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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 - Model Market, Dram & Smoke, and Nanban x United Ramen
Maps - See everything on one of my handy maps
Coming Soon - Jimmy Garcia’s Secret Garden in Clapham North
8 Questions with… Lianne Holey, founder of Oshun cafe Londons first Acai Berry Cafe



Follow LondonPopUps on Instagram - pics from pop-ups, plus upcoming events


What’s on this week

New - See all the food-related pop-ups on a map http://goo.gl/ACvi0l

Thursday 16th April
(Lots of things are open all week or weekend - see what’s closest to you on the map http://goo.gl/ACvi0l )

The Street Food Kitchen Hijack at The Job Centre Pub in Deptford - The Meat Heads
On Thursday 26th March The Job Centre Pub in Deptford SE8 (it used to be a Job Centre), will start a series of Thursday-Saturday kitchen takeovers from street food traders - this week it’s Bill or Beak.  Plus there will be music and other events happening - Please support them!

The Moveable Feast Pop-up Vegetarian Emporium & Cafe near The Shard - Mon-Sat for 6 months - Now with BYOB on Thurs & Fri until 8pm
The Moveable Feast is a 6 month pop-up vegetarian food emporium and cafe & coffee shop, opening near The Shard from Monday - Saturday.  There are several vegetarian start-ups selling, including Not Dogs and Club Mexicana, with the list changing every month or so.  Go for lunch, or to buy food to take home, or back to work.

Burger Bear is now in residence at The Joker of Penton, in Penton St, N1

The Cheese Truck’s new Grilled Cheese Residency at Look Mum no Hands in Mare St, E8

I Should Be Souvlaki at The Nun’s Head in Peckham - Thurs & Fri
Fine Souvlaki in the house every Thursday & Friday in April & May

Friday 17th April
The first night of 'Model Market' Indoor & Outdoor Street Food Market 2015 in Lewisham - Fri & Sat
Model Market, the enclosed street food market in Lewisham High Street, is back for 2015 opening Friday and Saturdays from Friday 17th April to Saturday 3rd October.  It's free from 5pm - 7pm, and £3 after 7pm.  There will be street food, bars and #vibes, and special enclosed, sit-dwon diners from some of the traders, including The Beefsteaks, Mama's Jerk, Mother Flipper, Rola Wala, SE Brownie Bar, Smokestak and Yum Bun, plus other traders indluding Bill or Beak, Hanoi Kitchen and Spit & Roast.
Hats off to Street Feast for bringing this back, and for such a long stint - it's a great night out.

The 'United Ramen x Nanban' 2 Week Collaboration in Islington - Fri - Sun + Tuesdays for 2 weeks
We love a good collaboration, and this week sees the start of a two week stint where Masterchef winner Tim Anderson brings his Nanban cuisine to United Ramen in Upper Street, Islington.  Taking place from Friday 17th - Tuesday 28th April 2015, on Friday - Sunday it's walk-ins, and on  Tuesdays its two special ticketed dinners, which cost £30 each, and focus on French and Caribbean influences for the food.  Get involved!

The first night of Dram & Smoke's Five Week Spring Pop-up in Hackney Wick - Weds -m Sat for 5 weeks
Dram & Smoke, the excellent Scottish pop-up restaurant is back for a spring residency in Hackney Wick E3, for 5 weeks from 17th April to 16th May, Wednesday to Saturday.  As at their winter event you'll get a five course menu, this time cooked with the help of a whisky barrel smoker, a Monkey Shoulder cocktail, and lots of general good vibes.  Warning - The Winter one sold out really quickly...

Cook Indian with Mallika Basu at Maida Hill Place
If you love Indian food and you want to learn to cook it better, then this is the event for you.  Mallika Basu is holding a special cooking tutorial and 6 course dinner at Maida Hill Place in W9 on Friday 17th April 2015.  Learn tips and tricks about the food whle you eat it!

Kali Cooking's Flaming Flamingo Supper Club near Angel
Kali Cooking's Flaming Flamingo supper club comes out of her home this April and into the upstairs space at The Joker of Penton pub in Penton Street, between King's Cross and Angel.  £33 gets you a welcome drink, followed by a four course Mexican / Asian fusion menu, including seafood cooked in spiced coconut, served with chillis.

(Plus lots of the Thursday things)

Saturday 18th April
The Golpar Persian Supper Club's Tabriz Dinner in Fitzrovia
The Golpar Supper Club, at Gitane Restaurant in Great Titchfield Street, holds regular Persian dinners, focussing on cuisine from different parts of the country.  On Saturday 18th April it will be from the city of Tabriz which is the capital of the East Azerbaijan province, including Kufteh Tabrizi, aromatic meat and rice balls, stuffed with fruit & berries.  This dinner costs just £29.50, and it is BYOB.

VagaBundo's Weekend Brunch at The Ali Baba Bar in Peckham - Sat & Sun
A new brunch for Peckham!  On Saturdays & Sundays from 10am - 4pm VagaBundo is at The Ali Baba Bar in Copeland Park, Copeland Road (part of the Bussey Building) for pancakes, eggs, and more.  Typical items on the menu are £6-£8.

Cutter & Squidge's Pop-up Shop & Cafe in Soho - Daily
Cutter & Squidge, founded by two food obsessed sisters, is opening a pop-up shop & cafe in Soho to sell 'Biskies' and their other delights, plus coffee, tea, hot chocolate and more.  It's open in Brewer Street daily from 9am - 8pm until early June.
& it looks a bit like…  https://instagram.com/p/1A9X7kJoWH/

Bestowed Kitchen’s pop-up cafe/deli in Walthamstow - now open Sat & Sun
Bestowed Kitchen is a new food business based in Walthamstow, founded by couple Jeremy Wood and Sabrina Floriani, providing handmade food.
& it looks a bit like…  https://instagram.com/p/1Vd4mjJoTR/

Urban food Fest in Shoreditch High Street
Every Urban Food Fest market features 15 street food trucks & stalls that change each week. Global gourmet street food is served alongside a premium bar & cocktail bar

Forza Win's Spring Chicken Dinners in Peckham - Thurs - Sat for 3 months
From Thursday 12th March Forza Win will be back cooking at its Peckham home, in Copeland Road SE15, for a spring project based around chicken.  Called Spring Chicken, it's £35 a head for a five course feast, cooked on wood fires, featuring '100 day chicken'

(Plus lots of Thursday & Friday things)

Sunday 19th April
Zoe's Ghana Kitchen's 2 month Residency at The King & Co in Clapham - Daily
The excellent kitchen residencies by streetfood traders and popup chefs at The King & Co in Clapham continue with the arrival of Zoe's Ghana Kitchen on Tuesday 2nd.  Zoe will be cooking up a menu of Ghanaian dishes seven days a week, with a special weekend brunch menu, and her own take on Sunday roasts.
Try the Sunday roast - it looks a bit like this - https://instagram.com/p/1YFuntpoQn/

Happy Endings' 'Month of Sundaes' Dessert-Only Pop-ups in Dalston
Happy Endings, Terri Mercieca's 5 course, dessert-only supper club concept launched last year, and returns this April for a 'Month of Sundaes' - 4 Sundays in April celebrating desserts.  You're not going to want to miss these!

Square Root Soda & Tongue 'n' Cheek's Weekend Brunch in Hackney - Sat & Sun
Every Saturday & Sunday The Soda Works, Square Root Soda's cafe in Hackney E8, on the corner of Amhurst Road and Andre Street.  t's a good, relaxed and tasty brunch option, with coffee, sodas on tap from Square Root, brunch by Tongue 'n' Cheek, and you can even bring your old vinyl to play on their 1980s music centre.
& it looks a bit like https://instagram.com/p/zXdF9tpod5/

Best Sunday brunch recommendations from Twitter my followers - permanent places
Now with a map!

Monday 20th April
Papi's Pickles' Four Week Residency at Market House in Brixton
Papi's Pickles has taken over the kitchen at Market House in Brixton for a four week, Monday to Friday residency.  Papi's serve very popular South Indian dishes - and it'll be perfect for eating in the pub!

Wingman's Chicken Wings Residency at the Star by Hackney Downs in E5 - Mon - Sat
Wingman is a new wings-based streetfood residency at The Star by Hackney Downs, starting January 3rd January 2015, serving Monday - Saturday.  Expect wings, but also chicken and veggie burgers.
Plus - Special offer - 16 wings & 2 x fries for £10 on Mondays

Tuesday 21st April
Oh My Dog's April Residency at The Duke's Head in Highgate - Daily for April
Starting Weds 1st April Oh My Dog Hotdogs are tking over in the Kitchen nat The Duke's Head, Highgate, serving their delicious dogs and more.  Expect some specials over this month-long residency - they will be serving from 12 noon until 10pm, 7 days a week

Wednesday 22nd April
The first night of 52 Social's 'Chopsticks of Fury' Two Month Residency in Hoxton - Weds - Sat until late June
On Wednesday 22nd April 52 Social in kingsland Road will start a two month 'Chopsticks of Fury' pop-up featuring Asian-themed food, cocktials, films, design, and even live music.  The menu will include dishes called things like 'Enter the Singapore Noodles' and 'Way of the Beef' - you get the idea!  It's the first of a series of two month residencies planned for 52 Social.

The Oshun Pop-up Cafe, Selling Açaí Bowls, in Shoreditch
This Easter Sunday 5th April The Oshun Cafe opens in Shoreditch, in the same spot as the Porridge Cafe in March.  It will be the first dedicated cafe to sell Açaí berry bowls, and will be open daily until Monday 27th April.

Thursday 23rd April
Nicos Popupalot's One Night 'Grub Med' Supper Club in Hackney
Nicos Popupalot is doing a one night pop-up in Hackney at The Russett on Thurday 23rd April with his Grub Med menu - showcasing flavours of Spain, Italy and Cyprus - where you get a very tasty choice of three starters, 3 mains, and 3 desserts.  See below for booking info, then email him to say which you would like (to make things manageable on the night).

Nina's April Mediterranean Pop-up at Brixton East
Chef Nina Parker is hosting an April pop-up at Brixton East on Thursday 23rd, focussing on food inspired by time in the med spent researching her first cookbook.  It's 3 courses, including ice cream from an ice cream truck - and it's BYOB

Synaesthesia by Kitchen Theory Tasting Menus at Maida Hill in W9 - Thurs - Sat on alternate weeks
Regular popper-upper Kitchen Theory is back for 2013 with a series of multi-sensory dinners and lunches under the banner 'Synaesthesia' with a tasting menu designed by their chefs, who have experience working in Michelin-starred restaurants, taking place at Maida Hill Place in W9.  Prepare to be immersed in their world - your taste buds will thank you!



See everything on one of my new maps:

All the maps on one page

Food-related things - restaurants, bars, streetfood in pubs & more

Pop-ups Shops

Supper Clubs (approximate locations)


There are always lots of Supper Clubs happening too - Find a Supper Club here


Coming Soon - Listings to make you hungry (& thirsty)
See them all here

A Night of Sardinian Craft Beer & Food Pairing in Fulham Broadway - 24th
This April Italian Craft Beers is hosting a night of pairing 6 Sardinian craft beers with 6 different small plates - a chance to savour and explore the flavours.  Tickets are just £33 and the event takes place at Spiaggia rstaurant in Fulham Boradway.

Jimmy Garcia's The Secret Garden Pop-up Restaurant in Clapham North - Starts 25th
Jimmy Garcia is back in Clapham after his winter fondue bar & restaurant The Lodge, with a six month pop-up The Secret Garden above The Clapham North pub, just opposite Clapham North tube station (Northern Line).  The menu, specially designed to showcase the best of British garden produce, includes  small plates, an indoor bbq (!), plus a seven course tasting menu for just £35.  Jimmy's already taken lots of booking for this - I think it's going to be a hit!

The 'Edible Sketch' Supper Club with Life Drawing in Lambeth - 25th
On Saturday 25th April i’klectik is hosting an event called Edible Sketch which - as their name suggests - is a supper club combined with a drawing class - life drawing!  No experience necessary (of drawing or eating) and it'll be great fun. Ticketc are just £30 from Grub Club.

The Rooftop Film Club's Summer 2015 Screenings in Shoreditch, Peckham, Stratford and Kensington - Starts 1st May
The Rooftop Film Club has announced its Summer 2015 programme of open air screenings, back on the rooftops that gave it its name.  There are four venues for the summer, The Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, The Bussey Building in Peckham, Roof East in Stratford, and Kensington Roof Gardens.  Films are shown on a big screen, and the audience is given wireless headphones for the sound.  It runs until September, and more films will be added - Note that films sell out fast!


Shop of the Week

The Spring Renegade Craft Fair at the Old Truman Brewery - Sat & Sun
The Renegade Craft Fair, which has appeared at The Old Truman Brewery off Brick Lane in the past two Novembers returns this April for another weekend event of craft selling and how-made gift buying.

See all the pop-up shops in London on my handy map


8 Questions with…   Lianne Holey, founder of Oshun cafe Londons first Acai Berry Cafe
Find her here : http://www.oshuncafe.com/
and follow her here: https://twitter.com/oshuncafe

You haven’t lived until you’ve tasted...Vietnamese Phở Bò and Bún Chả Hà Nội.

I can’t live without my...bicycle!

5 years ago I was... in search of a bowl of acai after coming back from Brazil, the last destination of an 8 month long world trip of culinary exploration.

The last music I downloaded was... a mix by Lexx called Night Moves from testpressing.org Dreamy

My favourite local restaurant…is a café I’ve just discovered called Fingers Crossed near Hackney Downs. Their Nduja dish is out of this world.

My favourite local shop is any one of the Turkish-run convenience stores - they have everything! LN-CC, Kristina and Flashback Records are also at the top of my list!

My favourite person on Twitter is… @ScottJok my brother-in-law, one of the funniest people I know.

How do you like your eggs? You’re making me hungry. I love all eggs, all ways, anytime.

Next Time - Chris Caudle, I Should Be Souvlaki

Note - I’ve now put all the London food tips from the previous interviews onto this handy map - http://goo.gl/1cekZO - None of them are pop-ups; they’re all good local pubs, bars, cafes & restaurants)


Elsewhere on the site

See all this week’s listings here

What’s on near me - Search by the first 3 letters of your postcode - e.g. SW2


Do it yourself - Find out how to organise your own pop-ups here


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