Pop Up Restaurants In London


Rogues at Hackney Coffee Co

Loveable Rogues Zac Whittle and Freddie Sheen are bringing their take on British seasonal dining to the atmospheric Hackney Coffee Co this month, with a weekly changing menu of dishes like marinated feta and pickled watermelon tart; blood nectarine, elderflower and Rice Krispie trifle; and line-caught mackerel with fennel vinegar. Plus, on the 15th they’ll be joining forces with the maverick Whyte Rushen (more on whom later) to create a takeaway feast including Space Raider sandwiches and Rushen’s ‘gumball cone’…

Details: Reservations available on select dates in August – book here | 503 Hackney Road, E2 9ED

Tom Cenci at Stoney Street

Tom Cenci’s residency at this Borough restaurant was originally scheduled to last three months. That was back in October 2020. And when he’s serving up dishes like this pine cone-shaped baked alaska, it’s easy to see why he’s been asked to stick around. The rest of the menu hops from pot-sticker dumplings to smashed cheeseburger and sweetcorn crumpet, and it’s all delicious.

Details: Wed-Sat nights Stoney Street, 2-3 Stoney Street, London SE1 9AA Walk-ins only

On Special Guest Series at Larry’s

Our last Agenda, from March 2020, featured Larry’s as an exciting upcoming opening. Somehow, the fledgling resto made it through the past year and a bit, and is adding to its roster of NYC-inspired dishes this month with a series of guest dishes. They’ve each been designed by one of owner Nicholas Balfe’s friends, who just coincidentally happen to be some of the best chefs in town. It kicks off with James Cochran’s buttermilk fried chicken sandwich (with pressed jerk potato and Red Stripe-pickled shallots), before Oklava’s Selin Kiazim takes over with her pomegranate glazed lamb breast. That’s followed by Rob Casson’s souped up burger, beef short rib birria from Nud Dudhia (one half of Breddos Tacos), and finally Portuguese-style quail and chips from Ixta Belfrage, co-writer of Ottolenghi’s Flavour.

Details: Each available for a week from 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th August Larry’s, Unit 5, 12-16 Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL Book here

Tendril at The Sun & 13 Cantons


Tendril’s won itself legions of fans over the past few years, and it seems to have found itself a semi-permanent home down in Soho. Former Chiltern Firehouse and The Dairy chef Rishim Sachdeva is busting out a mostly-vegan, all-veggie menu borrowing from cuisines around the world, with dishes ranging from roast cauliflower with XO sauce and cacao nibs; massaman curry with acorn squash and coconut; and ratatouille with a little ras el hanout.

Details: Throughout August 21 Great Pulteney St, Soho, London W1F 9NG | Book here

Hot 4 U at The Prince Arthur

Hot 4 U

Eddy Tejada and Matthew Scott are Hot 4 U, something they’d like to demonstrate with their unbelievably delicious residency menu at Dalston pub The Prince Arthur. The menu changes all the time, but you can expect dishes along the lines of tempura elderflower, peri-peri guinea fowl to share, and Ya Mum’s Pavlova. READ MORE

Details: Open for lunch and dinner daily 95 Forest Road, E8 3BH Book here

GROUND at the Spurstowe Arms

Could it be…? Burgers that actually reduce carbon emissions? GROUND aren’t just full of hot air; their meat is sourced from The Ethical Butcher, who do a lot of Medieval-sounding things like crop rotation to allow land to recover from cattle farming and actually take carbon out of the atmosphere. Oh, and we should also probably mention that the burgers are absolutely delicious. READ MORE

Details: Open for dinner daily and weekend lunches | The Spurstowe Arms, 68 Greenwood Road, E8 1AB Walk-ins only

Brat x Climpson’s Arch

Having Michelin-starred chefs cooking at a vibey, outdoor pop up in Hackney might seem like having your cake and eating it. But this is the al fresco annexe of Shoreditch hit restaurant Brat – and if anything, it plays to its strengths even more, with live fire cooking in a festoon-lit courtyard. The signature dish – whole-cooked turbot to share – is still on the menu, alongside crab with hay butter, wood-fired breads, and wild rabbit rice… READ MORE

Details: Open for dinner daily, plus weekend lunch | 374 Helmsley Place, Hackney, E8 3SB | Book here

Turo Turo

Turo Turo (‘point point’ in Tagalog) is named after the Filipino fast food stalls where punters point at whatever they want to eat. On the menu, you’ll find charred aubergine with peanut and garlic soy glaze, BBQ chicken thigh with spiced vinegar butter, and 4-hour pineapple glazed pork belly. Warm up your pointing fingers now…

Details: Dinner daily, plus Saturday lunch, until 8th August Farr’s School of Dancing, 17 – 19 Dalston Lane, E8 3DF

Filthy Buns

Filthy Buns London pop up

Filthy Buns (aka John & Debs) have extended their residency at Dalston’s 3 Compasses, where they’re cooking up ludicrously large, jaw-dislocating burgers. They’re all made with 45 day dry-aged beef from The Ginger Pig butchers, sandwiched in between brioche buns with outrageous bedfollows: this here is the Millionaire Short Rib, boosting that beef patty with beer-braised short rib, Swiss cheese & beer BBQ glaze, smoky gravy mayo and Biscoffy peanut butter.

Details: Open for dinner daily, plus lunch on weekends | The Three Compasses, 99 Dalston Lane, E8 1NH | Book here

Tacos Padre

Calling your restaurant Tacos Padre might sound like a pretty big claim. But when you’ve worked at Mexico City’s Pujol – currently ranked 12th on the World’s 50 Best list – it’s probably a fair one to make. After years of pop ups around the world, Nick Fitzgerald’s taqueria has landed a relatively permanent home in Borough Market Kitchen. Towards the end of the week, the festoon lighting fires up and the kitchen starts plating up beef short rib, chicken asado and cauliflower ‘al pastor’ tacos, alongside frozen margaritas and guest dishes like Michelada oysters.

Details: Taqueria Sat 12-5pm, dinner Thurs-Sat 6.30-10pm The Borough Market Kitchen, Winchester Walk, Jubilee Place, SE1 5AG Book here

Chase Lovecky at P.Franco

Lovecky’s brilliant Modern American joint, Two Lights, was one of the many restaurants that have had to permanently close up shop after the effects of the pandemic. But the good news is that you can now find the former Clove Club chef in residence at teeny weeny Hackney wine bar P.Franco, where he’s rustling up summery plates like chilled melon soup with almond cream; peas, girolles & potato ravioli; and something called Jesus saucisson. That’s right. Jesus sausage.

Details: Dinner Wed-Sun, plus Sat lunch 107 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0NP Walk-ins only

Polo Lounge at The Dorchester

The Beverley Hills Hotel’s famous Polo Lounge has popped up on the rooftop of its sister hotel The Dorchester, bringing its signature candy pink stripes and bougainvilleas with it. Over the next two months, they’ll be serving a menu of Californian classics, including the house McCarthy salad (invented in the 60s for polo player and regular patron, Neil McCarthy) and their signature Paloma cocktail with prickly pear, all soundtracked by live music. And to answer the burning question on your lips, yes of course you can buy some souvenir sneakers and a luxury dog bed.

Details: Open daily for lunch and dinner throughout August The Dorchester, Park Lane, London W1K 1QA Book here

Guest Chefs at Carousel

Carousel’s taking you on quite the ride this month. First up, you’ll be able to catch Kerth Gumbs, whose supperclubs as part of the Made You Look series sold-out almost instantly. He’ll be serving up a brilliant menu of jerk wing skewers, slow-cooked trout with Vietnamese dressing, and paprika-glazed pork loin. It’ll be a tough act to follow, but if anyone can do it, it’s Gonzalo Luzarraga, who’s previewing his upcoming restaurant Mater with a star dish of seven year-aged beef.

Details: KG: 3rd-7th August, GL: 10th-21st August 71 Blandford Street, W1U 8AB KG set menu £55, book here

Joo Won at Bun House

At Bun House, buns are… well, their bread and butter. But just occasionally they like to mix things up… so this month, they’re inviting in Busan-born chef Joo Won to take over the first floor dining room. Former head chef of the Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows, and hot off the heels of his solo residency at Carousel, he’ll be serving a menu of South Korean and European-inspired sharing plates. Working with him in the kitchen will be his wife Sujin (a former pastry chef at The Wolseley), and the menu promises combos like kimchi and cheddar risotto, Joo’s Fried Chicken, and bulgogi made with three-day marinated beef.

Details: Open Tues-Sun for 2 months from 5th August 26-27 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA Book here

Quo Vadis & Friends: Cynthia Shanmugalingam

The British-Sri Lankan chef is taking over the QV kitchens for one night only this month, as part of the ongoing QV & Friends series. Her cooking style, honed at her pop up, Rambutan, incorporates flavours that are both bold and fragrant – cinnamon, lemongrass, roasted chillies – and her menu here will be the first entirely vegan feast of the series.

Details: 18th August Quo Vadis, 26 – 29 Dean Street, London W1D 3LL£50pp – book here

Guest Residencies at Mortimer House

Private members’ club Mortimer House has been quietly building a name for itself as a residency hotspot. Pre-pandemic, it hosted the likes of Mei Mei’s Elizabeth Haigh and vegan Chinese resto Mao Chow. And over this summer, you’ll be able to catch a takeover from ‘guerilla chef’ Whyte Rushen, who’s serving oysters with pickled Monster Munch and a pudding inspired by an off licence; followed by 10 course omakase suppers and an experimental all-day brunch from Italo-Japanese spot Angelina; capped off with a visit from Norwich vegan restaurant The Gatherers. And thankfully you don’t have to be a member to book in.

Details: Whyte Rushen: 20th-22nd August | Angelina, The Gatherers: September Mortimer House, 37-41 Mortimer Street, W1T 3JH Book here

Nehmann at Corner Store

Ex-Le Manoir chef Drew Snaith has struck out on his own, and you’ll find the latest incarnation of Nehmann (ye olde English for neighbour, apparently) at Camberwell’s Corner Store. The theme is ‘hyper-seasonal’, so expect a lot of dishes – from lamb tongue nuggets to miso fudge sachertorte – to be passing through over the next five weeks.

Details: Wed-Fri, 6-9.30pm throughout August 31 Peckham Road, SE5 8UH Walk-ins only

Whole Beast at Kanpai

Whole Beast pop up restaurants

This pair met in the kitchens of Peckham’s Coal Rooms, and have since been popping up around the city with some very fine nose-to-tail cooking over a live fire. Currently, you can find them in residence at Peckham’s sake brewery, Kanpai, with smoked bone marrow and IPA onions, butter & beef dripping hash browns, and jerk goat sausage on the menu.

Details: Open Wed-Sun, check times here | Unit 2A-2 Copeland Park, 133 Copeland Road, Peckham Rye, SE15 3SN | Walk-ins only

Ling Ling at Tola

There’s a lot to like at Tola. The Peckham nightspot has a covered and heated roof terrace where you can tuck into Southeast Asian street food courtesy of Ling Ling (we’re talking Taiwanese Fried Chicken, wonton and sesame noodles) before slinking back inside for dancing and DJs.

Details: Daily dinner and weekend lunches throughout August 56 Peckham High StreetSE15 5DP Book here

Papa L’s Kitchen

After his time at The Ivy and Scott’s, Papa L – aka chef Lawrence Gomez – is taking the next logical step and opening his own place. This pop up restaurant is where he’s showcasing his own take on African fusion cuisine, combining the home cooking he grew up with in Gambia with the European culinary techniques he picked up in London’s restaurants. The result is a menu of mouthwatering dishes, from spiced plantain to BBQ lamb cutlets with Ma’s benachin rice (the national dish of Gambia).

Details: Dinner Wed-Sat, plus lunch Fri-Sat 16-17 Jermyn Street, SW1Y 6LT Book here

Piazza by the Pier

Wander down the Southbank towards London Bridge this summer, and you’ll find a little Mediterranean oasis perched right next to the river. Part of this little pop-up holiday is overseen by Jimmy Garcia (the ‘king of pop-ups’), whose team of pizzaioli are rustling up flame-scorched pizzas for you under the shade of a pergola. But he’s also giving you, ahem, a slice of the action with his Pizza Parties, where you and your group can indulge in a welcome cocktail and some antipasti before learning to make your own pizza (from stretching out the sourdough to using those big paddles to get it in and out the oven). And naturally, Nudge Members get a couple of free drinks to boot. READ MORE

Details: Pizza parties until 30th August Piazza by the Pier, London City Pier, Hays Lane, SE1 2HB

Liu Xiaomian at The Jackalope

Liu Xiaomian London pop ups

It takes a seasoned chef to get the level of spices right in a dish. Luckily, Liu Xiaomian has two. The duo behind the noodle outfit have won themselves queues round the block for their ‘spicy, numbing, addictive’ Chongqing cooking. And they’re settled into the kitchens at Marylebone pub The Jackalope for the near future, serving delicious, freshly made wonton, spicy noodles and slow-cooked pork with Chinese vegetables.

Details: Tues-Fri, 12-2.30pm & 6-9pm The Jackalope, 43 Weymouth Mews, W1G 7EQ Book here


Main image: Polo Lounge at the Dorchester

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