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Five pop up bars to visit in London this summer

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Are you on the hunt for somewhere new and fun to enjoy a drink or two? Here are five pop up bars brightening up London this summer.

Summer is the hottest season for bar pop-ups — and London hasn’t disappointed this year. A number of new spaces have quite literally popped up across the capital, and city-goers are spoilt for choice with an array of new partnerships to enjoy. So as the weather gets warmer, sip on a cocktail at a beachside bar or a ‘Spanish’ terrace, all without having to leave the city. Here are a few to try between now and September.

Go to La Terraza, Canary Wharf

Located in Cabot Square, this pop-up transports guests to 1950s Marbella. With a stylish, olive-green and cream palette, the terrace is providing a Mediterranean mirage that contrasts the glass-and-steel jungle that surrounds it. You can enjoy relaxed Spanish-style al fresco drinks, picking from a list of over 50 Spanish wines, craft gins, Spanish beers, and cocktails. Sip the Atlantic Negroni, made from gin infused with thyme, Burla Negra rum, and Campari, or try the Mango Picante — a fruity mix of tequila, mango puree, Cava, Tabasco and lime. Le Terraza is open Monday to Saturday until September 2022.

La Terraza, Canary Wharf
Visit The Garden Bar at Mama Shelter, Shoreditch

Partnering with the Amalfi Coast-inspired tipple Malfy Gin, Mama Shelter has transformed its garden bar into an al fresco terrace in time for the warmer weather. The Garden Bar is an outdoor courtyard space with a retractable roof, covered-island cocktail bar with a bold monochrome-stripe awning, and lots of plants. Choose from an array of Malfy Gin-infused cocktails, including Dirty Martini — gin, olive jus, Tio Pepe sherry and an olive garnish — and the Malfy Gin & Tonic, with gin, rosemary and grapefruit tonic, and rosemary and grapefruit garnish. Open every day until 11pm until 31 July 2022.

Mama Shelter x Malfy Gin bar
Relax at The Beach Bar at Montague on the Gardens, Bloomsbury

Just steps from the city’s hustle and bustle, The Montague on the Gardens has brought the feeling of the Bahamas to Bloomsbury. This award-winning pop up emulates a classic beach bar, complete with real sand, palm trees, surfboards and coconuts. Promising the ultimate summer cocktail experience, you can create your own drinks using spirits, mixers and garnishes, or enlist the help of the bartender, who’ll be on hand to provide mixology guidance so you can create your own summer tipple. Cocktails are served in coconuts on arrival, alongside a wide selection of wine, beers and spirits. Open all week from 12-10pm; advance booking required.

Unwind at the amie wine studio, Belgravia

Combining a pop-up bar, wine shop, and art gallery, Amie Wine Studio will be welcoming customers at Eccleston Yards from now until September. The brainchild of husband-and-wife team, Will Sandbach and Abbie Roden Sandbach, Amie is an independent wine brand that launched in June 2020 — and now has three wines to its name. This pop up is in collaboration with Partnership Editions, as this wine studio will also serve as a gallery, where guests can buy art from some exciting emerging artists. Throughout the summer, amie wine studio will also be hosting numerous events in the space with brands such as Free People and Grape & Fig, as well as an evening with charity: water.





Hotel Cafe Royal Veuve Terrace © Jason Purple
Celebrate at the Rosé Together Terrace by Veuve Clicquot, Soho

Nothing says ‘summer’ quite like rosé — and Veuve Clicquot has launched its first ever Rosé Terrace in the UK, at Regent Street’s Hotel Cafe Royal. The wine list will include four variations of Veuve Clicquot Rosé, as well as two exclusive bottles of the 1989 Vintage Rosé. The list will also feature wines from Chateau d’Esclans (Whispering Angel) and Ruinart Rose. The cocktail list has been specially created for the Terrace and includes the Provence Fizz — made with Veuve Clicquot Rosé, elderflower liqueur, grapefruit and lime — and the Etre Fada, with lemon verbena-infused gin and bergamot liqueur. Open Tuesday to Friday from 4pm (12pm on Saturday) until the end of September 2022.

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