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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.


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This week we have -

Thursday - Thursday - Cucina Rustica, Borough Market’s Cheese Night, & McCain’s Roastaurant
Maps - See everything on one of my handy maps
Coming Soon - The Giant Cheesboard - Unlimited Cheese & Mulled Wine
Shop of the Week - The Renegade Craft Fair on Brick Lane




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What’s on this week

Brand New - 
Cucina Rustica's Winter Sicilian Residency in N8 - Weds-Sun
Cue Point's Winter BBQ Residency in Kentish Town - Weds-Sun
Borough Market's Cheese Night - Thurs 6pm-9pm
What The Dickens!' December Residency in Highgate - Daily
The Frost Fair Pop-up Hot Cocktail Bar with Sipsmith in SE1 - Daily
McCain's Pop-up Roastaurant in Brick Lane - Fri-Sun
The Elmore Jam's Musical Supperclub near The Shard - Fri & Sat
The Cookhouse Christmas Series in Borough Market - Weds-Sun

Last Chance - 
Linnet's Kitchen's Friday Feasts in Walthamstow - Fridays

Thursday 7th December

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

Cucina Rustica's Winter Sicilian Residency at Blend in N8 - Weds-Sun til Feb
Cucina Rustica, one of the most active pop-ups over the past couple of years, is taking over the kitchen at Blend in Green Lanes, N8, for three months of Sicilian dining, running to the end of February 2018.  It's a great menu, including Gio's great arancini balls, and new additions for this run include Artichoke Tortellini, Lasagne Diavolo - with fiery nduja sausage - and even a burger, with crisp chicken steak and mozzarella.  Can't wait to visit!

Cue Point's Winter BBQ Residency at The Rose & Crown in Kentish Town - Weds-Sun
BBQ kings Cue Point are now in the kitchen at The Rose & Crown in Kentish Town.  I cannot speak highly enough about their BBQ skills - try the 14 hour smoked beef brisket - and it's great that they will be serving in London for the next three months.  The menu also includes 'Texas Toasties' - toasted sandwiches - and deep fried apple for dessert.  Yum!

Borough Market's Cheese Night - 6pm-9pm
"Get ready for late night shopping as Borough opens its gates for an evening of cheese, 6pm-9pm
Over 20 of Borough Market’s renowned cheesemongers will be ready and waiting to waft an array of exquisite cheeses under your nose. This is your opportunity to chat to our cheese experts and producers about their craft, and buy a few morsels to sample at home—giving you the chance to find something unique to feature on this year’s Christmas cheeseboard."

What The Dickens!' December Residency at The Duke's Head in Highgate - Daily
What The Dickens! has taken over the kitchen at The Duke's Head in Highgate for Christmas 2017, serving their traditional British food, including sausages, Guinness-braised Dexter Beef and lots more.  Perfect for getting you into the festive mood, and great pub food too.  Serving daily til January - get involved!

The Frost Fair Pop-up Hot Cocktail Bar with Sipsmith by the National Theatre in SE1 - Daily 5pm-8.30pm
Love gin?  Love hot cocktails?  You're in luck this winter, as The Green Room, The National Theatre's restaurant at 101 Upper Ground, has opened the Frost Fair Bar, a pop-up garden bar with Sipsmith.  It's open daily from 5pm - 8.30pm (weather permitting), and it's perfect for a post work or pre-theatre hour of two.

The Vurger Co's Christmas Vegan Burger Pop-up at Lululemon in Spitalfields - Weekdays
The Vurger Co, vegan burger slingers, have popped up behind the Lululemon store every weekday until Christmas 2017, finishing on Friday 22nd December.  They will be serving until 7pm, with all of their delicious 'vurgers' on sale, plus some specials including a Christmas Vurger, and some shakes.  Go!
& it looks a bit like… https://www.instagram.com/p/BcNfhmGhsN2/

Last Days of Shoreditch's 2017 Winter La La Land Streetfood Night Market in Old Street - Thurs - Sat til Christmas
Last Days of Shoreditch, the night market on Old Street, is back for a winter season, open Thursday to Saturdays (& selected Sundays).  Food comes from such streetfood stars as Cheeky Burger, Smokey Tails, and the vegan Biff's Jack Shack, and there will also be bars, Lucky Voice Karaoke, DJs and more. 

The 'Winterland London' Winter Beach Pop-up in Fulham - Thurs-Sat
Neverland Beach in Fulham was one of the hit pop-ups of the summer, and now it is back for the winter, as Winterland, with Jimmy's Lodge serving fondue and other warming food, 4 curling lanes, ping pong, mini golf and more.  It's open Thursdays to Sundays from 9th November, and costs from just £5 to get in.

Elaine & Pete's Dining Room under Borough Wines in Essex Road, N1 - Thurs-Sat
Elaine Chalmers & Peter Le Faucheur have opened their Elaine & Pete's Dining Room pop-up in Brewery Below, the space under Borough Wines in Essex Road, N1

Craving Coffee's July 2017 #TottenhamSocial Streetfood Nights in N15 - Pig Out - Vegan - Thurs-Sat

Friday 8th December
McCain's Pop-up Roastaurant at The Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane - Fri 8th - Sun 10th
McCain is opening a Roastarant pop-up at The Old Truman's Brewery in Brick Lane from Friday 8th - Sunday 10th December 2017.  Daytime sittings cost £7.50 and give you a roast with roast potatoes and a choice of 5 different gravies.  Evening sittings cost just £5, but are just for the potatoes and gravy.  As you might imagine tickets are going fast - don't miss our on this very special pop-up!

The Elmore Jam's Musical Supperclub with Danilo Cortellini near The Shard - Fri & Sat
The Elmore Jam is a long-running supperclub with fine food and live music.  This December they are working with chef Danilo Cortellini and a jazz trio for three nights at Spianata Bakery, near to The Shard.  Tickets cost £49.50, and only two night - Friday 8th and Staurday 9th are still available.  Don't miss this one!

fodder's December Residency at Curio Cabal in Kingsland Road, E8 - Fri-Sun
fodder, who have been doing a bit of a pop-up tour of London this year, are hosting a season of Christmas pop-ups at Curio Cabal in Kingsland Road, E8, running Fridays to Sundays from 1st - 23rd December 2017.  Expect 'fine dining gone wild' as they put it - with local and foraged ingredients.  They are also offering weekend brunch as part of this pop-up - needs to be done!
& the weekend brunch looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BcPviPKB6u0/

Ferrero Rocher's 'Behind The Layers' Christmas Pop-up in Westfield W12 - Daily til 17th
Ferrero Rocher is opening a pop-up dessert-only restaurant at Westfield London in White City to run from 1st - 17th December 2017.  Tickets cost £27, and for this you get a tasting menu of 5 delicious mini desserts, each one inspired by a layer of Ferrero Rocher, for example smooth chocolate or crisp wafer.  There will also be a choice of 5 cocktails (or mocktails - under 16s are allowed if accompanied) and there will be a special Ferrero Rocher shop too.  Excellent!

Linnet's Kitchen's Friday Feasts at the Pillars Brewery in Walthamstow - Final night!
Linnet's Kitchen is hosting 3 Friday night dinners at Pillars Brewery in Walthamstow, from 24th November to 8th December 2017.  Structured around a traditional Christmas dinner, it costs just £20 for 3 courses.  There will be decorations, Christmas tunes, and since you're in a brewery, lots of booze. 

The Deptford Esquire Pop-up Micro Pub & Restaurant - Where Lahore Meets London - Fri & Sats
Not content with opening their 'Royal Parlour' pop-up in SE23, Little Nan's Bar has also opened the pop up bar Deptford Esquire at 29 Deptford High Street, SE8, with Masala Wala, as a winter extension of their regular curry nights at their main bar.  Deptford Esquire is open on Friday and Saturday nights only, 5pm - 11pm, for craft beers, cocktails, and a menu of Asian small plates.  I haven't been yet, but those who have loved it!

Rati's Kitchen's Kolkata Street Food at Two Spoons in SE23 - Fri & Sat til Christmas
Rati's Kitchen - who specialises in Kolkota street food - is taking over the kitchen at Two Spoons in Honor Oak Park, for Fridays and Saturday evenings from 3rd November to 16th December 2017.  Expect amazing curries, pakoras, chaat and more.  Go!
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BbCyxfHHBce/

(Plus lots of the Thursday things)

Saturday 9th December
The Cookhouse Christmas Series in Borough Market - Weds-Sun til 20th
"This festive season the Borough Market Cookhouse will be home to a series of chef’s table experiences with Dan Doherty, Michelin starred Matt Worswick and other innovative chefs featuring on the bill.
The intimate environment of the Cookhouse creates an exclusive opportunity for guests to get up-close-and-personal with the chefs. Only ten tickets are available for each lunch and dinner and guests will feel really part of the action, as their meal is cooked in front of them."

The Raclette Bar above The Clapham North Pub in SW9 - Daily
Run by Le Rac Shack, The Raclette Bar is open daily above The Clapham North pub in - um - Clapham North.  Open daily til 21st December, and also taking bookings for Christmas parties.

HARA's Weekend Vegetarian Brunch at The Institute of Light in London Fields
HARA, a new vegetarian catering company founded by Kiara and Tess, is now serving a healthy, filling, delicious vegetarian brunch every Saturday and Sunday at The Institute of Light in Helmsley Place, E8, from 10am - 3pm.  Really great food - and good for you too.
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BaOrPTxncRW/
& also like… https://www.instagram.com/p/BaPMHb4HJtq/

The 'Nuclear Winter' Immersive Pop-up with Dining, Bars & more in Tottenham Hale - Weds - Sat
Nuclear Winter is an immersive pop-up experience at STYX in Tottenham - next to Tottenham Hale station - running from 29th November 2017 to the end of February 2018.  Based on the 1960s, and the film Dr Strangelove, it has themed bars, a cabaret, and events, and will feature food from pop-up pioneers Blanch & Shock in December, then Kino Vino in January, and chefs curated by Grub Club in February.  Dining tickets are just £55, or you can get in for just £5 (which also get you a free cocktail).

Little Nan's Bar's Royal Parlour Cocktail Pop-up in Forest Hill SE23 - Fri & Sat til Christmas
Little Nan's Bar started off as a pop-up cocktail bar back in 2014, before getting permanent sites in Catford & Deptford.  Now they're popping up again with a Royal-themed bar in Forest Hill, SE23, every Friday & Saturday in the run up to Christmas 2017. 

Sunday 10th December
Jimmy Garcia's The Lodge Fondue Pop-up on The South Bank - With Igloos - Daily
Jimmy Garcia first created his winter fondue pop-up in 2014, first in Balham, then in Clapham, and now in 2017 he's bringing the concept to the South Bank using a shipping container to create The Refuge, a 30 seat alpine lodge.
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BbXCLMDHloL/

Monday 11th December
John Lewis' Winter Rooftop Pop-up in Oxford Street, with The Ethicurean Restaurant - Daily
John Lewis' Rooftop Pop-up The Gardening Society was a big hit this summer, and now it's back for the winter, with acclaimed Somerset restaurant The Ethicurean popping up until Christmas 2017 with a range of British classics including Victorian Scrambled Eggs, a Christmas Pie, and London Sticky Toffee Apple Cake.  Plus there will be cocktails, special events and more, all above the bustle of Oxford Street - Go!

THOR's Nordic Winter Wonderland at Regent's Place, NW1 - Mon-Sat
This winter Thor's Tipi Bar will be open from Mondays to Saturdays at Regent's Place in NW1, just two minutes from Warren Street tube station.  Full of food from the grill, hot cocktails and mulled cider, it'll be a fun place to drink and wind down.

Tuesday 12th December
Burgerac's Burgershack Pop-up at The Royal Oak in Marylebone - Mon-Sat
Burgerac - great name - is a blogger and burger chef who has been writing about, and cooking, burgers around the capital for several years.  After a short break he has a new residency, serving Mondays to Fridays at The Royal Oak in York Street, Marylebone.  It'll be open til 22nd December - no excuses for not going at least a couple of times!

Il Tetto - The Selfridges Rooftop Pop-up Restaurant for Autumn & Winter 2017 - Daily
Selfridges rooftop restaurant for Autumn and Winter 2017 will be Il Tetto, a new modern Italian pop-up from Des McDonald.  Open daily, it is inspired by traditional Italian trattorias, bringing a taste of the mediterranean to London.  I loved The Deck, their summer pop-up - looks like this one will be just as good!

Wednesday 13th December
Malt + Pepper's Winter Residency at All Inn One in Forest Hill, SE23 - Mon-Sat
Malt + Pepper, who specialise in dishes cooked creatively in beer, have popped up at the All Inn One pub in Forest Hill, SE23, serving Monday to Saturday until Christmas 2017.  The food is really great, and, being cooked in beer, perfectly fitted to pubs.  Go and try it!

The Vauxhall Winter Village - Weekdays
"Seasonal Cocktail Menu - Retro Ski Wear - Roasted Chestnuts - Cable Car Photo Booth - Mulled Drinks - Winter Sports Bar - Festive Bandstand - Winter Comforts - Themed Events - Entertainment - Bookable Alpine Cabins - Winter Blankets - Heated Seating Booths - Festive Street Food"

Thursday 14th December
The Three Month Budapest Bar & Kitchen Pop-up in Bethnal Green - Tues-Sun
The Budapest Bar & Kitchen is a new 3 month pop-up from the Italian & Hungarian team behind Pasta 'n' Goulash, opening on Wednesday 4th October 2017, and then open every Tuesday to Saturday til 22nd December, and on New Year's Eve.  Expect lots of Italian and Hungarian dishes, plus some exclusively sourced beers and wines.  Perfect food for when it starts to get a bit colder!
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/Ba1jM6FnTzK/

Scott Hallsworth's Freakscene Pop-up in Farringdon - Tues-Sat
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.
& it looks a bit like… https://www.instagram.com/p/BYeDADgHO4t/



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

The Giant Cheeseboard Cheese & Mulled Wine Festival in SE10 - 16th, 17th & 23rd Dec
"This December 16th, we bring London it's first ever Giant Cheese Board - where you can take as much cheese & mulled wine as you like all day long. Yes, thats unlimited cheese and mulled wine on a giant cheeseboard...and a party too.
We have taken over one of Londons very best venues for the occasion - the recently re-opened Studio 338 and will be turning their amazing Terrace into a massive, oversized cheese board. One you can walk around on as if you're in a giants kitchen. Yeah, we know....amazing huh! ??
Then at night, we turn this Cheese Fest into a party with some of London's best DJs coming down to play. Lots of pop cheese and anthems on the musical menu of course!"

Lostacos' Mexican Sunday Brunches at The South Pole Saloon in Brixton - Sundays - Sun 17th
Lostacos is on a mission to bring fine Mexican-style brunches to London, and will be serving on Sundays 3rd & 17th December at The South Pole Saloon on Brixton Rooftop (where the Brixton Beach was in the summer).  Expect dishes like their Huevos Motuleños (Poached Eggs atop a crisp hand-pressed tortillas, served with Chorizo, black bean purée and Yucatecan Salsa), crispy plantain, and tangy Avocado Toast-adas; I'm getting hungry just writing about it.  Hurry - tickets are just £15, and slots are selling out fast!


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

The Renegade Craft Fair at The Old Truman's Brewery in Brick Lane
"Renegade returns to Old Truman Brewery with a festive weekend celebration of all things handmade! Find one-of-a-kind gifts for friends and family, discover top independent maker talent from around the country, and enjoy a memorable winter weekend of local food vendors, seasonal drinks, music, DIY workshops, photo ops, and more."

Help Refugees' 'Choose Love' Charity Pop-up Shop in Soho for Christmas 2017 - Daily
Love this - The charity Help Refugees is opening a pop-up shop to raise money for refugees, with products curated around the refugees' experience - Arrival, Shelter and The Future.  It's open from 24th November 2017 to 31st January 2018 at 18 Broadwick Street, Soho (on the corner of Berwick Street).  Just to be clear, you buy things for refugees, not yourself; it’s basically a physical, pop-up manifestation of the ‘give a goat’ ads you see in newspapers.  Please support this!


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