Tuesday, 26 July 2016

London Private Dining with Grub Club

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"Looking to dine beyond the restaurant? Grub Club has been changing the way we dine for the past 3 years. It all began in 2010 when Liv and Sid, two foodies met in the jungles of South India.

Grub Club specialise in night after night of bespoke dining, all with talented chefs inside the most unique spaces! Since launch, they have had chefs go on to set up restaurants and some have left restaurants to  work full time with Grub Club.

Now they are giving you the chance to create your own pop up. You can choose from their 1,000 venues and pick one of their 500 chefs to create your own special evening. It will change the way you look at Private Dining

You can celebrate everything from birthdays to engagement parties. Grub Club  have a range of chefs from Michelin trained  to Cordon Bleu graduates all with a passion to create experiences you will remember"

Link - Grub Club's Private Dining

Monday, 25 July 2016

Cucina Rustica's Italian Residency at The Rose and Crown in Kentish Town

Cucina Rustica, a hyperlocal Italian pop-up kitchen, is coming to The Rose and Crown in Torriano Avenue, NW5 for 3 months from 2nd August 2016.  Founded by Giorgio Fabian Honey, it builds on both is Sicilian heritage, and the idea of locally sourced food, to bring something special to Kentish Town.  It'll be serving daily in the pub, from 6pm during the week, and from 2pm at weekends.  Go!

"Having grew up in a Sicilian family, as a little chubby kid running around the kitchens of his families six restaurants, cooking was always going to be like a second nature. With a previous style of original, LA inspired fusion food Giorgio strips back all of his past gimmicks and brings with him a menu that is influenced by classic, rustic Italian/Sicilian street food and small plate modern antipasti.
​Here at the Rustic Kitchen we try our hardest to source the most local ingredients to wherever we set up shop.
​With our first residency being held in Kentish Town NW5 we are currently sourcing our artisan bread from an independant baker in N10 who also uses beer brewed in N10 as a ferment, freshly made pasta from NW10, vegboxes from NW5, homegrown herbs from NW3 and meat from a local butcher in NW5."

When - Daily for 3 months from 2nd August 2016
Monday - Friday 6pm - 10pm
Saturday - Sunday 2pm - 10pm

Where - The Rose & Crown, 71-73 Torriano Ave, NW5 2SG


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Link 1 - Rustica Kitchen
Link 2 - The Rose & Crown on Twitter

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Cocktails in the City's Summer 2016 Festival in Bedford Square

Cocktails in the City's summer festival returns to the capital on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th July 2016.  Taking place in the lovely Bedford Square Gardens, there will be over 25 bars serving up wonderful and imaginative cocktails, plus live music, street food, and interactive masterclasses so that you can hone your own skills.

"Following the roaring success of the last sell out event, Cocktails in the City, London’s greatest cocktail party, returns with the hugely popular Summer Edition. On Friday 29th and Saturday 30th July 2016, Cocktails in the City will once again gather twenty-five of London’s most exciting bars beneath the green canopies of London’s Bedford Square Gardens for a sunny two-day celebration of the city’s unique and diverse drinking scene.
For this cocktail weekender, Cocktails in the City has once again carefully curated an eclectic array of London’s finest bars who will set up shop, pop-up style in an elegant and leafy Georgian square. From exclusive institutions to elusive speakeasies and brand new haunts, each bar will be vying for the limelight, offering unique cocktail tastings, interactive demonstrations, games and entertainment.
Produced by one of London’s most exciting events companies B&H Group (The Blitz Party, Prohibition, The Chap Olympiad) guests are greeted with an immersive and interactive experience. Expect to sample incredible cocktails from London’s top bars, taste unusual and rare ingredients, lend a hand to the world’s finest bartenders in interactive masterclasses and watch talented mixologists put their personal twists on new summer creations.
Additionally to the 25 pop-up bars, Bourne & Hollingsworth will be providing a special series of Spirited Sermons throughout the day, interactive spirit masterclasses hosted by ambassadors and master distillers. Spirited Sermons will take London’s cocktail enthusiasts and aficionados on a journey that explores such subjects as healthy drinking, the origins of rum and Mayan Balché.
Soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the very best in cocktail entertainment in the beautiful green surroundings of Bedford Square Gardens.
Confirmed Bars as of June 24th
Powder Keg Diplomacy & Plymouth Gin
Little Bat & El Dorado Rum
Reverend JW Simpson & Yaguara Cachaça
Bart’s & Copperhead Gin
The Bloomsbury Club Bar & Courvoisier
7 Tales & Banks Rum
Graphic & Hayman’s Gin
Opium & Mezan Rum
Aqua Shard & Tanqueray No. TEN
Blind Pig & Woodford Reserve
The Cocktail Trading Co. & Funkin Cocktails
Three Six Six Six & Lanique
Looking Glass Cocktail Club & Aviation Gin
Fontaine’s Bar and Naked Grouse
Big Chill Bar & Santa Teresa Rum
Hush & Crystal Head
First Aid Box & Chambord
Foxlow & Rittenhouse Rye
Loves Company & Reyka Vodka
Fifteen & Langley's Gin
Cahoots & Sauvelle Vodka
London Cocktail Club & El Jimador
Loves Company & Reyka Vodka
*Additional Confirmed bars and entertainment will be announced regularly throughout June/July"

When - Friday 29th & Saturday 30th July 2016
Friday - 4pm - 9.30pm
Satuday - 12 noon - 4pm, and 5pm - 9.30pm

Where - Bedford Square Gardens, Bloomsbury, WC1H 3HH

Tickets - From £15 from Design My Night here


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Link - Cocktails in the City

Thursday, 21 July 2016

The Summer Sky Riviera Pop-up at Searcys The Gherkin in the City

This summer Searcys The Gherkin is being transformed into a Summer Sky Riviera, with inspiration from the style and feel of the French Riviera of the 1950s.  There will be a special menu, special cocktails in collaboration with Tanqueray No. TEN gin, and of course the most amazing views over London.  Do it!

"Following on from the success of last years Riad at the top of the Gherkin, we are delighted to announce hot off the press that this year the 40th floor of this amazing building will be transformed into a Summer Sky Riviera from the 25th July to 1st September 2016.
Elevated 180 metres above street level in one of London’s most recognisable skyscrapers, Level 40 at The Gherkin will be transformed into a timeless and atmospheric summer scene from the 1950’s French Riviera. Inspired by the Côte d’Azur, the venue will ooze glamour, classic chic and sophistication in an elegant environment. The interior will represent an evening spent by the Riviera with wave sound illusions as you enter the rooftop, palm tree reflections throughout the space, and nautical striped sun loungers from which to enjoy the evening.
Six week Summer Pop-Up (25th July to 1st September) with bookings open to the general public for a limited edition menu from 9th May
Design inspiration from the 1950’s French Riviera, exhibited in one of the most iconic buildings in London with outstanding 360 degree views.
Fresh and authentic food menu inspired by a journey through Provence
Beautifully crafted cocktail menu in collaboration with Tanqueray No. TEN gin
Entertainment space available for one off events and weddings
Restaurant & Bar bookings: selected dates available for lunch and dinner will be taken from 9th May for Lunch and dinner bookings from 25th July to 1st September via www.searcysthegherkin.co.uk or 020 7071 5025"

When - Monday 25th July - 1st September 2016
Restaurant - open every lunchtime 12.00-2.30 dinner 6pm-9pm
Bar - open every lunchtime 12.00-2.30 evening 6pm-late

Where - Searcys The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8EP

Booking - From Searcy's here (bar) - and here (restaurant)


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Link - Searcy's

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Pop-ups in London - 22nd - 29th July 2016

The Moretti Gran Tour 2016 Authentic Italian Festival in the Old Truman Brewery, E1 - Daily til Sunday

This week's new listings in red

Food & Drink

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A Grape Night In's Unwined Wine Bar & Restaurant in Tooting - Daily

* The Battersea Canteen's Free Tuesday Dinners from Surplus Food - Tuesdays
The Burgers@N8 Pop-up Shipping Container Restaurant in Crouch End - Tues - Sun
The Chicken of The Woods Supper Club in Crouch End - Fri & Sat
* Delish Thai's Friday and Sunday Pop-ups in Greenwich - Fri & Sun
* Grub Club's Olympic Supper Club Series at Anise Bar near Liverpool Street - Mon-Weds
* Kino Vino's July Dinner based on Tarkovsky’s The Mirror with Olia Hercules in E5 - Sat 23rd
* The Laksa Kitchen's Two Week Pop-up At The Tolli Cafe in Kentish Town - Fri - Sun
Little Nan's Pop-up Rio Bar at The Rio Cinema in Dalston - Weds - Sat
* Pesky's Two Week Vegan & Pescetarian Residency at The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick - Mon-Sat
The Platform 1 'Permanent Pop-up' Restaurant in East Dulwich - Weds - Sun
* Portobello Road Gin's Summer Pop-up Bar in Covent Garden - Thurs - Sat
The Rhone Touch Wine Exhibition with Pop-up Bar & Restaurant near King's Cross - Daily (Not Mon)
Saigon Streat's Regular Vietnamese Pop-ups in Hither Green (Thurs) and Greenwich (Fri & Sat) 
Street Feast's Hawker House in Canada Water - Fri - Sat
#TottenhamSocial Thursday & Friday Street Food Residencies at Craving Coffee in N15 - Thurs & Fri

Rooftop & Open Air

Brixton Beach Boulevard Rooftop Bars and Diners for Summer 2016 - Thurs-Sun
C FOOD's Sunday Night Mediterranean Courtyard Dinners in Camberwell - Sundays
Dalston Yard 2016 - Street Food Night Market & Bars in E8 - Fri - Sat
Dinerama - The Streetfood Market in Shoreditch - Thurs-Sat
Frank's Cafe - Peckham's Rooftop Pop-up - Tues-Sun
Notch London Rooftop Bar for Cocktails & Food near Marble Arch - Daily
'Pergola on The Roof' Rooftop Pop-up with 4 Restaurants in Shepherds Bush
 - Weds-Sun
The Queen of Hoxton's Summer of Love Rooftop Bar for Summer 2016 - Mon-Sat

Pub Residencies - Often Open 6 or 7 Days a Week

Allihopa's July Residency at The Duke's Head in Highgate - Daily
Burger And Beyond's Residency at The Star of Bethnal Green - Daily
Dough Bro's 6 Month Pizza Residency at Wild Card Brewery in Walthamstow - Sat & Sun
Dub Plates Kitchen's Residency at Unwined in Tooting - Thurs - Sun
Eastern Bloc's Thursday Nights at The Waverley Arms in Peckham - Thursdays
Oh My Dog's Hotdog & Burger Residency at The Horatia, N7 - Daily
Sambal Shiok's 6 Month Laksa Residency at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho - Tues-Sat
Sho Food Doh's 5 Night A Week Japanese Street Food at Pacific Social Club in Clapton - Tues - Sat
Slow Down Food's El Barrio Mexican Residency at The Shop in NW10 - Tues - Sun
Slow Richie's Residency at Brick Brewery in Peckham - Weds-Sat
Squid Kitchen's Three Month Residency at The Rose and Crown in NW5 - Tues, Thurs - Sun
Stephen Fries Burgers 6 Month Residency at The 3 Compasses in Dalston - Mon-Sat
Tiberi's Barcelona Dishes at The King & Co in Clapham - Daily
Yeah Burger's Residency at The Strongroom in Curtain Road - Daily
The 'Yeah! Grills' Residency at The Victoria in Dalston - Daily
Yolk's 6 Month Residency at The Duke of Wellington in Dalston - 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
By Rory & Taylor Morris' Summer Pop-up Shop in Portobello Road - Daily
The Harry Potter 'House of MinaLima' Pop-up Shop in Soho - Daily
Magnum's 2016 'Design Your Own Magnum' Pop-up Shop near Bond Street - Daily
The Punk Pop-up Shop at the British Library - Daily
* YouTube Vloggers The Narrative Creators' Pop-up Shop at Boxpark in E1 - 25th - 31st

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Birdies' Rooftop Crazy Golf Course in Stratford - Tues - Sun
Rooftop Film Club's 2016 Summer Screenings in Peckham, Shoreditch, Stratford and Kensington 


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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

YouTube Vloggers The Narrative Creators' Pop-up Shop at Boxpark in E1

2 vloggers - YouTube video bloggers - are opening a pop-up shop at Boxpark, Bethnal Green Road, for one week from 25th - 31st July 2016.  the two are Steve Booker, Ben Brown, and they'll be inviting friends down to hang out, including Adrian Bliss and Suli Breaks.  They'll also be selling merchandise like prints and accessories, plus holding live events, and of course making and posting films throughout the week.

"Steve Booker and Ben Brown, two of the UK’s most influential creators working across YouTube and beyond, are playing host to an entirely unique 7 day pop up shop - The Narrative Creators. 
Ben and Steve, plus select guests, including Adrian Bliss and Suli Breaks, will be bringing their merchandise, photographs, a schedule of live fan events and much more to Boxpark Shoreditch from July 25th - 31st.
It is the first time YouTube creators have developed product to be sold in a store fully designed and created by them in a respected retail environment like Boxpark. 
All of the popup merchants are part of The Narrative Digital Studios who are working with the most talented digital creators with craft. Lifestyle and fashion film maker, Steve Booker, will be making a limited line of clothing of his first solo label ‘Our New Chapter’. Inspired by his experiences as a travel vlogger and the YouTube community, the range celebrates how YouTube creators forge their own path, created content for themselves and highlights a generation who do not wait for opportunities to be offered to them, they instead create their own.
Daily vlogger and adventure film maker, Ben Brown, is also launching a new limited range of merchandise designed in collaboration with American designer iamsloth. This range was inspired by his experiences across the world, drawing upon his inspirations, passion and philosophies across clothing and lifestyle. In addition there will be a few twists on old classics celebrating 5 years of travel and a lifetime of learnings. Beyond clothing, Ben and Steve are offering prints of their original photography, posters and original merchandise from some of Ben and Steve’s fellow YouTube creators and a chance to have a sneak peak at a T V project the duo have been working on for 6 months."

When - Monday 25th - Sunday 31st July 2016

Where - Boxpark, Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6GY


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Link - The Narritive

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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Delish Thai's Friday and Sunday Pop-ups in Greenwich

Delish Thai are running two regular pop-ups in Greenwich SE10.  Friday nights are at The Ashburnham Arms in Ashburnham Grove, while Sunday nights are at The Plumtree Cafe in Greenwich High Road.  Expect great home-cooked Thai food from a Thai woman who learnt her craft helping her mum, with fresh authentic ingredients.  Go!

"If you've been craving for Thai food, but are sick of those non-authentic takeaways, this could be the answer to your prayers!
Delish Thai run by a woman from Thailand who learnt how to cook from her mum since she was 8 years old (obviously she started out as just the helper!) Her family owned a restaurant back in Thailand for over 20 years, so her Thai cooking is the real deal ;)
Delish Thai has done a couple of pop-up Thai restaurants in Greenwich and had incredible feedback. Their cooking is more like home-cooked style than restaurant. They use fresh and authentic ingredients."

When - The Ashburnham Arms - Fridays 6-10pm for Summer 2016

Where - The Ashburnham Arms, 25 Ashburnham Grove, London SE10 8UH (Only Summer 2016)


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When - The Plumtree café - Sundays 6.30-10pm

Where - The Plumtree café, 241 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8NB


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Link - Delish Thai