Sunday, 23 July 2017

The 'Lucky & Joy' Regional Chinese Pop-up Restaurant in Bethnal Green

Lucky & Joy is a one month pop-up from Ellen Parr of The ARt of Dining, and Pete Kelly, focussng on regional Chinese cuisine.  It popped up earlier this year at Craving Coffee, and is now back for a longer run, this time in one of the railway arches on Bethnal Green Road.  Open daily from 1st to 30th August, expect dishes like Xinjiang cumin lamb ribs, and steamed fish with black beans.  Also, their new bar, The New Leaf, run by The Art of Drinking will in the arch next door, so make sure you visit that too!

"This August, Ellen Parr, co-founder of The Art of Dining and Pete Kelly will bring their Chinese pop-up, Lucky & Joy to East London with a residency on Cambridge Heath Road. Following a run of successful pop-ups in Tottenham and Hackney’s Institute of Light, the team will bring their bold take on regional Chinese cooking to a new home.
The menu will map the breadth of regional Chinese cooking, collected on their travels through China’s more remote corners alongside vibrant flavours influenced by Ellen’s time spent in the kitchens of Moro and Rochelle Canteen. Dishes will include Xinjiang cumin lamb ribs hailing from the provence of North-West Muslim China, as well as the numbing heat of Sichuan cooking with Bang Bang Chicken Salad. Xi’an style potatoes will celebrate flavours from the heart of China whilst, heading further south, following an ancient tea route, dishes such as steamed fish with black beans and tea leaf salad will showcase flavours from the Yunnan province laying on the border of Vietnam.
“We’ve just got back from a trip to China and are bursting with inspiration for our new home - we were lucky to travel to some crazy, isolated places and delve further into regional intricacies and flavour profiles. Chinese custom dictates that dinnertime is all about sharing and we’re excited to get everyone together around the table to discover more of the food we’ve fallen in love with” says Ellen.
Accompanying the food, a short wine list will be a laidback affair, championing young, environmentally conscious producers, with sparkling wines taking centre stage to compliment the heat of the dishes. Taking over the railway arch, Lucky & Joy’s signature pink lighting and kitsch flowers will contrast the exposed brickwork and industrial tables and chairs.
In the adjoining arch, Lucky & Joy will be joined by The New Leaf, a bar brought to you by The Art of Drinking. Inspired by the bars which litter Beijing’s hutong alleyways, the bar will echo the brash modernity of a flourishing metropolis with neon lighting, offset by traditional Chinese lanterns. An eclectic, rotating cocktail list devised by Pete will pillage the kitchen pantry of Asian fruits and spices, featuring Togarashi spiced yuzu sake slushee, Grilled peach margaritas and Lemongrass shochu cocktails. There will also be a dedicated bar snack menu with bao buns, Tornado potatoes and a BBQ in the garden cooking up Lamb shoulder kebab and BBQ aubergine and tofu with Kaffir lime and lemongrass.
“We wanted to bring together everything we love about China’s food scene, from the rural cooking of the North West to the big city spirit of Beijing. With both the bar and restaurant we’ve been able to truly showcase our own slice of the Orient” adds Pete.
Lucky and Joy will also be open at lunchtime serving simple, stripped back rice bowls whilst DJs will be on hand until late over the weekend to truly capture the vibrancy and vivacity of Beijing by night.
Lucky & Joy launch their residency under the arches at Cambridge Heath from 1st August."

When - 1st - 30th August 2017
Opening Hours:
Sunday – Wednesday 12 noon until 11pm
Thursday until midnight
Friday – Saturday until 1am

Where - 298-299, Railway Arches, Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9HA


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Masterchef's Billy & Jack's One Month Pop-up at the Royal Festival Hall near Waterloo

Billy & Jack, who appeared in last year's Masterchef, are opening a pop-up restaurant with Silent Pool Gin at the Royal Festival Hall in Waterloo for one month, between 30th July and 28th August, Wednesdays to Sundays.  They will be cooking an early dinner on Wednesdays and Fridays at £25, a weekend bottomless brunch (£45, or £25 without booze), and a summer feast Wednesdays to Sundays (£45).  Booking is essential, and some sittings have already sold out - hurry!

"For one month only, MasterChef duo Billy and Jack bring their sell-out supper club to Southbank Centre.
This is your chance to sample the boys’ fun and inventive dishes, all while enjoying breathtaking views from the top of one of London’s iconic landmarks.
Billy and Jack celebrate the familiar, much-loved flavours of summer with their fun and inventive style of cooking, while showcasing the best seasonal produce available.
The menu includes salted Cornish sardines with heritage tomatoes and roasted quinoa; Notting Hill Carnival-inspired jerk hangar steak; and the boys’ cheeky tribute to Wall’s iconic Fab ice lolly.
If it couldn’t get any better, Three Girls Cook – MasterChef 2017 finalists Alison, Giovanna and Lorna – guest host on Thursday 10, Friday 11 and Saturday 12 August. Having impressed the judges on this year’s show, they’re now great friends who love to cook together.
Bottomless Brunch
Join Billy and Jack for brunch and help yourself to dishes served family style, pastries and some beautiful desserts created especially for brunch. Teas and coffees are included. An optional unlimited booze package is available for those who think it’s never too early (like the boys!)
11.30am – 1.30pm
With bottomless alcoholic drinks £45
Or without alcoholic drinks £25
Early Supper
Enjoy a selection of sharing small plates and dessert for an early supper before hitting the town, or before one of the amazing shows at Southbank Centre. A full drinks menu is available.
5.30pm – 7pm - £25
Summer Feast
Billy and Jack serve up three courses of family-style dining. It starts with beautiful small plates, bread and butters, followed by a sharing main with a mixture of sides and a banging dessert to finish. A full drinks menu is available (so there’s no excuse!).
7.30pm – 10.30pm - £45"

When - Sunday 30th Jul 2017 - Monday 28th Aug 2017 - Wednesdays to Sundays
Weekend Bottomless Brunch - 11.30am - 1.30pm - £45 (£25 without alcohol)
Weds & Fri - Early Supper - 5.30pm - 7pm - £25
Weds - Sun - Summer Feast - 7.30pm - 10.30pm - £45

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

Tickets - Book here


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Link 2 - Billy & Jack on Twitter

The #BakeForSyria Food Festival in Columbia Road, E2

A cake from Henrietta Inman
Bake For Syria is street food market happening for one day only on Saturday 29th July 2017 in Columbia Road E2, where the flower market happens every Sunday.  Organised by Lily Vanilli, Clerkenwell Boy and others, it's the latest project under the #CookForSyria charity project, raising money for Syrian refugees.  Expect a whole host of brilliant bakers - including Fatties Bakery, Henrietta Inman, Newton & Pott Preserves, Pizza Pilgrims, and Smokestak -  selling cakes, pies, pizza and more.  There will also be judging to crown a Bake Off winner from the chefs there on the day.  Bailey's are sponsoring (& bringing the cocktails) so all money spent at the stalls will go to charity.  Please support this!

"On Saturday 29 th July, #CookForSyria is hosting their first ever #BakeForSyria Charity Bake Off on Columbia Road East London in collaboration with some of the country’s very best bakers and bakeries.
The #CookForSyria initiative was initiated by Award Winning Instagrammer Clerkenwell Boy, Suitcase Magazine editor-in- chief and founder, Serena Guen, and NEXTGeneration London in 2016 in London and has now expanded to Melbourne, Sydney and will soon launch in New York. The aim of this event, and collaboration with renowned baker Lily Vanilli, is to celebrate Syrian culture and cuisine, which is one of the oldest in the world, and help raise funds for Syria and the region affected by one of the largest humanitarian crisis of our time via NEXTGen London.
Taking place on Saturday 29th July from 10am to 5pm, an exciting selection of bakeries and restaurants from around the city are taking over Columbia Road for #BakeForSyria. Each trader has been invited to take part and has been asked to put a ‘Syrian inspired twist’ on one of their favourite baked goods or dishes exclusively for #BakeForSyria. 
Syrian cuisine is one of the oldest in the world and reflects the country’s rich cultural heritage with influences from across the Middle East and beyond. Expect Syrian influenced dishes from over 15 traders, live music and a cake competition for aspiring bakers who can bring along their very best Syrian inspired baking by 3pm to impress the judges, including Rosie Birkett, Chetna Makan, Lily Vanilli and more. The winner’s recipe will be featured on the #CookForSyria website alongside Syrian dishes from some of the country’s favourite bakeries and chefs.
Bailey’s are partnering with #BakeForSyria, allowing bakers and chefs to donate 100% of their sales to NEXTGen London."

When - Saturday 29th July 2017, 10am - 5pm

Where - Columbia Road, E2 7RG


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Link - Facebook event

Colombian Street Kitchen's July & August Residency at Blend in N8

Colombian Street Kitchen is having a short residency at Blend in Green Lanes, N8, running Wednesday to Saturday evenings until 1st September.  Expect generous portions of delicious South American food, all of it gluten free, and lots of vegetarian options too.  Go!

"The food extravaganza at blend continues without a break! For the summer we have an exciting new resident: the Colombian Street Kitchen will be at blend Wednesday to Saturday evenings for 7 weeks. Think ceviche, empanadas, arepa (corn pancakes) and patacones (plantain fritters).
Esteban Arboleda has previously made his name at local street food markets and during a hugely successful residency at Wood Green’s Green Rooms. There are options for vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free customers and there are many child friendly dishes."

When - Wednesday 19 July to Saturday 01 September at blend
Wednesday - Saturday evenings, 5.30pm - 9.30pm

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


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Link 2 - Colombian Street Kitchen

Polaroid's 80th Anniversary Pop-up Shop in Boxpark Shoreditch

Polaroid is 80 years old (amazingly), and to celebrate they are opening a pop-up shop in Boxpark in Shoreditch.  It'll be open from Tuesday 25th to Friday 28th July only, and be full of both their classic and their latest cameras, including a first look at the forthcoming Polaroid Pop instant digital camera and Polaroid Hoop intelligent home camera, and chances to win prizes throughout the week.

"Polaroid, one of the world’s most iconic and recognisable brands, is set to celebrate its 80th anniversary in London with its first ever pop-up shop at well-known pop-up shopping destination BOXPARK. The store will give visitors an opportunity to try out the latest range of Polaroid instant print digital cameras and printers, as well as offering a trip down memory lane and a glimpse into the future with vintage Polaroid cameras on display alongside next generation models soon to be debuted.
Opening for business on 25th July, the Polaroid pop-up shop will stock the latest Polaroid Snap Touch instant print digital camera, the Polaroid Zip photo printer, which connects to your phone via Bluetooth to allow photo printing, and the Polaroid Cube+ HD lifestyle action camera with live streaming. A Polaroid Series 6 LED UHD Smart TV, available exclusively at ASDA, will also be on display with staff providing demos of the Polaroid Print Store App, which allows you to order packs of classic Polaroid prints in a keepsake box.
Visitors will get an exclusive first look at the forthcoming Polaroid Pop instant digital camera and Polaroid Hoop intelligent home camera, and enjoy the opportunity to win a selection of Polaroid prizes throughout the week."

When - Tuesday 25th - Friday 28th July 2017

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


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Link - Polaroid

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Scott Hallsworth's Freakscene Pop-up in Farringdon

Freakscene is a new pop-up from Scott Hallsworth, the Australian chef who was formerly head chef at Nobu, and set up Kurobuta (which also started as a pop-up).  The new pop-up is now open daily at 91 Cowcross Street, just round the corner from Smithfield Market.  Expect dishes like Miso-grilled Black Cod Taco, and Tuna Sashimi Pizza.  Really looking forward to visiting this one!

When - Now open daily
Monday to Thursday 12pm-11:30pm
Friday & Saturday 12pm-12am
Sunday is currently BYO only 12pm-9:30pm

Where - 91 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6BH

Reservations - 07561 394 497


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Link - Freakscene - inc menu

Friday, 21 July 2017

Pop-ups in London - 21st - 28th July 2017

Linnet’s Kitchen's Streetfood Sunday Roast at Pillars Brewery E17 - Sundays

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Food & Drink

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Adam Simmonds' The Test Kitchen Pop-up Restaurant on Frith Street, Soho - Mon-Sat
Ben Spalding's Small Plates Sessions at Last Days of Shoreditch - Thurs-Sat
* The Bo Lo Bao Pop-up in Brick Lane - Sat 11am - 6pm
* The Budapest Bar & Kitchen Pop-up in Bethnal Green - Ends Sat 22nd
Carousel's Guest Chefs Season at at Tate Modern in SE1 - Fri-Sun
* The 'Fiz' Pop-up Sparkling Wine Bar in Soho - Daily
* Freakscene, Scott Hallsworth's new pop-up, in Clerkenwell - Daily
Frizzante's Thursday Night Agriturismo Supperclub in Hackney - Thursdays
Lele's July Supperclub in Clapton - Fri 21st
* A Little Lusciousness' Summer Supperclub in W9 - Sat
Oxalis' Summer Residency at Platform 1 in Dulwich - Thurs-Sun
Pop-up India at Proud East in Haggerston - Daily
* A Pizza Masterclass with Peroni Ambra in Somerset House - Sun
Prairie Fire's BBQ kitchen at Sourced Market in Marylebone - Mon-Fri for July
* SOOP Supper Club - Parcels of Love: Hafiza's Gateway to the Orient in SW11 - Thurs 27th
The Vurger Co’s Vegan Burger Sunday Brunch in E2 - Sundays

Open Air & Rooftop

* Ales Tales Belgian Beer Festival in Bethnal Green - Fri & Sat
Brixton Rooftop Beach - Weds-Sun
The Bussey Beer Garden Rooftop Pop-up Bar in Peckham - Fri & Sat
* Cocktails in the City in Bloomsbury - Fri 28th & Sat 29th
Dough Bro Pizza’s summer residency at the Camden Town Brewery in NW5 - Thurs-Sun
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
* KERB's Guilty Pleasures Streetfood Festival in King's Cross - Fri & Sat
The London Riviera by Tower Bridge - Daily
* The Martini Weekender at Hawker House in Canada Water - Fri - Sun
Midnight Apothecary Summer Rooftop Cocktail Bar 2017 in Rotherhithe - Fri & Sat
* The Peckham Craft Beer Festival in Copeland Park - Sat
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 & Bar Residencies - Often Open 6 or 7 Days a Week

Billy Smokes BBQ at the Institute of Light in E8 - Weds-Sun
Boustead & Bidois' Residency at the Shrub & Shutter in Brixton - Tues - Sat
Club Mexicana's Mexican Vegan Streetfood Residency at Pamela in Dalston - Tues-Sat
* Colombian Street Kitchen's residency at Blend in N8 - Weds-Sat
Craving Coffee's April 2017 #TottenhamSocial Streetfood Nights in N15 - Thurs - Sat
Cucina Rustica's 6 week Italian / Sicillian Residency at Unwined in Tooting - Thurs-Sun
da ja chicken's Residency at The Rose and Crown in Kentish Town - Tues-Sun
Eastern Bloc's 'Grilled, Charred & Smoked' July Residency at The King & Co in Clapham - Daily
Fowl Mouths' July Residency at All Inn One in SE23 - Tues-Sat
James Nicholson's Persian Residency at Louie Louie in SE17 - Weds - Sat
Lion City Kitchen’s Singaporean Residency at Two Spoons Cafe in Honor Oak - Fri & Sat
Linnet’s Kitchen's Streetfood Sunday Roast at Pillars Brewery E17 - Sundays
Lord Of The Wings' July Residency at The Duke's Head in Highgate - Daily
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
Piccadilly Pies' 6 Month Residency at The 3 Compasses, Dalston - Daily
The Prince's Street Food Residencies in Wood Green, N22 - Thurs-Sundays
Rati's Kitchen's Indian Residency at The Old Nun's Head in SE15 - Thurs & Fri
Slow Richie's Residency at Brick Brewery in Peckham - Weds-Sat
Tokunbo's Kitchen's Nigerian Residency at Green Rooms Hotel in N22 - Tues-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
Magnum's 'Design Your Own' Magnum Pop-up Shop in Seven Dials - Daily
* Polaroid's 80th Anniversary Pop-up Shop at Boxpark in Shoreditch - Opens 25th

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