London's best pop-up bars and restaurants this summer
London's best pop-up bars and restaurants this summer. Tennis-inspired cocktails, Duck & Waffle spin-offs and the British seaside. Hurry, they won't be around for long...
This well-established luxury spot in Knightsbridge is throwing open the doors to its members club for the summer. At nine floors high, the view is actually pretty good, certainly far better than you get from Oxford Street rooftop bars. The food and drink is classic, but at the same time it bears in mind current trends. The Loch Fyne salmon arrives with crumbled taco, avocado and rocket, and sups include a peach Bellini and a damn fine negroni.
Open now until late-August, Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY. Mon - Sun: 10.00am - 8.00pm. More information
Foley's at The Gardening Society, John Lewis Rooftop
The John Lewis rooftop on Oxford Street has carved itself a niche as an informal drinking and dining space, an alternative to the proper restaurant on the Selfridges roof next door. This summer Foley's restaurant in Fitzrovia are appearing on the roof, the purveyors of Middle Eastern food with a penchant for tacos. Tacos will be the main thrust of the menu, all with international ingredients like Goan crab and Korean BBQ. There's also an adorable 'bits and bobs' menu of international small plates, and an innovative cocktails menu focusing on rum.
Open now until the end of July, The Rooftop, 300 Oxford Street, London W1C 1DX. Sun - Wed: Noon - 8.00pm, Thurs - Sat until 11.00pm. More information
Ladies and Gentlemen X Wood's Navy Rum X London Shell Co
We adore London Shell Co, and gave their riverboat pop-up a five star review last year. This year they've briefly put a cork in their evening dinner cruises to team up with Kentish Town bar Ladies and Gentlemen, and rum company Wood's to offer something more diverse. Guests are invited aboard for a cruise on the canal, and some cocktails and seafood. Then there's an astro turf bar beside the boat, at Granary Square, for afterwards. The London Shell Co team are turning out simple plates of superb seafood, designed to pair with the cocktails, which shaken by the Ladies and Gentlemen staff are masterclasses in the diversity of rum, including some rum slushy cocktails for the sunny weather.
Open now at Granary Square, King's Cross until July 30th. Trips depart nightly, get tickets here
Nyetimber garden bar
The lowdown: British sparkling wine brand Nyetimber will proudly declare that fizz needn't come from France this June. The company are celebrating Covent Garden's 500th birthday with a pop-up. Local Covent Garden restaurants Aubaine and Balthazar are doing the food, which has been made to compliment the British sparkling wine on the cobbles of the piazza this season.
June 1st - June 28th, from 1.00pm until late, and no reservations are taken
Camino Bankside summer terrace
The lowdown: This smart Bankside terrace has been reimagined as a Spanish vineyard for summer 2017, complete with the requisite olive trees, and brightly coloured furniture. You'll be more interested in the drinks though, which are variations of the classic spritzes and tonics you'd think of when you're cooling down while on the retox. Camino also have a penchant for G&Ts, so watch out for those.
From June 8th, book a table here, open evenings only, 5 Canvey Street, SE1 9AN
Nest: Summer in the Square
The lowdown: Guests are encouraged to bring their own booze then buy Nest's home-infused cordials to mix at this pop-up on Finsbury Square. Sharing plates are British, and an ever-adapting menu only ever features one type of meat in multiple variations. Whatever the cut or animal, it's likely it'll be dressed with innovative versions of all the classic sides you'd expect of a Sunday Roast (we hear the crackling is sensational). All out on the lawn. In September Nest transfers for one more month to the riverside in Hammersmith.
June 1st - 30th, sharing plates cost between £3 and £8, book a table here. Nest returns to London's Hammersmith riverside for one more month in September
Rubies in the Rubble, Selfridges
The lowdown: Culture Whisper strongly support London's push to reduce food waste, and standing with us are Rubies in the Rubble, a gourmet condiment brand housing a pop-up in Selfridges for the whole of June. They'll be pairing condiments like pink onion relish, piccalilli relish and banana and chilli ketchup with an assorted of open sandwiches. They include pulled beef and pickle and spring veg and blue cheese. For £1.50 extra (sandwiches are £5) you can get a salad of day. Everything's made from disregarded or unused products, like beef chuck (a tough cut of beef rarely used but tender when slow-roasted) and aquafaba, the water drained from chick peas, which is a replacement for eggs.
June 1st - 30th, Selfridges, no reservations taken, for more information on their work click here
Bonnie Gull Mayfair
The lowdown: This celebrated British seafood shack with locations in Soho and Fitzrovia is launching a pop-up. Find it tucked away in Brown Hart Gardens in Mayfair, serving from breakfast to dinner. Although the food is obviously seafood heavy, and celebrating the best of British produce, there's a fair few vegan dishes on the menu too. Dishes swerve from light poached eggs and salmon, to octopus carpaccio with soy, ginger and chilli or a seafood platter with crab, lobster, langoustines and rock oysters.
From May 29th throughout summer, 8am - late, and there's no reservations. The Garden Café, 4 Brown Hart Gardens, London W1K 6TD
Strawberries & Crème by Drake & Morgan
The lowdown: If you can't make it to Wimbledon this year then Bankside's Refinery bar will be your next best bet. Huge outdoor screens will be privy to the action on Centre Court, and the bar have created a dazzlingly kitsch Strawberries & Crème cocktail, with Tanqueray gin, crème de fraise, lemon juice, egg white and fresh strawberries.
The Wimbledon cocktail is served between June 19th - July 17th at Refinery Bankside, book a table here. 110 Southwark St,
London, SE1 0TF
Sprout by Dan Doherty
The lowdown: Busy Dan Doherty from Duck & Waffle is showing no signs of slowing. Springboarding from that launch, Doherty is now focusing on the terrace on the fifth floor of Harvey Nichols, where his first pop-up Sprout will open. Celebrating seasonality and British greens, the fixed-price supper club (£40) includes a Sipsmith cocktail on arrival, then sharing platter starters, a main that is "simple and tasty, which is all it needs to be" (says Doherty) and a classic British dessert that's been reimagined. Doherty also mentions that the ceramics and plant life on the terrace are as important as the food.
June 27th - 30th, 7.00pm, book online before sellout (only 29th remains), Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Terrace, 109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RU