Sunday, 25 June 2017

Adam Simmonds' The Test Kitchen Pop-up Restaurant on Frith Street, Soho


For the next year Adam Simmonds will be running The Test Kitchen at 54 Frith Street, formerly the site of a Barrafina.  It's small - 23 covers - and Adam will be using it to showcase his cooking, learned at Le Gavroche, Manoir aux Quat'saisons, plus Ynshir Hall Hotel in Wales and Danesfield House in Marlow where he earned his two Michelin stars.  It's open Monday – Saturday for lunch and dinner à la carte, alongside a £29 four-dish set lunch menu.  This one is already very busy!

"Get ready for an exciting gastronomic journey - Adam Simmonds has arrived in the big smoke with his Soho pop-up – The Test Kitchen on Frith Street.
With a one year lease (on the former Barrafina site) and only 23 covers, expect high demand and truly inventive cooking from a chef whose culinary journey has resulted in two Michelin stars and a place in The Good Food Guide, putting Adam on their ‘chefs to watch’ list.
The Test Kitchen is exactly what it says on the tin - there is no set genre and the menu is a moveable feast that evolves and develops, based on guest feedback, in preparation for Adam’s first permanent London restaurant next year.
The Food
Inventive dishes reveal Adam’s incredible attention to detail and his passion for unusual and surprising flavour combinations. Quail is paired with English asparagus, sunflower seeds and lardo; red mullet with green strawberries and green tomatoes; and pheasant egg with kohlrabi, girolles and truffle. Vegetarian dishes are dialled up with white asparagus, Linzer potatoes, caviar and whey; whilst desserts feature equally interesting ingredients like Charentais melon with black olive and saffron; or yeast parfait with lychee and puffed rice.
The Test Kitchen isn’t just a theatre for your tastebuds - the restaurant brings drama direct to the diner. Counter seating, overlooking the completely open plan kitchen, gives you full view of and direct access to Adam and his brigade - share four or five plates each whilst watching the culinary story unfold and debating dishes with The Test Kitchen team.
The Wine
Many of London’s upscale venues have intimidating wine lists with even more intimidating prices. Not so at The Test Kitchen. The restaurant’s 31-strong wine list is approachable and affordable, while still standing up to the menu. For connoisseurs of the grape, there’s a wine ledger featuring a limited selection of fine and rare wines. The ledger is ever-changing and once a wine has gone it’s gone – catch it while you can.
The Star of the Show
With Michelin stars under his belt and a spot in the finals of The Great British Menu, it’s safe to say that Adam is a chef with real ambition. After apprenticing at Le Gavroche, he trained under some of the biggest names in the culinary world before taking on a role at Manoir aux Quat'saisons under Raymond Blanc. Adam achieved his first Michelin star as Head Chef at Ynshir Hall Hotel in Wales before moving on to Danesfield House in Marlow where he gained a star for the second time, which the restaurant held for three consecutive years."

When - Open Monday – Saturday for lunch and dinner à la carte, alongside a £29 four-dish set lunch menu.

Where - Test Kitchen, 54 Frith St, Soho, W1D 4SL

Reservations: www.thetestkitchen.uk or telephone 020 7734 8487.

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The Bussey Beer Garden Rooftop Pop-up Bar in Peckham


The Bussey Beer Garden is a rooftop pop-up at The Bussey Building in Peckham - Roof D - created by The London Beer Factory, and featuring 15 different beers on tap from them and their friends. It's open every Friday and Saturday from noon in July and August 2017, starting Friday 7th July, and there will also be food in for form of kebabs and more from BABEK Brothers.  This will be so good!

"This summer The London Beer Factory brings to you the Bussey Beer Garden: a rooftop craft beer popup that’s opening on the roof of the Bussey Building in Copeland Park in Peckham on Friday 7th July.
There will be 15 different beers on tap at any given time from The London Brewery, as well as a host of other breweries across the UK. Plus plenty of other refreshments.
As for food, kebab die hards, the BABEK Brothers will be running the BBQ all day long.
Think charred chunks of meat, fresh bread, feta fries and the best chilli yoghurt this side of Istanbul.
The Bussey Beer Garden will be popping up every Friday and Saturday in July and August from 12pm right through to 11pm and its set to be one of the hottest destinations for craft beer fans in the capital."

When - Fridays & Saturdays in July & August 2017, starting Friday 7th July
12 noon - 11pm

Where - Bussey Beer Garden, Roof D, Copeland Park and Bussey Building, 133 Copeland Rd, Peckham, SE15 3SN

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Petit Pois Bistro's 'We Meat On Sundays' Meat Club in Hoxton Square


Petit Pois Bistro in Hoxton Square is holding a regular 'We Meat On Sundays' meat feast on the first Sunday of each month.  Featuring an amuse bouche, a starter, and then a steak - rump, bavette, flat iron, sirloin or rib eye - from The Butchery in SE23, with a dessert of chocolate mousse, it all sounds to die for!  Meats and menus will change based on what is in season.  Booking is essential, and it costs £50 per head.  Can't wait!

"Petit Pois Bistro, Hoxton’s favourite French Bistro, is launching a monthly meat club ​- "We Meat on Sundays". The inaugural event will be on Sunday 2 July and will be in celebration of steak.
Every two months the menu will change to reflect the best seasonal meats on offer and also delectable sides that will help elevate the carnivorous feast.
For the first event, Head Chef, Chris Smith has created a delectable menu that celebrates all things bovine. Guests will enjoy four courses priced at £50 with dishes including Porthilly Oyster with Beef dripping panko, Bone Marrow, Ox Heart Croquettes and Beef Short Rib. 
The star of the show will be the delicious cuts of steak that have been sourced from The Butchery SE23 which are served with the guests choice of one sauce and one side. Cuts will include Rump, Bavette, Flat Iron, Sirloin and Ribeye with a selection of classic sauces and sides including Béarnaise, Blue Mornay and Frites, Gratin Dauphinoise and Pomme Anna.  The meal is rounded off by chef's signature chocolate mousse.
Chris has created this menu to reflect the ethos of the restaurant which is simple food executed to high standards, he says of the menu, “I am a great fan of meat and I wanted to showcase the fantastic cuts and choice we can get in the UK but with our French twist. I also wanted to create a menu that brings together friends and family round the table to enjoy good food and company.”
Chris Madden, General Manager and Sommelier of Petit Pois has created a wine menu that will pair perfectly with chef’s menu and will have an accessible yet delicious range of wines. For the first Sunday guests with enjoy a glass of House Cremant with their amuse bouche and can go on to pick from a selection of carefully thought out wines from Domaine Burle "Est-ce Que?" Vaucluse, Rhone, Domaine La Berangeraie, Cuvée Maurin, Cahors, 2012 and Domaine Nittnaus Kalk und Schiefer Blaufrankisch, Burgenland, Austria."

When - First Sunday of the month
12 noon til close

Where - Petit Pois Bistro, 9 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU

Booking - It's £50 per head.  Bookings are essential and can be made directly through the restaurant by visiting their website or calling +44 20 7613 3689

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The 'Stories on our Plate' Supperclub's Siberian Dinners near Battersea Park


SOOP - Stories on our Plate - is a monthly supperclub featuring different cuisines from around the world, whose proceeds go to a culinary training programme for refugee chefs.  On Thursday 29th and Friday 30th June they will be holding a Siberian supperclub at London Cooking Project in SW11, with guest chef Alissa Timoshkina who runs the very popular KinoVino supperclub.  Tickets are just £38 for each night, and it's BYOB.  Expect dips, salads, ferments, aubergine caviar, buckwheat tabouleh, vodka cocktails and more!

"Stories On Our Plate (SOOP) and Alissa Timoshkina invite you to a unique food and storytelling dinner, sharing the mixed heritage of Alissa's family and the melting pot of Siberia. Expect recipe cards, interactive questions, and more! 
Alissa was born in Siberia, Russia, into a family of Ukrainian Jewish origin and has resided in the UK since the late 1990s. Having gained a PHD in Holocaust and film studies, Alissa worked as a lecturer and film curator until her passion for cooking and feeding took over entirely and she embarked on a new career path. She now hosts a successful supper club - KinoVino, which marries film and food, while also running private dining experiences, food popups and Russian-themed food gatherings. 
All proceeds from the monthly SOOP supper clubs go towards the SOOP culinary training programme for refugee chefs. 
As with every SOOP monthly supper club the menu is in the spirit of sharing. For this month, expect dips, salads, ferments, aubergine caviar, buckwheat tabouleh, vodka cocktails, and more!"

When - Thursday 29th & Friday 30th June 2017
7pm - 10pm

Where - London Cooking Project, 1 Ethelburga Street, SW11 4AG

Tickets - £38 from Grub Club here

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Death's Door Spirits' Two Day 'Gindependence Day' Pop-up Dive Bar in Dalston


For two days only Death's Door Spirits is opening an American-style Dive Bar at 80 Dalston Lane, E8, to celebrate 'Gindependence Day'  It's happening on Friday 30th June and Saturday 1st July 2017, and will feature lots of cocktails, plus diner-style food like burgers and hotdogs, and lots of games like air hockey and pinball.  Go!

"Death's Door Spirits invite you to celebrate the most important holiday of the year, Gindependence Day! 
For two nights only, we will be taking over the space at 80 Dalston Lane and offering up a mouth watering mix of old school American classic cocktails, and new wave fresh creations from our Brand Ambassador Selina Raggett.
Fill up on classic American burgers and dogs from the team at Kick and Munch, and dance the night away to a little bit of country, a little bit of rock n roll, and hip hop once the night gets underway.
We'll be keeping you entertained with a Pinball Wizard tournament on Saturday afternoon and plenty of classic games - such as air hockey - from the good old U S of A.
It promises to be one hell of a deep south dive party, so hurry up and bring your jukebox money.
Love, Death's Door Spirits"

When - Fri 30th June & Sat 1st July 2017
Fri - 6pm - midnight
Sat - 12 noon - midnight

Where - The Death's Door Dive Bar, 80 Dalston Lane, E8 3AH

Reservations - It's free to get in, but you can book a table here

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Pop-ups in London - 23rd - 30th June 2017

Mirey's Restaurant's Residency at The Charles Lamb in Angel - Tues-Sun

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Food & Drink

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Ben Spalding's Small Plates Sessions at Last Days of Shoreditch - Thurs-Sat
Berber & Q's 'Grill House' Monday - with guest chefs - Mondays
* Blue Moon's Wishing Tree Pop-up Bar in Spitalfields - Fri & Sat
* The Catford Beer Festival - Ends Sunday
* CLAW's Pop-up Champagne Crab Shack at 100 Wardour Street in Soho - Mon-Fri for June
* The Death's Door Dive Bar - Gindependence Day - in Hackney - 30th & 1st
El Bandito Tequila Bar in Stoke Newington - Tues-Sun
* El Dorado Rum night. Cocktails and food pairing in Brixton - Weds 28th
Farang's 6 Month Thai Pop-up in Highbury Park, N5 - Weds-Sun
* Frizzante's Thursday Night Agriturismo Supperclub in Hackney - Thursdays
The Holy Crêpe! Gluten-free Crêpe & Cocktails Pop-up at The Canvas Cafe off Brick Lane - Tues - Sat
* The London Dungeon Lates on the South Bank - Fri 30th
* Mama Xanandu's Three Miles Botanical Feast in Stoke Newington - Ends Sat 24th
* The Mazi Mas Relaunch Dinner in E5 - Tues
* A Miso-inspired supperclub in Clerkenwell - Tues
* MzuriKhana's London Food Month Supper Club in Angel - Sat
Oxalis' Summer Residency at Platform 1 in Dulwich - Thurs-Sun
* Soop's Salt & Time Supperclub - Stories from our Siberian Kitchen - in SW11 - Thurs 29th & Fri 30th
* Sunday Suppers @ Unwined in Tooting Market - Sun
VINtwined's English Wine Dinners in Clerkenwell - Weds-Fri

Open Air & Rooftop

Brixton Rooftop Beach - Weds-Sun
* The Dalston Beer Day  - Sat
* Dough Bro Pizza’s summer residency at the Camden Town Brewery in NW5 - Thurs-Sun
* Festibowl - Lawn Bowls in Finsbury Square - Starts Weds 28th
Filthy Fanny's Summer Beach Bar at The Crown & Shuttle in Shoreditch - Daily
Frank's Cafe - The Rooftop Pop-up in Peckham - Tues-Sun
Jimmy Garcia's BBQ Club on the South Bank with Big Green Egg BBQs - Daily
John Lewis' Rooftop Bar The Gardening Society in Oxford St - Daily
The London Riviera by Tower Bridge - Daily
Midnight Apothecary Summer Rooftop Cocktail Bar 2017 in Rotherhithe - Fri & Sat
The Nyetimber Garden Bar in Covent Garden - Daily
The Queen of Hoxton's 2017 Neverland Rooftop Bar in EC2 - Daily for the summer - Daily
Wood's Navy Rum's Pop-up Floating Rum Bar in King's Cross - Daily

Streetfood Markets

Hawker House in Canada Water - Fri & Sat
Dinerama - The Streetfood Market in Shoreditch - Thurs-Sun from 12pm
Pub Residencies - Often Open 6 or 7 Days a Week

* Boustead & Bidois' Residency at the Shrub & Shutter in Brixton - Tues to Sat
Club Mexicana's Mexican Vegan Streetfood Residency at Pamela in Dalston - Tues-Sat
Craving Coffee's April 2017 #TottenhamSocial Streetfood Nights in N15 - Thurs-Sat
da ja chicken's Residency at The Rose and Crown in Kentish Town - Tues-Sun
Fowl Mouths' & Eastern Bloc's June 2017 Kitchen Residencies at The King & Co in Clapham - Daily for June - (Eastern Bloc - Sun & Mon, Fowl Mouths - Tues-Sat)
Mirey's Restaurant's Residency at The Charles Lamb in Angel - Tues-Sun
Native Eat's Residency at The George & Dragon in Fitzrovia - Mon-Fri
Prairie Fire BBQ's Kansas City-style BBQ at The Duke's Head in Highgate - Daily
The Prince's Street Food Residencies in Wood Green, N22 - Thurs-Sundays
Slow Richie's Residency at Brick Brewery in Peckham - Weds-Sat
* Tokunbo's Kitchen's Residency at Unwined in Tooting - Ends Sun
White Asparagus' Residency at The Cuckoo in N1 - Thurs-Sun
Zoe's Ghana Kitchen's 6 Month Residency at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho - Tues-Sat

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Boxpark Pop-up Retail Mall in Shoreditch
Brands Popping Up at Old Street Station


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Magnum's 2017 'Design Your Own' Magnum Pop-up Shop in Seven Dials


For the fifth year, Magnum is opening a 'Design Your Own' pop-up store in London in supper 2017.  For 2017 it's based at 21-23 Earlham Street, Seven Dials (formerly Le Coq Sportif), and will be open every day from Thursday 29th June (it did originally say 27th) to 10th September, this time in partnership with Moschino.  Visitors will be able to choose their ice cream, the colour of their chocolate, plus sprinkles and sauces - to design a very Instagram-friendly (& delicious) bar to eat.  These have always been a huge hit in previous years - can't wait to get my hands on one!


"Magnum ice cream, the brand synonymous with luxury and pleasure, has today opened the gates to a haven of chocolate and ice cream indulgence, with the opening of the 5th Magnum Pleasure Store in London’s stylish Seven Dials. The store has been designed by and launched by fashion guru Jeremy Scott, Creative Director of Moschino and is adorned with his MagnumXMoschino bag collection. Jeremy invites pleasure seekers to Dare to go Double with double-dipped, personalised Magnums with two layers of deliciously decadent chocolate, a luxurious layer of sauce and a selection of over 20 tempting toppings available exclusively in the heart of London’s shopping district.
The Magnum Pleasure Store will serve bespoke ice creams to visitors throughout the summer including one curated by Jeremy himself. Customers at the hotly anticipated summer pop up can enjoy a pleasure-packed experience at the dipping bar as well as at various events that will take place throughout the summer. Whether choosing a double or single dipped Magnum, customers will then be able to choose their own selection of tempting toppings, such as Black Lava Sea Salt and Blackberry Crunch, to sprinkle over the setting chocolate. Each individual creation will be perfected with a drizzle of chocolate and the finishing touch; a classic M coin decoration with prices starting from £5.50.
The Magnum Pleasure Store is decorated in bold Magnum X Moschino style. Magnum X Moshino is collaboration with Moschino Creative Director Jeremy Scott. They have teamed up with Magnum for the ‘Release the Beast’ campaign to celebrate Magnum Double, encouraging pleasure seekers to embrace and show off their wild side and live the Magnum ‘Dare to go Double’ attitude, just as visitors to the Magnum Pleasure Store will be invited to do."!

When - 29th June - 10th September 2017
Sunday: 10am – 6pm
Monday/Tuesday/Wed: 10am – 7pm
Thursday: 10am – 10pm
Friday: 10am – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 10pm

Where - 21-23 Earlham Street, Seven Dials, WC2H 9LL

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