A look back at May 2019 – Community fun

This article is a look back at the amazing experiences which various community members of Love Pop Ups London enjoyed and helped spread the word about during May 2019 on complimentary basis.

May 2019 a look back

Allas Yummy Food

Alla is a Russian/Latvian chef and food blogger of 5 years who is the founder for Allas Ymmy Food and provides cookery classes as well as Supperclub evenings for those who want to discover about Russian food.

So if you love have ever wanted to learn how to make Russian dumplings, mirror glaze a cake or love supper clubs then you’ll love Alla’s Yummy Food.

Allas Yummy Food

“We made an absolute ton of dumplings. I couldn’t believe how many we managed to prepare with the ingredients. Alla explained that they are great to batch make, and then freeze so you can defrost them and have a quick, easy dinner.”


Some members of Love Pop ups London had the pleasure in attending one of Alla’s Yummy Food dumpling making classes. Click here to read all our write ups.

The Blind Phoenix

The Blind Phoenix is a 1930’s wizard-themed speakeasy bar. Wizards and witches alike can pop into this bar and cackle away whilst making and enjoying some magical potions sorry I mean cocktails.

Want to feel like a witch or wizard making drinkable potions? then I highly recommend visiting The Bling Phoenix.

“Guys it’s such a Unique Bar which offers a Magical Experience.”


Some members of Love Pop ups London was invited to a special launch of The Blind Phoenix where they sipped on magical potions sorry I mean cocktails. Click here to read all our write ups.

Play Dead London

Play Dead London is an interactive theatrical extravaganza, where the audience play the detectives and solve the murder by digging for clues through watching the interactions between the characters and getting their hands dirty by interviewing the shady suspects themselves.

Can you be a super sleuth and solve the murder mystery?

“In terms of storyline,  it is a murder mystery set in the year 2024 at a school for superhero kids and each cast member or ‘parent’ is a suspect! Hence P.O.S.K.A aka Parents OSuper Kids Association”


A member of Love Pop ups London was invited to solve a murder. Click here to read all our write ups.

National Cafe – Peyton & Byrne

If you love art galleries and food then you’ll love National Cafe.

At present the National Cafe in the National Gallery have a menu which is based on the Spanish artist Sorolla. Take your mind to the world of Spain whilst enjoying delicious dishes which look like a piece of art.

“I opted for the smoked ham and manchego croquettes, pimento aioli to start. And it was a win across the table! Little nuggets of heaven, these were soft cheesy ham and potato filling with a crispy outside.”


I and some members of Love Pop ups London we were invited to enjoy a dinner based on artist Sorella. Plus two others got the opportunity to enjoy a brunch 3 course meal at the National Cafe. Click here to read all our write ups.

KitchenAid 100 years celebratory event

KitchenAid was founded back in 1886 by Josephine Cochrane who revolutionized the world of cooking.  KitchenAid is known for their top quality appliances and this year they are celebrating 100 years.

They held a pop up to celebrate their 100 year anniversary and displayed their limited edition range.

Which appliance would you find the most useful in the kitchen?

KitchenAid birthday celebrations

“Upon entering the final room upstairs there were waiters going around with canapes, mixologists ready to make cocktails from our chosen scents, a wall of KitchenAid appliances from the limited edition Queen of Hearts and an ice cream man making ice cream via using a KitchenAid mixer.”

Joanne of Love Pop Ups London

I had the pleasure of going along to KitchenAid 100 years celebration where I learnt the history of KitchenAid through the years since starting back in 1919 through to present day. Click here to read my blog.

Flabbergast – The Swell Mob

Flabbergast brings to London for a limited time an immersive theatre show which of The Swell Mob which gives audiences an explosive immersive theatrical experience, as dark as it is fun. Theatre goes will adventure into the murky world of dandies and deception, in this delightful, provocative and utterly immersive theatre experience.

Flabbergast Theatre The Swell gambler

“I swiftly spent all my starting money on a ticket to the boxing match, and a little bet on the cards. Not left with enough money to place a bet on the boxers, I struck a deal to sell a lock of my hair to the taxidermist (she actually did snip a little of my hair off) in return for a five pound wager on the boxer I was previously recommended to bet on.”


I and some members of Love Pop ups London we were invited down to take an adventure with the Swell Mob. Click here to read all our write ups.


Gingerline has been around since 2010 and has been giving great pop up dining experiences ever since from their classic Gingerline experience through to Chamber of Flavours.

On a Gingerline adventure no matter which one you go along to you will experiences a fusion of art, performance, food, drink and design, taking intrepid diners on an absurdist adventure like no other.

During Gingerline The Grand Expedition they took diners up, up and away diners through a journey like no other whilst dining on a 5 course set menu whilst immersing all through a 180 minute multi-media experience within an elaborate set design, being entertained via dancers, listening to a story, and being immersed. 


“We left saying we want to return to the next and were gutted we had missed out on previous events over the past few years. I really haven’t been this impressed with an immersive dining experience in London in a very long time and it’s something we love to do.”


Some more members of Love Pop ups London got to adventured up and and away with Gingerline this month on their Grand Expedition dining adventure. Click here to read all our write ups.

Pleasance Theatre – Night of the Living Dead

Based on George A. Romero’s unparalleled 1968 film, Pleasance Theatre brings to their stage one of the most iconic and influential releases of all time, Night of the Living Dead Live!

Night of the Living Dead at Pleasance Theatre

“For maximum immersion, you can choose to “get amongst the gore’ and the heart of the action in the ‘splatter zone’ with an onstage seat to watch the performance happening all around you. I had one of these seats and I’d thoroughly recommend the rare close-up experience they afford, though you will need to pay a little more for the privilege.”


Some members of Love Pop ups London was invited to take on zombies on stage at the Pleasance Theatre this month which luckily they survived with all their limbs in tack. Click here to read all our write ups.

Dinner is Coming Served

Based on Game of Thrones The Vaults brings to London Dinner is Coming.

A marriage between the heir of the Several Kingdoms, Jaffery Bearathon is set to marry Margarine, the beautiful daughter of the noble Trywell family. For a fee you’ll be able to eat, drink, laugh and celebrate with them and other Lords and Ladies.

But be warned: should there be murder in the air, you will be forced to choose a Kingdom: you must pledge your allegiance to the rightful heir to the throne.

To which sigil are you truly loyal? Because your loyalty will have some very real consequences to your dinner plans.

Dinner is coming Banquet

“Whilst we dined, familiar characters (with a comedic twist) made their way round the tables, trying to convince us to support them in claiming the throne. There was the deceased King’s uncle, Jimmy Bannister, backed by his sister, Kirsti, the Queen of Easteros, or Carly-Z with her threatening dragons, or maybe Maragrine deserves the throne.”


I and some members of Love Pop ups London we were invited to attend a Game of Thrones immersive dining night where we watched King Jeffary marry and then sadly got murdered. Click here to read all our write ups.

Banquet of Hoshena

Tthe Banquet of Hoshena is an innovative dining concept that brings illusionary and a feast for all your the senses. You’ll be transported to an imaginary land where flavours and emotions are intrinsically linked and Kings & Queens, fairies and volcanoes come alive on the table.  

​This is a one-of-a-kind dining experience which takes diners on a journey through a mystical land known as Hoshena. As the dinner starts and the lights dim, the Queen of Hoshena tells guests of a once-green and luscious kingdom that has banished bad emotions, such as anger, sadness and fear and as a result, removed love, happiness and courage leaving the land bare, dark and empty.

During the show, you’ll dine on five courses accompanied by wine and cocktail pairings with the food perfectly corresponding with the story. Accompanying the menu are clever props, sounds, illusions and scents, allowing guests to whisper their fears into a pouch, light a magic candle and create confusion with dry ice.

Which emotion would you like to experience the most?

The Banquet of Hoshena table

“Upon our journey which was narrated by the Queen of the King we learnt about how the kingdom and nation was at stake, as King had made some poor decisions which effected the land, and emotions throughout but thankfully everything ends with a happy ever after.”

Joanne of Love Pop Ups London.

I was invited down to take a journey through Hoshena where I encountered talking plates and fairies. Click here to read all our write ups.


If you love bingo you will love Players which is a social bingo experience. Based within Mecca Bingo Hall in Camden on Thursady and Saturdays you’ll be able listen to live music, enjoy cabaret style entertainment, drink curated cocktails, enjoy some delicious street food, and enjoy a good old game of bingo but instead of just winning money you can also win a prize or two such as a kayak.

Would you prefer to win money or a kayak?

Players prizes

“Unlike my previous experience with bingo, this one kept things traditional with standard bingo sheets used throughout. One line, two lines and a full house won you cash along with some prizes. The prizes were pretty great on this night with an inflatable boat, fridge and drone on offer.”


Some more members of Love Pop ups London this month got to dab the night away at this fun place of bingo with live music. Click here to read all our write ups.

Scripts for Supper

Scripts for Supper is a theatrical dining experience where the actors double up as waiters and the food brings you into the world of the play.

Created by Annie McKenzie who is an actor, writer, director and chef, she graduated from the MA Acting course at East 15 in 2013, ahead of her appearance on the BBC’s MasterChef in 2016. Annie is passionate about creating devised, collaborative and organic work, and retelling classic stories in an original and dynamic way. Her adaptations for the company include Twelfth Night, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Wind in the Willows and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. She has also written her own solo show, Happiness is a Cup of Tea, and recently appeared on Home Front on Radio 4.

This Spring diners can be taken into the world of Wind in the Willows where you’ll be able to enjoy a reenacted story telling adventure on a farm via Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger.

Which animal of Wind in the Willows do you love the best?

“With Masterchef semi-finalist Juanita Hennessey cooking up the menu, I expected the food to be of high quality.  As always, I am very honest about my reviews, so believe me when I say the food was incredible! Every single dish was beautifully presented, exquisitely cooked, and perfectly portioned. “


I and some other members of Love Pop ups London we were invited to attend several different nights within on a farm to enjoy a MasterChef feast whilst enjoy a fun scripted production on Wind in the Willows. Click here to read all our write ups.

Lola’s Underground Casino in the Hippodrome

Lola’s s provides a night for those who love cabaret, cocktails, food and plenty of gambling fun.

Step into the basement of Lola’s and sit back relax and enjoy cabaret delights or have a flutter of two at one of the many gaming tables.

What is your game of choice?

Lola's Underground Casino in the Hippodrome

“The venue itself is very oppulent, if a bit on the small side with low ceilings, the team have definitely made the most of it. Low lighting and the large screen behind the stage took care of the rest.”


I and some other members of Love Pop ups London we were invited down to attend the launch night of Lola’s Underground Casino where it has been rebranded and now offers cabaret nights as well as casino fun within the basement of the Hippodrome. Click here to read all our write ups.

Trinity Buoy

Trinity Buoy brings jazz, dance and performances over the next coming months.

So if you love Jazz and a variety of performances then you’ll love their upcoming events.

“It was happy, buoyant jazz that felt like it was really celebrating something, and I loved how global the band were! Quite like the diverseness of London, each musician bringing their own special instrument, sound and cultural background to the mix.”


Some members of Love Pop ups London were invited to enjoy the launch in where they listened to jazz and enjoyed a free bar. Click here to read all our write ups.

DotDot War of the Worlds

Travel back in time to HG Wells Victoria England and be part of the martians invasion of 1898.

Watch as Tom Brittney, Anna-Marie Wayne and Carrie Hope Fletcher fight the martians.

Adventurers will walk through a VR experience like no other for 110 minute of pure adventure which covers 22,000 square feet of immersivness from adventuring through common Victorian London to taking to the high seas.

Question is will you be brave enough to take on the martians.

“With the help of soldiers and the navy we are placed in boats to flee the attack from the Martians. There was water, wind and a chill in the air, as sailed the high seas in this epic escape.”

Joanne of Love Pop Ups London

I and some members of Love Pop ups London we were invited to enjoy a virtual reality adventure through War of the Worlds. Click here to read all our write ups.

Secret Fitness

Secret Fitness presents unique sporting & fitness experiences set in secret locations throughout London. By keeping the adventure hush hush you’ll arrive open minded and ready to immerse yourself in something new. 

What exercise activity do you love?

Secret Fitness

“After a quick and easy lesson, we set off down the beautiful canals in Angel. We took things at a leisurely pace, but even still, I could feel muscles working that normally don’t.”


Some members of Love Pop ups London were invited to enjoy a secret evening of fitness. Click here to read all our write ups.

Paint Republic

Paint, listen to music, drink and socialise as that is what Paint Republic is about.

Growing fast and in demand, paint and sip events are now the all-new way to socialise with friends on a night out.

Their concept is simple book a ticket online, turn up to the venue 15 minutes before to secure your seat, grab a drink, order some food, don on your apron and get ready to paint.

Paint Republic

“Ever dreamt of painting a masterpiece but not been good enough at art to be able to.. never fear The Paint Republic are on hand to make all of your problems disappear!!”


I and some members of Love Pop ups London we were given a special VIP evening where we listened to music, had a laugh and painted the night away. Click here to read all our write ups.


KidZania is an indoor city where kids can experience what it would be like to be say a Doctor, Dentist, Police Officer, Firefighter, Actor, the list goes on. As this is a world for kids.

Certain dates throughout the year KidZania have adult nights so adults can experience a variety of jobs.

Which job would you like to try out?

“The idea behind KidZania is your children to able to get a fun insight into the adult world of working by taking part in their choice of jobs. Some of the jobs will cost the children KidZos, the currency used within KidZania and some will help them to earn a salary. You kick off your journey with 50 KidZos and when your children have earned themselves 75 kidZos they can open a bank account to get their very own bank card which can be used in cash points around KidZania.”


A member of Love Pop ups London was invited to enjoy a day of fun with her friends and their children where she saw them being a fireman to being a policeman. Click here to read all our write ups.

Fabulous 698B

Fabulous 698 B provides dinners an innovative night of food which are all made using British produce giving diners unexpected flavours and combinations.

Fabulous 698b eton mess

“Rocky type music came blaring out of the speakers and Maja and Guillaume came running in and made the dessert right in front of our eyes, which was a real explosion of food giving us a theatrical display like no other. With a squirt there, a throw here and a dollop there an Eton mess was made right in front of us by Maja and Guillaume whilst they were also dancing away to rocky music.  Seriously there was sauce flying everywhere and sparklers galore.”

Joanne of Love Pop Ups London

The other month another member had the pleasure in dining at Fabulous698B and this month I had the pleasure in dining with my plus one a scrumptious feast and enjoy the fun finale of the dessert which is created right in front of our eyes. Click here to read all our write ups.

Eleven98 Hackney

Aidan of Eleven98 Hackney loves to bring social fine dining using foraged, grown and locally sourced food from within Hackney.

So if you are looking for a supper club with a difference then this is one to attend. You will leave happy and thinking of ways you can change the way you eat and source your food.

Eleven98 Hackney

“The final dish was exquisite. It was the finale of the menu called Coconut & coffee, a study in contrast. These two flavours may have contrasted as stated but they also complimented each other so well too. I couldn’t fault this dish or any of the elements that created it. The coconut was a sort of foam/mousse and I need more of this in my life. It was so incredible, especially when paired with the crumbs. I’m going to be thinking about this for a while. “


Another member of Love Pop Ups London this month had the opportunity to dine on the delights by Adam. Click here to read all our write ups.


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