It wouldn’t be summer without a napkin in one hand and a bottle of craft cider in the other. Here's our pick of the UK's hippest pop-ups to be seen in. Clink…
Hopelessly devoted to Street Feast?
Head to… Dinerama
This year’s Street Feast, Dinerama, is bigger and better than ever (elbows at the ready – there’s room for 1,000 people). As well as housing some of the hottest traders (Duck n’ Roll or Smokestak, anyone?) word on the street is the event at Shoreditch Yard will be open not two, but five days a week. That’s what we call a weekend.
Got totally tropical taste buds?
Opt for… Summer Tales
If you’ve ever frozen your backside off at East London’s Night Tales (at Red Market) but still had a brilliant time, you’ll be (literally) swinging from the erm, hammocks now that Summer Tales is here. Order a frozen punch and hotfoot it to Burger & Lobster’s pop-up debut.
Looking for something a bit spesh?
Sign up for… Harborne Food School
School’s out for summer? Not in Birmingham it isn’t. Local high-end chefs Mike Bullard and Jamie Desogus are doing a fine dining pop-up to test out dishes (like lavender duck breast with a sourdough crumb) for their new restaurant, opening later in the year. Consider us the guinea pigs.
Want to chill out in style?
Sit back and relax at… Supper Tub
Frozen cocktails and Peruvian-style canapés while soaking in a hot tub under the stars – what’s not to love? Located next to the canal in Hackney Wick, this is the perfect way to spend a decidedly different night out or a lazy weekend afternoon. There’s even an after-dinner games menu complete with rubber ducks and water guns. Sign us up.
Can’t wait to hit the beach?
Reserve a lounger at… Nantucket Beach Club
Remember that episode of Sex And The City when they head over to Richard’s house in the Hamptons for one hell of a summer party? That’s the vibe at this oh-so-East-Coast pop-up at Tower Hill’s rooftop bar, The Skylounge. Make ours a cosmopolitan slush.
Desperately seeking a warehouse party?
If Friday night dinner usually turns into a big fat rave, you’ll already know about the weekly street-food party at Manchester’s Great Northern Warehouse. All spruced up for summer with a new terrace, light installations and Pimm’s jelly, it’s the frat party you (probably) always dreamt of.
Definitely not a veggie?
Indulge at… Abra Kebabra
Thought kebabs were just a drunken late-night staple? Not any more. Abra Kebabra sees top chefs and restaurants including Neil Rankin, Berber & Q, Carl Clark, Lucky Chip, and Mangal 1 joining forces to bring you an all-day extravaganza of BBQ and live music. Ticket price includes 5 kebabs (yes, you read that right), a Camden Town beer and a Turkish Mojito. If there was a party based solely on meat, it would be Abra Kebabra.
Need a caffeine fix?
Make it a double at… Bistro By Shot
Pop into the new iced coffee bar at Fulham’s Bistro By Shot and you may never order a Starbucks’ Frappuccino again. We love the ‘Shakerato’ made with Italian gelato from Ice & Slice. And you don’t even need to tell them your name. Bellissimo!
Want a great British summer?
Pull up a deckchair at… Tower Summer Lawn
British street food, garden games and deckchairs on the lawn – it’s all about the Great British summer at the Tower Hotel this year. Choose from their signature cocktails or craft beers and soak up the sun (hopefully – this IS London) as you take in the amazing view from the foot of Tower Bridge.
Or why not stay at home and create your own?
When it comes to your drink selection for your next night in we’ve got your back covered and we bet you haven’t tried these yet…
Echo Falls has recently launched two new sparkling varieties to its Fruit Fusions range and they’re perfect for your next get together. There are two flavours, White Peach and Mango, a refreshing and tropical fusion and Summer Berries, a sweet fruity rosé.
We’d recommend trying the White Peach and Mango Sparkling on ice with a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint, and try the Summer Berries in a flute (only the best for your night in) with a strawberry to bring out the flavour.