Wondering where the best pop up cafés in London are for juice this summer? We have you covered!
Where can you go to enjoy an al fresco juice? London, the city of hidden courtyards and secret gardens, has some wonderful pop up and temporary cafés which appear during the warmer months.
Here are some of our favourite cafés in the capital this summer – all supplying the freshest, most delectable fruit juices of course…
An Italianate courtyard at the V&A
The Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington boasts the country’s oldest museum café. The three elegant Refreshment Rooms have been refreshing museum visitors since the 1860s. Where else could you enjoy a cream tea in rooms designed by William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones and Edward Poynter? Bronze doors lead out of the Refreshment Rooms into the courtyard, and that’s the setting for one of our favourite summer cafés…
Businessman Sir John Madejski gave the V&A £2m in 2005 to create a new outside space for the museum. It was created by award-winning garden designer Kim Wilkie, and the result is an elegant Italianate courtyard which is one of the capital’s loveliest secret gardens.
Popular among visitors to London and locals on their lunch breaks, this sun-filled haven is a superb place to pause for a juice and a light lunch. The Garden Café is open during the warmer months – click here for opening times.
The lively courtyard at the Royal Academy
Escape the rush of Piccadilly, and into the lively but less hectic Royal Academy Courtyard. The outside space of the Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly always has plenty going on, so feels like the natural home for a pop up café.
The Courtyard Café is open for just a few months a year so is definitely worth catching while it’s here. A refreshing juice is just the thing on a hot day in the city, so we think that the Zummo Z40 will be as busy as Piccadilly itself this summer! The Royal Academy is also home to (Oliver) Peyton and Byrne’s RA Grand Café, a fantastic year-round restaurant.
Outside at the Natural History Museum
Just down the road from the V&A is the Natural History Museum, an extremely popular day out for families. This temporary eatery outside the museum is the perfect spot for kids to have a break during their visit – even the biggest dinosaur fan needs a breather occasionally. The Zummo Z40 is ideal for this audience – children love watching the oranges get squished!
We already supply the permanent cafés in the Natural History Museum, so are delighted to be involved with this summer venture as well.
The Last Word at the British Library
Research makes you hungry! When the British Library moved into its new St Pancras home in 1997, they made sure that there were plenty of places to grab some sustenance. Like The RA, the restaurant and cafés here are run by Peyton and Byrne, serving some fantastic food.
In the summer, The Last Word café in the main courtyard is definitely one of our favourite places to grab a juice, and settle down for some excellent people-watching. If you’re having a busy research session, regular breaks to re-focus are a must, and taking these outside is even better.
At Zummo London, we’re delighted to supply all these fabulous places. There’s nothing quite like finding a quiet(ish) sunny spot on a warm day and having a thirst-quenching drink – and we’re sure that your customers agree with us… If you’re opening a pop up or moving your tables outside this summer, please contact us, and we’ll make sure you’re offering the freshest, most refreshing drinks.