Pop Up Restaurants In London
Fact: there are more French speakers in Africa that there are in France. So it's no surprise that there's a lot of Afro-French fusion cuisine there. What is surprising, is that you haven't had any of it. We're assuming. So rectify that at The Afro Fusion Dinner, where you'll get a taste of food from three African regions courtesy of an Afro-French chef.
Details: 1st October | The Grocery, 54-56 Kingsland Road, E2 8DP | £35
Last year, Adam Rawson won the Young British Foodie Chef of the year award. Luckily, it didn't go to his head at all, because he's modestly named the menu for his week long Soho popup "The 7 Wonders of the Culinary World". They include the likes of 60 day aged ex-dairy cow steaks with foie gras & patatas, Moroccan lamb & golden raisin pastillas, and a dish called "dark chocolate & liquid gold" from Croatia.
Details: 3rd-8th October | The Sun & 13 Cantons, 21 Great Pulteney St, W1F 9NG | £38.50
Ben Spalding sleeps three hours a night. One of his first ever jobs was at The Fat Duck. He recently walked out of his gig as head chef at John Salt because he didn't want to cook "safe, unchallenging pub food". What we're basically saying here is that his popup #AllGunsBlazing - serving 12-course tasting menus in a custom-designed space while collaborating with Michelin-starred chefs from outside of London (who he wants to take "out of their comfort zone") -is not too shabby.
Details: 4th & 5th October | 4th Floor Studios, 259 Commercial Rd, E1 2BT | £59
Squid. What a bunch of suckers. And they're delicious too; a fact that hasn't escaped the attention of Madrid street food specialists the Squid Kitchen, who're holding a series of supper club nights over the next couple of months. You can expect gin gazpacho, pintxos, chilli & garlic oil pan-fried squid, slow cooked chorizo w/ paprika, almond tarts, Spanish apple cakes, and more.
Details: 6th - 29th October | 119 Lower Clapton Rd, E5 0NP | £30
Dinner inside a clock tower can be highly time consuming. Especially when you're getting a full six-course tasting menu cooked by extraordinary Argentinian chef Martin Milesi in the iconic St. Pancras tower. Started in 2014, UNA has only 12 diners at each sitting, and they sell out fast. You'll get welcome cocktails, wine-pairings, and a hell of a view.
Details: 11th-27rh October | St. Pancras Clock Tower, St. Pancras Chambers Euston Road, NW1 2AR | £110
Things we don’t like:
1) Lopsided Christmas trees (can’t stand them).
2) People who “don’t like talking about Christmas in October”. Pfffthh.
3) Not having at our disposal during the glorious, ten-week warm up to Christmas a place where we can comfortably ease ourselves out of summer… and into a makeshift, dimly-lit alpine ski lodge filled with felled trees, heavy checkered blankets and mulled cider.
So it's lucky that The Lodge is reopening. Find out more HERE.
Details: Reopens October 21st | 409 Clapham Road, SW9 9BT
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 October | 114 b Blackhorse Lane, E17 6AA | £50pp
The name "Singapore" is derived from the Malay words singa (for 'lion') and pura (for 'city). Which is strange, because outside of captivity, no lions have ever lived there. But the Lion City still roars, and LCK is here to prove it, with a regular Thursday night residency in The Waverley Arms, at which they'll be serving rendang tacos, spiced fried chicken burgers, and more.
Details: Every Thursday until 27th October | The Waverley Arms, SE15 3BU
You know why this picture looks so damn nice? Because it was shot by Clerkenwell Boy. And now he's stepped out from behind the camera and teamed up with Bone Daddies Old Street to launch his own bowl of noodles goodness, named #BoozyWeekendRamen. It has a cheese sauce, pork, plus a kimchi Bloody Mary on the side - and is available for the first 50 people through the door every Sat & Sun.
Details: Until 16th October | Bone Daddies Old Street, The Bower, EC1V 9NV | £15 (for the first 50 people who order it)
Rolling the dice on a curry frequently results in pained, whimpering pleas for milk.
However at Tiger Dram - the new whiskey & curry popup hidden behind Battersea’s Cornish Tiger - it can result in a free meal. Find out more right HERE.
Details: Now-Dec 31st | 3/4 Battersea Rise, SW11 1EH
For a man named after a curry, it's taken a long time for someone to arrange a dinner party-style experience about one of his books.
So consider this ...a novel experience. Read more right HERE.
Details: Ends 30th October | Leake St, Waterloo, SE1 7NN | £76.50-96.50
Popping up in Kentish Town for three months, the idea behind CR is simple: Italian food from a Sicilian chef using hyperlocal British ingredients. Those ingredients are sourced from as close to the popup itself as possible, with bread, pasta, meat, herbs, and vegetables all coming from the nearest three postcodes. On the menu, you'll find things like 'nduja & mascarpone bruschetta, artichoke ravioli, and sweet gnocchi with a molten Nutella filling.
Details: Now-November | The Rose and Crown, 71-73 Torriano Ave, NW5 2SG
In between their day job of catering Michelin-level private dining experiences, the chefs at Caissons like to run the occasional Michelin-level public dining experience, too... upon which praise is generally lavished so aggressively that they've now decided the best course of action is, naturally, to open another one.
And this time, there are interactive tasting menus.
Details: Throughout October | 1 Cathedral Street, SE1 9DE | £45
NOTE: If you're a Nudge Member, you'll get a free bottle of wine, too. Naturally. Details HERE.
We're not sure if this is a very elaborate prank or not, but the people at Mac & Wild want to serve you branch, 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: Saturdays throughout the year | Mac & Wild, 65 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PS | £40
Popping up for an entire year, S&S aims to provide "modern dining via ancient techniques". What that means on the menu is dishes like grilled spring lamb, with green garlic, and sunchoke pickled okra.
Details: Now-2017 | 29 Penton Street, N1 9PX
Operating out of a '30s-era former cloakroom in the enormously grand Grade II listed Hornsey Town Hall, CotW is a weekly supper club with a difference - once a month, the duo behind it will travel the country for a week looking for new ingredients (and wines) to frame their menus around. The debut night will see dishes like Isle of Wight asparagus with ham stock and unpasteurized creme fraiche, and Dexter beef with charcoal onions.
Details: Fridays & Saturdays until December | Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre, The Broadway, N8 9JJ | £35 (£60 wine paired)
Purple popcorn. Quinoa and pink playdough castles. Chocolate ganache lego with shortbread jenga.
You'll find all of the above at Christabel's Edible Playground, which should also convince you to go to her Macaroon Art classes, her workshops on 'cocktails and crack' or her Mad Hatter’s Brunch (where fantastical design, banquet feasting, and weird and wonderful flavour combinations reign supreme).
Details: Various dates across October | A Secret N1 Location | £30 - £40
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 October | A Secret Location | £35
Who: Monograph Supper Club.
What: Contemporary Japanese dishes.
When: Every Friday throughout October.
Where: 'An art gallery in a newly refurbished Victorian warehouse' somewhere in Hackney (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 October, 7pm | Hackney (exact location provided at time of booking) | £29 BYOB
Main Image: Denim & Dine