


Zip Now London

Zip across London at the speed of a downhill ski racer.

Archbishop's Park, Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7JY

Tube: Lambeth North Station


Dates: 22nd May to 4th September 2018


Zip Now London gave us a thrilling ride through the London skies last summer and this year it's back and it's giving us a triple treat. That's right, adrenaline junkies, there's an additional wire this year so three people can ride on the fastest zip wire in a city, side by side. They've also added a new 'Mega Drop' so you can freefall to earth to round off the adventure in style. The rides go on until 8.30pm, so you can zip through the air at up to 50 kilometres per hour, one hundred feet above Archbishop's Park (that's the height of more than nine double decker buses), as the sun sets. Located in south east London, close to Waterloo, the wire is perfectly positioned for stunning views of the Thames, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, all experienced at the speed of a downhill ski racer. NOTE: the minimum age is eight years, children from eight to 15 years need to be supervised and one adult can accompany up to three children.


Tanqueray Garden at The Sipping Room

Enter via a fragrant archway and discover the riverside gin garden with a cocktail fountain.

The Sipping Room, West India Quay Hertsmere Road, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4AL

Tube: Canary Wharf Station


Dates: 24th May to 31st August 2018


Fill your glass at the cocktail fountain at Tanqueray Garden at The Sipping Room from May until the end of August. Enter via a fragrant archway, complete with grapefruits, lemons and limes, and you'll be transported to a place far removed from the concrete and glass jungle over the river at Canary Wharf. The riverside oasis is perfect for those balmy summer evenings and comes with a special cocktail menu of Sevilla Spritz (Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla, pink grapefruit sherbet plus prosecco) and the Flora Smash (gin, lemon juice, raspberries, cucumber, elderflower syrup and ginger ale). Customise your cocktail by helping yourself to a sprig of mint, thyme or rosemary from the pick-your-own living herb wall and on 13th June and 3rd July learn more about the history of gin at a gin masterclass.


Last Days of Shoreditch: The Enchanted Garden

The Enchanted Garden comes to East London with street food, cocktails, World Cup screenings and a star-studded DJ line-up.

Red Market, 288-299 Old Street, London, EC1V 9DP

Tube: Old Street Station


Dates: 24th May to 15th September 2018


The much-loved Last Days of Shoreditch is back for its eighth year in 2018 with three months of street food, art, music, karaoke, and sport on one of the biggest screens in London. 'The Enchanted Garden' sets the tone so you'll find a tropical beach area, swinging hammock beds and a tree-house at this summer hotspot. Expect summer cocktails and craft beer bars alongside street food from Seth Troxler's Smokey Tails, Cheeky Burger and pizza from Crust Bros. The dance floor is soundtracked by a star-studded DJ line-up. One of the many highlights is the return of the XOYO Saturday daytime takeovers throughout July with Late Nite Tuff Guy plus a who's who's of talent including Eli Escobar, Alexis Taylor, Dan Shake and Normay Jay.


Live Music Bottomless Brunch

Listen to live music from emerging artists while enjoying bottomless brunch.

Tibits Bankside, 124 Southwark Street, London, SE1 OSW

Tube: Southwark Station


Dates: 27th May to 19th August 2018


This summer, Tibits celebrates ten years of serving vegetarian and vegan food with a series of live music bottomless brunches. Launching on Sunday 27th May, the five-date series will see the Bankside venue welcome ten emerging local artists to perform live while diners tuck into brunch and bottomless booze. Guests will be able to choose one main dish from the restaurant's famous food boat, with dishes including raw vegetable pad Thai, a quinoa potato burger and carrot lox, a vegan alternative to the salmon original. All dishes can be washed down with bottomless vegan lager, pale ale, and gin and tonic. Artists performing include Ralph Taylor, Steph Oliver, Sakura and Ste Forshaw, with the latter two kicking things off on Sunday 27th.


London Bridge City: Summer by the River

Outdoor cinema and theatre, big screen summer sports, live comedy and music.

London Bridge, 203 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2JX

Tube: London Bridge Station


Dates: 1st June to 2nd October 2018


London's largest free festival, the London Bridge City's Summer by the River transforms the iconic riverside location into a summer hub of live entertainment, food and drink. Running from June through to September, the summer festival's line-up includes outdoor cinema and theatre, big screen summer sports (including Wimbledon, Ascot and the cricket), live comedy and music performances, fun family days, fitness classes and a host of events to let your hair down on a Friday.


Maison St-Germain

A two-day summery installation with cocktails and flowers galore.

38 Grosvenor Square , , London, W1K 2HN

Tube: Bond Street Station


Dates: Friday 15th and Saturday 16th June 2018


This summer, St-Germain, the French elderflower liqueur, is in partnership with fashion label House of Holland for a summery immersive installation. Maison St-Germain will take over a two-storey house in Grosvenor Square to celebrate the elderflower harvest. Guests will be guided through the Wild Harvest Walkway, where the story is brought to life by London florists, before being taken on a journey through an endless, abstract meadow of over 1,000 elderflowers. There will be two cocktail bars serving the classic St-Germain Spritz as well as a new range of cocktails, including Henry Holland's personalised drink, The Free Lane.


Plymouth Gin Garden at The Wigmore

The posh pub at The Langham transforms its courtyard into a botanical gin garden.

The Wigmore, 15 Langham Place, Upper Regent Street, London, W1B 1JA

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 23rd May to 1st September 2018


This summer, The Wigmore, the modern British tavern by The Langham, has partnered with Plymouth Gin to transform its courtyard into a botanical gin garden featuring climbing plants, self-garnish pots on tables and monthly Botanical Lab masterclasses. Refreshing summer cocktails include gin and ginger ale with fruit liqueurs and the Garden Glug Punch - a mix of gin, apricot, jasmine green tea, cucumber and Champagne. On the first Wednesday of each month you can learn about the history and botanicals of Plymouth Gin and blend your own gin in the garden at a special masterclass.


Regent Street Summer Streets

The popular month-long event sees London's famous Regent Street pedestrianised.

Regent Street, Regent Street, London, W1B 5SJ

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 1st to 22nd July 2018


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 culture, style and wellness with food and drink. Shops and restaurants from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus take part with a range of activities, entertainment and food and drink offerings in place instead of the usual traffic. The event has a real festival like atmosphere with live music, family-friendly pop-ups and workshops laid on.


The Chap Olympiad

A summer celebration of buffoonery and sporting ineptitude.

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

Tube: Russell Square Station , Holborn Station


Dates: Saturday 14th July 2018


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 includes zany showdowns like 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.

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