London is the capital of pop-ups – not that we’re complaining. It’s great way try out something new. But it does induce a lot of anxiety.
Which ones are all hype, no substance? How do you know you’re not missing out on the pop-up moment of the century?
That’s where we come in. We sorted through the lists of August pop-ups and sieved out the very best. (Take that Edinburgh – who needs your Fringe?)
What follows is After Nyne’s seven favourites for the eighth month.
1) The Notting Gill Chippy
When: 31st July – 29th August.
Where: Kensington Church Street, adjacent to its parent restaurant, Kensington Place.
What: Fish & Chips gets a gourmet upgrade
Chef Tim Peirson’s novel interpretations of the best loved British classics: Lobster Thermi-Bun alongside inventive dishes such as Bitter & Twisted Scampi, and Curried-Spiced Batter Fish & Chips with mango chutney and lentil dahl. Traditionalists will also be well catered for with Classic Fish & Chips as well as the Fish Finger Butty with spicy ketchup. The pop-up’s signature cocktails are Consommarys and White Snappers – made with Chase Smoked Vodka and Chase Gin, respectively. Draft beer aficionados can also purchase Harviestoun Schiehallion lager and Bitter and Twisted ale. For more info: www.kensingtonplace-restaurant.co.uk/notting-gill-chip-shop/
2) Maggie’s Pop-Up Bar at Bluebird
When: 28th July – 30th August
Where: Bluebird Restaurant, 350 King’s Road
What: An 80’s inspired pop-up with retro members club Maggie’s
Two Chelsea institutions are coming together with the launch of Maggie’s Bar pop up at Bluebird. Bluebird’s head chef Matt Robinson has put together a playful menu of retro dishes with a twist including: Vol au vents; Shrimp cocktail; and a luxurious Truffle chicken kiev. Signature cocktails will include: Smack Daddy (Ciroc, Galliano, passion fruit juice and purée, vanilla syrup, topped with Moet et Chandon Brut Impérial NV); Purple Rain (Tanqueray No. TEN, elderflower, blackberries, apple juice, and lime juice, topped with Moet & Chandon Brut Impérial NV); and the Maggie’s Mug (Ciroc, Chambord, fresh lime juice, vanilla syrup and blackberry, topped up with soda water).Bluebird’s iconic courtyard will be taken over until the end of August, with Rubick’s cube tables, bean bag chairs, 80’s arcade games, a ping pong table, and of course, a pumping retro soundtrack playing all the classics of the era. For more info: http://www.bluebird-restaurant.co.uk/
3) Alcoholic Architecture from Bompas & Parr
When: 30th July – 30th September
Where: Bompas & Parr, Borough Market
What: Medieval inspired mixology, with breathable cocktails
Okay, you got us. You might remember that we have already featured Alcoholic Architecture on After Nyne (http://afternyne.com/2015/07/24/he-bompas-parrs-alcoholic-architecture-breathable-cocktails-the-worlds-first-entirely-monastic-cocktail-list/)but we are just really taken with the idea of walk-in cloud of breathable cocktail. Set in a Victorian building that was once the original home and offices of The Trustees of Borough Market, the bar takes over the basement – itself a former banana store for unripe fruit arriving from the West Indies – and will source many ingredients for its drinks list from Borough Market itself. Drinks include: Mystery Mead (Lindisfarne mead with honey syrup, fresh lemon, sweet vermouth and rhubarb bitter), Friar Tucked (Bénédictine with brandy, Peychaud’s bitters and absinthe) and Dirty Habit(equal measures of Buckfast and Scotch whisky).For more info: www.alcoholicarchitecture.com
When: Thursday to Saturday, 6pm-1am, throughout August.
Where: 3-4 Archer St, W1D 7AP
What: All the best festivals, recreated in Soho
Archer Street’s downstairs bar is transformed every six months into a different destination-themed pop-up. This summer’s pop-up will be a tribute to great music, free-spirits and midnight dancing. FESTIVAL is inspired by the best of Europe’s finest festivals. Recreating Coachella, Glastonbury, Burning Man and Lovebox, all under one roof, FESTIVAL features an actual stage, private winnebagos, a backstage area, a photo booth stacked with quirky props such as branded Archer Street caps, t-shirts and of course, glow sticks. There will also be a real camping wagon built into the wall with intimate party lounges inside, while the roof will be decorated with multi-coloured bunting and painted as the sky. For more info: www.archerstreet.co.uk/
5) Indoor Garden at TLYD
When: Throughout August
Where:The Little Yellow Door, 68 Notting Hill Gate,W11 3HT
What: Indoor garden parties at a fictional flatshare
It’s quite hard to define exactly what The Little Yellow Door (or TLYD or No. 68 to those in the know.) TLYD is designed to feel like a flat share – homey, mismatched and spontaneous. For the summer months, the flatmates of 68 Notting Hill Gate have transformed their humble abode into a not so secret, secret indoor garden. An indoor treehouse, drinks served in aquariums and watering cans and a veritable Mexican feast every Friday. For more info: www.thelittleyellowdoor.co.uk
6) Carousel Presents
When:30th June – 14th August
Where:Carousel, 71 Blandford St,W1U 8AB
What: The grand finale of Carousel’s guest chef series
Since 30th June, the fashionable 50-cover restaurant has played host to some of the most accomplished and exciting chefs from around the world. Completing the series from 4th August will be Australian Shaun Presland, Executive Chef at the prestigious trio of ‘Sake’ restaurants Down Under, in Sydney, Melbourne and Birsbane. His menu will be an intriguing collection of modern Japanese dishes such as ‘Scallop and Avocado Tartare with Coriander and Orange Ponzu’ and ‘Crispy Skin Hiramasa Kingfish with Old School Ginger Teriyaki Glaze, Ohitashi, Carrot Purée, Jalapeño Cream and Leek Wafer’. For more info: www.carousel-london.com
7) Hix’s Fish Dog at The Hat and Tun
When:Wednesday to Friday evenings, 29th July – 14th August
Where:The Hat and Tun, 3 Hatton Wall, EC1N 8HX.
What: Seafood based fast food
Usually found at street food markets, festival and private events around the UK in the signature 1971 Citroen H Van, Fishdog from celebrated chef Mark Hix serves up seriously good seafood– (sourced daily from the South West) with a comfort food twist. Popular options include: the eponymous Fishdog (panko-breadcrumbed pollock in a hot-dog style bun with minted mushy peas and tartare sauce), Holy F***ed Fish Balls (a side of croquettes served with spicy mayonaise, made with fellow street food favourite The Rib Man’s Holy F**K Hot Sauce) and Spicy Crab Chips. For more info: www.thehatandtun.com