Summer in the city: Sizzling pop-ups in London

Spend your summer at one of London’s best pop-ups. Image courtesy © Neverland London / Arronphoto

Spend your summer at one of London’s best pop-ups. Image courtesy © Neverland London / Arronphoto

Rooftop views, heady rum punches, urban beaches and canal-side cocktails: there’s no better way to enjoy a long hot summer in the city than at one of London’s creative pop-ups. Here’s our pick of where to kick back and soak up the season…

Pergola on the Roof

Channelling the Hamptons at Pergola on the Roof. Image courtesy © Incipio Group / Pergola on the Roof

Channelling the Hamptons at Pergola on the Roof. Image courtesy © Incipio Group / Pergola on the Roof

Pergola on the Roof returns to west London for another laid back season of alfresco drinking and dining. Occupying the rooftop of White City’s Television Centre, this year’s incarnation sports a beachy aesthetic inspired by the well-to-do US seaside resorts of the Hamptons. Expect deckchairs, pebble floors, fairy lights and plenty of seafood, with delectable menus from top London restaurants Patty & Bun, 8 Hoxton Square, Breddos Tacos and Salt ‘n’ Sauce from Bonnie Gull.

Pergola on the Roof, Television Centre, Wood Lane, White City, London W12. Open Weds – Sundays until 1st October 2017.

Antigua and Barbuda Beach Shack

Get into the rum shack vibe. Image courtesy Archer Street / Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

Get into the rum shack vibe. Image courtesy Archer Street / Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority

Antigua is one of our favourite Caribbean destinations, so we’re delighted to see the island’s tropical vibe transported to Soho for the summer months. The Antigua and Barbuda Beach shack can be found downstairs at the sophisticated Archer Street cocktail lounge, where a line-up of Calypso-themed live entertainment forms the backdrop to colourful rum punches and authentic Antiguan cuisine.

Antigua and Barbuda Beach Shack, 3–4 Archer Street, London, W1. Open Mon – Weds by demand, Thurs – Sat from 6pm–1am, until the autumn.

John Lewis: The Gardening Society

Set above the famous Oxford Street department store, the John Lewis Gardening Society rooftop is open daily during the summer for British-inspired food, drinks and gardening masterclasses. Gather your friends and book one of the themed, private summerhouses for a relaxed afternoon of sipping and snoozing, or push things up a gear with a fitness session, a yoga class or a wellbeing workshop.

John Lewis Gardening Society Rooftop, 300 Oxford Street, London W1. Open daily until 4th September 2017.

Neverland London

Bookable beach huts at Neverland London. Image courtesy © Neverland London / Arronphoto

Bookable beach huts at Neverland London. Image courtesy © Neverland London / Arronphoto

Fulham might not be the first place you’d consider for a day at the beach, but with the arrival of Neverland London that’s all about to change. This Thameside pop-up combines a sandy stretch of shoreline with a BYO concept, complete with daybeds, deckchairs, and rentable beach huts. On the dining front, tuck into a summery selection of ice creams, churros, and street food offerings from the likes of Le Rac Shack, Taco Dave, Lucabuca Pizza and Le Bao.

Neverland London, Wandsworth Bridge Road, London SW6. Open Weds – Sundays until 3rd October 2017.

Pop Up Japan

Pop Up Japan from Proud East on Vimeo.

You’ll need to be quick with this one – its 12-week run finishes on the 18th June – but Pop Up Japan is worth the effort for its delicious ramen noodles alone. Featuring a kitchen takeover by London restaurant Tonkotsu, the treats on offer also include chicken kara-age and freshly made gyoza, as well their famous choc-dipped ice cream sandos. Located at Proud East alongside Regent’s Canal in Haggerston, the eclectic season also features Japanese cocktails, tea ceremonies, sushi and sashimi classes, and a calendar of cinema, comedy and games.

Pop Up Japan, Proud East, 2–10 Hertford Road, Haggerston, London N1. Open daily until 18th June (Tonkotsu Kitchen open Weds – Sundays).

Looking for more things to do in London? Check out our London destination guide for the capital’s best highlights.

About Maxine Sheppard

Maxine is the co-editor of the Virgin Atlantic blog. Travel and music are her joint first loves, and despite having written for Virgin for more years than she cares to remember she still loves nothing more than jumping on a plane in search of new sights and new sounds.
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