Quirky Pop-Ups In London

If there's one thing we can say for the people of this city, it's that there is no limit to their imagination, demonstrated by the sheer number of wacky, weird and downright quirky pop-ups in London. From an alcoholic tea party inspired by Pat Butcher through to a sport that King VIII used to play, these are just a few of our favourite unusual pop-ups in London.

Last updated on 25th May 2018

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You heard it here first, bowls has gone rock 'n' roll with this mad pop-up in Finsbury Square. Festibowls is combining the quintessential game with beer, music and fun.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Activity, Food & Drink, Date Night, Pop-Up
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Gather your team and get them ready to save an illicit gambling club; a murder’s just occurred and it’s up to you to gather evidence, crack clues, and meet characters that have more than a few things to hide.

13:00 - 17:30
Daytime, Something A Little Different, Immersive, Fun Time Partying
Farringdon
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So you've smuggled your bottle of moonshine into this unique BYOB pop-up, what next? Moonshine Saloon is plunging you straight into the Wild West at this illicit gambling den with card games, sheriffs and libations to knock your socks off.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Food & Drink, Immersive, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different
Background Music
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3 events @ Neverland London with 114 upcoming dates from 27 May 2018 until 26 Aug 2018

Bringing together shuffleboard, mini golf, beer pong, brunch and yoga sessions, this quirky London pop up promises to be one of the best things to do in the city this spring and summer. 

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5 events @ Pitch Stratford with 22 upcoming dates starting on 28 May 2018

Pitch is basically your new back yard. From chilled out sessions playing games in their weather-proof urban garden to eating delicious street food, to their jam-packed events schedule and raucous parties, there’s more than enough to do at this quirky London pop-up.

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It's all fun and games over at Oxo Tower's Bargehouse as the spot is putting on games of croquet. Not any old croquet, this pop-up is combining playing with great music, an amazing location and affordable drinks.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Pop-Up, Something A Little Different, Fun Time Partying
Background Music
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3 events @ Tobacco Dock with 150 upcoming dates from 27 May 2018 until 19 Aug 2018

This quirky pop up in London's Tobacco Dock boasts panoramic views over the city, a fun and summery design and some seasonal lawn games to make your visit that little bit more interesting.

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34 events @ Secret London Location with 34 upcoming dates from 02 Jun 2018 until 29 Dec 2018

If there's two things we love in this city, it's brunch and it's hip hop. Fortunately for us quirky London pop-up Hip Hop Brunch combines the two in epic fashion. Grab tickets to one of their shindigs for a massive day of cocktails, Southern-style plates and massive tunes.

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Catch a screening of the film RENT at this unique pop-up in an abandoned East London lot, before watching a performance of the play’s most iconic songs by the 20th anniversary tour cast.

19:00 - 22:00
Film Screenings
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One of the best quirky pop ups in London, head to Underbelly festival to see the House of Burlesque gang bringing all the glamour and sass you've come to expect from them.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Cabaret/Burlesque, Something A Little Different, Date Night
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15 events @ Secret London Location with 15 upcoming dates from 02 Jun 2018 until 15 Dec 2018

Roll back the clock at the 90s Brunch, undoubtedly one of London's quirkiest pop-up events. Certain to leave you beaming from ear to ear, the event revolves around a home cooked brunch offering, rounded off by huge 90s tracks - R Kelly, Destiny's Child etc - and a few frivolous rounds of lip-syncing.

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Ever drank in prison before? Because now’s your time. It’s all getting a bit Orange is the New Black up in here, where it’s up to you to smuggle in your favourite bottle of alcohol, past the warden using bribery and special techniques, so that one of the inmates can mix you up some spectacular cocktails. Just make sure you aren’t caught.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Themed Nights, Pop-Up
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2 events @ Little Nan's Fitzrovia Kitchen & Bar with 100 upcoming dates from 27 May 2018 until 15 Jul 2018

An icon on the London's quirky pop-up scene, Little Nan bars are inspired by all things 80s. Head to one of their wacky events to experience the bars at their best, from afternoon teas through to craft classes.

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It's safe to say that London isn't lacking when it comes to quirky events and alternative pop-ups. Musical Bingo is the latest offbeat night out to land in Brixton and if you're bored of the usual, it could be just what you need.

19:00 - 23:00
Fun Time Partying, Quiz Night, Something A Little Different, Clubbing
Commercial/Pop
Brixton
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2 events @ 2 venues with 23 upcoming dates from 09 Jun 2018 until 02 Nov 2018

Immerse yourselves in these tales, as certain locations across London become the set for tales of mystery, murder, and dark secrets, as you aid master of the supernatural Jack Daw to uncover the truth.

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Is this the most fun you're ever going to have? There's only one way to find out... Musical Bingo is getting you ready for the weekend with their epic events - think dancing on tables, singing along and mad competitions.

19:30 - 23:00
Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different, Clubbing, Quiz Night, Themed Nights
Commercial/Pop
Shoreditch
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5 events @ 5 venues with 7 upcoming dates from 27 May 2018 until 24 Jul 2018

This cute and quirky London pop up is making opera more enjoyable and accessible. Head to The Peter Samuel Theatre in Hampstead, or the Asylum in Peckham, for a great night of fun with Pop-up Opera.

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Get ready to drink your weight in espresso martinis as The Espresso Martini Society mixes up 20 unmissable varieties for six weeks only - all you have to do is find the secret Soho door.

10:30 - 02:00
Pop-Up, Food & Drink, Drinks Tasting, Something A Little Different
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8 events @ FEST Camden with 22 upcoming dates starting on 27 May 2018

FEST Camden is already making its mark on the London nightlife scene as they go all out with parties and club events; from Grease singalongs through to massive DJ nights.

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Canek Bar are transforming into a dangerous place where only the cartel dare tread. Prepare yourself as you ‘cook’ up a range of cocktails with the help of professional Hector Hernandez… and you’ll need your bulletproof vest to survive.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Drinks Tasting, Food & Drink
Hip Hop/RnB
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All aboard the Murdér Express, as it partakes on its first historic journey – and you can bet drama is on the tracks. Join this immersive dining event for delicious drinks and food from MasterChef finalists Billy and Jack.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Food & Drink, Theatre/Arts, Immersive, Date Night
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If you’re sick of being a loser and are too ashamed about your bingo skills to go out in public, head underground to the Vaults, where the Bingo Trainers will whip you into shape to make sure you become the bingo champion you’ve always wanted to be.

19:00 - 22:00
Pop-Up, Fun Time Partying, Clubbing, Date Night
Waterloo
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This quirky London pop up at the Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club offers a nice change form your standard life drawing class. With cabaret and burlesque stars as your models, and the bar open throughout, you're always sure to produce something interesting.

13:00 - 16:30
Cabaret/Burlesque, Something A Little Different, Daytime, Themed Nights
Electro
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12 events @ 6 venues with 12 upcoming dates from 05 Jun 2018 until 04 Sep 2018

Learn from a professional how to use real equipment, source your own materials, and set up your own studio space at home at this fun design workshop perfect for beginners and experts.

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3 events @ 2 venues with 3 upcoming dates starting on 28 May 2018

This is the perfect way to meet other young creatives in a fun, relaxed environment. Meet several different people of the opposite sex in a light-hearted way, ensuring there’s no cringe – just the chance to meet the person of your dreams.

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3 events @ Studio 338 with 3 upcoming dates starting on 10 Jun 2018

Studio 338 is transforming into a summer paradise and you’re invited, with spectacular tunes, amazing street food, VIP cabanas to enjoy and two whole pools to party in complete with inflatables.  

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This fun and quirky pop up festival in East London brings together some of the nation's best cheese producers, with traders, street food vendors, live music and cocktails to bring you one of the best events in London this May bank holiday.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Food & Drink, Festival, Daytime, Pop-Up
Background Music
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Join this immersive theatrical performance hosted by The Great Gatsby himself, where you’ll all dress to the nines, the cocktails will be flowing, the jazz will light up the dance floor – and it’s all in support of pride.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Immersive, Something A Little Different, Themed Nights, Theatre/Arts
Jazz
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