You don’t need us to tell you what a momentous summer we’re having in London – it’s everywhere – and businesses are capitalising on all these visitors flocking to the city. Shops, clubs, ice-cream parlours and even beaches are ‘popping up’ all over, for limited periods of time – so at Hg2 we’ve been busy scouring the capital to bring you our list of this summer’s Top 10 London pop-ups. And here they are…
Big British Shop at Selfridges
4 May – 31 August
Red, white and blue have never looked so good. Some of the most iconic British brands and world-class British products come together to offer a selection of witty and original items, designed and curated especially for Selfridges.
Chanel pop-up beauty boutique in Covent Garden
Opens 24 July
Make-up aficionados, get excited. Chanel is opening a (literally) one-of-a-kind store in Covent Garden, with two floors dedicated to beauty. If a touch-up is needed in a hurry, fret not, the Chanel pop-up will be hosting makeover and manicure bars for summer panic moments.
Camden pop-up beach
1 July – 30 August
The 900-square-metre (read: it’s massive) terrace of The Roundhouse is currently bedecked with sand, palm trees and deckchairs, bringing London its own island paradise. Drinks and ice cream outlets, as well as a barbeque, volleyball net and, of course, Olympic coverage on huge screens make for the ideal day out – let’s just keep our fingers crossed for sunshine…
Tomscoopery Gelato pop-up
1 July – 30 August
A constantly changing menu of crazy, boozed up ice cream flavours (think mojito, blood orange, chocolate & chilli) is making waves at Tomscoopery – a pop-up gelato bar at London Fields Brewery. It’s something a little different to your average Mr. Whippy van – and delicious whether it’s sunny or not!
Barking Bathhouse pop-up spa
26 July – 9 September
Free to enter, book sessions etc when you’re there or in advance.
Created with Londoners’ wellbeing in mind, this pop-up spa offers affordable spa treatments, a pebble beach sunbathing area, a sauna and cold room – for escape during one of the city’s most hectic periods. Where better to sip organic cocktails under a canopy of growing cucumbers?
Gathering Goddess pop-up Vintage store
Opens 23 July
In Notting Hill, luxury vintage brand, The Gathering Goddess, has teamed up with London lifestyle guide MissCittyKitty.com to bring vintage chic to thrifty fashionistas. The pop-ups will have not only clothes on offer, but will host special events, from rare vintage poster exhibitions and personal shoppers to talks from jewellery designers and spa treatments.
27 July – 12 August
Complimentary entry via registration.
Sports/lifestyle giants Puma are out to celebrate their rich Jamaican heritage, bringing Caribbean cool to the East End in the form of a social club and outdoor dining/retail area. Expect artists as big as Professor Green and Groove Armada, as well as clothes designed by Cedella Marley (daughter of Bob) on sale.
Magnum’s Ice Cream pop-up
20 July – 5 September
Magnum’s concept store at Westfield Stratford is any chocolate-lover’s fantasy. You can create your own dream Magnum in-store: choose the chocolate, the topping, set it, post it on Facebook, then consume it. Ice-cream design experiences like this don’t come around every day.
Novikov Lounge pop-up beach party
Novikov is hosting a glamorous, all-day pop-up lounge and beach party. From stepping off the Emirates Air Line cable car, you’re whisked off to the venue by private water taxi. There, the DJ booth is graced by Ibiza maestro John Beach, the barbeque fired up and champagne is guaranteed to be flowing.
See website for pop-ups near you
Pop-up screens pitch up in hundreds of places and green spaces throughout London. Season tickets are available lasting the whole summer for those who can’t get enough of the proper cult movies they show, and we don’t blame you if you can’t bear to go back to an indoor, sticky-floor cinema.