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 15th January 2019

  The Grid

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@ Neosight Headquarters, Bankside Arches, SE1 on Various dates from Thursday 17th January 2019

Get set for another amazing experience as Lollipop unveil their latest pop-up bar. Following on from the success of ABQ and the Bletchley, the team are going even more ambitious, with an AI immersive experience, complete with incredible cocktails.

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.

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.

@ Concrete on Thursday 31st January 2019 and 10 other Thursdays

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.

  The Murdér Express

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@ Pedley Street Station on Various dates from Thursday 17th January 2019

Save 20% on ticket Sunday Matinee Early 1pm with discount code MIDWEEK20
Valid on the following dates: 16/01/2019, 17/01/2019, 23/01/2019, 24/01/2019, 31/01/2019, 06/02/2019, 07/02/2019, 12/02/2019 and 13/02/2019.

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.

Discounts available on certain events

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.

The Albarny is playing host to this awe-inspiring cabaret residency. Add some heat to even coldest winter nights by witnessing the best in drag, burlesque and more at one of the city's most glamorous cabaret showcases. 

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.

If you're looking for good drinks, lively dancing and an evening of debauchery, then head to this private members club with Gin-House Burlesque is taking over with jaw-dropping circus performers, slinky cabaret queens and live music, plus special guests.


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@ Venue to be revealed on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th February 2019

This sultry pop-up is sure to get temperatures raising this winter, as you enter the Floating World. Inspired by the ancient Edo period of Japan, you'll dine on an exquisite meal in the red lantern room, dressed in full kimono, as the story of lust and sensuality unravells.

  Alcotraz - Prison Cocktail Bar

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@ Alcotraz Penitentiary on Various dates from Thursday 17th January 2019

Save 20% on ticket Sentence No. 1 (Wednesday) with discount code ORANGE
Valid on the following dates: 07/11/2018, 14/11/2018, 21/11/2018 and 28/11/2018.

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.

@ The Chocolate Cocktail Club on Various dates from Thursday 17th January 2019

This pop-up sounds just like it's rolled out of Will Wonka's wildest dreams. Creating crazy concoctions from chocolate, they'll be serving up mocha, mint and many more flavoured cocktails as well as their signature mix the Chocolate Chocotini and chocolate beers and wines.  

@ Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel on Various dates from Friday 18th January 2019

Save 50% on ticket Lunch with discount code FOOLS50
Valid on the following dates: 20/01/2019.

Whether you're a die-hard fan of Only Fools and Horses or simply in the mood for a hilarious night out, this immersive pop-up is just what you need. Prepare to be transported to The Nags Head for a night of wheeling, dealing, dining and drinking with the Trotters.

Immerse yourselves in these tales, as a unique London location becomes the set for a story of mystery, murder, and dark secrets, as you aid master of the supernatural Jack Daw to uncover the truth.

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.

@ Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club on Monday 11th February 2019 and 4 other Mondays

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.

Discounts available on certain events

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.

@ Moonshine Saloon on Various dates from Thursday 17th January 2019

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.

  The Brig

25 user reviews 5

@ Merchant House on Various dates from Thursday 17th January 2019

If it's a hidden bar that you're after, this intimate nook within Merchant House has it all. Available to book all summer, London's smallest bar gives you the opportunity to listen to your own music and shake up cocktails with your own personal bartender.