Summer is officially here and with it comes another round of cold drinks, mouth-watering street food and funky music. If you didn’t already know, London has a vibrant pop up scene with plenty of unique spots to chow down and get your chill on this summer. We take a look at some of the biggest and best the city has to offer.

Kopparberg Urban Forest

Cider favourite, Kopparberg are hosting this Scandinavian inspired pop up in Hackney Wick. There will be no shortage of delicious food with legendary vendors Mama’s Jerk, Buffalo Joe and Le Bun. You can expect to drink plenty of Cider, it would be rude not to. Don’t miss out on some of the main acts including Katy B, DJ Yoda and Norman Jay. The atmosphere is electric in this Swedish like forest but queues can get pretty hefty so arrive early. The event runs from June 10th to July 12th and entry is free.

Lux Guide: London’s Best Summer Pop UpsSummer Tales

From the good people that brought us Night Tales – a winter pop up that offered a winning combination of street food and beats – we have this summer inspired shindig with hammocks, rope swings and a 20m terrace to soak up the sun. You can enjoy an impressive offering of food stalls from top London eateries including Burger and Lobster, seafood shack Bonnie Gull and Italian specialist Forza Win. A line up of great DJ’s is expected if their winter venue is anything to go by, which saw artists Rudimental, Gorgan City and Will Saul. This Shoreditch party will run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 2nd to July 31st.

Lux Guide: London’s Best Summer Pop Ups 2Jimmy’s Secret Garden

British chef, Jimmy Garcia has transformed the space above the Clapham North Pub into an enchanting garden restaurant. Marvel at the intricate dishes, indoor BBQ and botanical inspired cocktails. On Sunday, the place is a hangover haven with chilled out music, bloody Mary’s and a selection of slow roast meats with all the trimmings. This venue will be open until August 31st.

Lux Guide: London’s Best Summer Pop Ups 3Pump Shoreditch

An old petrol station on Shoreditch High Street will be hosting this summer feast, open daily from 11am to 11pm. For a heads up, we suggest heading to Hix’s Fishdog for a fresh fish finger hot dog with mushy peas, chips and tartar sauce. Award winning, Pizza Rosso is also a must try, breaking conventions with their healthy and square pizza slice.

Lux Guide: London’s Best Summer Pop Ups 4Love London Food Festival

On July 13th head to Regent Street for a celebration of London’s awesome food culture. You’re sure to leave satisfied and possibly a little tipsy with over 50 independent street vendors and 6 bars serving up craft beer, wine and cocktails. Open between 11am and 4pm, the street will be closed to traffic and entry is free.

Lux Guide: London’s Best Summer Pop Ups 5Street Feast

Taking place at two locations – Dalston Yard and Model Market in Lewisham – there’s no excuse to miss out on this summer long food-fest. You’ll be spoilt for choice but here’s our top picks: Gourmet burgers at Mother Flipper, Annie Mae’s barbecue infused Mac n Cheese, Authentic pizza (from a converted Land Rover) at Born and Raised and frozen yoghurt with fresh fruit at Scoopsy Daisy. There is also an impressive selection of drink venues including the Gin Store and if you can brave the hangover, the Tequila Treehouse.

Lux Guide: London’s Best Summer Pop Ups 6The Doodle Bar & Grub Club Weekend Summer Dockside Diner

Enjoy a good scribble, play a game of ping pong or simply stuff your face at this venue near Battersea Park.  Featuring different vendors each weekend, you could be chowing down on specialities from Mama’s Jerk, The Italian Supper Club or Louisiana Cray Fish Broil. An outside beach area is the perfect place to enjoy live blues, gypsy jazz and reggae music. The venue will take place every Saturday until September 19th.

Lux Guide: London’s Best Summer Pop Ups 7Monograpgh

For a unique dining experience head to this Japanese supper club which serves up authentic, contemporary dishes. Located in N7, this not-so secret spot can get very busy, so be ready to share a table with strangers. The delicious noodle dishes and fresh seafood are also available in tasting portions. This venue is open every Friday night during the summer.

Lux Guide: London’s Best Summer Pop Ups 8Dinerama

The awesome food collective, Street Feast brings this all new pop up to Shoreditch Yard. A once armoured truck depot had been transformed into a 1,000 capacity, street food nirvana. The scale is impressive with 6 bespoke bars, cosy food shacks, street diners and a raised mezzanine level overlooking the culinary madness. This will be running Thursday through to Sunday until October 4th with free entry before 7, and £3 after that.

Lux Guide: London’s Best Summer Pop Ups 9The Moveable Feast

Open near The Shard from Monday to Friday, this food extravaganza celebrates all things vegetarian. You can expect a changing line up every month. Be sure to keep an eye out for Horn Ok Please which serves up Indian streetfood. You may find yourself following this vendor around London after trying there Indian dosas and chickpea curries. For sweet treats and a caffeine kick, Three Wheels Coffee has it covered. You may want to check out their secret recipe hot chocolate…you can thank us later.

Lux Guide: London’s Best Summer Pop Ups 10Vintage Salt

Every summer, the roof top terrace above Selfridges on Oxford Street gets decked out with a new theme. This time around we have a Cornish inspired design complete with deck chairs, fishing nets and seaside huts. A simple menu includes grilled fresh fish, meat, salads and grains. The Drift Bar serves up refreshing drinks such as the G&Tea which sees a generous dollop of gin and tonic sorbet floating on top of blended earl grey tea, lemon and gin.

Lux Guide: London’s Best Summer Pop Ups 11Bone Daddies Shackfuyu

Since its opening, this pop up restaurant in Old Compton Street has been hugely popular, serving a playful menu of Japanese and European fusion cuisine. Traditional dishes get the oriental treatment with favourites like Man n Cheese featuring Mentaiko. Check social media for updates to the menu which changes month by month.

Lux Guide: London’s Best Summer Pop Ups 12The Magic Roundabout with Burger Bear

The iconic Old Street Roundabout in London is the location of this eagerly anticipated pop up bar and street food venue. With a 500 capacity space, you can enjoy an exciting mix of top notch food, drink and disco beats. Big hitters include Burger Bear, Prawnograpghy and Relax. The market will be open every day from 7am to 11pm throughout the summer and entry is free.

Lux Guide: London’s Best Summer Pop Ups 13Rossoterraza by RossoPomodoro

This hidden gem sits on the rooftop garden of John Lewis in Oxford Street. The restaurant serves up authentic Neapolitan street food alongside signature cocktails and wine. Open until September 30th, take a break from the shops and enjoy a slice of Napoli.

Lux Guide: London’s Best Summer Pop Ups 14Grain Store Unleashed

This venue has set up at The Zetter Hotel for a limited period, with Chef Bruni Loubet taking the reins. This menu is very much inspired by his King’s Cross restaurant, Grain Store which has been a big success. With vegetables taking centre stage, there’s plenty of experimentation going on. Four, six and eight course set menus are available and be sure to book in advance as this place gets busy.

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Christian Davies

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