YOUR NOVEMBER AGENDA | Pop Up London 2017
We used to have a problem with grammatical tenses.
But not yet.
Which is lucky, because we’re going to need a solid grasp of timelines in order to put together a roundup of all the greatest events, festivals, parties, and pop up bars & restaurants taking place in London this November.
Like we just did.
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POP UP EVENTS (November 2017)
Reasons to go to Woody Bear:
1) They have hot gin punch. On tap.
2) You can drink those from repurposed tea-cup fairground ride booths and swings, running alongside mixed log tables.
3) It’s on a rooftop (equipped with glass panels, heaters, and blankets, thank god).
4) They’ve got raclette on potatoes served from a huge 6kg wheel of cheese.
5) You get to think up reasons why the place is named ‘Woody Bear’.
Details: Until the end of 2017 | 535 Oxford St, W1C 1LY
Sliders Curling Club
Slider is back. It’s from the people at Rooftop Film Club, and they’re pouring their prodigious entertainment talent into 6 curling lanes, some private dining igloos, a raclette bar, and hog roasts from Crazy Pig, all with a 360 degree view of East London.
It’s a sweeping vista.
Details: From 2nd November | Roof East, Stratford Shopping Centre, E15 1XE
Skylight are starting to let things slide…
…because they’re adding a rooftop ice rink to their covetable spot on a Wapping carpark rooftop (with unobstructed views of London’s finest stretches of skyline) this winter. And they’re throwing in cocktails, street food, and DJs just to top it all off.
Details: From 2nd November | Penning Street Car Park, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF | Entry free, £10 for skating
The London Cheese Project
Because apparently you people can’t get enough cheese, The London Cheese Project are, well, doing what they do – following May’s sold-out festival, on the 4th & 5th of this month they’re going to be taking over the grounds of the Geffrye Musuem and filling them with cheese traders & makers. There’s even going to be a Cheddar ‘crack off’ with two cheese mongers going head to head, annnnnd the opening of a specially imported, 70kg Emmental from Paxton & Whitfield, the UK’s oldest cheese monger.
Details: 4th & 5th November | Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, E2 8EA | £4
Jimmy Carr & Alain de Botton live
Live onstage at the School of Life, Jimmy Carr is going to enlist the help of writer and philosopher Alain de Botton to probe more deeply into the world of the funny bone, by asking the question: “What is comedy for?”.
Apart from making Jimmy Carr really, really rich of course.
Details: 6th November | Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, SW1P 3DW | £30
Winterland is taking over summer’s Neverland spot on a stretch of disused Fulham riverbank this November, and bringing with it not one but four neon-lit curling lanes; an Alpine-themed crazy golf course, courtesy of Plonk; a bevy of table tennis tables; and that most festive of sports, prosecco pong. Food-wise, you can score a fondue, or some steak frites under a festoon-lit pergola strung with antler chandeliers, or in the privacy of your own riverside igloo.
As private as entirely glass-walled spheres can be, anyway.
Details: 9th November | Albert Wharf, Fulham, SW6 2TY | £5
The Flavour Gallery
The Flavour Gallery comes to us from the people behind Smith & Sinclair (who’ve run popups with flavoured bubbles, drinkable vapour orbs, and the like), and it promises to be “an explosive multi-sensory art experience”. You’ll get an edible cocktail when you go in, and you’ll get to hear colours, smell sounds, and taste the paintings.
Details: 9th November - 17th December 2017 | The Hoxton Basement, 12-18 Drysdale Street, N1 6ND | £15
They may look good on paper….
…but they look even better in real life, particularly when they bring street food, workshops, Russell Brand, beauty treatments, Nigella Lawson, talks, lifestyle hacks, Katherine Ryan and lots of gin along with them. Yes Stylist Live’s back in London for the third time. And they’re bringing four stages, 80 different masterclasses, live acoustic music, a fashion show, and more.
Details: 10th-12th November | Olympia London, W14 8UX | £15
Finnish Rooftop Sauna
When you cross the eastern border of Sweden…
You know you’ve reached the Finnish line.
But luckily, you won’t need to travel that far to get a fix of Nordic tradition this year – because the Southbank centre is handily gaining a rooftop, pop up traditional Finnish sauna. You’ll get 70 minutes to sweat it out in the 90ºC room, before cooling down in the brisk London air or – for the exceptionally brave – with buckets of ice cold water, whilst enjoying the scenic riverside skyline from above.
Details: From 10th November – 30th December | From £15, book here
See Sister Act With A Live Gospel Choir
The 99yr old St Marylebone Parish Church is one of London’s most beautiful churches, and it is here in November that you can enjoy an ecclesiastical cinematic experience like no other: Sister Act accompanied by a live band and full gospel choir. How many cinemas can offer all that?
Details: 11th & 25th November | Saint Marylebone Parish Church, 17 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LT | £20-£25
Inside Pussy Riot
You’ll want to dig out your balaclava.
Because Pussy Riot are going to take you on a journey. Also, it’s getting colder.
The post-punk experimental protest and art collective are taking over the Saatchi Gallery this winter with a crowd-funded show put together by founder, Nadya Tolokonnikova, and the theatre company behind the Olivier-nominated Alice’s Adventures Underground, Les Enfants Terribles. And it’s going to be a riot…
Details: from 14th November | The Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, SW3 4RY | £21.50-£37
Taste of London Festive Edition
Sure, Tobacco Dock doesn’t sound like the tastiest place in London. But for four days in November, it certainly will be, because Taste of London is back with their Festive Edition, and they’ve bought with them 22 of the capital’s finest restaurants, all in one place, including the likes of Bao, Barrafina, Kricket, Farang, the freshly Michelin-Starred Jamavar (and that’s not to mention the celebrity chefs, artisanal markets, and the World Cheese Awards…)
Details: 16th – 19th November | Wapping Lane, Wapping, E1W 2SF | £12 (20% off for Nudge readers)
Embassy Gardens Food Market
Already know which food markets you’d like to visit this month?
This one’s going to make you want to trade.
Because it’s pitching up with a unique array of artisanal food and drink for one day only at EcoWorld Ballymore’s new Embassy Gardens development, set on a sprawling stretch of The Thames just down the road from Battersea. Head along and you’ll be able to browse stalls showcasing everything from Thanksgiving-inspired street food to mulled wine; listen to live music from steel drum and guitar duo, Steel Strum; watch a giant Christmas tree switch-on; and have a nose around the new area, with its lush green spaces.
Details: 18th November, 10am-5pm | Embassy Gardens, New Union Square, 5 Nine Elms Lane, SW8 5BL | Free Entry
Get Naked at Lost Horizon Autumn Sauna Party
Naked sauna? Sounds steamy.
It’ll be taking place in Battersea’s Magic Garden, where organisers Lost Horizon will be bussing in comfy sofas, colourful cushions, twinkling fairy lights and flowers, food from the cafe, an open fire, two live bands (plus a DJ) – and of course, a spa area, tucked away in a secluded ‘naked friendly’ section of the garden.
Details: 18th & 19th November | The Magic Garden, 231 Battersea Park Rd, SW11 4LG | £5
Cooking with Cocktails
Cooking with cocktails is actually quite common.
Only, the people at the Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings are taking the innovative step of actually putting the cocktails in the food.
THat’s right – you can expect a masterclass put on by the folks from Petit Pois Bistro and Victory Mansion, who’ll first show you how to make perfectly balanced cocktails, then show you how to integrate it into dishes using traditional techniques such as curing and more modern sous vide and vacuum infusion. You’ll get a drink on arrive, three paired courses, and a dram of whiskey to finish, with all of the proceeds going to the Movember Foundation, helping charities focusing on men’s health.
Details: 20th November | Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, EC1R 0HU | £50
South Pole Saloon on the Brixton Rooftop
What do you find at the South Pole? A Lost Clause.
What do you find at the South Pole Saloon on the Brixton Rooftop? Heated, covered rooftop, themed like a cozy woodland lodge, with regular live music, DJs, street food (from the likes of Mac to the Future, and the Lambassadors), hot cocktails, and even a molecular booze experience from ABQ.
Details: 23rd November -1st January 2018 | Brixton Rooftop, Pope’s Road, SW9 8JH
Hyper Japan Christmas
Given the out-and-out insanity of Japanese culture, to call this festival Hyper Japan is, if anything, an understatement. And when the festival itself has cosplayers, manga artists, J-pop bands, sake tasting, wasabi demos (trust us, your mind might just be blown) and more, it begins to make sense. And this year’s will also see the launch of the Ramen Experience, allowing you to try four different dishes and understand the differences each one brings to the table.
Details: 24th-26th November | Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, E1W 2SF | £15-£43
Pizza and Prosecco Festival
Get ready to join the upper crust this November, because there’s a Pizza & Prosecco festival in town. You’ll get pizzas from some of the nation’s most illustrious slice-slingers, including Doughboys, Ffwrnes (note: not a typo, it’s Welsh), and The Original Goodfillas. Plus, The Tiny Tipple Van will be tipping up and serving prosecco cocktails – alongside the other 20 varieties of prosecco on offer – for you to sip as you enjoy the dulcet tones of live musicians long into the night.
Details: 25th & 26th November | Building 6, The O2, SE10 0DX | £25
Vegans can have a tough time raising awareness.
They can’t just send you loads of spam.
Instead, they prefer to host huge, 500-capacity festivals dedicated to spreading the word about veganism through TED-style talks, delicious (lentil-free) street food, and creative workshops at festivals like Vevolution…
Details: 25th November | The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, W1S 4BS | £40
The Little Shuffle Club
If you’re one of the many people who enjoys shuffleboard, but find that it’s only major flaw was that it just isn’t little enough, then we have some good news for you. The Little Shuffle Club has come to Shoreditch, wit proudly boasting “the UK’s first Snapback Shuffleboard” (which, for those of you wondering why this is a big deal, is a rebound version of the game with electronic scoring). There are cocktails, beers, and each table can handle up to 6 players at a time.
Details: Throughout November | The Little Shuffle Club, 2 Ebor Street, E1 6AW | £20
NOTE: The original-size Shuffle Club is returning to The Old Truman Brewery too, as of this month.
The Spirit Show
Here’s something that’ll lift your spirits… Your hand. Because it’s going to be the thing carrying your hard-working sample glass around The Spirit Show in Angel at the start of this December.
December? you say, as you quizzically cock your eyebrow. Well, yes, we’ve made a rare exception, and sacrilegiously included a December event in our November Agenda, because it takes place on the 1st & 2nd of next month, and it’ll simply be too late if we wait until then to tell you about it. And considering that there’ll be unlimited tastings of its 300+ globe-spanning craft spirits, plus a Floating Rum Shack, a vodka bar, a tasting stage, and more…
Details: 1st & 2nd December | The Business Design Centre, 52 Upper St, N1 0QH | £20 (10% off Friday tickets for Nudge Readers; just quote NUDGE10 when booking).
And Now What?
It’s the perfect public sphere for discussion.
And this month it’ll play host to the And Now What? festival, dedicated to bringing contemporary social issues to the fore. There’ll be spoken word, music, poetry, and dance performances, as well as film screenings and live podcasts – including stand up from The Guilty Feminist and a performance of #TORYCORE, which responds to Conservative policies through the medium of “music, PowerPoint and rage”.
Details: Ends 24th November | The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, N1 8EH
Not frequently described as the most dangerous people in London.
But that’s exactly who you’ll be taking on in Colab’s latest immersive thriller, which sees you trying to get hold of the biggest vaults in the city – either by smooth talking, brute force or impressive stealth – avoiding pressure sensitive floors, CCTV traps and laser corridors as you go.
Details: Various dates in November | Colab Factory, 74 Long Lane, SE1 4AU | From £18.50
Harry Potter: A History of Magic
On a scale of 1 to 10, how big a Harry Potter fan are you?
Then you should hotfoot it over to the British Library, where they’ll be exhibiting original drafts of the Harry Potter books and the official illustrations, on display for the first time, alongside medieval manuscripts on the subject of magic and alchemy (including 16th century instructions on how to make the Philosopher’s Stone). And just to really spoil you, there’s a trove of themed events, too – from an after-hours Late, to a Potter quiz night.
Details: Until 28th February | The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB | £16
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Taking pictures of animals and nature.
It’s a wild life.
And proving it are the ridiculously talented people behind the images on show at this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Categories range from urban wildlife, to deep sea images, to submissions from photographers under the age of ten. Also, THIS SEAHORSE IS RIDING A COTTON BUD.
Details: Until 28th May 2018 | The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD | £12.50
Backyard Cinema’s Snow Kingdom
Backyard Cinema are ambitiously transforming themselves into a Snow Kingdom.
Something tells us it’s going to be all white.
After all, their previous incarnations – including the sandy Miami Beach and the adventure-laden Lost World– were pretty damn amazing too. This time around, you’ll be walking into the space through an ice cave, before ending up in the grand ballroom of an enchanted castle. It’s here that you’ll likely take a wee jaunt over to the potion bar, where you can warm up with some of their hot cocktails, and load up on some popcorn before the film itself… READ MORE
Details: Throughout November | Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR | From £17
Pergola’s Winter Edition
Winter is upon us.
And according to the rules, al fresco bars & restaurants are off-limits.
That is, unless, you totally revamp the space into a full-on winter retreat – which is exactly what’s happening to the Pergola outpost in Paddington Basin. They’re kitting out the two floor space with heaters, a new roof for the upper level, blankets, and a new spruce of winter greenery twined around the timbers – as well as some new, wintery street food treats from the likes of Tonkotsu and Little Ghost… READ MORE
Details: Throughout November | 5 Kingdom Street, W2 6PY | Free entry & reservations
Broadway Vegan Market
Broadway Market will be getting a run for its money when Broadway Vegan Market arrives on the scene this month.
…But don’t worry, there won’t be any beef.
It’s merely set to be an entirely vegan market and street food hub, complementing the area’s foodie heritage. Setting up shop just a street away from Broadway, right by Netil 360, the market will be a weekly occurrence to begin with, popping up every Saturday… READ MORE
Details: Saturdays in November | London Fields Primary School, Westgate Street, E8 3RU
Gin Masterclasses at Holborn Dining Room
Considering they’re home to London’s biggest gin selection (525 at last count), there’s probably worse places to learn about the stuff than the Holborn Dining Room. This month they’re launching weekly masterclasses, with snifters of a rotating selection of 4 gins along with tasting notes, a welcome G&T and bar bites to see you through.
Details: Saturdays throughout November | Holborn Dining Rooms, 252 High Holborn, WC1V 7EN | £60
Basquiat: Boom for Real
Jean-Michel Basquiat is a staggeringly tall figure in the world of modern art: entirely self-taught, he was an artist, poet and musician who grew up in New York during the vibrant sixties & seventies, drawing his inspiration from anatomical drawings, graffiti, bebop jazz and, like, a bunch of other things. In the Barbican’s new show Boom for Real, they’ve managed to pull together a whopping 100 of his finest works, including rare canvases, film, photography, and other artworks never seen in the UK before…
Details: Until 28th January | Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS | £16/Free for Barbican Members – Nudge readers can buy discounted membership HERE
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 distillation session, where you can make your own gin with literally any ingredients you like.
Details: Throughout November | Unit 53 Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF | £50
London Never Dies
The one and only London Cabaret Club are presenting their most ambitious show to date: a multi sensory 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, smell spice markets, and hear live music in a mind-blowing, no holds barred 4D-sensory experience, including a three or four course menu option…
… also inspired by Bond.
Details: Saturdays in November | Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, WC1B 4DA | From £35
REAL LIFE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF
You may already be confident baking bread.
Well, now’s the time to prove it.
Because a real-life GBBO-style marquee is popping up in the back garden of this idyllic Tooting pub, where you and a team-mate can helm your own mini bake-station for a 90-minute challenge against 9 other pairs…
Details: Throughout November | The Castle Tooting, 38 Tooting High Street, SW17 0RG | £36.50
50 Autumn Date Ideas
What’s this? Oh, just a rundown of fifty crisp, warming, cocktail-laced date ideas to get you through the autumn… READ MORE
Rent a Hot Tug
Why this has taken so long to happen, we’ll never know. But finally, someone’s had the bright idea of bringing a motorised hot tub boat to the canals of London, where you’ll be able to embark on a 90 minute trip along the waterways from the comfort of your own, self-driven bubbling jacuzzi – they even offer sailor hats in their upgrade package. Which you’ll probably need. You don’t want to look amateurish, after all.
Details: Throughout November | Islington | £220 per trip
How to Solve a Problem Like Murder
Any cheerful humming of ‘How do you solve a problem like Mariaa‘ will quickly be quashed in this dramatic and intimate immersive murder mystery, set amongst the faded grandeur of Paradise by Way of Kensal Green. With free roam to spy on characters and a thickly woven tapestry of different storylines and motives to unravel, it’s basically a voyeuristic, real life Cluedo. With occasional jazz hands.
Details: Until 23rd November | Paradise by Way of Kensal Green, 19 Kilburn Lane, W10 4AE | From £27.50
Mexican cuisine lends itself surprisingly well to vegan cooking.
But in queso any doubt, head along to the Cenamos nights – a trilogy of vegan, Mexican banquets curated by Fat Gay Vegan and chef Mariana Blanco of Mexico City’s acclaimed eatery, Los Loosers. Together they’re hosting a Day of the Dead launch party, a communal feast night, and an evening of Mexican ramen…
Ramón, if you will.
Details: 2nd, 4th & 6th November | Various venues | From £25
Fondue Nights at The Cheese Bar
Loosen your waistbands, because every Thursday evening is now fondue night at London’s only restaurant devoted entirely to cheese. They’ll be serving two options; a wine-soaked four cheese fondue and a blue cheese and kirsch number, alongside truffled roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, and deep fried Brussels sprouts.
Details: Thursdays in November | The Cheese Bar, Camden Market, North Yard, NW1 8AH
Elaine and Pete’s Dining Room
Word on the street is that if you head down to the basement of Borough Wines Islington, you’ll find A Little Of What You Fancy.
Because Elaine Chalmers, the chef behind the eponymous critically acclaimed Dalston restaurant, is back in town. She’s teaming up with her chef pal Peter Le Faucheur for a two-month pop up, serving dishes like skate wing with brown crab butter and roast potatoes; mortadella and black olive fritter; and turmeric baked chocolate in the intimate basement of Borough Wines.
Details: 2nd November – 22nd December, check timings HERE | Brewery Below, Borough Wines & Beers, 344A Essex Road, N1 3PD | From £25 for two courses
Auction Against Hunger
Auction Against Hunger is back with its annual fundraising street feast and auction, this year taking place in the hallowed halls of Borough Market. Expect dishes from the likes of Poco’s Tom Hunt, Asma Khan from Darjeeling Express, and Shaun Searley from The Quality Chop House as well as traders from the market itself. Get tickets before they’re going, going, gone…
Details: 7th November | Borough Market, Borough High Street, SE1 9AH | £60 + booking fee
Riverside snow globes.
Apparently, London just can’t shake them.
Because after they took the Tower Bridge promenade by storm at the Coppa Club last year, they’re back – now occupying a fairylit spot on the Southbank as part of Jimmy Garcia’s latest pop up, alongside a fondue restaurant and covered street food market where you can tuck into raclette burgers and hot buttered rums topped with meringue… READ MORE
Details: 10th November – 31st December, 11am-11pm | Jimmy’s Lodge, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
Secret Larder Supperclub
It’s hard to believe that the founders of Pidgin and Magpie started off as the humble ‘Secret Larder’ supperclub operating out of their flat.
Yep, they’ve really climbed the career larder.
And just like Jenny from the block, they’re remembering their roots with a one-off, charity supperclub feast – only this time, they’ll also have Duck & Waffle’s Dan Doherty, Jikoni’s Ravinder Bhogal and Tom Oldroyd lending a hand in the kitchens, each cooking up a different course.
Details: 12th November | Magpie, 10 Heddon Street, W1B 4BX | £75
Great Guns x JGS
John Gregory-Smith is pulling out the big guns.
Or the Great Guns, to be more precise, because – having brought his pop ups to esteemed establishments like Carousel and Wringer + Mangle – the acclaimed chef is pitching up with his next residency at newly opened Borough restaurant, Great Guns Social. He’ll be filling it with heady Moroccan flavours; from the cuisine of the Atlas Mountains, to recipes worthy of the royal palace at Fes… READ MORE
Details: 14th – 19th November | Great Guns Social, 96 Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 0EF | £39.50
Printing warehouses are, generally, only good for two things.
1) Housing printing supplies.
2) Housing raucous pop up festive banquets, replete with live jazz and cabaret, a blues parlour, and a hidden absinthe den, a pop up mulled wine bar, comedy nights, storytelling, live music, and a festive bazaar.
We’ll leave it to you to guess which one of those Christmess is. READ MORE
Details: Wed-Sun from 15th November | Hunter Penrose, 32 Southwark Street, SE1 1TU | £55
Coming to you from an intrepid set of friends (including a head chef formerly stationed at Mac & Wild, Sheekey’s and The Wolseley), Pilgrim takes its inspiration from the regional cuisine dotted along the route of the centuries old pilgrimage to the Santiago de Compostela cathedral in Galicia, north-west Spain. And you can join them in the journey towards becoming a fully-fledged eatery next year, by previewing it now…READ MORE
Details: 16th-25th November | 103b Dalston Lane, E8 1NH | £45
Social Pantry’s Chocolate Supperclub
They’re good, but they tend to get your drinks a bit sticky.
Chocolate supperclubs, on the other hand, are far better – which is why Social Pantry are holding their next soirée in collaboration with Rococo Chocolates, bringing you a four-course feast infused with stuff. Expect dishes like chocolate olive tapenade, pumpkin-filled chocolate ravioli, and lamb rump with chocolate jelly.
Details: 16th November | 170a Lavender Hill, SW11 5TG | £35, BYOB
Mid-Winter Fire Feast
Hosting a mid-winter feast in a garden could be a risky move.
But the folks at Skip Garden are hedging their bets.
Because they’re filling their urban veg farm with a magical meandering banquet, serving up different wintry dishes at fire-pit stations dotted around the garden, as well as opening their cosy yurt for the evening. And once the food’s gone down, there’ll be a DJ set and old-school singalongs late into the night.
Details: 16th November | 1 Tapper walk, King’s Cross, N1C 4AQ | £19.80
KinoVino: Fight Club
The first rule of KinoVino’s immersive Fight Club dining pop up…
…is that you do talk about it, in detail, and then invite your friends to it, because it sees Duck & Waffle’s Dan Doherty drafted in to cook up a bespoke, themed menu for you to enjoy before David Fincher’s cult classic is screened in a suitably low-lit, atmospheric setting.
Details: 16th & 17th November | The Institute of Light, 10 Helmsley Place, E8 3SB | £55
It’s nacho average supperclub.
It is, however, a clandestine feast hosted in a crumbling, subterranean, brick-walled cavern somewhere in East London. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you find a dubious set of stairs leading to a basement boiler room, where you’ll be met with welcome cocktails and a guided mezcal tasting, before sneaking through a makeshift kitchen and settling down for a four course Mexican feast.
Details: 17th November | Secret Location | £45
Claude Bosi’s Patty & Bun Takeover
For most people, earning 2 Michelin stars within a year of taking over Bibendum would be a big enough job. But Claude Bosi is finding time to take over Patty & Bun, too, where for one night he’ll be cooking up a traditional Lyonnaise feast, replete with boudin noir quiche, duck scratchings and îles flottantes.
Details: 20th November | 2 Arthaus Building, 205 Richmond Road, E8 3NJ | £65 + booking fee
Ignacio Mattos at Lyle’s
After 3 years of trying to work around restaurant openings, busy schedules and seemingly endless nominations for New York’s best chef, Lyle’s has finally managed to invite the lauded Ignacio Mattos of NYC’s estela and Café Altro Paradiso for a guest supper, where he’ll be serving up seasonal dishes alongside some of his own classics.
Details: 21st & 22nd November | Lyle’s, Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ | £65
It takes the meaning of good food to a whole new level.
And now it’s literally taking it to a whole new level when the critically swoonsome Bristol restaurant takes over the John Lewis rooftop this month. They’ll be serving up toasty dishes like Christmas venison pie and Welsh rarebit, surrounded by a twinkling rooftop garden and a hot-cocktail slinging traditional pub.
Details: Throughout November | The Gardening Society, The Rooftop, 300 Oxford Street, W1C 1DX
Mexiclam fries. Lychee Ceviche. Octopus burgers. Mojito cheesecake. Lavender and Chilli Margaritas.
If those sound good coming out of your mouth, just imagine how good they’ll be going into it. And you’ll be happy to know that Tacu Tacu, the Latin American food wizards behind these dishes (and many more besides) are settling into a six month residency in London Fields.
Details: Until March 2018 | 175 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 3RH
After a couple of spectacularly successful popups earlier this year, the guys at Fodder (chefs Michael Thompson and Ollie Downey, who worked together in Fera at Claridge’s) are pitching up at Platform1 for a residency until the end of November. You’ll find the likes of hyper-local, experimental dishes including buttermilk buns with crispy chicken skin and cultured butter; heritage carrots and butterhead lettuce with smoked hay; and caramelised pear with buckwheat, hogweed and whisky.
Details: Until 25th November | Platform1, 71 Lordship Lane, SE22 8EP
Beauty and the Feast
Darling and Edge want you to be their guest. Because – fresh from designing the eccentric and beautiful sets at Gingerline and the bar at Alice’s Adventures Underground – they’re teaming up with quirky supperclub curators Grub Club to bring you a twisted immersive dining experience, based on the story of Beauty and the Beast. Expect theatrical spectacle, dancing on tables, and a lot of squirty cream… READ MORE
Details: Until January 2018 | The Vaults, Leake Street, SE1 7NN | From £45
Le Petit Chef
Tiny chefs don’t often find work. The steaks are just too high. But this particular hyper-diminutive food-smith has not such problem, mostly thanks to the augmented reality 3D projection that’s bringing him to life… READ MORE
Details: Until 19th January 2018 | TT Liquor, 17b Kingsland Road, E2 8AA | £95
(To book, just email firstname.lastname@example.org – a link will be sent to you to confirm the booking)
Malt & Pepper
Cooking with beer generally ensures that something will be steaming by the end of it …but the guys at Malt & Pepper have it down to an art. Everything they make has some beer in it, and they’ll be serving their full menu at The Bear in Camberwell until the end of 2017. Expect rack of lambic ribs; dubbel braised chicken; and burgers with cider pulled ham hock and IPA blue cheese sauce.
Details: Until the end of 2017 | The Bear, 296a Camberwell New Road, SE5 0RP
London Shell Co. Cruises
Unlike their dishes, the London Shell Co. team aren’t shellfish. Which is why they’re kindly inviting you to join them aboard their romantic, flower-garlanded canal boat for a series of seafood-laden dinner cruises along the Regent’s Canal, powered with English natural wines and cocktails made with spirits distilled in Britain.
Details: Weekends throughout November | Departs from Paddington Central, Sheldon Square, W2 6EP | £45
The Test Kitchen
The TK is a 12-month pop up by Michelin-starred Adam Simmonds, the idea of which is to field new recipe ideas to guinea pig diners (such as pheasant egg with turnip; red mullet with green tomatoes; and chocolate mousse with whisky and finger limes) gradually refining the menu until it’s perfect. Then, in 2018, he’ll open a permanent restaurant. READ MORE
Details: Until April 2018 | 54 Frith Street, W1D 4SL
POP UP BARS (November 2017)
Little Nan’s Royal Parlour
Little Nan is beginning to look immortal.
The grandma-themed popup bar has gone from strength to strength, and has now reappeared in a haberdasher’s basement in Forest Hill, with teapots in cocktails and Little Nan’s sister’s resplendent collection of royal family memorabilia.
Long may she live.
Details: Fridays & Saturdays until 16th December, 5-11pm | Below Stag & Bow, 8 Dartmouth Road, SE23 3XU
Molecular Cocktail Class
This mixology class in one of Shoreditch’s pre-eminent Victorian police-station-turned-speakeasy caverns sees you make 5 cocktails (including one completely original concoction of your own design) with mind-bendingly scientific techniques and ingredients, including Earl Grey mist, DIY dry ice ice cream, and a “calcium bath for direct spherification”.
Which is good, because we all know there’s nothing worse than indirect spherification.
Details: 3rd November | TT Liquor, 17b Kingsland Road, E2 8AA | From £70
Why go to the Midnight Apothecary?
1) It’s in the rooftop garden of the Brunel Museum
2) You get award-winning, warm botanical cocktails, with ingredients grown in the garden itself by ‘The Cocktail Gardener’
3) You’ll get a tour of The Grand Entrance Hall to Brunel’s Thames Tunnel, which is an underground chamber half the size of Shakespeare’s Globe
4) There’s apple bobbing, fire pits, and a limitless supply of free marshmallows to toast on them
5) Tickets are a fiver. A fiver.
Details: Throughout November | The Brunel Museum Rooftop Garden, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF | £5
The Candlelight Club
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.
Details: 17th November | A Secret Location | £25-£130 HERE
It’s not often that the person serving behind the bar is literally serving behind bars. But that’s precisely the idea at Alcotraz – a prison-themed pop up bar that’s doing time in London for 3 months this Autumn.
Tucked behind a shuttered, nondescript building on Brick Lane, it promises to replicate the ‘eerie atmosphere’ of America’s most infamous prison – only with more margaritas. You’ll smuggle in a bottle of your own particular poison past the prison guards, before finding a host of expert mixologists ready to knock up four bespoke cocktails for you… READ MORE
Details: Until 17th December | 212 Brick Lane, E1 6RL | £30 (including your jumpsuit and 4 cocktails made with whichever spirit you bring)
Queen of Hoxton’s Rooftop Medina
Medina-styled pop ups.
They’ve always been a little Moorish.
And that’s certainly the case with the Queen of Hoxton, who are converting their rooftop wigwam to a Moroccan hideaway for the winter. Inside will be a cushion-strewn den, filled with shisha scents and silver lanterns, while outside will be a recreation of the Jardin Majorelles. In these plush surroundings, they’ll be serving up Mint Tea, Spiced Hot Buttered Rum, and Gold Pomegranate Bellinis, alongside mezze platters and halloumi fries. Plus you can look forward to events like Moroccan slipper workshops and lizard life drawing.
Details: Mon-Sat throughout November | Queen of Hoxton, 1 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX
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