Pop-Ups, Takeovers & Terraces: How London is Gearing Up For Spring

Spring-time terraces, takeovers, pop-ups, and festivities are back, so get ready to shake off winter in style; this is how London is coming out of hibernation…

Photo: London In The Sky

1 MasterChef The Professionals Collab at Number One Park Lane

The InterContinental’s terrace restaurant will launch its chef pop up series in May, bringing guest culinary talents to its leafy surrounds, overlooking London’s Royal Parks, Buckingham Palace and the Wellington Arch. This spring MasterChef the Professionals 2020 winner Alex Webb will set up shop in Number One Park Lane’s kitchen to serve up English-inspired sharing plates of the likes of Devon crab and duck scotch egg, citrus cured salmon and cold water cod with champagne sauce.  Dishes are paired with Hattingley Valley wines and the bar has created three signature cocktails especially for Alex’s menu.
Date: May 3 – July 28
Opening Hours: Tuesday 5pm-9pm; Wednesday-Saturday 12pm-10pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm 
Address: 1 Park Lane, W1J 7QY

2 Somerset House Terrace, Strand

The Somerset House terrace with San Miguel is returning for its third season to celebrate the joy of a sundowner. The bar is serving up ice cold beers, including alcohol free beer and gluten free brews, and something called a sundown spritz cocktail, as well as a spectacular view of the city, from the terrace’s riverside spot. Tapas is available to nibble on, and on Fridays between 6pm-7pm  for ‘Sundown Hour’ you can get two pints of San Miguel Especial and two tapas dishes for £20.
Date: Open until October
Address: Somerset House, South Wing, WC2R 1LA

3 London In The Sky, Greenwich

If heights make you queasy, this might not be for you, otherwise, read on. London In The Sky and the O2 are taking alfresco dining to the next level, for brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinners by sunset. Buckle up and feast on dishes prepared by Dish, at one to the two 22-seater tables suspended 100 feet above the ground.
Date: From May 19 – August 29; Wednesday to Sunday & Bank Holiday weekends 
Time: 9am-9pm
Tickets: From £79 pp
Address: The O2, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula SE10 0DX

4 Pergola Paraiso, Paddington

Rooftop bar Pergola Paddington is looking to the balmy beaches of Mexico for inspiration this spring, with fire performers, dancers, live percussion and djs playing until late. The Takeover starts as soon as you enter with a palm tree lined entrance that gives way to a tropical oasis with an abundance of plants and foliage, rattan furniture, hammocks, kilim rugs and bookable cabana-style day beds and a large dance floor. Pop-up restaurants from Crudo Cevicheria and Dos Mas Tacos supply Mexican flavours and, naturally, an extensive menu of margaritas is on offer.
Date: April 28 through to mid-September
Address: 4 Kingdom Street W2 6PY

5 34 Mayfair Terrace, Mayfair

Ring in spring in luxurious style at 34 Mayfair with it’s Spring Dawn campaign. Enjoy fresh, seasonal dishes, live instrumental jazz on Thursdays and a sunny yellow floral terrace. Feast on spring dishes of the likes of scallop and sea bass ceviche,; and surf and turf with native fillet and grilled tiger prawns and lobster bordelaise sauce. The limited run of  KI NO BI gin cocktails include a botanical gin martini with Lillet Banc and a blue cheese olive and Perrier-Jouët Champagne is available by the glass or bottle.
Date: Until the end of May
Address: 34 Grosvenor Square, W1K 2HD

6 Roof East, Stratford

Sky high social hub Roof East reopens in time for the Easter bank holiday weekend and brings with it a rooftop full of things to do. Games and activities include Carpark Karaoke, Sluggers batting cages, Birdies crazy golf, bowls and an archery game where you do actually get to use a bow and arrow. You’ve also got ping pong, Jenga and a game called cornhole, which is all about aim as well.  In addition to cocktails and craft beers behind the bar, Naughty Burger, Kolkata kati roll vendor Raastawala, and pide geniuses Piddaja among the food trucks parking up and cooking up delicious treats to fill and line your stomach with.
Date: Opens April 14
Time: April: Wednesday-Friday 4pm-11pm; Saturday & Sunday 12pm-11pm; From May Tuesday 4pm-11pm as well
Address: 7 & 8 Stratford Multi-Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Road E15 1BB

7 Rooftop Cinema, Peckham & Stratford

Cinema with a view is back on with Rooftop Cinema at the Bussey Building and Roof East. Settle in to a lounge seat to watch your favourite blockbuster or independent flick with one of the most spectacular backdrops around. Programmed films include The Great Gatsby, True Romance, La La Land and Cocktail. In time for Hard of Hearing Week (May 2) Roof East will have a series of films with signers and HOH subtitles.
Date: Peckham from April 29; Stratford from May 3
Tickets: From 316.95
Address: Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST; 7 & 8 Stratford Multi-Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Road E15 1BB

8 Neverland, Fulham

Neverland has transformed into Little Kyoto this spring, in a warm weather pop-up that celebrates Japan’s Sakura season. You’ve got cherry blossom igloos, a sake bar, and a Japanese-inspired menu. F that comes with a sake bar, and Japanese inspired menu. Come May, this Thame-side escape will turn into Fulham Beach, a summer time hotspot and one of the closest things to an actual beach party in London. Come for a drink, some food, drag bingo or a bottomless brunch.
Dates: Little Kyoto runs until May; Fulham Beach from May onwards
Opening Hours: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 5pm-11.30pm; Saturday: 12pm-11.30pm; Sunday 12pm-6pm
Address: Neverland, Wandsworth Bridge Road SW6 2TY

9 God’s Garden at Chameleon, Marylebone

Set around a stunning neo-classical church in Marylebone, Chameleon’s God’s Garden is set to open up, adding to the alfresco and semi-alfresco dining options that line the church’s walls. The open-air dining spot is split between two tents and surrounded by greenery and plant life and will host live music from 8pm. You’ve also got flower-festooned greenhouses which are cosy, intimate and delightful, some holding up to 22 people. Either way, both options are a great way to enjoy warm weather and a smattering of hearty and bright flavour-laden Tel Aviv-style dishes and a few sublime cocktails.
Time: Thursday to Saturday 5pm-11.30pm; Saturday 12pm-4pm; God’s Garden will open in May for drinks and in June for dining
Address: 1 Marylebone Road, NW1 4AQ

10 Bussey Rooftop Bar, Peckham

Bussey Rooftop Bar is back, reopening for summer in time for the bank holiday. This south London tropical oasis boasts sweeping views of the capital and is an easy breezy to while away the daylight hours or a balmy evening. The bar serves craft brews, spirits and tropical cocktails, and Share a Slice have a menu of Naples-inspired pizzas to keep the hunger at bay, as well as picky things such as cheesy garlic bread and deep fried burrata, which sounds like a mistake you want to make. Book ahead or risk walking in, and there’s a cover should the weather turn.
Date: From Thursday April 14
Address: Roof B, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane SE15 4ST

11 Eccleston Yards Market, Belgravia

Eccleston Yards Market returns this spring to showcase a range of independent and artisan traders. The charming courtyard will home stalls selling all sorts of goods, from ceramics and textiles to jewellery and accessories. The yard’s many restaurants and cafes will be open for alfresco dining while you enjoy live music from one of the  up-and-coming musicians programmed to play throughout the market’s run.
Date: Sundays during through to June, excluding bank holidays
Time: 11am-5pm
Address: 21 Eccleston Place, SW1W 9NF

12 Cellars Present… Peckham Cellars, Peckham

Cellars Presents… is a new, monthly warm weather party night at Peckham Cellars kicking off Easter bank holiday. Expect food collaborations with south London chefs and local selectors on the decks (first up is DJ Miche of Spiritland and King’s Cross’s Supermax).The foodies lined up include Sam Tarneberg of Taco Queen, Ruben’s Reubens, Two Hot Asians and Mystic Borek. No booking ahead, just rock up.
Date: Thursday April 14, then monthly
Time: 7pm – late
Address: 125 Queen’s Road, Peckham SE15 2ND

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