Pop Up Restaurants In London
There are there are two basic types of Laksa; “curry" made from coconut milk and “asam” made with a sour tamarind base although there are dozens more regional variants found stretching across Malaysia and into Thailand. And the people at TLK went on a road trip, to try them all. And now, they're bringing you a lineup of the very best ones they found (including the "perfect" Sarawak Laksa) for two weeks in Kentish town.
Details: Now-14th July | Tolli café, 327 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2TJ
For their own safety, please tell your arteries to look away now.
Good. Now that we're alone, you can read all about the two summer residencies at POND in Dalston. One of them - Le Freakshaker - involves milkshakes so large they essentially generate their own gravity (we recommend the whiskey, waffle, and maple ice cream Don’t Shake My Hand Gimme Your Car).
And joining them is Uncle Monte's; purveyors of Monte Cristo sandwiches which are loaded with cheese & meat, deep fried, finished with a dusting with icing sugar, and served with strawberry jam. The classic comes with ham, turkey, Swiss, and a stern warning from your GP.
Details: Throughout July | POND Dalston, 3 Gillett Street, N16 8JH
Sicily may be known for its Godfather-ey connections, but My Hungry Valentine is here to make you an offer you can't refuse.
She's going to take you into Casanova & Daughters, a Sicilian deli in Neal's Yard, where you'll sample its wares, take in an olive oil tasting, get a welcome drink, a little background on the volcanic island itself, some wine, and aperitivo plates to share.
...which is a dish best served cold.
Details: 6th & 13th July | 6 Neal's Yard, WC2H 9DP | £35
Joining the hallowed annals of "things that do exactly what they sounds like", Thai in a Pie puts Thai food in pies. The lineup includes numbers like the Panning Gai (with spicy chicken curry, coconut milk, and roasted peanut), as well as sides like their heat-laden sai oui sausage rolls.
Details: 7th July | The Common E2, 53 Old Bethnal Green Rd, E2 6QA
Despite the weather's best efforts to make the name a very literal reality, The Under The Sea Supperclub is in fact located above ground at Maggie's. You'll find: infinite canapes like foie gras lollipops, sushi which (if you're into it) can be eaten off a model's body as part of their Nyotaimori Experience, a Michelin starred dessert chef, a live Caribbean steel band, and cocktails served in coconuts & pineapples.
Details: 8th July | Maggie's 329 Fulham Road, SW10 9QL | £40
Crawfish: they're like teeny tiny lobsters, and they go well with potatoes, corn on the cob, smoked andouille sausages, more crawfish, unlimited Prosecco, live traditional Louisiana bands, more crawfish, DJs, welcome drinks, more crawfish, and a side of freedom.
And that's exactly what you're getting at Avenue restaurant this month.
Details: 9th July | Avenue Restaurant, 7-9 St. James's Street, SW1A 1EE | £60
The people at Prawnography are heading to The Fish Market restaurant this month to supply you with their hardcore seafood brunch. You'll find scallop & bacon rolls, crabmeat soldiers with boiled duck eggs, XL tiger prawn Benedicts, and prawn Bloody Marys made with prawn-infused vodka.
Ooh. La. La.
Details: 9th July-7th August | The Fish Market, 16 New St, EC2M 4TR
Described as a "Brunch Supperclub", a label which manages to span literally every meal of the day, LWL is a midday Sunday treat online any other. You can expect inventive dishes like Cornflake Foam to go alongside hearty classics like The Full English in your six course experience.
Details: Sundays throughout July (from the 10th) | 45 Aldwych, WC2B 4DW | £25
A Seafood Feast couldn't really be more simple: a four course feast of crabs, clams, and fish from Billingsgate cooked French style, and all eaten with your hands, plus a few bottles of French wine.
Just say oui.
Details: 20th-22nd July | The London Cooking Project, 1 Ethelburga St, SW11 4AG | £56
To celebrate their Fête de la Gastronomie, mustard-slinger Maille are hosting an alfresco dining experience on the Thames by turning the Southbank into Paris’s iconic Left Bank for the night. That means they'll be filing it with snooty waiters long banqueting tables, 150 guests, and dishes like seared tuna tataki with a ponzu dressing, Nduja and mustard scotch eggs, BBQ & Southern-fried Rabbit, and strawberry, basil, and caramel éclairs.
Details: 26th July | Behind ITV Studios, Southbank, SE1 9PP | £30
Say the following aloud:
Chocolate ox cheek tacos. Banana bread french toast with margarita cream. Mojito cheesecake. Peruvian octopus burgers.
Do they sound good coming out of your mouth? Well, they'll be even better going into it. Head here to make that happen.
Details: 1st July | A private residence in East London (revealed upon booking) | £25
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 summer | 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
Technically, the closest point to Scandinavia from England is in Norfolk. Figuratively, the closest point to Scandinavia in England is King & Co in Clapham for the next month, as they host Allihopa; a team of Scandi-inspired smoked fish producers (from Norfolk, as it happens) who're slinging home-smoked trout, 48hr salt pork, Swedish meatballs with lingonberry jam, and more.
Details: Now-3rd July | King & Co. 100 Clapham Park Rd, SW4 7BZ
Want a quick, budget-friendly holiday? Instead of simply holding a brochure really, really close to your face, head down to Christabel's for an Edible Vacation. You'll get a suitcase of holiday essentials, including suncream, a towel and sunglasses, and the break will involve building and eating sandcastles.
Details: 13th July | A secret location | £45
Taking over a secret Mediterranean-style courtyard in Camberwell, C Food are serving, well, seafood. Mountains of it. It'll come on huge platters accompanied by chilled wines, crusty bread, homemade aioli, olive trees, accordion music, and aquavit.
C Food... and eat it.
Details: Now-August 28th | Courtyard at The Employment Acadamy, 29 Peckham Road, SE5 8UA | Table of 4 £120
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).
Oh, and she's just added a new cocktail making masterclass too...
Details: Various dates across July | A Secret N1 Location | £30 - £40
Two parts 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.
And this July is their 100th event extravaganza.
Details: July 16th | A Secret Location | £35
Who: Monograph Supper Club.
What: Contemporary Japanese dishes.
When: Every Friday throught July
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 July, 7pm | Hackney (exact location provided at time of booking) | £29 BYOB
July Supper Clubs
Like every month, this July there’s a really small list of really worthwile supper clubs across London.
Thankfully we’ve taken that list, shortened it once again, and selected, for you, only the best of the best, of the best. They include A Little Lusciousness; Cuisson's Pop Down; Andrea Zagatti, Colours of Modern Italy; Sup-Ha-Ha; and Chef's Table at Zoe's Ghana Kitchen.
Details: All throughout July, all across London.
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