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Pop Up Restaurants In London | July 2015

Carousel Presents | Oswaldo Olivera

Carousel - three floors of pop up happenings, foodie events and guest chef residencies - welcome Oswaldo Olivera.

Which means you can expect fossilised orange and worm salt, morels and nutmeg royale, and desserts such as nasturtium pods with pink pepper and peach from a chef with experience at Celler de Can Roca (currently number 1 on the Worlds 50 Best Restaurants list) before he sets sail back to Mexico to open his first solo restaurant, ‘LOREA’.

Details1st - 11th July | Carousel, Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 8AB | £35

Chocolate Month at The Providores & Tapa Room

Fusion Chef Peter Gordon and Artisan Chocolatier Paul A. Young have collaborated to create a range of cocktails, New Zealand inspired brunch dishes and a full dinner tasting menu for Chocolate Month, all of which are available at The Providores and Tapa Roon throughout July.

However, the chefs themselves are also hosting an intimate, four course, wine-paired dinner for just 40 guests over two separate nights, which no one knows about.

Except you, now.

Details: 1st & 13th July, 7pm | The Providores and Tapa Room, Marylebone, W1U 4RX | £100

NOTE: Tickets are available, you can purchase them by emailing

Ruffians Butcher & Barber: Americana

Ruffian. (noun): A scoundrel, rascal, or lawless person, with roguish good looks, exceptional hair and an unfaltering taste for Scottish-American influenced, wild game and bourbon cocktails at one night only, all inclusive supper clubs in award winning Covent Garden barber shops.

Ruffians Butcher & Barber: Americana. (noun): Ruffian valhalla.

Details2nd July | Ruffians Barbers, Covent Garden, WC2E 7JS | £35 includes all food and cocktails.

Sensualità by Kitchen Theory

The same pop up restaurant behind Náttúra and Synaesthesia and a selection of other unpronounceable escapades are once again twisting tongues with Sensualità: a dessert based dining concept drawing on traditional and modernist pastry techniques and ingredients for a six course tasting menu of both savoury and sweet dishes championing the theme of sensuality.

Details9th - 11th and 17th & 18th July | Maida Hill Place, 4 Fernhead Road, Maida Hill, W9 3ET | Lunch £32 - £54; Dinner £65 - £105

The Secret Garden BBQ

A secret garden barbecue in a Michelin-trained chef's house with a cocktail on arrival, a wood burning grill, a tandoor, a hammock, music, and a BYOB policy.

Pretty much covers it.

We’re talking about the sunshine; the sunshine pretty much covers it.

Details: Sunday 12th July | Old Laundry, Kings Cross, N1 9DG | £35


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

May we present: SHRIMP BOIL X Hatch.

Details: 23rd July | HATCH, 8 MacKintosh Ln, Homerton, E9 6AB | £22

POP-Down-Dining and Desserts

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 - 25th July | Borough Barista’s Basement, 15 Charles II Street, St James’s, SW1Y | £39 includes four courses and a cocktail.

Doodle Bar’s Dockside Diner

A series of ticketed summer lunch pop ups with a rotating selection of supper clubs, including Louisiana Crayfish Boil (4th & 18th July) and A Taste of Argentina (11th July) and Mama’s Jerk Station (25th July) on an outdoor river terrace at Battersea’s Doodle Bar.


Details: 4th - 25th  July | 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 the UNA - One Table Experience; A Little Lusciousness at Urban Villa; Funthyme at The Farm; Sabel's Weekend Feast; and Disappearing Dining Club’s Swallows & Amazons, and Town House.

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.

DetailsFriday 31st July | 27 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M 5RN | £35

Vintage Salt | Selfridges Rooftop

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

York & Albany’s Beach Hut

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 - TBC | York & Albany, 127–129 Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PS

Jimmy’s Secret Garden

“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

Grain Store Unleashed

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

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 

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: Varying dates in July | 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

Som Saa

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 July | Climpson's Arch, London Fields, E8 3SB

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: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays in July | Beehive Place, Brixton, SW9 | £35


(Image: Ruffians Butcher & Barber: Americana)

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