Pop Up Restaurants In London
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Pop Up Restaurants In London | August 2015
Executive Chef Vivek Singh (Cinnamon Kitchen) and Pizza Pilgrims have teamed up to create a range of Indian-inspired pizzas, like cauliflower and green peas ‘Bhujia’ and lamb Rogan Josh calzone, for a five day pop up on Cinnamon Kitchen’s Liverpool St alfresco terrace.
And if, like us, you like to limit yourself to one slice of pizza, do so.
By not cutting it.
Details: 3rd - 7th August | 9 Devonshire Square, Liverpool St, EC2M 4YL
Carousel - three floors of pop up happenings, foodie events and guest chef residencies - welcome Shaun Presland.
Which means you can expect crispy skin hiramasa kingfish with old school ginger teriyaki glaze, ohitashi, carrot purée, jalapeño cream and leek wafer from an Australian chef, trained by Hiroshi Miura, Kenji Nishinakagawa and the godfather of Japanese fusion, Nobu Matsuhisa.
Details: 4th - 15th August | Carousel, Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 8AB | £35
There are two overarching, distinctly important rules in life for success:
1) Don’t reveal all your secrets.
And so here’s just one: an evening of dining and performance curated by Guest Projects with experimental chef Justin Horne and host Thyra October Ellicott, centred on the art of Cuban / American performance artist, sculptor and painter Ana Mendieta, is officially happening.
And it’s BYOB.
Details: Thursday 6th August | Guest Projects Sunbury House, 1 Andrews Road, Bethnal Green, E8 4QL | £40 + BYOB
Lemonade and Laughing Gas (design-led, immersive, hyper-theatrical experience purveyors), Blanch & Shock (experimental food and drink designers) and you (attractive mirrors), have combined forces to create an immersive, three course supper club recreation of David Lynch’s surreal view of small-town America, as seen through through cult TV series, Twin Peaks.
It involves three courses, damn fine coffee and cherry pie, and a late night drinking den of theatre, ‘secret missions’ and bespoke cocktails.
Details: 27th August - 17th October | A Secret (central London) Location | £66.50 includes a welcome cocktail, 3 courses and themed bar entry, themed bar entry only is £5.
Cuisson - fine French dining popper upperers - are completely disregarding the fundamental principal of their business model, and popping down into the basement of Borough Barista for a month long residency of no-fuss French cuisine coupled with modernist techniques in an open kitchen where guests are encouraged to aid in the process of plating up.
Details: Thursdays - Saturdays, 12th June - August | Borough Barista’s Basement, 15 Charles II Street, St James’s, SW1Y | £39 includes four courses and a cocktail.
Scots love summer. It’s their favourite day of the year.
In preparation, those at Wild Game Co. are preparing a seasonal, eight course meal sourced entirely from their native region of the highlands, featuring dishes like haggis with horseradish and potatoe skins; earl grey salmon gravlax; and red braised spring pigeon.
Details: Friday 21st August | 27 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M 5RN | £35
A series of ticketed summer lunch pop ups with a rotating selection of supper clubs — including three August dates for Louisiana Crayfish Boil — on an outdoor river terrace at Battersea’s Doodle Bar.
Details: 1st, 15th & 29th August | Doodle Bar, 33 Parkgate Road, SW11 4NP | £33 - £34
NOTE: There is a small list of really worthwile supper clubs across London this month. Thankfully we’ve taken that list and shortened it once again to only the best of the best of the best. They include Seven Courses of August; The Great British American Chow Down; Louisiana Crawfish Boil; Summer Sessions: Yoga + Blowout Brunch; the UNA - One Table Experience; Funthyme at The Farm; Sabel's Weekend Feast; Disappearing Dining Club’s Town House; and Dinner, Dinner, Bat Man, a three course supper club which culminates in a night walk through Tower Hamlets Cemetery.
Five courses of New Orleans.
A four month pop-up restaurant and bar in a secret Vauxhall steelyard with a Louisianna-inspired menu specialising in Jalapeños and crawfish, bourbon cocktails and a soundtrack of jazz, funk and soul.
Details: Weekends from June - 20th September | A Secret Vauxhall Location | £35
This regards a 22 person, 14 day pop-up restaurant suspended 25 meters above the ground at St Katherine Docks where eleven of London’s best chefs (including Martin Morales, Scott Hallsworth and Sophie Michell), sommeliers and waitstaff prepare breakfast, lunch, dinner and champagne flights overlooking Tower Bridge and the Thames to see out London's last legs of summer.
Details: 17th - 30th September | St Katherine Docks | Breakfast: £50, Lunch: £125, Wine only: £75, Dinner: £200
NOTE: London In The Sky doesn’t begin until September, tickets are however selling fast, so it’s best to nab one early. Unless of course flying restaurants aren’t your thing, in which case it’s best to either do absolutely nothing, or check out our guide to the best new bars and new restaurants in London.
ALSO NOTE: The first ever night time instalment of The Color Run also lands in London early this September. Tickets are on sale HERE.
Taking over from the Selfridges rooftop winter pop up, Le Chalet, Vintage Salt is comprised of a restaurant, a bar and an al fresco terrace - all of which is inspired by the seaside, based on a Cornish fishing village, and serves breakfast through to dinner with a menu specialising in seafood and salads as well as reds, whites, rosés, champagnes and a range of gin cocktails.
Details: 1st May - September | Selfridges Rooftop, 400 Oxford St, W1H 6HB
If, say, you fancy going to a courtyard cum coastline filled with deckchairs and soft sand surrounding a candy-coloured striped hut, where inside frozen cocktails are served via mini sandcastle buckets and the menu of seasonal savoury and sweet snacks is curated by Gordon Ramsay’s York & Albany, you would officially be in luck.
Details: 21st May - 31st August | York & Albany, 127–129 Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PS
“Those DIY tabletop BBQs with applewood smoked pork, corn fed chicken breast and aged ribeye minute steak don’t look and smell amazing”
“Not a huge fan of botanical cocktails in a set designed secret garden”
“That £35, 7-course tasting menu is terrible value”
For the record, those are three things you’re unlikely to hear at Jimmy’s Secret Garden: an immersive bar and restaurant serving up intricate small plate dishes, tasting menus and indoor BBQs alongside botanical cocktails until the mornings early hours.
Details: 25th April - 31st August | 409 Clapham Road, SW9 9BT
There’s a time in life for self reflection.
There’s also a time for parsnip grilled calçot onions with sweet peppers and smoked cod roe.
That time is now, thanks to Bruno Loubet’s Grain Store Unleashed pop up, where the food is inventive, slightly experimental, and where as always, the humble vegetable is KING.
Details: 13th April - TBC | The Zetter Hotel, St John's Square, Clerkenwell, EC1M 5RJ | £25.50 - £39
Calling all vegetarians.
And people who eat meat, but are happy to go without it for one meal.
The Moveable Feast - a new pop up restaurant hosting a regularly rotating selection of four start up vegetarian and vegan food purveyors as well as an independent London coffee roaster - now officially exists.
Details: 9th March - September | The Moveable Feast, 21-27 St Thomas St, SE1 9RY
NOTE: If you’re vegetarian, vegan, or just like food, check out The Nudge’s list of the best vegetarian restaurants in London.
Apparently Forza Win are roasting whole octopus and peaches over a wood-fired spit before serving it up to everyone at the same time on two gigantic communal tables suspended from the ceiling of their Peckham warehouse on a winch, whilst simultaneously providing good music, natural wines and strong cocktails.
Apparently tickets are currently available, HERE.
Details: 12th June - 26th September | Forza Win, Unit 4.1, 133 Copeland Road, Peckham, SE15 3SN | £35
A Japanese pop up (that, um, is going to be around for a year...so kind of isn't a pop up...but whatever) from the crack team behind Bone Daddies Ramen and Flesh & Buns, utilising the previous restaurant's pizza oven to plate up a selection of regularly-changing, single ingredient led small plates and sides to a rock ’n’ roll soundtrack.
It’s called Shackfuyu.
Not sure why.
Details: March 2015 - February 2016 | 14a Old Compton St, Soho, W1D 4TJ
Som Saa, a traditional Thai food restaurant, have opened their doors ประตู at Climpsons Arch in East London. The kitchen will dish out lesser-known cuisine from the Northern and North-Eastern provinces of Thailand alongside punchy gin and chartreuse spiced cocktails.
Details: Throughout August | Climpson's Arch, London Fields, E8 3SB
(Image: London In The Sky)
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