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Royal Pop-ups


The Royal Wedding, there’s a chance you’re sick of it but there’s also a chance that this huge shindig is starting to grow on you. And while I’m sure you’ve already been bombarded with ways to celebrate Wills and Kate’s big day, I’m  just going to add a few more ways you can celebrate their nuptials.

Here are some pretty special pop-up shops dedicated to the big Royal day:
Alison Jackson’s ‘Up the Aisle’ Pop-up Shop
Often described as a controversial photographer, Jackson celebrates Kate and Wills’ royal vows through her unique pop-up. It features her new book- which is packed with tongue-in-check images of the royal couple- and other humorous memorabilia.

Until May 3, at Harvey Nichols 109 – 125 Knightsbridge


Will & Cake Pop-up Cake Shop

Miss Cakehead is opening for one day only, a Royal Wedding inspired cake shop. So start loading up for your street parties and BBQs, the sale will include: Union Jack Cupcakes, biscuit cakes, cupcakes with William and Kate’s faces on them and basically any royal wedding themed treat your sweet tooth desires.

April 28 at Maiden, 188 Shoreditch High Street from 7am to 10 pm


Un-veil Pop-up Hat Shop

On the search for the perfect hat to wear around to the many fancy parties you’ve been invited to this Friday? Well then stop over at hat designer to the stars Gabriela Lingenza’s hat shop. Of course this isn’t limited to the wedding but to the many posh events that come with the warm weather in Southern England.
Until May 3, 72 Duke of York Square, SW3


Something Blue: Pop-up Design Showcase

To celebrate the Royal Wedding, a few Loughborough graduates have gotten together for a week long pop-up shop. Stop by for limited edition blue pieces along with some tea and cakes.

Until May 1, 21 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R ODX 

For those with a love for leather-bound books, twinkies and white russians

Do you always associate outdoor theatres on the green with old, classic love inspired films? Thanks to plenty of corny rom-coms, I do.  But I think that may change with my first pop-up screen experience. 

Combining the experience of the cinema and that of a  music festival, Dave Leydon is bringing Pop-Up Screens to London to entertain with viewings of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy, The Big Lebowski and Ghostbusters.

“It’s just an opportunity to have a good night out at the park with a can of cider,” explains the recent uni grad who loves creating a buzz around new events and challenges.

“I’ve seen a couple been done and I thought I could do it better.”

So, he’s taking over Ravenscourt Park in Hammersmith for the May Bank Holiday weekend and is inviting all those who are bored of paying to have their kicks stuck to the multi-screen cinema carpet, to enjoy three awesome and individual cult movies with beverages and treats.

There will be a fully stocked bar, hot yummy popcorn and your choice of Tucker’s Exotic burgers, which include meats of buffalo, ostrich, sprinbok, wild boar, and wildebeest.

Join the screenings with your friends at £7  per night or snag a  season ticket for all three nights at £18. The doors will be opening at 7pm each night.

This is Dave’s first time planning a cinema pop-up and  he claims to not be feeling any anxiety over the plans just yet, “in a weeks time it will probably hit me!”

If the weather agrees, everything is in line for a great night in the park. So round up your blankets and lawn chairs for a evening of open-air cinema!

For more info and booking: visit popupscreens.co.uk 

Pop-up Cafe: Craft & Cake

With yarn and needles at your disposal, East London’s The Create Place hosts it’s first Pop-up Cafe and Craftoiree.

As May is craft month, The Create Place invites you to start that on-trend summery crochet top or to get a head start on scarves for the always inevitable winter. All proceeds from their craftoiree will go toward funding the ‘The Work Room,’ a brand-new, socially conscious sewing cafe.

If you don’t already have a project in mind, you could always choose from their creative selection of papercraft bunting, mini cross stitch, card making or badge making.

For those who book a two-hour slot, apart from supporting socially conscious crafting while listening to great back-ground music,  the Create Place will be offering teas and bellinis along with a platter of cakes and biscuits.

Choose from these slots on May 6th, May 13th, May 20th and May 27th.

  • 5pm-7pm
  • 7pm-9pm
  • 9pm-11pm

It’s £9 per slot, or £15 for 2 slots (includes bellini, cake, biscuits, tea & craft materials)

If you’re interested in booking a session follow this link: www.thecreateplace.co.uk

Location: 29 Old Ford Road. Bethnal Green E2 9PJ

Does the pop-up label eventually expire?

Is there a point where a pop-up has been around long enough that it’s not considered a pop-up anymore?  How long do you think a pop-up should be?

 This is what a few of you had to say on twitter:

Anyone else have anything to add? Leave a comment!

(and for the story on the The Dock Kitchen)

Free pop-up space, first come first serve!

Been looking for a place to sell a rack full of funky, vintage clothes? Or that collection of prints that’s stashed in a dark corner of your flat?

Well, Bradbury’s Print & Poster Gallery is turning into a pop-up market for the day during Bradbury Street’s street party on Saturday 30th April, from 12-6pm.

No charge, no commission, just do your own marketing.

For more information or to book your spot: info@bradburysgallery.co.uk 

Bradbury’s Print & Poster Gallery
10c Bradbury Street
London
N16 8JN

Facebook: facebook.dj/bradburys
Twitter: twitter.com/bradburysart

Roganic: Simon Rogan’s new restaurant venture

Simon Rogan, known in the culinary world as innovative and quirky, is looking forward to more international exposure in London.
Simon Rogan, known in the culinary kingdom as innovative and quirky, is looking forward to more international exposure in London.

Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan is opening up a “basic and organic” pop-up restaurant in Marylebone.

The restaurant, Roganic, is expected to open its doors in early June on 19 Blanford Street, replacing Michael Moore’s (not to be confused with the American filmmaker) restaurant that closed earlier this year.

The name Roganic stems from the natural, untouched ingredient theme Rogan often advocates and a main inspiration at L’Enclume, Rogan’s renowned Cumbrian restaurant that opened in 2003. And in case you missed the obvious, the name is also a nice little play on words.

And what is this chef hoping to bring to London– another Michelin-starred restaurant?

“Any recognition will be well received; it’s not our aim though. But it will be very similar to L’Enclume, with a little twist for the London market. The focus will always be quality.”

The restaurant does have an expiration date though, sometime around June 2013. It’s a rather long stay according to popular opinion of what a pop-up should be, but it does aspire to carry the concept of one.

“Pop-ups have that underground feel to them, we like that bizarre feeling. We’re not committed to anything. It’s a great way to test things in the London water and if things work out in London, maybe we’ll keep the same site, maybe we won’t.”

Putting on this pop-up restaurant, Rogan was able to forgo making a huge investment. And moving away from the 14-acre farm that L’Enclume depends on in northwest England,  head chef of Roganic Ben Spalding will have a “larger net” of ingredients to work with in London.

“This gives us a chance to reset parameters of what we expect,” said Rogan. “I’m sure Ben will give this all his own little spin.”

There are still a few things left to plan, like what exactly will be on the menu, but Rogan explains that’s the beauty and flexibility of a pop-up.

“It’s small– no grandeur– it’s not about extravagant drapery. It’s basic. It’s about what goes on the table.”

Ministry of Found Dance and Music Exchange

England played a pivotal role in spreading house music throughout Europe in the 90’s and this past weekend the Ministry of Found brought those elements back to Dray Walk off of Bricklane.

The event, which took place the 1st & 2nd of April,  was the culmination of Yell’s Pop-Up Enterprise campaign and paid homage to the iconic era through dance lessons, live DJ sessions, Q&As and vinyl sales.

The record collection sold and exchanged was a nostalgic mix of rare 90s EPs and more mainstream titles like The Prodigy’s Experience. People were able to rummage through old records, uncovering and purchasing some old school favourites or exchanging them with their own vinyls.

Photo cred: M.Abrego

For every purchase made, customers were asked to drop a token into a fishbowl of their choice, each representing a Yell charity partnerOxfamJamie Oliver Foundation and Centre Point.

In association with Mixmag, dancing lessons from professionals picked up where the 90s left off and renewed the likes of the ‘big fish, little fish’.  There were also informative Q&A sessions with Empty Shops Network founder Dan Thompson and Hacienda legend Graeme Park.

It was all kicked off Thursday night with a launch party that included performances  from the legendary Utah Saints and 808 State DJs.

An electric, energetic atmosphere paired with a free coffee led many to come through the pop-up doors to peruse and reminisce over what maybe the best decade for dance music to date.


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What’s poppin’ now?

Until July 9 We Make London: Summer Pop-up The Oak Studio, 8 Perrins Court, Hampstead, London, NW3 1QS

Until July 30 Piccadilly Community Centre Hauser & Wirth Gallery, 196A Piccadilly London W1J 9DY

Until August 3 Ellesse Pop-up shop & Coffee House 77 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DJ

Until August 14 Pop-up Urban Physic Garden 100 Union Street, London, SE1 0NL

Until September The Dishoom Beach Bar Pop-up on London Southbank, in front of the Southbank Centre

Until September The Terrace Garden Pop-up Bar at The Langham The Langham, 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London, GB W1B 1JA

Until September 30 Frank’s Cafe and Campari Bar 10th Floor, Peckham Multi-story carpark 95A Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST

Until November The Summerhouse Restaurant 60 Blomfield Road, W9 2PA

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