Sunday, 10 December 2017

The Giant Cheese Board Festival with Unlimited Cheese & Mulled Wine in Greenwich

The Giant Cheeseboard is a festival of cheese and mulled wine, taking place in North Greenwich on 16th, 17th & 23rd December 2017.  Originally planned for just the 16th, its popularity has led to more sessions and dates - but still tickets are running low.  £30 gets you access to a giant cheeseboard (lots of varieties), plus unlimited mulled wine, cheesecake for dessert, and giant mice to serve you.  Sounds brilliant!

"Have you ever dreamed of being able to walk around a giant cheese board? Carving off slices of your favourite Emmantal, Red Leicester, Edam, Brie and every other cheese you can imagine? Surrounded by cheese, rolling around in cheese...eating so much ch...sorry, got carried away!
Well anyway, we have. Lots. So this Christmas we are going to make this a reality. A cheesy, melty, mulled wine-fueled reality. This is going to change your lives forever.
This December we bring London it's first ever Giant Cheese Board - where you can take as much cheese & mulled wine as you like all day long. Yes, thats unlimited cheese and mulled wine on a giant cheeseboard...and a party too.
We have taken over one of Londons very best venues for the occasion - the recently re-opened Studio 338 and will be turning their amazing Terrace into a massive, oversized cheese board. One you can walk around on as if you're in a giants kitchen. Yeah, we know....amazing huh! ??
Then at night, we turn this Cheese Fest into a party with some of London's best DJs coming down to play. Lots of pop cheese and anthems on the musical menu of course!
Tickets from just £30pp. Including:
Unlimited Free Cheese Day & Night (with biscuits of course)
Free Mulled Wine Day and Night
Loads of the worlds best guest cheese makers in da place
Served by giant mice who will help you navigate the Cheese Board
Special Guest DJs will be supplying the soundtrack for the night
There will also be some CHEESECAKE for dessert too ;)
Vegan options will be available also
Full production set which allows you to walk around and party on a giant cheeseboard! 
Christmas photo booth (say CHEESE obvs!)
Giant fireplace to snuggle by 
3 areas of fun, music, cheese and wine to explore."

When - December 2017
Sat 16th - 8pm, Sun 17th - 2pm, & Sat 23rd - 12pm

Where - Studio 338, 338 Boord St, SE10 0PF

Tickets - £30 from The Giant Cheese Board here


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Link - Facebook event

The Mookrata Thai BBQ Pop-up on Shaftesbury Avenue

Mookrata, a new pop-up, has opened in the space above Shuang Shuang at 64 Shaftesbury Avenue, taking the place of the Yamagoya noodle pop-up that has now moved to a permanent site.  Mookrata literally means Pork Barbeque in Thai, and the new six month pop-up will allow friends to cook together on a grill, and have a traditional hot pot.  It's open daily from 12 noon - Can't wait to try this one!

"This December, Fah Sundravorakul, Founder of hot pot specialists Shuang Shuang, will launch a brand new pop up, ‘Mookrata’, on Shaftesbury Avenue, bringing a delicacy from his native Thailand to London for the very first time. Popular amongst locals in Thailand and drawing influence from China and Korea, Mookrata combines a traditional hot pot with a Korean barbecue, allowing guests to cook together, whilst creating their own combinations.
Traditionally shared between families and friends, diners are seated in groups around a hot pot of simmering broth, with the grill dome in the centre. Sliced meat including marinated pork, pork belly, black pepper beef and rib eye can be cooked on the grill, using tongs, while other meat cuts and vegetables such as Choi Sum, Julienne cabbage and assorted mushrooms are cooked in the soup. To complete the dish, diners can choose from a selection of nam chim, spicy Thai dipping sauces of Lime and Chilli, Hot & Sour, and a special Mookrata sauce. All combinations are possible but recipe cards are also available to recreate Thailand’s traditional and most loved combinations."

When - From December 2017 - May 2018 - Daily
Sun-Thurs: 12:00-23:00
Fri & Sat: 12:00-23:30

Where - On 1st Floor of Shuang Shuang, 64 Shaftesbury Ave, W1D  6LU


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Link - Article on Hot Dinners

Sticky Beaks' Friday Night Feasts at Pillars Brewery in Walthamstow

Sticky Beaks is hosting 2 Friday night dinners at Pillars Brewery in Walthamstow on 15th & 22nd  December 2017, following on from three successful ones by Linnet's Kitchen.  Structured around a traditional Christmas dinner, it costs just £20 for 3 courses.  There will be decorations, Christmas tunes, and since you're in a brewery, lots of booze.  Book now!

"Imagine eating a mouth-watering Christmas dinner without emergency chairs or Uncle Knobhead at the table. Sounds delightful, right? Now imagine eating that delicious spread in the relaxed ambience of your favourite brewery, perhaps with a cold pint of craft lager to wash it down. Well, what if we tell you that you don’t have to imagine anymore? Pillars Brewery presents Friday Night Festive Grub Club! 
In the run up to Christmas we’ll be hosting three Friday evenings filled with gluttonous fare! They’ll be festive tunes, Christmas decorations and most importantly a delectable 3-course meal served up by Sticky Beaks. All this for only £20 per person! Dinner will start from 7pm and last seating will be 9.30pm."

When - Fridays 15th & 22nd December 2017
Seatings from 7pm

Where - Pillars Brewery, Unit 2 Ravenswood Industrial Estate, E17 9HQ

Booking - £20 per head - Please book ahead by emailing

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Link - Facebook event

The #CookForSyria Pop-up Cafe in Monmouth Street, Covent Garden

Pic by @clerkenwellboyec1 on instagram

#CookForSyria, the charity project run by Clerkenwell Boy and friends, has just opened a pop-up cafe at 36 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials (formerly La Bottega).  It's open daily til Christmas Eve, and has food from Imad's Syrian Kitchen, plus #BakeForSyria cakes, the #CookForSyria recipe book, and lots more.  Go!

"We're OPEN!
Come visit our #CookForSyriaCafe @7dialslondon (36 Monmouth Street) for coffee, tea, delicious #BakeForSyria inspired cakes, plus the tastiest mezze & hummus bowls by @imadssyriankitchen
Pick up jams from @newtonandpott plus our #CookForSyriaRecipeBook
Our #charity pop-up is OPEN DAILY until Xmas Eve with proceeds donated to @unicef_uk to help children affect by war
To volunteer or donate, email
Amazing installation donated by our friends @tregothnan
So proud of the whole team of volunteers for pulling this together in just 48hrs!"

When - Daily until 24th December 2017

Where - 36 Monmouth St, WC2H 9DA


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Link - Clerkenwell Boy on Instagram

Friday, 8 December 2017

Pop-ups in London - 8th - 15th December 2017

The #CookForSyria Pop-up Cafe in Monmouth Street, Covent Garden - Daily

This week's new listings in red

This Weekend Only - Fri 1st - Sun 3rd

Linnet's Kitchen's Friday Christmas Supperclubs at Pillars Brewery in E17 - Friday
* Pexmas - A Christmas Festival in Peckham - Sat & Sun
* The Renegade Craft Fair at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane - Sat & Sun

Winter & Christmas Pop-ups

* The Bubble Bros' Christmas Spritz Bar in E2 - Opens Mon 11th
The #CookForSyria Pop-up Cafe in Monmouth Street, Covent Garden - Daily
* The Cookhouse Christmas Series in Borough Market - Weds-Sun
Jimmy Garcia's The Lodge Fondue Pop-up on The South Bank - Daily
John Lewis' Winter Rooftop Pop-up in Oxford Street, with The Ethicurean Restaurant - Daily

Food & Drink

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The Budapest Bar’s 3 month Pop-up in Bethnal Green - Tues - Sat
* Cooking Happy's Weekly Thai Pop-up in Peckham - Sun
The Deptford Esquire Pop-up Micro Pub & Restaurant - Where Lahore Meets London - Fri & Sat
Elaine & Pete's Dining Room Pop-up in Essex Road N1 - Thurs-Sat
fodder's December Residency at Curio Cabal in Kingsland Road, E8 - Fri-Sun
Freakscene - Scott Hallsworth's new pop-up, in Clerkenwell - Tues-Sat
The HARA Vegetarian Brunch Pop-up in London Fields - Sat & Sun
Little Nan's Pop-up Bar in Forest Hill - Fri & Sat
* Meat-Up's Pop-up Burger Kitchen in Chelsea - Daily

Streetfood Markets

Dinerama - The Streetfood Market in Shoreditch - Weds-Sat
Hawker House in Canada Water - Fri & Sat
KERB's Streetfood Market in Camden - Daily 
Parm Star and Friends 'Inder The Bridge' on the South Bank - Daily
Street Feast’s Giant Robot  in Canary Wharf - Daily 

Pub & Bar Residencies - Often Open 6 or 7 Days a Week

Boustead & Bidois' Residency at the Shrub & Shutter in Brixton - Tues - Sat
Burgerac's Burgershack Pop-up at The Royal Oak in Marylebone - Mon - Sat
Club Mexicana's Mexican Vegan Streetfood Residency at Pamela in Dalston - Tues-Sat
Craving Coffee's #TottenhamSocial Streetfood Nights in N15 - Thurs - Sat

* Cucina Rustica's Winter Sicilian Residency at Blend in N8 - Weds-Sun
Cue Point's BBQ at The Rose & Crown in Kentish Town - Weds-Sun
GoneBurger's 6 Month Residency at The Three Compasses in Dalston - Daily
Lion City Kitchen's Singaporean Residency at The King & Co in Clapham - Daily
Malt+Pepper's Residency at The All Inn One in Forest Hill - Daily
Oxalis' Residency at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho - Mon-Sat
Prairie Fire BBQ's 6 Month Pop-up at The Prince in N22 - Thurs-Sun
The Raclette Bar above The Clapham North Pub in SW9 - Daily
Rati's Kitchen's Kolkata Street Food at Two Spoons in SE23 - Fri & Sat
Slow Richie's Residency at Brick Brewery in Peckham - Weds-Sat
* What The Dickens!' December Residency at The Duke's Head in Highgate - Daily

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See all the Shops on a Map *

Boxpark Pop-up Retail Mall in Shoreditch
Brands Popping Up at Old Street Station
Help Refugees' 'Choose Love' Charity Pop-up Shop in Soho for Christmas 2017 - Daily
The Kingsman x Mr Porter 2017 Pop-up Shop in Piccadilly - Mon - Sat
London Designers' Collective's Christmas Pop-up Shop in Kensington - Daily
* Paxton's Pop-up Chocolate Shop in Old Street Station - Opens Mon 11th
The Renegade Craft Fair at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane - Sat 9th & Sun 10th
Tom Kilgallon's Footwear Pop-up near Angel - Daily

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

What The Dickens!' December Residency at The Duke's Head in Highgate

What The Dickens! has taken over the kitchen at The Duke's Head in Highgate for Christmas 2017, serving their traditional British food, including sausages, Guinness-braised Dexter Beef and lots more.  Perfect for getting you into the festive mood, and great pub food too.  Serving daily til January - get involved!

"We’re all about traditional Victorian grub, and it’s our dream to get everyone eating and appreciating these time-honoured, classic British dishes.
We aim to cook as close to the historical recipe as possible, work closely with suppliers and make as much as possible from scratch, to give you as close to the real deal as possible."

When - Daily for December 2017
Monday - Sunday, 12 noon til 10pm

Where - The Duke's Head, 16 Highgate High St, N6 5JG


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Link 1 - What The Dickens! on Twitter
Link 2 - The Duke's Head

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Sunday, 3 December 2017

Cucina Rustica's Winter Sicilian Residency at Blend in N8

Cucina Rustica, one of the most active pop-ups over the past couple of years, is taking over the kitchen at Blend in Green Lanes, N8, for three months of Sicilian dining, running to the end of February 2018.  It's a great menu, including Gio's great arancini balls, and new additions for this run include Artichoke Tortellini, Lasagne Diavolo - with fiery nduja sausage - and even a burger, with crisp chicken steak and mozzarella.  Can't wait to visit!

"Cucina Rustica celebrates its eighth pop-up with a menu that showcases traditional Italian food inspired by London.
Expect our famous arancini balls, chicken milanese burger, lasagne diavolo and Italian churros.
A select choice of cocktails, imported Italian beer and authentic house wines are also available."

When - From Weds 6th December 2017
Wednesday - Sunday 6pm - 11pm til end of Feb 2018

Where - Blend Cafe, 587 Green Lanes, London N8 0RG


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Link - Cucina Rustica - inc full menu