London is a harsh mistress, and it didn’t take me long to realise that everything I grew to love would eventually be snatched away for no other reason than to hurt me. New and amazing concepts are always popping up and disappearing again in London – gin bars with alcoholic atmospheres, a mini Tokyo, crème egg cafés, supper clubs and everything in between.
Londoners are just too easily bored for permanency; either that, or the concepts of these pop-ups are often too ridiculous to be a real long-term thing (I’m looking at you, FryHard. You can’t just plunge everything you get your hands on into a deep-fat fryer and expect to make a living). It works, though: events with a time limit become must-visits. Their exclusivity and weekly TimeOut endorsements ensure these temporary sites are packed to the rafters and have queues winding down the street.