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Pop Up Restaurants In London | April 2015

Slap Ya Papa x Hackney Empire

In a celebration of New Orleans, soul (the intangible stuff), supper clubs, live music, cocktails, beer, three course meals, endless dancing, and everything -

May we present: Slap Ya Papa x Hackney Empire.

Details: 3rd April | Stage 3, Hackney Empire, 289 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ | £30

Happy Endings Dessert Nights

There are two foolproof ways to make easter easier.

1) Replace the ’t’ with an ‘i’. And,

2) Go to Happy Endings Dessert Nights' "A Month of Sundaes" where each Sunday in April chocolatier and pastry chef Terri Mercieca (Fraise Sauvage) is crafting a separate, five course, sweet and savoury dessert-only menu featuring - as it's Easter - a range of single origin and artisan chocolates from London and abroad.

Details: 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th April | POND Dalston, Stamford Works, 3 Gillett Street, Dalston, N16 8JH | £40, including an aperitif cocktail and tea; £55 including an additional four course wine pairing.

The Oshun Café

Açaí: the nutritional equivalent of getting into bed with clean sheets. It just feels good.

And the only dish on the menu at The Oshun Café, Shoreditch’s one month only Açaí bowl pop up, featuring signature serves incorporating banana, honey, lemongrass, ginger, coriander, cacao, cinnamon orange and avocado.

Details: Friday’s - Sunday’s, 8th April - 27th April | 70 Paul Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4NA

Salvador Dali Supper Club

Salvador Dali walked into a fish and ordered a plate of calculators.

Standard Dali.

You walk into Guest Projects and order a multi-course dinner incorporating Dali’s whimsical surrealism through ‘modernist' and ‘techno-emotional' gastronomy courtesy of Blanch & Shock, accompanied by the musings and performance of host artist, Liane Lang.

Standard You.

Details: 9th April | Guest Projects Sunbury House, 1 Andrews Road, Bethnal Green, E8 4QL | £36.50

NOTE: The Salvador Dali Supper Club is BYOB.

ALSO NOTE: Check out The Nudge's guide to London's best BYOB restaurants. It's free.


Who: Monograph Supper Club.

What: Contemporary Japanese dishes.

When: 10th, 17th and 24th April.

Where: A 'secret location' (they don’t know yet).

Why: Because they’re serving soft tofu with wild rocket & red shiso in tsuyu marinade, udon with smoked mackerel & mixed seaweeds, saikyo-miso marinated salmon, and a selection of Japanese desserts.

Details: 10th, 17th and 24th April | A Secret Location | £29

Christabel’s ‘Parties’

Some people throw parties.

Christabel, on the other hand, throws 70’s Disco Diva drinks, where ginger beer, cacao, chilli, rosemary syrup and glitter-filled cocktails are served alongside small bites; Mad Hatters Brunches, where fantastical design, banquet feasting and weird and wonderful flavour combinations reign supreme; and Edible Playground dining clubs: five course pop up dinners with purple popcorn, snakes and ladders bruschetta, quinoa and pink playdough castles and chocolate ganache lego with shortbread jenga.

Details: Thursday 12th March, 7pm - 10pm | A Secret N1 Location | £35

Carousel Presents | Bjorn Van Der Horst

Carousel - three floors of pop up happenings, foodie events and guest chef residencies - welcome Bjorn Van Der Horst.

He will - after working in La Noisette, Joel Robuchon in Paris, Alain Ducasse’s Louis XV in Monaco, and Picholine in New York - be showcasing his newly devised menu of communal sharing plates.

He won’t - considering Carousel’s revolving residencies - be around for long.

Details: 14th - 25th April | Carousel, Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 8AB | £35

NOTE: Gary Hoopengardner from the Berlin neighbourhood eatery, Lokal, is also making his Carousel debut, offering an insight into the burgeoning Berlin food scene, from 31st March - 11at April.

Italian Supper Club | Dinner By The River

A four course Italianate supper club inspired by the River Thames' once pivotal role in supplying eel, duck and other aquatic animals to the East End workers of London’s docklands, hosted in Battersea’s Doodle Bar.


Details: 14th April, 7pm - 11pm | Doodle Bar, 33 Parkgate Road, SW11 4NP | £37.75

The Old Fashioned Supper Club

Disappearing Dining Club and Woodford Reserve are throwing a pop up, bourbon-focussed, four-course meal in a Hoxton railway arch featuring dishes like orange, beetroot and bourbon glazed salmon; beef short ribs with smoked sweetcorn, black beans and avocado salsa; and bourbon chocolate brownies with popcorn parfait.

Each course will be paired with Old Fashioneds created by bartenders from Duck & Waffle, Hawksmoor Bar and Discount Suit Company.

Details: 17th & 18th April | A Secret Location | £45 (includes Old Fashioned pairings!)

Edible Stories

"A four week pop up incorporating a journey of culinary surprises with a series of unique menus. Each week pays homage to either Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Les Miserables, Phantom of The Opera or Matilda with themed cocktails and food" - Edible Stories

Details: 17th April - 15th May | 112 Library, St Martin's Lane, Piccadilly, WC2N 4BD

NOTE: For reservations, please email, or call 020 7240 2874.

Struie Road

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.

Plus cocktails.

And coffee.

Details24th April | 27 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M 5RN | £49

Porridge Cafe

The idea: A porridge cafe.

The reality: A porridge cafe; serving 11 different grains, an orchard's worth of fruity toppings, a lengthy list of milks, and an off-the-wall, daily-changing menu featuring maple syrup, bacon and poached egg porridge, and pear, fig puree and vanilla.. porridge.

Details: 2nd March - TBC | 70 Paul St, Old Street, EC2A 4NA

The Moveable Feast

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.

Forza Win | Spring Chicken

According to Forza Win, they’re roasting 100 free range chickens over a woodfired spit, serving them up to everyone at the same time on two gigantic communal tables suspented from the ceiling of their Peckham warehouse on a winch, whilst simulataneously providing good music, natural wines and strong cocktails.

Tickets are currently available, HERE.

Details: 12th March - 9th May | Forza Win, Unit 4.1, 133 Copeland Road, Peckham, SE15 3SN £35

Bone Daddies Shackfuyu

A Japanese pop up (that, um, is going to be around for a 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

The Domino Effect

The Domino Effect - a series of international guest chef collaborations at The Club at Café Royal - starts this month with Paco Roncero: executive chef of the two Michelin Starred La Terraza del Casino in Madrid and owner of Sublimotion, a 12 cover immersive restaurant where guests are surrounded by 360º projector screens featuring chromatic and aromatic environments combined with systems designed to control the room´s humidity and temperature in an effort to pair food and environment.

It’s safe to say you can expect something, umm, interesting.

Details: 18th March - April | The Domino Room, 68 Regent Street, Piccadilly, W1B 4DY | Set menus start at £90

NOTE: The Domino Room is usually reserved for members of the Café Royal’s private members club, but for Paco Roncero’s guest residency, anyone can book by either calling 020 7406 3371 or emailing

The Crust Conductor

Hypothetical situation:

You accidentally buy a 1980s London Leyland Titan signature bus.

You can either:

a) Return it. Or

b) Install a wood fire oven and cocktail, beer and wine bar on the bottom deck; a sound system, 34 reclaimed seats and DJ booth on the top deck, then call it The Crust Conductor, park it at The Brick Brewery in Peckham, and serve traditional pizzas to discerning patrons.

We know what Jonny Henfrey would do.

Just saying.

Details:  Weekends from 6th February - April, 5pm - 9pm | The Brick Brewery, Blenheim Grove, Peckham, SE15 4QL


Over to you, Ceru.

“Introducing Ceru, a three-month Levantine pop up bringing the fierce flavours of the Middle East to Fiztrovia. Serving everything from za’atar laced breakfast wraps to lunch and dinner dishes designed to share, Ceru takes you on an all day culinary journey from Lebanese street snacks to the tastes of southern Turkey.”

Back to us, Ceru.

NOTE: It’s also intimate, candlelit and serves a number of Levantine inspired cocktails.

Details: December - March 31st | 29 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, W1T 1JG

My Neighbours The Dumplings



And a rice wine bar, for old times' sake.

Every Friday in December My Neighbours The Dumplings will pop-up (stairs) at Palm 2 in Hackney, serving a range of traditional, free range and hand made dumplings from their steaming open kitchen. All you have to do is take a menu, tick what you want, get what you ticked and eat what you get. Simple.

DetailsFridays, 6pm - 12am | 152-156 Lower Clapton Rd, Hackney, E5 0QJ


An experimental seven course modernist meal developed by Jozef Youssef (ex-Fat Duck), in conjunction with Professor Charles Spence from the Cross Modal department of Oxford University and Sean Day, the President of The American Synesthesia Association, incorporating sensory and visual aids in an attempt to give diners an insight into Synaesthesia: a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.


Details: Two weekends per month from February - June 2015 | Maida Hill Place, 4 Fernhead Road, Maida Hill, W9 3ET | Lunch £32 - £54; Dinner £56 - £97

Beehive Place

Welcome to Beehive, the latest addition to Brixton’s vibrant food scene.

A collaboration between Chateau Marmot and chef Samuel Hodges (ex Soho House and St Johns), Beehive's focus is high quality, locally supplied British cuisine. The five course tasting menu changes every weekend and is accompanied by a full bar serving cocktails, craft beer and wine from worldwide independent producers. Plus disco, hip hop and funk DJ’s from 10pm – late.

Details: Varying Thursday’s, Friday’s & Saturdays in April | Beehive Place, Brixton, SW9 | £35


(Image: Carousel)

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