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 - Marco’s Meatballs, Hawker House, and a Pop-up Bar
Maps - See everything on one of my handy maps
Coming Soon - Two Valentine’s Day Pop-ups
Shop of the week - Eat chic Chocolates at Old Street Underground Station
8 Questions With - Simon Beswetherick from the Raw Dining Club
What’s on this week
New - See all the food-related pop-ups on a map http://goo.gl/ACvi0l
Thursday 29th January
(Lots of things are open all week or weekend - see what’s closest to you on the map http://goo.gl/ACvi0l )
Forza Win's 'Marco's Meatballs' Pop-up Restaurant at The Vault Festival in Waterloo
This January - March, as part of the Vault Festival in the tunnels under Waterloo station, Forza Win has created a 1980s retro South London Italian restaurant, complete with a spaghetti and meatballs, red wine, family protraits and more. Each sitting lasts an hour, and in that time you can expect a bit of 'theatre' (& maybe some murders) from Marco's friends and associates. It should be tasty, and lots of fun!
Pulled's Street Food Residency at The Horse & Groom in Shoredtich - Mon - Sat
Slow cooked meat experts Pulled are taking over the kitchen at The Horse and Groom in Curtain Road, Shoreditch, offering a range of pulled meat in buns, plus pulled meat on nachos and more, starting Monday 26th January. Open from 12 noon until 2pm, and then from 6.30pm - 9.30pm every weekday, and on Saturday evenings too.. Takeaway also available.
Friday 30th January
The first day of The Hawker House Indoor Street Food Market 2015 in Haggerston E8 - Fri & Sat
On Friday 30th January 2015 Hawker House, the indoor street food market, returns for ten weeks, at its new home at the old office building at 260-264 Kingsland Road. Expect lots of London's best street food traders, including B.O.B's Lobster, Baba G, Bleecker Burger, Breddo;s Tacos, Busan BBQ, Sambal Shiok, Yum Bun, SE Cakery, and Smokestak, operating on a rotating basis
It's open from 5pm - midnight every Friday and Saturday for 10 weeks,until the weekend of 3rd/4th April
France & Noonan's One Night Pop-up at Craving Coffee in N15
Indian street food specialists France and Noonan are popping up for one night only at Craving Coffee in Seven Sisters / Tottnham Hale, N15 on Friday 30th January, as a folow up to a successful night late last year. No booking, just rock up and eat - note that the coffee shop is licenced, so there will be special cocktails too!
The first night of Bottle Shop's Pop-up Craft Beer Bar in Waterloo - (Then Thurs & Fri every week)
"We are incredibly excited to announce our first pop up bar opening this Friday (30th Jan) in Waterloo. Every Thursday and Friday we will be taking over the Love and Scandal coffee shop 107 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AB from 6pm to 11pm. We will have 4 taps featuring a constantly rotating selection of the best craft beers from around the world as well as a selection of the wave of canned London craft beers."
The January Raw Dining Club in East Dulwich
On Friday 30th January Simon Beswetherick is hosting another raw food supper club at Boulangerie Jade in Lordship Lane SE22. It's just £35 per head and you can BYOB.
When Mac Met Cheese's 3 month Pop-up at The Shop in Kensal Rise - Weds - Sun
Great news - When Mac Met Cheese, one of the pop-ups pretty much guaranteed to bring the crowds, is going to be in the kitchen at The Shop bar in Chamberlayne Road, NW10 for 3 months. If you've yet to taste Sammy's amazing take on Mac & Cheese then you're in for a treat. & don't forget to leave room for some Deep Fried Oreos for dessert.
KERB Presents The Clubhouse for Weekend Streetfood in Hackney Wick - Fri & Sat
KERB's indoor space in Hackney wick, with lots of street food traders, inc Bleecker Burger & Kimchinary, plus a bar and more
Yeah Burger's Residency at The Star of Kings in King’s Cross
Yeah Burger, previously at Star by Hackney Downs, is moving to The Star of Kings in January 2015. Yeah Burger does amazingly great burgers & sides, plus hotdogs, and will have lots of specials in their menus.
(Plus lots of the Thursday things)
Saturday 31st January
'I Love Your Hat' Supper Club's Cheese Affair Dinner in Hackney
A dinner designed around cheese, featuring soufle, cheesecake, and slow roasted lamb (with unpasteurised Manchego mousse) is taking place at Frizzante Restaurant at Hackney City Farm on Saturday 31st January, as a joint project between Carmen Kabel, Marco Carboni, and Eddie Ambrosi. Just £25 for 4 courses
Funky Feast's January Dinner in Greenwich
Funky Feast, created by chef Eric Allangba as a way to make fine dining more accessible, is holding a January dinner on Saturday 31st at the Plumtree Cafe in Greenwich. Four tasty courses for just £35
The last day of the Beefsteaks' January Residency at The Duke's Head in Highgate - Daily
Steaks, beer can chicken, sandwiches and lots more from Alexander Pashby, a regular at Kerb and Maltby Street Market. It’s the last day of the daily January residency, serving until 10pm.
Plus - lots of Thursday & Friday things continue...
Sunday 1st February
Yolk’s weekend brunch residency at Proud Archivist - Sat & Sun
Yolk, an eggs-based brunch team, has started a weekend residency at The Proud Archivist. Go for eggy treats like Eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, or their Scotch egg. Every Saturday until 4pm, and Sunday until 2pm.
Som Saa's North Thai Residency at Climpson's Arch in London Fields - Thurs - Sun
Just opened at Climpson's Arch near London Fields is Som Saa, a new residency serving little known dishes from Northern and North Eastern Thailand + some special cocktails. & you must try their weekend brunches!
Redemption Alcohol-Free Bar & Restaurant in Holborn
Redemption, the alcohol-free bar & restaurant is open onSundays and Mondays from noon to 11pm.
Plus - not a pop-up, but these are what my Twitter followers recommended when I asked aobut great Sunday breakfast & brunch places
Monday 2nd February
The first day of Rotli Crew's February Residency at The Duke's Head in Highgate - Daily for Feb
Starting Monday 2nd February Rotli Crew takes over in the Kitchen at The Duke's Head, Highgate, serving their authentic Indian street food. Rotli Crew (who sometimes also trade as France & Noonan) will be serving from 12 noon until 10pm, 7 days a week
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 3rd February
The start of the The Waldorf Project - Food, Art & Performance in E2 - 3rd - 11th, inc previews
The Waldorf Project: Chapter Two is an art, theatre and food event happening at Oval Space, E2, from Thurs 5th - Weds 11th February, with a rehearsal and preview happening the two days before. The Waldorf Project last happened in London in 2012 - see my event page here - and only 48 tickets are available for each performance, Full price tickets are £160 + fees; the rehearsal and preview are both a lot cheaper.
The Lodge Balham - Jimmy Garcia's Winter Pop-up with Fondues and More - Tues - Sun until March
The Lodge is themed like a ski lodge, and inside Jimmy and his team will be serving up fondues, hot cocktails and more. Warning - it’s very popular!
Wednesday 4th February
The Bell & Brisket's 4 Week Salt Beef Residency at The Grafton NW5 - Daily
The Bell & Brisket has been trading at street food markets including Kerb and Street Feast for a few years, and also had a very successful residency in Highgate last year. This is a great chance to try their amazing salt beef indoors, plus there's dessert option from new-comer Toastess - french toast with indulgent toppings. It started on 21st January and runs for 4 weeks - don't miss it!
Thursday 5th February
The first night of Perilla's No Fuss Fine Dining Three Day Pop-up at Palm2 in Clapton - Thurs - Sat
Perilla, run by Matt Emmerson and chef Ben Marks, ex of Noma (Copenhagen) and currently at The Square (London), is hosting a pop-up over three nights at Palm2 in Clapton, E5, from Thuesday 5th to Saturday 7th February 2015. Ben has designed a 3 course A La Carte Menu focusing on the highest quality seasonal produce. Tickets are just £27.50 each
The first night of Johnnie Crowe's Two Night February Tasting Menu at The Bell in E1 - Thurs & Fri
Johnnie Crowe is back at The Bell in Middlesex Street, E1 on the first Thursday & Friday or February, for a £35 tasting menu. The menu including Smoked Mussels, and Sea Bass & Purple Sprouting Broccoli.
See everything on one of my new maps:
All the maps on one page
Food-related things - restaurants, bars, streetfood in pubs & more
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
Dub Plates Kitchen's Thursdays at Bread Street Kitchen near St Paul's - Thursdays from 12th Feb
Bread Street Sessions, which hosted Busan BBQ last year, is back for 2015 with Dub Plates Kitchen, serving up their amazing London/Caribbean fusion dishes in the bar of Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen. I've head Dub Plates' food before - and it's delicious. Go and taste it for yourself - it's on for three Thursdays in February, starting 12th.
Papi's Pickles & The Moon & Nude's Valentines Night 'Edible Sketch' in SE1 - Sat 14th Feb
This year Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday, and so lots of creative things are happenings. Papi's Pickles has collaborated with The Moon and Nude to host an evening with a special life drawing class, with two life models, plus some lovely Indian canapes and small plates, all for just £29
The King of Gnocchi's Fish & Crustacean Valentine's Dinner in Hackney - Sat 14th Feb
This Valentine's Day Adalberto Battaglia aka The King of Gnocchi, is cooking a special seafood feast at Wonderland Ceramics in Victoria Park Road. You'll get Scallops and Mango, Gnocchi with Mascarpone Cheese Cream, Scottish Smoked Salmon and Chive, Warm Canadian Lobster & Passion Fruit Salad, and whole lot more, all for £29. Note that it's communal seating - you;ll be with sitting with other people, rather than at a table for two.
Shop of the Week
See all the pop-up shops in London on my handy map
Eat chic Chocolates at Old Street Underground Station - Daily until Sun 1st
“reinventing the chocolate peanut butter cup
eat chic puts a modern twist on the classic american chocolate peanut butter cup, using high quality and organic ingredients, with no preservatives or artificial flavours.
visit our valentine’s day pop-up at old street underground station from january 26th – february 1st.”
8 Questions with… Simon Beswetherick from the Raw Dining Club
A monthly raw food dining club in London
You haven’t lived until you’ve tasted raw vegan chocolate chilli cheesecake
You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Sigur Ros in concert - they'll blow your mind!
I can’t live without my Vitamix blender, I use it every day
The last music I downloaded was the 2014 album from London band "Jungle"
My favourite vegetarian restaurant is Mildred's in Soho, which I've been going to for 20 years
I always get inspired when I visit Borough Market, especially since its recent overhaul
I’ve only just discovered that you can peel root ginger by scraping the skin off with a spoon
I always take visitors to the roof garden bar at the Southbank, overlooking the river (in the summer)
I love London's pop-up scene - come and visit our monthly Raw Dining Club which has a brilliant mystery location for February
Next time - Chi-San Wan, Co-Founder of The Pressery
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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