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Outdoor Screens and Al Fresco Pop-Ups as London Gears Up for the Summer

By Jane Venables (01 Jun 17)
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Just a couple of days of hot summer sunshine and we're all in the mood for good times. Lucky for us, London is filled with rooftop bars, pub gardens, riverside terraces and outdoor screens, meaning that summertime fun is there for the taking. Seasonal pop-ups keep the capital fresh and exciting and summertime brings plenty to shout about from temporary beach bars to BBQ clubs and rooftop bars to outdoor cinema screens. Want the lowdown on what's hot in the London pop-up world right now? Then you've come to the right place. Fluid London rounds up the hottest London summertime pop-ups to help you plan your season of fun in the capital.

We love London street food, a diverse platter of cuisines from around the world, so what better way to tantalise those taste buds than with a visit to the Night Markets at Kensington Palace Gardens from 7th-18th June. London Food Month brings together over 50 of London's finest street food vendors, offering a heavenly array of culinary treats to sample throughout the warm summery evenings. Even better, the Westfield Open Air Cinema will be setting up home alongside the Night Market, offering movies for all ages from Disney matinees to old school classics and big time blockbusters.

Speaking of Westfield – catch the launch of their exciting new Food Truck Festival this June at both their Shepherd's Bush and Stratford shopping centres. From 1st -4th June, get on over to West London's Westfield at Shepherd's Bush and sample a variety of cuisines from some of London's finest food trucks, all setting up shop in the Atrium. They all head East to Westfield Stratford from 22nd-25th June where you can enjoy them all over again.

If you can't get to the beach this summer, then let the beach come to you! Well South London anyway. Backyard Cinema in Borough presents its latest incarnation 'Miami Beach' where a tropical sandy beach and exotic cocktails create the backdrop for screenings of classics and blockbusters. Grab your flip flops and don your best Hawaiian shirt/summer dress. Miami Beach begins on 30th May at Backyard Cinema, Mercato Metropolitano in Borough. And of course, if you fancy a pre/post movie meal, check out some of the fantastic places to eat on Southbank and Bankside.

Love a good barbecue? Well, they don't come much better than Jimmy Garcia's temporary Southbank pop-up The BBQ Club. This split-level eatery at The Southbank Centre features a riverside walk-up bar and barbecue as well as an intimate rooftop BBQ Club serving a divine six course tasting menu. The upstairs BBQ Club tasting menu will invite guests to baste and grill dishes alongside their chef on their very own BBQ built into the centre of the table and enjoy dishes such as hand-dived Dorset scallop served with coal-baked cauliflower, hazelnut crumb and pickled red onion petals whilst downstairs the walk-up grill will serve delights such as charred monkfish with tarragon mayonnaise and smoked & slow roast lamb shoulder with spicy pickled slaw. The six course tasting menu costs £45 per person whilst dishes downstairs are all under £10.

We all love a good rooftop bar and restaurant in London and White City's Pergola on the Roof is about as good as they get. Housed atop the old BBC building, this flower filled oasis has become one of the hottest destinations in London for summertime drinks and eats, and with 8 Hoxton Square now taking up its residency there until 1st October, there're even more reason to check it out. Serving outstanding seasonal Mediterranean cuisine, you can expect fresh, heathy and tasty treats all summer long. Did we mention the view – it's lush!

Coppa Club

The Coppa Club over by Tower Bridge have pulled out all of the stops again this summer with a stunning terrace. Seven standalone cabanas surround a hexagonal shaped bar area, made from beautiful wooden pergolas wrapped in creeping wisteria and roses. Sit back on the wicker sofas and armchairs and enjoy the view over one of London's most iconic bridges.

Roof East, Stratford

An open-air cinema from the Rooftop Film Club, a well-stocked rooftop bar, batting cages, lawn bowls, a crazy golf course and even a roller disco are on offer this year at the brilliant Roof East in Stratford. Oh yeah, and some pretty fab street food stalls too to keep those hunger pangs at bay. Weekends fill up fast at this hugely popular East London hangout so get there early.

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