Pop Up Restaurants In London
The Best Pop Up Restaurants In London - September 2014
(Image: The Last Gingerline Event)
For those keen to squeeze the remaining juice out of summer, Disappearing Dining Club are hosting London's last big, all day picnic & BBQ on saturday 30th September - complete with live music from a large ukulele band; DJs; sing-alongs; cocktails and discoing - on what used to be a patch of waste ground... but now isn't.
Details: Sat 30th August | The Paperworks 48-50 Newington Causeway SE1 6DR | £46
Gingerline - one of London's preeminent 'top secret' immersive dining experiences - is going off piste by kickstarting a brand new culinary adventure inside an as-yet-unveiled venue located somewhere on The Jubilee Line.
The process for taking part, in reverse order, is:
4. Enjoy immersive entertainment and 4+ courses prepared by avant-garde chefs in a parallel dining reality.
3. Follow a trail of mysterious text messages to find the hidden venue.
2. Buy a ticket.
1. Read the sentence below this one.
Tickets go on sale HERE at 12pm on Monday 1st September.
Details: From 24th Sept 2014 | A Secret Location | £53-£58
As its latest “Quarterly Session”, Caravan in Exmouth Market is partnering up with the King’s Cross Skip Garden in a lock-in celebration of local and seasonal produce. The four-course feast will fuse modern British and "well-travelled" dishes designed by Executive Chef Miles Kirby.
Over to you, Miles...
“Quarterly Sessions at Caravan are really just an excuse for us to throw open the doors at our Exmouth Market restaurant and collaborate on some great food and drinks with some of our favourite local producers. We’ve had a great British summer and Grass Roots will celebrate this with a spectacular seasonal feast, with guests able to enjoy some fantastic live music on the outside terrace space”.
Back to us, Miles.
Details: Monday 8th Sept | Caravan Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QD | £38 per head
Chaco Rib Club’s dedicated to the asado (those delicious, Argentinian, family-style BBQs). There you’ll find fire-lit communal tables seating up to 50 guests per night, while a custom built parilla grill and Fernet Branca cocktail bar dish out thick cut beef ribs and cocktails with home-made gin alongside a range of other Argentinian delicacies.
Details: Fri/Sat night and Sunday late lunch, 16th Aug – 28th Sept | 4 Durham St., Anchor Yard | £30 per head + complimentary cocktail on arrival
Fat men are jolly.
And jolly men are usually good chefs, because they lack anxiety; they try all of their own food to perfect their recipes; and they naturally infuse their culinary creations with love, and jolliness.
Details: Saturday 6th Sept | The Pillbox Kitchen, Bethnal Green | £40 per head
Náttúra: a song by impish Icelandic crooner, Björk.
Kitchen Theory: A collaborative experimental dining project focused on gastronomy and multisensory taste perception.
Náttúra, by Kitchen Theory: a Nordic inspired 6-course menu pop-up using the best British produce and seasonal game to create a dining experience based on the Icelandic philosophy of beauty through nature….
…..which has nothing to do with Björk.
Details: Every Friday and Saturday for the last 3 weeks of Sept | Maida Hill Place, London W9 3ET | £56 per head
Not technically a pop up however it is a restaurant that’s only temporarily accessible. Which is the same thing.
SO: Searcys – which is usually only accessible to private members of Searcys Club - is celebrating its tenth year at the top of The Gherkin by throwing open the doors of its restaurant to the public for the very first time.
Open from Monday 21st July to Thursday 4th September 2014, you can either complement your 360° panoramic views of London with a £70, 10 course tasting menu or with the a la carte 3 course menu for lunch (£35) or dinner (£45).
Note - The A La Carte menu’s also available for brunch on Sundays
Details: 21st July – 4th Sept | The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe EC3A 8EP
Restaurateur Des Macdonald's brought the BBQ'd fare of his recently launched Q Grill in Camden to the roof of Selfridges, where it will remain throughout the summer serving up raw, smoked and grilled dishes alongside talks and events from some of the worlds leading chefs, producers, and innovators.
Details: From 14th May 2014 for 18 weeks | Selfridges
Complementing the promise of a roasting summer ahead is the news that Borough Market’s brought back its summer pop-ups.
As the market day draws to a close, the six carefully selected pop-up stalls – from B.O.B’s Lobster to Argentinian street food specialists Porteña - take over, bringing with them a range of different menus to enjoy “al fresco”.
Details: 23rd April - 27th September 2014 (Wednesday to Saturday) | Borough Market, SE1 1TL
You’re best off avoiding The Highlands of Scotland for the next few months.
You know, given the midges.
And the lack of sun.
And the Scottish people.
Only kidding! Midges aren't a problem 'til June.
But let that not prevent you from enjoying some of Scotland’s finest culinary treats…. Instead head along to “Struie Road” in Clerkenwell for an 8 course seasonal menu including dishes like wild boar sausage rolls with gooseberry ketchup, and roe deer chateaubriand.
Insect repellent not required.
Details: 16th May, 13th June, 18th July, 26th September, 17th October, 21st November, 5th December | Clerkenwell Road EC1M 5RN | £49
Barbecued Italian fare, icy cocktails and boozy concoctions courtesy of LARDO, all served on a beautiful roof terrace filled with multi-coloured shacks.
In a word, “summery”.
Details: From 24th May 2014 onwards | Hothouse Rooftop E8 3QW
The most fun we have every month is deciding what’s a permanent restaurant, what’s a pop up restaurant, what’s a semi-permanent pop up and what’s a temporary restaurant.
It’s such a hoot. As you can well imagine.
We actually got an email yesterday about a place being described by its owners as a “permanent pop up”. Ignored it, obviously.
Anyway The Pearl was an easy call: semi-permanent pop up.
Launching in the conservatory at the top of the Dead Dolls House this Friday, with views over Hoxton Square, it’s run by the popular Check On team and will be serving up Great British fare (cooked by the very talented Terry Edwards) from Wednesday to Friday each week.
Details: April – December 2014 | 35 Hoxton Square, N1 6NN
On 11th April street food favourites Breddos Tacos are commencing a new, 6 month residency at Hoxton’s TripSpace, combining their American / Mexican small plates with cocktails and a weekly US-style brunch.
Details: Wednesday-Sunday from 11th April – October 2014| TripSpace, Arch 339-340, Acton Mews, E8 4EA
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