Pop Up Restaurants In London


Two Hot Asians x Peckham Cellars

Peckham Cellars are kicking off another Summer Series this Bank Holiday – in the blue corner, we’ve got Two Hot Asians, who’ll be supplying their signature brand of fiery foods. They literally own a hot sauce brand, so expect a little heat. And in the red corner, we’ve got DJ, radio presenter, and music label owner Scarlett O’Malley, who’ll be suppling the gloriously obscure beats she’s dug up in her vast archives. Entry’s free, and there are no bookings…

Details: 1st June | 125 Queen’s Road, SE15 2ND

Bus Stop BBQ

Bus Stop BBQ is so-called because it’s a BBQ set up next to a bus stop. Easy come, easy go. Why the location? Because during lockdown, doing stuff outdoors suddenly became the new black, so they set up outside the restaurant rather than inside it (Fulham’s Brook House). And now that the sun is out, and the outdoors beckons once more, the Bus Stop BBQ is back to furnish us all with 14hr smoked short ribs, fried chicken & lobster rolls, smoked hispi cabbage, and more…

Details: 2nd-4th June | 65 New King’s Rd, Fulham, SW6 4SG

Oklava’s Kebab Flight Night

A meal comprising more than five different kebabs will, let’s face it, probable lie at one of the two extremes of the deliciousness scale. Thankfully, in the case of Oklava’s Kebab Flight Night, it’s at the good end. Mostly because it’s going to have each of its charcoal-scorched courses cooked up by a different master chef, from Oklava‘s own Selin Kiazim, to The Modern Pantry’s Anna Hansen, Koya‘s Shuko Oda, AngloThai’s John Chantarasak, and Juma Kitchen’s Philip Juma.

Details: 7th June | 74 Luke Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4PY | £90

HOT4U TV Dinners At Cave Cuvée

This one involves a certain degree of trust. Because the chefs at HOT4U are promising a night of “childhood favourite flavours accompanied by wine pairings you didn’t realise existed”, without expanding on the menu in any more detail than that. Of course, it helps that HOT4U are fantastic chefs, that Cave Cuvée serve excellent wines, and that TV dinners as a concept are close to the peak of human experience. So hopefully these ones will be nice.

Details: 12th June | Cave Cuvée, 250a Bethnal Green Road, E2 0AA | £45

Beak at The Haggerston

So, the HOT4U guys have been pretty busy. Straight after the Cave Cuvée pop-up they’re taking over the kitchens at The Haggerston pub for their new nose-to-tail chicken concept, Beak. Expect their typical boundless creativity to be unleashed on high-class junk food like oysters with BBQ chilli schmaltz and koji fried chicken.

Details: From 17th June The Haggerston, 438 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AA

Lucky Buns at Carousel

Carousel’s long-term residency spot at No.23 is about to get Lucky Buns. If you haven’t heard of them, that’s probably because this is their first time in the UK – the brand has spent most of its existence seducing the east coast of America with its fat, patty-stacked burgers, blazingly hot friend chicken, and Hawaiian-style, gravy loaded fries. And now you can get them too.

Details: From 23rd June | 23 Charlotte Street, W1T 1RL | Nudge Member exclusive soft launch until 7th July

Aaron Middleton x Jimmy’s BBQ Club

Jimmy Garcia, prince of pop ups, tycoon of temporary restaurants, baron of BBQs …has returned. His BBQ Club has sold out bewilderingly quickly every year, and because he’s not a total idiot, he’s bringing it back. He’s returning to his tried & tested spot on the Southbank, and this time around he’s trialling some guest chef stints. First on the pass is Aaron Middleton (you may know him from MasterChef: The Professionals) who’s going to be putting out a menu of BBQ XL scallops, charred lamb loin, and rosemary & white chocolate s’mores…

Details: 26th June | Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX | £85

The Glass Rooms

Unless you’ve been living in a bubble recently (which is strangely likely, unfortunately) you’ve likely noticed the huge amounts of bubbles, igloos, and domes that have sprung up across the city’s dining landscape recently. The latest? The Glass Rooms; a dozen pods popping up next to the Tower of London for the summer, and serving up a mostly British menu, all tied in with the Superbloom.

Details: June – Septmber | The Tower of London, The East Gate, EC3N 4AB | 2 Courses £60, 3 Courses £75

The Little Big Easy

Getting Big Easy-style food is not particularly easy outside of New Orleans, but London being London, we thankfully have a few options. And on Sundays & Mondays this summer you’ll find yet another: The Little Big Easy is hoping up in Peckham’s Copper Tap, and serving up blackened chicken wings, fried pickles, slow-cooked gumbo, and Sazerac bread & butter pudding…

Details: Sundays & Mondays in June | The Copper Tap, 190-193 Peckham High St, SE15 5EG

Stripes Amalfi Terrace

It’s perfect weather for a nice, summery terrace right now… and as luck would have it, one is about to pop up in Mayfair this very weekend. Specifically in the lovely Brown Hart Gardens, a 10,000 sq ft slice of tranquility sitting on a Portland stone pedestal just south of Oxford Street. There’ll be Italian street food, gelato, cocktails, and 50% off food for two weeks (yes, two weeks) for Nudge Members… Find out more by walking down to: Stripes Amalfi Terrace.

Details: Throughout June | Upstairs, Brown Hart Gardens, W1K 6WP

Chet’s at Rondo La Cave

Perpetually changing pop up haven Rondo La Cave has bussed a new chef into the kitchen once more – Chet’s comes to us from chef Kris Yenbamroong, who runs a cult Thai restaurant in LA called NIGHT + MARKET. Here he’s decided to create something that combines influences from both those places: American comfort food, with Thai flavours. Call it fusion if it makes you happy. On the menu, you’ll find the likes of fried chicken with red-eye chilli dip, a wedge salad with candied pork jowl, and chiang rai hotdogs with fried shallots…

Details: Throughout June | Underneath The Hoxton, 199-206 High Holborn, WC1V 7BD

Alex Webb at Number One Park Lane

Chef Alex Webb has moved from his native Essex all the way to the purple squares on the Monopoly board via stints as a pot-washer, a commis chef at The Savoy, a junior at Helene Darroze at the Connaught, and the outright winner of MasterChef: The Professionals. Now, he’s taking on a three month residency at Number One Park Lane, where he’ll cook up smoked beef tartare with caviar; butter-poached lobster with sea herbs; charred English asparagus with lemon dressing; and black sesame cookie matcha ice cream sandwiches…

Details: Until 28th July | One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, W1J 7QY

Tacos Padre

tacos padre

The secrets to Tacos Padre’s success are twofold:

  1. They make everything from scratch.
  2.  They make that everything into tacos.

It’s simple, but effective.

That means they get whole carcasses delivered to their Borough Market taqueria. They then butcher them, make marinades & rubs, and slow-cook it all for days on end before stuffing it into house-baked tortillas. And during the warmer months they fire up the stoves in a pop-up market stall, strung up with festoon lighting and set up with colourful tables & chairs amongst potted greenery in Borough Market itself…

Details: Throughout June | Borough Market Kitchen, SE1 9AG

Bob’s Lobster at the National Theatre

Bobs Lobster

You’re about to land a big roll at the National Theatre.

It’ll be in their Terrace restaurant, and it’s going to be stuffed with lobster.

It’s all thanks to Bob’s Lobster who’re snapping up the first in a series of residencies within the theatre’s in-house eatery. Well, we say ‘in-house’, but the fact is that the place is called the Terrace restaurant because, believe it or not, a great deal of the space is outside, on a terrace overlooking both the South Bank and the river. You know, hence the name and everything…

Details: Until late August | Terrace at The National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX

Jamie Smart x P. Franco

When it came to finding their next resident chef, the folks at P. Franco went for the Smart option. The iconic Clapton wine bar has just a pair of induction hobs tucked away at the back, but it’s here that some of London’s top chefs (Anna Tobias, Chase Lovecky, Tim Spedding etc.) have put together their most innovative menus. The incoming Jamie Smart has manned pans at St. John Bread & Wine, Flor, and Auberge de Chassignolles in the south of France…

Details: Thurs-Sun throughout June | 107 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0NP | No reservations

Jam Delish at the Sun & 13 Cantons

Jam Delish proudly proclaim themselves to be “Soho’s first vegan Caribbean restaurant”, and we’re going to happily assume that they’re right. At least temporarily. Because they’re taking the current shift in the kitchen residencies at the Sun & 13 Cantons, where they’ll be staying for the next few months serving up vegan jerk prawns, plantain fries, and rum-soaked ‘chicken’ wings cleverly wrapped in a sugar cane skewer so that you can eat the ‘off the bone’.

Details: Tues-Sun throughout June | 21 Great Pulteney Street, W1F 9NG | Book here

Smashed at The Gipsy Queen

Technically speaking, you’ve always been able to get smashed at The Gipsy Queen. But now you can get Smashed – an innovative burger outfit with a decade’s experience behind them. Their M.O. is pounding dry-aged beef into ‘wafer-thin’ patties that get a lacy crust on the griddle; sandwiching them in thick potato rolls; and finishing them off with home-made sauces from blueberry hot sauce to peanut butter mayo…

Details: Throughout June The Gipsy Queen, 166 Malden Road, London, NW5 4BS | Book here



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