Pop Up Restaurants In London
Good tidings we bring, to you and anyone else who fancies a communal feast night over the next few months, because Forza Winter is back, with glazed ribs, hand-made pasta and hot cocktails a-plenty in their Peckham warehouse.
Details: 7.30-11.30pm, Thurs-Sat until 28th Jan | Unit 4.1, 133 Copeland Road, SE15 3SN | £35
Sometimes it can be hard to jazz up the old Christmas party format… although adding live jazz to a three course festive Mediterranean meal in a fairylit Victorian warehouse filled with vintage photography props is a pretty good place to start.
Details: 2nd and 16th December | The Old Joinery, Ravensbourne Wharf, Norman Road, Greenwich, SE10 9QF | £55
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
Presenting the one place where shouting “Gimme some skin!” results in the delivery not of a slamming high five, but instead a deliciously crispy potato skin served with fillings like 24h beef brisket and smoky mac ‘n’ cheese.
...After which, you’ll probably wanna high five anyway.
Details: Tues-Fri, 6-11pm and weekends from 3pm until 24th December | Haunt, 182 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7UY
Having worked with some of Paris’ best chefs, become executive chef at Skylon and being entrusted with launching D&D’s next venture, Aster, next year - it’s safe to say Helena Puolakka knows her onions. And luckily for you, those are just one of the many things she’ll be chopping up for this one-off supperclub on a floating greenhouse with views of the Thames and literally thousands of plants.
Details: Friday 9th December, 6.30-10pm | Farmopolis on The Jetty, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0FL | £45, book HERE.
In a bid to prove there’s more to Scottish cuisine than putting chocolate bars in deep-fat fryers (not that that's a badthing), 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 Feb 2017 | 9a Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YN
Cannon & Cannon are flagrantly disregarding the rule that you’re not allowed to open anything before Christmas by letting us take a sneaky peek at their cured meat bar before it fully launches next February. They’ll be offering up platters of British charcuterie and small dishes like ‘nduja and honey toast, as well as craft beers and natural wines to wash it all down. Your meat cravings = cured.
Details: From 8th-24th December | 21 Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8TR
It’s around this time of year that you might take to having a wee dram in the evening to keep out the winter chill. And this year you can do one better by heading to Dram & Smoke, where alongside whiskey cocktails and Scottish gin, you’ll be treated to food worthy of a laird’s banquet and live festive musical merriment.
Details: 7pm till late, 10th-23rd December | 2 - 3 Black Swan Yard, SE1 3XW | £45, book HERE.
It’s a little known fact that cocktails gained popularity during prohibition because they masked the er, uniquely stomach-churning taste of home-brewed alcohol.
Luckily it’s just the glamorous theme that the Manhattan Club are importing for their festive shenanigans, and not the moonshine recipes - instead, there’ll be plenty of expertly mixed cocktails, a menu devised by Adam Rawson, and plenty illicit entertainment including magic, live music, and gambling.
Details: Various dates until 23rd Dec | Brunswick Studios, 26 Macroom Road, W9 3HY | £45 for lunch, £75 for dinner - book HERE.
Having been a market stall stalwart down at Broadway Market for two years, Dumpling Shack is now shacking up with Leicester House for a week, filling you with specialities from all over China, including their signature hand-made, pan-fried soup dumplings which themselves are filled with pork and prawn, crab and truffle or seasonal veg.
Making you a bit like a Russian doll. With dumplings.
Details: 2nd-10th Dec | Leicester House, 1 Leicester Street, WC2H 7BL | £35
Well, if it isn’t the Bloody Brunch Club again. You’d think they were incredibly popular, the way they keep popping up every month. And it turns out they actually are...which is good, because it means you’ve now got somewhere to go for Christmas brunch, cocktails and festive films.
Details: 17th Dec, 11am-7pm | Haunt, 182 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7UY | from £19.50
Ambassador, with this pop up serving 5 hand-crafted mini desserts designed by Cuisson’s Paul Hannagen, you are truly spoiling us…
Details: 1st-11th Dec (except Mon) | 21 Slingsby Place, WC2E 9AB | £10 walk in, £15 pre-booked (includes a welcome glass of prosecco)
Finally. A brunch that’ll cure both your Sunday morning hangover and Saturday night fever: Bethnal Green’s Paradise Garage (from the team behind The Dairy) have teamed up with The Gentlemen’s Academy to create Disco Brunch. Accompanying the bangers on your plate will be bangers of the audible variety, spun by up and coming DJs, while you tuck into welcome Bloody Marys, BBQ beef short ribs and more shakshuka than you can shak a stick at.
Details: Music and cocktails 1.30-10pm, brunch served 2-4pm, 11th December | Paradise Garage, 254 Paradise Row, E2 9LE | Tickets £30 HERE.
If you’ve been reeeeally good this year, and head down to SYP's New Orleans-inspired supperclub, you’ll have access to 12 dishes, copious gin and tonics and live music aplenty. And if you’ve been bad...you’ll get the same thing, but probably with more gin.
Details: 4th and 11th of December | The Vaults, Leake St, SE1 7NN | £40
It's the time of year when most people’s jobs start to wind down, the exceptions to the rule seemingly being elves, vicars and Adam Rawson. Because when he’s not busy recreating a 92-year-old menu for Christmas in Harlem, he’s running his long-term residency at a Fitzrovia pub, designing monthly specials and creating a menu of globally-inspired burgers, two of which have won the last two years of the Slider Decider competition. Now all you have to decide is which one to try first.
Details: 12-10pm Mon-Fri throughout December | The George & Dragon, 151 Cleveland Street, W1T 6QN
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: 3rd December and other Saturdays throughout the year | Mac & Wild, 65 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PS | £40
Generally speaking, if your Christmas dinner comes out the oven completely black, you’ve probably ruined Christmas.
But at this feast night, they’ll be using characteristically dark food and natural colourings like squid ink, to create a completely black Christmas feast, where the potatoes look like that intentionally. Naturally, this will all be served alongside exclusive (black) Kraken cocktails and mulled (black) cider with activated charcoal...
Details: 5th-7th December | Beagle, 397-400 Geffrye Street, E2 8HZ | £25 for meal, free entry for bar only. Book HERE.
After sell-out events in Brick Lane and Finsbury Park, Fat Macy’s is moving into a more permanent home at the Printworks Kitchen. Not entirely unlike the young people cooking the food, who enter the scheme as a way to save up a rental deposit that will allow them to move out of temporary and insecure accommodation.
Details: 7-11pm, 1st - 22nd Dec | Printworks Kitchen, 26 Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4SX | £30, book HERE.
After a year of successful pop up events, Hungarian-Italian team Plot Twist are settling down for the month for a collaboration with the Neapolitan chefs behind The Cuoppo. Dishes include goulash served in a bowl made of bread, and pasta whisked in ‘a flaming wheel of Parmesan cheese’, while every Saturday evening will be accompanied by live entertainment - but in a surprising plot twist, they sadly won’t be playing Johnny Cash’s rarely heard original, Burning Ring of Cheese.
Details: Mon-Sat until 21st December | Fairly Square, 51 Red Lion Street, WC1R 4PF
Jesus wants us all to celebrate his birthday.
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
Despite having a name that usually refers to horrible things coming out of our mouth rather than delicious things going into it, the folks at FM are here to upend your prejudices and serve you expertly made Japanese comfort food. Taking over the kitchen at Honor Oak’s Hopscotch Café, dishes on offer will include slow-cooked ginger & sake pork belly, miso mushroom hirata buns and their celebrated kara-age chicken. It’s gonna be ******* amazing.
Details: 6pm - 10pm, Thursday & Friday evenings until 16th December | 72 Honor Oak Park, SE23 1DY
Le Bun are back with another pop-up at Birthdays in Dalston. The bunsters will be serving up classics like the Duck Frites and Le Bourguignon Bun as well as their crowd-pleasing Le Mac, with black truffle burger sauce and a veal jus. They’ll also be featuring the world’s most offensively festive burger, with Christmas tree-smoked deer.
Details: Until end of Jan 2017, Mon - Fri. 5.30pm to 10pm, Sat. 12 - 10pm and Sun. 12 - 8pm | Birthdays, 33-35 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BJ
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 January 31st | The Sun & 13 Cantons, 21 Great Pulteney Street, W1F 9NG
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
When it comes to charity, you want to know your donations are in honest hands. So it’s a good job those hands will belong to the chefs at Honest Burgers, who are joining this line up of fundraising foodie events. You’ll have the chance to try their kebabs ahead of the Honest Kebabs pop-up launch later this year, along with other small plates, a welcome cocktail and craft beer - with your entire ticket price donated to charities providing humanitarian relief in Syria. And there are plenty more events in the running, including The Good Egg’s symmetry breakfast, and a SHALOM Middle Eastern supperclub.
Details: Various events throughout December
When you hear that the new site of The Design Museum in Kensington also hosts a new restaurant, you probably won’t be surprised to find that it’s run by designers Prescott and Conran, and the chef calling the shots is Graham Blower (who helped to open Tramshed and Pharmacy 2). What you might not be expecting is that the restaurant has also scheduled a series of guest chefs taking over in the evening, kicking off with Rowley Leigh from Le Café Anglais.
Bit of a curve ball.
Details: Leigh is guest chef-ing until the end of January 2017 | Parabola, The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 6AG
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 December | 114b Blackhorse Lane, E17 6AA | £50pp
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
In between their day job of catering Michelin-level private dining experiences, the chefs at Cuisson 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 December | 1 Cathedral Street, SE1 9DE | £45
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
Christabel's parties are always pretty inventive - and at her Rocktail making sessions, you'll get to construct festive cocktails & canapes (called "cockapes") under her tutelage.
Ho ho ho.
Details: Decmber 14th & 21st | 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 December | A Secret Location | £35
Main Image: Denim & Dine