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YOUR FEBRUARY AGENDA | Pop Up London 2017

We’re not passive aggressive.

Unlike SOME websites.

But we do get a little irked when, due to the fact that it’s winter, it’s cold, and London is located in one of the greyer parts of the Northern hemisphere, it’s implied that there isn’t much going on here in February.

Because there is. A hell of a lot, in fact. And if you want to know quite how much, just get a load of the parties, supperclubs, popups, festivals, and shows below…

POP UP EVENTS (February 2017)

Steak & Wine Night at Bourne & Hollingsworth

Because steak and wine are delicious, the B&H Kitchens are putting on a steak & wine night. Executive chef Adam Gray will show you how to find the perfect cut, how to cook that perfect cut perfectly, how to whip up the perfect sauce (béarnaise, peppercorn, sticky barbeque) for that perfectly cooked perfect cut, and how to make some thick-cut chips to boot. While drinking a lot of wine.

Details: 1st February | B&H Kitchen, 42 Northampton Road, EC1R 0HU | £65

A Root to Fruit Banquet

Popping up as part of the Fare Healthy festival is this zero-waste, charity-funding supperclub, featuring a four-course menu designed by chefs including River Cottage’s Gill Meller and Poco’s Tom Hunt, cocktails from Sipsmiths, and organic wine and craft beers. So you can clear your plate with a clear conscience (if not, thanks to those last three, a totally clear head).

Details: Saturday 4th February, 7.30pm |Old Truman Brewery, E1 6QR | £50

Getty Images Year in Focus

As years go, 2016 was… roughly the score it would have gotten out of a million.

But it looked pretty. And the people at Getty are keenly aware of that fact, being a Photographers Gallery and all. So they’ve put on a retrospective of the year, featuring all the best, most poignant, hard-hitting, and plain beautiful imagery.

Details: Until 11th February | Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle St, W1W 8DX | Free

Som Saa Late Night Sessions

If there’s one criticism you can level at Som Saa – the current “best Thai restaurant in London” title holder – it’s that there isn’t enough of it. So the brains in charge decided to change that by extending their hours into the early morning once a month; after regular service winds down, they’ll bust out a fiery street food menu, load the bar with ice buckets of whisky & soda cocktails, and cue up a DJ to spin vinyl ’til late.
Details: 4th February | Som Saa, 43A Commercial Street, E1 6BD

Balthazar’s Superbowl Party

If holding Super Bowl parties was a sport, Balthazar would win the Super Bowl of it. They’re bringing five screens, surround sound, an astroturfed entrance, a welcome cocktail, giant foam fingers, a popcorn machine, food all evening, special whisky cocktails, free tea & coffee all night, and The London Warriors, who are AN ACTUAL AMERICAN FOOTBALL TEAM.

Details: 5th February | 4-6 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ | £50

The Scotch Egg Challenge

This year’s meat-wrapped throw-down is going to take place in the Cannonbury pub, and will have such egg-robing luminaries as Neil Rankin from Temper, Robin Gill from The Dairy, the team from Mac & Wild, and literally a dozen more. And Fay Maschler will be helping to judge them all.

Details: 8th February | The Canonbury, 21 Canonbury Pl, N1 2NS | Free

The Last Tuesday Society’s Petting Zoo

Pet a python. Fondle a frog. Touch a tarantula. Cuddle a chameleon. It’s unlikely that your reaction to those suggestions was entirely benign. But if it sounded good, then we have great news for you: yes, the Last Tuesday Society have invited a professional natural historian (formerly of the Natural History Museum) to give you a very personal encounter with everything from a boa constrictor, to a blue-tongued skink, to a tiger beetle, to a millipede, and learn all about them while you’re doing it.

Details: 10th-12th February | The Last Tuesday Society, 11 Mare Street, E8 8RP | £5

Galician Beef Butchery Display

Normal beef is nice. Galicia beef, however, is on another level. And you’ll see, hear, and taste exactly why at the Princess Victoria this month, when you attend the butchery display helmed by butcher Doug “The Cleaver” White. And it will have nothing to do with the wine-pairing.

Details: 8th February | Princess Victoria, 217 Uxbridge Road, W12 9DH | £45 (£60 with wine pairing)

Midnight in Paris Winter Ball

“Based on a fanciful comedy by Woody Allen” are generally not words you associate with a decadent, booze-fueled party. And yet here we are. Set in Porchester Hall (a 1920 grade II listed art deco building) The 20s-themed Winter Ball will feature masks, coattails, flapper dresses, lots of Champagne, and a DJ.

Details: 11th February | Porchester Hall, Porchester Road, W2 5HS | £20-35

Gospeloke is back!

You may already be aware that the literal translation of ‘karaoke’ is ‘empty orchestra’. And largely, it’s been a pretty accurate moniker.

Until now.

Because you’re about to test out your pipes live on stage with a 15-strong gospel band. That’s right. Karaoke. With a gospel choir. And after a stunning debut, it’s back.

Details: 9th February | Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU | £13-128

Orchid Lates at Kew

Unsurprisingly, Kew Gardens have an orchid conservatory. Surprisingly, they’re letting you in there after-hours this month, and throwing in some henna artists, a little traditional Indian music, and flower-laden Indian marriage swing for good measure.

Details: Various dates from the 9th February | Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, W9 3AB | £15

Taberna De Mercado x Clipstone Brunch

Clipstone is already a pretty amazing restaurant. But for one day in February it’s going to get even better, by adding the head chef of Taberna de Mercado for a special brunch menu. There’ll be soft scrambled eggs, pig’s brains, sea urchin, olive oil & runny egg yolk sponge cake, and soft white port gin & tonics. Email HERE to book.

Details: 12th February | Clipstone, 5 Clipstone St, W1W 6BB | £30

V-Day Guide

Our Valentines Day gift to you: 47 solid gold, rose-scented, saffron-spiced date ideas for you to do this February 14th. Check them out right HERE.

Details: 14th February | All over London

Pancakes & Booze

The pancakes: free
The booze: not free, but delicious, including cocktails, beer, wine, the works.
The art: coming from 70 artists, and including paintings, mixed media, photography, sculptures, drawings, and graffiti.
The other stuff: there’ll be live music and live body painting too. Because why not.

Details: 17th February | Studio Spaces E1, 110 Pennington Street, E1W 2BB | £5

“Here be Dragons” Underneath Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is probably the most famous bridge in the world. But what most people don’t know, is that deep underneath it, 120 steps below bridge-level, lies the Bascule Chamber; a huge Victorian era vault (normally inaccessible to the public) that you will very soon be stepping into. Because it’s going to be filled with mind-bending site-specific art installations combining sound, light, and projections.

Details: 17th-19th February | Tower Bridge, SE1 2UP | £30-35

Gin Festival

It does exactly what it says on the tin – although the tin didn’t have enough room to also mention the live music, talks and masterclasses from gin experts, and unique coppa festival glass you’ll be toting from stand to stand.

Details17th – 19th February Tobacco Docks, Wapping Lane, E1W 2DA£15.21

RA Lates: New Soviet World

Featuring fun distributed equally through the evening, the RA Lates this month will take on art from the futuristic idealism of 1920s Soviet Russia (Kandinsky, Malevich, etc.). Added to all that daubing will be an immersive Collective Dining Hall with traditional Russian food; a popup cinema showing Soviet classics; acrobatic actors performing “technically precise movements”; and a full-on Москва Dancehall with band performances of 1920s jazz and lively Russian folk songs.

Top Marx all around.

Details: 18th February | Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD | £35

Temple Cinema

If you’ve never been to the stunning, huge, ornate masonic temple at the Andaz hotel, then you won’t quite appreciate that the film screen here might not be the most interesting to look at on the evening. Of course, because this is Blue Velvet, it is. But it’s a close call.

Details: 21st February | Andaz Hotel, 40 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN | £15-3

Craft Beer Rising

Now in its 6th year, it’s pretty safe to say that Craft Beer Rising has risen. And as part of that rising, they’re adding a new room to the fest, giving them space for 170 breweries to show off their hoppy wares, plus the requisite live music.

Details: 23-25th February | The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL | £12.50

OneTrackMinds at Wilton’s

If you’ve ever wanted to attend a live mashup of Desert Island Discs and a TED talk with a panel of incredibly talented comedians, writers, activists and artists in a 300 year old music hall, then this is probably the event for you.

Details: 23rd – 24th February, 7.30pm | Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, E1 8JB | From £6

Evasion

Just when you thought commuting was the most complex navigational challenge London could throw at you, along comes a (very) immersive spy adventure which involves dashing across London with a group of enemy agents on your tail, leaving you with two hours to crack codes, liaise with your comrades and evade your pursuers.

Details: 26th February | Secret Location | £40

National Geographic Photography Exhibition

Good news! For the price of one trip down to Brixton you can, essentially, see the entire world. Because for one night only, the finalists of the Nat Geo Traveller Photography Competition 2017 will be on show there, with the winner announced on the evening. Your move, Ryanair.

Details: 28th February | Intrepid Travel, 9 Brighton Terrace, SW9 8DJ | Free (registration essential)

Foley’s Off Menu Tasting Sessions

You’ve got a date with Mitz Vora this Sunday. He’s cooking you a six-course usually-off-menu tasting menu of Middle Eastern and Asian-inspired dishes that he’ll be laying down in front of you personally…and sure, there’ll be nine other people seated round the open kitchen too, but trust us, he’s really doing it just for you.

DetailsEvery Sunday, 6pm and 8.30pm 23 Foley Street, W1W 6DU £65

Magical Lantern Festival

If you enjoy standard, run-of-the-mill lantern festivals, you’re going to love the Magical Lantern Festival. It involves a 15-metre wide lantern of London’s Houses of Parliament, moving animal lanterns, an ice rink, funfair rides, VR games, and an ice bar.

Details: Until 26th February | Chiswick House Gardens, W4 2QN | £16.50

Transcending Boundaries | teamLab

This Tokyo-based group of “ultra-technologists” bring their interactive artwork to London this month, featuring three rooms full of digital and projected art that spills into out of frames and cascades into the space, including a waterfall of cherry blossoms.

Details: Until 11th March | PACE Gallery, 6 Burlington Gardens, W1S 3ET

The Great Gatsby

This isn’t your average, everyday, garden variety Gatsby. It’s the great one, and he’s throwing one heck of a party. Sadly, being fictional has its organisational limitations, and so a cast and creative team from Secret Cinema, The Flanagan Collective and last year’s The Drop Off are stepping in to help tell the tale, with a sprinkling of immersive pizzazz. 

Details: Until 5th March | The Vaults, 7AD Leake St, SE1 7NN | £25

VAULT Festival

It’s the best way – and trust us, we’ve seen a lot of options – to spend the next six weeks underground in a set of abandoned railway tunnels. Because they’re going to be filled with over 100 different shows offering comedy, theatre and immersive experiences, as well as food from Balkano Kitchen, five bars and a programme of late night party events every Friday and Saturday. It’s like Christmas all over again. If you live in railway tunnels.

Details: Until 5th March | The Vaults, 7AD Leake St, SE1 7NN

Skye Halla

Viking parties.

They weren’t exactly Loki.

And The Queen of Hoxton are out to prove it, by transforming their rooftop bar and Winter WigWam into a Viking stronghold complete with long boat, feasting hall and crackling fire pits. Read more RIGHT HERE.

DetailsMon-Sat, 4-10pm until March 2017 | Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX

Spend the evening in an Igloo

Dining alfresco in the colder months isn’t easy. Other, lesser, restaurants have heat lamps. The Coppa Club has igloos. And over the winter, you can cosily dine in one of eight they’ve erected on their Tower Bridge-adjacent terrace.

Details: Until 31st March | Coppa Club Tower Bridge, 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, EC3R 6AH

Maman Le Mot


Accordion to a recent study, you can replace the first word of a sentence with the name of a classic French instrument used by clichéd pastiches of WW2 resistance fighters, and no-one will notice.

And it’s that kind of subtlety that you’ll need to demonstrate at Maman Le Mot. Find out more about it right HERE.

Details: Ends 31st March | A Secret London Bridge Bunker | £17.50 for entry only / £42.50 incl. dinner

Backyard Cinema

Every decent Italian market has to have at the very least some cured meats, cheeses, and an illuminated pop up cinema with warming cocktails, beanbag seating, and a slate loaded with classic films. So it’s lucky that Mercato Metropolitano has one, then.

Details: Until 5th Mar | Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR | £16.50

Mercato Metropolitano


Mercato Metropolitano.

Our in-house Italian translator has told us that in English this means “(wild hand gestures) Metropolitan (wild hand gestures) Market”.

It’s the first international branch of a Turin-based enterprise of the same name, taking on Borough Market on its own turf by planting itself squarely in Southwark – in a vast, disused paper factory, no less. Find out more right HERE.

DetailsThroughout February | 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR | Free

KERB Camden Market

Last month, KERB launched their biggest street food lineup to date in Camden Market, with 35 traders (Mother Clucker, Kimchinary, Oli Baba’s, etc.) running 7 days a week, and taking only one single day off each year.

It must be Christmas. 

Details: Throughout February | Camden Market West Yard, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AF

Thom Foole’s House Party

Immersive comedy. Yes, that’s what living in the UK frequently feels like, but in the case of Thom Foole’s House party, that’s literally what it is. Expect cabaret, DJs, impromptu games, booze, and a cast of absurdly funny comedians.

Details: 2nd February | 44 Essex Road, N1 8LN | £7 HERE.

Kinema and Kocktails

Welcome to Kinema and Kocktails: a series of klassic films shown by Kellar Door in their small, intimate bar. February films are all themed “US Gangster Season”, in honour of Donald Trump. You can expect inclusive themed kocktails, free popcorn, and a silent short accompanied by a live piano performance with each screening.

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Details: Every Sunday | Cellar Door, Aldwych, WC2E 7DN | £15

Take in a Show!


Want to go to the theatre, but don’t have a list of every single theatre show currently on in London – divided into musical, comedy, drama, and immersive categories – in which every show has been attributed a Rotten Tomatoes-style average score out of ten based on the reviews of London’s most preeminent theatre critics? Well, now you have no excuse.

DetailsVarious dates | All across London

Druid St Market

Technically not a popup.

Technically a brand new London produce and street food market in Bermondsey with ice cream sandwiches and floats by Blu Top; left field toasties courtesy of FAT by Freddie; and jerk chicken & fish fingers from Only Jerkin’; as well as a host of other stuff.

Mmm, other stuff.

DetailsSaturdays, 9am – 4pm | Druid St, SE1 2HH

 

POP UP RESTAURANTS (February 2017)

Farang

Only a few years ago, the best Thai place in London was Saville Row.

Things have improved considerably since then.

Now, we have places like Smoking Goat, Som Saa, and the Begging Bowl. And Seb Holmes has worked at all of them. So it’s about time that the 25-year-old Thai cuisine whizz flew the nest and set out on his own. And now – for six months at least – he’s doing exactly that…

Details: From 3rd February | San Daniele, 72 Highbury Park, N5 2XE

The Dinner Ladies at The Little Yellow Door

Presenting: a popup within a popup. The people at Notting Hill temporary restaurant The Little Yellow Door will be turning over the space for one night on Chinese New Years to the Dinner Ladies, who’re keen to lavish you with food, cocktails, and dancing.

Details: 3rd February | Little Yellow Door, 68 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3HT | £35

Borough Plates

Let’s take a moment to talk about the perfect hypothetical restaurant.

It would be located in a market. A huge, globally prestigious one. A chef’s dream larder, if you will. It would then take the best produce from its best traders, and expertly weave them into dishes on an ever-rotating menu, cooked by chef veterans from some of the best restaurants in the world, too. And lastly, it would be housed in a fittingly beautiful space.

And it just so happens that Borough Plates does all of those. Find out more HERE.

Details: Until the end of March | 1 Cathedral Street, SE1 9AL

Yamagoya

47 years ago, a Japanese truck driver named Masatoshi Ogata wanted to start his own restaurant in his hometown of Fukuoka. So he built one. With his bare hands. Then, he spent three years perfecting his ramen recipe. And now, Yamagoya have opened a popup in London. So they’ve finally made it? Right?

Details: Until the end of April | 64 Shaftesbury Avenue (entrance via Shuang Shuang), W1D 6LU

Craving Coffee’s Tottenham Social

Craving Coffee – a very honestly named cafe in Tottenham – are big supporters of local street food. So much so, that they’re giving micro-residencies to literally a dozen of them this February. One day, you might find yourself nibbling on Nigerian tapas from Chuku’s, the next a little Sardinian from Capo Caccia, and the next some Caribbean from Shellybelly’s.

Details: Various dates throughout February | Craving Coffee, Gaunson House, Markfield Road, N15 4QQ

Humble Grape Pop-up Oyster Bar

Go shuck yourself… some oysters at the Humble Grape’s popup bivalve bar in their Fleet Street Flagship. It’s going to have English Rock & Native pearl-purses, plus flights of growers Champagne.

Details: 8th -24th February Humble Grape, 1 St Bride’s Passage, Fleet Street EC4Y 8 EJ

MATR

Matr, we’re told, is an Old Norse word for ‘meal’, that you can pronounce “as you wish”. Which, frankly sounds nothing like it’s spelled, but whatever. The supper club comes from Danish chef Jonas Lorentzen, who uses old Viking techniques to make his menu, including the likes of Pigeon breast with Jerusalem artichoke mousseline, and beer-braised onions with a ‘dirt’ made from rye bread, malt flour, porcini mushrooms, and toasted walnuts.

Details: 9th, 11th, 24th, 25th February | A Secret Location | £55 (£90 with wine / winter juice pairing)

Chefs of Tomorrow

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”
– Abraham Lincoln.

A sentiment that The TMRW Project is serving up on a plate – Created by Dan Doherty (Duck & Waffle), Anna Sulan Masing, and Emma Underwood (Burnt Truffle), it’s an evening in which four chefs who are at chef de partie level or below will design and serve an exclusive menu, taking control of the kitchen, and getting a glimpse of their head-chef futures.

Details: 20th February | Charlotte’s W5, Longfield Ave, W5 2UQ | £30

WastED

Getting wasted is great.

Unless you’re a meal.

So if you happen to find yourself down (up?) at the wastED rooftop popup over the next few months, you’ll be happy to know the chefs there are serving food that was destined for the bin. And you’re going to love it. Mostly, because chefs like Gordon Ramsay, Isaac McHale (from The Clove Club and Luca), The Ledbury‘s Brett Graham, Jason Atherton, and Clare Smyth will be cooking it.

Details: 24 February until 2 April | Selfridges Rooftop, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB

Fowl Mouths Have a New Clucking Residency

The Japanese comfort food kings are coming home to roost at Forest Hill’s All Inn One pub, serving up their city-renowned kara-age chicken alongside old street favourites and new dishes alike, including grilled miso aubergine and beef short ribs.

Details: Wed-Sat 6-10pm and Sat 12.30-3pm | All Inn One, 53 Perry Vale, SE23 2NE

Tibetan Dining Experience

The Tibetan Dining Experience. For Tibetan’s, it’s “dinner”. For you, it’s a feast of freshly made momo’s (little Tibetan dumplings) filled with beef, lamb, chicken, or vegetables plus mixed veggie stir-fry, some homemade spicy tomato salsa, and Tibetan-themed cocktails.

Details: Various dates throughout February | | £13-300

Monograph

Who: Monograph Supper Club.

What: Contemporary Japanese dishes.

When: Every Friday throughout February

Where: ‘An art gallery in a newly refurbished Victorian warehouse’ somewhere in Dalston (exact location provided at time of booking)

Why: Because they’re serving watercress, tofu, katsuobushi, red shiso and ponzu; Udon noodles with pork belly and curly kale; 24 hour marinated saikyo-miso salmon with Japanese short-grain rice; and matcha dorayaki.

Details: Every Friday in February | Dalston (exact location provided at time of booking) | £32 (BYOB, with optional £19 sake experience)

Forza Winter

Ah well, that’s Christmas and New Year out the way, and we’re all ready for Spri- OH NO, WAIT. Winter only technically finishes on the 19th March. Thankfully to get you through this tragic realisation, communal supperclubbers Forza Win have popped up Forza Winter, bringing you familial feasts filled with toasty Italian grub, hot cocktails and cockle-warming conviviality in their Peckham warehouse.

Details: Thurs-Sat until 28th February | Unit 4.1, 133 Copeland Road, SE15 3SN | £35 

Winter Lodge Pop Up at the Waterway

Visiting this cosy, ski lodge-themed winter pop up at the Waterway will be good for two reasons:

  1. You’ll be enjoying a three course meal including cheese fondue, chocolate fondue, and  hot cocktail (potentially also fondue).
  2. You can also spend all night cracking “Waterway to…” jokes. Never gets old.

Details: Now – 11th February | The Waterway, 54 Formosa Street, W9 2JU | £35

Black Cat Cabaret Supper Club

As Liza Minelli sang, “What good is sitting alone in your room?”

Well, plenty, if your room happens to play host to jaw-dropping acts from aerial performers, burlesque dancers and acrobats. But on the off-chance it doesn’t, you can always come to the cabaret, old chum.

Details: Various Dates throughout February | Brasserie Zedel, The Hippodrome | From £25 

Pita Party at Berber & Q

Pita Party: The sound of tiny children running on party blowers.

And now also a guest collaboration series at Berber & Q’s Shawarma Bar, which will see chefs from Duck & Waffle, Moro, Caravan and Decatur design their own exclusive pitas for the bar, before culminating in a Pita Party night where you’ll sample each creation along with some of the bar’s home brewed, spiced golden ale.

Details: Pita Party on 5th February | Shawarma Bar, 46 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE | Pita Party tickets £29 

MYPIE at the King & Co, Clapham

Pie.

On a scale of 1-10, it often comes in at a disappointing 3.14159.

Luckily for the more discerning pie fan, however, street marketeers MYPIE have just landed for a two month residency at the King & Co in Clapham. Winners of no less than 5 medals at the British Pie Awards last year, they’ll be serving up a regularly evolving menu with fillings like their best selling steak, chilli and cheese as well as a special Saturday brunch menu, Sunday roasts and a suite of indulgent desserts.

Details: Now – 26th February | The King & Co, 100 Clapham Park Road, SW4 7BZ

Street Feast Winter Season

During the dipping temperatures of the winter months, the ‘Street’ part of Street Feast becomes less and less inviting …which is why they’ve moved everything indoors. At Dinerama, that means you’ll find an alpine lodge, wine garden and fire pit to huddle round with boozy hot chocolate, while Hawker House moves into the warehouse with a new food line-up including White Men Can’t Jerk, as well as a whiskey bar and Milk & Honey cocktail lounge.

DetailsDinerama is open Thurs-Sat from 5pm | 19 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3EJ

 Hawker House is open Fri & Sat from 5pm | Canada St, London SE16 7PJ

 Both free before 7pm, £3 thereafter

Mac & Wild City Pop Up


In a bid to prove there’s more to Scottish cuisine than putting chocolate bars in deep-fat fryers (not that that’s a bad thing), Mac & Wild are popping up in the City with a late night whiskey bar and restaurant serving up everything from their award-winning Venimoo burger to Highland fried pheasant. And whether you’re taking a whisky masterclass, shooting virtual game in a virtual shooting game, or delving into a bowl of haggis pops, it’s all completely authentic… except the fact that the terrace is heated.

Details: Until Mar 2017 | 9a Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YN

Wild Brunch Club

We’re not sure if this is a very elaborate prank or not, but the people at Mac & Wild want to serve you brunch, but only after you hunt down your own ingredients. To explain: they’ll take you for a walk around one of London’s woods accompanied by a professional forager, then serve you up pine-cured salmon with scrambled eggs, Scottish Breakfast with white pudding and home-cured bacon, and more, and then give you a gin masterclass with cocktails like the foraged martini (gin, gorse flowers, sweet cicilly).

Details: 4th February and other Saturdays throughout the year | Mac & Wild, 65 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PS | £40 

The Lodge

Jesus wants us all to celebrate his birthday.

Typical Capricorn. 

But given how awesome Christmas is, that’s no bad thing – and thanks to the alpine-style, dimly lit, tree-laden, mulled cider-filled ski chalet that is The Lodge, you can now get into the festive spirit a few weeks early. It comes courtesy of relentless popper-upper Jimmy Garcia, who’ll be serving up crispy oysters, hot cocktails and bottomless bubbly Sunday roasts to ensure your heart’s cockles are thoroughly warmed.

Details: Open until end of February | 409 Clapham Road, Clapham North, SW9 9BT

CLAW @ The Sun & 13 Cantons


Crabs.

You’re better off getting them before a night out than after.

And there’s plenty to be found at the CLAW residency this month, where the sustainable street food sellers will be cooking up their melty Devon crab in a smoky pancetta broth, a fried kimchi dish and their IPA mac ‘n’ cheese, to name but a few.

Details: Open now until February 25th | The Sun & 13 Cantons, 21 Great Pulteney Street, W1F 9NG

Sambal Shiok

It’s no shiok (unlike that pun!) to hear that Sambal Shiok are settling into another residency, following sell-out runs at Salvation in Noodles and The Sun & 13 Cantons. They’ll be serving up their Malaysian miracle food – including their signature laksas, beef rendang and banana leaf fishcakes – at Blend Café in Harringay for the next six months.

Details: 5.30-9.30pm, Tues-Sun until end of April 2017 | Blend Café, 587 Green Lanes, N8 0RG

Denim ‘n’ Dine


Jeans. They’re usually the reason you go on a diet. And now in a gloriously favourable twist of fate, they will be responsible for you eating a multi-course fine dining feast at Pedro Passinhas’s newly revived pop-up restaurant, Denim ‘N’ Dine. The setting is a handmade denim atelier, at which you’ll get a six course meal from a former Fat Duck chef.

Details: Thurs/Fri/Sat nights throughout February | 114b Blackhorse Lane, E17 6AA | £50pp

Christabel’s Parties

Christabel doesn’t do things by halves. So when she puts on a cocktail masterclass, it comes with things like edible glitter, vibrant ice cubes, and purple salted caramel popcorn, to name but a few.

Details: February 11th, 14th, 24th and throughout the year | A Secret N1 Location | £30 – £40

Hip Hop Brunch

One part hip. One part hop. One part delicious brunch in the form of a 3-course ‘Dirty South’ meal served up alongside an hour of bottomless cocktails which will fuel another (few) hours of glorious hip hop karaoke.

Details: Dates throughout February | A Secret Location | £35

 

POP UP BARS (February 2017)


Whisky Blending Masterclass

Ever wanted to blend your own whisky? We’ll answer that one for you: yes, you have. Otherwise you would have skipped over this entry. So you should probably head to The Britannia and take the blending masterclass from Chivas blending expert Lauren Mustard, and have a go at it yourself…

Details: 3rd February | The Britannia, 1 Allen Street, W8 6UX | £10

Pitch Black is Back

Making conversation on blind dates can prove a little tricky.

Sometimes you just can’t see eye to eye.

One thing you should agree on, however, is that Pitch Black Bar – a pop up that steers attention away from showy cocktail presentation to focus back on flavour – was the perfect place for your first date. Because this bar is serving your martinis with a twist – in the pitch black. Read more about it right HERE.

Details: Throughout February | No Such Place, Neal Street, WC2H 9PA | £45 ( Save 30% on ticket 6pm Time Slot Ticket with discount code ‘SOFT LAUNCH’ Expires 10th February)

Overpoured Sunday Cruise

Take a cruise,
With bottomless booze,
Some eclectic tunes,
And a chance for a snooze.
If you’ve three hours to lose,
…You won’t get the blues.

Details: 5th, 12th, 19th February | Alfred Le Roy, Canalside Queen’s Yard, E9 5EN | £12.50 (£25 for bottomless booze)

The Bloomsbury Club Bar X BlackTail

The Art Deco Valhalla that is The Bloomsbury Club Bar has decided to host a few other critically acclaimed bars as part of a Residency Project, and they’re kicking things off by inviting New York’s BlackTail to take over the bar for three days. It’s from the same team behind the “World’s Best Bar” the Dead Rabbit, and they’ll be serving a selection of BT’s finest drinks alongside some new twists, a little Cuban jazz, and a special food-pairing menu. So… good luck following that one up.

Details: 9th-11th February | The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NN

The Hot Gin Roof: The Classics

Yes, it’s cold, it’s miserable, and you don’t have nearly enough gin in you. Kill three birds with one stone by sipping on hot gin cocktails lovingly created by Sipsmith’s master distiller and the Ham Yard Hotel bar, as you look out over the London skyline, swaddled in blankets on the Soho hotel’s rooftop. Just don’t throw any actual stones while you’re up there.

Details: Until 14th February | Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, W1D 7DT | £18

Lodge D’Argent

Much like Narnia, it’s always winter here – except instead of the despotic reign of an ice queen, they’ve gone for a more ‘comfortable swiss chalet’ approach, having decked the decking with furs, blankets and cushions with a subtle decorative nod to Little Red Riding Hood – all the better to eat their cheese-heavy menu and cognac-paired desserts with.

Details: Until 28th February | 1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ

Piste

Presenting the perfect place to get Piste this winter: Archer Street. Mainly because they’re opening an underground, Alpine-style popup bar with that name, which will have an open fire, fur-lined loungers, festive cocktails, and more.

Details: Until May 2017 | Archer Street, W1D 7AP

ABQ is back!


After ABQ – the Breaking Bad-inspired cocktail-making RV – left town for a brief jaunt across the Channel, London began to get the shakes and go through some pretty heavy withdrawal.

Well, thankfully, it has returned.

And as of this month, they’ll be back serving up their classic brand of mind-blowing cool, science-y cocktails “cooked” by you while dressed in the classic yellow overalls. Phew. 

Details: Weds-Sun throughout February | An RV, 455 Hackney Road, E29DY | £30

Rooftop Gin Tasting with Spirited Sessions

Altitude.

It makes booze go to your head.

Which is what makes the Spirited Sessions so perfect: they’re a new series of interactive drinks tasting sessions held Roof East. For the debut, you’ll get 90 minutes of rare and exclusive gins alongside some delicious locally crafted gin, plus a deep dive into the history of the stuff, and a martini making masterclass to finish.

Details: Every Saturday | Roof East, Stratford Centre Broadway, E15 1XE | £20

Candlelight Club

How to create a great popup bar – secret location? Check. Completely lit by candles? Check. 20s theme? Check. Live jazz bands? Check. Burlesque acts? Check. Bar bites like langoustine cocktail and raised game pie? Check.

You? Check.

Details: Various dates throughout February | A Secret Location | £20-£130

Little Nan’s Rio Bar

Little Nan is beginning to look immortal.

The grandma-themed popup bar has gone from strength to strength, and has now reappeared in the secret vaults of the Dalston’s Rio cinema, with a ’90s party vibe, teapot cocktails, and free pic ‘n’ mix & popcorn.

Long may she live. 

DetailsThroughout February, Weds-Sat 5pm-12am (2am on Fri/Sat) | The Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB | £39

The Bat and Ball

There are a lot of pubs named The Bat and Ball.

This one however, has the distinction of actually having bats, balls… and ten table tennis tables to go with them.

(And if that wasn’t enough, it’s also got pizzas from the Well St. Pizza Co, a large bar, and a banquet seating area. And they have 40+ craft beers. And it’s popping up for an entire year in Stratford.)

Fancy a game?

Love one.

Details: Throught February | Unit 1110/1111, Westfield Stratford, E20 1EJ 

Little Nan’s Tropical Den

Please welcome, courtesy of the grandchildren who brought you Little Nan’s Bar and Little Nan’s House Party, after years of planning and preparation, the one, the only, Little Nan’s Cocktail Den.

It regards Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm-12am in a space that looks just like an exaggerated version of an exaggerated version of a stereotypical nan’s living room.

If she lived in the Caribbean.

DetailsVarious dates throughout February | A Secret Peckham Location

Main image: Kew Gardens


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