POP UP RESTAURANTS | November 2019
There are a lot of restaurants popping up in London this month. But we’ve made everything easily searchable for you on the site, so you can simply drop in here, and filter by what you’re after. Or as always, you can find a complete rundown of all of them below…
Kina Mama at Darjeeling Express
We can almost guarantee that you’ve never had Egyptian & Ugandan cuisine at the same meal before… but that’s only if you haven’t been to a Kina Mama event. They’re a group of women who espouse the virtues of supporting mothers, and they’re holding a supperclub at Darjeeling Express this month…
Details: 3rd November | Darjeeling Express, Kingly Court, W1B 5PW | £40
Bonfire Night Supper at Garden Rooms
Sure, Garden Rooms has a lovely private room, perfect for supperclubs. And yes, you’ll get a special four-course menu cooked by a guest chef all kicked off by a hot toddy. But the real reason to go to this is to watch the bonfire night fireworks from a panoramic view on the 10th floor.
Details: 5th November | 10th Floor, Assembly Hotel, 27-31 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0LS | £45
A Taste of Porto
Portugal has some delicious food & drink. Hell, its name even starts with a fortified wine. And the Disappearing Dining Club are bringing you some of the country’s tastiest dishes, all paired with some top-shelf Portuguese wines, in a series of weekly dinners every Thursday…
Details: 7th, 14th & 21st November | The Dartmouth Arms, 35 York Rise, NW5 1SP | £40
Table & Candle
Table & Candle aim to take the vibrant & exciting restaurant scene usually reserved for Zone 1, and transport it to the outer-reaches of the city into suburban spots typically used to chains & greasy spoons. This month, they’ll be hosting pop ups in Notting Hill & Muswell Hill with Valentina Nigro (protogé to Theo Randall) who’ll be cooking up a seven-course Pugliese tasting menu…
Details: 8th & 9th November (Notting Hill) – 29th & 30th November (Muswell Hill) | £45
Zoe Adjonyoh X Mortimer House
Zoe Adjonyoh – famed for her superlative dining experience Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen – is Ghana take the next spot in the ever-more-impressive guest chefs series at members’ club Mortimer House. As usual, it’s open to the public, and you can get her okra fries, her peanut butter stew, jollof rice, and whole baked tilapia among many others.
Details: Until 9th November | 37 Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3JH
Gingerline’s TV Dinners
Gingerline – the immersive dining pioneers who have sold out countless mysterious multi-dimensional dining experiences in secret locations around London, taking you variously through anthropomorphic flavour machines; animated clouds; giant ball pits and time itself – are finally taking on the ultimate bastion of culinary achievement.
TV Dinners… READ MORE
Details: 9th November-29th December | A Secret Location | £50pp
The Great Christmas Feast
What the Dickens is the best immersive Christmas feast taking place in London this festive season?
Funny you should ask.
Because it’s unquestionably The Great Christmas Feast; a ravishing retelling of Dickens’ Christmas Carol, with a four course banquet woven into the story itself. The whole thing is set in a secret Victorian yuletide dining room & bar, hidden away behind a nondescript door in Bermondsey… READ MORE
Details: 22nd November 2019 – 4th January 2020 | 47-49 Tanner Street, SE1 3PL | £34-44 (non-dining) or £79-109 (dining)
Fodder’s watchword is sustainability. And they’re going to be sustaining themselves in Brixton’s Shrub & Shutter for the next six months, serving an environmentally aware menu filled with foraged ingredients. Expect confit ray tail, wood pigeon yakitori, and beech leaf sorbet, all cooked up by a former Cub chef.
Details: Until April 2020 | Shrub & Shutter, 336 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8QH
It was a sad day when Swedish restaurant Rök was officially beaten by paper. Specifically money. And the lack thereof.
But the good news is that something just as delicious is settling into the Scandi-chic space, at least for the next few months. Emile will be run by chef Damian Clisby (formerly of Petersham Nurseries) and wine man Nick Gibson (landlord at The Drapers Arms), and they’ll be putting together a wine-driven menu of Modern European dishes.
Details: Until mid-2020 | 26 Curtain Road, EC2A 3NY
Filthy Buns (aka John & Debs) are settling into the kitchen at Dalston’s 3 Compasses, and cooking up their ludicrously large, jaw-dislocating burgers. They’re all made with aged beef, and they’re serving something gloriously called a ‘Sunday Roast Bun’ at the end of the week.
Details: Until April 2020 | The Three Compasses, 99 Dalston Lane, E8 1NH
Pampushka at the Sun & 13 Cantons
We feel cockily confident in asserting that you’ve probably never had Ukrainian food before, which is a pity, because if it’s all as good as the stuff they’re serving at Pampushka – wild mushroom & tarragon dumplings; clay pot chicken with root vegetables; layered chocolate & cream cake – then we’ve all been missing out. Luckily, you can find out for yourself at the Sun & 13 Cantons for the next six months.
Details: Until March 2020 | 21 Great Pulteney Street, Soho, W1F 9NG
Hideaway by Dabbous
Set in the culinary gardens of the ultra-luxe Chelsea Barracks development, Hideaway comes to us from Ollie “I collect Michelin Stars” Dabbous. He dipped his toes into the pop up scene here briefly during the Flower Show in spring, and now he’s back for something longer-term. You can expect light, cafe-style fare including black truffle Croque Monsieurs; Ibaiama sauscisson; and buckwheat pain au chocolats.
Details: Throughout November | Chelsea Barracks, Garrison Square, SW1W 8BG
The igloos are back. Jimmy Garcia, prince of pop ups, tycoon of temporary restaurants, has put his domes back on the banks of the Thames, and is serving up fondues, sharing steaks, and mulled wine in them.
Details: Throughout November | Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
Prairie Fire at London Fields Brewery
Having been at the vanguard of the craft beer renaissance, London Fields Brewery are unveiling a renovated taproom overlooking their brand new railway arch brewery. And they’re not only filling it with dozens of brews fresh out of the tanks, they’ve drafted in Midwestern BBQ specialists Prairie Fire to take care of the grub. You’ll find Kansas City classics like applewood-smoked pork buns; brisket and pulled pork platters; hickory smoked chicken wings… and veggie options.
Details: Throughout November | London Fields Brewery, 365-366 Warburton Street, E8 3RR
Luardos at The Gipsy Queen
Mexican street food afficionados Luardos have taken over the pans at Kentish Town’s Gipsy Queen, a cosy 1920s pub with a suntrap of a back garden. They’re serving burritos, burrito bowls, quesadillas and sides like cassava chips, fried plantain and elotes – and on Tuesdays their tacos (baja fish, chicken thigh and carne asada) are £2 a pop.
Details: Mon-Sat throughout November | The Gipsy Queen, 166 Malden Road, London NW5 4BS
Flank OG at The Print House
Chef Tom Griffiths is bringing his mouthwatering BBQ grub to the Print House bar in Stratford for a whole year. You might have spotted him at Market Hall Victoria and Spitalfields Market, but now that he’s got a bigger kitchen to play with, the results are, frankly, outrageous. Expect huge Sunday lunches; confit potatoes with bone marrow butter; pig’s head and trotter buns; aged beef burgers; slow-cooked cider vinegar short ribs and beef fat-brushed naans served with burnt ends.
Details: Until Summer 2020 | 133 High Street, Stratford, E15 2RB
The Allotment at Counter Culture
Counter Culture, the little sister to The Dairy in Clapham, has launched “The Allotment”: a residency by chef Sam Ashton-Booth, who’s created a menu from the food he’s pulling out of the ground at his buddy’s, well, allotment. The menus will entirely be shaped by the harvest, and will be thus very vegetable-driven.
Details: Throughout November | 16 The Pavement, Clapham Old Town, SW4 0HY
Studio Olafur Eliasson Kitchen
To pair with his mind-bending new show, Olafur Eliasson has opened a pop up restaurant in the Tate Modern’s Terrace Bar, which has been transformed with Eliasson’s artworks & light fittings. There, the chefs are cooking up organic, vegetarian meals served family style, exactly as they are at Eliasson’s studio in Berlin, where the restaurant originated.
Details: Until 5th January 2020 | The Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG
Flat Earth Pizzas
Flat Earth have probably had to deal with a lot of non-believers in their time. But if you head to The Hive in Cambridge Heath, you can see for yourself how good their pizzas are. Their ethos is built around low-waste cooking and using local and foraged ingredients – which translates into toppings like house kimchi, egg and five cheeses; foraged plum compote with sesame and soy aubergine; samphire and seaweed salt; and courgette ribbons with toasted walnuts.
Details: Thurs-Sat evenings until the end of the year | The Hive, 288 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9DA
Gingerline are back with another experience so secret, we’ll have to ask that you kindly read this paragraph in a whispered internal monologue. It’s got a secret menu, it’s at a secret location, and the experience is a secret, too. It’s called Chambers_, and it’s a culmination of their various Chambers of Flavour immersive supperclubs, which has gone through three ever-more-impressive iterations over the past couple of years.
This fourth time around, you’ll get “a palate twisting interactive multi-dimensional dining adventure”, which includes “5 flavoursome courses, a palate cleanser, a welcome drink plus 120 minutes of playful explorations through 5 dining dimensions”. Precisely what all of that means isn’t entirely clear, but then, that’s the point.
Now don’t go blabbing about it.
Details: Until 21st Decmber | Somewhere Secret | £55-£75
Feeling a little Rande? You will be, because it’s a Mexican pop up restaurant that “explore life beyond tacos” in ever-changing, unusual venues, from laundromats, to warehouses, to distilleries. And this month, that means you’ll dine on tuna tartare tostados, sous vide hake with green mole, and Mexican flan with a liquid caramel top somewhere quite unique…
Details: 7th & 8th November | Secret location | £39.50
Chinese Laundry @ 10 Coulgate St
After their restaurant almost burned down and its charred husk was then occupied by squatters, the seemingly irrepressible ladies behind The Chinese Laundry are back at last with a long term residency in Brockley’s 10 Coulgate Street. And unseated of a fixed menu, there’ll be a table of dishes to choose freely from, all inspired by their recent trip across China… READ MORE
Details: Weds-Sun until Feb 2020 | No.10 Coulgate Street, SE4 2RS | £35 (including corkage, if you want to BYOB)
Liu Xiaomian at The Jackalope
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
Supa Ya Ramen
Ramen is getting souped up.
Because ex-Nopi, Patty & Bun and Hand & Flowers chef Luke Findlay is running his own underground ramen restaurant. It only takes place on Saturday nights, with four sittings and six people at a time. To make sure you’re one of them, DM him on instagram and he’ll reply with a booking and directions to find it…
Details: Saturday nights | Secret N16 Location
James Donnelly may have climbed the culinary ladder the old-fashioned way (with a CV listing The River Café, The Palmerston and Tom Aikens)… but his food’s anything but. After winning critical acclaim for a series of pop ups, he’s landed in Bermondsey for a long-term residency serving up his Modern British ‘tapas’ – which here means the likes of salted chocolate tart with port-poached blackberries and roasted plaice with pickled mushrooms. READ MORE
Details: Throughout November | The Bermondsey Bar & Kitchen, 40 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UD