The sun’s out in London and a fresh crop of pop-up bars are beckoning. From floral fantasies and urban jungles through to tropical igloos with a view, here’s five pop-up bars to keep you cool in the City this summer.
If there’s a surefire sign of summer in London, it’s an Aperol umbrella popping up in every pub from Walthamstow to Wimbledon. Broadgate has gone one further with an entire bar devoted to the nation’s favourite sunny apéritif. Spritz & Giggles will be serving up the iconic Aperol Spritz and Negronis surrounded by lush orange trees on the colossal outdoor terrace. Catch summer sport in the sun on the big screen or play a couple of rounds yourself on table tennis and foosball tables. Steering clear of the orange stuff? They have frozen cocktails, as well as all the standard tipples too.
37 Broadgate Circle EC2M 2QS
Until early August
This Thameside restaurant was one of the first to bring festive igloos to London’s list of dining must-dos, but rather than letting them gather dust until December, they’ve ditched the mulled wine and bearskin rugs in favour of palm trees and Pimm’s for summer. Coppa Club’s newly christened ‘Paradise Pods’ have been decked out like a tropical beach resort with bamboo trees, colourful lanterns and pitchers of Pimm’s and white sangria. The only thing that hasn’t changed is the stunning views of Tower Bridge and the Shard. Bookings are a must.
3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street EC3R 6AH
Old Street is a jungle at the best of times, but The Magic Roundabout is taking things literally this summer, returning to transform the roundabout into an urban jungle pop-up party one last time before redevelopment work begins at Old Street at the end of the year. Organisers have gone all out for the final season with trees, vines and a working waterfall, as well as street food traders and top DJs hosting parties throughout the season.
16 St Agnes Well EC1Y 1BE
The iconic terrace at Coq D’Argent has been given a floral facelift to celebrate the colours of the season, with restaurant group D&D London launching its Bloom Rooms. Think floral-themed Moët & Chandon cocktails and domes decked out in garlands and ivy to resemble an English garden in full bloom. Whiling away an afternoon here will also be in aid of the Gynecological Cancer Fund, with £1 from each bill going towards its Lady Garden campaign. Check out a similar set-up at South Place Hotel’s Angler.
1 Poultry EC2R 8EJ
Until 17 June
This street food and music fest returns in fine form after a long cold winter dishing up toasties and hot toddies in a tent (although that was pretty great too). Last Days of Shoreditch’s ‘Enchanted Garden’ features hammocks, slides and a treehouse for those that like to work up an appetite before getting stuck into food from the likes of Crust Bros, Cheeky Burger and Smokey Tails. There’s also Lucky Voice karaoke (God help us) and a stellar line-up of DJs to see you through the summer every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
288 Old Street EC1V 9LA
24 May to 26 August