YOUR MARCH AGENDA | Pop Up London 2017
The bad news: time flies.
The good news: you’re the pilot.
The better news: we’ve conveniently put together a full March Agenda to help you deftly navigate to the very best events, pop-up restaurants, and pop-up bars to spend your hard-earned time on this month.
And they’re all right here…
POP UP EVENTS (March 2017)
Le Marche Regional Supper Club with Angela Hartnett
Angela Hartnett has a TV show, a Michelin Star-winning restaurant, and whatever award you get for surviving years as Gordon Ramsay’s protégée. But she doesn’t have a supper club. Or at least, she didn’t. Because as of March, once a month at Café Murano, she’ll be serving up food inspired by her favourite Italian regions, with wine pairings selected by Passione Vino’s Luca Dusi. They’ll join you in the intimate private dining room to talk you through the tasting menu which – appropriately for this month – will be based on the Eastern coastal region of Le Marche.
Details: 1st March | Cafe Murano, 34-36 Tavistock Street, WC2E 7PB | £90
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 a meal from Brasserie Zédel, cocktails from the art deco Bar Américain, and 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: 2nd, 10th March | Brasserie Zedel, The Hippodrome | From £25
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: 2nd March | Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, W9 3AB | £15
Festival No. 6 at Tate Britain
For one night only, this off-beat cultural festival is being transported from its home on a Welsh estuary to the Tate Britain, where the organisers have curated an evening of entertainment including live music, DJ sets, stand-up from Sara Pascoe, dance, poetry, and access to the Hockney and Paul Nash exhibitions.
Oh, and also this troupe of LED-illuminated marching drummers. Because that’s a thing.
Details: 3rd March, 7.30pm-1am | Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG | From £69
VAULT Festival Sci-Filent Disco
Saving themselves a crucial two letters’ worth of space by combining the words ‘sci-fi’ and ‘silent’ , the Sci-Filent Disco is exactly what it sounds/doesn’t sound like: a headphones-only party filled with funk and retro sci-fi theme tunes, and plenty of bars to help you space out.
Details: 3rd March | The Vaults, Leake Street, SE1 7NN | From £12
LIBRARY Book Chain with Goldie
Yes, we are about to suggest you spend your Friday night in a library.
Bear with us.
Because musician Goldie is up next at this celebrity book chain at members’ club LIBRARY, where he’ll discuss a book from his past, one from his present, and one which he recommends to his nomination for next guest in the series. And because it is still a Friday night, there’s live music and dancing afterwards.
Details: 3rd March | LIBRARY, 112 St Martins Lane, WC2N 4BD | £20
Feeling good? Happy? Emotionally content? Ugh. Fix that by heading down a festival of gloomy and tragic films at Mile End’s Genesis Cinema, where the audience is invited to have a communal blub over flicks like The Elephant Man, Hiroshima Mon Amour and Precious. There’s a programme of talks and Q&As after the films to get to the heart of it all, as well as sad spoken word and a sad disco courtesy of DJ Evil Elvis. Tickets include a donation to the Samaritans.
Details: 3rd-5th March | Genesis Cinema, 93-95 Mile End Road, E1 4UJ | Various prices
Dangerous Don Mezcal Launch & Exhibition
Coffee-infused Mezcal: guaranteed to lift spirits. And as of this weekend, actually a thing, because the first drink of its kind, Dangerous Don, is having a launch party in a pop-up Soho art gallery. There’ll be Mezcal cocktails designed by Pitt Cue’s Adam Pendrich to sip on as you peruse works from up-and-coming artists from the Oaxaca region (where Don is produced), who will receive all profits from the exhibition.
Details: 3rd March (6.30-10pm), 4th March (3-10pm) | 15 Bateman Street, W1D 3AQ | Free entry
London Never Dies
The one and only London Cabaret Club have just unleashed tickets to their most ambitious show to date: a multisensory cabaret tribute to James Bond, complete with five live acts in which you will – amongst other things – see somersaulting waiters serving you smoking martinis, eat from oyster bars, catch the scent of spice markets, and hear live music in a mind-blowing, no holds barred 4D-sensory experience.
Details: Every Saturday from 4th March – 29th July | Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, WC1B 4DA | From £35
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. This month it’s dressed up like a Tarantino chapel, showing the classics alongside other action-packed films.
Details: Until 5th Mar | Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR | £16.50
Everything sounds a oui bit better in French. A fact not lost on art deco bar The Crazy Coqs, which is hosting a week of Francophile performers with acts ranging from cabaret to Renaissance opera. It kicks off this weekend with an acoustic and spoken word night, where the audience are invited to bring their own pillow and lie down on the floor.
Details: 5th-11th March | Brasserie Zédel, 20 Sherwood Street, W1F 7ED | Various prices
It’s the best way – and trust us, we’ve seen a lot of options – to spend 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
Gigglebox Comedy Night
It’s never ok to laugh at someone else’s expense – unless they’ve bought your ticket for a comedy night. And if they have, you’d better hope it’s for this one, with sets from Ed Gamble, Imran Yusuf and Steve Furst in support of the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund.
Details: 6th March | 100 Oxford Street, W1D 1LL | £20
WOW – Women of the World Festival
The 7th annual festival coinciding with International Women’s Day lands at the Southbank this month, featuring performances, film screenings, workshops, talks and panel discussions with inspirational figures that celebrate female achievement, and debate the obstacles women still face in society.
Details: 7th-12th March | Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX | Prices vary
House of Holi
Cinnamon Kitchen’s pop-up Holi festival celebrating the Indian festival of colour features all of the satisfaction of pelting your friends, colleagues, and a fair few complete strangers with coloured paint, combined with the convenience of protective suits and a sterile pod in which to do so. And once you’ve cleaned up, you can clean up at the pop-up bar too, where they’ll be serving up colourful Holi cocktail specials.
Details: 7th-18th March | 9 Devonshire Square. London EC2M 4YL | £8
Balls & Company International Women’s Day Takeover
Proving the balls in the food industry really do have company, founder Bonny Porter has invited some of the city’s most talented female chefs to join her in creating a one-off, five-course dinner, with each cook producing a dish inspired by a woman who’s shaped her life, and a wine list compiled by award-winning sommelier, Sandia Chang.
Details: 8th March | Balls & Company, 58 Greek Street, W1D 3DY | £50, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nocturnal City: Somerset House Studios
This evening held in the recently opened creative development spaces at Somerset House sets out to explore the state of London’s nightlife, with discussions chaired by Night Tsar Amy Lamé, followed by we’re-really-not-sure-if-they’re-meant-to-be-ironic DJ sets, and activities like a tour of a virtual reality nightclub.
Details: 11th March | Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA | From £8
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
Holi with Dishoom
Get tickled pink, and blue, and orange at Dishoom’s legendary Holi parties, back for another year at the historic Victorian boxing venue, York Hall. They’ll be cramming in a street food market, a bar serving Dishoom cocktails, DJs and a live tabla player alongside a literal ton of colourful paint.
Details: 12th March | 5 Old Ford Road, E2 9PJ | From £26
Honeymoon in Vegas
The London Musical Theatre Orchestra are musical minimalists, performing full musical scores with none of the frills of high-kicking or set changes. And their next show is the 2015 musical Honeymoon in Vegas, including such hits as “Friki-Friki” and “The Garden of Disappointed Mothers”.
Details: 12th March | London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, W1F 7TE | From £16.50
Bachn & Eggs
Violins never solve anything.
Unless the problem is that you’re after a little more culture with your Sunday brunch – and you’ll find it at Bachn & Eggs. Tucked under a railway arch in London Bridge, you’ll be able to stock up on avo on toast before sitting down to a feast of harp and marimba music, from Debussy to Philip Glass.
Details: Sunday 12th March, 11am | The Underdog Gallery, Arch 6, Crucifix Lane, SE1 3JW | Free (suggested donation £8)
Raw Wine Fair
Turns out raw wine isn’t just grape juice. And rolling into town to prove it is the Raw Wine Fair, where you can sample a range of more than 150 growers’ low-interference, natural and biodynamic wines from around the world, alongside sakes, ciders, liqueurs and South-African charcuterie courtesy of Woza. And if you can’t make the fair, there’s takeovers happening all week at venues like Sager + Wilde and Duck Soup.
Details: 12th-13th March | The Store, 180 The Strand, WC2R 1EA | From £35
Have Dinner in HMP Brixton
Support The Clink Charity’s scheme for helping offenders to break the cycle, with this fundraising five-course Indian dinner devised by Clink chef ambassador, Cyrus Todiwala. The meal is served and prepared by prisoners working towards hospitality and culinary qualifications, and is all served up in the award-winning restaurant within the walls of the 19th century prison complex.
Details: 14th March, 6.15pm | HMP Brixton, Jebb Avenue, SW2 5XF | £49.50
An evening tour of Keats’ house;
The interior is fine.
There’s activities and workshops,
And lo! unlimited wine.
Details: 16th March | Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, NW3 2RR | From £26
Social Pantry’s Spring Supperclub
It may not look like a completely convincing rendition of Spring outside, but the Social Pantry are here with a seasonal supper club bursting with dishes like shredded rabbit croquettes, baby beets and rhubarb tart… and BYOB – because luckily, booze is always in season.
Details: 16th March, 7pm | Social Pantry Café, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TG | £33
Ceviche Soho’s 5th Birthday Party
Most five year olds are happy with balloon animals and someone dressed as Tigger on their birthday, but nooo, Martin Morales just had to go and gather a highly-acclaimed roster of celebrity chefs and chums for a Ceviche Challenge instead. Culinary wizards like Temper’s Neil Rankin, Gizzi Erskine and Salt Yard’s Ben Tish will all create their own take on the classic dish – each of which you can sample, alongside classic Ceviche dishes and a pisco sour. Just don’t expect a goody bag at the end.
Details: 16th March, from 6pm | 17 Frith Street, W1D 4RG | £38pp, book a table by emailing email@example.com
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.
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: 16th March | Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square, N1 6NU | £13-128
Adam Rawson’s Sakura Series
Practically a permanent resident of the agenda, prolific chef Adam Rawson continues his global traveller series with a string of izakaya-style Japanese tasting dinners, inspired by cherry blossom season. They’re taking place in the cosy private dining space below Borough Wines’ Essex Road branch, and will feature pairing flights of sake, wine and cocktails curated by owner Muriel Chatel.
Details: Starts 16th March | 344a Essex Road, N1 3PD | From £30
The Poetry Brothel
If you’re the sort of person who regularly finds themselves in intimate alcoves, one-on-one with a performing poet, then this event will seem toootally mainstream. For everyone else though, there’s public recitals, cocktails, live jazz, burlesque performances, and tarot readings to be found spread over 3 floors of a Victorian bordello in Farringdon this month.
Details: 18th March | 56 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3BL | £15
Vertigo at the Shard
…may sound like your standard Shard experience, but this is actually a screening of the Hitchcock classic, alongside Taittinger champagne, artisan chocolate, sweet and salted popcorn…and probably the most romantic backdrop you’ve ever seen.
Details: 21st March from 8.30pm | The View from The Shard, Joiner Street, SE1 9QU | £47 HERE
The Art of the Sign
Create stunning, illegible designs with this calligraphy workshop from Quill London. Held as part of the London Transport Museum’s craft lates, you’ll be taking inspiration from retro transport signage to create your own letter art. And the seasonal welcome cocktail doesn’t hurt, either.
Details: 23rd March | London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 7BB | £65
…exactly what you get when you invite hundreds of people to a sleepover. But what you’ll also find is a three-course dinner, cocktails, insect tastings, stand-up, scientific demonstrations, live music, all-night screenings, aaaand plenty of creepy cabinets of stuffed animals to jump out from behind at 3 in the morning.
Details: 24th March, 6.30pm | Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD | £180
Ten Days Six Nights
If your understanding of performance art is a little foggy, then you’ll feel right at home at Fujiko Nakaya’s “immersive fog sculpture” springing up as part of this festival of site-specific installations and live performances.
Details: 24th March – 2nd April | Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG | Various prices
Queer City: Club Culture 1918-1967
Believe it or not, there was a gay bar in London during the ‘30s. Only back then, it was euphemistically called a “Bohemian rendez-vous”. And Freud’s Bar in Covent Garden is getting a makeover to recreate it. It was called The Caravan, and Freuds will host an exhibition documenting its history with items from the National Archives, alongside a programme of talks and performances throughout the month.
Details: Until 26th March | Freud Bar, 198 Shaftesbury Ave, WC2H 8JL | From £5
The Grand Annual Lying Contest
This isn’t a competition for amateur fibbers, prevaricators and charlatans, to tell 3-minute stories about things that never happened, nor is it organised by esteemed story-telling troupe The Crick Crack Club, and it’s definitely not happening at Rich Mix in Hackney. There will, however, be performing sharks.
Details: 30th March | Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA | from £7
Secret Cinema presents: Moulin Rouge!
“The greatest thing…is to love, and be loved in return”. But dressing up in turn-of-the-century garb and making your way to a secret location filled with actors and performers recreating the glittering, sexy, TB-riddled world of Moulin Rouge probably comes pretty close.
Details: Until 30th April | Secret London Location | From £49
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.
Details: Mon-Sat, 4-10pm until end of March | 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
David Hockney at the Tate Britain
Celebrating one of the 20th century’s most lauded artists, it would be hard for this retrospective to not be totally amazing. Obviously it is, displaying pieces spanning from his classic 60s pool paintings to quick sketches made on his iPad. Not too shabby for an octagenarian.
Details: Until 29th May | Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG | £19.50
From now until September, the Science Museum will be filled with a load of creepy, emotionless individuals… showcased in their robot exhibition. Presenting everything from mechanical medieval monks to an INCREDIBLY LIFELIKE animatronic baby stuck to a wall, it asks why we make robots. And the answer is because they’re freaking awesome.
Details: Until 3rd September | Exhibition Road, South Kensington, SW7 2DD | £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.
Details: Various dates | All across London
POP UP RESTAURANTS (March 2017)
Forza Win: Spring Season
Prank shoe makers. Guaranteed to put a spring in your step. As is the new seasonal menu at lively supperclub Forza Win, with five courses of Italian deliciousness accompanied by beer and cocktails, tipping up at their Peckham warehouse for the month.
Details: Throughout March | Unit 4.1, Copeland Park, 133 Copeland Road, SE15 3SN | £35
Lucky & Joy
What do you get if you mix a Moro-trained chef from Art of Dining and a mixologist from Background Bars? Background Art. Or, more relevantly, this brand new, broad-ranging food and drink residency, with a weekly-changing menu of flavoursome regional dishes from across China and innovative pan-Asian cocktails.
Details: Thursday – Saturday, 2nd-25th March | Craving Coffee, Markfield Road, N15 4QQ
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: 4th March | A Secret Location | £55 (£90 with wine / winter juice pairing)
Bacchanalian Feast at The Dead Dolls House
Put together, those phrases admittedly sound a little disturbing. In reality, however, it’s a three hour, five-course, cocktail-paired, unlimited-wine-and-prosecco-drenched feast held in the ballroom of Islington’s Dead Dolls House.
Details: 5th March | Dead Dolls House, 181 Upper Street, N1 1RQ | From £95
Thursday Feasts at Craft
Stevie Parle’s a lovely guy, with a lot of friends. Which is good news for you, because he’s inviting several of them over to his Greenwich restaurant in a series of monthly collaborations celebrating seasonal food and an authentic approach to dining. First up is Shaun Hill, head chef at Michelin-starred resto The Walnut Tree, who’ll be teaming up with the Parlester to recreate recipes from his new cookbook, Salt, for a four-course feast and welcome cocktail.
Details: 9th March | Peninsula Square, SE10 0SQ | £45 HERE
Imad’s Syrian Kitchen
Imad Alarnab is one of Syria’s most talented chefs and restaurateurs – and despite losing everything he’d built up amidst the conflict, he sees no reason to give up. This BYOB pop-up signals a new start, as Imad brings his knack for traditional Syrian cuisine to Columbia Road for a fortnight. There’ll be a three course set menu with dishes like tabakh rohoo, an aubergine, squash and tamarind stew, and fattoush – flatbreads with tomato and cucumber.
Details: 9th-24th March | 134 Columbia Road, E2 7RN | From £16.85
Jimmy Garcia: Tapas & Tempranillo
The best things come in small packages – or so unstoppable popper-up Jimmy Garcia must believe, as he’s serving up a tasting menu of dinky Spanish tapas in the equally teeny Dvine wine bar in Clapham. And presumably to compensate, throwing in a normal-sized flight of paired Spanish wines to accompany.
Details: 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, 30th 31st March | 74 Landor Road, SW9 9PH | From £40
Clipstone x Guts & Glory
This Amsterdam-based nose-to-tail restaurant is taking over the kitchen at Clipstone for brunch, with six courses ranging from oyster ceviche to cucumber sorbet with sheep’s curd. It promises to be offally good.
Details: 12th March, 11am-3pm | 5 Clipstone Street, W1W 6BB | £30pp, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Chefs Across Continents
These four rising female cooks are chefs sans frontieres, hosting supperclubs with 8-course tasting menus drawing inspiration from their own heritage, stretching from Cameroon to the Philippines.
Details: 16th & 17th March | The Pill Box 115 Coventry Rd, London, E2 6GG | From £55
Persian Nowruz Supperclub
Nowruz is the festival of Persian New Year, celebrated when the days and nights become equal length. And you’re going to learn all about it through the medium of a delicious supperclub, where chef Bita Fallah will be knocking up an 8 course Persian feast with dishes inspired by traditional family recipes.
Details: 18th March | Secret Location | £58.50
Gymkhana x Noble Rot
These two highly-esteemed purveyors of Michelin-starred Indian food and fine wines respectively, are teaming up for probably the most delicious paired tasting menu of all time. Available throughout March, the six-course banquet sees dishes like kid goat methi keema, and wild muntjac deer biryani in perfect matrimony with Beaujolais Cru and Jura whites.
Details: Throughout March | Gymkhana, 42 Albemarle Street, W1S 4JH
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
Brother Marcus Residencies
Balham favourite Brother Marcus is extending the brotherly love, opening their doors to a number of residencies over the next two months, with appearances from ex-Caravan head chef Alex Hutton, mother-daughter Persian culinary duo, Chicory Kitchen, and Yorkshire wunderkind Sam Stern (a published author since the age of 14) all in the line-up.
Details: Various dates | Brother Marcus, 9 Chestnut Grove, SW12 8JA | £28
Getting wasted is great.
Unless you’re a meal.
So if you happen to find yourself down (up?) at the wastED rooftop pop-up 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: Until 2 April | Selfridges Rooftop, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
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 pop-up in London. So they’ve finally made it? Right?
Details: Until the end of April | 64 Shaftesbury Avenue (entrance via Shuang Shuang), W1D 6LU
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
Burger & Beyond x Other Side Fried Residency
Taking the double cheeseburger thing very literally is this twinned residency at spanking-new Soho bar, Dirty Harry’s. On the one side, you’ve got Other Side Fried knocking up fried chicken burgers drizzled with ranch sauce or smoked honey butter, and on the other, there’s Burger & Beyond bringing their 45- and 90-day aged beef patties to the table. And yes, there is a burger combining the two, as well as sides including loaded waffle fries, and chicken strips with cocoa and chilli salt.
Details: Until end of May 2017 | 203 Wardour Street, W1F 8AS
Adam Rawson Pub Residency
With a ‘Chef of the Year’ accolade from the 2015 YBFs, and heaps of award-winning burgers at just 26, Adam Rawson is the kind of guy you’d love to hate. Except if he’s feeding you said award-winning burgers, which, coincidentally, he is – at a new pub residency in Clerkenwell. He’ll be taking over the kitchen at The Gunmakers on weekdays, serving up his classic burgers and premiering his Japanese-influenced Nippon Umai burger, with aged beef, braised pork belly and wasabi mayo.
Details: Until May 2017 | The Gunmakers, 13 Eyre Street Hill, EC1R 5ET
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.
Details: Dinerama 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: Throughout March | 9a Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YN
POP UP BARS (March 2017)
Smith & Sinclair Flavour Rooms
When you come into this sweet shop, you must not – no matter how excited you are – actually behave like a kid in a sweet shop. Because the ground floor is crammed with boozy confectionery, from a wall of sherbet to edible perfumes and alcoholic dip dabs, while downstairs there’s a gin cocktail bar where you can experiment with your own edible garnishes, including something called “spherification balls”.
Details: 3rd March – 2nd April | 8 Ganton Street, W1F 7QP | Bar experience: £12
London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival
CAMRA, despite sounding like a photography firm, are actually a Real Ale association. And their festival is now in its 33rd year, so they probably know a thing or two about the 250 London brews, craft beers, American ales, ciders, and perries on offer. And so will you, by the time you’ve attended a brewer-led tasting session.
Details: 8th-10th March | Camden Centre, Bidborough Street, WC1H 9AU | £4 entry
London Beer Week
London Cocktail Week’s hoppier, maltier cousin is rolling into town, with its brewery tours, pairing dinners and masterclasses – and for the first time, organisers DrinkUp are curating a grand finale at Oval Space, featuring the best pop-ups from throughout LBW, with stall after stall of lager, stout, and even mead – and late night keg parties to boot.
Details: 13th-18th March | Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, E2 9DT | From £10
Perfume & Cocktails Masterclass with Tony Conigliaro
Tony Conigliaro might just be the most respected drinks expert in the country, so a masterclass in which he explores the relationship between perfume and cocktails is not to be sniffed at.
Details: 14th March | The Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell, 49-50 St John’s Square, EC1V 4JJ | £49
Bermondsey Rickshaw Beer Tour
And as part of the aforementioned Beer Week, pub crawls are getting a civilised update with this Bermondsey beer tour, with rickshaws on hand to ferry you from venue to venue, where you’ll have the chance to sample a complimentary beer, chat to the brewmasters, and have a snoop behind the scenes.
Details: 15th March | Various Bermondsey Starting Points | £10
How to create a great pop-up 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. Nudge Members’ deal? Check.
Details: 17th & 18th March | A Secret Location | £25-£130
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: March 18th, 23rd, 26th and throughout the year | A Secret N1 Location | £30 – £40
Midnight Apothecary: St. Patrick’s Day
Celebrating the fact that everyone spontaneously becomes 1/16th Irish on St. Pats, Midnight Apothecary will feature live jazz and blues from the Nathan Osgood Trio, seasonal foraged cocktails, crackling fire pits, and some top-shelf street food.
Details: 18th March | Brunel Museum Rooftop Garden, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF | From £7
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: 19th & 26th March | Alfred Le Roy, Canalside Queen’s Yard, E9 5EN | £12.50 (£25 for bottomless booze)
Cocktails in the City
This atmospheric Grade I-listed church is full of old spirits …which are getting shaken up into bespoke concoctions by a group of very talented mixologists. There’s tasting tables and spirit blending opportunities, as well as stalls from 25 of London’s finest bars.
Details: 30th March – 1st April | 1 Marylebone Road, NW1 4AQ | £15
Bespoke Gin Making with Half Hitch
It’s a little known fact that Camden Lock used to be a hub for gin distillery and storage – and an express train used to ship it out daily. And an even littler known fact that the fine Half Hitch Gin micro-distillery now tucked away in the heart of Camden Market is not only reviving the tradition, but inviting you to join in – with an hour’s masterclass and BYOB (bring your own botanicals) distillation session.
Details: Weekdays throughout March | Unit 53 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF | £50
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 March | No Such Place, Neal Street, WC2H 9PA | £45
Presenting the perfect place to get Piste this winter: Archer Street. Mainly because they’re opening an underground, Alpine-style pop-up 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
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