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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 - Capish?, Tongue ‘n’ Cheek, #UnionYard, & Tënu
Maps - See everything on one of my handy maps
Shop of the Week - Creative Clerkenwell's Christmas Pop-up Shop
8 Questions with - Laura Martin, Chomping Ground




What’s on this week

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

Thursday 18th December
(Lots of things are open all week or weekend - see what’s closest to you on the map http://goo.gl/ACvi0l )

The Union Yard Streetfood Market in Southwark - Daily until 23rd
For just nine days, until 23rd December 2014, Appear Here and TASTE Street Food are holding a streetfood market in Southwark, on Union Street, just round the corner from Sothwark tube station, and just along from the Lord Nelson and Union Jack pubs.  Traders include Hix' Fish Dogs, Made of Dough, and The Cheese Truck, plus there will be a craft beer bar.

The final day of Coors Light's Pop-up Ice Bar in Brixton
It's cold outside, but it'll be even colder this weekend in Brixton at the new Coors Light Ice Bar.  Open from Sat 13th - Thurs 18th, it will serve cold Coors Light and other drinks, plus you'll be lent a cape and gloves to help cope with the -5°c temperature inside.

Hank's Po' Boys Pop-up at Kitchenette's Restaurant near Kensal Green - Dinner Thurs - Sat
Street food specialists Hank's Po' Boys is now in residence at Kitchenette's space at The Dock Kitchen in Portobello Docks, W10, for daily snacks and lunches and dinners from Thursday to Saturday.  Expect a tasty fusion of New Orleans meets London

Farmer Tom's Kitchen's Residency at The Convenience in Hackney - Every Weds - Sun
Farmer Tom's Kitchen is now running a residency at The Convenience in E9, offering dinner from 6pm onwards on Weds - Sundays until 21st December

The final weekend of Night Tales' Street Food Market 2014 in Old Street - Thurs - Sat
Expect street food (inc Patty & Bun, and Morty & Bob's), bars, cocktails, DJs, and more.

The Underground Film Club's Screenings at The Vaults in Waterloo
The clever folks at Rooftop Film Club are going underground this winter, with a new venue at The Vaults, underneath Waterloo Station.

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!

The Lodge Balham - Jimmy Garcia's Winter Pop-up with Fondues and More - Tues - Sun until January
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!

Friday 19th December
My Home from Umbria's Christmas Supper Club in Exmouth Market
Assia is hosting another Umbrian supper club in London, this time a Christmas special at the atmospheric Church of the Most Holy Redeemer in Exmouth Market, EC1.  Full menu below, including suckling pig, and stuffed pandoro with 'surprise liqueurs'.  Make it your last big blow out before Christmas!

Fork & Flame's ‘Le Caquelon’ Fondue Supper Clubs in NW6
Fondues seem to be all the rage this winter!   Fork & Flame, who are Alex & Jimmy, two university friends, are organising a series of fondue supper clubs at Nineteen in Lonsdale Road NW6, named after the Le Caquelon - the traditional communal fondue pot

KERB Presents The Clubhouse for Weekend Streetfood in Hackney Wick - Fri & Sat
KERB has just unveiled a new indoor winter space, The Clubhouse, in Hackney Wick.  It's on Monier Road, E3, just across the river Lea from Hackney Wick Station.and it's going to be home to lots of street food traders like Bleecker Burger, Fundi Pizza and Kimchinary

The first day of Pop-up Screens' Christmas Cinema in the Snow in Notting Hill - Daily
Pop-up Screens is opening its Christmas Cinema at 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, this Friday 12th December 2014.  Lots of Christmas classics are scheduled, including The Muppets' Christmas Carol, Home Alone, Love Actually, and Trading Places

The final weekend of Square Root Sodas & Tongue 'n' Cheek's WTF Why Not Weekends in Hackney Downs - Fri - Sun
For three weekends, Friday - Sunday, Square Root Soda & Tongue 'n' Cheek are collaborating on a pop-up at Square Root's base in Amhurst Road, E8.  Expect sliders, pasta, and traditional Italian dishes, plus Square Root's sodas, and cocktails made with them...  I think this one is going to be amazing...

My Neighbours The Dumplings' Regular Friday Dumpling House at Palm2 in Clapton
My Neighbours The Dumplings is a new weekly Chinese dumplings night at Palm 2 in Lower Clapton Road.  Expect savoury and sweet dumpling from an a-la carte menu.  no booking page, but contact them on Facebook or Twitter below to ask about certain times.

Skylounge's Rooftop Valhalla Vodka Bar near Tower Hill - Weds - Sun
Skylounge in EC3 will be hosting the Valhalla VodkacBar on its outdoor rooftop terrace, with outdoor heaters, sheepskin throws, mulled wine, and of course vodka to keep you warm.   Open from 4.30pm, Weds - Sunday

(Plus lots of the Thursday things)

Saturday 20th December
Antto Melasniemi's Finnish Pop-up Restaurant Tënu near Leicester Square - Daily
This December two Finns - Antto Melasniemi and Klaus Haapaniemi - have created a pop-up restaurant Tënu at One Leicester Street, just off Leicester Square.  Open from 6pm each day until the 31st (not Christmas Day or Boxing Day), it's bringing the tastes of Melasniemi’s successful Helsinki restaurants Ateljé Finne and Kuurna to London.

The Nordic Yulefest in Shoreditch - Sat & Sun
This December go to a Nordic Yulefest at the Old Shoredith Station for six days of brunch, dinner, and 'late night frolics'.  Taking place every Saturday & Sunday from 6th - 21st December, brunch and dinner includes a four course feast, games and treats, and music and dancing,

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 & Sunday until 4pm.

The Urban Food Fest in Shoreditch

Plus - lots of Thursday & Friday things continue...

Sunday 21st December
In A Pikkle's Barbados Xmas Supper Club in New Cross
"You will get 4 courses of goodness and, of course, the option to come up for seconds! In true in-flight style, the menu will be revealed once you board In a Pikkle airlines and boarding passes will be issued once you book your flight. We won’t give away too much but prepare to have fun with a true in-flight experience!"

The last day of The 'Skandilicious' Six Week Pop-up Swedish Christmas Restaurant & Bar in Farringdon Road
Skandilicious is a six week pop-up restaurant & bar in the old Guardian building at 119 Farringdon Road, EC1R.  From 14th November - 21st December they will be serving an all you can eat traditional Swedish Christmas Smörgåsbord

The Pop-Eye Pop-up Cafe and Gift Shop in Shoreditch - Tues - Sun until 21st Dec
The Pop-Eye Pop-up - a raw Cafe and Gift Shop will open at Butcher's hairdressing salon every Tuesday to Sunday until 21st December 2014.  Expect breakfast snacks, and takeaway winter warmers, plus lots of handcrafted gifts.

The Tasting Room Pop-up Bar & Smokehouse at Broadgate Ice Rink - Daily
This winter Smokestak is bringing its smoker to Broadgate Ice Rink in a 3 month pop-up called The Tasting Room, with meat and veg from Sourced Market, and a very impressive craft beer collection from Peppermint Bars. 7.30am - 11pm right through until February.

Wapping Market - every Sunday
The weekly Sunday fine food market of East London

Monday 22nd December
'Pulled's Street Food Residency at The Duke's Head in Highgate - Daily
The Duke's Head in Highgate is hosting a rotating series of street food traders in its kitchen, to change each month, following on from the year-long run from Bell & Brisket.  For December it's Pulled, who, as the name suggests, specialise in slow-roasted, pulled meats.  Go try some - and while you're there enjoy the Duke's Head's excellent range of beers & other drinks.

Tuesday 23rd December
The 'Winterville' Festive Town with Street Food & Craft Beer in Victoria Park - Daily
This December Winterville is opening in Victoria Park, E3.  Described as a festive town, it will have an ice rink, a pantomime, a roller disco, plus lots of street food (inc Smokestak, Voodoo Ray's pizza, Holy Cow and Crabbie Shack, plus a craft beer area curated by Five Points Brewing

Wednesday 24th December
The final day of Caiger & Co's December Pop-up Restaurant in Borough Market
This December Caiger & Co will be hosting a pop-up restaurant at 6 Southwark Street, in borough Market.  It's open for lunch in the upstairs space from Tues - Sat, with small plates available in the evening, and for bookable supper clubs in the downstairs space from Weds - Sat in the evenings, and on Sunday lunchtime

Thursday 25th December
Grub Club's 'Bring Your Own Christmas' Christmas Lunch near London Bridge
In London on your own?  Then celebrate Christmas with Grub Club & Airbnb and their Sharing Christmas party at lunchtime on Christmas Day.  Tickets are just £5, but you've got to bring a bottle and a dish you've cooked; then everyone can get stuck in.



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

Lots more coming in January!


Shop(s) of the Week
See all the pop-up shops in London on my handy map

Creative Clerkenwell's Christmas Pop-up Shop 2014
Creative Clerkenwell is opening a pop-up shop from Tues 16th - Tues 23rd December 2014, at the Craft Central 'Gallery' unit at 33-35 St John's Square, EC1.  Lots of designers' products will be sold, including Amanda Li Hope (jewellery), Jo Davies (ceramics), Kate Clarke London (interior accessories), Lee Borthwick (wood housewares), Oxx Jewellery and TADA Notebooks.


8 Questions with…   Laura Martin from Chomping Ground
Chomping Ground is a food and dining website celebrating local dishes, chefs and restaurants in and around Hackney and also hosts Club Brunch every other month -  a pop-up brunch party, bringing together great food, killer cocktails and DJ sets from the best in the area.

You haven’t lived until you’ve tasted...Arepas and cachapas from the Venezuelan cafe Arepa & Co on the Regent's Canal towpath. Coupled with one of their punchy coffees, it'll knock any hangover out of the park.

The last music I downloaded was...Dennis Parker - Like an Eagle. A disco classic to play on my weekly radio show on MEATtransMISSION.com

My favourite local bar is Ruby's - it's the Chilli Apple martini every time.

My favourite local restaurant is Ombra on Vyner Street. I love the food and Italian family vibe they've got going on there, plus their First Thursday cicchetti parties are fun too.

I always get inspired when I visit The Wellcome Collection - London's finest venue for oddities and curiosities from around the world.

How do you like your eggs? Benedicted

I can most usually be found...getting a £5.50 refill bottle of red wine at Borough Wines on Wilton's Way

I always take visitors to...have the full English at Bistrotheque on the weekend and play "spot the tune" with Xavior playing piano lounge hits.

Next time - Someone...

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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