Popping up

Emma Kennard, operations manager, drp, outlines her top London pop ups. She says: “Christmas is an occasion for celebrating and dining for as many times as we like, whether that’s with family, or colleagues at the office party…or both! Do you tend to book the same venue every year? Is it time to change things? At drp, we don’t organise Christmas parties, but we do love pop-up venues. At Christmas, there are some temporary structures or ‘pop-ups’ that we admire across London. Just because the structure is temporary, doesn’t mean it is small, which these three venues prove.

“The Big Top, near Russell Square, is a fantastic event space featuring a light curtain canopy, fully themed reception, tables and entertainment, which can hold up to 2,500 people.

“Situated just behind the London Eye and Festival Hall is The Ballroom South Bank, an amazing marquee structure that can hold up to 950 guests.

“Finally, along the river in Embankment is Supernova London, a purpose-built temporary space that is known to host London’s most complex winter events, awards and parties.”

Prosecco Fest UK

Elswhere, Best Parties Ever is launching the ultimate festival for prosecco lovers this autumn, in association with Prosecco Fest UK.

Indulging the nation’s love of the Italian sparkling wine, Prosecco Fest will whet the appetites of fizz fans, offering 20 varieties of prosecco plus a selection of Spumante, Cava, Brut and Pink Champagne.

With 25 events taking place at 12 locations across the country throughout December, a total of 50,000 guests are expected to attend with tickets for selected dates already sold-out.

Entertainment including live band and DJs will also be provided across the festivals as guests indulge in food and drink and learn all there is to know about prosecco.

Popping up sinfully in 2018

After the success of the first few ‘Lates with More Bite: Seven Deadly Sins Edition’ pop ups, Merlin Events brings it back in full force for 2018.

The pop up from the Merlin team offers event buyers something unique by offering a culinary journey through the dark streets of London’s past.

Guests kick off the evening with the refreshing taste of envy before embarking on a journey around London where they will face the wrath of a torturer.

Heading on to Fleet Street, revellers will enter Mrs Lovett’s pie shop where she will proudly present her hearty pies.

As the journey continues through London’s past, guests will encounter a classic street seller whose aphrodisiac surprise will leave them lusting for more.

When it’s time for the final verdict guests will enter the courtroom, where the judge may try to buy their affections with gold… but greedy people could well find themselves in the stocks.

The package will be available on 14 February, 30 March, 27 April, 1 June and 30 November.

Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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