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Five of the best pop-ups happening in London this weekend

Posted at 10:00 am, August 29, 2014 in Food & Drink, Fun London, Top 5

Christabel's Mad HATTERS Tea Party

London sure loves a good pop-up these days. Whether you’re mad for a themed brunch party, chocolate mint julep or a craft beer festival with a beautiful view, this week’s tip-top pop-ups have got it covered.


Christabel’s Mad Hatters Brunch

Fall down the rabbit hole into this quaint, kooky-sounding brunch party complete with themed table props and views of Regents canal. Diners will be treated to crispy bacon and maple syrup pancakes, scones with cheddar cheese and spicy honey, scones with white chocolate and marmalade, gooey chocolate brownies and peanut butter celery sticks. It’s BYOB so you can get as merry as you please – which could be very merry indeed, considering you’ll be dining with strangers. Tickets £19, Saturday August 30 (and various other dates), noon–3pm, 1 Poole Street, N1 5ED.

midnight apothecary


Midnight Apothecary

Up on the roof garden at The Brunel Museum Lottie Muir, aka ‘The Cocktail Gardener’, will be hosting the Midnight Apothecary this Saturday evening. Huddle around the firepit for toasted marshmallows and botanical cocktails such as rum and blackberries, chocolate mint juleps and clover thyme clubs. Greek grill I Should Be Souvlaki will be serving up grilled chicken, pork or halloumi stuffed pitta breads while The Nathan Osgood Trio sets the mood with their live hot jazz. Tickets £5, Saturday August 30 (and various other dates), 5.30pm–11pm, Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF.

DDC picnic


Disappearing Dining Club picnic

Put away that winter jacket right now! Summer isn’t over (yet), and just to prove it, the Disappearing Dining Club are holding a summer picnic and BBQ at The Paperworks this weekend.  Grab yourself one of their prepared picnic baskets stocked up with all manner of delights including smoked salmon and lemon creme fraiche, chicken liver parfait, and smoked sweetcorn ceviche. The BBQ will be dishing up salt-grilled Brazilian beef, lamb’s tongue and rouille, and Louisiana rub pork, and for dessert get involved in a DIY Eton mess. To really crank up that summer vibe drinks will include sangrias, wine cocktails and some Australian fizz. There’ll be music and entertainment from ukulele band The Fleas, as well as DJs and special guests. If the weather is miserable, fear not, there will be plenty of cover to hide under. Tickets £45, Saturday August 30, 1pm–11pm, The Paperworks 48–50 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR.

oatly break fest


The Original Oatley Break-Fest

Oatly (a breakfasty drink) is holding a one-day festival, aka a ‘break-fest’ (geddit?) complete with live music, viking chess and rabbit show jumping. After eating your way through a free feast of pancakes and muffins you can work off your brekkie belly on a smoothie bike (where you peddle to blend), play kubb (Viking chess) or listen to electro pop songstress Kyla La Grange. Tickets are free and available online nowFree, Saturday August 30, 10.30am, Brockwell Park, Dulwich Rd, SE24 0NG.

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Beer by the river

London microbrewery Sambrook’s is celebrating its sixth birthday by throwing a craft beer festival complete with local grub and music. Nothing new there, right? Wrong! They’ve teamed up with the National Trust so this beer festival will be held in the beautiful setting of Morden Hall Park. Tickets £10, August 30, noon–11pm, Morden Hall Park, Surrey SM4 5JD.


By Laura Sagar

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