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London is so inundated with popups nowadays that it’s bard to know which ones are worth your time and which ones aren’t.
However, you can be sure you’re in good hands when it comes to Jimmy Garcia’s Secret Garden Pop Up in Clapham.
Jimmy, the man behind last years’ celebrate winter Pop Up, The Lodge in Balham, has unlocked the gate to ‘The Secret Garden’ in Clapham North this summer.
Imaginatively and beautifullly decorated, the interior really feels like you’ve stumbled into a secret garden rather than the upstairs of a put just a few steps from Clapham North tube.
Complete with a tree and flowers everywhere, The Secret Garden brings you summer when the grey skies outside say otherwise.
Emily from The Cosy Traveller invited me along with her one Saturday afternoon to try The Secret Garden’s creative take on an afternoon tea.
Afternoon tea has been done so many times that it’s always refreshing to try a different slant on the traditional of cucumber sandwiches and scones. One different afternoon tea which I thoroughly enjoyed earlier this year was the Dim Sum tea at Le Chinois.
Jimmy’s Pop Up turns afternoon tea into an indoors picnic; something those of us in the UK often resort to on account of the weather.
But, before we get to the food, let’s talk cocktails…
Jimmy’s Secret Garden Pop Up has an extensive cocktail list (the main ingredient for a perfect girls’ afternoon). Both Emily and I opted for a gin, cucumber and dill concoction which was refreshing and dangerously easy to sip on.
The picnic arrived on it’s own bench laden with freshly made products, from salmon scotch eggs to black pudding and apricot pork pies, beetroot lollipops and calamari.
There was also a side of perfectly pink and tender beef (check what it was) to top things off. Jimmy’s take on a picnic was the best picnic I’ve ever had (and I do a good picnic!).
(Un)fortunately for me, Emily’s a vegetarian so couldn’t eat most of what we were served. I assured her, and now you, that all the food was delicious. You could tell it was freshly made and I loved the imaginative take on the traditional – especially the salmon scotch egg!
For the chocoholics among you, check out the Edible Garden dessert – a chocolate and caramel cheesecake with meringue mushrooms and edible flowers: delicious!
Jimmy’s Secret Garden Pop Up in Clapham is open until 14th September and the picnic is £25pp, so get in there quick for a spot of summer indoors even if it rains outside!
If you want to book for a special event then take a look at the private dining area which even has it’s own private terrace!