8 Days a Week from London Pop-ups
Welcome to the newsletter. The aim is to give you notice of the best of the pop-up & short term things that are happening in London, with a focus on food.
This week we have -
Thursday - Thursday - Fondue, Mac & Cheese, & a Lobster Pot
Weekenders - Places open regularly Thurs - Sat / Sun
Coming Soon - Grub London’s Christmas Dinner Dance
Shop of The Week - The ‘Clapton Craft’ Beer Shop
8 Questions with - Pat from Duende SupperClub
What’s on this week
Thursday 5th December
(See also ‘Weekenders’ below - things from Thurs - Sun)
The first day of the Ooh Fondue Three Day Pop-up Restaurant near London Fields - Thurs - Sat
For three days from Thursday 5th December a fondue restaurant is opening near London Fields, with cheese from Neal's Yard, bread from the E5 Bakehouse, charcuterie from Borough Market, and wine from Borough Wines. They're taking over the Number One Cafe in Well St, for all three nights, and it's sure to be very popular.
The first day of India Hamilton's Pop-up Restaurant at the Winter Shuffle Festival in Mile End - until 15th
The ten day Winter Shuffle festival takes place at St Clements Hospital, a former mental health hospital in Mile End Road. Lots of events are planned for the festival with people like Danny Boyle, Nic Roeg and Jarvis Cocker all taking part - full programme here. During the festival India Hamilton will be managing the cafe, selling a set menu including Stew.
Dhruv Baker's 'Frida Kahlo' Mexican Dinner at The Artist Dining Room near Broadway Market
"The Winter months will heat up with a South American celebration of the life and works of fiery Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Guests will be taken on a journey of the palate whilst special Guest Host Pia Love leads an evening of multi-sensory exploration of muy caliente proportions.
Guest Chef Dhruv Baker, winner of MasterChef 2010 will creatively concoct a menu exploring Kahlo's experiences and artistic expressions, through a Mexican influenced 3-course meal. BYOB."
The first day of The King's Ginger Parlour at The Hoxton Hotel - Thurs - Sun
"The King’s Ginger Liqueur and east London’s Hoxton Hotel are thrilled to announce an exciting new collaboration: The King’s Ginger Parlour. The Edwardian Christmas pop-up bar will open on Thursday 5th December 2013, for four days only, in the atmospheric courtyard garden of The Hoxton Hotel. Five seasonal King’s Ginger cocktails have been specially created by drinks expert Dan Warner, to kick start this years festive celebrations."
Wunderland East German Winter Bar with food by Licky Chops at Climpson's Arch in London Fields - Thurs, Sat & Sun every week
Night Tales Winter Street Food and Music Residency in Dalston - Thurs - Sat
Friday 6th December
The first day of Nicos Popupalot's 1st Birthday Lobster Pot Pop-up in Bethnal Green - Also Sat
NicosPopUpAlot is back with another Lobster Pot event, to celebrate the first birthday of his first Lopbster Pot pop-up. You'll get lots of lobsters & other shellfish. Full menu on the flyer (click the link), and all together now... 'Buckets of Shellfish!'
The first day of The New Cross Dining Co's Decadent Winter Feast - Also Sat
"Don your finery, wrap-up in furs and make your way to our banqueting table in SE14 for two nights of feasting, revelry and elegant merriment.
Our wintery menus feature such delectable delights as: hot apple cider, home-cured salmon, sweet potatoes & truffle, duck, pork belly, poached peaches, champagne cream, apple & caramel crumble, and fig chutney."
Fingers & Thumbs' ‘Sticky Fingers’ Ribs Night in Hackney
"Are you ready to get dirty and finger lickin'?
Fingers and Thumbs source the freshest meat in the country so you can enjoy succulent, tender, falling apart at the bone dishes. The produce is not massaged by virgins but they are well looked after by experienced British experts who know what they are doing."
The first day of The Asia House Winter Fair in Marylebone - Fri - Sun
The Asia House Winter Fair is coming to Cavendish Street, Marylebone for 3 days in December, with lots of stalls from all over Asia showing and selling their wares. I went to the event in April, and was amazed by the quality and value offered. Definitely recommend this one for getting unusual Christmas presents!
Street Feast & Tweat Up's Hawker House near Cambridge Heath - Every Friday & Saturday until 14th Dec
A Grape Night In's Friday Night 'VINter Bar' in Balham - also Saturday
Saturday 7th December
The first day of When Mac Met Cheese's Weekend Pop-up in Shoreditch - Sat & Sun
When Mac Met Cheese - who make amazing mac & cheese and other dishes - have been off the radar for a while, but now they're back for one weekend only, on 7th & 8th December, at Translate Bar at the Shoreditch end of Kingsland Road. These ones are always popular - for good reason. No booking - just turn up.
The first day of United Ramen's Saturday Night & Sunday Lunch in Fitzrovia
"It's what you've all been waiting for, Ramen Nights! The brainboxes behind United Ramen are tearing up the popup scene with their slightly crazy-sounding fusion Ramen Nights, starting with Korean on 7th December. Imagine soup that's as nimble as a Japanese Samurai but as intriguing as Gangam Style...
They'll then continue their series of you-just-have-to-try it popups, with British, American & finally to Chinese fusion. United Ramen are on a mission to unite the world with Ramen, one bowl at a time."
The final The Argentinian Pizza Supper Club near Old Street for 2013 (we think)
Oli, an Argentinian musician and chef, has started a regular Sunday "Argentinian Pizza Supper Club" a cafe / gallery space off Old Street. It's £20 per head, and for that you get food (inc dessert) half a bottle of wine, and live music. This has been really popular - and this could be the last chance for a bit
Ben Spalding's 'NO RULES' Dinners in Shoreditch
Ben Spalding is back with a new concept called NO RULES - diners bring along two ingredients, their favourite and least favourite, and Ben and his team prepare and cook all of the food just a few feet from the diners. It sounds like an amazing 'chef's table' style experience and it's happening after hours at a coffee shop in Shoreditch, over five nights in the run up to Christmas.
Sunday 8th December
A Grape Night In's Winter Sunday Roast & Toast Pop-up near London Fields
“Chef Ricardo Prestes will be cooking up a storm in the kitchen to bring you delicious roasts every week, but we'll be putting a spin on tradition by bringing out the roast in 3 courses; 'The Veg' the starters, 'The Meat' for mains and 'The Sauce' becomes dessert. Roasts will alternate every week and vegetarian options will be available too.”
Monday 9th December
The first night of Grub's Two Christmas Feasts at The Bread and Roses in Clapham - Mon & Tues
Grub (not to be confused with Grub London, or Grub Club) are hosting two Christmas feasts at The Bread and Roses pub in Clapham on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th December. It promises to be quite a theatrical experience - and they suggest that guests should wear Christmas jumpers and wooly hats.
Stephen Fries Burger’s Burger Mondays at The Dissenting Academy in Newington Green
Tuesday 10th December
James Ramsden's Secret Larder Supper Club near Highbury & Islington
James Ramsden runs a very exclusive supper club from his home. Whenever I've looked at his site it's been booked up for months in advance, but now you can taste his food at a series of special Tuesday night events at a cafe near his home in December. Tickets are just £37 (£22 deposit payable in advance) and for that you get four courses, and BYOB with no corkage. Do it!
Wednesday 11th December
BOB's & Co's Six Month Pop-up at The Rising Sun near St Pauls - Monday - Friday every week
Having wowed the summer crowds at Borough Market with BOB's Lobster, BOB is back with B.O.B.'s & Co, a winter restaurant above the Rising Sun pub in Carter Lane. Full details are still to come, but they've spent weeks preparing the room upstairs, and they'll be serving a menu with lots of seafood, and not just lobster.
Thursday 12th December
The Mussel Men's Winter Pop-up in Kingsland Road, Dalston - Open 6 days a week
"Open 6 days a week, we’ll be maintaining their fantastic vibe of great food, crazy cocktails and some late night boogying! While adding our own sailor spin on things with new and exciting offerings such as a SEAFOOD FEASTING SUNDAY ROAST and obviously several thumb wars to the death!
We’re having a right royal knees up on the 27th November with a sea shanty band starting the night as we mean to go on. We’re inviting all our loyal sea maidens and courageous captains to board the ship and come and help us christen our new fine lady of the Dalston high seas!!!"
Weekenders - Things open Thurs - Sat / Sun
New - See them on a map
A Grape Night In's Friday Night 'VINter Bar' in Balham - Fri & Sat
Churchill's Port House for Port and Tapas in Soho - Thurs - Sat
The Craft Beer Club's Pop-up Pub in Shoreditch - Fri & Sat
Night Tales Winter Street Food and Music Residency in Dalston - Thurs - Sat for 6 weeks
Sho Foo Doh's Japanese Street Food Residency at Pacific Social Club in Hackney - Thurs - Sat
The Stew House Returns for 2013 in Hoxton - Thurs - Sun
Street Feast & Tweat Up's Hawker House near Cambridge Heath - also Saturday
The Wunderland East German Winter Bar with food by Licky Chops at Climpson's Arch in London Fields - Thurs, Sat & Sun every week
There are always lots of Supper Clubs happening too - Find a Supper Club here
New - See the supper clubs on a map
Coming Soon - Listings to make you hungry (& thirsty)
See them all here
Grub London's Christmas Dinner Dance in Stoke Newington - Fri 13th
"It's that time of year and to celebrate our first year of throwing amazing dinners in unusual spaces we are holding a one off special dinner dance in a secret warehouse in Dalston.
We will be serving a table banquet with large platters of glorious Grub in three courses. Wine will be served from a caravan bar and eclectic tunes from the 20th century will be spun by David the Grub DJ. The dance will continue after dinner till late."
Spaghetti No 5's Sicilian Supper Club in Bethnal Green - Fri 13th
"Spaghetti no.5 is hosting a new concept in the Italian dining experience via the joy of pasta and possibilities. It will be premiering its culinary delights in London at The Arch Gallery in Bethnal Green on 13 December where guests will be taken on an extraordinary sensory journey tasting traditional and contemporary twists on speciality dishes from the sun soaked mediterranean island of Sicily.
This event will immerse you into the vibrant spirit of sicilian life through eating, engaging and listening and entertainment with a peppercorn of education thrown in for good measure!"
Shop of the Week
The 'Clapton Craft' Beer Shop at London Borough of Jam in Clapton
"We will be joining Lillie at London Borough of Jam for a fortnight from Monday 2nd December in her beautiful shop just off of Chatsworth Road in Lower Clapton. We will be selling an eclectic but considered range of brews from London’s best microbreweries including seasonal brews like Partizan’s Christmas beer (barrel aged on sour cherries with ‘Brett’, 8.8%) as well as a few stars from nomadic Danish brewers To Øl and Mikkeller. We have some great gift packaging so you can make up your own six-packs for Christmas."
8 Questions with… Pat Lodge from Duende SupperClub
“As a result of over 15 years running his own restaurant in Cartagena in Spain, our chef José Botella has developed a signature style of cuisine. Although his focus is primarily on Mediterranean-style dishes, he is also strongly influenced by his multi-cultural experience of life in London, particularly by both Japanese and British cuisines, leading him to develop a style he calls 'LondonMed', a term that reflects the immense, exciting potential of fusion cuisine.”
Next event is on Sat 14th
I can’t live without my...
Slightly knackered iPad.
The last music I downloaded was...
Shulamith by Poliça and Tales of Us by Goldfrapp.
My favourite local restaurant is...
Ganapati in Bellenden
My favourite local pub is...
The Rye - for their 'Beast and Bordeaux' nights, especially!
I always get inspired when I visit...
London's theatres... I've seen some awesome stuff this year.
My favourite London website is...
Time Out and East Dulwich Forum
I’ve only just discovered that...
A few drops of liquid milk thistle extract before you go to bed can really help mitigate the effects of an over-ambitious drinking schedule!
I always take visitors to...
The South Bank - such a great London buzz. And the bar at Sushi Samba, for the views.
Next Time - Will from Clapton Craft
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