London has some of the best attractions, including the best pop-ups! Whether it is weird, wacky, or wonderful, Top Sight tours has compiled a list of the best quick London attractions.
Choose Love X Mile in my Shoes
Located in the Empathy museum, The Empathy Museum is an experiential arts space dedicated to helping us all look at the world through other people’s eyes. Using the power of dialogue and storytelling it explores how to view life from the perspective of other people in order to transform personal relationships, help tackle global challenges and open up the public conversation around empathy.
We tour our first project A Mile in My Shoes both in the UK and internationally, adding to our diverse collection of shoes and stories as we go.
The Jellied Eel
After popping up over the spring, The Jellied Eel is back for summer 2019. Walthamstow locals Paul Jellis and Charlie Westover are returning with the cocktail and croquetas bar inside the Grade-II listed L Manze pie and mash shop in Walthamstow.
Every Friday & Saturday night this Summer, they’re going to dim the lights & pull out the shakers, setting up the space for cocktail-hunting punters – and what a space it is. It’s remained unchanged since it opened almost a century ago (it’s even been Grade II listed), and is still filled with its original Art Deco white tile walls & wooden, all-booth seating.The Jellied Eel will be serving up seasonal cocktails, like a rhubarb negronis, blood orange margs and a sharing size dirty martini and gourmet croquetas.
On-Demand is a method of manufacturing in which goods are only produced when they are required, rather than in large batches. Most fashion companies produce large quantities of inventory, a practice that reduces per-piece production cost but often leaves them saddled with excess product at the end of the season. This extra product is put on sale, marked down repeatedly, and if consumers still won’t buy, it’s dumped in landfills or burned, adding significant pollution to our planet.
The Market Building, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RF
The pop-up, on the lower level of Covent Garden Market (just down the road from the restaurant), will serve the cult smoked bacon and maple syrup scones with clotted cream, with the option to takeaway. You’ll also be able to get a veggie goat’s cheese version and there’ll be banoffee scones for dessert. Gregory is also installing a PacMan arcade game, available for guests to play on for the duration of the pop-up, and whoever has the highest score at the end will win a tasting experience for two at Frenchie Covent Garden. Better get practising.
Calling all dessert fans! Whisk, the pop-up from Randon Burns and chef Simon Jenkins that serves a three-course dessert-only menu, is back and it’s bigger and better than ever. Taking over the Jones & Sons spot in the Angel Central shopping centre for three months, Whisk will offer a seasonal dessert tasting menu complete with tea/coffee and dessert wine pairings.
After an amuse bouche of soft set strawberry jelly with vanilla yoghurt mousse, you get six dessert options to choose from – dishes include avocado and white chocolate mousse with torched sweetcorn, dark chocolate creme with parsnip ice cream and orange granita, roasted rhubarb with vanilla crumble and deep fried ginger, and celery sorbet with crumbled blue cheese and honeycomb – and petit fours to finish.
Social Fun and Games Club
Social Fun & Games Club is back at Roof East for summer and they’ve got a new look, new games and new street food. Not only are Birdies crazy golf and batting cage Sluggers returning to the roof but House of Foos, a VR mix of football and table foosball, is heading up there too. You’ll also be able stretch it out with Flow East Yoga, catch a movie with Rooftop Film Club, and chow down on street food from the new Roof Eats line-up, which includes Eat Chay, Kolkati and Jimmy Garcia’s The Burger Project.
For Las Mexicanas, the summer edition of their rooftop, Queen of Hoxton is taking inspiration from San Cristobal in Mexico. There’ll be a wrestling ring and arm wrestling stage where you’ll find the luchadoras, the bad ass ladies of Mexican wrestling; events like Trump pinata making, insect and mezcal tasting, and feminist embroidery workshops; and tacos and frozen margs galore. Ole!
Roof Fest and Gardening Society
Join John Lewis & Partners on one of the largest roof gardens in the city. Enjoy live performances, from DJ sets to acoustic sessions covering everything from R&B and Jazz to Disco and Garage. Get ready for comedians, poets, drag acts and magicians to entertain you while you soak up some sun at one of the staple places to be in London during summer.
Coppa club surf shack
Coppa Club is a space for eating, drinking, meeting and unwinding. Built around a central, brass bar that’s open on all-sides, Coppa Club has a raised lounge for working and winding down, a 250-cover restaurant with a marble herringbone floor, and a café with booths and a fireplace. Outside, there’s a large, south-facing terrace that catches the sun all day. All of the seating is designed to make the most of our view over the river. The menu focuses on thoughtful, unfussy, European food from small plates and snacks to grilled mains, sourdough pizzas and healthy salads. There’s a wide selection of weekend brunch dishes and the bar serves carefully-chosen wines, beers and classic cocktails as well as new creations.
NYEtimber Secret Garden
Follow the pathways to the secret garden, and guests will be invited to enter the experience via a wrought iron gate. Inside, the terrace will be transformed into a verdant haven adorned with colourful wisteria, luscious green plants and delicate lighting – the perfect setting to enjoy our Classic Cuvee, Rosé or Cuvee Chérie sparkling wines. Thoughtful details alluding to the Nyetimber Estate – such as vintage garden tools and plant pots – will be placed throughout the garden, immersing guests in a true British outdoor atmosphere. The space will also boast hidden tables throughout, decorated with foliage and flowers providing guests a special summertime experience.
Pitch Sundays is the ultimate weekly day event with something for everyone ranging from: Great music – including Chart Toppers, Old Skool 90’s Jams – be sure to put your dancing shoes on! Tasty street food offerings with a fantastic selection/array of unique flavours and cuisines from across the world (American, Asian, Afro-Caribbean, European and much more. It’s only a few minutes walk away from Stratford Westfields and 10 seconds from Stratford High Street station on the DLR. So come down every Sunday to enjoy great music, scrumptious food, dancing and crazy cocktails!
The heart of the operation here is the pub; a renovated Victorian boozer fitted out with vintage pendant lights, whitewashed walls and exposed brickwork. Downstairs is the buzzier of the two levels, while upstairs is the Tudor Room – a private hire area complete with its own bar. The drinks have been given a warm-weather twist, with Summer Negronis, rum punch on tap, and house-blended botanicals (like a g&t with extra fruits, herbs, and spices).Tucked away behind the pub and street food kitchens, this hidden, flower-laden oasis is accessible from the back of each of the buildings via the al fresco dining terrace. Follow it down and you’ll find a magical, fairy-lit warren, overhung by a pergola festooned with tumbling garlands of wisteria and hydrangeas. And that roof is now retractable…