Monday, 19 November 2018

The Calcutta Canteen Pop-up All Day Indian Cafe off Carnaby Street

Darjeeling Express' Asma Khan is opening a second site as a pop-up just off Carnaby Street, under the name Calcutta Canteen.  It will open as a 3 month pop-up on 28th November at 74 Broadwick Street, as an all-day cafe serving Pau buns, a bread roll similar to a brioche bun, stuffed with four kinds of fillings, cakes from Tarunima Sinha of My Little Cake Tin, and lots of teas, like masala chai.  Really looking forward to this one!

"Just before she appears on Netflix's Chef's Table, Darjeeling Express' Asma Khan has a new venture on the way. This time it's a North Indian and Bengali-inspired all-day café, appearing in Carnaby until mid-February. It first made an appearance in Fulham Market Halls' original line-up. 
On the cafe menu will be Pau buns, a bread roll similar to a brioche bun, stuffed with four kinds of fillings. They will be: vegan potato, cashew nut and curry leaves, vegetarian beetroot chop, masala omelette and beef mince, all served with green chilli, coriander chutney and tomato relish. We're told those buns date back to the 16th century when the Portuguese settled in Bengal and Goa and began baking bread. 
Being a cafe, the cakes are equally important, so Asma has partnered with self-taught baker Tarunima Sinha of My Little Cake Tin for her cakes. They'll celebrate her Indian heritage with masala chai flavoured bundt cake, Indian spiced shortbread cookies and pistachio biscuits.
As for drinks, the famed masala chai will be making an appearance, as will non-alcohol apple cider and tea from her ancestral tea garden in India, run by her aunt ("started by my great-great-grandfather in 1884 - one of 32 tea gardens he established"). On top of that, there will be a community wall where women can feature seasonal food and more."

When - 28th November 2018 - February 2019

Where - 74 Broadwick St, Soho, W1B 5PW


Get directions with Citymapper

Link 1 - Calcutta Canteen on Twitter
Link 2 - Asma Khan
Link 3 - Article in Hot Dinners

Sunday, 18 November 2018

The Skandilicious Swedish Christmas Pop-up on the Fulham Road SW10

Skandilicious, the Swedish Christmas pop-up is coming back to London for 2018, in Fulham Road, SW10, serving daily from 21st November to 19th December.  Dinner is just £45, for a menu that includes over 35 dishes (!) including gravad lax, charcuterie, a mustard-crumbed Christmas ham, plus cheeses and traditionl desserts.  Sittings are at 6pm and 9pm, and there is a also a bar with cocktails from an award-winning mixologist.  Go!

"Forget the 'Conventional Christmas', step into a world of Swedish surprise in this unique pop up restaurant in central London...
Swedish Christmas offers you the chance to celebrate in an exciting Scandi-chic environment where food is only one part of the experience... Swedish Christmas is a journey for all senses.
Enjoy sampling all the culinary delights you desire from the exuberant Smörgåsbord feast, whilst joining in with traditional snaps-songs. Embrace the festive season in a modern, candle lit Scandi-inspired setting.
Enjoy a complementary glass of home made Glögg (Swedish Mulled Wine) upon arrival
Our chefs are preparing a mouth-watering selection of Swedish delights for you to pick and mix as you see fit from the Julbord. Choose as much as you like from over 35 dishes. Traditionally you are meant to sample all the dishes over 7 visits to the Julbord. Elastic waistband recommended.
Enjoy a cocktail (or a few!) from our specially designed Christmas Cocktail Menu inspired by seasonal ingredients from Sweden. Our Drinks Menu has been created by Co-Founder & award winning mixologist Fredrik Olsson."

When - Weds 21st November - Weds 19th December 2018
Sittings at 6pm and 9pm

Where - 343 Fulham Rd SW10 9TW

Tickets - £45 from here


Get directions with Citymapper

Link 1 - Skandilicious
Link 2 - Tickets page
Link 3 - Swedish Christmas on Twitter

The Jam Shed Supper Club's Christmas 2018 Pop-up near Waterloo

The Jam Shed Supper Club, the pop-up restaurant at the Royal Festival Hall, with a rotating cast of Masterchef contestant chefs, is back for a winter run, open Tuesday - Saturday evenings until 15th December 2018.  Tickets are priced at £45 each, and the line up includes Jane Devonshire (gluten free), Natalie Coleman, and Sara Danesin.  Each night has just one sitting, starting at 6.30pm.

"Dine on delicious cuisine from MasterChef finalists while enjoying spectacular winter views across London from the top floor of Royal Festival Hall.
The Jam Shed Supper Club provides the perfect setting for a fun festive night out with friends and family, or for hosting your work Christmas party.
MasterChef contestants Stuart Archer, Natalie Coleman, Sara Danesin, Jane Devonshire and Dean Edwards each host for a week, bringing their individual spin to the flavours of winter.
Iconic Australian wine brand Jam Shed invites you to indulge in a night to remember at the top of Southbank Centre. Match the fruit-filled flavours of Jam Shed wine – and an array of wine-based cocktails – with a series of sharing dishes and small plates created by the experts, alongside Clement Worrall event caterers.
In addition to having a fun night out with friends and family, you are also supporting The Springboard Charity, which brings disadvantaged and underprivileged people into sustainable employment within hospitality, leisure and tourism.
Springboard trainees work with both the chefs in the kitchen and front of house to learn essential skills and help you enjoy your night."

When - Until 15th December 2018
Tues-Sat evenings -
20 – 24 Nov: Jane Devonshire (gluten free)
27 Nov – 1 Dec (excluding 29 Nov): Dean Edwards
4 – 8 Dec: Natalie Coleman
11 – 15 Dec: Sara Danesin

Where - St Paul's Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall, SE1 8XX

Tickets - £45 + fees from the South Bank Centre here


Get directions with Citymapper

Link - Tickets page

Amazon's 'Home of Black Friday' 2018 Christmas Pop-up in Shoreditch

Amazon is opening a 4 day pop-up shop in Shoreditch, called Amazon's Home of Black Friday, from Thursday 22nd - Sunday 25th November 2018.  It's at 3-10 Shoreditch High Street, and will include lots to see and do, including classes and VIP experiences.  Brands featured include LEGO, Xbox, Samsung, Le Creuset, and there will also be a Whole Foods market, and a pop-up bar.  As with other Amazon pop-ups, I don't think there will be any stock that you can take home on the day, but instead 'Smile Codes' to scan on your phone so that you can add items to your Amazon basket to be delivered to you,  This one is going to be busy!!

"Amazon’s Home of Black Friday pop up is back, bigger and better than before, to celebrate the start of the Christmas shopping season and the UK’s biggest annual deals event. The Home of Black Friday pop up, is set to showcase the very best of Black Friday at Amazon, from great deals on must have products to fast delivery and fun, innovative shopping experiences. Located at 3-10 Shoreditch High Street in London, the four-day multi-room experience will be open from Thursday 22nd November until Sunday 25th November. This year there will be even more prize giveaways, workshops, VIP experiences and product sampling, offering something for all the family.  Customers can also experience the brand new AR view functionality and the latest range of Amazon devices.
Workshops range from cocktail masterclasses hosted at the Amazon Beers, Wines and Spirits pop up bar, jewellery and candle making sessions from Amazon Handmade Artisans, beauty treatments from Foreo, hair styling from Nicky Clarke, cooking demonstrations, Prime Video screenings and more.
Just a few of the great brands showcasing deals, experiences or offering prize giveaways at the pop up experience include Whole Foods Market, HP, Samsung, Lego, Xbox, Le Creuset, Yankee Candle, Sennheiser, Philips Hue, Hotel Chocolate, Logitech, T2, Nicky Clarke, OnePlus, Microsoft, Playstation, Canon, Foreo, Puressentiel, Nescafe Dolce Gusto and many more.  All deals on display will be shoppable through the Amazon app using bespoke Smile Codes and a Prime Now collection point.
Entry is open to everyone and free of charge. Activities will be open to everyone on a first come first served basis."

When - Thursday 22nd - Sunday 25th November 2018

Where - 3-10 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JL

Get directions with Citymapper

Link 1 - Amazon UK
Link 2 - Article on Balance

Guinness' Open Gate Brewery Experimental Taproom Pop-up off Brick Lane

Guinness is opening a pop-up taproom for its Dublin-based Open Gate Brewery just off Brick Lane, at 11 Dray Walk, part of the Old Truman Brewery site.  Open from 30th November to 22nd December, Wednesdays to Sundays, visitors can try some of the Open Gate beers, including the  American West-Coast style Citra IPA, plus special winter brews, and you can even book workshops to learn more about brewing (an ideal early Christmas presents, maybe?).  Looking forward to visiting this one!

"This November Open Gate Brewery launches an Experimental Taproom in London, bringing a taste of our innovative beers dreamed up at the iconic Guinness Open Gate Brewery in St James Gate, Dublin.
Popping-up for one-month, the taproom invites beer lovers to enjoy a pint of Open Gate Brewery’s exciting beers including American West-Coast style Citra IPA and hopped, crisp and clean tasting Pilsner, alongside a range of exclusive and special brews, including a chilli-flavoured stout and festive Christmas beer.
For the beer-curious, Open Gate Brewery’s expert brewers will lead a series of workshops and tastings every Wednesday throughout December. Guests can get to grips with the world of beer at Ales, Beers and Craft: An ABC to brewing, a refreshing guide to IPAs, Pilsners, Stouts and more. Plus, tasty dishes that complement Open Gate Brewery’s brews will be served by some of East London’s hottest food vendors. More to be revealed soon…
There has been an experimental brewery at St James’s Gate in Dublin for over a hundred years and today the Open Gate Brewery enables Guinness brewers to explore new recipes, interpret old ones and experiment freely to bring exciting new beers to life. The beer taps in the brewery are on constant rotation with guests’ feeding back on their favourite pours.
Head to the Open Gate Brewery’s Experimental Taproom to find out more and to book a workshop, visit"

When - Friday 30th November – Sat 22nd December
Weekdays (excluding Monday & Tuesday) 17:30 – 22:30
Weekends 12:00 – 22:30 (22:00 Sundays)

Where - Shop 11, Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Unit 11, E1


Get directions with Citymapper

Link - Event booking page

Friday, 16 November 2018

Pop-ups in London - 16th - 23rd November 2018

Winterville on Clapham Common - with Street Food by Street Feast - Try the Raclette Bros! - Tues-Sun

This week's new listings in red

MYPIE & Sipsmith on the John Lewis Rooftop in Oxford Street - Daily
Quite Nice Wines' Cassoulet Nights with Jacob Rosen in E2 - Thurs-Sun
Scripts for Supper present: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - in Shoreditch - Thurs-Sat
Seedlip's Pop-up General Store & Bar in W1 - Daily
Spanish Particular's Tapas Pop-up at Norris + Knight in SE22 - Thurs-Sat
* Tonio's Kitchen's Jamaican Pop-up in New Cross Gate - Tuesdays

Open Air Events & Streetfood Markets

Pub & Bar Residencies - Often Open 6 or 7 Days a Week
PFGT’s Pub Classics at the Star by Hackney Downs - Daily
Plate London's November Residency at The Duke's Head in Highgate - Daily



Want something further into the future?  The look at the Booking Ahead page


I have created a weekly newsletter to feature news about all of the latest and best pop-up and temporary things in London.  Please sign up below!


See this week's newsletter here

The Winter Retreat Christmas Pop-up Bar at Regent's Place near Euston

The Winter Retreat is a pop-up tipi tent at Regent's Place Plaza in NW1, just across the Euston Road from Warren Street station.  Looking a lot like last year's Thor's Tipi, it will also offer seasonal hot food and drink (catered by the nearby The Refinery), plus board games, live music on Thursdays and Fridays, and more.  It's open Mondays to Saturdays from noon til 11pm.

"Visit Regent’s Place this Christmas and get cosy inside the festive tipi at The Winter Retreat. Enjoy seasonal food & drink, live entertainment and escape the hustle and bustle of London. With a stockpile of board games, a cosy fire and an endless choice of drinks on the menu, you'll not want to go home. 
Whether you're planning your work night out or catching up with friends, avoid disappointment by booking a table inside the tipi. Grab some food from the outdoor grill and choose from a range of drinks on offer by The Refinery including mulled wine and cider, or our personal favourite; Warm Apple Pie cocktail. Book tables online at The Refinery
Love live music? Grab your seat at The WInter Retreat Live Lounge every Thursday and Friday with acts including James Frost, Camilli Music and Carmody to get you in the festive spirit."

When - 16th Nov – 24th December 2018
Open Monday to Saturday's 12-11pm

Where - Regent's Place Plaza, NW1


Link - Regent's Place